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White Marlin Open in Ocean City to proceed as scheduled despite coronavirus pandemic

Pasadena's Bill Woody and his crew aboard Blew Bayou caught a 72-pound white marlin in Ocean City's annual White Marlin Open in 2012.
Pasadena's Bill Woody and his crew aboard Blew Bayou caught a 72-pound white marlin in Ocean City's annual White Marlin Open in 2012.(Photo courtesy of the White Marlin Open)

The 47th White Marlin Open will go on as scheduled despite the coronavirus pandemic, tournament officials said this week.

The Ocean City fishing tournament said on its Facebook page Tuesday that the event will be held as planned from Aug. 3 to Aug. 7, the Salisbury Daily Times reported Wednesday.

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The Facebook post said the event will follow government guidelines on spectator crowd size, but added that it doesn’t know what restrictions will be in place in August.

Held in Ocean City, the tournament runs for five days with different fishing categories such as white marlin, blue marlin, tuna, wahoo, shark, swordfish and dolphin.

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The White Marlin Open was created in 1974 by Jim Motsko, who still serves as the organization’s president. The tournament has grown every year, and through the years has hosted more than 100,000 participants and distributed more than $63 million in prize money.

Ocean City fisherman Tommy Hinkle won the 2019 tournament with his catch of a 79.5-pound white marlin, earning just under $1.5 million. Retired basketball star Michael Jordan was among the participants.

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