10th Annual Memorial Day Tourney Underway

OCEAN CITY- The 10th annual Ocean City Marlin Club Memorial Day tournament gets underway today in part as a tribute to the men and women of the armed services past and present.

The 10th annual Memorial Day Tournament gets underway today with registration and a captain’s meeting, but the real action starts tomorrow, the first of two fishing days in the event. Participating anglers and boat captains must choose to fish one of the two days, and as the name suggests, the target species is bluefish.

Anglers can fish from boats, docks, piers or the shore during the tournament, making it event wide open to all anglers. Cash prizes will be awarded for the top three fish caught during the two-day event. Weigh-ins will be held each day at Sunset Marina each of the two fishing days from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., creating a fun atmosphere at the marina for participants. Each year, the tournament raises a significant amount of money for the Catherine and Charles Kratz Foundation to support veterans. 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.

Last year, the tuna division dominated the ninth annual event. The crew on the Spring Mix II took first place with a 43.6-pound yellowfin worth $1,980 The crew on the Husevo took second place with a 43-4-pound yellowfin worth $756, while the Brenda Lou too third with a 40-pound yellowfin worth $144.

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.