A Great Oppor-tuna-ty to Catch Some Fish

Upcoming Ocean City Fishing Tournaments in 2021

By Kelsey Thomas

It is without surprise that Ocean City, Maryland houses dozens of fishing tournaments throughout the year. In fact, the fishing history in Ocean City goes way back. Some of the city’s most popular events are coming up and they are definitely ones that you do not want to miss. It’s time to grab your fishing pole and mark your calendars for these o-fish-al Ocean City Fishing events.

Sept. 3-5, 2021: 63rd Annual OCMC Labor Day White Marlin Tournament

The Ocean City Marlin Club will be hosting their annual Labor Day White Marlin Tournament, which happens to be the oldest white marlin tournament on the east coast. This is a 2 of 3 day offshore tournament open to all anglers and no entry fee is required for OCMC boat members. A trophy will be rewarded to the ‘Master Angler’ and prizes will be given for the largest tuna, the largest mahi mahi and the most billfish releases.

Sept. 11, 2021: 20th Annual Ocean City Fishing Center 9/11 Memorial Spot Tournament

This memorial tournament is an opportunity to come together on the anniversary of one America’s most tragic days. It is a great event to bring the whole family to, as there are multiple age categories to enter in. The entry fee costs only $5 and prizes are rewarded for each category.

Sept. 12, 2021: 16th Annual Bahia Marina Flounder Pounder

This 1 day flounder fishing tournament held at the Bahia Marina is great for all ages. You have the option to fish from your own boat or to rent a skiff, skimmer or pontoon from the marina. Sign-ups will occur from 8:30 am to 9:00 am and you must fill out an entry form to enter the competition. There is a $50 fee for the boat and captain, as well a $25 fee for each additional angler.

Sept. 17-18, 2021: 42rd Annual Charles Kratz & Scott Smith Challenge Cup

The Ocean City Marlin Club and Cape May Marlin and Tuna Club are going to compete is this friendly 2 day billfish release tournament. Each club must have a minimum of 6 teams and you are only eligible if you are a boat member at either club.

Oct. 9-10, 2021: 5th Annual Ocean City Inshore Classic

This 32 hour tournament is an inshore only event with categories for Rockfish, Flounder, Tautog and Open (Bluefish, Grey Trout, Speckled Trout, Sheepshead, Black Drum, Red Drum and Croaker). There is a $75 registration fee per boat and captain, with an additional $50 fee per each angler. There will be 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes, as well as payouts for the biggest fish in each category.

Photo Courtesy of Ocean City Inshore Classic

Oct. 15-17, 2021: 2nd Annual Bishop Broadbill Bash

The Annual Bishop Broadbill Bash is a 2 of 3 day tournament with an entry fee of $600. Eligible fish include Swordfish, Bigeye Tuna, Yellowfin Tuna, Longfin Tuna and Wahoo. There will be a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prize for the single heaviest swordfish and Tuna and Wahoo prized sponsored by Atlantic Tackle and Sunset Grille.

See here for the full list of rules and regulations.

Ocean City Fishing Tournament Schedule

2019 Fishing Tournaments in Ocean City, Maryland


23rd Annual Mid-Atlantic Mako Mania Shark Tournament

June 7–9: Bahia Marina. 410-289-7473

40th Annual Small Boat Tournament

June 15–16: OC Marlin Club. 410-213-1613

37th Annual Canyon Kick-Off

July 4–7: OC Marlin Club. 410-213-1613

32nd Annual Ocean City Tuna Tournament

July 12–14: Ocean City Fishing Center. 410-213-1121

15th Annual Marlin Club Kid’s Classic

July 19–21: OC Marlin Club. 410-213-1613

6th Annual Huk Big Fish Classic

July 26–28: Talbot Street Pier, Home of M.R. Ducks. 410-213-0325

11th Annual OCMC Ladies’ Tournament: “Heels & Reels”

August 2–3: OC Marlin Club. 410-213-1613

46th Annual White Marlin Open

August 5–9: Harbour Island Marina. 410-289-9229

26th Annual Capt. Steve Harman’s Poor Girl’s Open

August 15–17: Bahia Marina. 410-289-7473

28th Annual Mid-Atlantic Tournament

August 18–23: Cape May NJ /Sunset Marina. 410-213-9600

61st Annual Labor Day White Marlin Tournament

August 29–September 1: OC Marlin Club. 410-213-1613

14th Annual Flounder Pounder

September 8: Bahia Marina. 410-289-7473

41st Annual Charles Kratz & Scott Smith Challenge Cup

September 11–14: OC Marlin Club. 410-213-1613

18th Annual Sept. 11 Memorial Spot Tournament

September 14: Ocean City Fishing Center. 410-213-1121

2nd Annual Ocean City Inshore Classic

October 12–13: Atlantic Tackle. 410-430-1016

7th Annual Marlin Club Rockfish Tournament

December 6–15: OC Marling Club. 410-213-1613

We make every effort to ensure the accuracy of this information. However, it’s always best to confirm dates, location and other information by calling or visiting tournament websites.