'Catch and Release' tournament coming to Grasonville on June 1

The 10th annual Coastal Conservation Association Maryland Catch and Release Fly and Light Tackle tournament is expected to attract some of the region's top anglers on June 1 between the Sassafras River and Cedar Point.

The competition will feature three categories — fly, light tackle and kayak— with fishing equipment being offered as prizes.

But, according to Coastal Conservation Association Maryland executive director Tony Friedrich, the 10-hour competition with lines going in at 5:30 a.m and photo weigh-in at 3:30 p.m. "is more about fun, more about bragging rights of getting your name on the trophy."

Friedrich said he expects about 100 anglers from three different states to register. Registration costs $40, which includes a one-year membership for those who are not already Coastal Conservation Association Maryland members. Non-anglers can join the party (from 3 to 6 p.m. at The Jetty Restaurant and Dock Bar in Grasonville) for $15.

A captain's meeting is scheduled for Thursday at 5 p.m. at Shore Tackle, 3100 Main St., Grasonville.

Friedrich said "the most important thing is the catch and release" of the fish, and that after nine years, "where we've got it down pretty well," so that the fish are measured quickly and released.

Registration must be done on the Coastal Conservation Association Maryland website at http://www.ccamd.org.


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