After spring trophy season, fall is often a favorite time of year for anglers. And who could blame them with the cooler temperatures and the bevy of fall fishing tournaments? Here are a few big ones to put on your calendar:
The MSSA Mid Atlantic Flounder Tournament (formally the Beach N’ Boat Flounder Tournament) will be held September 17-18 in Ocean City, MD. Fish the coastal Bays and Atlantic Ocean around OC with three weigh stations: Indian River Inlet, DE; Ocean City, MD; and Chincoteague, VA. $200 per boat with a $10,000 payout.
CCA Red Trout Catch and Release Tournament: September 24-25. A catch and release photo tournament based out of Crisfield, MD, that hopes to support the Crisfield community while also bringing awareness to the speckled trout and redfish fishery. Fish fly, light tackle, bait, or from your kayak. After the tournament there will be a live and silent auction, pig roast, shrimp boil, and more. $55 per angler.
Maryland Rockfish Open: October 8. $400 for four anglers (if registered before October 1); $100 for each additional angler. This tournament benefits Special Olympics Maryland. To make a donation in an anglers’ name, visit the event website. The post-event party will be held at Mike’s Crab House in Riva, MD, featuring an open bar and buffet dinner. Purchase additional party tickets for $25.
Little Havana Rocktober Cup: October 22. Rockfish tournament presented by CCA MD out of Little Havana restaurant in Baltimore.
Fish For a Cure: November 5. The weigh-in and Shore Party will be held at Eastport YC in Annapolis. The boat with the most donations wins, so make a donation on behalf of one of the Captain’s Challenge teams. Registration costs $500 per boat of four anglers, which includes entrance to the shore party. All are welcome at the shore party, even if you did not fish the tournament. Tickets cost $100.
Rocksgiving: November 12. $300 entry fee per boat of four anglers; additional anglers may be added for $50 per person. PropTalk is a sponsor of this striped bass tournament which benefits the Bowen Foundation for Autism. The after party is open to anyone (anglers and non-anglers alike) and will be held at Chesapeake Harbour Marina in Annapolis. Tickets are $35 in advance and $50 at the door (includes beer, rum drinks, and buffet).
MSSA Chesapeake Bay Fall Classic: November 18-20. There are two divisions, amateur and professional (charter boat, guide, for-hire fishing vessel, commercial fin fish license), and several Tournament Within Tournament (TWT’s) registration options. The main tournament is $250 per person for MSSA members and $300 for nonmembers. There are nine weigh stations around the Bay.
Mid Atlantic Rockfish Shootout: December 8-10 at Oyster Farm Marina at Kings Creek in Cape Charles, VA. $500 per boat if registered before November 25. There is no limit to the number of anglers per entry. Each paid entry chooses one of the three eligible days to fish; however, you may fish three days if you pay three entry fees. To date, the Rockfish Shootout has provided thousands of pounds of skinless rockfish filets to area foodbanks.