Weather, winds force anglers to one-day rockfish tournament

Tom Smith displays the winning catch.

The Northern Neck Anglers Club (NNAC) Trophy Rockfish Tournament, originally scheduled for the weekend of May 6 and 7, was re-scheduled for May 20 and 21.

The weather and winds resulted in a Small Craft Advisory in each of the four tournament fishing zones on May 20, resulting in cancellation of Saturday as a tournament fishing day, reported reported vice president and tournament director Mark Roy.

The tournament was held on Sunday. With four fished weighed, Tom Smith placed first with a 6 pound, 7 ounce-catch; Art Nickerson, second, 6 pounds, 2 ounces;  Jan Jamrog, third, 5 pounds, 2 ounces; and John Elkin, fourth, 4 pounds, 12 ounces.

The tournament was sponsored by the NNAC. First and second place winners will receive gift certificate awards of $75 and $50 respectively, said Roy.  Angler of the Year points will be awarded: 4 points for first, 3 points for second, 2 points for third and 1 point for fourth.

The next tournament will be the Target Ship Shootout on June 24 and 25. Target species will be cobia, croaker and flounder.

The next club meeting will be held at 7 p.m. June 10 at Wicomico Parish Church, 5191 Jessie duPont Memorial Highway, Wicomico Church.