F4AC Face Masks Available Now

Support the Fish For A Cure Junior Board by staying safe in style with our custom F4AC face masks. Our three-layer face mask is made of breathable material, and ear loops that surround the ear to give a secure hold.

F4AC face masks are available for a $10.00 donation each and all proceeds will support Kickin’ Cancer’s Bass, the Junior Board boat, in the Paul C. Dettor Captain’s Challenge. Masks are available for pick up at the AAMC Foundation office, Belcher Pavilion, Suite 604, from 9:00am to 4:00pm, Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday, or contact sbuckley@aahs.org to coordinate a pick up time. Donations can be made by:

  • Cash
  • Checks made out to AAMC Foundation with Kickin’ Cancer’s Bass in the memo line
  • Credit card donations can be made directly to the Junior Board boat here.

On behalf of the F4AC crew, we thank you for your support.

We are excited to welcome the team at Kanga Coolers as a Captain Sponsor and new swag partner for Fish For A Cure 2020. This homegrown group of entrepreneurs created a custom F4AC Kanga Cooler to help thank fellow captains and anglers for their partnership in supporting cancer care in our community.

As first year competitors in the F4AC Tournament and Paul C.  Dettor Captain’s Challenge, Captain Austin Maxwell, Co-founder & Head of Sales at Kanga Coolers, shares how this enthusiastic crew plans to give back, have fun, and enjoy a brew or few on the Chesapeake Bay on November 7th.

What inspired KANGA Coolers to get onboard with FishFor A Cure?

F4AC is an incredible cause that supports 2 of our co-founders local community. We love giving back any opportunity that we can – especially when it hits so close to home!

Tell us more about the F4AC custom cooler- what makes this great for a day of fishing on the Chesapeake Bay?

The F4AC custom Kanga is a one of a kind cooler intended to wrap around your favorite 12-Pack of beer or soda, and keep it cold for up to 7 hours without any ice! Use the big, bulky coolers to keep your fish on ice, and save the Kanga Cooler for the cold beverages!

What is your goal for this year’s event as first-time participants?

We are super excited to donate 10% of sales from our website from 10/1-10/15, with a goal to donate at least $3000 to our boat from this initiative! We hope to have an amazing day out on the water with friends and family, while collecting as much content as possible so we can bring even more awareness to this cause + event in 2021!

What is your crew looking forward to most on the day of the F4AC Tournament and Virtual Shore Party?

We are super excited to see how the other anglers react to their custom F4AC Kanga Cooler, as well getting behind the “last effort” push to raise money. We hope to knock our $3000 goal out of the water and finish with the best of them!

 

Learn more about Kanga Coolers here. A portion of proceeds from their online sales from October 1st through October 15th will be donated to F4AC and directly impact thousands of cancer patients and their families at Anne Arundel Medical Center.

On September 16th, we officially kicked off Fish for A Cure 2020 and celebrated our more than decade-long history of support of the Cancer Survivorship Program at Anne Arundel Medical Center’s Geaton and JoAnn DeCesaris Cancer Institute. Thanks to you, over that last 10+ years we have raised more than $3.4 million to date for this life-changing care program with our F4AC Tournament, Paul C. Dettor Captain’s Challenge, and Shore Party.

Now more than ever, our continued commitment as captains, anglers, corporate partners, and friends of F4AC touch the lives of thousands of patients and their families undergoing a cancer diagnosis and treatment in our community. Because of your partnership, AAMC’s oncology team is able to provide a lifeline of compassionate support for all those who need it. As Dr. Adam Riker, AAMC’s Chair of Oncology, reminds patients, ‘We are here for you!”

Battling Breast Cancer

Liane, a young adult Breast Cancer warrior, shares her story about her personal fight against cancer being 90% mental, and how her survivorship team was a beacon of hope throughout her journey. Watch the video here.

Don’t Miss the Boat

This year’s event will look a little different, but you can count on our collective effort in making a splash in cancer care for our friends, loved ones, and neighbors. Your support makes stories of survivorship like Liane’s possible.

