(July 2, 2021) The Ocean City Marlin Club’s 39th annual Canyon Kick Off Tournament begins today and runs until Sunday.
Marlin Club President Boz Jefferson said the Kick Off is typically the biggest tournament in terms of turnout for the club. Most people who participate are boat club members and compete in the tournament annually. It is free for boat club members to participate in the tournament.
Fishing days are Friday through Sunday, July 2-4. Participants will fish two of the three days.
Boats may leave from the Indian River inlet or Ocean City inlet. Final registration was Thursday, July 1.
Weigh-ins will take place from 5-7:30 p.m. at Sunset Marina in West Ocean City each day.
Cash prizes will be awarded for white and blue marlin, sailfish, spearfish and swordfish releases, as well as for the three largest tuna and dolphin brought to the scale.
The minimum weight for all tuna (yellowfin, big eye, bluefin and long fin) is 30 pounds. The minimum weight for dolphin is 10 pounds.
Added entry-level calcuttas, which cost $200, $300, $500 and $1,000, are offered in the meatfish (tuna and dolphin), bluefin tuna and billfish divisions. Anglers can win additional prize money if entered into these calcuttas. The billfish division is catch-and-release only.
One hundred points will be award for white marlin, sailfish and spearfish, and 150 points for blue marlin and swordfish releases.
An awards banquet is planned for Sunday.
Fifty-four boats participated in the Ocean City Marlin Club’s 38th annual Canyon Kick Off last year, and $78,300 was distributed among the winners.
For more information, call 410-213-1613 or visit www.ocmarlinclub.com.