Results of the 2015 Bahia Marina Mako Mania Tournament

mako_cartHelmut Nickel (mail), Shark Year Magazine,
09. June 2015

19th Annual Mako Mania

Location: Bahia Marina, Ocean City, Maryland, USA.
Date: 05. to 07. June 2015

This year, 37 boats were competing in the 19th annual Mako Mania Tournament which took place in Ocean City last weekend.

It is reported that at least thirteen sharks ( 10 makos and 3 threshers ) were brought to the scale at the Bahia Marina. Two of these specimens did not qualify because they did not meet the minimum weight requirement of 100 pounds.

Joe Stein reeled in a 281.6 pounds mako shark aboard the charter boat ‘Marli’ to finish in first place of the Mako Division. The catch was worth $ 27,590.00. But Jeff Green landed the largest specimen of the competition, a 500 lbs thresher shark, while fishing on ‘Hook N’ Tail’.

All known ( reported by our sources ) weigh-ins and an embedded video of the event are provided below.

Catch Results :

Mako Division

1st Place
Species: Shortfin mako shark (Isurus oxyrinchus)
Weight: 281.6 lbs
Date: 05. June 2015
Boat: Marli
Angler: Joe Stein
Payout: $ 27,590.00

2nd Place
Species: Shortfin mako shark (Isurus oxyrinchus)
Weight: 183.5 lbs
Date: 05. June 2015
Boat: Talkin’ Trash
Angler: Adam Sutton
Payout: $ 9,534.00

3rd Place
Species: Shortfin mako shark (Isurus oxyrinchus)
Weight: 173.9 lbs
Date: 06. June 2015
Boat: No Limits
Angler: Mike Morgellio
Payout: $ 6,356.00

Thresher Division

1st Place
Species: Thresher shark ( Alopias vulpinus )
Weight: 500 lbs
Date: 06. June 2015
Boat: Hook N’ Tail
Angler: Jeff Green
Payout: $ 2,760.00

2nd Place
Species: Thresher shark ( Alopias vulpinus )
Weight: 465.7 lbs
Date: 06. June 2015
Boat: Reel Vibrations
Angler: Brice Bogar
Payout: $ 10,899.00

3rd Place
Species: Thresher shark ( Alopias vulpinus )
Weight: 212.1 lbs
Date: 06. June 2015
Boat: Port A Bella
Angler: Jeff Guest, Jr.
Payout: $ 3,411.00

Release Award :

Boat: Reel Vibrations
Releases: seven sharks
Payout: $ 1,000.00

Additional Weigh-Ins :

Species: Shortfin mako shark (Isurus oxyrinchus)
Weight: 146.5 lbs
Date: 05. June 2015
Boat: Reelentless
Angler: Tim Campbell

Species: Shortfin mako shark (Isurus oxyrinchus)
Weight: 144.5 lbs
Date: 06. June 2015
Boat: Keep Er’ Wet
Angler: Nate Leader

Species: Shortfin mako shark (Isurus oxyrinchus)
Weight: 118.7 lbs
Date: 07. June 2015
Boat: M Keli Jeane
Angler: not reported

Species: Shortfin mako shark (Isurus oxyrinchus)
Weight: 116.5 lbs
Date: 07. June 2015
Boat: Mako Madness
Angler: not reported

Species: Shortfin mako shark (Isurus oxyrinchus)
Weight: 107.2 lbs
Date: 05. June 2015
Boat: No Limits
Angler: not reported

Species: Shortfin mako shark (Isurus oxyrinchus)
Weight: 99.9 lbs
Date: 06. June 2015
Boat: Stink Bait
Angler: not reported
Note: did not qualify (100 lbs minimum weight).

Species: Shortfin mako shark (Isurus oxyrinchus)
Weight: 98.7 lbs
Date: 05. June 2015
Boat: Reel Medicine
Angler: not reported
Note: did not qualify (100 lbs minimum weight).

Sources: Bahia Marina, Coastal Fisherman, Hooked On OC/Unscene Productions.

Related Video uploaded by Hooked On OC/Unscene Productions :

A quick video of Day 2 Scales at the “Mako Mania’ held annually at Bahia Marina at 22nd Street and the Bay in Ocean City,  Maryland produced by unscene productions for the tournament of the 19th Annual event.

 

 

2 Comments

  1. Paul Blackwell

    Shark fishing tournaments need to all be made catch and release or be banned entirely.

  2. Fred

    I agree. I am disgusted to hear of these mako sharks being killed for cash prizes. Guys, wake up! This is disgusting, unethical and unsustainable. May I remind you all the latest research now reveals that female mako sharks do not start breeding until 18 years of age, and only have a litter of shark pups every 3 years. And that, contrary to previous assumptions, makos are slow growing and long-lived (32+ years). Just disgusting to be killing these fish. Make this competition catch-and-release or close it down.

Reply to Paul Blackwell comment