Fish For A Cure 2020: By the Numbers

Dear friends of F4AC,

Although it was an unprecedented year, our 14th Annual Fish For A Cure Tournament, Paul C. Dettor Captain’s Challenge, and virtual Shore Party raised more than $350,000 to support the Cancer Survivorship program at Luminis Health Anne Arundel Medical Center’s Geaton and JoAnn DeCesaris Cancer Institute.

With the impact of COVID-19, the need for cancer care programs and support is greater than ever. Thanks to your generosity and dedication to this fishing and fundraising event, F4AC 2020 had:

  • 65 boats registered, 57 of which competed in the Captain’s Challenge with bucks on boats
  • More than 220 participating captains and anglers
  • 13 of Kentmorr Marina’s Charter Fleet on the water as the 2020 F4AC Marina Challenge champion
  • More than 300 fish submitted in the F4AC Tournament, including rockfish, catfish, perch, and a surprising largemouth bass
  • The partnership of more than 50 local businesses to help make the event possible
  • The #1 boat in the Paul C. Dettor Captain’s Challenge, LaxFish with Captain Steve Morgan, raised $65,845
  • More than 2,000 donations made ranging from $5 to $15,000 to support the Cancer Survivorship Program at Luminis Health Anne Arundel Medical Center’s Geaton and JoAnn DeCesaris Cancer Institute

“On behalf of all of us, we thank you for the incredible impact that F4AC will have on more than 2,000 patients and their families who will experience a cancer diagnosis and receive care at AAMC this year. We are so grateful.”- Cathy Copertino, Vice President of Cancer Services, Luminis Health.

Congratulations to our 2020 F4AC Winners. Check out the full standings in the links below:

  • Marina Challenge– Kentmorr Marina in Stevensville, MD
  • Paul C. Dettor Captain’s Challenge$65,855– LaxFish with Captain Steve Morgan
  • F4AC Tournament
    • Rockfish- Sonar Kings with Captain Nick Garrott
    • Perch- Sassy Bluz with Captain Roger Kouhi
    • Grand Slam- Team FishTalk/PropTalk with Captain Lenny Rudow
    • Invasive Species- Team FishTalk/PropTalk with Captain Lenny Rudow

Watch our winning announcements and check out photos from on the water and our F4AC Captain’s Meeting here. We thank you for being a part of our 2020 #F4ACQuaranteam and look forward to celebrating F4AC’s 15th anniversary with you in 2021.

Tight lines and stay well,

The F4AC Crew

P.S. More details about F4AC t-shirts available for pickup at AllTackle coming soon.

We are excited to announce that Kentmorr Marina is returning champion for our 2020 Fish For A Cure Marina Challenge. A sport fisherman’s paradise on the Chesapeake Bay, Kentmorr Marina’s expert charter fleet put our captains and crews on the rockfish bite with our F4AC Tournament on November 7th.

Thank you to this year’s participating Kentmorr Charter boats:

  • Ark Angel with Captain Francis Hemsley
  • Breezin Thru with Captain Tilghman Hemsley
  • Chasin Tail with Captain Brandon Moore
  • Independence with Captain Joseph Sadler
  • Lead Dog and Lucky Dog with Captain Brian Hardman
  • Mallard with Captain Troy Ruth
  • The Maryland with Captain Jason Seman
  • Natural Light with Captain Frank Updike

Learn more about Kentmorr Marina’s charter fleet here and book early for F4AC 2021.

Thanks to our dedicated fleet of captains, anglers, community partners, and friends of Fish For A Cure, we raised more than $350,00 to support the Cancer Survivorship Program at Luminis Health Anne Arundel Medical Center’s Geaton and JoAnn DeCesaris Cancer Institute.

With more than 65 participating boats, 220 anglers, and the partnership of more than 50 local businesses, we continue to make a splash in cancer care for patients and their families in our community.

Congratulations to our 2020 Paul C. Dettor Captain’s Challenge winners.

