(Aug. 9, 2019) A record 66 boats participated in the Ocean City Marlin Club’s 11th annual “Heels and Reels” ladies-only tournament, held last weekend.
A total of $83,930 was distributed among the tournament winners.
“[The tournament was] awesome,” said Franky Pettolina, Ocean City Marlin Club president and co-director of Heels and Reels. “It all came together. I could not be happier. Thanks to all the ladies for coming out and making it a special event, and congrats to my wife [Jennifer] on catching her first blue marlin.”
Pettolina said the weather was prefect and fishing was good.
“Plenty of marlins and nice tunas and mahi,” he said.
The Ringleader crew released five white marlins and one blue to win the billfish release division. The ladies were awarded $28,665.
The No Quarter team released six white marlins and was presented $6,669.
The Theresa Jean crew released four whites and was presented $4,446.
The No Quarter team landed a 26.4-pound dolphin. The ladies took home $15,525.
Talkin’ Trash #1 reeled in a 21.4-pound dolphin, good for second place and $3,780.
The Cabana team caught a 19.8-pound dolphin. The group received $2,520.
The M.R. Ducks Lewis team hooked a 112-pound yellowfin tuna. The crew was awarded $15,525.
The Tighten Up #2 crew landed a 68.2-pound yellowfin tuna to finish in second place. The ladies were presented $3,780.
The M.R. Ducks Drago team boated a 60.8-pound yellowfin tuna. The ladies took home $2,520.
Emma Helwig was the top junior angler. She released two white marlins aboard Roll Groove.
A portion of the entry fee will again be donated to the Marlin Club Crew of OC Scholarship Fund.