Fishing tournaments support cancer research

Poor Girls Open and fish for cancer

Two fishing tournaments support cancer research events in the Mid-Atlantic raise money to support cancer awareness.

Fish for Cancer! Female anglers raise money to fight cancer at two events this month in the Mid-Atlantic.

Alice Kelly Tournament

The Alice Kelly Memorial Tournament on August 11-12 has been a nearly 30-year tradition on North Carolina’s Outer Banks to honor Alice’s memory and financially assist the Outer Banks Cancer Support Group.

The event launches from Pirate’s Cove Marina in Manteo and offers offshore Gulf Stream fishing, cash prizes, and a chance to kick off your boat shoes and party at the end of the day. Heather Maxwell, who grew up fishing out of Lynnhaven Inlet in Virginia Beach, serves as the tournament director. If you don’t have your own boat, anglers can join in the fun on a shared charter.

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Poor Girls Catch Fish for Cancer

The 25th Annual Capt. Steve Harman’s Poor Girls Open, August 16-18 at Bahia Marina in Ocean City, Maryland, is a ladies-only billfish release tournament benefiting breast cancer research.

With added entry levels for tuna, dolphinfish (mahi-mahi) and wahoo, the tournament continues to grow; more than 100 boats are expected this year. Anglers aboard Rhonda’s Osprey caught and released eight white marlin to win last year’s tournament, good for $113,270 in prize money.

Loren Manzione aboard Playmate caught the heaviest mahi-mahi at 19.1 pounds, and Hillary Mozeik, aboard No Quarter reeled in a 68.7-pound tuna. Shantel Willey brought in a 62.6-pound wahoo aboard Haulin ’n Ballin. A record 765 anglers fished and $222,935 was awarded.

The incredible participation allowed organizers to present a check for $125,000 to the American Cancer Society.

By Chris Knauss, Southern Boating August 2018

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