Year Contender Cup/Chesapeake Angler Magazine
Tournament was a Huge Success
|Contender Cup first place winners.||Third place winners.|
By Karen Jett
First Annual Contender Cup/Chesapeake Angler Magazine Striped Bass Tournament
was held on December 22, 2007 at Bay Creek Marina and Resort in Cape
Charles, Virginia. The Boat House at Boaters World, Garmin, Yamaha
and Virginia Beach Contender also sponsored the tournament. Chris
Bait & Tackle was the preferred bait and tackle, Kiptopeke
Fifty-six boats registered for the one-day tournament. Striped bass anglers from up and down the East Coast searched the Virginia portions of the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean for one big striped bass. The fishing had been great prior to the tournament with most tournament anglers predicting 50 plus pound fish to win the event. It took a 38-pound fish or better to make the top ten leader board. The top eight fish were over 40 pounds.
The weather was fishable with northeast winds, and fishing was slow with few but large fish being landed,said Capt. Max
King of Team Chesapeake Angler Magazine. The award ceremony was held at the Aqua Restaurant located at Bay Creek Marina and Resort. The team of Big Mama Captained by Robert Hughes, fishing with good friend Ronnie Currin in Roberts 21 ft. Sea Pro from Henderson, North Carolina landed the tournament winning fish of 52.46 pounds. In addition, Robert Hughes team won the Small Boat Challenge for fishing in a boat 23 ft. or under.The total winnings for the team Big Mama were over $6100.00. David Nova of White Stone, Virginia and his Team Marlin Maniac won second place of $2500 with a 50.60-pound rockfish.
Even though the 2007 tournament did not have the 100 boats registered to guarantee the prize money, the tournament committee decided that fourth through tenth places would still be paid as if 100 boats had entered the tournament. Next year the tournament is hoping to pay fifteen to twenty places the same way.
Because of the 2007 success and large participation, there will be an early entry drawing and more door prizes up for grabs
along with the possibility of a new Contender Boat prize in the 2008 tournament.
for info on the Chesapeake
Angler Magazine website for details and save the date!