OCEAN CITY, MD. — Imagine becoming a millionaire after catching just one fish. Last year, the top boat in the Ocean City White Marlin Open Tournament landed over 1.5 million dollars in cash awards for the biggest White Marlin of the 2013 competition.
Express Shuttle Service Offered for White Marlin Open
(July 28, 2014) – The Town of Ocean City will be once again offering an “express shuttle service” to and from the Convention Center parking lot to the 41st Annual White Marlin Open. The shuttle, which will run from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. from Monday, August 4 through Friday, August 8, will pick-up and drop off passengers in the south Convention Center parking lot to or from Jacqueline Avenue at 14th Street.
The frequency of service will be approximately every 20 minutes. Fare is $3 Ride-All-Day. The $3 Ride-All-Day passes are also valid for same day service on Coastal Hwy. and Park N Ride Buses.
The White Marlin Open is an event that can be fun and exciting for the spectators as well as the anglers. All fish must be weighed on the official scale at Harbour Island, (14th Street and the Bay), and the weigh-ins are held there each day of the tournament from 4:00 to 9:15 PM and are open to the public free of charge. As the week goes on, the suspense builds, as potential lottery sized fortunes change hands with a tip of the scale. It’s a terrific way to spend a few exciting hours during your Ocean City vacation.
Each boat must stop fishing by 3:30pm. If an angler still has a fish on the line at 3:30, the fish may be played until it is lost, boated, or released. Boats usually will be fishing from 2 to 4 hours off-shore, so generally the activity is heaviest from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. The seas can sometime kick up and cause a slower trip back. Often an angler fighting a big tuna, or blue marlin, may be delayed. An angler fighting a blue marlin at 3:30 pm, is given an extension. Regardless of the day hooked-up, the angler has until Saturday, Aug. 10, at 12:15 AM to bring the fish to the scale.
There is no parking available at Harbour Island, but there is ample parking within a few block walk. The Presbyterian Church on 14th Street, just a block away offers parking for a small donation. Parking is also available at Holy Savior Church on 17th Street for $10. There will also be a “Park and Ride Shuttle Service” offered from the Convention Center parking lot.