2017 Fishing Tournament Calendar

Boatyard Bar & Grill Opening Day Rockfish Tournament

Boatyard Bar & Grill Opening Day Rockfish Tournament

April

April 15
Boatyard Bar and Grill Opening Day Rockfish Fishing Tournament
Annapolis, Md. 
Catch and release—multiple prizes for the three longest rockfish photographed against official tournament ruler. Youth and Coastal Conservation Association Maryland awards.
boatyardbarandgrill.com

April 14–16
Colonial Beach Spring Rockfish Tournament
Colonial Beach, Va.

April 28–May 6
Captain Zed’s Flounder Tournament
Wachapreague, Va. 
Heaviest doormat (flounder) taken from ocean waters wins. 
www.theislandhouserestaurant.com


May

May 2017
Marines Helping Marines Fishing Tournament
North East, Md. 
Wounded Marines take to the water for a friendly fishing competition. 
www.woundedmarinefishing.com

May 5–7
Rod ‘N’ Reel Captain’s Association Pro-Am Rockfish Tournament
Chesapeake Beach, Md. 
Multiple cash prizes for top rockfish tallied at tournament-certified weigh stations. 
www.rodnreeltournament.com

May 5–7
Maryland Saltwater Sportfishing Association Championship on the Chesapeake
Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay
Multiple cash prizes for top rockfish tallied at tournament-certified weigh stations. 
mssa.net/thechampionship

May 26–28
Sixth Annual Memorial Day Bluefish Tournament
Sunset Marina, Ocean City, Md. 
Benefits the Catherine and Charles Kratz Memorial Foundation and Scholarship Fund. Heaviest bluefish takes the cash. 
www.ocmarlinclub.com/tournaments.php


June

June 2017
Virginia Beach Anglers Club Cobia Classic Long Bay Pointe Marina, Virginia Beach
www.virginiabeachanglersclub.org

June 2
Casey Cares Rockfish Tournament
Benefits Casey Cares Foundation, which helps critically ill kids and their families. Captain’s Challenge, First and Second place prizes. Post-tournament dinner chefs will cook your catch.
caseycares.org/events/annual-casey-cares-rockfish-tournament

June 3
Coastal Conservation Association Maryland 
Kent Narrows Fly and Light Tackle Catch and Release Tournament, Kent Narrows. 

Bragging rights for photo evidence of the longest striped bass photographed against an official ruler in three categories: fly, light-tackle and kayak.
ccamd.org

June 16–18
Maryland Saltwater Sportfishing Association Tuna-ment
Sunset Marina, Ocean City, Md. 
Ply the waters off Ocean City for the biggest tunas for big cash prizes. Divisions for 31-foot and under; over 31-feet.
mssa.net/tunament

June 17–18
Small-Boat Tournament
Sunset Marina, Ocean City, Md. 
Target coastal and bluewater species in boats 34 feet and smaller for cash prizes.
ocmarlinclub.com/tournaments.php

June 21–24
Virginia Beach Tuna Tournament
Rudee Inlet, Va. Beach
Hook big tuna, win big money.
http://vbtuna.com/


July

June 30–July 2
Canyon Kickoff Tournament
Sunset Marina, Ocean City, Md. 
Billfish, tuna and mahi-mahi are the name of the game. 
ocmarlinclub.com/tournaments.php

July 8
High School Fishing Student Angler Federation Maryland State Championship
Elk Neck State Park, North East, Md. 
High school students hit the water for big bass on the upper Chesapeake Bay. 
highschoolfishing.org

July 14–16
Ocean City Tuna Tournament
Ocean City, Md. 
Big tuna, big money, big fun
octunatournament.com

July 22–23
Kids’ Classic
Ocean City, Md. 
Anglers 19 and under target coastal fish from both land and sea. Proceeds benefit the Wish-A-Fish Foundation. 
ocmarlinclub.com/tournaments.php

July 22
Wish-A-Fish Foundation Fishing Day
Bahia Marina, Ocean City, Md.
Volunteer captains take special needs kids and their families out for a day of fishing. Other days at Sandy Point in Annapolis and Sunset Creek Marina in Hampton, Va., tbd.
wish-a-fish.org

