(Aug. 27, 2021) The Ocean City Marlin Club’s 63rd annual Labor Day White Marlin Tournament kicks off next weekend.
Final registration for the tournament, the resort’s longest-running fishing competition, will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 2, at the Ocean City Marlin Club on Golf Course Road in West Ocean City.
Teams can also register in advance by calling the Marlin Club at 410-213-1613.
Seventy-five percent of the entry fee will be returned in guaranteed prize money.
The tournament is open to both Marlin Club boat members and nonmembers. The cost to participate is $500 per boat.
Anglers are eligible to fish two of three days: Friday, Sept. 3, Saturday, Sept. 4 and/or Sunday, Sept. 6.
Participants can leave from either the Indian River inlet or Ocean City inlet.
One hundred points will be awarded for each released white marlin, sailfish and spearfish. Anglers will earn 150 points for blue marlin released.
Added entry-level calcuttas, or wagering pools, which range in cost from $200 to $500, for billfish release are available.
In addition, anglers can sign up for the daily billfish release division, which costs $500 to enter. Winner takes all.
A billfish release calcutta for boats 34 feet and smaller is also available. It costs $500 to enter and is winner takes all.
A Master Angler Award, named in honor of William O. Fenwick, former OCMC board member and Labor Day tournament co-chair for over a decade, will be presented to the person who self-hooks and releases the most billfish.
Last year, the Marlin Club included a Heaviest White Marlin division. The minimum size to be eligible to weigh a billfish is 70 inches. Limit of one boated billfish per boat per day.
There are three added entry-level calcuttas in the division - $200, $300 and $500.
“Marlin fishing is up and down. One week it’s red hot and then the next week it’s not,” said Jimmy Giles, co-chair of the tournament with Gary Stamm. “Typically, the peak is August to the end of September. The Labor Day tournament falls right in the middle of that cycle, so we anticipate good fishing.”
There are also divisions for heaviest meatfish (tuna and dolphin) brought to the scale.
The anglers who boat the three heaviest tuna (yellowfin, big eye or longfin) and dolphin will win prize money. Added entry-level calcuttas for meatfish cost $200, $300 and $500.
The minimum qualifying weight for tuna is 30 pounds and 10 pounds for dolphin.
Daily catches will be weighed at Sunset Marina in West Ocean City from 6-8 p.m.
Last year, 36 boat entered and 103,550 was distributed among the winners.
“We saw a good jump in participation last year and we hope that continues,” Giles said.
For more information, call the Marlin Club at 410-213-1613 or visit www.ocmarlinclub.com.