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Fishing boats with reels out in the sea

Attend the White Marlin Open in OCMD

Make plans to come to Ocean City, MD, for the 50th anniversary of the White Marlin Open from August 5-12, 2023. Ocean City is famously known as the white marlin capital of the world, and sport fishermen from all over the world come to catch the biggest white marlin during the annual tournament. 

The tournament in Ocean City, Maryland, is one of the largest billfish tournaments on the planet. With its rich history, enticing prizes, and unforgettable experiences, the White Marlin Open has become a pinnacle event for anglers everywhere. The White Marlin Open is one of the busiest weekends in OCMD, book your stay early at the Grand Hotel to stay close to the action. 

Marlin Fest at the Ocean City, MD Inlet

When you stay at the Grand Hotel, you’re just steps away from the boardwalk, and one of the traditions during the White Marlin Open is to wake up early and watch the boats go out just before sunrise. Ocean City comes alive as boats fill the marinas, and crowds gather to witness the exciting weigh-ins. 

During the White Marlin Open, come to the beach at Marlin Fest. This fun event celebrates the thrill of sport fishing and the largest billfish tournament in the world with a convenient spot to watch the weigh-ins! Marlinfest is an annual event with live music, shopping, and entertainment. Watch live streams on the big screen and bring the kids for fun, kid-friendly activities! Marlin Fest is a must-attend celebration for fishing enthusiasts looking for an unforgettable experience.

The Grand Hotel is only a few blocks from 14th Street, bayside, where all the excitement happens each day of the tournament as anglers bring qualifying fish to the scales to be weighed. Grab a drink at the Reel Inn and watch the weigh-ins at Harbour Island Marina, where anglers compete for millions of dollars in this high-stakes fishing competition.

Mark your calendar and book your stay at the Grand Hotel. This destination is the perfect place to stay for Ocean City’s biggest and most famous event.