Sunday, October 20, 2013

2013 Monster Rockfish Tournament

November 16 & 17, 2013

This tournament is sponsored by W.M. Davis General Contractors.

Saturday, November 16 & Sunday, November 17, 2013. The tournament shall start at 6:00AM.

Tournament shall take place in Maryland waters of the Chesapeake Bay as allowed by Maryland DNR, including the Potomac River.


Internet registration will be available October 17 through November 15, 2013. Call us for over-the-phone secure sign up and send checks, payable to Monster Rockfish Tournament, LLC, to:
  • Monster Rockfish Tournament
  • 2035 Papas Lane
  • Lusby, MD 20657
  • Registration forms and payment must be received by November 15, 2013 at 9pm
  • 443-771-3200

Captain's Meetings

All meetings will be held from 6:00PM until 8:30PM at the following locations and dates:
November 14 – Solomons Pier Restaurant, Solomons Island, MD
November 15 – Tyler's Tackle, Chesapeake Beach, MD

Official Weigh-In Station - Locations

For more information, including prize payouts, visit the Monster Rockfish Tournament website

MSSA Fall Chesapeake Rockfish Tournament 23 and 24 November 2013

The Bay’s Largest Fall Striped Bass Tournament

November 23 & 24


Maryland Waters of the Chesapeake Bay & Potomac River

2012 Payout – $90,000.00 +

8 Weigh Stations

4 Captains Meetings


Captain’s Meetings/Registration Meetings:

Monday, November 18 – BOE Marine – Kent Island
Tuesday, November 19 – Commodore Hall – Essex
Wednesday, November 20 – Alltackle – Annapolis
Thursday, November 21 – Solomons Pier Restaurant – Solomons Island


Be sure to visit the Maryland Saltwater Sportfishing Association web site

Colonial Beach Fall Rockfish Tournament 2013

Colonial Beach Chamber of Commerce Rockfish Tournament  

November 8-10th  

Registration and Captains' Meeting Nov. 8th @ Dockside

The 2013 Rockfish Tournament is scheduled for November 8 - 10.

    1ST PLACE $5000.00
    2ND PLACE $2,000.00
    3RD PLACE $1,000.00
    4TH PLACE $500.00
    5TH PLACE $250.00 

  • YOUTH DIVISION - Saturday & Sunday
    1st, 2nd, and 3rd place trophies

  • LADIES DIVISION - Overall Trophy
    1st, 2nd, and 3rd place trophies 

  • SPECIAL ANGLERS DIVISION - Anglers with special needs
    Overall Trophy
    1st - $150
    2nd - $100
    3rd - $50

  • Captain's meeting will be held at Dockside Restaurant and Blue Heron Pub. The Captain or a representative MUST attend the Captain's Meeting. Dinner is at 6pm. Late Registration is at 7pm. There will be an Early Registration Drawing and 50/50 Raffle and Door Prizes.
    2013 Entry Form Entry fees for all applications postmarked by October 31, 2013 is $150.00. After this date, the fee is $175.00

    Saturday, October 19, 2013

    No fishing this weekend - Boat troubles

    Got everything ready to go today - was going to head out on the Potomac for some rockfish.  I had a little work to do on the boat and had to get some of my tackle squared away, so worked for about an hour, and got ready to head out.

    I disconnected the shore power, and fired up the engines.  There was a bit of squeaking going on in the engine room, but it wasn't uncommon, so I ignored it - until I started to smell rubber burning!

    I opened the engine hatch, and could see that the serpentine belt was smoking on my starboard engine.  I quickly shut it down after only running for about 45 to 60 seconds.  As soon as the motor stopped, the belt melted in half on the alternator pulley.

    Turns out, the alternator was frozen and refused to turn, which resulted in burning the belt up.  The belt got so hot that it melted the plastic part of the idler pulley as well!

    So, I had to buy a new alternator, idler pulley and a serpentine belt today.  They won't be here until next week, so my weekend of fishing is a no-go.

    Parts list for fixing my 2000 Volvo Penta 5.0GiPEFS (GM 305 C.I.) after faulty alternator fouled up the system:
    • Alternator - Volvo Part # 3860082 ($369 at found on eBay for $112.00
    • Serpentine Belt (x2) - Volvo Part # 3860086 (might as well replace the port belt while I'm at it) $66.43 each
    • Idler Pulley - Volvo Part # 3860201 $19.10
    A buddy of mine calls a $100 bill a "Boat buck".  So, I got out of this one with only about 3 boat bucks and a little downtime.

    I'm pretty sure that the alternator failure was due to the water pump that had been leaking in throwing salt water all over the front of both engines.  The water pump was a little over 3 boat bucks, and I just got it replaced three weeks ago and replaced one of my starting batteries at the same time.  Hopefully, I can get some runtime out of the boat next weekend and keep a few boat bucks in my pocket (to spend on fuel!)

    Here's a diagram of the appropriate Alternator and serpentine belt drawing with part numbers.

    Friday, October 11, 2013

    Tuesday, October 1, 2013

    First outing late season 2013 report

    Went out on Sunday, 29 September 2013 with a minimal trolling spread and no planer boards.  Spoke to a gentleman at the Colonial Beach gas dock who said that he had caught a couple of small keepers near the "Dollies" on the Virginia side.

    I decided to go a little further down-river and started at the green can at Nomini Bay (Green 13).  We marked a lot of bait in this area.  There was a lot of bait at the surface as well, but very little in the way of topwater action.

    We were pulling a spread that consisted of three tandem rigs with mostly chartreuse bucktails and one Stretch-25 (Mann's Bait Company 8-Inch Textured Stretch 25+ Hardbait (Redhead Holographic)).  The Stretch-25 may be a little large for this time of year, as the bait is usually smaller, and we want our lures to mimic the bait that's available.  With this in mind, the bucktails that we were running were between 1 and 4 ounces with 4-inch curly tails.

    We trolled around Green 13 for a few passes, and caught a single small bluefish.  Headed across the river toward St Clements Island and Red 14.  Not much marking across the channel, but a lot of bait again once we reached the 35-foot depths.  Trolled up the ledge on the Maryland side staying in 25-30 feet of water.  Continued to mark bait all the way through, but only managed a single juvenile rockfish.

    Here's an image of the basic troll path.

    Good luck out there, and stay safe!