(May 28, 2021) After a one-year hiatus because of covid-19, the annual Mako Mania tournament returns, June 4-6.
“Last year we halted all of our tournaments. We’re excited to get our tournaments back on track,” said Earl Conley, co-director of Mako Mania.
Conley said he and Bahia Marina have received numerous calls from people interested in participating in the event.
Final registration for the tournament is Thursday, June 3, beginning at 4 p.m. at Bahia Marina, 22nd Street bayside. A captain’s meeting will take place around 7 p.m. At least one team member must be present.
The cost to participate is $500 for a team of four. Two additional anglers may be added to a boat at $50 each, for a maximum of six anglers. Teams will fish two of the three tournament days.
Conley said he would like to see at least 50 boats entered.
There are also $500, $300 and $100 added entry level calcuttas for mako, mako release and thresher shark. A $1,000 Mako Bonus winner take all for heaviest mako is also available.
Conely said some mako have been landed this year, and just last Saturday, a 267-pound thresher shark was weighed at Bahia Marina.
Participants can also enter the $200 bluefish added entry level calcutta.
Prize money will be awarded for the three heaviest mako brought to the Bahia Marina scale as well as to the teams with the most mako releases. The anglers who catch the three heaviest thresher sharks will also receive prize money.
There will be prize money awarded for the two largest bluefish as well.
Weigh-ins will take place from 3:30-7:30 p.m. each tournament day and are open to the public.
An awards banquet will be held after the scale closes on Sunday, June 6.
For more information, call 410-289-7438 or visit https://bahiamarina.com/tournament/mako-mania.cfm
Participation was down for the 23rd Mako Mania Tournament in 2019, as rough ocean conditions put a damper on the annual fishing competition. Eighteen boats were entered and a total of $42,850 was awarded to tournament winners.