OCEAN CITY- With a couple of big offshore tournaments in the books and a few of the majors still looming later this summer, some of the smaller boats in the resort’s sportfishing fleet will get the chance to shine next weekend with the arrival of the Ocean City Marlin Club’s 33rd Annual Small Boat Tournament.
The Marlin Club’s annual Small Boat Tournament provides an opportunity for smaller boats to compete in a tournament before the bigger events such as the Ocean City Tuna Tournament and the White Marlin Open arrive on the summer fishing calendar. The event gets underway next Thursday with a captain’s meeting at the Marlin Club with the action offshore getting started next Friday. Participating boats must decide to fish one of two fishing days, Saturday or Sunday, with daily weigh-ins the Sunset Marina in West Ocean City from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
As its name implies, the Small Boat Tournament is open to all boats with a length of 34 feet or under. The event is divided into two divisions; the Offshore Division and the Inshore Division. Inshore, participating anglers will target flounder, sea bass, tog, bluefish and rockfish. The offshore division targets tuna, dolphin, shark and billfish, the latter of which will be recorded and released in a points division.