Eighteenth Annual Tappahannock
Rotary Croaker Fishing Tournament


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Big Croaker
2022 Largest Croaker Wins
$4,600 Total Prize Money!

Adult Prizes for 2020
1st Prize $1,500;  2nd Prize $1,000; 3rd Prize $500

Youth Angler 16 years or younger:
1st Prize $300;   2nd Prize $200;   3rd Prize $100

Special Bonus for 2022
Additional $500 for the heaviest croaker entered
by a contestant registered before May 21st.

Catfish Bonus for 2022
New prize of $500 for the heaviest catfish

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Big Croaker 2019 Photo Gallery on FaceBook (Event cancelled in 2020 & 2021)

On Saturday, May 18, 90 boats competed in the Tappahannock Rotary Club’s annual Big Croaker Fishing Tournament.

#1 David Vance of Fort Loudon, PA, won $2,000 in cash prizes for his croaker of .65 pounds (approximately 10.4 ounces), #2 James Fields of Milford, VA, won $1,000 for the second place croaker, #3 Rod Ashley of Lovingston, VA, won $500 for third place. Weighmaster Jim Wawner (far left) and Croaker Tournament Chairman Joe Wolfinger (second from right).

Tappahannock Rotary Youth Division winners: Ryan Pack ($300 first place), Cole Heineman, ($200 second place); Dan Kurdziel ($100 third place).

Big Croaker 2018 Photo Gallery on FaceBook

The 2018 tournament 81 boats competed in the Big Croaker Tournament today run out of Garretts Marina. Ba Nguyen who has won four times over the last few years won first prize with a Croaker weighing 1.05 lbs! Caught near the pylons using shrimp. Ba won first prize of $1500 plus the early bird bonus of $500. Youth angler on Ba Nguyen’s boat, won second prize in the youth category for another $200.

Check for first prize is presented by (left) Carl Strock - Tappahannock Rotary President), Hong Nguyen, Ba’s son Khang Nguyen who won second prize in the youth division, Ba Nguyen (center), My Ho and Loc Truong all of Springfield VA with his family and (right) Jim Wawner Tournament Weigh-Master. Not pictured Jay Brimmer, Tournament Chair.

Big Croaker 2017 Photo Gallery on FaceBook

The 2017 tournament winners are: First prize: Jeff Robinson – a returning participant in the tournament from Mechanicsville, VA with a 1.35 lb croaker won $1,500 – his croaker was caught near Downing Bridge using crab bait; second place: Ba Nguyen of Springfield VA with a 1.20 lb croaker won $1,000; third place: Danny Greene of Clover VA with a 1.20 lb croaker won $500. Fourth place: Samuel Harris of Fredericksburg VA brought in a 1.20 lb croaker and fifth place: Son Nguyen of Springfield VA caught a 1.20 lb croaker. Jeff Robinson was also the major winner of several cash prizes for the tournament within a tournament. Contestants with tied weight winning croakers are ranked according to earliest entry date.

2017 Youth Angler winner under 16 Kevin Nguyen of Springfield VA with a 1.05 lb croaker won $300. Second place was Kyle Selak of Fannetsburg PA who caught a 1.00 lb croaker winning $200, and third place was Leo Nguyen of Springfield VA also with a 1.00 lb croaker wins $100. Jonathan Morris won the special prize of a fishing rod for fourth place.

Big Croaker 2016 Photo Gallery on FaceBook

The 2016 Tappahannock Rotary Big Croaker Tournament had an impressive 55+ boats (out of more than 80 registered) participated despite today's rain, wind, and seas. TRC thanks everyone who registered and participated from several states - including folks who drove all the way from PA and NJ! - Here is the list of this year's winners by Adult and Youth categories:

Adult: 1st Place - Son Nguyen, 1.1 pound Croaker, $2,000 prize (including a $500 bonus for registration before May 1st). Boat # 6; 2nd Place - Leonardo Garcia, $1,000 prize. Boat # 36; 3rd Place - Casey Taylor, $500 prize. Boat # 47; 4th Place - Ba Nguyen, $250 prize. Boat # 5; 5th Place - Matt Selak, $150 prize. Boat # 14

Youth: 1st Place - Hung Nguyen, $300 prize. Boat # 6; 2nd Place - Luan Nguyen, $200 prize. Boat # 7; 3rd Place - Kyle Selak, $100 prize. Boat # 14

Big Croaker 2015 Photo Gallery on FaceBook

Winners of the $4,500 prize money in Tappahannock Rotary Club’s 2015 Annual Andrew Reavis Memorial Croaker Tournament held Saturday, May 16th: (l to r, 1st Place - Deral Wertz; 2nd Place – Robert Fenter; 1st Place Youth Division – Tye Morris; 3rd Place – Andy Davis; 4th Place Phillip Donnelly with crew Eric Montgomery and Morby Montgomery; 5th Place- Ronald Morris; Event Chairman, Bill Reavis; Tappahannock Rotary Club President, John Gregory; not pictured: 2nd Place Youth Division – Michael Johnson; 3rd Place Youth Division Brandon Corbin).




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