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Annual White Marlin Open Gets Under Way in O.C.

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OCEAN CITY, Md.- The 42nd annual White Marlin Open kicked off in Ocean City on Monday morning.  The competition is said to be the largest bill fish tournament in the world.

This year, 306 sports fishing boats and more than 1,500 anglers from around the country have registered for the tournament and will vie for a combined total of more than $3 million in prize money. Anglers fish for white marlin, blue marlin, tuna, dolphin, mahi-mahi (dolphin fish), wahoo and shark.  Cash prizes are also awarded for billfish releases.

Many anglers spent the weekend in Ocean City preparing for the event. One of those anglers, Jim Boner of Newtown Square, Pa., said the White Marlin Open is a regular event for him and for several reasons. 

"The community of fishing, the great show they put on up at Sunset Marina, as well as the weigh-ins every day," he said. "And sometimes we get to catch big fish or a lot of fish."

The competition will end Aug 7 with weigh-ins every day from 4-9 p.m. at Harbour Island Marina, 14th Street and the bay.

For more information about the event, visit www.whitemarlinopen.com or call (410) 289-9229.

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