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OCMTC 40TH ANNIVERSARY OVERNIGHT BILLFISH TOURNAMENT
It’s on! The 40th Anniversary of our “signature tournament” kicked off last night with a Captain’s meeting at the Ocean City Yacht Club. Close to 150 anglers and their families gathered for a night of fishing stories and camaraderie on a beautiful August evening overlooking the Great Egg Bay. The event began with registration and open bar, followed by a delicious Prime Rib dinner. Thirty-three boats are registered to compete in the week long competition, with over $40,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs. Weigh-ins will be held each evening this week at the OCYC docks from 5-8PM. Make sure to visit the scales beginning Tuesday night at the street end of Battersea Road to view the boats and crews returning from the Canyons to weigh their catch. The weather forecast is favorable all week, allowing boats from 25 feet to 60 feet to pick their days to fish the tournament. Expect the heaviest action at the scales to be on Thursday night, as talk at the OCYC last night was that most boats were planning to fish Wed.-Thurs. Check for daily tournament updates on Facebook, and results and updates on HERE. Good luck to all the boats and crews involved!
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2017 War at the Shore
The first annual “War at the Shore” tournament was held July 13th thru July 16th. This tournament had five of the top fishing clubs on the New Jersey coast competing for the Governor’s Plaque and bragging rights as the top Marlin and Tuna club in the state. Proceeds raised were donated to Children’s Leukemia Foundation. The clubs competing were OCMTC, Beach Haven Marlin and Tuna Club, Cape May Marlin and Tuna Club, Forked River Tuna Club, and Manasquan River Marlin and Tuna Club. OCMTC was represented by 19 boats, which had the most boats registered of the five clubs. When the weigh in closed at 8PM on Sunday, the standings were:
MRMTC: 89.76 points
FRTC: 88.65 points
OCMTC: 50 points
BHMTC: 33.86 points
CMMTC: 15.30 points
In addition, $3090.00 was raised to contribute to the Children’s Leukemia Foundation in the name of Parker Nork, who was a member of BHMTC.
OCMTC results were as follows:
Barracuda- 156 points Captain Chazz- 74 points
Kraken- 152 points Oh Well- 52 points
Nuthin’ Fancy- 118 points On a Roll- 35.5 points
Huntress- 114.5 points Summer Run- 30 points
Irish Wake- 100 points Diamond Girl- 27 points
Other boats competing were Breakaway, Jackie Sea, Lisa Marie, M & M, Red Head, Reel Addiction, Polarizer, and Inflexible. Polarizer, Jackie Sea, M & M and Oh Well braved some less than ideal conditions and fished on Friday and Saturday. Oh Well managed a nice 52LB tuna caught in the Tom’s Canyon. The rest of the field fished on a beautiful Sunday with brilliant sunshine, little wind, and flat calm conditions. Most of the fleet headed to the Wilmington Canyon and were greeted with water that was less than ideal in color. But despite the water clarity, several nice size tuna were boated by Barracuda, Kraken, Huntress, Alana Ken and Nuthin’ Fancy. Irish Wake and Captain Chazz tallied billfish releases with Irish Wake winning the War at the Shore tournament Marlin Release Jackpot!!!! In addition, Diamond Girl and junior angler Larry Stout III captured 2nd place in the Heaviest Mahi Jackpot, with a mahi-mahi weighing 13.5LBS. Great job Larry! Special thanks to Alex Sabetta for organizing the event. What a fun event that will be a yearly new addition to the OCMTC fishing calendar. And thank you to the weigh-in staff of Joan Walker, Marlene Thornton, Sonya and Brian Logue, Kelly McMurray and Lisa Gallagher, as well as all the participants from the OCMTC. Way to go OCMTC!
Next up: 40TH Anniversary Overnight Billfish Tournament.