    1. LaxFish -$65,445.00
      Captain Steve Morgan and Rich Bowen, Peter Hill, Rob Shepherd, Bruce Beardmore, Eddie Bilderback, Jamie Orders, Sam Bradshaw, Tim Riggins, Paul Boncaro, Jay Pasko, Mark Carroll, Dan Ahrnsbrak, Ricky Schwartzburg, Pete Welch, and Nat Ballard.
    2. Alternating Currents – Heller Electric- $55,576.00
      Captain Brian Heller and Stephanie Heller, Rich McCann, Vicky McCann
    3. Just In Time- $43,500.10
      Captain Tom George, Rob Schurr, Brian Page , Mike Hartman, Gray Barton , Ernie Arizzi, Kevin Hickey , Justin Binnix, Tom Lizzio
    4. Lady Jen with Team Yorktel- $31,200.00
      Captain Ken Scaturro, Gibson Porter, John Steinbruck, Jeff Strohmaier
    5. Too Many Martinis-  $27,475.00
      Captain Francis Hemsley, Ryan Clark, Jeff Kogok, Sherrie Kogok, Troy Kogok, Jim Overman, Sean Swearman

    We look forward to celebrating F4AC’s 15th anniversary with you in 2021. More details coming soon.

It was a lively day on the water for the 14th annual Fish For A Cure Tournament. Sunny and in the 70s, the November fish bite was on and had our anglers working hard to reel in the longest catch. Congratulations to all of our winners!

Shout out to our partner, Coastal Conservation Association Maryland, who facilitated this year’s virtual tournament using the iAngler app. We also want to thank our F4AC prize sponsors:

  • AllTackle
  • CCA MD
  • Davis’ Pub
  • The Kahan Center for Pain Management

Full tournament standings below:

Perch- Longest stringer of 5

1st place– Sassy Bluz with Captain Roger Koughi, 48.5 inches

Invasive species- Longest stringer of catfish or snakehead

1st place– FishTalk/PropTalk with Captain Lenny Rudow and Eric Packard, Kaylie Jasinski, and Zach Ditmars. 39 Blue Catfish caught, 814.5 inches

Grand Slam- Longest stringer of 3 unique bay sportfish

1st place– Team FishTalk/PropTalk with Captain Lenny Rudow and Eric Packard, Kaylie Jasinski, and Zach Ditmars. Stringer is 77 inches- 36.25 inch blue catfish, 24 inch channel catfish, 16.75 inch large-mouth bass.

Catch & Release Rockfish- Longest stringer of 4 rockfish

  • 3rd place- PYY Trolling Team with Captain Steve Wagner, Brandon Cassady, Roy Dove, Janine Samuel, and Mick Young. Stringer is 114.74 inches C&R rockfish
  • 2nd place- Reel Counsel with Captain Brad Walsh, Jay Walsh, Jeff Kelly, and Joel Wotell. Stringer is 115 inches C&R rockfish
  • 1st place- Sonar Kings with Captain Nick Garrott and Adam Smith, Jim Sheehan, Rich Jenkins and Chase Savage. Stringer is 117 inches C&R rockfish

To coordinate the pickup of prizes, contact sbuckley@aahs.org or 443-481-4587.

Dear Friends of F4AC,

It’s finally here! Our Fish For A Cure fleet takes to the water tomorrow with hopes of reeling in not only the biggest fish but raising the most donations of all sizes for the Cancer Survivorship Program at Anne Arundel Medical Center’s Geaton and JoAnn DeCesaris Cancer Institute.

This has been an unprecedented year, but because of you, our captains, anglers, and community partners, F4AC continues to have a ripple effect in providing care for patients and their families undergoing a cancer diagnosis and treatment. The Cancer Survivorship team shares how your generosity makes an impact.

“We strive to treat every patient as if they were one of own family members. We are deeply thankful for F4AC for continuing to help provide us with the tools to provide that level of care.”
-Teresa Putscher, Oncology Nurse Navigator

Thanks to your commitment in 2020, we have:

  • 65 boats registered
  • More than 230 captains and anglers participating
  • More than 50 local businesses partnering with F4AC to make this event possible

In the true spirit of competition however, our crews are going full throttle to make as big of a splash in cancer care as they can with the Paul C. Dettor Captain’s Challenge and ever dollar makes a difference. There is still time to get involved with F4AC 2020 by:

  • Making a donation to a boat to support the Captain’s Challenge
  • Tuning in to the F4AC virtual Shore Party on Saturday, November 7th

If you would like to drop off a donation to support F4AC in person, a member of the AAMC Foundation team will be available from 4:00pm to 6:00pm on Saturday, November 7th to collect contributions towards the 2020 Captain’s Challenge. Drop offs can be made at 2000 Medical Parkway, Belcher Pavilion, 1st floor, F4AC Atrium.

