Published: March 3rd, 2014
Tournament directors met with some of our long-time participants and discussed how the tournament could be changed to make it a better experience for anglers. Most anglers are aware of the date change, but we are providing a list of the key changes.
Entry Fee Reduced
- The entry fee was reduced from $650 to $575!
Main Category Changes
- The Mako, Open and Release categories have first and second place payouts
- The payout for the three categories will be $2500 for first place and $1500 for second place – based on a minimum of 25 boats with paid entry
- Mako and Blue shark size requirments are 72 inches total length, Thresher requirement is 54 inches fork length
- Bluefish category was removed
Added Entry Level Changes
- The Mako and Open added entry levels are now separate and will be paid out to first and second place winners (60% and 40%, respectively)
- Release category will also be paid out to first and second place winners (60% and 40%, respectively)
- Entry levels have been changed to $200, $500 and $1000
- An optional bluefish added entry level is available for $150 with a single payout to the largest fish
Published: February 20th, 2014
It’s time to make room for the 2014 shirts and all remaining 2013 shirts have been discounted even further. Best of all, shipping is still free! Supplies are limited so get yours while they last. Thank you to those who stopped by our booth at the OC Boat Show and talked with us about the new tournament format. We enjoyed visiting with many of our regular participants and hearing your opinion on the changes.
Published: January 11th, 2014
Based on participant feedback, the tournament directors have significantly restructured and simplified the format for the event. The basic entry fee has been reduced to $575 and the divisions included under that fee changed to: Mako, Open (Blue Shark or Thresher), and Release. With a minimum of 25 paid entrants, the payout for 1st place will be $2500 and $1500 for 2nd place. The minimum size requirements for Makos and Blue Sharks have been changed to 6 feet (total length) and Threshers must have a fork length of at least 4.5 feet.
The optional added entry levels for Mako, Open and Release have also been changed and simplified. Payouts for added entry level participants will include 1st place and 2nd place. In the past, the Mako and Open added entry were split 50-50 but now are “stand-alone”. These changes are expected to result in higher payouts and, overall, have reduced the cost for those interested in going “across the board”. Please visit the added entry tab for details.
Also, a calcutta was established for bluefish which will be paid out in a “winner take all” format for anglers who would like to participate in that category. A “big picture” page was created to provide readers with a look at the entry options and descriptions of what is included with the basic fee and what is an optional participation opportunity.
Please see the official rules for additional detail.
Published: January 8th, 2014
Thirty-some years ago the Annual Ocean City Shark Tournament was always held during the second week of July. But over time, changes in the offshore fishery and angler’s preferences prompted tournament organizers to move the event to the last week of June.
In the mid-90’s it was again moved forward to mid-June where it settled in on Father’s Day weekend and has been there ever since. “The only certainty about fishing is that over time things change, and if you want to stay in the game you’ve got to adapt,” announced Mark Sampson, one of the directors of the event. “After noticing that the runs of offshore species such as sharks, tuna, and billfish have been starting earlier in the year than they have in the past, we’ve been kicking around the idea of moving the dates for the last couple years. This year we decided to go ahead and make the move.”
Along with the date change, competitors in this year’s 34th Annual Ocean City Shark Tournament will notice some structural changes in the event. “We’ve heard from a lot of competitors that with so many different divisions the tournament had become too complicated and the payouts spread too thin. So this year we’re on a mission to steam-line and simplify everything from rules, to divisions, to added entry levels in order to make the tournament easier and more affordable to fish.” Mark concluded by saying, “As they’re finalized, these changes will be posted on our ocsharktournament.com website as well as the Ocean City Shark Tournament Facebook page.
Published: January 5th, 2014
The tournament fishing dates are officially May 29-31, 2014 which is the weekend after Memorial Weekend. The tournament committee is working on the details now and finalized in January. Thanks for visiting the site and be sure and check back to find out the latest on the 34th Annual Ocean City Shark Tournament. Happy holidays and all the best in 2014!