VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - On December 3, 2011, local alumni & friends of James Madison University gathered for the Third 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 $4,000 of unrestricted contributions in support of student-athlete scholarships and the JMU athletic budget.
"...Our goal in the 3rd year was to increase participation and we did so with a five-boat increase over last year. We also made a few long term investments for the tournament to ensure we continue to raise the bar on the quality and efficiency of the tournament every year....." said tournament co-chairs Jason Murphy and Hal Yuill.
Headquartered out of Chick's Oyster Bar / Marina, the event featured 23 boats and over 130 anglers. The weekend event featured a captain's meeting Friday night w/ bar foods, a full day of fishing, dock-side weigh station party, JMU Football Playoff game viewing party, an awards banquet w/ buffet dinner, and over 15 exciting silent auction items donated by JMU & local businesses including JMU athletics memorabilia & JMU sporting event tickets. The model of the tournament was a proven winner for both the JMU Duke Club & the lucky anglers that braved the morning's rough seas left with a combined $4,400 in cash payouts out at the awards banquet - the largest payout in the tournament history!
OFFICIAL TOURNAMENT RESULTS
1st place - Team "Reel Dirty" - Fish 1=34 lbs - Fish 2=31 lbs, TOTAL=65 lbs
2nd place - Team "Salty Dawgs" - Fish 1=42 lbs - Fish 2=4 lbs, TOTAL =46 lbs
3rd place - Team "JMU21VT16" - Fish 1=30 lbs - Fish 2=13 lbs, TOTAL=43 lbs
"Duke Dog Challenge" - Largest Rockfish (42 lbs) - Team "Salty Dawgs"
"50/30/20" Calcutta - 1st - "Reel Dirty" 2nd - "Gee Daddy", 3rd - "Budmen"
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!
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Jason Murphy (JMU 00') - Tournament Co-Chairman - (757)-262-8422 - Jason@NorfolkMarine.com
Hal Yuill (JMU 01') - Tournament Co-Chairman - (757)-450-4790 - Hal.Yuill@CBRE.com