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Junior anglers in spotlight during OCMC Kid’s Classic

(July 25, 2014) The Ocean City Marlin Club’s 10th annual Kid’s Classic tournament last weekend was well attended, as 312 junior anglers reeled in fish after fish.

“They caught countless fish, everything from flounder to spot to croaker to tuna, dolphin and marlin,” said Pat Svehla, who co-chairs the Classic with Bill Regan and Annette Cropper. Amanda Shick, operations manager/event coordinator for the Ocean City Marlin Club, also helps organize the event. “Amanda works tirelessly to put this together. She always goes above and beyond.”

Svehla and Regan started the Classic after they looked at the annual tournament schedule and realized there was no event that recognized young anglers. They wanted to create a tournament to introduce youngsters to fishing that would interest them at an early age. The fishing event is open to junior anglers ages 19 and younger.

Every angler received an award for participating in the contest, held July 19-20. Catches were weighed at Sunset Marina in West Ocean City. Those with the top three heaviest fish in each species category as well as billfish release were presented with additional awards during Sunday’s carnival and banquet.

Participants fished from aboard 50 boats. Anglers without access to a boat had the opportunity to fish from areas including the surf, Route 50 bridge, fishing piers in Ocean City and Assateague Island.

Proceeds from the tournament benefit the Wish-A-Fish Foundation. Its 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.”

The Judith M, Tortuga and Calico Jack took 72 special needs children and their families fishing, free of charge last Saturday. The anglers and their families celebrated with a cookout at the Marlin Club after fishing.

“Everyone had a ball,” said Frank Goodhart, coordinator of Wish-A-Fish fishing. “All of the kids had a great time.”

The young anglers reeled in more than 300 fish and Svehla said 170 of them were croaker.

“That was all in a half-day of fishing,” he said. “They had a very active fishing day.”

Goodhart said $3,750 was presented to the organization during the awards cookout. Another $2,500 will also be donated. Wish-A-Fish will receive a total of $6,250 through corporate sponsors, service organizations, private donors and tournament participants.

Tenth annual Marlin Club Kid’s Classic Results: 

• Croaker:

Absolut Pleasure, Fisher Zimmerman, Dylan Churchill, Aidan and Rilyn Romero and Addy Wilkerson, 2.4 pounds; Double Trouble, Graham and Gavin McCabe, Hunter and Graham Hammond, 2.4 pounds; Gretchen Ann, Ella Peters, Walker and Harper Hastings, 2.4 pounds

• Flounder:

Get Sum, Kevin and Corey Burns, 3 pounds; Double Trouble, Graham Hammond, 2.4 pounds; Lucky Break, Charlie Brinker, 2.4 pounds


Jezebel, Jacob and Ella Wozer, Cameron and Carleigh Neville, two 1.4 pounders; Kingfisher, Iris and Elijah Lillie, Alexandra Jones and Kelsey Deppe, 1.4 pounds

• Rockfish:

Reel Fantasy, Anna Pence, Wil Kennington and Courtney Grady, 9.6 pounds

• Spot:

Bobby Lou, Emily Miller, 1.4 pounds; Partnership, Addison and Brynlee Lane, 1.4 pounds; Reel Fantasy, Anna Pence, Wil and Caroline Kennington, Courtney Grady, Emma and Ava Helwig, Ashton Cherivtch and Rylan DiLodovico, 1.4 pounds

• Bluefish:

Ashy’s Boat, Ashton and Morgan Clarke, 4 pounds; Ocean City Guide Service, Jack and Alec Burbage, 3.2 and 2.4 pounds

• Dolphin:

Spring Mix II, Sam Tinkler, 12.2 pounds; Reel Estate, John Hay Matthai, 9.8 pounds; Spring Mix II, Spencer Paquette, 8.8 pounds

 • Tuna:

Reel Chaos, James Doerzbach, 63.6-pound yellowfin; Boss Hogg, Corey Burns, 59.8-pound yellowfin; No Limits, Tanner Gladwin, 58-pound bluefin

•Billfish release: 

Boss Hogg, Tom Albed, 100 points

Junior anglers fishing on Double Trouble display at Sunset Marina in West Ocean City, the croaker and flounder they reeled in last Saturday during the 10th annual Ocean City Marlin Club Kid’s Classic.

Jack, left, 13, and Alec Burbage, 12, hold the houndfish and bluefish they caught last Saturday while fishing on the Ocean City Guide Service during the 10th annual Ocean City Marlin Club Kid’s Classic.


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