Ocean City has been buzzing about Michael Jordan. The six-time NBA Champion wasn't taking the court, however, he was heading out to sea.
News of Jordan's entrance in the White Marlin Open fishing tournament has been circulating for weeks after rumors that the former Chicago Bull and Washington Wizard would be trying his hand at another feat, winning the world’s largest and richest billfish tournament, as well as competing for more than $6 million of prize money.
The prize money is what attracts most of the tournament's entrants, but for Jordan, the purse is just a small accolade compared to adding another championship to his legacy.
Unfortunately for Jordan and his boat, Catch 23, the competition at this year's WMO stacked up.
According to WBOC, 248 boats competed on Friday out of a tournament record 404 that registered this year and Catch 23 never appeared at the scales during the week.
The winner of the 2019 White Marlin Open has experience in the competition, including what it takes to win it.
A high school math teacher is the preliminary winner of the White Marlin Open, and it’s not his first time. https://t.co/vLfsg40X6Q— WTOP (@WTOP) August 10, 2019
Ocean City resident Tommy Hinkle claimed the top prize for his haul Thursday, a 79.5-pound white marlin, making history as the first two-time champion of the WMO after previously taking the crown in 2008.
"Once in 2008 and once in 2019. It just goes to show you, man, this tournament is up for anybody to win. You've just got to get out there and put the time in," Hinkle told WBOC.
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