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Ideal weather and aggressive fish translated into a banner day for anglers who put their skills to the test during the inaugural Seafarers Waterfront Classic.
Held April 24 at the Paul Hall Center for Maritime Training and Education (PHC) in Piney Point, Md., the event, which benefitted the Wounded Warrior Anglers of America and the Paul Hall Center waterfront project, was a huge success. Nearly all of the participants—96 in all who fished from 11 boats—landed their legal limits of their quarry for the day (Striped Bass, AKA Rock Fish). Many catches tipped the scales in excess of 25 pounds and measured well over the minimum legal limit of 28 inches.
As a group, the anglers landed 76 fish with a combined weight of 1,600 pounds. The angler of the day, the fisherman who landed the largest Striped Bass, was Simeon Taylor. Fishing from aboard the Miss Evelyn, Taylor reeled in his award winning catch which tipped the scales at 38.40 pounds.
Each of the 11 boats ferried designated angler teams to their respective fishing locations. Each team was comprised of at least one sponsored operator, union official and wounded warrior angler. This composition was done by design, according to SIU VP Contract George Tricker, who served as the classic’s chairman.
“Our intent was to promote brotherhood, fellowship, and camaraderie among participants in an effort honor those who served our country so proudly,” he said. “That pairing proved to be highly productive as evidenced by the number of fish that were caught, the trophies that were awarded and the smiles that were etched on the faces of the anglers.
“It was a tremendous tournament,” Tricker continued. “We realized all of fundraising goals and in the process fostered what promises to be a long-lasting bond of friendship between the Paul Hall Center and the Wounded Warrior Anglers of America. We also managed to get off to a good start in paying down the debt for the beautiful new waterfront that accents the Paul Hall Center, a resource that will train merchant mariners for decades to come.”
When asked about the classic’s future, Tricker was matter-of-fact. “Based on the feedback I have received so far from our contracted operators, our allies from the Wounded Warrior Anglers (who sent a letter of appreciation to SIU President Michael Sacco) and other participants, the classic is destined to become an annual event that will benefit all concerned,” he said.