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(July 3, 2020) The Ocean City Marlin Club’s 38th annual Canyon Kick Off Tournament begins today and runs until Sunday.

Most people who participate are boat club members and compete in the tournament annually, Bob Althauser, director of the Canyon Kick Off with Al Rittmeyer, said last week.

While the fishing part of the event will remain the same, a few other aspects will be altered due to covid-19.

Fishing days are Friday through Sunday, July 3-5. Participants will fish two of the three days.

Boats may leave from the Indian River inlet or Ocean City inlet. Final registration was yesterday, Thursday.

Weigh-ins will take place from 5-7:30 p.m. at Sunset Marina in West Ocean City each day. In accordance with social distancing guidelines, the number of people on the dock at the scale will be limited.

There will also be no awards banquet this year.

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.

Althauser hopes this year’s tournament will be as successful as the 2019 event.

Sixty-two boats participated in the Ocean City Marlin Club’s 37th annual Canyon Kick Off last year, and $96,120 was distributed among the winners.

In the billfish release division, Gret’s Three J’s took first place with 650 points, releasing five white marlins and one blue. The team was awarded $30,420.

The Sindaco crew won the tuna division with a 142.8-pounder. The group received $12,847.50 for the fish. The team also reeled in the third-place fish – a 95.8-pound tuna – and pocketed an additional $2,079.

The Makenzie Rae crew earned first place in the dolphin division with a 52.4-pound fish. The group was presented $22,747.50.

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

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