(June 4, 2021) The annual Mako Mania tournament kicks off today and runs through Sunday with weigh-ins at Bahia Marina in Ocean City.
The event, hosted by Bahia Marina Tournaments, returns after a one-year hiatus because of covid.
“We’re excited to get our tournaments back on track,” said Earl Conley, co-director of Mako Mania, last week.
The entry fee is $500 per boat for up to four anglers. Two additional anglers — to make a six-person team — may be added to a boat for $50 each.
Although crews can still enter the tournament, the deadline to participate in the added-entry level calcuttas was Thursday. Anglers will fish two of three days, Friday through Sunday, June 4-6.
All fish must be weighed at Bahia Marina on 22nd Street, bayside. Scales will open at 3:30 p.m. and close at 7:30 p.m. The public is invited to watch the weigh-ins.
Prize money will be awarded for the three heaviest mako brought to the scale as well as to the teams with the most mako releases. The team that releases the most makos will be presented the W.W. Harman award.
The anglers who catch the three heaviest thresher sharks will also receive prize money.
Conley said Wednesday morning that several makos and threshers have been caught over the past week.
There will be prize money awarded for the two largest bluefish as well.
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.
No mako sharks were boated.
The Just Fold team released four makos and won $21,185. They were also presented the W.W. Harman award for most released makos.
The Sea-Ment crew released three makos and was awarded $10,911. The Just One More team released two makos and took home $7,274.
No thresher sharks were boated.
The Sea-Ment crew earned first place in the bluefish division with a 12.5-pounder. The group received $2,787. The Reel Obsession team landed a 6.8-pound bluefish and won $693.