OCEAN CITY — With practically the entire Ocean City sportfishing fleet reporting double-digit releases, including one local boat scoring a rare “Fantasy Slam,” the white marlin bite off the coast has been off the chart this week, confirming once again the resort’s unofficial “White Marlin Capital of the World” title is well justified.
Throughout the summer, it became evident something special was going on with the white marlin bite off the coast of Ocean City. Momentum started building in August when over 1,300 white marlin were released during the White Marlin Open, although only one qualifier was brought to the scale. It continued two weeks later when a record 800 white marlin were released during the Mid-Atlantic Tournament, topping the event’s previous record by over 200.
In the weeks since, it has been a common scene around the resort’s marinas to see sportfishing boats coming into port with multiple white marlin release flags flying high, turning outriggers into high-dollar clotheslines, but the bite reached a crescendo last week and into the early part of this week with most of the boats returning with double-digit releases.
Ocean City Maryland Fishing Report
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