(June 26, 2020) Twenty-seven of the 53 boats entered into the Ocean City Marlin Club’s 41st annual Small Boat Tournament brought fish to the Sunset Marina scale last weekend.
“We weighed a lot of fish,” said Boz Jefferson, co-chair of the tournament with Colin Campbell and Bill Regan. “More than half of the boats came to the scales, which is pretty good.”
Of the 53 boats, nine stayed inshore, while 44 went offshore. One team entered both divisions.
Forty-three of the groups fished last Saturday.
“People were ready to fish,” Jefferson said. “It was a good time.”
The guaranteed prize money for the tournament totaled $10,600, as $200 from each boat entry fee went into the payout.
The total payout for the added entry level calcuttas, or wagering pools, was $26,370.
The grand total awarded to tournament winners was $37,470.
“We were extremely happy with the turnout. We were happy with the weather and with the catch,” Jefferson said. “It was much better than we had anticipated a month ago because we didn’t know if we would even have a tournament.”
Carol’s Teakettle took first place in the billfish release division with 150 points. The group released a blue marlin and was awarded $1,467.
Screwin Around came in second place, releasing a white marlin at 9:55 a.m. The team won $4,840.
The group aboard Duffie 26 released their white marlin at 1:28 p.m. and earned $587.
My Happy Place brought a 19.2-pound dolphin to the scale. The team took home $4,689.
The Oppor-Tuna-Ty Too crew landed in first and third place with 179.4- and 154.2-pound tuna. They were awarded $17,426.
The Ocean Lady team finished in second place with a 155.8-pound tuna. They received $880.
The Humpin’ Along crew earned $1,683 for their 149.8-pound tuna.
The group aboard Hot Flounder caught 2.8- (19 inches) and 2.6-pound (18 inches) flounder. The larger earned them the $500 Dale Brown Award.
The award is named in memory of Brown, who was a Marlin Club member and avid fisherman.
Altogether, the Hot Flounder team won $1,558.33.
The Legal Seasure crew caught two 2.2-pound flounder. They were presented $292.66.
The Jezebel team swept the sea bass division. They reeled in a 3.2- and two 2.8-pound sea bass. They won $1,375.
The Lost Time crew placed first in the bluefish division with a 4.4-pounder. They were awarded $304.
The Fish In OC team came in second place with a 3.2-pound bluefish. The group won $135.
The Legal Seasure crew landed a 3- and two 2.8-pound bluefish. They received $856.32.
The Hoo’s Your Daddy? group earned $55.66 for their 2.8-pound bluefish.
The Line Dancer team boated a 28.5-inch, 9 pound rockfish and was presented $1,350.25.