Ocean City Fishing Club hosts centennial fishing tournament and tackle show

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Ryan White with a roosterfish he caught on a trip to Mexico. His Outer Banks-based team will compete in October at the Ocean City Fishing Club’s three-day Centennial Surf Fishing Tournament. Ryan White with a roosterfish he caught on a trip to Mexico. His Outer Banks-based team will compete in October at the Ocean City Fishing Club’s three-day Centennial Surf Fishing Tournament.

OCEAN CITY — A Galloway businessman whose company builds premium custom fishing rods from blanks made in New Zealand is one of 36 vendors and organizations exhibiting products and services at the Ocean City Fishing Club Tackle Show Friday, Oct. 18, as part of the club’s three-day Centennial Surf Fishing Tournament Oct. 17-19.

“We’re really looking forward to this show,” said Rich Hedenberg, of RH Custom Rods. “We’ll have anglers coming to Ocean City from all over the East Coast.”

The tackle show is open to the public 7-9 p.m. in the Ocean City Sports and Civic Center at Sixth Street and Boardwalk. Pizza and soft drinks will be served. Admission is $3.

Hedenberg is also sponsoring a six-member team to compete in the club tournament Oct. 17-19.

Custom rod builder Rich Hedenberg, of Galloway, will be among the vendors at the Ocean City Fishing Club’s Oct. 18 Tackle Show. Custom rod builder Rich Hedenberg, of Galloway, will be among the vendors at the Ocean City Fishing Club’s Oct. 18 Tackle Show.

In business since 2007, Hedenberg is the U.S. distributor of CTS rod blanks made with pure carbon cores by Composite Tube Systems Ltd. in Auckland. He sells the blanks to individuals who want to build their own rods, and his firm makes and sells custom rods using CTS blanks.

Also competing in the fishing tournament is one of the most experienced surf fishing teams on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The six-member Advanced Fishing-USA, based in Rodanthe, N.C. and including long-distance tournament caster Ryan White, has registered for the tournament, which is expected to draw as many as 100 East Coast teams to Ocean City’s beaches.

White, 37, is owner of the Hatteras Jack Tackle Shop and co-founder of Advanced Fishing-USA, a company that partners with Century Rods and serves as the sole importer to America of the United Kingdom-based firm’s products. He is a well-known surf-casting mentor who averages casts of 725 feet in tournament competition.

“Our team fishes all of the beach tournaments in North Carolina,” White said. “We heard about the 100th anniversary tournament in Ocean City, where many anglers have bought our Century Rods. So we decided to come up north, have some fun, do some serious fishing, and maybe sell some more products.”

White’s firm is a sponsor of the tournament and a participant in the tackle show. Other vendors, including local and regional tackle shops, will offer tackle, rigs, lures, accessories and clothing.

Founded in 1913, the Ocean City Fishing Club has been celebrating its 100th anniversary with a yearlong series of events and activities. It is the oldest, continuously operating fishing club in America.

For more information on the tackle show, contact Dan Ladik at 856-261-4521 or at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . For more information about the tournament, contact one of the following individuals: Mike Hayes at 856-466-9546 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; Augie Conte at 609-320-2849 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; or Dan Ladik at 856-261-4521 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . See www.oceancityfishingclub.com.

 


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