The local anglers were out in full force on September 7 and 8 for the oldest fishing tournament in the country’s oldest seaport, the Lanes Cove Bluefish tournament.
A total of 521 recreational fishermen, 321 of them eagerly waiting in line at the Lanes Cover Fish Shack before the Saturday morning start, from all over the North Shore gathered in waters all over Cape Ann looking for first prize in the 25th Annual tournament.
“It was an excellent day of fishing,” Tournament president Don Peavy said. “There were over 100 boats around the Cape cheering each other on, blowing horns and looking for fish. It was a great day for a great tournament.”
Through the two days it was Roger Trabucco, Phil Laidlaw and Jack Montgomery who had the most successful outings finishing first, second and third respectively.
The event is truly a community experience as local businesses also got involved in the tournament through donations for prizes and raffles.
Businesses included Three Lanterns, who contributed two rods, Fishermen’s Outfitters donated a custom rod, Steve Connolly Seafood donated a $50 gift card, Intershell Seafood donated a $100 gift card, Halibut Point Restaurant pitched in a $50 gift card, the Yankee Freedom donated whale watch tickets, the Liquor Locker donated a $25 gift card, the Yankee Fleet donated half day fishing trip tickets, Cape Ann Seafoods donated bait and the Lanesville Package Store made T-shirts for the event.