Fishing tournaments held for charity and fundraising have become more and more popular as of late, but one has taken off in a big way: Fish For A Cure. This tournament is just six years old yet raised over $215,000 this fall, with the biggest single haul ($20,384) coming from the Luki Belle, captained by David Jenkins. Jenkins may have brought in the biggest haul but he didn't haul in the biggest fish – that honor went to Captain Cyrus Lashgari, on the OSMC—who donated his $2,000 cash prize (provided by right back to Fish For A Cure. Noted boating authority and writer Captain John Page Williams earned an honorable mention for bringing in the heaviest stringer of perch, and a three-species Grand Slam. Fifty two boats and over 200 anglers participated, and over 400 attended the post-tourney party.

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52 boats, including the Chesapeake Whalertown fishing team seen here, participated in the Fish For A Cure tournament. Photo by

Fish for A Cure was started in 2007 by a group of friends and looking for an opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the Chesapeake Bay, go fishing, and have fun. After a successful first year, ironically, the wife of one of the main participants was struck with cancer. A rigorous treatment schedule and the demands of daily family life nearly saw the end of the tournament. But a few members took the reins and decided to turn it into a charitable event – to raise money for cancer research and support of cancer patients. Whether you look at Fish For A Cure as a fishing tournament, a charity fundraising event, or both, one thing’s for sure folks: this one’s a winner.
Visit Fish For A Cure, for more information, or to donate to or participate in the event.