The Chesapeake Bay’s Largest Fall Rockfish Tournament – November 19 & 20 19th Annual Chesapeake Bay Fall Classic…Bring Home An Early Christmas Present!
Join thousands of recreational and professional anglers as they compete for top honors and a chance at some big money in this year’s Chesapeake Bay Fall Classic, the Bay’s largest fall rockfish tournament.
This year marked the best year in the tournaments long history with 205 boats and a payout in cash and prizes of nearly $80,000. Next year is looking to be even better as last year’s winners’ return as well as many other top anglers from around the region.
Winners Payouts 1st Place – Budd Cratty ‐ $17,000 (not in any of the TWT’s) 2nd Place – Rene Ward ‐ $35,000 3rd Place – Chris Long ‐ $15,000
The Fall Classic is a simple and convenient tournament to enter and participate in as we have seven weigh stations and four Captains Meetings to fit your schedule and capabilities. To register you may go online at www.mssa.net, attend one/all of the four Captains meetings, or give us a call at the office 410‐255‐5535.
If you are in the area be sure to attend one of the four Captains Meetings for a chance at some great door prizes courtesy of Alltackle. Food and drink available at all meetings. We want to thank you in advance for your consideration and participation in the 19th annual Chesapeake Bay Fall Classic!
Thousands of recreational and professional anglers from Maine to North Carolina will be making their way to Maryland to compete for top honors and a chance at some big money in this year’s Chesapeake Bay Fall Classic, the Bay’s largest fall rockfish tournament. This two day event takes place on November 17th and 18th on the waters of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. With over 250 boats and 1,500 anglers regularly competing, the prizes and competition is larger than ever.
The Fall Classic is the final event in the 2012 MSSA Tournament Series which also includes The Championship, The Tuna-ment, and the Beach N’ Boat Flounder tournament. This will be the final opportunity for our members and captains to receive points for the 2012 MSSA Captain of the Year contest.
The Fall Classic is a simple and convenient tournament to enter and participate in as we have seven weigh stations and four Captains Meetings to fit your schedule and capabilities.
Weigh Stations (open from 11:00 AM – 4:30 PM)
Sandy Point State Park
Rod N Reel Docks – Chesapeake Beach
Breezy Point Marina – Free Boat Ramp use for MSSA Tournament Anglers)
Point Lookout State Park
Taylors Island Family Campground
This tournament, like the others, lures anglers from Maryland and other states to the Bay and gives our local communities a little boost before the Holidays. It’s one last hurrah out on the Bay for 2012.
2011 marked the best year in the tournaments long history with 250 boats and a payout in cash and prizes of $93,000. 2012 is looking to be even better.
2011 Top Payouts
Andrew Turner – $43,225 – 42.45 lbs
Steve Dodson – $21,875 – 51.65 lbs
John Patchett – $15,410 – 41.5 lbs
Doug Scott – $8,100 – 41 lbs
To register for the 20th annual Chesapeake Bay Fall Classic register, attend one/all of the four Captains meetings, or give us a call at the office 410-255-5535
CAPTAINS MEETINGS – (all meetings 6-8pm) All Captains Meetings will have food and drink available. You may also register for the tournament at these meetings, OR, pick up your Captains Packet if you registered online. Door prizes will be at all meetings courtesy of Alltackle. November 12th – BOE Marine – Kent Island November 13th – Commodore Hall – Essex November 14th – Alltackle – Annapolis November 15th – Solomons Pier Restaurant – Solomons Island
The Maryland Saltwater Sportfishermen’s Association (MSSA) would like to invite you to participate in our 17th Annual Chesapeake Bay Fall Tournament. The tournament will be held on November 21st and 22nd, 2009 on the Maryland waters of the Chesapeake Bay and tributaries.
There will be seven Official Weigh-In Stations throughout the Bay. They are as follows:
• Sandy Point State Park • Calvert Marina – Solomons • Taylors Island Family Campground • Knapps Narrows Marina – Tilghman Island • Breezy Point Marina – Chesapeake Beach • NEW – Point Lookout State Park • NEW – Rod ‘N’ Reel – Chesapeake Beach
All weigh-in stations will be open from 11:00 AM to 4:30 PM on Saturday and Sunday.
The tournament is geared to target rockfish and bluefish. Rockfish will be the number one species in the main tournament as well as five skill levels. There will be a special category for bluefish which will be one winner.
This tournament promises to be the BEST Fall Tournament on the Chesapeake Bay, so we hope to see you on November 21st and 22nd, 2009.
Due to Boater’s World closures, the sign-up meetings will be held at:
NEW All Tackle Captains Meeting – NEW STORE OPENING – 2062 Somerville Rd – Annapolis, MD 21401 – 5 to 7PM – November 16th, 2009 – DOOR PRIZES!!!!
Essex Middle River Chapter – Tuesday, November 17th, 2009 – 5:00 to 7:00 P.M.