More than 26 boats to date have already registered to participate in this year’s F4AC Tournament, Paul C. Dettor Captain’s Challenge, and Virtual Shore Party on Saturday. November 7th, 2020, but our ripple effect is stronger together! You can make a difference by signing up your crew and donate to a boat today.

  1. “Quarantine Doesn’t Stop Cancer”

During these unprecedented times, patients undergoing a cancer diagnosis and treatment in our community need our help now more than ever with your support of Fish For A Cure. The Cancer Survivorship Program at Anne Arundel Medical Center’s Geaton and JoAnn DeCesaris Cancer Institute provides a critically needed lifeline for our patients and their families throughout the experience of living with, through and beyond cancer.

“Unfortunately, cancer won’t wait until this pandemic ends. We are here to navigate you through your journey during these trying times safely. Your health and safety remain our first priority.” – Dr. Adam Riker, Chair of Oncology at AAMC’s Geaton and JoAnn DeCesaris Cancer Institute

Thanks to you, our #F4ACQuaranteam, every dollar raised through F4AC and the Paul C. Dettor Captain’s Challenge directly impacts this life changing cancer care program for our friends, loved ones, and neighbors. For more information about getting involved, email fishforacure@aahs.org.

 

  1. F4AC 2020 is going virtual

To follow guidelines by the CDC and keep social distancing practices in place due to COVID-19, our 14th Annual F4AC Tournament, Paul C. Dettor Captain’s Challenge, and Shore Party will be hosted digitally this year.

Although we won’t be gathering in person, you can count on:

  • Fierce fishing and fundraising competition among friends in support of cancer care in our community
  • all the essentials for your own F4AC festivities to celebrate a great day on the Bay
  • the energetic and fun spirit of F4AC that we are so well known

 

  1. Catch & Release Tournament with Coastal Conservation Association Maryland

For the health and safety of our participants with social distancing guidelines outlined by the CDC in place, this year’s F4AC Tournament will be Catch & Release only and supported by Coastal Conservation Association Maryland. Using the iAngler smartphone app, anglers can easily upload a photo of their catch for tournament submission. Winning angler announcements will be made during our F4AC Virtual Shore Party.

What does this mean for the fishing competition?

  • more chances to win cool prizes with additional fishing divisions
  • more time on the water with our extended 5:00pm deadline for fish photo submissions
  • more time to trek to your favorite fishing hot spots without a ‘at the dock’ deadline

 

  1. The Captain’s Meeting location has changed

Our F4AC Captain’s Meeting will take place on Wednesday, November 4th from 4:00pm to 7:30pm at the Annapolis Maritime Museum. To keep safe social distancing measures in place, all registered crews will have a designated time to pick up their Captain’s bucket, signature t-shirts, and enjoy bites and brews.

Tune in later that evening with an interactive live stream with our F4AC crew, expert fishing guides, and our partners at Coastal Conservation Association Maryland to learn our 2020 Tournament rules and procedures. More details coming soon.

 

  1. Our Captain’s Buckets will be even more off the hook!

In addition to our F4AC signature long sleeve t-shirts and great swag from our F4AC corporate partners, our Captain’s buckets donated by AllTackle will feature additional items from some of our favorite local businesses, including:

  • Blue Crab Cupcakes
  • Sloop Betty Vodka courtesy of Blackwater Distilling
  • NautiLife Wine
  • a custom F4AC Kanga Cooler
  • Red, white, and blue F4AC gear
  • And more….

 

  1. What you can expect from our F4AC Virtual Shore Party

We may not be gathering in person this year but it doesn’t mean we won’t celebrate another incredible year of fishing and fundraising for a great cause! Captains and anglers can party in the location of their choice with our F4AC Portable Party Pack while streaming our F4AC program throughout the evening highlighting:

  • most on bucks on boats in the Paul C. Dettor Captain’s Challenge
  • F4AC tournament winners
  • fish tales and photos from the water

Make it social- Our F4AC Shore Party sells out every year, but with our online format, even more of your friends can join the party digitally. Stay connected with F4AC on Facebook for more details.

