Four top anglers have the opportunity to win over $3,000 in cash and merchandise, including a $1,000 prize for heaviest bluefish.
Boat registration is $150 before July 2 and $175 after that.
Fishing takes place from 7 a.m.-4 p.m., followed by a weighing of all catches at four locations:
· 24-7 Bait and Tackle in Marmora (located at All Seasons Marina);
· Captain Andy’s Marina in Margate;
· 24-7 Bait and Tackle in Egg Harbor Township; and
· Brennan’s Marine in Somers Point.All of the participants are invited to All Seasons Marina in Marmora for a picnic, the announcement of winners and the distribution of trophies and prize money.
The Exchange Club, a local and national non-profit organization, has been able to raise many thousands of dollars for various charities and local clubs.
In addition to the entry fees paid by the fishermen, over 20 businesses in the area support the tournament with donations or by advertising in the tournament’s brochure.
The Exchange Club Mission Statement is: “Exchange, America’s Premier Service Club working to make our communities better places to live.”
The original Exchange Club was created in 1911 in Detroit, Michigan. The Ocean City branch was started in 1947. With about 70 members, the Exchange Club of Ocean City is one of the largest Exchange Clubs in the New York and New Jersey districts.
The Exchange Club of Ocean City donates $12,000 in general scholarships and other awards annually.
The Club produces the Miss Ocean City Pageant which awards over $5,000 in scholarships.
The Club hosts several block party fundraisers and the Cole Brothers Circus.
It also organizes the Ocean City Halloween parade during which it hands out American flags to children as part of its “Give a Kid a Flag to Wave” program.
It runs the Roger LaRosa Golf Klassic and the Book of Golden Deeds Citizen of the Year Award. It has installed numerous Freedom Shrines, a collection of significant, historical American documents, in various public buildings and high schools, including Ocean City Schools and Ocean City Library.
For information about the Ocean City Exchange Club, visit www.ocexchangeclub.comor contact Jon Batastini, the Tournament Chairman at 609-827- 4786.