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(June 26, 2020) The inaugural Fish N Paddle Saltwater Slam last year was a success, with 34 anglers competing and $7,000 awarded to the winners. The 2020 edition is shaping up to be even bigger.

As of earlier this week, 25 anglers had already registered for the competition, scheduled for this weekend. Most of them did not participate last year.

Tournament Director Brian Roberts is anticipating a larger turnout, with anglers from New Jersey, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland expected to participate.

“People want to fish,” Roberts said. “I’m excited for everybody that wants to be here.”

Final registration will take place today, Friday, from 5:30-7 p.m. at Atlantic Tackle on Sunset Avenue in West Ocean City. Social distancing and masks are required during registration. An anglers’ meeting will follow.

The cost is $135 per angler.

Fishing hours have been altered this year. Participants can fish from 5:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Anglers are permitted to fish all waters within Worcester County, up to three nautical miles from the shore.

Weigh-ins will be a littler earlier this year, taking place each day from noon to 4 p.m. at Atlantic Tackle. DJ Wax will play music during weigh-ins.

Qualifying fish include flounder, striped bass, bluefish, sea trout, sheepshead, black sea bass, spot, croaker, cobia, red and black drum and Spanish and king mackerel.

The guaranteed payout is $7,000. First-place winner will receive $4,000, second place $2,000, and third $1,000. Kayaks and paddleboards as well as other prizes such as rods and reels, will also be awarded.

There are also optional added entry level divisions.

Each angler’s top-three fish will be weighed. The three heaviest combined weight will win cash prizes. Anglers can weigh three of the same species or different fish.

Each fish will be given a weight point system equal to 100 points per pound. Anglers will receive a bonus 50 points for each fish released and deemed alive by the weighmaster.

A junior angler division has been added this year, for youth 16 and younger.

For more information, rules and added entry level calcuttas, visit https://fishnpaddle.com.

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