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Big Croaker Day, May 25

Posted on Monday, May 13, 2013 at 2:06 pm

Tappahannock Rotary Club announces the 10th Annual Andrew Reavis Memorial Croaker Fishing Tournament and invites the public to compete in this highly successful fun day out on the river for family and friends.

Tappahannock Rotary Club will be giving away a new record $4,500 in prize money.  First place will get $1,500 for the biggest croaker by weight.  Second place will get $1,000, third place $500, fourth place $250, and fifth place $150.

The Youth Angler prize of $300 is awarded to the biggest croaker caught by a 16 year old or younger. Second place $200, and third place $100. New this year Rotary has added a bonus of $500 for

The “Big Croaker” winners of 2012 took home $4,000 in prizes. At the final weigh-in at June Parker Marina, contestants anxiously awaits the arrival of the big croaker entries from Dock Street ramp and from Garrett’s Marina locations and watch the results being tabulated on the leader board.

the biggest fish landed for any contestant registered by May 1.

As in previous years, we will operate the Tournament from three locations: June Parker’s Marina, Dock Street ramp and Garrett’s Marina. You can have your prize catch tagged and checked in at Garrett’s Marina and transferred by Rotary Club contest officials to the final weigh-in at June Parker’s Marina.

Last year’s 2012 tournament winners were for First prize: Danny Green – a first time participant in the tournament – from Glover with a 1 lb-15.2 ounce croaker won $1,500 – his croaker was caught near the power lines using shrimp; second place: Ba Nguyen of Springfield, with a 1 lb-12 oz. croaker won $1,000; third place: Gene Atkinson of Chesterfield, with a 1 lb-11.2 oz. croaker won $500. Fourth place, Randy Sparks of Center Cross, brought in a 1 lb-10.4 oz. croaker and fifth place, Chris Rhoten of Tappahannock, caught a 1 lb-10.4 oz. croaker. The largest croaker caught in the tournament history was 3.62-pounds in 2010 by Tommy Greisz and Chris Belvin near Morattico.

For pictures of last year’s tournament and rules and entry forms, please visit the Big Croaker website: www.bigcroaker.com where you can either download the registration forms and mail in or for the first time this year you can register online and pay your entry fees using PayPal or a credit card. Entry forms are also available at June Parker’s Marina and Garrett’s Marina.

The Tournament is a great way to have a fun day on the Rappahannock River and support local Rotary Club projects in our local community, which include The Haven, Free Clinic, Jacobs Ladder, Tappahannock Main Street Program, Boy Scouts, Essex High School scholarships, Essex Little League and Essex Sports Backers, and many others.

Mark your calendar for Saturday, May 25th, call your friends and send in the entry form with a check for $150 per boat. If you have any questions, please call Bill Reavis at 804-366-4286.  Remember, May is the prime month for the “Big Ones”—Good Fishing!

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