July 26–29
Virginia Beach Invitational Marlin Tournament
Rudee Inlet, Va. Beach
www.facebook.com/VirginiaBeachInvitationalMarlinTournament


August

August 3–5
Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Northern Open
James River; Osborne Park, Henrico, Va. 
A stop for the massive Bassmaster Open circuit. 
www.bassmaster.com

August 5–6
Ladies’ Heels & Reels Fishing Tournament
Ocean City, Md. 
Ladies head to the canyons for a cause. 
www.ocmarlinclub.com

August 7–11
White Marlin Open
Ocean City, Md. 
The world’s largest billfish tournament. Huge cash prizes for white marlin, blue marlin, mahi-mahi, tuna species, wahoo and shark. 
www.whitemarlinopen.com

August 17–19
Capt. Steve Harman’s Poor Girls Open
Ocean City, Md. 
Ladies only billfish release tournament to benefit breast cancer research. 
www.bahiamarina.com/tournament/poor-girls-open.cfm

August 19–20
Wine, Women and Fishing Tournament
Southside Marina, Virginia Beach
Ladies take fish for bluewater species to raise money for breast cancer research. 
cbwc.org/chesapeake-bay-wine-classic-events/wine-women-fishing

August 20–25
Mid-Atlantic $500,000
Sunset Marina, Ocean City, Md. 
Offshore canyons fishing for billfish, tuna, mahi-mahi for serious cash. 
www.themidatlantic.com

August 23–26
Virginia Beach Billfish Tournament
Rudee Inlet, Va. Beach
Catch and release blue and white marlin, sailfish and spearfish, all for big bucks, and a big party.
vbbt.com


September

September 2017
Tidewater Kayak Anglers Association Tournament
www.tkaa.org

September 2017
Chesapeake Bay Kayak Anglers Tournament
Camp Wright, Kent Island
Benefits CCA Maryland and Make-A-Wish Foundation. 
chesapeakebaykayakanglers.com

September 2–4
Labor Day White Marlin Tournament
Sunset Marina, Ocean City, Md. 
Catch white marlin and other offshore species for big money. 
ocmarlinclub.com/tournaments.php

September 16–17
MSSA Mid-Atlantic Flounder Tournament
Ocean City, Md. 
Hook up some flounder for a chance at cash prizes. 
mssa.net

September 30–October 1
Coastal Conservation Association Maryland Red Trout Catch and Release Tournament
Crisfield, Md. 
Catch-and-release red drum and speckled trout
ccamd.org


October

October 2017
Legends of the Fly Fly Fishing Tournament
Virginia Beach, Va. 
legendsoftheflyvb.com

October 5–7
Mid-Atlantic Surf Fishing Tournament
Ocean City, Md. 
Surf’s Up at this popular surfcasting tournament. 
oceancitysurfanglersmd.com


November

Editor Joe Evans (right) wins big at the 2016 Fish For a Cure

Editor Joe Evans (right) wins big at the 2016 Fish For a Cure

November 4
Fish For a Cure
Eastport Yacht Club, Annapolis
Anglers bring in big rocks and raise big bucks to fund cancer programs at Anne Arundel Medical Center.
fishforacure.org

November 10–12
Colonial Beach Rockfish Tournament
Colonial Beach, Va.
Seeking Striper on the Potomac
www.rockfishtournament.org

November 11
Rocksgiving Tournament
Annapolis, Md.
Sponsored by Devils Backbone Brewing Company, ensuring great post-fishing drinks and fun. 
www.rocksgiving.com

November 17–19
Maryland Saltwater Sportfishing Association Fall Classic
Maryland waters
Heaviest striper takes the cash—lots of it.
mssa.net/mssa-tournament-series


December

December 7–9
Mid-Atlantic Rockfish Shoot Out
Rudee Inlet, Virginia Beach, Va. 
Largest rockfish tournament in the country.
www.midatlanticrockfishshootout.com