Early catch pays off big in Little Havana Rocktober Cup

From Sun staff reports
The early bird gets the bigger prize. Just ask angler Tony Moreira.

Tony Moreira won the second annual Little Havana Catch and Release Rocktober Cup last weekend in Baltimore on a tiebreaker.

He and Nathan Iager each caught and released a 263/4-inch rockfish Oct. 10, but Moreira did so 30 minutes earlier, earning him the first-place prize of a trip to the Florida Keys. Iager received a trip to Ocean City. Both prizes were donated by Little Havana Restaurante y Cantina.

Fifty-three anglers competed in the one-day tournament, which benefited Coastal Conservation Association Maryland and Blue Water Baltimore, and was hosted by Little Havana.

Matthew Bright finished third with a 23-inch rockfish, winning an Engel cooler.

Iager's fish won the calcutta for largest fish by a single angler and the calcutta for the largest personal stringer. Iager, Stephen Arnold and Andrew Stroter won the calcutta for the longest stringer by a team.

ACC next weekend

Tayte Stefaniuk, the Opti national champion in Bermuda who finished 34th at the 2014 world sailing championships in Argentina, is among more than 190 skippers registered for the Atlantic Coast Championship next weekend in Annapolis.

The ACC, to be hosted by Annapolis Yacht Club on Saturday and next Sunday, will be one of the largest regional United States Optimist Dinghy Association championships this year.

International sailors participating include Tatum Howell, Georgia Phillips and Blair Treadweall of Canada.

American entrants include several sets of twins: Daven and Jagan Subbiah, 13, of Peninsula Yacht Squadron; Justin and Mitchell Callahan, 12, of Lauderdale Yacht Club; and Sam and Jordan Bruce, 13, of Annapolis Yacht Club.

Annapolitans Mariner Fagan, Maddie Hawkins and Owen Hennessey also will compete.

DNR official named

Joanne Throwe was named deputy secretary of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources on Thursday.

Throwe will manage day-to-day DNR operations and execute the direction and vision of the agency.

She brings 25 years of environment and natural resources experience at the state and federal level. Most recently, she served as the director of the University of Maryland Environmental Finance Center.

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