Ocean City Today

Annual Huk Big Fish Classic weigh-ins at Talbot St. Pier

By Managing Editor, Lisa Capitelli | Sep 07, 2017

(Sept. 8, 2017) The weather held out and the fourth annual Huk Big Fish Classic is underway.

The tournament was originally scheduled to take place July 28-30, but because of poor weather conditions the event was postponed to Sept. 8-10.

Last week the forecast didn’t look promising for this weekend’s event, but conditions improved.

“It looks like the weather will be good Friday and Saturday. A little breezy on Sunday,” said Brian Roberts, co-director of the tournament. “We’re amped up. Fishing has really picked up. We expecting some big fish coming to the scale.”

Teams have the option to choose between two 32-hour slots: 7 a.m. Friday, Sept. 8 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, or 7 a.m. Saturday to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10. Crews can fish the entire 32 hours or come back to the dock and head out offshore again after a break with the same or different anglers. Final registration was Thursday.

Boats can depart from any port between New Jersey and Virginia. Teams can fish up to 125 nautical miles from the Ocean City sea buoy during the 2017 tournament. All fish must be weighed at the Talbot Street Pier.

“The format is the same – go out and catch the biggest fish,” Roberts said.

Tournament weigh-ins will take place from 4-9 p.m., Friday, Sept. 8 and Saturday, Sept. 9. The scale, located between M.R. Ducks and the Angler in downtown Ocean City, will be open from 4-8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10. Weigh-ins are free and open to the public. Scott Lenox, of Hooked on OC, will be the weigh-in emcee.

“Teams will still be fishing Friday, so I think Saturday will be a great day to come to the scale, and Sunday too,” Roberts said.

A total of 67 boats entered the 2016 tournament and $333,695 was distributed among the winners. It was a huge jump from 2015 when 46 boats participated and $202,000 was presented to the winners. That was also an increase from the first year in 2014 when 32 boats registered and $92,920 was awarded to the teams catching the top fish.

Talbot Street Pier is the original spot where some of the first fish caught off the coast of Ocean City were weighed.

About 100 years ago, the pier in downtown Ocean City was bustling with activity as anglers took their daily catches there. Organizers of the Big Fish Classic wanted to bring the action, and big fish, back to the pier.

Tournament proceeds will again benefit Diakonia, a residence in West Ocean City that provides emergency and transitional housing, food services, counseling and assistance to its guests; as well as the Ocean City Reef Foundation, an organization committed to the enhancement of local marine habitat through the creation and monitoring of artificial reef systems; and the Billfish Foundation, which is dedicated to conserving and enhancing billfish populations around the world.

For more information, visit www.bigfishclassic.com.


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