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Hotel, Inn. Annapolis MDThe Boatyard Bar & Grill is a beloved Annapolis institution, and owner Dick Franyo founded the city’s Opening Day Rockfish Tournament 15 years ago as its inaugural charity event for the historic maritime city on Chesapeake Bay. After all these years, the Anglers Sports Center will repeat as the Official Presenting Sponsor of the event. The first day of rockfish season will attract anglers from throughout the Chesapeake region who come to celebrate this unique Maryland rite of spring.


Sponsored by Anglers Sport Center, competing Opening Day Rockfish Tournament fishermen will be casting for terrific prizes. They will also help both the community and the waters of the bay. The tournament’s proceeds will benefit the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the Coastal Conservation Association Maryland, and the Annapolis Police Department’s Youth Fishing Camp.

Catch & Release

Considered the very first day of spring by Annapolis anglers, the tournament’s policy of “catch and release” sustains the Chesapeake Bay’s bountiful rockfish population. Caught fish are held next to the official “Boatyard Measuring Device” aboard the fishing boats, and their photos will determine the prize winners. The rockfish are then returned to the sea to live and fight another day.

Before & After

The fun commences on the eve of the opening day. Fishing boat captains flock to the Boatyard to gather their credentials and party. After the anglers return to the dock, the photos of their fish are compared by the judges. Prizes are awarded as a Chesapeake celebration begins with live entertainment and delicious food at the Boatyard Bar & Grill’s parking lot.

Event Details

Date & Time: TBD (tentatively April 15)

Location: Boatyard Bar & Grill, 400 Fourth Street, Annapolis, MD 21403

E-mail: BoatyardEvent@gmail.com

Phone: (410) 216-6206


Your Inn Near the Boatyard

The Boatyard Bar & Grill is less than a mile away from Gibson’s Lodgings, a historic inn located in downtown Annapolis. 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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