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16th Annual Chesapeake Bay Fall Tournament

(PASADENA, MD) - On November 15th and 16th the Maryland Saltwater Sportfishermen's Association (MSSA) held their 16th Annual Chesapeake Bay Fall Tournament. With 129 boats competing and over $50,000 in prize money this turned out to be one of the biggest and best fall tournaments in MSSA history.

Mr. Steve Scrivener of Frederick, MD took top honors with his 52.6 pound striper worth $28,875. Scrivener entered all of the skill levels which earned him $21,385 of his total winnings. Mr. Scrivener said he was fishing near the Gooses (buoy 78) on Sunday when the monster slammed his tandem rig.

Scrivener beat out Lee Tippett of Nanjemoy, MD who brought in a 46.3 pound rockfish to Calvert Marina on Saturday. Tippett said his 25 foot MayCraft handled nicely and caught the big boy on a white tandem rig down at Point Lookout. Tippett ended up winning second place in the main tournament and second place in all of the skill levels bringing his total to $11,151.

T.J. Pekin rolled into Solomons on Sunday with a 41.95 pound striper capturing third place in the main tournament and third place in all of the skill levels. All together Pekin took home $7,434. Pekin had entered all of the skill levels which turned out to be the right move.

The fall tournament marks the end of the 2008 MSSA Tournament Series. This year turned out to be one of the most successful striper seasons in recent history as well as some of the biggest payouts in MSSA history. We would like to thank all of our members and participants who competed in any of the four tournaments throughout the year and look forward to the 2009 season.

MSSA Captain's of the Year
Tuesday, November18, 2008

(PASADENA, MD) - With the 2008 Tournament Series coming to an end the Maryland Saltwater Sportfishermen's Association (MSSA) would like to announce the winners in each of the "Captain of the Year" categories; Bluewater Captain, Bay Captain, and Overall Captain.

This year was marked with big fish and even bigger payouts. The 25th Spring Rockfish tournament generated the most prize money in MSSA history and once again secured the tournament as one of the best tournaments in the country.

This year was interesting as the "Overall Captain of the Year" and the "Bay Captain of the Year" was neck and neck up until the Chesapeake Bay Fall Tournament. Dale Dirks took 1st place in "Overall Captain of the Year" with 1533.1 points just beating out George Wendling with 1507.55 points. With this win, Dale will earn a free entry into all of the 2009 MSSA tournaments. Third place went to Lee Slagle (1484.31) and fourth place went to James Barbey (1449.8).

"Bay Captain of the Year" showed us that good fishermen that never give up always have a chance. T.J. Pekin came out of nowhere to win the "Bay Captain of the Year" as he pulled in 1098.6 points to capture first place. Pekin will have a free entry into both of the Spring and Fall tournaments next year. Pekin wasn't even in the top 20 after fishing the Spring tournament with 477 points, but determined to win he fished the Fall tournament and added another 621.6 points to take the trophy. Second place went to Bob Harris with 1085.25 points who never gave up and was 13 points from taking the title. Third place went to Chris Linetty with 1069.1 points.

The "Bluewater Captain of the Year" was also a close race as Kevin McMenamin and Lee Slagle battled it out in the "Tuna-ment" and Mar-Va tournaments. As little as 8 points separated these two as the numbers were finalized. Kevin McMenamin took first place with 495.1 points and Lee Slagle finished with 487.4 securing second place. Kevin will be awarded free entries into both the "Tuna-ment" and the 1st Annual Inshore "Beach N' Boat" tournament held in Ocean City, MD.

The MSSA would like to thank and congratulate everyone who participated in any of the four tournaments and hope to see you next year as the race for Captain of the Year begins May 1st, 2009.
 
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