(Aug. 2, 2013) Female anglers of all ages were scheduled to begin fishing today, Friday, in the first day of the Ocean City Marlin Club’s fifth annual “Heels and Reels” Ladies Tournament.
“We think of fishing tournaments as a group of guys out their and a cooler full of beer but this gets the ladies involved,” said Frank Pettolina, president of the Ocean City Marlin Club and co-director of the tournament with Amanda Shick. “It’s a big day on the water in the summer when they’re just having fun with it.”
Anglers will fish one of two days: Friday or Saturday, Aug. 3. Weigh-ins will take place both days from 5-7 p.m. at Sunset Marina in West Ocean City.
A portion of the entry fee will be donated to the Marlin Club Auxiliary’s Bertha Holloway Scholarship Fun for Worcester County high school students who plan to attend college or a trade school.
An awards banquet is scheduled for Sunday from 6:30-9 p.m. Anglers who reel in the three heaviest tuna and dolphin will win prize money. First, second and third place in the billfish release division will also be awarded prize money. There is also a junior angler division.
Pettolina said he is “hoping for good weather, turnout and fishing,” and also said that last year’s results were “absolutely spectacular.”
In 2012, according to catch reports, a total of 114 white marlin and one blue marlin were released during the competition. Twenty-eight boats carried female anglers offshore for the competition, and a total of $29,250 was awarded to the winners.
“A couple boats probably didn’t even turn in their catch reports because there were boats with 10, 11 and 12 releases and they knew they wouldn’t win,” Pettolina said after the 2012 tournament.
The Ravaganza crew threw back 12 whites to win the release division and $10,260.
Anglers aboard Reel Joy released 11 white marlin, good for second place and $2,376. The Reelentless team cut 10 whites loose to finish in third place. The group was awarded $1,584.
About eight to 10 female anglers competing in the tournament caught and released their first white marlin.
For more information, call 410-213-1613 or visit www.ocmarlinclub.com.