Jones takes top honors in 10th annual Dream Fields Spanish Mackerel Fishing Tournament


From left are Ronnie Shackleford, Robert Fleming, overall tournament winner Greg Jones, Mike Loser and Mia Loser.

The 10th annual Dream Fields Spanish Mackerel Fishing Tournament on August 18 hosted 58 boats vying for almost $6,000 in prize money on the Chesapeake Bay.

“The tournament is a fundraiser that directly benefits the Dream Fields baseball and softball complex on Irvington Road,” said co-director Mia Loser.

The overall winner is determined by the total aggregate weight of up to four Spanish mackerel. Lady, junior and special angler divisions are determined by weight of a single fish. Although the weather was quite rough in the morning, the waters calmed in the afternoon.

“Reports of fishing in the morning were a little slow, but as the weather improved, so did the bite. By the time boats rolled into the weigh station at Chesapeake Boat Basin, it was a beautiful afternoon,” said director Mike Loser.

An awards ceremony following the tournament was held at Dream Fields and featured a catered dinner by Willaby’s.

Greg Jones captained Dare Me and was declared the overall tournament winner with a total catch of 10.1 pounds. This was the highest total weight in the history of the tournament, said Mike Loser.

Other in the top five were Carlie Woodard, 9 pounds; Kevin Wilkins, 8.9 pounds; Ryan Conway, 8.9 pounds; and Tommy Watson, 8.73 pounds.

Placing first in the lady angler division, Gayle Bondurant aboard the Lil Bill weighed in a 2.80-pound fish. Diana Smith followed with 2.58 pounds; and Heather Boden, 2.39 pounds.

The special angler title went to Jeff Cogswell aboard Liquid Assets II, with a fish weighing in at 3.11 pounds. Travis Smith posted a 1.63-pound catch.

However, the biggest fish of the day was the highlight of the tournament, said Mike Loser.  Eleven-year-old Alayna Holcomb had everyone talking.  Aboard her grandfather’s boat, Roll With It, she won the junior angler division with a Spanish mackerel tipping the scales at 6.09 pounds.

Dallas Walker was the junior angler runner up with 2.24 pounds; and Rylee Buck placed third, 2.39 pounds.

Many sponsors and a wonderfully supportive community made this event a great success again, said Mike Loser.

“A great example of this, is Kevin Wilkins’ team, Kevin’s Lawn Care, placed third and donated his $750 winnings back to Dream Fields,” said tournament consultant Kathy Pittman.

The tournament committee thanked all captains, anglers, volunteers and major  sponsors, Chesapeake Boat Basin, Tri-Star Supermarket, Chesapeake Tree Service, Docks of the Bay, First Strike Sport Fishing, Hanley Electrical, Hudson Blunt Insurance, Noblett Appliance and NWP Energy.



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