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Weigh-ins for 18th Mako Mania, Fri., Sat., Sun. at Bahia Marina

(June 6, 2014) Boat captains will take anglers offshore in search of mako and thresher sharks and bluefish during the 18th annual Mako Mania Shark Tournament, which starts today, Friday, and concludes Sunday.

“It’s been a long, hard, cold winter and people are anxious to go out fishing,” Earl Conley, Mako Mania co-organizer, said last week.

The first mako of the season, a 214-pounder, was caught on May 9, by Hayden Christoff aboard the Restless Lady. A number of makos as well as threshers and blue sharks have been boated since.

During the 34th annual Ocean City Shark Tournament, held May 29-31, 15 sharks–six makos, seven blues and two threshers–were brought to the Ocean City Fishing Center scale in West Ocean City.

A 314-pound mako took first place in the tournament. A 346-pound thresher finished in the top spot in the open division.

A total of 108 sharks were released during the competition–13 makos, 85 blues and nine sandbars.

“There’s some big threshers and some big makos out there. Hopefully this weekend we’ll have a good mix of sharks,” Conley said. “Tuna fishing keeps getting better, so hopefully the mako bite will keep getting better…It’s definitely heating up and hopefully the peak will be this weekend.”

The entry fee is $500 per boat for up to four anglers. Two additional anglers — to make a six-person team — may be added to a boat at $50 each. There will be a one day (different team) entry fee of $300 for charter boats.

Anglers will fish two of three days, Friday through Sunday, June 6-8.

All fish must be weighed in at Bahia Marina. Scales will open at 3:30 p.m. and close at 7:30 p.m. The public is invited to watch the weigh-ins, which typically draw a large crowd.

Mako Mania, presented by Bahia Marina Tournaments, has added entry categories for the heaviest thresher shark and bluefish. Prize money will be awarded for the three heaviest mako sharks and top two bluefish. Winner takes all for the heaviest thresher.

There will also be a $1,000 bonus mako (heaviest mako winner takes all) calcutta. Entering this category will increase the amount of prize money paid out to the angler who lands the largest mako.

The deadline to sign up for the added entry level calcuttas was 11:59 p.m. Thursday, but entry into the tournament is still open.

The boat that releases the most sharks will receive the “W.W. Harman” $1,000 award in honor of the late William W. Harman, who launched shark tournaments in the resort more than 20 years ago.

For more information about Mako Mania, call Bahia Marina at 410-289-7438.

 

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