OCEAN CITY- The 3rd Annual Branch Kreppel Blue Marlin Tournament, named for a beloved local angler and commercial diver who passed away in 2008, was a big success last weekend with over $35,000 in prize money doled out to the winners in several categories.
Almost all of the proceeds for the event went to the late Branch Kreppel’s family with the exception of a new wrinkle in the format this year. The new entry level for dolphin, appropriately named Level JJ, was added for the late local angler Jimmy Jackson and the proceeds from that Calcutta were donated to the Ocean City Reef Foundation in Jackson’s name.
For the record, the crew on the “No Quarter” took first place with 120 points, while the crew on the “Reel Joy” was second and the “Wound Up” was third, each with 100 points. The largest tuna caught during the tournament was a 65-pounder hauled in by the crew on the “Billfisher,” while the largest dolphin was a 31-pounder caught by the “No Quarter.”