This year’s Fish For a Cure charity fishing tournament takes places November 2, 2019 and for the third year in a row, Team FishTalk/PropTalk is thrilled to be a part of it, because with this tournament, there’s more than one way to win. Our team consists of FishTalk editor Lenny Rudow, PropTalk editor Kaylie Jasinski, production manager Zach Ditmars, sales rep Eric Richardson, and marketing coordinator Lauren Mahoney.

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Help Team FishTalk/PropTalk Fish For a Cure!

Fish For a Cure began in 2007, and since 2010, has raised and donated more than two million dollars to cancer survivorship programs at the Geaton and JoAnn Decesaris Cancer Institute at Anne Arundel Medical Center (AAMC). These programs include nurse navigation, nutrition counseling, psychosocial wellbeing, and oncology rehabilitation services.

Last year alone, 80 boats around the Chesapeake collectively raised more than $500,000. Our team was thrilled to break our fundraising goal of $10,000 in 2018, and we couldn’t have done it without the support of family, friends, and readers like you. Here’s how you can help the cause this year:

1. Enter the Fishing Tournament

Registration is $500 per boat which includes the captain and up to three anglers. Additional anglers can be added at $150 per person. The entry fee includes admittance for these four crew members to the Captain’s Meeting October 30 and the Shore Party on the night of November 2. All teams are expected to raise at least $1500. 

There is also a kayak division, where a four-man kayak team may register as one boat, and will be required to abide by the same rules as any individual-registered boat.

When registering for the tournament, be sure to designate your preferred marina for the annual Marina Challenge. The challenge runs through October 25, and the marina with the most registrants will be announced and celebrated at the Shore Party.

2. Come to the Shore Party

You don’t have to fish the tournament to come to an awesome party, but if you are fishing, then your team of four automatically gains entry! The Shore Party takes place November 2 at the Annapolis Waterfront Hotel. There will be food and beverages, music, a lively dance floor, fundraising auctions, and the winners of the Captain’s Challenge and the Marina Challenge will be announced.

3. Donate to a Boat

All money raised benefits the same great cause, but bragging rights are reserved for the team that wins the Captain’s Challenge by raising the most money. You can make a donation under our boat by visiting and find Team FishTalk/PropTalk

4. Come to our Beers 'N Bucktails Bash!

October 24 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Boatyrad Bar & Grill in Annapolis, MD. We have loads of tackle and fishing gear donated by our supporters in the fishing industry, which we’ll be giving away to make this event a bit more tempting to all you anglers. There will be door prizes and drawings galore – brand-spanking-new rods and reels (including top-notch goodies from Shimano, St. Croix, Okuma, and Daiwa), boxes full of lures, tackleboxes, tools, and all kinds of fishing goodies.

The number of raffle tickets granted will be based on your donation amount. A suggested donation of $50 is appreciated. We hope you'll join us! This will be one fun party to raise money for a great cause. Click to our event page for more details. 

For last year's Fish For a Cure results, click here.