Michael Jordan to Take Talents to Fishing in White Marlin Open

This summer, the G.O.A.T. will add another activity to his repertoire—sport fishing. From August 5-9, NBA legend Michael Jordan will compete in the largest billfish tournament in the world, the White Marlin Open.

Michael and the crew aboard his 80-f0ot-long Viking yacht—cleverly named Catch 23 after the jersey number he made famous—have registered as the 123rd entry for the tournament out of Ocean City, Maryland. The Charlotte Hornets principal owner will have the opportunity to fish for a total of three of the event's five days, with the hope of catching a prize-winning billfish.

Though fishing might qualify as a hobby to some, for the fishermen and women of the White Marlin Open, the stakes are incredibly high—just as Mike likes them. In 2018, the tournament's winners took home more than $5 million in prize money, including $2.5 million to the victor in the white marlin division.

While the White Marlin Open has seen its fair share of celebrity entrants, including MLB Hall of Famer Wade Boggs, Michael Jordan is, by far, the biggest name to enter the tournament in its 46-year history. With some luck, His Airness will have plenty to celebrate on Harbour Island after his three days on the water.


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