From the beginning to end the 18th Annual Ocean City Tuna Tournament
off the Maryland coast, proved once again to be the premier Tuna
Tournament on the East Coast. The 18th Annual Ocean City Tuna
Tournament hosted by The Ocean City Fishing Center and Sunset Marina
was held July 7-10th, 2005.
The Annual Tuna Tournament is very proud to have celebrated almost two
decades of fantastic fishing in our world famous fishing grounds. Each
year the tuna tournament strives to provide it’s anglers with three
wonderful days of “Big Game Fishing.” This year was no exception and
once again fishing was a huge success. The four day event featured a
variety of
  marine exhibitors, artists, music, entertainment, and food. Thousands
of spectators showed up this July to witness the impressive fish at the
weigh-ins, meet the anglers, and congratulate the winners of this years
tournament breaking pay outs. The 18th Annual Ocean City Tuna
Tournament was the summer’s event that should not have been missed.

On Thursday July 7, 2005 you could feel the tournament excitement in
the air as you would stroll down the docks at the Fishing Center or
Sunset Marina. All teams were onboard rigging baits, respooling reels,
testing drags and looking over temperature charts. Hundreds of
thousands of dollars in prize money was riding on the largest Blue Fin,
Big Eye, or Yellow Fin with smaller cash prizes for the Marlin release,
largest Dolphin and Female and Junior anglers. The 18th Annual Ocean
City Tuna Tournament hosted over 129 boats 626 anglers all competing
for a record breaking $527,445.00. This is a 45% increase over the 2004

Never in all the history of The Ocean City Tuna Tournament has the
entire number of entrants taken the same lay day. On Friday July 8,
2005 a tropical depression headed up the coast and blew out the entire
fishing day. So the tournament was based on two days of fishing. No
strategic plans were derived based on others catch it was down to a
matter of luck.
With little to no yellow fin and big eye caught the tournament relied
on mostly Blue Fin Tuna. Each day was equally as successful so we knew
some of the teams would be cutting it close up to the bitter end on
Sunday at 7 pm.

The crew out of Sunset Marina “Y Not Mable” with Captain Jeremy Blunt
carried first place in the most prestigious single heaviest fish
division for two days. The 144 pound Blue Fin caught on a 52’ Viking
broke last years winning single fish and was the heaviest single fish
caught in the 18th Annual Ocean City Tuna Tournament. The cash awarded
to the Y Not Mable was $ 64, 496.25.

In first place for the most pounds division was the team off the 52’
Viking “Lazy Bonz”, captain Jo Jo Joachinowski out of Sunset Marina.
Weighing in two Blue Fins and four Yellow fins the team on the “Lazy
took first place with an overall two day weight of 242 pounds. Their
two day total of most pounds brought them prize money of $102,183.75.
Cerveza a 62’ Paul Spencer with Captain Butch Davis out of Sunset
Marina brought in a 121 Blue Fin on their first day of fishing. The
angler Tom Russell and the team of Cerveza held second place for two
days as well bringing in a total cash prize of $204,545.25.

The team off the boat Prime Time a 58’ Paul Mann came in second in
the most pounds division with 2 Blue fin and 1 Yellow Fin with a total
224 pounds. Prime Time out of Sunset Marina with Captain Butch Cox won
a cash prize of $50,070.25.

In third place for heaviest single fish was a vessel out of Fisherman’s
Marina on the 50’ Hatteras Blew Bayou. Captain DJ Churchill helped
earn team winnings of 40,851.00 with a 118 Blue Fin Tuna. Also in third
place for the most pounds was the 40’ Luhrs boat called the Endeavor
out of The Ocean City Fishing Center. Captain Rob Skillman and his crew
boated 2 Blue Fin Tuna and 1 Yellow Fin Tuna with an overall weight of
213 pounds taking home a cash award of $38,443.50.

The White Marlin Release award went to the boat off Blowin Dust.
Captain Chuck Woodward and his team won $2,000.00 with a release on day
1 and a release on day 2. This year’s top female angler was Gi Gi
Wagner who boated a 101 lb. Blue Fin Tuna on the 64’ Paul Spencer Size
Matters. Gi Gi and her boat ended up with a cash award of $1,500.00.

In the junior division with 18 entries we ended up with five awards. In
first place with a 95 Blue Fin Tuna was Drew Vogler on the 46’ Custom
Carolina boat called the Restless Lady. Drew and his crew won a cash
prize of $1,000.00 plus an invitation to Junior IGFA World Championship
Tournament in 2006. In second place with a 60 lb Blue Fin Tuna junior
angler Jake Burger off the Marlin Magic a 50’ Viking out of Sunset
In third place there was a three way tie with 3, 30 lb Yellow Fin Tuna.
Junior angler Pete Kane on the Let It Ride, Lance Crampton off the
Marlin Magic, and Ryan Summers off the Prime Time each won $100.00 for
third place.

An invitation to compete at the Rolex/IGFA Offshore Championship in
Mexico will be extended to the top team of anglers at this year 18TH
annual Ocean City Tuna Tournament. The top anglers from the Ocean City
Tournament will compete against some of the best offshore anglers in
the world. Currently there are forty tournaments from twenty-one
countries and Ten U.S. States in this series. The inclusion of The
Ocean City Tuna Tournament into this select cadre of world-class
tournaments will undoubtedly generate a great deal of exposure for our
upcoming tournaments; its sponsors, and Ocean City, Maryland.

The 19th Annual Ocean City Tuna Tournament will be held July 6-9, 2006.
We anticipate an even larger tournament with an even larger purse than
last year. Our marina will have all new facilities so we can
accommodate even larger crowds. In 2006 our newly remolded marina looks
forward to having more anglers participate and more spectators enjoy
all the venues at the 19Th Annual Ocean City Tuna Tournament. The Tuna
Tournament staff Thanks all its sponsors, volunteers, vendors, and
participants. Thanks to all the spectators at the weigh station and at
the event we hope to see you at the scales next year.

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