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Manteo Rotary Club's Rockfish Tournament on the Outer Banks of NC funds local educational programs and college scholarships to outstanding Dare County students.

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The Manteo Rotary Club’s 16th Annual “Rockfish Rodeo” Fishing Tournament

Rockfish Rodeo Fishing Tournament

November 22-23, 2013

Dear Friends,

From all of us here at the Manteo Rotary Club, thank you, and welcome to our 16th Annual Fundraiser the Rockfish Rodeo. Over the last fourteen years Rockfish Rodeo patrons and sponsors have allowed us the privilege of providing over $200,000 in college scholarship monies to 190 local Dare County high school students.

Please take a moment to browse our website. Here you will find updated fishing reports, pictures of last year’s winners and participants and information about the recent fishing reports and prize payouts.


This year the Manteo Rotary Club is pleased to announce our partnership with the Pavilion at Pirates Cove as the Official Tournament Sponsor. The learn more about Pirates Cove and the great things to do there, please visit for all the information you will need to plan and enjoy your next important event on the Outer Banks.

Bring the Family

We are so grateful for everyone who comes out to fish the event. It’s great for us to see the families who come together each year to fish and those who celebrate the Rockfish Rodeo as an opportunity to fellowship with the old friends who enjoy competing against one another, swapping stories and sharing good times. The new venue at Pirates Cove is the perfect facility to host the event, each year some of the east coast’s most prominent Big Game Tournaments are hosted there and we are pleased to join them. Families can come and enjoy the marina surroundings, walk the docks and check out the world-class yachts of the Pirates Cove charter fleet, there is plenty of room to let the kids run around, and patrons can shop at the Marina ship’s store for gifts or supplies.

Great Food

This year club members will again be preparing our famous all you can eat PIG PICKIN & FIXINS, last year we barbecued a truck load of Boston Butts and served some fantastic Eastern Carolina style BBQ, don’t forget the great banana pudding and bottomless beverage cups too. For the Friday night registration and the anglers meeting we will also have hamburgers, hot dogs and cold drinks for all the anglers. This is all included in the cost of registration and no one goes away hungry or thirsty. We look forward to seeing you for some great food and family fun!

Great Music

For 2013 we have added the music and fun of Dare County's own Flip Flop Five, . This year you don't have to fish to enjoy the party. Individual dinner/band tickets can be purchased from a Rotary member, via email to or in person at the Pirate's Cove Ships Store. Come pack the house for some island style rock and roll and jam out with our anglers, the band and all your friends. A Saturday event ticket gets you music, BBQ dinner and two beer tickets. Prime time venue! Prime time fall fun!

Tight lines, and fair winds,

James R. Gilreath Jr.
Rockfish Rodeo Tournament Chair
Manteo Rotary Club

Latest News

  • For this our 16th Annual Rockfish Rodeo we are pleased to announce our event has been moved to the Pavilion at Pirates Cove.

    Through the gracious support of our new Tournament Sponsor, we will now enjoy all the amenities of a Big Game tournament venue. Many thanks to Jim and Tammy Tobin, as well as, everyone at Pirates Cove for making this exciting venue available for this years tournament.

    Come join us for great fishing, great food and great family fun for all!

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  • See Past Year's Winners

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