37th Small Boat Tourney In The Books

37th Small Boat Tourney In The Books
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OCEAN CITY- The Ocean City Marlin Club’s 37th Small Boat Tournament was once again a big success last weekend with plenty of action both inshore and offshore.

Dozens of boats participated in the tournament, which provides an opportunity for some of the smaller vessels in the resort’s sport fishing fleet to compete before the larger Ocean City Tuna Tournament and the White Marlin Open arrive on the summer tournament calendar. As the name implies, the tournament is open to boats with a length of 34 feet or under. It was scheduled for two weeks ago, but rough seas and a less than stellar forecast moved it to last weekend.

For the record, the “Offshore Addition” took first- and third-place in the dolphin division and earned a tournament-high $3,087 in prize money. The “Opportunity Nox” took second in the dophin division and earned $513. In the tuna division, it was the “Brenda Lou” taking first place with a 33-pounder worth $1,710.

In the Inshore Division, it was the “Lucky Break” taking first in the flounder division, while the “Jezebel” took second and the “Joken” took third. The “Joken” swept the tog division, while the “Jezebel” swept the sea bass division.

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About The Author: Shawn Soper

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Shawn Soper has been with The Dispatch since 2000. He began as a staff writer covering various local government beats and general stories. His current positions include managing editor and sports editor. Growing up in Baltimore before moving to Ocean City full time three decades ago, Soper graduated from Loch Raven High School in 1981 and from Towson University in 1985 with degrees in mass communications with a journalism concentration and history.