With dozens of boats reporting double-digit releases including one local boat with a record 57 on Monday alone, the white marlin bite off the coast of Ocean City has been off the chart for the last week or so, perhaps confirming once and for all the sometimes questioned “White Marlin Capital of the World” title for the resort.
Throughout the summer, it became evident something special was going on with the white marlin bite off Ocean City. Momentum started building in early August when 550 white marlin were caught and released during the White Marlin Open and continued a week later when a record 558 whites were released during the Mid-Atlantic $500,000 tournament, the highest total in the 19 years of that event.
In the weeks since, it has been a common scene to see sportfishing boats returning to port with multiple white marlin release flags flying high, turning outriggers into high dollar clotheslines, but the bite reached a crescendo last weekend and into the early part of this week with most of the boats returning with double-digit releases. On Monday, perhaps the peak of the white marlin madness, Captain Jon Duffie and the crew on the Billfisher returned to home base at Sunset Marina with a stunning 57 white marlin releases, a new single-day record in Ocean City.