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Big Fish Classic ‘huge success’

Restless Lady team lands 145.5-pound shark and wins first place in tourney
By Managing Editor, Lisa Capitelli | Sep 14, 2017
Photo by: Lisa Capitelli The No Quarter team took first place in the stringer division with a total catch weight of 281.5 points. The group won $62,968. Their 128.5-pound shark was the second-largest fish brought to the scale. The 83-pound yellowfin the team weighed earned first place in the heaviest tuna division and their 18-pound dolphin was also the heaviest of the tournament. The crew also weighed 70- and 60.5-pound yellowfin tunas.

(Sept. 15, 2017) Forty boats were entered into the fourth annual Huk Big Fish Classic, held Sept. 8-10, and $227,990 was distributed to tournament winners.

“It was a huge success. We were blessed with great weather,” said Brian Roberts, co-director of the tournament. “It was flat calm on Friday night. Everybody caught a lot of fish and it was a mixed bag of fish – mahi, wahoo, sharks, white marlin, swordfish, tuna.”

The tournament was originally scheduled to take place in July but it was postponed because of poor weather conditions.

Teams had 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 could 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.

The mission was to bring the largest fish back to the Talbot Street Pier scale.

The Restless Lady crew landed the largest fish of the tournament – a 145.5-pound shark. The team also weighed two 17.5-pound mahi. They were awarded $61,935.

“It shows that anything can win this tournament,” Roberts said. “In the past big eye tuna [2014 and 2015] and blue marlin [2016] have won and now we have a shark.”

The No Quarter team took first place in the stringer division with a total catch weight of 281.5 points. The group won $62,968. Their 128.5-pound shark was the second-largest fish brought to the scale. The 83-pound yellowfin the team weighed earned first place in the heaviest tuna division and their 18-pound dolphin was also the heaviest of the tournament. The crew also weighed 70- and 60.5-pound yellowfin tunas.

The Absolut Pleasure crew was presented $29,609. The team came in third place with its total weight of 220.5 pounds. The anglers landed 65- and 73.5-pound tuna and an 82-pound white marlin.

The Always Something team received $27,158. The group reeled in an 86-pound swordfish, 68-pound yellowfin and 64-pound wahoo.

The Moore Bills crew took home $9,180 for second place in the stringer weight division. Their  four heaviest fish – 67-, 64-, 58- and 53.5-pound yellowfin tuna –weighed 242.5 pounds total.

The MJs team was presented $8,610 for an 88.5-pound wahoo. The Stalker anglers boated a 74.5-pound yellowfin tuna and won $7,425.

The Sea Note crew earned $5,670 for releasing eight white marlin and one blue marlin. The M.R. Ducks team released two blue marlin and three white marlin. The group was awarded $2,430. The Chaser crew took third place in the division for releasing three white marlin. They received $5,400.

The Sea Wolf anglers brought home $3,375 for a 79-pound white marlin. The Primary Search team pocketed $2,925 for a 67.5-pound yellowfin tuna.

Reel Intent’s 46.5-pound wahoo was worth $675 and a 73.5-pound yellowfin tuna earned the Husevo team $630.

Tournament proceeds will 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.

The 2018 Big Fish Classic is scheduled for July 27-29.

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