(July 15, 2022) Young anglers will be the stars of the show this weekend during the Ocean City Marlin Club’s 18th annual Kid’s Classic.
Final registration for the 2022 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 kick off at 7:30 p.m. and will also be available 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.
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.
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.
More than 180 junior anglers fished on 53 boats during the Ocean City Marlin Club’s 17th annual Kid’s Classic in 2021.
The tournament will benefit the Wish-A-Fish 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.”
The Classic has raised approximately $70,000 for the foundation since its inception.
For more information, call 410-213-1613 or visit www.ocmarlinclub.com.