OCEAN CITY- With the drama of the high dollar, high profile White Marlin Open subsided, the resort area’s lady anglers get their turn in the spotlight this weekend with the return of the Poor Girl’s Open for the 27th year.
The Poor Girl’s Open, which typically falls on the weekend after the White Marlin Open, was founded in 1994 by the late Captain Steve Harman and his wife Pam to provide a ladies-only fishing event with the proceeds donated to a local charity. In recent years, the American Cancer Society has been the recipient of choice in conjunction with other “pink ribbon” events held in and around the resort all year long.
In the last few years, the Poor Girl’s Open has raised well over $100,000 for the American Cancer Society’s breast cancer research and awareness programs. Despite its charitable overtones, the tournament is all about the fishing and the dozens of boats and hundreds of competitors take it very seriously. The tournament is a catch-and-release event with points awarded for billfish releases. There are also added entry levels for tuna and dolphin with potential winning fish weighed each day of the tournament at host Bahia Marina.
The event got started on Thursday with the Pink Party, including registration and a captain’s meeting along with vendors, food and drinks at host Bahia Marina. Weigh-ins will be held each day at Bahia Marina. The awards banquet will be held on Sunday at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center.