The Fish For a Cure tournament of 2021 is a wrap, and it was another fantastic year for battling cancer by fishing. Sixty-two teams participated, with Liquid Creative winning the Heaviest Rockfish division (8.56 pounds) followed by Team Alltackle (8.2 pounds) and Luki Belle (8.18 pounds). PYY Marine won the Catch & Release division with 80.5 inches, Sonar Kings landed in second with 70.5 inches, and Team FishTalk/PropTalk eked out third (WOOHOO... sort of!) with 68.375 inches. White perch and Slam divisions both drew a blank, perhaps due to the day’s extremely difficult conditions. More important than the fishing, however, thanks to the tournament and the Captain’s Challenge over $380,000 was raised to help fight cancer and benefit patients in the Cancer Survivorship program at the Luminis Health Anne Arundel Medical Center’s Geaton and JoAnn DeCesaris Cancer Institute. Top teams were Laxfish ($108K), Alternating Currents ($70K), and Reel Counsel – Liff, Walsh & Simmons/Eagle Title ($45K). Team FishTalk/PropTalk managed seventh place in the fundraising challenge, bringing in a new team record of $14.5K.
While some anglers love tournaments and some others don't, the fact of the matter is that the Fish For a Cure directly benefits cancer patients. The money this tournament raises doesn't go to some research institute or amorphous fund - it goes to help those patients. We're utterly thrilled to be able to play a tiny role in sponsoring the Fish For a Cure, participate in it, and focus our efforts on making this event a success every fall. Where will you be fishing, come next November? We sincerely hope it'll be on the Chesapeake Bay, competing to raise funds and then catch fish in the Fish For a Cure.