The 2017 F. Wayne McLeskey Memorial Marlin Open will be taking place on September 8th and September 9th 2017. Stay tuned for details!
There were many words to describe Wayne McLeskey; businessman, pilot, friend, father, developer and dancer to name a few. However, most importantly, he was a doting husband, avid fisherman and passionate, talented and driven about everything in which he took part in.
Wayne began the Virginia Beach Fishing Center in 1977 and became consumed with preserving Rudee Inlet and the fishing industry. As with most things in Wayne’s life, he instilled the same passion in the heart of his wife, Cheryl. While Wayne’s passing in 2012 was unexpected and earth shattering, Cheryl has since devoted much of her time to continuing what Wayne had begun.
In honor of Wayne and his dedication to the sport-fishing industry and Rudee Inlet as a whole, Cheryl officially began the F. Wayne McLeskey Memorial Open in 2015. It is with great hope that this billfish tournament will continue to grow over the years and all involved will be reminded each year of the importance of preserving and sustaining Rudee Inlet and all oceans and fisheries for an industry that is cherished by so many.