We are less than a week away from the first annual Chillaware Surf Fishing tournament. We have a lot of people signed up and are planning on cutting off online entries By Wednesday, if you haven’t signed up do so soon on the Eventbrite Chillaware Surf Fishing Tournament page. You will be able to pick up your registration packets Thursday and Friday at Liquid Board Shop on route 1 right next to Big Chill Surf Cantina from 10 AM to 5 PM and then at 5:30 to 8 PM at Big Chill Beach Club. We will also be taking entry fees on these days as well, we are limiting this to 125 anglers so get signed up now. If you need to get your registration packets the morning of the tournament that is possible also, but we would prefer you pick them up ahead of time. We will be in the Big Chill Beach CLub parking area by 5 AM. You will not be able to sign up the day of the tourney, that cuts off Friday night at 8 PM. Calcutta monies will be collected when you get your registration packets or the day of the tournament. Since the calcutta is a cash pay out, we decided this would be easier than combining it with the entry fee on eventbrite.
Walk on anglers can fish in front of the Big Chill Beach Club or walk on at 3Rs and fish anywhere they prefer. We have been given permission by state parks to allow vehicles to park as far north as the first walk on entrance at the southside parking lot, but you must drive on at 3Rs. This area will only be open to drive on to tournament participants, it is normally closed to any vehicles, walk ons may fish this area as well. We are not closing the entire beach to the public, contrary to what some people have heard, the beach is always open to the public. We have four judges to help us keep track of fish and of course count skates and dogfish. Since there are pompano and false albacore in the area we are adding them to the catch list. We also reduced the size of score-able bluefish to twelve inches.
Lines must be out of the water by 3 PM we will collect your score sheets and tally up the points. The awards ceremony starts at 4 PM in the event tent at Big Chill Beach club. We will distribute the winnings, and then have a celebration of sorts. There will be a raw bar, taco bar, and a can and crush bar, this is not included in the entry fee. You are also welcome to purchase food and beverages from the main restaurant and bar. We have a DJ that will spin music for a few hours. Nothing like a little party after a day of fishing. There will be raffles and a 50/50 benefiting benefiting Frets 4 Vets. During the Chillaware Surf Fishing Tournament we will have raffles for spectators. Even if people don’t want to fish they can watch the tourney from the Big Chill Beach Club. We are looking forward to having a fun time. Big thanks to all the sponsors … Big Chill Beach Club, Liquid Board Shop, Delaware Surf Fishing, Diamond State Custom Tackle, Big Chill Surf Cantina, WBOC, Crooked Hammock, Taco Reho, Helly Hansen, Fenwick Bait and Tackle, El Dorado, and Karen Sergison Keller Willaims Realty