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44th Annual White Marlin Open Kicks Off in Ocean City

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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. 




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