On behalf of all of us, we thank you. We look forward to sharing tournament highlights, on the water photos, and celebrating another incredible F4AC season with you throughout the day tomorrow. For more information or questions, visit fishforacure.org or email fishforacure@aahs.org.

Fair winds and following seas,

The F4AC Crew

Dear Friends of F4AC,

We are just days away from our 2020 Fish For A Cure Tournament, Paul C. Dettor Captain’s Challenge, and virtual Shore Party on Saturday, November 7th and we are looking forward to another incredible day of fishing and fundraising on the Chesapeake Bay to support the Cancer Survivorship program at Anne Arundel Medical Center’s Geaton and JoAnn DeCesaris Cancer Institute.

Although we won’t be gathering in person this year, we are excited to connect with you virtually to celebrate an awesome F4AC season, our tournament, and captain’s challenge winning crews. Stay social with us and mark your calendars to tune into this year’s F4AC festivities.

F4AC Captain’s Meeting

When: Wednesday, November 4th from 4:00pm-7:30pm
Where: Annapolis Maritime Museum, 723 Second St, Annapolis, MD 21403

So that we may maintain social distancing, only one member of each crew is asked to attend to pick up your F4AC captain’s buckets, party pack vouchers, and signature tournament t-shirts. Masks are required.

New this year, our F4AC tournament rules will be livestreamed in partnership with Coastal Conservation Association- Maryland. Join us at 8:00pm on F4AC Facebook to learn more about tournament logistics, how to use the iAngler app, lines out of the water deadline, and more.

F4AC Tournament Winner Announcements

When: Saturday, November 7th at 6:00pm
Where: F4AC Facebook

Join us as we announce the winners of our F4AC Tournament. Divisions for this year include Catch & Release rockfish, perch, grand slam, and invasive species. See who brings in the longest stringer and help celebrate our ace anglers.

F4AC Captain’s Challenge Winner Announcements

When: Saturday, November 7th at 7:00pm
Where: F4AC Facebook

The deadline for the Paul C. Dettor Captain’s Challenge is 6:00pm on Saturday, November 7th and we can’t wait to announce our top 5 crews who brought in the most bucks on boats to support the Cancer Survivorship program at AAMC.

The countdown is on to Fish For A Cure 2020 and we couldn’t make a splash in cancer care in our community without you. On behalf of all us, we thank you. For more information about our upcoming virtual events, making a donation to a boat, and ways to support F4AC, contact fishforacure@aahs.org.

Tight lines,

F4AC Crew

The deadline for registration for this year’s Fish For A Cure Tournament, Paul C. Dettor Captain’s Challenge, and virtual Shore Party is tomorrow, Friday, October 30th. Don’t get left dockside- register your boat and anglers here.

We will need to know who is definitely fishing from your crew so that we can help upload your team’s information into the iAngler app, prep your F4AC Portable Party Packs for pick up, and have your signature tournament t-shirts and swag available.

Reminder: Our F4AC Captain’s Meeting is next Wednesday, November 4th from 4:00pm to 7:30pm at the Annapolis Maritime Museum, located at 723 Second St, Annapolis, MD. So that we may maintain social distancing, only one member of each crew is asked to attend, and masks are required.

Sign up for your Captain’s Meeting time slot here.

New this year, our F4AC tournament rules will be livestreamed in partnership with Coastal Conservation Association- Maryland. Join us at 8:00pm on F4AC Facebook to learn more about tournament logistics, how to use the IAngler app, lines out of the water deadline, and more.

Thank you to our 2020 F4AC prize sponsors:

  • AllTackle
  • Coastal Conservation Association Maryland
  • Davis’ Pub
  • The Kahan Center for Pain Management

We want to say thanks to all of you, our #F4ACQuaranteam, for making headway in the Paul C. Dettor Captain’s Challenge. The deadline for donations is 6:00pm on Saturday, November 7th and every dollar makes a difference for the Cancer Survivorship program at Anne Arundel Medical Center.

Keep an eye on your inbox and stay social with us throughout the week for special messages from our friends of F4AC, tournament updates, and more. Have questions? Contact fishforacure@aahs.org.

Tight lines,

The F4AC Crew

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.