 

  1. F4AC Portable Party Pack Promo

We are partnering with Ken’s Creative Kitchen to bring the Shore Party to you! Even though we can’t hit the deck together, our F4AC Portable Party Packs will have everything your crew needs to enjoy an evening of food and festivities to celebrate another incredible year of fishing and fundraising to support cancer care. Our F4AC Portable Party Pack (a $600 value) includes a beautifully packaged assortment of:

  • Premium beer and wine
  • A Pusser’s Painkiller kit
  • Gourmet goods
  • Savory appetizers
  • Decadent dessert
  • And more….

 

  1. Check out our online silent auction

Shop our F4AC online silent auction with ease from your home, the boat, or the dock with the convenience of your smartphone. Featuring high value items and experiences to win from local businesses and community partners, you can outbid your friends with all proceeds supporting a great cause.

The online auction will run from noon on Wednesday, October 4th through 9:00pm on Saturday November 7th.

 

  1. The Marina Challenge is underway

Help your favorite marina win bragging rights by including your marina of choice during boat registration.  Herrington Harbour Marina Resorts took the title in 2019 and we look forward to seeing who comes out on top as a F4AC favorite in 2020.

 

  1. Registration is now open

Get onboard with F4AC 2020 by registering your boat today. The deadline for registration is Friday, October 30th at 5:00pm. Our 2020 Fish For A Cure Tournament, Paul C. Dettor Captain’s Challenge, and Shore Party may look and feel a little different this year due to COVID1-19 but it is guaranteed to be the don’t miss event of the year.

For more information getting involved, contact fishforacure@aahs.org or 443-481-4587.

Now more than ever, your support of F4AC will continue to make a splash in cancer care for thousands of patients and their families throughout our region. With respect to the impact that COVID-19 is having on our community, the Fish for a Cure Tournament, Paul C. Dettor Captain’s Challenge, and Shore Party supporting the Cancer Survivorship Program at Anne Arundel Medical Center’s Geaton and JoAnn DeCesaris Cancer Institute is going virtual this year.

Although we won’t be gathering in person this year on Saturday, November 7th, to fish and fundraise for this life changing cause, you can count on our collective effort to “kick cancer’s bass” and celebrate the spirit of competition among friends for which F4AC is so well known.

Register your boat today!

We are making a few changes to our events to keep the health and safety of our friends of F4AC as our top priority.

  •  The Virtual F4AC Tournament will be Catch & Release only this year and supported by Coastal Conservation Association Maryland. Find out more about how you will use the iAngler app to log your catch and win amazing prizes for biggest fish!
  • Celebrate with your crew after a great day on the Bay with our F4AC Portable Party Pack! (Valued at $600) Rather than a big party, we will provide each boat with a spirited and delicious box of catered cuisine so that you and your anglers and friends can enjoy with a fun party your way. As the night goes on, the Paul C. Dettor Captain’s Challenge and F4AC Tournament Winner announcements will be live-streamed.
  • We are partnering with your favorite local businesses to hook you up with even more amazing swag in our Captain’s Buckets donated by AllTackle. Swing by the Annapolis Maritime Museum on Wednesday, November 4th to pick up your buckets. Then tune into our Captain’s Meeting live stream that night to hear more about the F4AC Tournament rules.

Join us on Wednesday, August 19th from 7:00pm-8:00pm for an interactive Zoom chat with our F4AC crew to learn more. Login information below:

Zoom-zoom.us/j/4434810024
Passcode- 21401

Thank you for being a part of our #F4ACQuaranteam, as we continue to cast a net of support for our friends, loved ones, and neighbors in the community receiving cancer treatment and care.

Show off your Fish For A Cure pride with our iconic 13th Annual Fish For A Cure Tournament long-sleeve tee! Our exclusive F4AC Tournament t-shirts are our way of saying thank you to event participants and those who generously gave a donation of $125 or more towards a boat competing in the 2019 Paul C. Dettor Captain’s Challenge.

