fish n paddle

(June 25, 2021) The Fish N Paddle Saltwater Slam continues to grow each year.

The inaugural event in 2019 was a success, with 34 anglers competing and $7,000 awarded to the winners. The 2020 edition was even bigger, with 47 participating and a $4,725 purse.

As of earlier this week, 50 anglers had already registered for the competition, scheduled for this weekend. About 70 percent of them are new to the event, according to Tournament Director Brian Roberts.

“It’s come a long way. I’m really excited to see this much interest in Ocean City,” he said. “We have a good group of guys and girls.”

Participants registered so far will be coming from all over the country, including Louisiana, Texas, Florida, California, Ohio, Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Roberts is hoping for 60-70 participants.

Final registration will take place today, Friday, from 5:30-7 p.m. at Atlantic Tackle on Sunset Avenue in West Ocean City. An anglers’ meeting will follow.

The cost is $135 per angler.

Participants can fish from 5:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Anglers are permitted to fish all waters within Worcester County, up to three nautical miles from the shore.

Weigh-ins, which are open to the public, will run each day from noon to 4 p.m. at Atlantic Tackle. DJ Wax will play music during weigh-ins on Sunday. There will also be music on Saturday.

Qualifying fish include flounder, striped bass, bluefish, sea trout, sheepshead, tautog, trigger fish, black sea bass, spot, croaker, cobia, red and black drum and Spanish and king mackerel.

The guaranteed payout is $7,000. First-place winner will receive $4,000, second place $2,000, and third $1,000, along with other prizes.

The person who catches the largest fish will also win a kayak fishing excursion to Panama, sponsored by Los Buzos Resort.

And new for this year, the fourth-place winner will take home a kayak, valued at $2,000.

There are also optional added entry level divisions.

Each angler is permitted to weight up to six fish per day. The three heaviest combined weight will win cash prizes.

Each fish will be given a weight point system equal to 100 points per pound. Anglers will receive a bonus 50 points for each fish released and deemed alive by the weighmaster.

There is also a junior angler division for youth 16 and younger.

For more information, rules and added entry level calcuttas, visit https://fishnpaddle.com.

Roberts also wanted to thank local sponsors: Bank of Ocean City, Atlantic Tackle, Shark on the Harbor, OC Kayak, Endless Summer Surf Shop, Cork Bar and Beach Bum Motel.

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