The 2023 White Marlin Open kicks off August 7th with over 400 boats entered and over $10 million in prize money up for grabs. As an industry leader in the sale of sportfishing yachts and center-consoles, United Yacht Sales is very much involved in the world's largest billfishing tournament. "We are gold level sponsors of the White Marlin Open this year," said Captain Jeff Palmer, President of UYS. "We've sponsored several big tournament this year like the Jimmy Johnson's Quest For The Ring, but this is definitely the biggest event." Viking Yachts is also listed as a Gold Level Sponsor for the tournament.
"We're excited to see so many team members fishing the White Marlin Open," continued Jeff. "Our United Yacht Sales New Jersey Division led by Scott White is one of the top brokerage teams in the Northeast, so of course they have multiple customers all fishing. Here is a list of our team members and the boats they're fishing on below. You can check the leader board on the White Marlin Open website.
-Scott White on a F&S 56 named “Nasty Habit” out of Cape May NJ
-Steve Castellini on a Titan Yachts 64 named “Kaarma” out of Cape May NJ
-Frank Wise on a Viking Yachts 64 named “Big Oil” out of Cape May NJ
-Rhett Bailey on a Viking Yachts 62 named “ In Tents” out of Ocean City MD
-Jake Farley on a Tribute 72 2006 named “Maverick” out of Ocean City MD
Some of the boats fishing the tournament are also for sale! The Viking 64 Convertible "BIG OIL" is listed for sale with Frank Wise and is one of the top sportfish on the brokerage market today. Below is a video of BIG OIL.
Here are some frequently asked questions about the White Marlin Open
What is the prize money for the 2023 White Marlin Open?
The 2023 White Marlin Open has a total payout of $10.3 million. There are many substantial individual payouts including 3 separate 'Heaviest White Marlin' entries that range from $1.5 million to nearly $1.9 million. Other entry level payouts include heaviest Swordfish, heaviest Blue Marlin, heaviest Tuna, and many more ways to win money. There are even categories with smaller buy-ins. For example, for $100 your mate on board your small boat (under 40-feet) can win $24,000 with the heaviest White Marlin.
How Much Does It Cost To Go All-In At The White Marlin Open?
Anglers can spend $100,000 to go "all in" on competing at the White Marlin Open. This investment into the tournament means you have a much greater chance of winning at least some of the categories, but it does give you the ability to win the big prize. 2022 winner Jeremy Duffie won over $4.5 million for catching a 77.5 lbs. White Marlin. If the cost of entry is too great, boats can even enter the tournament for as little as $1,000.
Where do the fish get weighed for the White Marlin Open?
Watching the fish come in to get weighed is a lot of fun for spectators and participants who might be done fishing. It generally draws quite the crowd as some of the fish that come in are incredible catches and the amount of money up for grabs. If you want to watch the weigh-ins, you'll have to go to Harbour Island in Ocean City, Maryland. Harbour Island is a gated community with a boardwalk on the bayside where everyone congregates to watch.
Does Michael Jordan compete in the White Marlin Open?
Basketball superstar Michael Jordan and his Viking 80 Convertible have competed several times in the White Marlin Open and they are back for 2023. Look for Jordan's boat "CATCH 23" at the weigh-in. His boat number is 130 and the team has entered multiple categories.
If you've never been to a major billfishing tournament like the White Marlin Open, check out this great video from Pelagic Gear to get an idea:
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