June 7, 2022 (Washington D.C.) – Yesterday, more than 85 attendees participated in the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) 3rd Annual Congressional Fishing Competition. Launching from the Eastport Yacht Club in historic Annapolis Maryland, 12 charter boats took anglers into the Chesapeake Bay for the catch and release event. In total, there were 84 fish caught and released throughout the competition.
Held during National Fishing and Boating Week, this friendly competition served to highlight the critical importance of access, and the role that sportfishing plays in the wellness of our nation’s aquatic resources. As in years past, teams utilized the iAngler Tournament app to log their catches, which provided Tournament Director and CSF Senior Director of Fisheries Policy Chris Horton with real time updates from each boat throughout the day.
“We were fortunate to be joined by so many great partners today,” said Chris Horton. “From advocacy groups and manufacturers to industry allies, the Congressional Fishing Competition exceeded our expectations and continues to grow and get better every year. As we work to advance fisheries management, aquatic resource conservation, and angling access throughout the country, we were proud to bring so many of our angling community partners and stakeholders together at this event.”
Already in 2022, CSF has engaged on a number of critical fisheries policies including advocating for the inclusion of the Driftnet Modernization and Bycatch Reduction Act into the America COMPETES Act and the US Innovation and Competition Act conference report, better management of striped bass through Amendment 7 to the Atlantic Striped Bass Interstate Fishery Management Plan, increased fishing opportunities in New Mexico through a new hybrid-striped bass fishery, and support for continued funding and authorization of projects to restore the Florida Everglades.
Special Guests for the event included CSC Co-Chair, Congressman Richard Hudson (NC); Congresswoman Kat Cammack (FL); Congressman Billy Long (MO); Bunky Luffman, Director, Legislative and Constituent Services, Office of the Secretary, Department of Natural Resources, Maryland; and Travis Voyles, Acting Secretary of Natural and Historic Resources for Governor Glenn Youngkin.
Fishing Competition Awards
Most Fish Caught
1st Place: John Kelly, Kelly Generator (6)
2nd Place (Tie): Dan Wrinn, Ducks Unlimited (4)
Murray Miller, Office of Bruce Westerman (4)
Largest Fish Caught
1st Place: David Anderson, Natural Resource Results (26.25”)
2nd Place: Aurelia Skipwith Giacometto, International Order of T. Roosevelt (26”)
3rd Place: Dave Monti, Ørsted North America (25.25”)
Most Unique Fish Caught
Andrew Morley, Office of Rep. Pete Stauber: 20” of Cable
CSF would like to express our gratitude to the sponsors who made this event possible. Title Sponsors include the American Sportfishing Association; Bass Pro Shops; Cabela’s; the Maryland Chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association; Huk; Kelly HVAC, Inc.; The Nature Conservancy; Pure Fishing; Rather Outdoors; Richard Childress Racing; Shimano; and Yamaha Motor Company. Host Sponsors include BoatUS; the Bonefish and Tarpon Trust; the Center for Sportfishing Policy; Consumer Brands Association; Hornady; The International Order of T. Roosevelt; the National Marine Manufacturers Association; Orsted; Safari Club International; and Vista Outdoor. Co-Host Sponsors include the Air Line Pilots Association and the Marine Retailers Association of America; and Molsen Coors.