(July 3, 2020) The second annual Fish N Paddle Saltwater Slam, held last weekend, was a success, with 47 anglers participating and $7,000 awarded to the winners.
“It went amazingly smooth,” said Brian Roberts, creator of the tournament. “Everyone had a great time. They all worked together in the water and they helped each other out.”
The second edition topped the inaugural event last year, when 34 anglers competed.
Of the 47 participants this year, about 75 percent were new to the event. They traveled from New Jersey, Delaware, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Texas and Maryland. Several who live locally also competed.
Anglers were permitted to fish in all waters within Worcester County, up to three nautical miles from the shore. All participants fished from kayaks.
Qualifying fish included flounder, striped bass, bluefish, sea trout, sheepshead, black sea bass, spot, croaker, cobia, red and black drum and Spanish and king mackerel.
Each angler’s top-three fish were weighed. The three heaviest combined weight received cash prizes. Anglers could weigh three of the same species or different fish.
The guaranteed payout was $7,000.
Doug Greiner of Salisbury came in first place with 1,565 points. He landed a 10.9-pound stripped bass and two bluefish, weighing 2.9 and 1.85 pounds. He won $4,000.
Robert English of Cape May, New Jersey, finished in second place with 1,380 points.
He caught a 13.8-pound black drum.
English was awarded $2,000 and a Lightning Kayak with Pedal Drive for bringing in the heaviest fish of the tournament.
The weight of 13.8 pounds was a new tournament record for heaviest fish.
Morgan Mericle of Silver Spring Maryland, the winners of the 2019 tournament, took third place this year with 1,090 points.
He hooked several bluefish. The heaviest weighed 3.9, 3.5 and 3.5 pounds. He was presented $1,000.
The top three also received Blue Otter polarized glasses.
John Stackhouse of LaPlata, Maryland, took home $425 in the Heaviest Fish Winner Take All Calcutta. He caught a 2.7-pound flounder.
Jonah Corry of Salisbury, 14, came in first place in the junior angler division. He brought a .45-pound croaker to the Atlantic Tackle scale in West Ocean City.
He won an NRS Star Rival Inflatable Kayak SUP and Blue Otter polarized glasses.
Riley Pruitt of Berlin and Dylan McGovern of Salisbury both reeled in .2-pound spot.
Pruitt received an Icom Handheld radio and Blue Otter polarized glasses. McGovern took home a Flambeau Tackle Crate and Blue Otter polarized glasses.
“It was a great time and great weather,” Roberts said. “I want to thank Sunset Marina, Atlantic Tackle, Shark on the Harbor and Worcester County for helping us put this together.”
Next year’s event is slated to take place June 26-27. For more information, visit https://fishnpaddle.com.