Ocean City Today

OC Marlin Club’s Canyon Kick Off tourney underway

By Managing Editor, Lisa Capitelli | Jun 29, 2017
Photo by: FILE PHOTO The Streaker crew released four white marlin during the Ocean City Marlin Club's 34th annual Canyon Kick Off last year. They won $22,950.

(June 30, 2017) The Ocean City Marlin Club’s 35th annual Canyon Kick Off Tournament starts today and runs until Sunday.

“It’s a fun tournament. Lots of camaraderie,” said Bob Althauser, director of the Canyon Kick Off with Al Rittmeyer. “Marlin Club tournaments are very friendly. It’s a good way to meet others who fish.”

Final registration for the tournament was Thursday. Fishing days are Friday through Sunday, June 30 to July 2. Participants will fish two of the three days. 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 are offered in the meat fish (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.

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

The Streaker crew released four white marlin to win the billfish release division and earn $22,950.

Haulin N’ Ballin released three white marlin and the team took home $3,510. First Light finished in third place with two white marlin releases. The group was awarded $2,340.

The Second Chance scored first place in the dolphin division with a 25.4 pounder. The team received $9,967.50. The Barbara Rose placed second with a 22.2-pound dolphin. The Tighten Up came in third with an 18.6-pound dolphin. The Tighten Up crew was presented $6,300. The Chubby Hubby team won $1,827 for an 18.4-pound dolphin.

The Brenda Lou team brought a monster 125.8-pound yellowfin tuna to the Sunset Marina scale and landed in the top spot in the division. They took home $4,567.50.

The Barbara Rose’s 68-pound yellowfin tuna was good for second place. The tuna and a 22.2-pound dolphin earned the Barbara Rose crew a total of $5,481. A Salt Weapon III finished in third in the tuna division with a 56.6 pounder. It was worth $13,527 because of participation in added entry-level calcuttas.

The Jezebel team’s 73.2-pound bluefin tuna earned them first place in the division and $1,764. The Black Flag group boated a 70-pound bluefin to take second place and $270. The Triple S crew caught a 69-pound bluefin to land in third place. The team won $486.

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

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