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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Fall Rockfish Tournament Lures Anglers to the Bay
Father and Son Win Tournament - 51.65 lb Rockfish


(ANNAPOLIS, MD) - Anglers from Maine to North Carolina made their way to Maryland this past
weekend to test their skills and promote recreational fishing on the Chesapeake Bay as the Maryland
Saltwater Sportfishermen’s Association (MSSA) hosted the 19th annual Chesapeake Bay Fall Classic, the
largest fall rockfish tournament on the Bay.

250 boats carrying over 1,500 anglers took to the water to try to reel in the big one for their share of the
prize money and of course bragging rights. The MSSA and its volunteers set up 8 weigh stations from
Sandy Point state park to Point Lookout.

“This tournament, like our others, lures anglers from Maryland and other states to the Bay and gives our
local communities a little boost and of course gives our members one last chance to participate in this
great fishery,” said Dave Smith, Executive Director of the MSSA.

This was the final tournament in the 2011 MSSA Tournament Series which consists of three total events
including the largest rockfish tournament in the country the Championship on the Chesapeake and the
offshore Tuna-ment.

Tournament Results

First place went to Steve Dodson and son Mike of Pasadena, Maryland for their 51.65 pound rockfish.
The father and son team caught the 51+ pounder at the mouth of the Choptank on the first day of the
tournament. Dodson weighed the fish in at Taylors Island Family Campground, one of the two weigh
stations on the Eastern Shore. Caught on tandem Bloody Point bait he purchased at Alltackle during the
tournament captains meetings, Dodson and his son Mike will be taking $21,875 for their catch.

Smith said the Bloody Point baits have won the last three bay tournaments the MSSA has hosted.

Second place went to Andrew Turner of Brandywine, Maryland with his 42.45 pound rockfish. Turner
was accompanied by Lee Tippett of the Fin Finder as they trolled the waters of the Chesapeake Bay.
Their efforts paid off late in the game as they hooked up with the beast around 3:00 PM on Sunday.

Tippett said they were brining the lines in when they hooked up and were surprised when they brought
it to the boat. Turner will walk away with $43,225 and top payout of the tournament. While Turner
took second place, he took first place in all of the Tournament Within a Tournament (TWT's).

Third place went to John Patchett of Fallston, Maryland. Patchett will be taking home over $15,000 for
his third place fish and several TWT’s.

Youth Division

The MSSA started the youth division in the fall tournament in 2010 and it has quickly become one of the
anglers’ favorite aspects of the tournament. The MSSA has made it their mission for many years to
educate and encourage youth fishing in the state of Maryland through fishing clinics, camps, and
contests/tournaments.

The youth division of the Fall Classic is for any child 16 years of age and under. The MSSA only asks that the youth angler participate in the catch as much as possible.

1st place – Gavin Ridgeway – 38.8 lbs
2nd place – Matt Long – 35.5 lbs
3rd place – Jake Meadows – 33.9 lbs
4th place – Cameron Connor – 31.75 lbs
5th place – Jennifer Tippett – 31.6 lbs
6th place – C.J. Lowe – 29.3 lbs
7th place – Michael Harris – 28.6 lbs
8th place – Jimmy Tippett – 27.2 lbs
9th place – Steven Hepburn – 27.05 lbs
10th place – Austin Duffey – 25.6 lbs

Honorable Mention in the youth division – Trevor Suchter 24.35 lbs; Austin Garrison 22 lbs; Brandon
Powell 19.45 lbs; Dylan Paugh 12.4 lbs; Eric Scott 12.35 lbs; Ben Wingate 11.05. There were also several
youth anglers that weighed in multiple fish, but only one prize per youth angler is allowed: Cameron
Connor 29.2 lbs; Michael Harris 18.85 lbs;

The MSSA gave away over $95,000 in cash and prizes for the tournament. Tournament results will be
posted on the MSSA’s website, facebook page, and tidalfish.com. Smith said all results are unofficial
until he and the Tournament Committee can check and confirm all fish weights and the winners pass
their respective polygraph tests.

The MSSA, an organization of 7,000 conservation-minded members and the largest of its kind in the
state, is most famous for its advocacy work protecting anglers’ rights and the largest spring rockfish
tournament in the country, The Championship on the Chesapeake. The organization uses these
tournaments to promote and encourage recreational fishing in the state of Maryland, with a special
focus on the state's youth. “We are trying to get kids and adults involved and give them the access and
opportunity to get out there and fish”, Smith said.

Once again the MSSA and Alltackle teamed up and awarded 10 individuals in the youth division and will
award all the kids who weighed in a fish with a prize.

For more information on this tournament and the MSSA you may visit www.mssa.net or call 410-255-
5535. You may also find us on Facebook and www.Tidalfish.com


Final Standings (pending polygraphs)

Top Payouts
Andrew Turner/Lee Tippett - $43,225
Steve Dodson - $21,875
John Patchett - $15,410
Doug Scott - $8,100
Marty Simounet - $2,440

Main Tournament
1st Place – Steve Dodson – 51.65 lbs - $21,875
2nd Place – Andrew Turner/Lee Tippett - $13,125
3rd Place - John Patchett – 41.5 lbs – 8,750

TWT’s
$50
1st Place – Andrew Turner/Lee Tippett – 42.45 lbs - $2,075
2nd Place – John Patchett – 41.5 lbs - $1,245
3rd Place - Doug Scott – 41 lbs - $830

$100
1st Place – Andrew Turner/Lee Tippett – 42.45 lbs - $3,850
2nd Place – John Patchett – 41.5 lbs - $2,310
3rd Place - Doug Scott – 41 lbs - $1,540

$150
1st Place – Andrew Turner/Lee Tippett – 42.45 lbs – $5,175
2nd Place – John Patchett – 41.5 lbs - $3,105
3rd Place - Doug Scott – 41 lbs - $2,070

$200
1st Place – Andrew Turner/Lee Tippett – 42.45 lbs - $6,100
2nd Place - Doug Scott – 41 lbs - $3,660
3rd Place - Marty Simounet – 40.25 lbs - $2,440

$300
1st Place – Andrew Turner/Lee Tippett – 42.45 lbs - $12,900

Youth Division
1st place – Gavin Ridgeway – 38.8 lbs
2nd place – Matt Long – 35.5 lbs
3rd place – Jake Meadows – 33.9 lbs
4th place – Cameron Connor – 31.75 lbs
5th place – Jennifer Tippett – 31.6 lbs
6th place – C.J. Lowe – 29.3 lbs
7th place – Michael Harris – 28.6 lbs
8th place – Steven Hepburn – 27.05 lbs
9th place – Austin Duffey – 25.6 lbs
10th place – Trevor Sutcher – 24.35 lbs

Honorable Mention in the youth division – Austin Garrison 22 lbs; Dylan Paugh 12.4 lbs; Eric Scott 12.35
lbs; Ben 11.05

 

1st Place
1st Place Winner!


2nd Place
2nd Place


3rd Place
3rd Place


4th Place
4th Place

 


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