Ocean City Today

OC Marlin Club’s Canyon Kick Off tourney next week

By Managing Editor, Lisa Capitelli | Jun 22, 2017

(June 23, 2017) The Ocean City Marlin Club’s 35th annual Canyon Kick Off Tournament is just a week away.

Registration for the event will begin at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, June 29, at the Marlin Club, located on Golf Course Road in West Ocean City. A captains’ meeting will follow at 8 p.m. The competition is free for Marlin Club boat members. The costs for non-members is $400.

“It’s a fun tournament. Lots of camaraderie,” said Bob Althauser, director of the Canyon Kick Off with Al Rittmeyer. “It’s a decent-size tournament and there’s usually a pretty good payout.”

Depending on the weather, Althauser anticipates 65-75 boats to enter. It is typically made up of OC Marlin Club members, but all are welcome and encouraged to participate, Althauser said.

“Marlin Club tournaments are very friendly. It’s a good way to meet others who fish,” he added.

Fishing days are Friday through Sunday, June 30 to July 2. Participants will fish two of the three days. Boats may leave from Indian River inlet or Ocean City inlet. Weigh-ins will take place from 5-7:30 p.m. at Sunset Marina in West Ocean City each day.

Cash prizes will be awarded for white and blue marlin, sailfish, spearfish and swordfish releases, as well as for the three largest tuna and dolphin brought to the scale.

The minimum weight for all tuna (yellowfin, big eye, bluefin and long fin) is 30 pounds. The minimum weight for dolphin is 10 pounds.

Added entry-level calcuttas, which cost $200, $300, $500 and $1,000 are offered in the meatfish (tuna and dolphin), bluefin tuna and billfish divisions. Anglers can win additional prize money if entered into these calcuttas. The billfish division is catch-and-release only.

One hundred points will be award for white marlin, sailfish and spearfish and 150 points for blue marlin and swordfish releases.

An awards banquet is scheduled for Sunday, July 2, from 6:30-9 p.m. at the Marlin Club. Berlin artist Jeff Auxer has designed the tournament trophies this year.

A total of 63 boats entered into the 34th annual competition last year and nearly $73,000 was awarded to the winners.

For more information, visit www.ocmarlinclub.com or call 410-213-1613.

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