Ocean City Today

Record payout, participation for ‘Heels and Reels’

By Managing Editor, Lisa Capitelli | Aug 10, 2017
Photo by: Lisa Capitelli The G-Force team took second place in the dolphin division of the Ocean City Marlin Club’s ninth annual “Heels and Reels” ladies tournament, held Aug. 4-5, with a 15 pounder. They won $2,592.

(Aug. 11, 2017) The Ocean City Marlin Club’s ninth annual “Heels and Reels” competition, held Aug. 4-5, saw a record number of boats and prize money awarded.

“[I’m] very pleased. For the most part, we have grown every year. We had one off year due to weather,” said Franky Pettolina, OCMC president and co-director of the tournament. “The ladies like the event because we put out good meals, a good fishing format, and it’s an affordable tourney with good payout. We try to keep it fun and encourage juniors and novices as well as the experienced ladies. Also, it’s for a great cause.”

Approximately 300 ladies fished on 50 boats and $52,020 was awarded to tournament winners. About $4,500 will go to the Marlin Club Crew of OC Scholarship Fund, generated from a portion of Heels and Reels entry fee, 50/50 raffle and silent auction.

Haulin n’ Ballin #1 took first place in the billfish release division with 300 points for releasing three white marlin. The crew was awarded $18,045.

The Brenda Lou team came in second place with 300 points for releasing three white marlin. The Haulin n’ Ballin group released its last fish first, at 11:14 a.m., while the Brenda Lou crew cuts theirs loose at 1:51 p.m. The Brenda Lou anglers were presented $4,347.

The Espadon team released one white and one blue marlin to finish in third place. The ladies won $2,898.

The Last Call crew earned first place in the dolphin division with a 16.2 pounder. It was worth $9,045. G-Force anglers landed in second place with a 15-pound dolphin. They received $2,592. The Lights Out team took third with a 14.6-pound dolphin. The group was awarded $1,728.

The 62.2-pound yellowfin reeled in aboard the Brenda Lou was the largest tuna of the tournament. The ladies won $4,320. The Haulin n’ Ballin #1 hooked 59.2- and 56.8-pound yellowfin tuna. The crew was presented $9,045.

The Junior Angler Award went to 15-year-old Kelsey Deppe, who caught and released her first white marlin while fishing on Kingfisher. She received $500.

Haulin n’ Ballin #2 took home the Team Spirit Award and a prize package donated by Atlantic Tackle, which hosted the tournament weigh-ins in West Ocean City.

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