Rocktober Fishing Tournament offers high stakes

Rocktober Fishing Tournament offers high stakes – Thanks to The Hertrich Family of Automobiles, the stakes at this year’s second annual Rocktober Fishing Tournament and Festival, set for Oct. 21 – 23, just got higher. Any angler who breaks the state record catch in the Rockfish Category will drive off with a brand new truck. The lucky angler will have their choice of a Ford F150, Toyota Tundra, Nissan Titan, Chevy Silverado, GMC Sierra or a Dodge Ram. The state record for the Rockfish hasn’t been broken since 1978, when Betty Rosen reeled in a 51-pound 8-ounce whopper. The fish was weighed in at the Indian River Marina, the headquarters of this year’s Rocktober Festival.

But with over $24,000 in cash prizes, you don’t have to break the state record to win big. Last year Mike Newsham reeled in $12,500 in cash for his rockfish. His boat, the Phoebe Anna, went home with a grand total of $22,000. The flounder fishermen also did well, with the top three anglers pulling in $5,400.

This year’s Rocktober’s Fishing Tournament and Festival offers the same cash prizes as last year. For all the younger anglers, there is an added incentive to fish again this year.

While the fishermen are casting their lines, there is a weekend-full of on-land activities for the entire family.

Friday night the festival portion kicks of at 4 p.m. with treats provided by Big Fish Grill and frothy beverages to enjoy while listening to DJ Chris Mal and the tournament weigh-ins for the day.

Saturday the festival opens at noon, with interactive children’s activities, delicious food and drink, arts and crafts vendors and a Short’s Marine Boat Show. Stay on to see local favorites HyJinx play live at 5 p.m. while enjoying a delicious crab feast provided by Hook ’em and Cook ’em Seafood. Try your luck in the 50/50 or Harley motorcycle raffle, with the drawing at 8 p.m.

Sunday morning, wake up to the Starboard’s Bloody Mary Bar at 11 a.m. while enjoying the sounds of live acoustic music. . The tournament wraps up at 4 p.m. with the final weigh-in and awards ceremony.

For information contact Casey Lynn at 645-5949 or visit

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