(June 21, 2013) The Ocean City Marlin Club’s 34th annual Small Boat Tournament is scheduled to begin Saturday, June 22 for fishing boats 34 feet long and smaller.
Registration for the weekend-long event will begin today, Friday, at 6:30 p.m. at the Marlin Club, located on Golf Course Road in West Ocean City. A captain’s meeting will follow at 8 p.m. The competition is open to Marlin Club members and non-members.
A record 48 boats carrying approximately 250 anglers went fishing during the 2012 tournament. Director Bill Regan said he expects approximately 40 families to register this year.
“The nice thing about this is that it has turned into a family event,” Regan said. “It’s not unusual to see a bunch of kids out there. Then we have a big crab feast at the end. It’s really a lot of fun.”
Participants will fish from 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. either Saturday or Sunday, June 22-23. Regan said anglers can fish in the inshore or offshore divisions, but also have the option to compete in both.
The inshore division includes categories for flounder, sea bass, tautog, bluefish, rockfish and shark. Offshore division categories include tuna, dolphin, shark and billfish release. There is a $500 bonus for the heaviest flounder and tuna.
Weigh-ins will take place Saturday and Sunday from 3-6:30 p.m. at Sunset Marina in West Ocean City. An Eastern Shore-style crab feast and awards banquet is schedule to follow on Sunday from 6:30-9 p.m.
The entry fee is $200 to fish offshore or inshore. Five banquet tickets are included in the fee. To fish inshore one day and offshore the other, the cost is $400 and includes 10 banquet tickets. Added entry-level calcuttas are available for each division and cost $100, $200 and $300. The $200 offshore billfish added entry level is winner takes all.
“I’m excited to see everybody because this tournament really kicks off the season,” Regan said. “I’m excited to get everybody in here, see the kids, see some good fish and have some crabs.”
For more information, call the Marlin Club at 410-213-1613 or visit www.ocmarlinclub.com.