Sunday, April 13, 2014

Dennis Point Rockfish Tournament - 9/10 May 2014

Dennis Point Marina & Campground
46555 Dennis Point Way
Drayden, MD 20630
(301) 994-2288 phone | fax (301) 994-2253

Dennis Point Marina
Spring Rockfish Tournament

The Dennis Point Marina Spring Rockfish Tournament will be held at Dennis Point Marina & Campground on Friday, May 9, and Saturday, May 10, 2014.  The registration fee is $175 per boat with a limit of five people per boat. The  tournament  is  for  amateur as well as  commercial fishermen.   The entrance fee includes free transient dockage for Thursday and Friday nights (monitored by security), and free food Saturday during the awards ceremony.

The Rockfish Tournament Particulars are as follows:

•    Captains Meeting – Thursday, May 8th from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

  • 1st Day Fishing – Friday, May 9th
    • Line In: 6:15 a.m.
    • Weigh In: Entrance of Carthagena Creek by 4:00 p.m.
  • 2nd Day Fishing – Saturday, May 10th
    • Line In: 6:15 a.m.
    • Weigh In: Entrance of Carthagena Creek by 4:00 p.m.
    • Awards – 5:30 p.m.
    • Full Dinner at Dennis Point Marina & Campground (each boat receives 3 complimentary dinners)
Optional Tournaments within the Main Event (OTME) ($30 per Event)

•    1st Day Heaviest Rockfish
•    2nd Day Heaviest Rockfish
•    1st Day Combo Weight
•    2nd Day Combo Weight
•    Heaviest Overall Rockfish
•    Teen Tourney (16 & under) – Heaviest Fish Over 2 Days of the Event

More Entry Form and complete rules ->

Spring boat commissioning - Volvo 5.0Gi DP-S

What a winter!  Now that it's finally started to warm up a little, I've spent a couple of days getting the boat ready for the water.  I wanted to be on the water a month ago, but it just wasn't meant to be.

First thing I had to do was replace a faulty aft bilge pump.  Originally, there was a 900 GPH pump with a separate float switch.  It had seized up and all but melted down, so I purchased an 1,100 GPH Attwood Sahara pump with a built-in float switch.  While I was in there, I spent a good amount of time cleaning out the bilge.  It was a bit grimy down there.  Simple Green cleaned it up in fairly short order.

I should have done a lot of this during layup at the end of last season, but just didn;t have time to do it.  So, engine oil and outdrive lube got replaced last weekend.  The past couple of years, I had used Volvo oil filters and engine oil, but their branded oils are way overpriced and I went the cheaper route this year.

I am running a pair of 5.0L (305c.i.) Chevrolet fuel injected engines (Volvo 5.0Gi PEFS) with Volvo DuoProp DP-SM outdrives.  Each engine requires 6 quarts of oil with filter change and each outdrive requires 2.6 quarts of gear oil.

Volvo Part numbers:
Oil Filter - OEM Volvo Penta Oil Filter 3850559
Gear Lube (Lower Unit) - Volvo Penta Gear Oil Synthetic 75W90 1-Gallon
Engine Oil - 

Acceptable alternatives, according to Rick - (No warranty implied!)
Oil Filter - Fram PH5 Extra Guard Oil Filter
Gear Lube (Lower Unit) - Valvoline 80W90 Gear Oil (Gallon)
Engine Oil - Rotella T1 SAE30 (Quart) - or - Rotella T1 SAE30 (Gallon)

Hand pump for filling lower unit from the bottom

An finally, There are two zincs on each outdrive - on mounted to the bottom of the gimbal housing and another at the front of the lower unit.  Here are the part numbers for those as well.

3855411 (Front of Lower Unit)
3854130 (Gimbal)

I guess that's about it for now.  See you on the water!

Spring 2014 Colonial Beach VFD Rockfish Tournament

Annual Colonial Beach Volunteer Fire Dept. Spring Rock Fish Tournament

The Colonial Beach Volunteer Fire Department (CBVFD) will hold its Annual Spring Rock Fish Tournament on April 19, 2014. A makeup date of April 26 has been established if weather conditions prevent safe boating and fishing.

Captains Meeting:
The Captains meeting will be held at High Tides Restaurant located at 205 Taylor Street, Colonial Beach, Virginia. The meeting will take place at 7PM on Friday April 18, 2014 and will consist of a reading and discussion of all rules and regulations governing the CBVFD tournament. The Captains meeting is mandatory for the Captain or his representative to ensure that all rules and regulations are understood and that contact information regarding check-in procedures are picked up by all Captains. Door prizes will be drawn throughout the meeting for participating Captains/Representatives. (Winners must be present). Food will be available from the menu.

Rules and Regulations:
Rules and Regulations:

1.       This will be an “Honor system Tournament” in the sense that we will rely upon all participants to conduct themselves in an ethical and honest manner.

2.       The Tournament will officially start no earlier than 7:00 AM and no lines will be in the water prior to this time.

3.       Check in of all registered boats will be determined at the captains meeting.

4.       All Maryland DNR and Potomac River fishery Commission (PRFC) rules and regulations regarding Rock Fish limits, sizes and other regulations shall apply. Violations will result in a forfeiture of all prize consideration and entry fee.

5.       Fishing will be limited to the Potomac River from south of the 301 bridge to the mouth of the Potomac River.

6.       No more than one (1) prize per entered boat, not counting junior division and Calcutta’s.

7.       All fish to be weighted and measured consistently in the same manner and with the same scales and measures. All fish will be returned to their captains.

·         Winners will be determined by the total weight of two fish per boat by certified commercial scales provided by the CBVFD

·         In the case of a tie, the tie breaker will be the combined total length of the two weighted fish.

8.       Weigh-In of all fish will take place throughout the day at the Colonial Beach Yacht Center and Lewisetta Marina on the day of the tournament. You must be at the weigh-in station no later than 4 PM to be eligible for weigh-in and subsequent prize consideration.

9.       You must transport your fish for weigh-in by boat only via the water. You are not authorized to transport Rock Fish by any means other than your own boat.

Entry Fees and Prizes:                                                                                                                                                                     
A $150 entry fee will be charged for all boats. . Deadline for entry will be at the start of the Captains meeting. Guaranteed cash prizes will be awarded as follows:

1st Place: $2250 cash
2nd Place: $1500 cash
3rd Place: $1000 cash
4th Place: $500 cash
5th Place: $250 cash
Junior’s will weigh one fish that does not count towards the two fish limit per boat. The junior division winner will be awarded a trophy.