Registration is Live

We are excited to share that registration for the 18th annual Fish For A Cure (F4AC) is now live! Register today for the F4AC Tournament, Paul C. Dettor Captain’s Challenge, and Shore Party to be held on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2024 at Safe Harbor Annapolis, our new tournament home in Eastport.

Register Your Boat Today! 

The deadline to register your boat is Monday, Nov. 4, 2024. Whether you are new to F4AC or have participated in every tournament, you will need to fill out your information and t-shirt size on our new website. Learn more about how to register your boat.

Make sure you explore the website to find:

  • Information about how funds raised through F4AC support Cancer Survivorship Program at LHAAMC’s Geaton and JoAnn DeCesaris Cancer Institute

  • Details regarding changes to the Paul C. Dettor Captain’s Challenge consisting of the Legends League and Open League

  • Two real-time leaderboards tallying the fundraising success of all boats competing in the Legends League and Open League

  • An event calendar and a news section providing the latest details about community events, tournament events, and major announcements leading up to our Tournament and Shore Party

  • Benefits on becoming a sponsor

  • An online store where you can purchase F4AC gear and merchandise

  • Details about how to donate to F4AC to support the cause and your favorite boats

Also, stay connected with F4AC on social media to get the latest information and learn about the cause. You can find us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedInTwitter, and YouTube.

Catch and Release Tournament

F4AC remains as a “catch and release” tournament for striped bass. This philosophy helps to sustain the striped bass population in the Chesapeake Bay. No fish are brought in to be measured – the winners are determined from the digital photos of the fish taken next to the official 2024 F4AC ruler. Learn more about the tournament rules.

Make an Impact 

F4AC has raised more than $5.5 million over the last 17 years to support the Cancer Survivorship program at Luminis Health Anne Arundel Medical Center’s (LHAAMC) Geaton and JoAnn DeCesaris Cancer Institute. Your charitable gifts toward the Cancer Survivorship program at LHAAMC help patients not just survive but thrive! Give to F4AC today by supporting your favorite boats.

Thank you for your support with this annual event benefiting cancer patients and their families in our community. We couldn’t do it without you!

Register Today

Fair winds and following seas,

The Fish For A Cure Crew

Thank You For Your Support

A million and one thanks to all of you captains and anglers for taking part in the 2023 Fish For A Cure Tournament and Paul C. Dettor Captain’s Challenge. We hope you had a great time participating in the event, and hopefully by now you’ve at least partially recovered from that rockin’ cool Shore Party at the South Annapolis Yacht Centre, our official tournament home.

This year’s event was capped off with a phenomenal $164,095.20 chart-topping fundraising effort by team Reel Counsel. Congratulations, Reel Counsel, for the immense support you’ve generated for the cancer survivorship program. LaxFish raised an also-awesome $136,403.25 and Alternating Currents rounded out the Legends League with a whopping $65,514.90 in the till. In the Open League, Lady Jen and Team Yorktel blew away all expectations, raising an eye-popping $72,759.01 to take the crown. Team AllTackle came in second place with a hefty $47,351 catch, and Reeltors Hooked on Giving Back hit the $29,095 mark to take third place. Fantastic job, people, all the way around!

Then, there was a day of fishing…and what a beautiful day it was!! With unseasonably warm temperatures and relatively low winds (low compared to most past Fish For A Cure tournaments, for sure), Team Lukibelle won the three-rockfish stringer with a 92.5-inch entry, edging out Team RBC by two inches and third-place El Guapo by just over five inches. The Grand Slam went to Team FishTalk/PropTalk with a 72-inch blue catfish/white catfish/rockfish combination, which surprisingly included the longest fish of the tournament, a 33-inch blue cat. Miss Cleo topped the perch division with an impressive stringer of five fish at 52.75 inches. And Team FishTalk/PropTalk also took the Invasives category, after amassing 71.25 inches of blue catfish. Congratulations, to all of you winners!

Thanks to you participants, the Fish For A Cure team, and the Luminis Health Anne Arundel Medical Center Foundaton team. In 2023 this event raised a spectacular total of more than $650,000. As you all know, each and every dollar will end up helping patients in the cancer survivorship program at the Luminis Health Anne Arundel Medical Center’s Geaton and JoAnn DeCesaris Cancer Institute. If you’re reading this right now, know that YOU and your time, effort, and energy, has helped countless cancer patients in their time of need.

We can all take a long fundraising rest for now, but soon we will be thinking about how to be even more successful in next year’s Fish For A Cure. Until then, rest easy and enjoy the glow of knowing that you’ve done something good. Something great. And for all the right reasons. Thank you — and we’ll see you in 2024.

View Paul C. Dettor Captain’s Challenge Standings

Fair winds and following seas,

Lenny Rudow
Angler-in-Chief, FishTalk
F4AC Volunteer and Captain’s Challenge Commentator