Rotarians expected to net $3,000 from rockfish tournament

- Posted on Dec 12, 2012 - 01:18 PM

The Mathews Rotary Club held its sixth annual Rockfish Tournament on Saturday at Morningstar Marinas, Gwynn’s Island. This year, the weather cooperated and the fish were plentiful.

"We registered 26 boats in the tournament and 16 brought back 21 fish to weigh," said event coordinator David Fitch. "Of the 21 fish we weighed, the total combined weight was 545 pounds of rockfish, an impressive sight."

Brad Bates of Heathsville, was the first-place winner, taking home $2,000 for catching a 36.56 lb., 45.5" specimen off his boat, "Assault Weapon."