(July 12, 2019) Sixty-two boats participated in the Ocean City Marlin Club’s 37th annual Canyon Kick Off last weekend, and $96,120 was distributed among the winners.

“It went well. The weather was a little rough [so] some smaller boats backed out,” said Bob Althauser, director of the Canyon Kick Off with Al Rittmeyer. “Friday was fine. Saturday was rough and Sunday the seas were very heavy out in the canyons. It was fine going in and out, but closer to the canyons the seas were very large.”

Participants had the option to fish two of three tournament days.

In the billfish release division, Gret’s Three J’s took first place with 650 points, releasing five white marlins and one blue. The team was awarded $30,420.

The Billfisher crew released six white marlins, the last at 9:40 a.m. to land in second place. The group won $4,212.

The Buckshot team also released six white marlins, the last at 10:44 a.m., to finish in third. The team took home $2,808.

The Sindaco crew won the tuna division with a 142.8-pounder. The group received $12,847.50 for the fish. The team also reeled in the third-place fish – a 95.8-pound tuna – and pocketed an additional $2,079.

The Canyon Hunter team caught a 112.4-pound tuna and was awarded $13,018.50.

The Makenzie Rae crew earned first place in the dolphin division with a 52.4-pound fish. The group was presented $22,747.50.

The Dawg Haus team boated a 26.8-pound dolphin, good for second place.

The Lucky Duck II team was awarded $3,118.50 for its 19.6-pound dolphin.

Because of participation in added entry level calcuttas, the Buckshot and Head Hunter teams both won $1,039.50 for their 17.6-pound catches.

The Husevo team landed a 53.4-pound bluefin tuna and was presented $2,790.

The Fin-Ally team hooked an 87.6-pound bluefin tuna.

“There were some very happy boaters. There were some nice prizes paid out,” Althauser said. “I thought it was an excellent turnout. I think everyone had a great time. We’re looking forward to the 38th annual tournament next year.”

The Ocean City Marlin Club’s next tournament is the 15th annual Kid’s Classic, slated for July 20-21. It is open to anglers 19 and younger.

The tournament benefits the Wish-A-Fish Foundation, whose mission is to “provide a little relief for a family from the daily stress of having a child with special needs, such as a life-threatening illness, mental or physical disability, by taking the entire family out for a day of fun and fishing on the water.”

For more information about the Kid’s Classic, call 410-213-1613 or visit www.ocmarlinclub.com.

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