PARTY ALERT: Team FishTalk/PropTalk will be holding a Beers ‘N Bucktail Bash to raise funds for the Fish For a Cure tournament – but this will be no “regular” party! We have loads of tackle and fishing gear donated by our supporters in the fishing industry, which we’ll be giving away to make this event a bit more tempting to all you anglers. There will be door prizes and drawings galore – brand-spanking-new rods and reels (including top-notch goodies from Shimano, St. Croix, Okuma, and Daiwa), boxes full of lures, tackleboxes, tools, and all kinds of fishing goodies. Come hang out with the entire FishTalk/PropTalk crew to talk fishing, win goodies, and enjoy the evening on October 24, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at The Boatyard Bar & Grill, 400 4th Street, Annapolis!
You can’t make the party? You can still help out. Show you want to be a fisherman who fights cancer by going to Team FishTalk/PropTalk, and make a donation today! Look folks, on occasion, I have in my lifetime been accused of fishing just a wee bit too much. Sure, it’s true that I spent four years of college pursuing a non-existent major called Mastering St. Mary’s Lake. Yes, I admit that choosing all-night fishing trips instead of sleep between business dinners and breakfast meetings at the Miami Boat Show displayed some poor decision-making skills. Absolutely, I understand why people gave me funny looks for casting from the rip-rap at the old Baltimore Allied site while the mayor gave his speech. But we anglers all struggle on a regular basis to balance our fishing lives with our “real world” lives, and there are sure to be times when we know we probably shouldn’t be fishing. And yet…
This tournament is great news for us, folks. No matter who you are, no matter where or how you fish, and no matter what other obligations you may have, on November 2, 2019 fishing takes priority. You get a guaranteed free pass, an all-clear, and a green light wrapped up into one. I don’t care if you’re scheduled to work. I don’t care if it’s your anniversary. I don’t care if your mother-in-law’s car is stuck in a swale or if your brother-in-law needs to be bailed out of jail – November 2 is the Fish For a Cure tournament, and there’s no better reason to go fishing on the face of the planet.
In 2018, the Fish For a Cure (F4AC) raised over a half a million dollars for the Cancer Survivorship Program at the Anne Arundel Medical Center’s Geaton and JoAnn DeCesaris Cancer Institute. The money raised in the tournament doesn’t go into some amorphous fund, but directly benefit cancer patients who are going through the struggle of a lifetime. It supports Nurse Navigators who assist the patients as they try to sort out all the different aspects of their treatment, and has a very real impact on the well-being of people who are facing overwhelming challenges. The bottom line: it support people who really need it, at a time when they really need it.
This being the case, who in their right mind would say you shouldn’t be fishing in the F4AC, come November 2? Nobody, that’s who. When you sign up for this tournament you get a rock-solid, unassailable, sure-fire reason to go fishing for the day. Period. So go to F4AC and register your boat today.
Tips for Making Your F4AC Team a Success
The most important part of participating in the Fish For a Cure is the Captain’s Challenge. This is an inter-boat fundraising challenge which everyone participates in, to generate those big cancer-fighting bucks. Here are some tips to make sure your team does well.
- Reach out to friends and family and make sure they’re aware of F4AC, your team, and what this event is all about.
- Utilize the F4AC Tackle Box, which has fliers and graphics files you can use to help spread the word.
- Hold a fundraiser party for your team. In 2018 Team FishTalk/PropTalk raised over a third of their Captain’s Challenge funds – $10,154 in all – in a one-evening Beers ‘N Bucktails event. It’s easy – just throw a party, invite lots of folks, and ask ‘em to pitch in for the cause.
- Talk to your marina management about joining the Marina Challenge. If your marina wins it’ll be named on the F4AC Marina Challenge trophy (and more importantly, get tickets to the shore party!)