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(July 23, 2021) Lady anglers will show off their fishing skills during the Ocean City Marlin Club’s 13th annual Heels and Reels tournament next weekend.

A number of ladies participate in the tournament annually, and many started off as junior anglers.

“We have a lot of return anglers, and a lot of youth anglers as well,” said Heels and Reels co-director Ryan Freese. “It’s a fun tournament and it’s very affordable for the teams.”

Many of the teams will wear matching T-shirts or have themed outfits. Freese said his crew, who has fished with him before, already has shirts planned for their trip on A Salt Weapon 3.

Freese is taking over as chair of the event. He was co-director with club President Franky Pettolina, who passed away in March.

“This was his most favorite out of all the Marlin Club tournaments. It’s big shoes to fill being the chair this year,” he said.

The tournament is open to both Marlin Club members and nonmembers. The final day to register is Thursday, July 29, beginning at 6 p.m. at the club, on Golf Course Road in West Ocean City.

A captains’ meeting will follow. It will also be available to view on the Marlin Club website, www.ocmarlinclub.com, and on its Facebook page.

Anglers are permitted to fish one of two tournament days: Friday, July 30 or Saturday, July 31.

Weigh-ins will take place both days from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Atlantic Tackle on Sunset Avenue in West Ocean City.

The cost is $300 per boat for up to six anglers. A portion of the entry fee will again be donated to the Marlin Club Crew of OC Scholarship Fund.

Added entry level calcuttas, or wagering pools, ranging in cost from $200 to $500, are available and include a billfish release and a meatfish (tuna (no bluefin) and dolphin) divisions.

The minimum weight for tuna is 30 pounds, 10 pounds for dolphin.

A junior angler division is open to girls 16 and younger.

Anglers who reel in the three heaviest tuna and dolphin will take home prize money. First, second and third place in the billfish release division will also win prize money.

An awards banquet will take place on July 31 at the club.

Ladies fished on 57 boats and a total of $81,090 was distributed to tournament winners last year.

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

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