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Courtesy: JMUSports.com
Team "Fear Not" Wins Fourth Annual JMU Rockfish Shootout Fundraiser
Courtesy:JMUSports.com Release:12/11/2012
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - On Saturday, December 1, local alumni & friends of James Madison University gathered for the Fourth Annual JMU Rockfish Shootout. In conjunction with the Hampton Roads Duke Club, the local fundraising arm for James Madison University Athletics, the JMU Rockfish Shootout raised over $7,000 of unrestricted contributions in support of student-athlete scholarships and the JMU athletic budget.

"Our goal in the fourth year, as it has been every year since the tournament's inception, was to raise the bar across the board," tournament co-chairs Jason Murphy and Hal Yuill said. "Bigger, Better, Bring It was our battle cry and our sponsors and anglers answered. We enhanced the experience for participants and showed our sponsors the maximum ROI for their respective brands. Chick's once again proved why this tournament venue is in a league of its own, and the weather was nothing short of perfect. Our success this year has enabled us to move forward with our plans to invest in a revamped website and other online infrastructure to continue tournament growth."

Headquartered out of Chick's Oyster Bar's new "Marlin Club," the event featured 26 boats and over 150 anglers. The weekend event started with a captain's meeting Friday night with bar foods & happy hour. Saturday's festivities included an all-day fishing tournament with dock-side weigh station party and an awards banquet with buffet dinner. As part of the dinner, there was a silent auction of more than 15 exciting items donated by JMU & local businesses, including JMU athletics memorabilia, JMU sporting event tickets, and a week's stay in Costa Rica. The model of the tournament was a proven winner for both the JMU Duke Club & the lucky winning anglers in the tournament's most competitive and successful fishing to date. A combined $4,395 in cash payouts at the awards banquet was the largest payout in the tournament history!


1st place - Team "Fear Not" - Fish 1=48 lbs - Fish 2=35 lbs, TOTAL=83 lbs

2nd place - Team "Hopeful Hookers" - Fish 1=44 lbs - Fish 2=38 lbs, TOTAL =82 lbs

3rd place - Team "Desperado" - Fish 1=40 lbs - Fish 2=35 lbs, TOTAL=75 lbs

"Duke Dog Challenge" - Largest Rockfish (40 lbs) - Team "Desperado"

"50/30/20" Calcutta - 1st - "Desperado," 2nd - "Shooters," 3rd - "Open Wide"

Title Sponsor Norfolk Marine Company has already pledged next year's sponsorship and several other sponsors have followed suit. The response of other local business owners & participants suggest next year's tournament will only gain further momentum on participation and fundraising for the JMU Duke Club!


Jason Murphy (JMU 00')
Tournament Co-Chairman

Hal Yuill (JMU 01')Tournament Co-Chairman(757)-450-4790

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