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In 2002, the Boatyard Bar & Grill hosted their very first Opening Day Rockfish Tournament. Going on its 18th year, Boatyard founder Dick Franyo’s charity event gradually became the cherished Annapolis tradition it is now.

Scheduled for Friday, April 19th, opening day of Maryland’s rockfish season draws avid fishermen throughout the Chesapeake Bay. Wherever you come from, you can join in the fishing fun by visiting Annapolis and signing up.

Charity Event

The Angler’s Sports Center has always served as the Official Presenting Sponsor of the contest. Due to their generosity, Opening Day Rockfish Tournament anglers will compete for wonderful prizes once again. Event proceeds will benefit the Annapolis Police Department’s Youth Fishing Camp, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, and the Coastal Conservation Association of Maryland.

Catch & Release

The contest’s official policy of catch and release helps maintain a healthy rockfish population in Chesapeake Bay. When legal-sized fish are caught, an official Boatyard Measuring Device is used to determine their lengths. Photos of the rockfish next to the yardstick are taken, and they are returned to the water to fight another day.


Traditionally considered the beginning of spring, the first day of rockfish season is a joyous celebration for Maryland’s avid fishermen. Fishing boat captains begin the festivities at the Boatyard the evening before. On the day of the tournament, judges review the fish’s photos and award prizes. The festivities then continue with live entertainment, refreshments, and food served up from the parking lot of the Boatyard Bar & Grill.

Event Details

Date: Friday, April 19, 2019

Location: Boatyard Bar & Grill, 400 Fourth Street, Annapolis, MD

E-mail: BoatyardEvent@gmail.com

Phone: (410) 216-6206

For more information: Boatyard Opening Day Rockfish Tournament 2019

Your Inn Near the Boatyard Bar & Grill

The Boatyard Bar & Grill is less than a mile away from Gibson’s Lodgings, a historic inn located in downtown Annapolis offering superb accommodations and free parking for guests.

Gibson’s three houses host 20 fully-furnished guest rooms, with three 19th-century parlors, a dining room, conference room, and a beautiful central courtyard. See the photos of our elegant rooms by clicking on the link for each house below.

Berman House

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Call us to reserve your room at our toll free number (877) 330-0057. We’ll be very happy to serve you and your family throughout the year.

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