(Aug. 22, 2014) The Ocean City Marlin Club’s 56th annual Labor Day White Marlin Tournament, the resort’s longest-running fishing competition, is scheduled to take place next weekend.
Registration will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 28, at the Ocean City Marlin Club, on Golf Course Road in West Ocean City. A captains’ meeting will follow.
Anglers are eligible to fish two of three days: Friday, Aug. 29, Saturday, Aug. 30 and/or Sunday, Aug 31. There is no cost to enter for OCMC boat members. The cost for non-members is $500.
The billfish division is catch and release only. One hundred points will be awarded for each released white marlin, sailfish and spearfish. Anglers will earn 150 points for blue marlin and swordfish released. No points will be awarded for boated billfish.
Added entry level calcuttas, which range in cost from $200 to $500, for billfish release are also available. In addition, anglers can sign up for the daily billfish release division, which costs $500 to enter.
A Master Angler Award will be presented to the person who self-hooks and releases the most billfish during the tournament.
There are divisions for heaviest meatfish (tuna and dolphin) brought to the scale, as well. The top three anglers who boat the heaviest tuna (yellowfin, bigeye or longfin) and dolphin will win awards. Added entry level calcutta for meatfish cost $200, $300 and $500.
The minimum qualifying weight for tuna is 30 pounds and 10 pounds for dolphin.
A billfish release calcutta for boats 34 feet and smaller is also available. It cost $500 to enter and is winner takes all.
“There have been some good marlin days and the quality of dolphin is really good,” said Ocean City Marlin Club President and tournament co-Director Franky Pettolina. “Bigeyes have been ever present, although a mystery at times as to when/why they bite.”
Daily catches will be weighed at Sunset Marina in West Ocean City from 5:30-7:30 p.m. An awards banquet is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 31, at the club. Banquet tickets cost $15 per person.
In 2013, anglers fishing aboard 37 boats competed for $24,660 in prize money.
For more information, call the Marlin Club at 410-213-1613 or visit www.ocmarlinclub.com.