Monday, June 27, 2011
111.4 Pound Blue Fin Wins 22nd Annual Tuna-ment
Fisher Takes Home $10,880
(PASADENA, MD) - The 22nd annual Tuna-ment wrapped up this past weekend with 30 boats competing for top honors as MSSA's bluewater champion. The Tuna-ment has a long history in the MSSA, starting in the Northwest chapter and currently making up the second of three tournaments in the MSSA's Tournament Series.
With weigh stations in Ocean City, MD at Sunset Marina; Captains Steve's in Chincoteague, VA; and Wachapreague Seaside Marina in Wachapreague, VA; anglers from all over the mid-Atlantic square off against each other in this tournament.
This year an angler out of Wachapreague, Sam Fisher and team "Right Hook", took first place with their 111.4 pound blue fin tuna. Fisher and team "Right Hook" weighed in their prize catch on Sunday, the last day of the tournament. Fisher and his team also won several skill levels bringing their total winnings to $10,880.
Current regulations state that recreational anglers are only permitted to keep one blue fin tuna in the 27 - 59'' size range. Charter captains, or Professionals, are permitted to keep two. However, the MSSA implemented a rule that evened the playing field restricting both, recreational and charter captains, to catch one blue fin tuna 27-59'' .
Second place went to Captain Tommy Baldwin of the Lady Luck out of Ocean City. Lady Luck, owned by Lifetime Member Steve Ramsey had a tremendous tournament as they reeled in two beautiful blue fin tuna - 108.3 lbs and 105.3 lbs. They also took the dolphin category with the three heaviest dolphin totaling 72.8 pounds (32.5 lbs, 22.3 lbs, and 18 lbs). Baldwin and Ramsey walked away with $5,213. The two are no strangers to winning money in the Tuna-ment, last year they took home over $10,000 in prize money.
Tony Tolbard of Frederick, and member of the Frederick County chapter, took third with an 89.9 pound blue fin. Tolbard aboard "Shammy", owned and operated by a fellow MSSA member, snuck out of nowhere on Sunday to capture third and take home $675.
The bluefish category went to Captain Wayne Willett for his luck in the lottery drawing. Because there were no bluefish caught, the rules state that all captains who entered the bluefish category will be entered into a lottery and the winner will be drawn following the tournament. Captain Willett's name was drawn to receive $320.
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For more information on the 22nd annual Tuna-ment: MSSA 410-255-5535 or email@example.com