Opening Day is the first “real” day of Spring for anglers, and the event’s “catch and release” philosophy helps sustain the rockfish population in the Chesapeake Bay. No fish are brought in to be measured—the winners are determined from the digital photos of the fish taken next to the Boatyard Measuring Device, better known as the “yardstick” (even though it is 48" long to accommodate the best fish!) or as the "fish-sticks".
It all begins the evening before the tournament, when the captains gather at the Boatyard to pick up their skippers bags, slurp oysters and “trash talk” to the other captains. On the day of, awards and prizes are handed out and the after-party celebration with live music and great food happens in the Boatyard Bar & Grill’s parking lot—incredibly fun!
Dick Franyo, the Boatyard Bar & Grill’s owner and event founder, said, “We started this tournament because everyone was out on the water anyway, so giving them a means to really celebrate the day and help out these important causes caught on.” Franyo added, “We share a passion with anglers for a healthier Bay and preserving the sport of fishing for future generations.”
Entry Fee: $240.00 per boat for four anglers / $45.00 per additional angler
Proceeds benefit the Chesapeake Bay Foundation®, Coastal Conservation Association Maryland, and the Annapolis Police Dept. Youth Fishing Camp.