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OC Marlin Club’s 31st annual Canyon Kick Off this weekend

Anglers will cast their lines today, Friday, during the first fishing day of the Ocean City Marlin Club’s 31st annual Canyon Kick Off Tournament.

“This really kicks off bill fishing in Ocean City,” tournament chairman Bill Regan said last week. “Most other tournaments are based for sharks or inshore fishing but this is really the first true kind of tournament to bill fish and it has been for many years.”

Fishing days are Friday through Sunday. Participants will fish two of the three days. All fish must be weighed each day from 5-7:30 p.m. at Sunset Marina.

“Bill fishing has been slow this year but we’re starting to see a little bit of good water move up from the south,” Regan said last week.

Cash prizes will be awarded for marlin, sailfish, spearfish and swordfish releases, as well as the largest tuna and dolphin brought to the Sunset Marina scale. Added entry-level calcuttas, which cost $200, $300, $500 and $1,000 are offered in the meatfish (tuna and dolphin), bluefin tuna and billfish (blue and white marlin, sailfish, spearfish and swordfish) divisions. Anglers can win additional prize money if entered into these calcuttas. The billfish division is catch-and-release only.

The awards banquet is scheduled for Sunday from 6:30-9 p.m. at the Marlin Club. Last year 53 boats participated in the tournament and a total of $28,710 was awarded to the winners.

For more information, visit www.ocmarlinclub.com or call the Club at 410-213-1613.

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