What you need to know:

  • For those who chose in-store pick up at AllTackle in Annapolis when making their gift, shirts will be available starting November 25th during regular store hours and listed under your last name.

Where: AllTackle, 2062 Somerville Rd, Annapolis, MD 2140

  • For those who chose free shipping when making their gift, t-shirts will be mailed the first week of December, so keep an eye on your mailbox for your F4AC swag.
  • Thanks to the enthusiasm and generous support of our friends of F4AC, t-shirt sizes are limited. We will not be able to switch sizes in-store and we will do our best to honor sizes selected when you made your donation.

Special thanks to our Angler Sponsor, AllTackle, for their commitment to all things Fish For A Cure!

Haven’t seen the t-shirts yet and want to know what they look like? Check out the 2019 Captain’s Meeting, Weigh In and Shore Party event photos here.  For questions or more information about t-shirt pickup and delivery, contact fishforacure@aahs.org.

A close competition among local ports, F4AC is excited to announce Herrington Harbour Marina Resorts in Tracey’s Landing and North Beach, MD as the 2019 Fish For A Cure Marina Challenge winner. Not only did Herrington Harbour have the most boats registered for this year’s tournament, but members of the Herrington Harbour team took to the water with Hook Mash Charters.

Sincere thanks to Herrington Harbour Marina Resorts for their partnership with Fish For A Cure. Learn more about their facilities and services here.

Sunny skies and cooler weather created perfect conditions for our 2019 Fish For A Cure Tournament. Shout out to our crew of F4AC Junior Board members and volunteers who caught dock lines and hustled coolers for our F4AC weigh in. Congrats to our 2019 winning anglers!

Rockfish

1st place: 15.09lbs & 33in
Chesapeake Bay Outdoors with Captain Damon Williams, and anglers Kyle McMaster and Jacob Stockton

2nd place: 14.62lbs & 34.5in
Dirty Martini with Captain Francis Helmsley, and anglers, Kim Adams, Angie Ambrose, Emily Buttorff, Molly Helms, Dawn Jernigan, Kimberly Madigan, and Kurt Wallace

3rd place: 12.43lbs & 31in
Just in Time with Captain Rob Schurr and anglers, Ernest Arizzi, Gray Barton, Andrea George, Tom George, Mike Hartman, Liz Mitchell, and Brian Page


Catch & Release

1st place: 91.25in
Chesapeake Bay Outdoors with Captain Damon Williams, and anglers Kyle McMaster and Jacob Stockton

2nd place: 78.5in
Susan’s Boys/Fightin Fishin and Lovin Everyday with Co-Captains Matt Baden and Danny Bauer, and anglers, Dave Baden, Shane Clift, and Jack Bauer

3rd place: 70in
STRIKEZONE with Captain Eric Milton, and anglers Robert Felts, Colin Long, Jeremy Simpkins, James Sloat, and Guy Smith 


Perch

1st place: 5lbs
Chesapeake Bay Magazine- First Light with Captain John Paige Williams

2nd place: 4.71lbs
Miss Cleo with Captain Stanley Watkins

3rd place: 4.25lbs
Team Jeni with Captain Tom Weaver and anglers, Matt Beck, Ian Gordon, and Jane Millman

The competition was electric this year with captains and crews fundraising in the 2019 Paul C. Dettor Captain’s Challenge in support of the Cancer Survivorship Program at Anne Arundel Medical Center’s Geaton and JoAnn DeCesaris Cancer Institute.  Congratulations to our winning boats who took the top 5 spots in the Captain’s Challenge:

1st place with $79,159.57: Alternating Currents- Heller Electric with Captain Brian Heller and anglers, Stephanie Heller, Glenn Goldburn, Rich McCann, Vicky McCann, Shannon Norris, and Barry Thompson

