Big eye weighing 222.1 lbs. takes first place in tourney

Big eye weighing 222.1 lbs. takes first place in tourney

(June 27, 2014) Fifty-six boats registered for the 25th annual Maryland Saltwater Sportfishing Association’s Tuna-ment Tournament, held June 20-22. Forty-three of those boats fished out of Ocean City.

Sunset Marina in West Ocean City was one of four official weigh-in stations. The others were Wachapreague Seaside Marina in Wachapreague, Va., Curtis Merritt Marina in Chincoteague, Va. and Hook’em and Cook’em at the Indian River Inlet in Delaware.

A total of $35,260 was awarded to Tuna-ment winners.

“The tournament was a complete success. This is turning into one of Ocean City’s and the Mid-Atlantic’s best tuna tournaments for recreational anglers,” said Dave Smith, executive director of the Maryland Saltwater Sportfishing Association. “Low cost to get in with better than average return if you win. However, you don’t enter tournaments to make money. You enter to be competitive, have fun, and if you win, even better.”

Top Dog Capt. Todd Dickerson and his team was presented with $21,041. The crew brought a 222.1-pound big eye tuna to Sunset Marina to take first place. They also landed a 211.7-pound big eye for a 433.8-pound total stringer weight.

Crabby Capt. John Travers and his team weighed a 214.6-pound big eye at Curtis Merritt Marina, good for second place and $3,515.

Wet Dreams Capt. Ron Huybert and his crew finished in third place with a 180.6-pound big eye. The fish, weighed at Sunset Marina, was worth $1,105.

The Lady Luck brought 173.7- and 151.8-pound big eyes to the Sunset Marina scale. The stringer weight for two fish was 325.5 pounds. Capt. Tommy Baldwin and his team won $3,038. They also caught a 49.5-pound yellowfin for a total stringer weight of 375 pounds.

Chad Moore, captain of Reel Dirty, weighed a 55.7-pound dolphin at Wachapreague Seaside Marina. The fish earned the crew first place in the dolphin division and $1,809.

Impulsive Capt. George Wendling and his crew landed 35.9-pound dolphin to finish in second place in the division.

The crew of the Top Dog reeled in two large big eye tuna, weighing in at 222.1 and 211.7 pounds. The 222.1-pound fish took first place in the 25th annual Maryland Saltwater Sportfishing Association’s Tuna-ment Tournament, held June 20-22. The crew won $21,041.
PHOTO COURTESY DAVE SMITH

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