The 15th annual Mid-Atlantic Rockfish Shootout hosted by the Virginia Beach Fishing Center is December 7-9. Weigh-in will be available at the fishing center at Rudee Inlet and at King’s Creek Marina in Cape Charles. The Oyster Farm at King’s Creek Resort and Marina in Cape Charles is offering a 10 percent discount for anglers and 20 percent for captains. Slips are $1.25 per foot per night. All fish caught are cleaned and donated to area food banks in the Virginia Beach area and on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. A portion of the money raised through registration fees is donated to local causes such as the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters. Team Matador won last year’s tournament weighing in their three largest rockfish for a total weight of 138.3 pounds. With Capt. Jake Hiles of Virginia Beach, the team caught its fish on the first day of the three-day tournament and collected $48,000 out of the $94,500 total purse.
By Chris Knauss, Southern Boating December 2017
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