Annapolis Chapter – Wednesday, November 18th, 2009 – 5:00 to 7:00 P.M.
Southern Maryland Chapter – Thursday, November 19th, 2009 – 5:00 to 7:00 P.M.
The last time to register for the tournament will be November 20th, 2009 at the MSSA office from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
(PASADENA, MD) May 4th, – The 26th Annual Maryland Saltwater Sportfishermen’s Association (MSSA) 26th Annual Spring Tournament, Championship on the Chesapeake, ended on Sunday with 560 boats and nearly 3,000 anglers taking part in the fishing classic.
The three day tournament started on Friday at 6:00 AM and ended Sunday when all ten weigh stations shut down at 5:00PM. Hotels, marinas, and campgrounds filled up all over the region as anglers flocked to the water to try to cast their way to a portion of the estimated $200,000 in cash and prizes.
The radio waves were buzzing all weekend with talk of the heaviest fish and who would reel in the winning monster. For the first time, Anglers used their blackberries and portable internet devices to check the MSSA’s website to see what weight they had to beat, a sure sign that the sport, and tournament, is not only evolving but the competition is fierce.
“If we can use the internet and airwaves to broadcast the largest fish brought in, from a conservation stand point, this will help anglers decide to throw back a fish that is not in contention”, said Dave Smith, Associate Director of the MSSA.
Friday marked the first big fish and what would ultimately be dubbed the winner. Chuck Falter of Middle River, MD brought a 47.2 pound rockfish into the Herrington Harbor weigh station. Falter caught this magnificent fish just west of Sharps Island in 55 feet of water using chartreuse tandem parachutes.
“There is skill involved but luck plays a big role. Being at the right place at the right time has a lot to do with it”, said Rich Novotny, Executive Director of the MSSA.
For the next two days Falter anxiously fished for an even larger rockfish, meanwhile hoping his 47-pounder would hold up. Saturday and Sunday came and went with several fish in the 40-pound area, but nothing close to Falter’s 47. On Sunday the top ten took a dramatic hit as four fish weighing in the mid-forties came to the weigh stations. But, once again, Falter’s fish held on. Billy James of Arlington, Virginia reeled in a 45.3 pound rockfish to secure second place and 1st place in all of the TWT’s, giving him a grand total of $67,570. James hooked this beauty near buoy 78 at 10:30 AM. James said he was using a white parachute and shad with a purple head. James had to overcome some adversity earlier in the week when his boat blew a motor. A friend was kind enough to lend James his 19-foot Triumph boat for the tournament.
“Once again we see the second place fish winning all of the TWT’s. You have to enter all of the TWT’s or you will miss out on some big money”, said Smith of the MSSA.
John T. Dove of Annandale, Virginia reeled in a 45 pound rockfish at 11:30 A.M. Friday morning, placing him third in the overall tournament and second in the TWT’s. His winnings total $29,115. Dove caught this beast on a white parachute just south of Cedar Point.
Raymond Cleaveland of Waldorf came in fourth place in the main tournament and third place in the TWT’s with his 44.6 pound rockfish. Cleaveland will be walking away with $9,521.
Stephen Smith of Hanover, Pennsylvania walked away with $15,101 for weighing in a 42.65 pound rockfish. Smith was fifth overall and placed in all of the TWT’s.
In the Charter Boat and Professional Division, Captain Robert Wetherald weighed in a 46.35 pound rockfish securing him first place overall and first place in all of the TWT’s. Wetherald will be receiving $10,200 for his efforts out on the Bay. Second place went to Captain Charlie Sisson on Back Draft out of Chesapeake Beach, MD. Sisson brought in a 42.55 pound rockfish on Friday worth $6,220. Finally, third place went to Captain Rick Huckleby who weighed in a 41.15 pound rockfish winning him $4,480.
The MSSA also hands out daily prizes, weigh station prizes, boat prizes, and catch and release prizes. This year’s Catch and Release winner is Lee Tippett, releasing 55 rockfish over this three day tournament. Cobra Marine sponsors this division and will be awarding Tippett with brand new radio electronics for his boat.
The MSSA has been hosting this tournament for over a quarter century now and every year it grows as more anglers compete for the big money. All major winners of the tournament will be given polygraph tests before they receive their prizes to maintain the integrity of the tournament.
The MSSA uses a small percentage of the fees to fund their lobbying efforts in Annapolis and Washington DC protecting the rights and traditions of recreational and sport fishermen. The MSSA is the voice of the Maryland Angler and has nearly 7,000 members and 13 chapters statewide. MSSA is proud of the fact they represent the voice of Maryland anglers and that no out-of-state organization dictates their agenda.
The Chesapeake Bay's Largest Fall Rockfish Tournament - November 19 & 2019th Annual Chesapeake Bay Fall Classic…Bring Home An Early Christmas Present!
Join thousands of recreational and professional anglers as they compete for top honors and a chance at some big money in this year’s Chesapeake Bay Fall...