(Aug. 2, 2019) Female anglers will be the stars of the show this weekend, during the Ocean City Marlin Club’s 11th annual “Heels and Reels” ladies-only fishing tournament.
Fishing has been good leading up to the tournament, according to Franky Pettolina, Ocean City Marlin Club president and co-director of the tournament.
“Marlin fishing was very good over the weekend. Most boats had multiple shots per day, some up to double digits,” he said. “Mahi was very much quality, not so much quantity. [There was a] new state record – 74 pounds – many fish over 30, a few over 40 [and] two over 50. Tunas were hit or miss, but again, a good quality of fish not so much quantity.”
Many women participate in the tournament annually, including the crew on Pettolina’s boat, the Last Call. Many of the teams will wear matching outfits or make costumes.
Anglers are permitted to fish one of two tournament days: Friday, Aug. 2 or Saturday, Aug. 3. Weigh-ins will take place both days from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Atlantic Tackle on Sunset Avenue in West Ocean City.
An awards banquet is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 3, from 6:30-9 p.m. at the Marlin Club.
Anglers who reel in the three heaviest tuna and dolphin will take home prize money. First, second and third place in the billfish release division will win prize money as well. There is also a junior angler division.
A portion of the entry fee will again be donated to the Marlin Club Crew of OC Scholarship Fund.
Despite poor weather and fishing conditions for the Ocean City Marlin Club’s 2018 “Heels and Reels” tournament, 35 boats still registered and $43,110 was paid out to the winners.
For more information, call 410-213-1613 or visit www.ocmarlinclub.com.