White Marlin Open 2013

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A white marlin comes boatside. During the 2013 White Marlin Open, 399 of the 418 marlin caught — 95 percent — were released. Photo by Ken Neill.Ken Neill
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Team Contender's 39 ST backs into a slip at White Marlin Open headquarters: Harbour Island Marina in Ocean City, Maryland. Photo by Chris Woodward.Chris Woodward
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Ocean City, on the coast of the Delmarva Peninsula, floods with fishermen and families during early August each year, for the White Marlin Open. Anglers generally run 70 to 80 miles or more to fish deepwater canyons offshore. Illustration by Brenda Weaver.Brenda Weaver
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Capt. Mike Sisto brines some ballyhoo in the cooler in preparation for our first day fishing the White Marlin Open. Photo by Chris Woodward.Chris Woodward
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Les Stewart Jr. (left) and Tony Novelli from Team Contender attach leaders to the spiderlike legs of a dredge in preparation for the tournament. Photo by Chris Woodward.Chris Woodward
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Capt. Mike Sisto unravels leaders rigged with lures for the trolling rods before lines-in on day one of the White Marlin Open. Photo by Chris Woodward.Chris Woodward
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A circle-hook-rigged ballyhoo, plain and bridled at the head. Photo by Chris Woodward.Chris Woodward
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A ballyhoo rigged with a circle hook through the belly and an Ilander lure on the leader. Photo by Chris Woodward.Chris Woodward
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Boats of all sizes fish the White Marlin Open, running 60 to 90 miles or more to the offshore canyons. Photo by Chris Woodward.Chris Woodward
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Release flags flew for white and blue marlin at the 2013 White Marlin Open. Photo by Chris Woodward.Chris Woodward
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Tournament onlookers crowd around the weigh-in gantry as another bigeye tuna hits the scales during the White Marlin Open. Photo by Chris Woodward.Chris Woodward
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The winning crew from Maryland and their $1.2 million check. Photo by Chris Woodward.Chris Woodward
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Wild horses stroll the beach at the Assateague Island National Seashore, just south of Ocean City. Photo by Chris Woodward.Chris Woodward