44th Annual White Marlin Open Kicks Off in Ocean City - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

44th Annual White Marlin Open Kicks Off in Ocean City

Posted: Updated:
(Photo: WBOC file) (Photo: WBOC file)

OCEAN CITY, Md. - It was a soggy start to the 44th Annual White Marlin Open in Ocean City Monday morning, as expected storms kept some boaters from fishing.

"We usually fish it. We decided not to this year because of the weather," said Bob Osborne of Milford, New Jersey, who has competed in the tournament for the past 15 years. 

This year, 353 boats are competing for a record $4.97 million in prize money.

The docks at Harbour Island remained mostly full during the morning, as boats stayed in for the day. 

"We're probably going to lay today, lay tomorrow, and then fish back-to-back Wednesday, Thursday, Friday," said Tim Tribbitt of Ocean View. 

It was a rocky start organizers said wouldn't put a damper on the week's competition.

"Things are looking good. We just need a good shot of the weather and it's coming, but we've got to get through some unpleasant weather until that day," said White Marlin Open Founder Jim Motsko.

Stormy skies weren't the only dark clouds hanging over the start of the tournament this morning.

Last week, last year's disqualified winner filed an appeal of the court ruling that he did, in fact, violate tournament rules.

In response to the ruling, Motsko said some of the competition's rules have been changed a bit. 

"There are some minor clarifications, but nothing major," said Motsko. "It just goes to show the anglers and the general public were trying to do what's best and correct."

136 boats braced the rocky waters on the first day of the White Marlin Open. 

 

 

 

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Murder Investigation Underway in Somerset County

    Murder Investigation Underway in Somerset County

    09/24/2017 21:18:00 -04:002017-09-25 01:18:00 GMT
    Monday, September 25 2017 4:41 AM EDT2017-09-25 08:41:28 GMT
    (Photo: MGN)(Photo: MGN)
    Maryland State Police are investigating an apparent homicide in Somerset County that occurred Sunday afternoon.More
    Maryland State Police are investigating an apparent homicide in Somerset County that occurred Sunday afternoon.More
  • Police: Suspect in Coverdale Home Invasion Shot and Killed

    Police: Suspect in Coverdale Home Invasion Shot and Killed

    09/25/2017 07:08:00 -04:002017-09-25 11:08:00 GMT
    Monday, September 25 2017 7:26 AM EDT2017-09-25 11:26:38 GMT
    The Delaware State Police Homicide Unit is conducting an investigation into the death of a suspect who police say broke into a Coverdale area home Sunday night.More
    The Delaware State Police Homicide Unit is conducting an investigation into the death of a suspect who detectives say broke into a home in the Coverdale area east of Bridgeville on Sunday night.More
  • Del. Police Seek Help in Identifying Theft Suspects

    Del. Police Seek Help in Identifying Theft Suspects

    09/25/2017 08:17:00 -04:002017-09-25 12:17:00 GMT
    Monday, September 25 2017 8:26 AM EDT2017-09-25 12:26:26 GMT
    Video surveillance photo of theft suspects provided by Delaware State PoliceVideo surveillance photo of theft suspects provided by Delaware State Police
    Delaware State Police are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a pair of suspects wanted in connection a series of car break-ins in the Georgetown area.More
    Delaware State Police are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a pair of suspects wanted in connection a series of car break-ins in the Georgetown area.More
  • Most Popular VideosMost Popular VideosMore>>

  • Murder Investigation Underway in Somerset County

    Murder Investigation Underway in Somerset County

    Maryland State Police are investigating an apparent homicide that occurred this afternoon in Princess Anne. The victim is a male believed to be in his thirties, although troopers are still working to identify him. Anyone with more information is being asked to call Maryland State Police.

    More

    Maryland State Police are investigating an apparent homicide that occurred this afternoon in Princess Anne. The victim is a male believed to be in his thirties, although troopers are still working to identify him. Anyone with more information is being asked to call Maryland State Police.

    More
  • Salisbury City Police Obtain Surveillance Footage of Cook Out Assault

    Salisbury City Police Obtain Surveillance Footage of Cook Out Assault

    Salisbury City Police are hoping that surveillance footage of an assault at Cook Out will help them in finding seven people who physically attacked four Salisbury University students in the early hours of Saturday morning.

    More

    Salisbury City Police are hoping that surveillance footage of an assault at Cook Out will help them in finding seven people who physically attacked four Salisbury University students in the early hours of Saturday morning.

    More
  • Golden Retrievers Boost Local Economy with National Competition

    Golden Retrievers Boost Local Economy with National Competition

    People have traveled states and even countries to compete in what's considered to be the largest national competition for man's best friend. 

    Golden Retriever Club of America National Specialty competition started today in Greenwood, Delaware with the hunt test.  Retrievers were judged on their ability to find game in five locations on a field.

    More

    People have traveled states and even countries to compete in what's considered to be the largest national competition for man's best friend. 

    Golden Retriever Club of America National Specialty competition started today in Greenwood, Delaware with the hunt test.  Retrievers were judged on their ability to find game in five locations on a field.

    More
Powered by Frankly

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices