(June 27, 2014) Spend the July 4 holiday weekend on the water, competing in the Ocean City Marlin Club’s 32nd annual Canyon Kick Off Tournament.
Registration for the event will begin Thursday, July 3, at 6:30 p.m. at the Marlin Club, located on Golf Course Road in West Ocean City. A captains’ meeting will follow at 8 p.m. The competition is free for Marlin Club boat members. The costs for non-members is $400.
Fishing days are Friday through Sunday, July 4-6. Participants will fish two of the three days. Boats may leave from Indian River Inlet or Ocean City Inlet. Weigh-ins will be from 5-7:30 p.m. at Sunset Marina in West Ocean City each day.
Cash prizes will be awarded for marlin, sailfish, spearfish and swordfish releases, as well as the largest tuna and dolphin brought to the scale.
“Tuna fishing is excellent right now. “There’s lots of yellowfin, some big eye and some bluefin. All species is good,” said Canyon Kick Off Chairman, Dave Birkett, who has fished a majority of the Canyon Kick Off tournaments since its inception 32 years ago. “Dolphin is alway OK. Billfish is a little slow right now…”
Added entry-level calcuttas, which cost $200, $300, $500 and $1,000 are offered in the meat fish (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.
An awards banquet is scheduled for Sunday, July 6 from 6:30-9 p.m. at the Marlin Club. Six tickets to the banquet are included in the tournament entry fee.
Last year, 68 boats participated in the tournament and a total of $42,210 was awarded to the winners.
Birkett said he hopes to have at least 50-60 boats enter this year.
“When fishing is good, people get excited,” he said.
For more information, visit www.ocmarlinclub.com or call the Club at 410-213-1613.