kid's classic

(July 16, 2021) The Ocean City Marlin Club is expecting another big turnout for the 17th annual Kid’s Classic this weekend.

“The weather is looking good, the fish are here and the kids want to fish the tournament because it’s such a fun time,” said Boz Jefferson, president of the Marlin Club.

Final registration for the 2021 tournament, which benefits the Wish-A-Fish Foundation, will begin today, Friday, at 6 p.m. at the Marlin Club on Golf Course Road in West Ocean City.

A captains’ meeting will be on Facebook and the Marlin Club’s website, www.ocmarlinclub.com.

The tournament is open to anglers 19 and younger, many of whom participate annually. The cost is $200 per boat, with an unlimited number of anglers.

“We have kids that have been fishing this for 10 years,” Jefferson said. “[The Marlin Club] likes hosting this event because it involves kids. We want every kid to have the opportunity to fish. It’s one of our favorite tournaments for the club. It’s all about fun and it’s all about the kids.”

Those who don’t have access to a boat can participate for $25 and fish from areas including the surf, Route 50 Bridge, Ocean City fishing pier and Assateague Island.

In addition, “parents can make reservations separately on the many wonderful head boats available in town if they don’t have a boat of their own as another option, rather than just fishing from shore,” said Amanda Shick, operations manager/event coordinator/social marketing for the Ocean City Marlin Club.

The tournament is slated for Saturday and Sunday with participants having the option to fish one or both days in the bay or ocean. Weigh-ins will take place Saturday from 3-6:30 p.m. and Sunday, 3-6 p.m. at Sunset Marina in West Ocean City.

All participants will receive an award. There are additional first-, second- and third-place prizes for most billfish released, and heaviest fish including bluefish, bonita, dolphin, flounder, mackerel, rockfish, sea bass, tog, tuna, wahoo and “unusual catch.”

Stringer weight includes five fish in a bucket per angler per day for croaker and spot.

The carnival and awards ceremony will be held on Sunday following fishing. Fantasy World Entertainment is providing the amusement rides for the event.

Approximately 220 junior anglers fished on 54 boats during the Ocean City Marlin Club’s 16th annual Kid’s Classic last year.

Unfortunately, the Wish-A-Fish fishing outing portion of the tournament has been canceled again his year due to covid safety concerns.

The tournament will still benefit the organization, whose mission is: “We can’t cure an illness, make a disability vanish, or remove the daily stress a family with special needs children has to endure. We just try to make one day a little better for the whole family by taking them out on the water for some fun and fishing. The smiles and excitement on the children’s faces when they catch their first fish (and their second, and their third...) is a wonderful experience and a memory that will last for years.”

In 2020, a total of $1,020 came from personal donations at registration and the Ocean City Marlin Club chipped in $4,766.

The Classic has raised more than $68,000 for the foundation since its inception.

For more information, call 410-213-1613 or visit www.ocmarlinclub.com.

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