KING of the CANYONS
New for 2022: King of the Canyons Stringer - Captains Choice Stringer - Swordfish - More tournaments.
The KING OF THE CANYONS TOURNAMENT 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, Tournament of Tournaments Offshore Shootout spanning twelve (12) Ocean City, Maryland tournaments. The KOTC format allows boats to fish an estimated 20 day out of 30 tournament fishing days. This maximizes a boats opportunity to land their best fish of the entire tournament season. BOATS can pursue their heaviest White Marlin, Blue Marlin, Swordfish, Tuna, & Dolphin over 12 tournaments. Additionally, BOATS may chose to enter their fish the King of the Canyons Stringer and/or Captains Choice Stringer for chances to win.
The KOTC only counts fish caught in Ocean City, Maryland tournaments so that KOTC has ZERO impact on fish quotas and limits to preserve and protect the future of all existing tournaments.
A Boat may be registered by Owner, Captain or any other interested parties. The Owner or the Captain MUST approve "other interested parties" registering the boat.
KOTC is an "invitational" tournament for a limited number of boats. 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 and Two(2) Stringers.
• White Marlin: WTA Entry Fee $1,000
• Blue Marlin: WTA Entry Fee $750
• Swordfish (New 2022): WTA Entry Fee $500
• Tuna (Bigeye, Bluefin, Longfin and Yellowfin): WTA Entry Fee $500
• Dolphin: WTA Entry Fee $250
• King of the Canyons Stringer (New 2022 – 1 of each species) - WTA $1,000
• Captain’s Choice Stringer (New 2022 – 5 heaviest fish - any species) – WTA $1,000
$5,000 Across the board (5 species & 2 stringers) - $3,000 5 species
2022 Ocean City, Maryland 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.
OFFSHORE SHOOTOUT OF OCEAN CITY, MARYLAND TOURNAMENTS. Fish must be caught and weighed in any of the twelve OCMD tournaments listed above.
MAX TOURNAMNET FISHING DAYS. Fish 20 days out of 30 tournament fishing days.
5 SPECIES - WINNER TAKE ALL – 1st Place Only. The single heaviest White Marlin, Blue Marlin, Swordfish, Tuna and Dolphin caught and weighed in any of the twelve OCMD tournaments will be declared the sole winner for that species at the end of the Season.
2 STRINGERS - WINNER TAKE ALL - 1st Place Only.
King of the Canyons Stringer - Up to 5 qualifying fish (1 fish per species listed above) weights will be combined for a total stringer weight. Zero weight will be given to any species not caught. The heaviest stringer will be declared "King of the Canyons" stringer sole winner at the end of the tournament season.
Captains Choice Stringer - Up to 5 qualifying fish (any species listed above) weights will be combined for a total stringer weight. The heaviest total stringer will be declared "Captains Choice" stringer sole winner at the end of the tournament season.
BOAT TOURNAMENT. 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, KOTC stringer and Captains Choice 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.
GET IN ON THE ACTION. Boats must register with the KOTC, PLUS any OCMD tournaments 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 OCMD 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.
12 OCMD Tournaments. The winning fish may be caught in the any one of the twelve OCMD tournaments. The KOTC will use the results and decisions of eligible tournaments for determination and verification of fish species and fish weight.
WEIGH ONCE! Fish need only to be weighed ONCE in an OCMD tournament.
FISHING COMMUNITY FRINEDLY! The KOTC only counts fish caught in Ocean City, Maryland tournaments so that KOTC has ZERO impact on fish quotas and limits to preserve and protect the future of all existing tournaments.
"A hunt based only on trophies taken falls far short of what the ultimate goal should be."