No Quarter Nearly Sweeps Big Fish Classic

While the Restless Lady took first place in the heaviest single fish category at last week’s Huk Big Fish Classic, it was the crew on the No Quarter that swept nearly every other category and took home the tournament’s top prize. Pictured above, the happy No Quarter crew shows off its wide variety of big catches during the tournament. Photo courtesy of Hooked on OC

OCEAN CITY- The 4th annual Huk Big Fish Classic last weekend at the historic docks at Talbot Street was once again a big success with several big fish caught in various species leading to plenty of action at the scale.

The Huk Big Fish Classic was set for late July, but a rare midsummer nor’easter moved the event to last weekend. Even with Hurricane Irma looming and the conditions largely uncertain, event organizers held the tournament anyway and were not disappointed with the results. The main goal for participants is to weigh the single largest fish of any species at the docks at Talbot Street, which is essentially the birthplace of offshore fishing in Ocean City, and there were plenty of fish weighed at the scale all weekend long.

Participating boats competed in one of two 32-hour windows to catch the biggest fish of any species. Boats and teams of anglers had to choose to fish in one of the two 32-hour time frames, either Friday and Saturday, or Saturday and Sunday. The biggest single fish was a 145-pound shark caught by the crew on the Restless Lady that was ultimately worth $61,935.

However, it was the crew on the No Quarter that dominated the 2017 Big Fish Classic, finishing first or near the top in several categories and collecting the tournament’s top cash prize of $62,968. The No Quarter had the second heaviest fish, a 128-pound shark, the heaviest stringer weight, the heaviest yellowfin tuna and the heaviest dolphin.

So, in the heaviest single fish category, it was the Restless Lady taking first, the No Quarter was second and the MJ’s was third with an 88-pound wahoo worth $8,610. In the heaviest stringer category, it was the No Quarter in first with 281 pounds and the Moore Bills in second with 242 pounds worth $9,180. The Absolut Pleasure was third in the heaviest stringer category, but also weighed the heaviest white marlin and earned $29,609. The Always Something weighed the heaviest billfish, an 86-pound swordfish worth $27,158.

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.