Results of the 2014 Ocean City Shark Tournament

Helmut Nickel (mail), Shark Year Magazine,
02. June 2014
 

34th Annual Ocean City Shark Tournament

Location: Ocean City Fishing Center, Maryland, USA.
Date: 29. to 31. May 2014

18 boats participated in this year’s Ocean City Shark Tournament.
The entry fee was reduced from $650 to $575.
The total payout for all categories was over $43,320.
The four main categories this year are the Mako Division, Open Division (blue shark and thresher shark) ,
Release Division and Children’s Division.

Catch Statistic:

A total of 122 sharks were caught, with the vast majority (107 sharks) being released.
Only 15 sharks were kept and brought to the weigh-in station.
The largest specimen was a 346 lbs thresher shark, the largest mako shark weighed 314 lbs and the largest blue shark was 148 lbs in weight.

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Mako Division – Weigh-in Results (Prize Money: $16,830):

Species: Mako shark (Isurus oxyrinchus)
Weight: 314 lbs
Angler: Sean Hogan
Boat: Sweetie

Species: Mako shark (Isurus oxyrinchus)
Weight: 193 lbs
Angler: Nate Leader
Boat: Keep ‘Er Wet

Species: Mako shark (Isurus oxyrinchus)
Weight: 189 lbs
Boat: Absolute Pleasure

Species: Mako shark (Isurus oxyrinchus)
Weight: 170 lbs
Boat: Restless Lady

Species: Mako shark (Isurus oxyrinchus)
Weight: 144 lbs
Boat: Absolut Pleasure

One weighed-in Mako shark is unknown (not reported by sources).

 

Open Division – Weigh-in Results  (Prize Money: $12,159) :

Species: Thresher shark (Alopias vulpinus)
Weight: 346 lbs
Angler: Blake McGrath
Boat: Reel Instigator

Species: Thresher shark (Alopias vulpinus)
Weight: 203 lbs
Angler: Mike Kreiser
Boat: Teaser

Species: Blue shark (Prionace glauca)
Weight: 147 lbs
Boat: Redemption

Species: Blue shark (Prionace glauca)
Weight: 148 lbs
Angler: Bob Sawyer
Boat: Reel Instigator

Species: Blue shark (Prionace glauca)
Weight: 142 lbs
Angler: Evan Carmen
Boat: All Hooked Up

Species: Blue shark (Prionace glauca)
Weight: 132 lbs
Angler: Ricky DeWitt
Boat: Restless Lady

Species: Blue shark (Prionace glauca)
Weight: 131 lbs
Angler: Mike Ennis
Boat: Intimidator

Species: Blue shark (Prionace glauca)
Weight: 98 lbs
Angler: Curt Howell
Boat: Still Searchin

One weighed-in Blue shark is unknown (not reported by sources).

Release Division (Prize Money: $13,590) :

1st Place:
Boat: Nontypical
Releases:
– 4 Makos
– 9 Sanbar sharks
– 13 Blue sharks

2nd Place:
Boat: Absolut Pleasure
Releases:
– 3 Makos
– 9 Blue sharks

Children’s Division (Prize Money: $750) :
1st Place:
Angler: Evan Carmen (13)
Boat: All Hooked Up
Catch: 142 lbs Blue shark

2nd Place:
Angler: Jimmy Tippett (10)
Boat: Absolut Pleasure
Catch (Released): 1 Mako, 4 Blue sharks

3rd Place:
Angler: Noah Morris (11)
Boat: Intimidator
Catch (Released): 1 Blue shark

Sources: Ocean City Fishing Center, OC Shark Tournament

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3 Comments

  1. Terri Roberts

    That’s 15 sharks too many! Why 
    Would you hold a shark tournament
    When 90% of our worlds sharks are gone
    (Killed!)? Abolish this old school Shark
    Tournament. Many marinas have gone
     “SHARK FREE”, meaning no shark can 
    Be off loaded there. Please stop this
    archaic practice! Save the sharks of the
    world!

  2. Or you can say that’s 107 fewer sharks than if it was a kill only tournament.
    Here is my take on it.

    http://sharkdivers.blogspot.com/2014/06/sharkfishing-tournament-silver-lining.html

  3. 15 Pelagic sharks were harvested while the Atlantic Commercial fishing fleet is allowed to harvest 40,000 of the same species.

    http://sharkyear.com/2014/mt-dw-lb-dw-converted-to-number-of-sharks-january-1-may-13-2014.html

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