2017 Inshore/Offshore Team Tournament
The 2017 OCMTC Team Tournament began with a Captains Meeting at Point Tackle in Somers Point. A packed house enjoyed checking out the beautiful new shop, while having food and cocktails and registering for both the Team Tournament and the upcoming War at the Shore tournament. Thanks to Andy Eget for hosting the event. Eleven “offshore” boats and four “inshore” boats registered for the tournament. Teams were as follows:
Team 1: Nuthin Fancy, Summer Run, Woodshed, Low Tide
Team 2: Alana Ken, Lisa Marie, M & M, Red Head
Team 3: Breakaway, Captain Chazz, Jackie Sea, Little Barracuda
Team 4: Captain Chazz, Kraken, Polarizer, Tinker Toy (Captain Chazz was drawn randomly to even the teams)
All the “offshore” Captains made the decision to run on Sunday due to more favorable conditions. With lines in at 6AM, Breakaway was able to release a white marlin at 6:35, (one of two for the trip). The release qualifies for the First Marlin Award for 2017. Congrats to Captain Jack Davidson and crew for the achievement. There was a decent white marlin and small tuna bite in the Wilmington in the early morning. As the day progressed, larger tuna began biting, with some decent size Mahi catches as well. Nuthin Fancy had Yellowfin tuna of 46 and 47LBS and a white marlin release. Jackie Sea had a 48LB Yellowfin, and Polarizer had two Yellowfins of 54 and 51LBS. Kraken’s Yellowfin weighed 41LBS. Alanaken fished closer to home and had Yellowfins of 47 and 38LBS. Captain Chazz tallied a White Marlin release. And Lisa Marie won the heaviest fish Calcutta with a Yellowfin that weighed in at over 56LBS. Mahi were caught up to 14LBS to round out a day where catches were spread pretty evenly among most of the boats. When all the points were tallied, the team of Breakaway, Captain Chazz, Jackie Sea, and Little Barracuda took first place with 273.5 points. Second place went to team Captain Chazz, Kraken, Polarizer, and Tinker Toy with 236.5 points. This year’s Inshore/Offshore Team Tournament had the highest number of boats registered in years. Thanks to those who supported the Club and participated.
2017 Special Kids Tournament
OCNJ Daily Article By Ryan Givens
Excitement filled the docks on Battersea Road Sunday morning, as kids eagerly to board the boats en route for a fun day on out on the bay. The weather could not have been better for the 25th iteration of Fishing for Kids, a day of charity provided by The Ocean City Marlin and Tuna Club and The Ocean City Yacht Club. This event is a highlight of the year for organizers George Robinson, of OCMTC, And Doug Walter, of OCYC.
Year after year nearly 150 kids, family members and camp leaders all member of Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Variety Club, or the Challenger League in the Philadelphia area come to participate in a day out in the water. These camps and clubs center around providing mentoring and fun opportunities to either disadvantaged or disabled children, a mission statement in tune with what had inspired Fishing for Kids a quarter century ago.
The families made an early trek to Ocean City to begin boarding around 8:30 in the morning. Filling up on sticky buns from Mallon’s bakery, the soon-to-be boaters began to hop on deck. While many first time boat goers we’re apprehensive rocking on the dock, this quickly changed to thrill as the motors began to go taking them out onto the bay.
Casting their lines out for a few hours the lucky few returned fish-in-hand. Bringing back their fresh catches, the fish were filleted on the dock ready for dinner later that night. Those not lucky enough to hook a fish themselves still cherishing the gorgeous day on the water. Members of the Ocean City Police and Fire Departments were on hand to assist everyone on and off their boats. Freshly made lunch was served in the Yacht Club so everyone can refuel from their time in the sun and salty air.
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2017 Shark Tournament
A Letter From The Commodore
Dear OCMTC Club Members,
Yes it is only mid-winter, but I’m sure many of you are already looking forward to the upcoming summer at the Jersey Shore. And the OCMTC Board is already planning the tournaments and social events for the 2017 season. We are sending out a schedule early this year to encourage you to mark your calendar, and hope that you and your family will participate in as many social functions and tournaments as possible. Please note that this is a schedule of the events to date. Additional social events and tournaments may still be scheduled as our plans progress. In addition, please make a special note to “save the date” to participate in the OCMTC Overnight Billfish Tournament on August 13th thru August 20th. This years’ event is the 40th Anniversary of our signature event.
I would also like to ask you to encourage your friends and neighbors to consider joining the OCMTC. For over 57 years, the strength of our club has been our members and their families. Whether your passion is offshore fishing, or just flounder fishing the back bays, the OCMTC has tournaments and social events that encourage fun on the water, friendly competition, and most of all family participation.
On our Membership Page, please find your 2017 Registration. Please follow the directions on the form, and either send your registration via email, or mail the registration to the address listed. Be sure to fill out your registration completely, including your e-mail so that you will be included in important OCMTC announcements and communications. And please register by April 30th to be included in the Club Directory, and help our Committee volunteers properly plan for the 2017 season. Lastly, please consider joining a Committee to help your fellow members make the upcoming season another great year for the Ocean City Marlin and Tuna Club. Come on Summer!
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