OCEAN CITY- Despite windy, cool conditions, the 4th Annual Ocean City Marlin Club Memorial Day Bluefish Tournament last week was a success with an extra fishing day added on Monday producing the winner.
The Ocean City Marlin Club last week hosted the fourth annual Memorial Day bluefish tournament, the first in the club’s summer-long tournament season, with an event honoring the men and women of the armed services past and present. In the spirit of the Memorial Day holiday, proceeds from the event will be dedicated to the Catherine and Charles Kratz Memorial Park and Scholarship Fund. Catherine and Charles Kratz are long-time members of the Ocean City Marlin Club who recently started a foundation to provide support, encouragement and a better way of life for the men and women who served in the armed forces.
The tournament got underway last Friday with registration and a captain’s meeting, with the fishing in and around the resort area slated for Saturday and Sunday. However, with less than optimal conditions over the weekend, Monday was added as an extra fishing day this year and produced the eventual winner. Angler Mike Levasseur, fishing aboard the “Kylie’s World,” caught a 1.2-pound bluefish to take first place and earn $6,345 in prize money. A total of 16 boats competed in the tournament this year. The club’s next tournament, the 34th Annual Small Boat Tournament, is scheduled for June 22-23.