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
Alana Ken- 91 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!