2nd place with $48,384.73: LaxFish with Captain Rich Bowen and anglers, Dan Ahrnsbrak, Nat Ballard, Bruce Beardmore, Ed Bilderback, Paul J. Boncaro, Mark Carroll, Peter Hill, Steve Morgan, Jamie Orders, and Rob Shepherd

3rd place with $47,875.00: Team EGGHEAD with Captain Christopher Turner and anglers, Steven Bradford, Kurt Burkhart, Wayne Gessford, Ryan Moody, and Janet Rupp

4th place with $40,279.36: Just in Time with Captain Rob Schurr and anglers, Ernest Arizzi, Gray Barton, Andrea George, Tom George, Mike Hartman, Liz Mitchell, and Brian Page

5th place with $31,201.00: Lady Jen with Yorktel and Greenberg Gibbons with Captain Ken Scaturro and anglers, Jen Scaturro, Alex Laperouse, Mike George, and Brian Gibbons

Special thanks to the 76 boats who participated in this year’s F4AC Tournament and Paul C. Dettor Captain’s Challenge to help raise more than $615,000 to support the Cancer Survivorship Program at AAMC’S Geaton and JoAnn DeCesaris Cancer Institute. Check out the full 2019 Captain’s Challenge standings here.

As the countdown to the 2019 Fish For A Cure Tournament and Shore Party on November 2nd continues, the efforts of our captains and crews competing in the Paul C. Dettor Captain’s Challenge is ramping up. We are hearing from a few of you about upcoming fundraising events and no surprise here, many of them are ‘give back nights’ at local restaurants and pubs. Hey, asking friends to have a beer to help a cause is a definite win!

F4AC has always been the more the merrier- so mark your calendars and attend one of the happy hours and dine back days below to show a little support for your fellow boats:

Sunday Funday with Fish For A Cure

When: Sunday, October 20th from 12:00pm-4:00pm

Where: Crooked Crab Brewing Company- 8251 Telegraph Rd, Odenton, MD

Grab a buddy and enjoy a brew with $1 from each pint sold donated back to F4AC. Earn points for each friend you bring and checks in under your boat name at the door. The 3 teams that bring the most friends will split the pot! All registered. All registered boats are eligible to compete. This special event is hosted by Coastal Conservation Association- Maryland. Check out the details here.

Team Alltackle Fish 4 A Cure Party at Fox’s Den

When: Tuesday, October 22nd from 6:00pm-10:00pm

Where: Fox’s Den- 179b Main St, Annapolis, Maryland

Come out to Fox’s Den to support Team AllTackle.com with a great local cause. Enjoy great drinks, food and good times with a portion of the proceeds benefiting F4AC. Check out the details here.

Happy Hour with Capt. John and his 7 Breast Friends

When: Wednesday, October 23rd from 5:00pm-7:00pm

Where: Boatyard Bar & Grill- 400 4th St, Annapolis, Maryland

This passionate crew hates cancer, but LOVES to fish! Those who attend will have a chance to win a weekend getaway to the beach, a fishing trip, or a dinner at Vin 909!  Attend and cheer on this rowdy all woman team. Read their story here.

Beer N’ Bucktails

When: Thursday, October 24th from 6pm-8pm

Where: Boatyard Bar & Grill- 400 4th St, Annapolis, Maryland

Still missing out on some of the tackle you need to compete in the Fish For A Cure? Join the folks at FishTalk and PropTalk magazine for a night of food, drinks, games, and a chance to win tons of fishing gear donated by supporters of our industry partners. Check out the details here.

Just In Time’s 1st Annual Fish For A Cure One Club Invitational

When: Sunday, October 27th at 11:00am

Where: Severna Park Golf Center- 1257 Richie Highway Severna Park, MD

Take a swing on the greens in support of F4AC with Just In Time. You pick a club number from the bucket and that is your only club for the entire round.  Full tournament rules and how to register here.

 

F4AC’s Junior Board is also hosting several events throughout the next few weeks to support their boat, Kickin Cancer’s Bass. Check out their full list of events here. Do you have an upcoming F4AC fundraising event that you want to share? Contact fishforacure@aahs.org with the details.