The Mid-Atlantic Rockfish Shootout began in 2004 – born out of a Virginia Beach fisherman’s love for angling the shores of the Atlantic along the Virginia Beach oceanfront. It occurred to him, as it has to many, that not only are the waters off of Virginia plentiful with fish, but they truly offer as good – if not better – fishing than anywhere on the East Coast. Proving it would become the passion of the tournament director, Mike Standing. This passion has catapulted the Mid-Atlantic Rockfish Shootout to become one of the largest Rockfish tournaments in the country, and has helped Virginia garner its proper angling recognition.
To date, the Rockfish Shootout has provided over fifty thousand pounds of skinless rockfish filets to area foodbanks to help feed those in need of a hot meal. In 2008, the tournament was proud to donate over $25,000 to CHKD to help build a family room at the hospital. In the past few years, the Rockfish Shootout has backed many other charitable causes, donating funds to a few local fishermen in need, setting up a scholarship fund, and supporting other non-profit organizations.