First White Marlin of the Season Caught in Ocean City
The first white marlin of the 2016 season has been caught in Ocean City, Maryland.
Jessica Waters with the Town of Ocean City said Wednesday that the fish was caught over the Memorial Day weekend.
Andy Urban reeled in the fish at about 9:20 a.m. on Friday, May 27 while the crew of “In the Black” was fishing off the shore of Ocean City between the Washington and Norfolk canyons, Waters said.
The fish was released after the catch.
Urban will receive a $5,000 prize awarded by the Town of Ocean City, Waters said, as the angler who reeled in the first white marlin of the season.
“Ocean City is proud to be the White Marlin Capital of the World,” said Mayor Rick Meehan. “What a fantastic way to kick off our holiday weekend and the start to our summer than the first white marlin catch of the season. It’s a symbolic start to the fishing season and hopefully a sign of many more for our offshore fisherman this summer.”
The prize money will be awarded in the fall at the Ocean City Marlin Club’s annual awards banquet on Sept. 4.
Editor’s note: WBOC’s Megan Runser contributed to this report.