KING of the CANYONS
New for 2022: Swordfish - King of the Canyons Stringer - Six more eligible tournaments.
The KING OF THE CANYONS TOURNAMNET is dedicated to highlighting Ocean City, Maryland’s outstanding summer series of fishing tournaments, the entire Sport Fishing Community who compete in and support those tournaments and the thrill of offshore fishing in the Canyons of the Atlantic Ocean!
The KING OF THE CANYONS (KOTC) is a WINNER TAKE ALL, ALL SEASON LONG pursuit for BOATS to catch the heaviest White Marlin, Blue Marlin, Swordfish, Tuna and Dolphin. The KOTC format is a Tournament of Tournaments which spans 12 eligible tournaments to allow boats the maximum opportunity to land their best fish of the season. The KOTC only counts fish caught in eligible tournaments so that we have ZERO impact on fish quotas and limits.
Registration is OPEN and CONTINUOUS until registration closes for the final eligible tournament. Boats must register and pay entry fee by 10 pm the night BEFORE their first day of fishing.
Categories: Five (5) Species & King of the Canyons Stringer
• White Marlin: WTA Entry Fee $1,000
• Blue Marlin: WTA Entry Fee $1,000
• Swordfish (New 2022): WTA Entry Fee $750
• Tuna (Bigeye, Bluefin, Longfin and Yellowfin): WTA Entry Fee $750
• Dolphin: WTA Entry Fee $500
• King of the Canyons Stringer (New 2022) - In honor of PJ's "Two Days" : WTA $1,000
2022 Eligible Tournaments:
• 13th Annual Franky Pettolina Memory Day Tournament: May 28 -29
• 2nd Annual Tuna & Tiaras: June 17-18
• 40th Annual Canyon Kick Off: July 1-2
• 4th Annual Mid Atlantic Cup Blue Marlin Tournament: July 4
• 35th Annual Ocean City Tuna Tournament: July 8 -10
• 9th Annual Big Fish Classic: July 29-31
• 14th Annual Heels & Reels: August 5-6
• 49th Annual White Marlin Open: August 8-12
• 28th Annual Capt. Steve Harman Poor Girl’s Open: August 18-20
• 31th Annual Mid Atlantic Tournament: August 21-26
• 63rd Annual Labor Day White Marlin Tournament: September 2-3
• 4th Annual Bishop Broadbill Bash: Oct 14-16
$50,000 Estimated Purse w 10 Boat Minimum Sign Up - Across the Board Entry.
WINNER TAKE ALL – 1st Place Only. This is a cumulative, season-long tournament; the single heaviest White Marlin, Blue Marlin, Swordfish, Tuna and Dolphin caught and weighed in any of the twelve eligible tournaments will be declared the sole winner for that species. King of the Canyons Stringer is up to 5 qualifying fish stringer where each Boats heaviest single fish from each species will be combined for a total stringer weight. Stringer fish can be caught in of the twelve eligible tournaments. Boats that do not catch a qualifying fish in any species category will be given a zero weight for that species.
The KOTC is a BOAT tournament that is open to Private or Charter Boats regardless of size. A registered boat will be declared the winner for each species and KOTC stringer. The registered representative of the winning boat will be paid the winnings. Winners will be announced soon after the final eligible tournament has concluded.
Boats must register with the KOTC, plus any eligible tournament they chose to fish. Boats only have to register with the KOTC once. Boats KOTC registration date will determine when and if fish caught in Eligible Tournaments will be considered towards KOTC results. Entering the KOTC does NOT enter a boat into any other tournament. Boats must enter and pay a separate entry fee for any and all eligible tournaments in which they choose to fish. Boats have the option to fish as much or as little as they chose. Pick one, two, six, ten or twelve eligible tournaments.
The winning fish may be caught in the any one of the twelve eligible tournaments. The KOTC will use the results and decisions of eligible tournaments for determination and verification of fish species and fish weight. Fish need only to be weighed ONCE in an eligible tournament.
Click on "Polices" below to see the official rules.
"Be patient and calm - for no one can catch fish in anger."