Annual Spot Tournament Set To Return

Annual Spot Tournament Set To Return
The Ocean City Fishing Center next Tuesday will will host its annual 9/11 Spot Tournament, commemorating the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Pictured above is a scene from last year’s event. Photo by Shawn Soper

OCEAN CITY- The Ocean City Fishing Center next Wednesday will host its 18th Annual Ocean City Spot Tournament, an event held each year to remember the September 11 terrorists attacks.

On that fateful September 11, 2001, the mood was grim all over the country including Ocean City as the nation watched the horrific images coming in all day from New York, the Pentagon and the Pennsylvania hillside. To break the tension and get away, for a short time anyway, from the endless gloomy news reports, someone at the Ocean City Fishing Center suggested breaking out the light tackle and doing a little spot fishing from the docks and piers and the annual tournament was born.

The tournament has been held every year since, always on September 11, to commemorate the fateful day and this year will be no exception. The tournament will be held on Wednesday at the Ocean City Fishing Center in West Ocean City and all are welcome to participate in the annual event.

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.