|From left are Albert Owens and Andy Ransone. Owens landed the largest rockfish in the recent Bethel Emmanuel United Methodist Men’s annual Rockfish Derby. He was fishing aboard Ransone’s boat.
The 19th annual fish derby was expanded to add Ingram Bay Marina in Heathsville as a weigh station, reported John Groner. Greenville Creek Marina continued to serve as the primary weigh station.
Trophies are awarded for the top three rockfish caught in the Chesapeake Bay, and in the Rappaahannock River. The trophies for the river winners are designed and made by former Belle Isle State Park ranger Mike Lambert, now assigned to Wilderness Road State Park. Lambert remains a BEUMM member, athough he has moved out of the area, said Groner.
The men’s fellowship extends a “very special thank you” to Lambert for continuing to create the trophies, he added.
For 2013, Albert Owens placed first overall and landed the largest fish caught between the Norris and Downing bridges with a 33-pound fish, for a total of $750.
Joey Evans took second overall and second between the bridges with a 9-pound, 4-ounce fish, for a $450 in prizes.
Cameron Johanson won third place with an 8-pound, 6-ounce fish.
The weather cooperated both days, noted Groner. Although the stripers were not that plentiful, the derby was still successful.
The BEUMM also thanks the tournament sponsors including Greenvale Creek Marina, Ingram Bay Marina, Creative Design-White Stone, Chesapeake Boat Basin, Kilmarnock Auto Clinic, Bobby’s Marine, Lancaster Auto Marine, Jett’s Marine, The World Famous Corner Bar & Grill, The Oaks Restaurant, The Shoe Store-Kilmarnock and Bay Etching.
All proceeds from this event go to local churches and volunteer services supported by the BEUMM, he said.