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(June 25, 2021) The Ocean City Marlin Club will host its 42nd annual Small Boat Tournament this weekend.

“The weather looks very good, especially for a small boat tournament,” said Boz Jefferson, OCMC president and co-chair of the tournament with Colin Campbell and Bill Regan. “We’d be happy to have 50 boats this year. Anything more we’d be ecstatic.”

The competition is for “small boats,” open to vessels 34 feet long (as stated on the manufacturer’s specifications) and smaller.

Final registration will take place today, Friday, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Marlin Club, located on Golf Course Road in West Ocean City. Only one representative from each boat is needed to sign the group up. Participants do not need to be Marlin Club members.

There will be a virtual captain’s meeting available on the Marlin Club website,, and on its Facebook page.

The entry fee is $300 per boat to fish offshore or inshore. To fish inshore one day and offshore the other, the cost is $600.

There are also added entry level calcuttas of $100, $200 and $300 for inshore and offshore meatfish divisions, as well as a $200 offshore billfish release division winner take all.

Many people fish in the tournament annually, Jefferson said. Participants will fish either Saturday or Sunday, June 26-27. Anglers can participate in the inshore or offshore divisions. They also have the option to compete in both.

The Small Boat competition is for all ages, and young anglers are encouraged participate.

The inshore division includes categories for flounder, sea bass, bluefish and rockfish. Offshore division categories include tuna, dolphin and billfish release.

The Dale Brown Award is a $500 bonus for the angler who lands the heaviest flounder. The award is named in memory of Brown, who was a Marlin Club member and avid fisherman.

Weigh-ins will take place each day from 3-6:30 p.m. at Sunset Marina in West Ocean City.

A crab feast awards banquet will take place on Sunday from 6:30-9 p.m. under the clubhouse.

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 year. The total awarded to tournament winners was $37,470.

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

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