Ocean City, MD and Palm Beach, FL
A Little Competition Never Hurt Anyone…
There’s nothing better than venturing out to sea on a calm day for a day of fishing. As many fishermen may agree, a bad day fishing is better than a good day at work! The only thing we love more than a great day fishing is when it’s for a competition! We routinely participate in nearby fishing tournaments in Ocean City, MD, Palm Beach, FL and Isla Mujeres, Mexico.
Recognized as one of the biggest, fastest fish in the sea, Tuna are equipt for speed, making your fishing experience all the more exciting.
Compete for the win in categories such as Single Largest Fish, Heaviest Stringer Weight, and more! This three-day Tuna Tournament allows participants to fish two out of the three days.
The entry fee for each boat is $900.00-$1,000.00, depending on date of entry. Each boat is allowed up to 6 anglers.
Holding the title of the World’s Largest and Richest Billfish tournament in the White Marlin Capital of the World is something to be proud of!
As the White Marlin Open (WMO) competitors like to say… Rules are Meant to be Broken.
For most years since 1977, the WMO has maintained the highest number of registered boats compared to all other billfish tournaments in the world.
Calling all Ladies! The Poor Girls Open is an all-female billfish release tournament designed to combine the love of fishing with fundraising for breast cancer research.
The tournament was originally founded by Captain Steve Harman as a way for local waitresses and bartenders to participate in. It was simply a way to have fun, light-hearted competition all while raising money for a cause. Continuing to grow, the Poor Girls Open have over 100 boats entering each year, and in just the past three years has raised over $100,000 for the American Cancer Society.
Cape May, NJ and Ocean City, MD come together for the Mid-Atlantic $500,000. The New Jersey port acts as the home base of the tournament, while Ocean City’s Sunset Marina serves as the tournaments secondary headquarters. With numerous calcuttas and chances to win the big bucks, there is always a significant payout. There was $3,246,760.00 paid out in 2017.
As one of the largest big game tournaments on the east coast, MidAtlantic has set the boat capacity at 95.
The tuna, wahoo, marlin, and dolphin are waiting!
The start of tournament season in Ocean City, Maryland starts here!
Mako Mania is the town’s mako shark tournament, with added categories and entry levels for bluefish and sharks. Started in 1996 by Captain Steve Harman, the tournament continues to grow each year.
What’s so unique about a mako shark tournament, you may ask? In the Mako Mania, boats of all sizes can compete, dependent on decent weather.
Founded in 1972 by John Rybovich, the Gold Cup Sailfish Championship tests the skills of participating anglers in the catching and releasing of sailfish off of Florida’s coast. The championship is held by the Sailfish Club of Florida, presenting the Gold Cup as one of the most respected prizes in the sport.
The Sailfish Club is Palm Beach, FL’s oldest continuously operating private club. These aren’t newbies, and they aren’t messing around!
Held in January, Florida’s top charters and fishing teams compete to release hundreds of Sailfish. This two-day tournament benefits the Recreational Fishing Alliance.
The Buccaneer Cup takes fishing seriously. In order to qualify, each boat must supply video evidence of the entire day showing the catch. No video means no fish, meaning no prize.
Each January, fishermen and charter boats compete for the most Sailfish releases. The tournament is limited to 50 boats and only takes place for a two-day time period.
Established in 1935 by the West Palm Beach Fishing Club, the only three years the Silver Sailfish Derby did not run was during WWII (1943-45). Now that’s dedication.
As one of the first tournaments to incorporate gamefish tagging for research and scientific purposes, there is a lot of history packed into this derby.