(July 18, 2014) The Ocean City Marlin Club’s ninth annual Kid’s Classic tournament last year was a huge success, as more than 360 junior anglers caught approximately 20 different species of fish.
Organizers are expecting another big turnout for the 10th annual competition, scheduled for this Saturday and Sunday.
“We always get 300-plus kids. It’s been very successful the last few years,” said Pat Svehla, who co-chairs the Classic with Bill Regan and Annette Cropper. Many of the juniors anglers come back year after year to participate. “As far as number of participants, it’s the biggest tournament the Marlin Club has. Frankly, it’s one of the most fun for me.”
Registration for the OCMC tournament, a partnership with Wish-A-Fish Foundation, will begin today, Friday, at 6:30 p.m. at the Marlin Club, located on Golf Course Road in West Ocean City. A captain’s meeting will follow at 7:30 p.m.
The tournament is open to anglers 19 and younger.
The cost is $200 per boat with unlimited anglers. Those who don’t have access to a boat can participate for $25 and fish from areas including the surf, Route 50 bridge, Ocean City fishing pier and Assateague Island.
Children from the Wish-A-Fish Foundation will be able to fish for free on two boats–the Tortuga and Judith M. A cookout will take place Saturday at 6:30 p.m. in the clubhouse for Wish-A-Fish participants.
Wish-A-Fish Foundation’s mission is to “provide a little relief for a family from the daily stress of having a child with special needs, such as a life-threatening illness, mental or physical disability, by taking the entire family out for a day of fun and fishing on the water.”
Tournament days are Saturday and Sunday and participants can fish one or both days. Weigh-ins will take place Saturday, 3-6:30 p.m. and Sunday, 3-6 p.m. at Sunset Marina in West Ocean City.
All participants will receive an award. There are additional first,- second- and third-place prizes for most billfish released and heaviest fish including bluefish, bonita, dolphin, flounder, mackerel, rockfish, sea bass, tog, tuna, wahoo, shark and unusual catch.
“It’s a lot of fun to see the look on the kids’ faces when they weight a fish or get an award,” Svehla said. “There’s a lot of smiles.”
A carnival and awards banquet is scheduled for Sunday from 5-8 p.m. There will be food, games and prizes, and the awards presentation will take place at 7 p.m.
“That’s one of the biggest attractions,” Svehla said of the carnival.
For more information, call 410-213-1613 or visit www.ocmarlinclub.com.