The Annual Boatyard Opening Day Rockfish Fishing Tournament
Next Date: Saturday, April 19, 2014
The Boatyard Opening Day Rockfish Tournament was the Boatyard’s first ever lifestyle charity event. Anglers Sports Center continues to be the Official Presenting Sponsor. See the pictures and fishing results from last year’s tournament under Gallery.
Chesapeake anglers excited about the start of the rockfish season can enjoy their favorite sport and support three great causes by entering the Annual Boatyard Bar & Grill Opening Day “Catch & Release” Rockfish Tournament. Participating fisherman not only compete for great prizes, they also give back to the Bay and their community since proceeds from the tournament benefit the Chesapeake Bay Foundation®, the Coastal Conservation Association Maryland and the Annapolis Police Department’s Youth Fishing Camp. By enjoying a day on the water with friends and a fun party, they assist CBF with their “Save the Bay” efforts, help the CCA-MD protect the fishery, and introduce local kids-at-risk to Chesapeake fishing through The Annapolis Police Department’s Youth Fishing Camp – these kids establish long-lasting bonds with Annapolis police officers at the camp, a two-week program run by Lt. Brian Della.
Opening Day is the first “real” day of Spring for anglers, and the event’s “catch and release” philosophy helps sustain the rockfish population in the Chesapeake Bay. No fish are brought in to be measured - the winners are determined from the digital photos of the fish taken next to the Boatyard Measuring Device, better known as the “yardstick” (even though it is 48" long to accommodate the best fish!).
It all begins the evening before the tournament, when the captains gather at the Boatyard to pick up their skippers bags, slurp oysters and “trash talk” to the other captains. On the day of, awards and prizes are handed out and the after-party celebration with live music and great food happens in the Boatyard Bar & Grill’s parking lot - incredibly fun! PropTalk Magazine is the Official Media Sponsor and with WRNR dj’s, they catch up with the anglers from the 200 or so registered boats and their “fishing stories”. Our last tournament party was about 1000 strong of captains, anglers, family. friends and locals!
Dick Franyo, the Boatyard Bar & Grill’s owner and event founder, said, “We started this tournament because everyone was out on the water anyway, so giving them a means to really celebrate the day and help out these important causes caught on.” Franyo added, “We share a passion with anglers for a healthier Bay and preserving the sport of fishing for future generations.”
“While prizes donated by our generous sponsors, lead by Anglers Sport Center, are important, what the entrants really covet is the winner’s name and outline of fish painted on the rafters of the Boatyard for all time,” said Franyo. “This is what really drives the anglers: knowing that if they win they can bring in family and friends to see their names and fish outlines on the rafters.”
2013 Catch & Release Tournament Results