• Published:August 7, 2017
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FishTrack is the official marine weather forecaster for the White Marlin Open. Below is the forecast update sent to contest organizers on Monday, August 7.


A cold front will push through the nearby waters off of Cape May, New Jersey and Ocean City, Maryland, late tonight through Tuesday. This will set up highly variable winds across the fishing area tomorrow, although a brief period of NW to N winds is likely for most areas at some point over the next 36 hours.

Weak high pressure and light winds/low seas will dominate the area on Wednesday. The front is forecast to lift back north across the area on Thursday and Friday, producing highly variable winds and the potential for unsettled weather.


An area of low pressure is moving through the southern Mid-Atlantic states this afternoon and bringing widespread precipitation to the area. A cold front attached to this low-pressure system will begin pushing offshore late tonight and continue progressing SE through the fishing area on Tuesday.

Moderate to strong SW/WSW winds up to 25 knots and 4- to 6-foot seas will be found ahead of this front, while lighter NW to N winds of 5 to 15 knots develop behind the front. A light onshore sea breeze is likely near the coast for some spots late in the day. The 4- to 6-foot SSW swell generated by this front will also ease a foot or two through the day while remaining largest beyond a few miles from shore.
Weak high pressure dominates the area on Wednesday, accompanied by N/NE winds of 5 to 12 knots that become more E near the coast in the afternoon. Seas will be 2 to 3 feet nearshore on Wednesday and 3 to 4 feet beyond 10 nautical miles from shore.

The front that moves S/SE of the area on Tuesday and Wednesday is expected to move north back into the area over Thursday and Friday. This will produce highly variable winds for the end of the week and tournament boats are encouraged to check Buoyweather frequently for updates as there will likely be a few changes to the forecast between now and then. At this point, we expect E to NE winds 5-15kts to the north of the front and a more S/SE wind to the south. Seas will be mostly at or below 4 feet. However, it should be noted that some of the models are developing a weak area of low pressure along the front between the Norfolk and Baltimore Canyons. If this verifies, the winds/seas listed above for Thu/Fri would likely be higher for parts of the fishing area.  


Showers and thunderstorms will continue along and ahead of the cold front moving through the area tonight and tomorrow morning, and then gradually clear up from NW to SE through Tuesday afternoon/evening. Most areas will be dry on Wednesday, although a chance of showers/thunderstorms will continue to the SE of Norfolk Canyon. Enhanced shower/thunderstorm changes are possible Thursday/Friday as the weak front lifts north towards the area.  


Tropical Storm Franklin is expected to move over the Yucatan Peninsula and into the SW Gulf over the next few days and will not impact the fishing area. The system well east of the Windward Islands has some chance to develop north of the Caribbean and off the Southeast Coast in several days, but the White Marlin Open will be officially completed and name its winners before any impacts occur over the local area.

For scoring and tournament information visit whitemarlinopen.com.