(Aug. 23, 2013) The Ocean City Marlin Club’s 55th 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. 29, at the Ocean City Marlin Club, on Golf Course Road in West Ocean City.
“I’m hoping the weather is good and we have a good turnout,” said OCMC President and tournament co-Director Franky Pettolina.
Anglers are eligible to fish two of three days: Friday, Aug. 30, Saturday, Aug. 31 and/or Sunday, Sept. 1. 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-$500, for billfish release are available. In addition, anglers can register 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.
“This time of year, the end of August and September, is the best for marlin fishing in Ocean City,” Pettolina said. “Bigeyes (tuna) are still around and we expect to see some brought to the scale.”
There are also divisions for heaviest meatfish (tuna and dolphin) brought to the scale. 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.
Daily catches will be weighed at Sunset Marina in West Ocean City from 5:30-7:30 p.m. An awards banquet is scheduled for Sept. 1, at the club. Tickets cost $15.
For more information, call the Marlin Club at 410-213-1613.