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2019 Ocean City Fishing Club Youth Fishing Tournament
OCEAN CITY — Young anglers can show off their skills with rod and reel in the Ocean City Fishing Club's 44th annual Boys’ and Girls’ Surf Fishing Tournament on Saturday, August 10.
Registration for the free event will begin at 9 a.m. at the north end beach near the Ocean City-Longport bridge. Parents or guardians will be asked to sign a waiver for insurance purposes before their children can participate. Each child must bring his or her own fishing gear and bait. Fishing starts at 10 a.m and ends at noon, followed by an awards presentation. The event will be held rain or shine.
“Last year, we had to curtail the tournament after about an hour, at the first sound of thunder and lightning,” said Ed Hoban, OCFC chairman of the event. “Hopefully, we’ll have better weather this year.”
The tournament has three age categories: 8-10, 11-12, and 13-16 years old, with a boys’ and girls’ division in each grouping. Parents can help cast for children 8-10 years old, but once their lines are in the water, those youngsters have to do their own fishing. Three anglers who catch the most fish in each age category will win a rod and reel. The boy and girl who land the biggest fish overall will receive bicycles and trophies.
“The Miller family donates the bikes each year in memory of Ralph Miller, who ran the tournament, and his wife, Marion,” Hoban said.
Eighty-four youngsters participated last year and caught 32 fish. Flounder was the biggest fish reeled in at 16.25 inches and 15.5 inches in the girls and boys divisions, respectively.
“We get a lot of support from local businesses that donate prizes,” Hoban said. “There’s a variety of things to award the winners, such as fishing supplies, gift cards for food, backpacks, coolers—just about anything you can think of that young people like.”
OCFC members will be on hand to measure fish caught to determine winners, as well as give expert advice. Founded in 1913, OCFC is the oldest, continuously operated fishing club in the nation.
2019 OCFC Scholarship Recipient
OCEAN CITY — Lured by the sea from the time he was a little boy, Travis Krause, recipient of the Ocean City Fishing Club (OCFC) scholarship this year, plans to major in oceanography at Rutgers University next fall.
From his home in Marmora, it’s just an easy trip over the 34th Street bridge to the Atlantic Ocean where he enjoys surfing, swimming and even a bit of fishing in the back bays with his grandfather.
“Growing up at the shore just increased my awareness of how the ocean affects everything along the coast,” he said, while visiting the OCFC fishing pier recently. “It seemed natural to me to want to study oceanography when I start college.”
Within that field of study, he plans to major in physical oceanography, which involves the physical conditions and processes of the ocean such as tidal patterns and effects. Other branches include biological, chemical and geological studies of the ocean.
“Rutgers has one of the best oceanography programs in the country,” he explained. “It also has a marine field station in Tuckerton, where I might be able to land an internship next summer.”
For now, he’s content with a summer job at 6th Street Pizza & Grill on the boardwalk. He’ll attend a Rutgers orientation program in early July and then move into an honors dormitory on August 28 to begin his freshman year.
“It’s just close enough and just far enough, so I feel I’m away at college, but can get home easily without having to buy a plane ticket,” he reasoned.
While he’s decided on a college major, he has some options at Rutgers as he looks toward the future. The university offers Reserve Officers’ Training Corps opportunities on campus through the Army, Air Force and Navy, which also interest him.
“It would be cool to graduate as an officer and then pursue an oceanography career in the Navy,” he said. “or even with the Coast Guard with the base in Cape May being so close. There’s also the possibility of working in the private sector or the government. ”
The young man has much to consider regarding his future, but he’ll spend the rest of his summer at his job on the grill at the pizza shop, surfing and doing some fishing, while preparing to transition from high school to college.
“I’ll have a lot of fun this summer,” he said, “but I’m ready to start college in the fall. Rutgers is an excellent school and I’m excited to get started with my oceanography courses.”
His course study fit perfectly with the OCFC scholarship program which awards $500 annually to a deserving high school graduate. Travis was recommended for the scholarship by the faculty and administration at Ocean City High School. It was presented to him by Margaret Feil, club secretary, at a scholarship ceremony earlier in June. Founded in 1913, OCFC is the oldest, continually operating fishing club in the country.
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CAPTION: Travis Krause, this year’s Ocean City Fishing Club scholarship recipient, enjoys a visit to the club’s fishing pier with Margaret Feil, club secretary.
Pier Extension Results
Our pier extension ballots have been counted.Out of 220 mailed ,members returned an astonishing 190.Following are the results of the vote:
Proposal # 1 Yes 184 No 6 96% in favor
Proposal #2 Yes 176 No 8 95.7% in favor
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Open House 2018
OCEAN CITY — Generous visitors made the first open house this year at the Ocean City Fishing Club pier Thursday evening a huge success for the local food cupboard.
To benefit the Ocean City Food Cupboard, 766 people contributed 202 pounds of non- perishable food items and $294 in cash donations while visiting the fishing pier over two hours.
During the open house, club members provided a guide tour, answered questions, and gave a fishing demonstration that brought a number of sand sharks over the railing, which delighted the crowd, especially the many youngsters on the pier.
Benjamin Rogers, 7, of Harleysville PA, tried fishing for the first time with Bob Dever, a club member. The youngster soon took over the rod and reeled in a sand shark with a little help from Dever. .
“That was really cool,” young Ben said proudly. “It was my first time and I caught one!”
Other children also got to reel in lines when Dever hooked up with a fish, all part of the experience of visiting the OCFC pier. Another open house will be held from 6-8 pm, Aug. 2, when the club hopes to top last year’s two-night collection for the food cupboad. Last year, the club greeted 1,835 visitors who donated 186 pounds of food and $746 in cash to help feed those in need.
Charlie Roane, 8, and his family most likely could claim they came the farthest. The Roanes traveled from Mumbai, India, to visit family at the Shore, including a trip to the pier. He also pulled a sand shark over the railing with Dever’s assistance.
The open house coincides with the city’s Family Night on the Boardwalk. Founded in 1913, the OCFC has a strong commitment to community involvement by sponsoring youth fishing tournaments, hosting disabled children, awarding scholarships and advocating for recreational fishing, in addition go helping the Food Cupboard.
The Ocean City Fishing Club is the oldest continuously operated fishing club in the country.
Enjoy reading about our club activities, events, and tournaments. We also provide detailed information about the club and the pier. Watch for our annual Open Houses each year.