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Spring Rockfish Tournament

April 15, 2017!

And the winners are... #rockfishtournament pic.twitter.com/9jextpFgZo

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Colonial Beach Volunteer Fire Department's Spring Rockfish Tournament fundraiser is always a "reel" fun time!

Just from entering the parking lot, I knew what event I was at. All I had to do was to take a look at some of the cars license plates! The location was the Colonial Beach Yacht Center. The date, April 25th, 2009.

Click here for info on the Annual Rockfish Tournament in November

Rockfish Tournament
Rockfish Tournament


The weather was a scorcher, considering it was only the end of April, with temps in the high 80's and low 90's. Luckily, there were no storms to contend with. The fishing commenced at 7:00am and ended with a final weigh-in cutoff time of 4:00pm.

Maryland Department of Natural Resources as well as Potomac River Fisheries Commission's rules and regulations for rockfish limits apply to this event, and fishing was allowed from south of the Rt. 301 bridge to the mouth of the Potomac River. I saw some HUGE fish come in at the end of the day. One of them nearly knocked the scales off the table as it was hoisted into the tray. That was a big rockfish. Tournament officials weighed and measured it.

Rockfish Tournament

CBVFD Spring Rockfish Tournament! April 19, 2014


1st Place - Tony Ferrari, Bealeton VA - 62.04lbs
2nd Place - Roger Grissom, Cobb Island MD - 61.98lbs
3rd Place - Harry Gutridge, Colonial Beach VA - 58.12lbs
4th Place - Bob Wurm, Trenton NJ - 52.74lbs
5th Place - John Weber, Leonardtown MD - 50.62lbs
(Weights are "combined" totals)


Calcutta Winner (single largest fish) - Roger Grissom, Cobb Island MD - 38.20lbs

  • Youth Division Winners
    1st Place - Erin Hall, Avenue MD - Total Weight 22.84lbs
    (Tie for 2nd place)
    2nd Place - Allie Hall, Avenue MD - 20.88lbs
    2nd Place - Georgie Hall, Avenue MD - 20.88lbs

    2010 Results:

  • 1st Place: Bob Ackerman 62.05 lbs., 83 7/8 in.
  • 2nd Place: Jerry Shinneman 54.75 lbs., 81 in.
  • 3rd Place: Sam Fisher 50.55 lbs., 78 3/4 in.
  • 4th Place: Cary Geddes 48.2 lbs., 80 3/4 in.
  • 5th Place: Dan Henderson 46.12 lbs., 77 3/4 in.

  • Youth Division Winner: James Harrison



    2009 Results:
    1st Place winner: Roger Grissom
    prize: $2,500 cash


    2nd Place winner: Ivan Evans
    prize: $1,250 cash


    3rd Place winner: Harry Gartridge
    prize: $1,000 cash


    4th Place winner: Matt Mathes
    prize: $500 cash


    5th Place winner: Chris Markwith
    prize: $250 cash


    Junior Division winner: Jimmy Tippett
    prize: $50 gift card and a trophy

    Rockfish Tournament
    Rockfish Tournament

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