Ocean City Today

Sixty-four boats enter Canyon Kick Off, $60K awarded

By Managing Editor, Lisa Capitelli | Jul 06, 2017
Photo by: Lisa Capitelli Absolut Pleasure’s 60.6-pound yellowfin took the top spot in the division during the Ocean City Marlin Club’s 35th annual Canyon Kick Off, held June 30 to July 2. The team was presented $15,772.50. They are pictured at Sunset Marina in West Ocean City.

(July 7, 2017) The Ocean City Marlin Club’s 35th annual Canyon Kick Off was another success, as 64 boats were entered into the tournament, held June 30 to July 2, and $60,480 was presented to the winners.

“The weather was a little iffy a few days before, but it worked out really well,” said Al Rittmeyer, director of the Canyon Kick Off with Bob Althauser. “We had good participation and payout. A lot of people fish in the tournament because it’s free to Marlin Club members.”

Billfish Release:

The Maverick crew released a blue marlin – the first one of the season for a Marlin Club member – to take first place in the division. The group was awarded $12,150.

The Haulin’ N Ballin’ team released a white marlin and won $1,620. The Griffin anglers also released a white and took home $1,080.


The Grande Pez team landed a 21.2-pound dolphin to earn first place in the division and $15,772.50.

The Last Call crew brought 15- and 13.6- pound dolphins to the Sunset Marina scale in West Ocean City to finish in second and third in the division. The group received $4,073.

Tuna (yellowfin, big eye, longfin):

Absolut Pleasure’s 60.6-pound yellowfin took the top spot in the division. The team was presented $15,772.50. The Stalker crew boated a 59.6-pound yellowfin, good for second place and $2,443.50. The Maverick team was awarded $1,629 for its 56.8-pound yellowfin.

Bluefin Tuna:

The Canyon Blues’ 122.8-pound (59 inches) bluefin placed first in the division. The group was not entered into added entry-level calcuttas and did not receive prize money.

The Carol’s Teakettle crew caught a 113.6-pound (58 inches) bluefin tuna and won $900. The Gret’s Three J’s team landed a 106.8-pound (56 inches) bluefin and took home $540.

The Moore Bills team’s 92-pound (55 inches) bluefin earned them $4,140 because of participation in added entry-level calcuttas. The Big Billin’ anglers received a check for $360 for their 89-pound (51 inches) bluefin.

“Tuna fishing overall was good. There were decent size yellowfin and a few bluefin were weighed,” Rittmeyer said. “Marlin fishing has been slow so far this year.”

The Ocean City Marlin Club’s next tournament is the 13th annual Kid’s Classic, slated for July 22-23. It is open to anglers 19 and younger.

The tournament benefits the Wish-A-Fish Foundation, whose mission is to “provide a little relief for a family from the daily stress of having a child with special needs, such as a life-threatening illness, mental or physical disability, by taking the entire family out for a day of fun and fishing on the water.”

For more information about the Kid’s Classic, call 410-213-1613 or visit www.ocmarlinclub.com.








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