Save the date! On October 14th, Delaware Surf Fishing is hosting the first annual 2017 Chillaware Surf Fishing Tournament. With the help of our sponsors Big Chill Beach Club, Liquid Board Shop, Crooked Hammock, Big Chill Surf Cantina, Taco Reho, Helly Hansen, El Dorado and Diamond State Custom Tackle. A portion of proceeds will be donated to Frets 4 Vets. This is a family friendly event. We will have raffle prizes all day at Big Chill Beach Club donated by our sponsors, patrons will be able to watch the Chillaware Surf Fishing Tournament live on the beach from the deck and event tent. Sponsors will also be donating prizes for our fifth to twentieth place winners. If you are interested in being a sponsor get in touch with myself or Mike Ridings at Liquid Board Shop. Good luck and we will see you in the surf.
Largest Fish prize … to be announced
First Place ….. $800
Second Place ….. $500
Third Place ….. $250
Fourth Place … $100
Fifth Place Gift card
Sixth through twentieth place … pick your prize at the awards table donated by our sponsors.
Rules and regulations
Tournament time …
Surf fishing will start at 7 am and lines out of the water by 3 PM. Anglers must turn in score sheets to the judges in their area. We will have a few judges on the beach.
Entry fee ….
$30 for all anglers … kids 16 and under free! Get your tickets here.
Liquid Board Shop can sign you up or you can do that online. We will also have a table set up on Friday the 13th at Big Chill Beach Club for anglers to register and pick up their packets. There will not be registration the day of the event so get signed up now. We will will have more details as the event gets closer.
All anglers must have a Delaware fishing license. No license will result in disqualification. Surf anglers have one license with their surf tag, only good for the registered owner of the vehicle, all other anglers with them must have a license.
FISHING AREA ….
Walk on anglers may fish where ever they like from southside to the south end of 3Rs. We recommend they fish southside in front of the beach club which is reserved for them and the walk on area at 3Rs for ease of getting out there with gear.
Drive on anglers will be limited to the south side of 3Rs (the poles) to the designated cut off point on southside. There will be a sign and a judge parked there. We have been given permission by parks to drive further north on 3Rs for this tournament. The cut off will be the first walk on entrance at the southside parking lot. No one can fish from the Soutside Jetty that is off-limits
Anglers are advised to bring a bucket or container to keep their catch alive. There is an extra point added for a released fish. Judges will determine if the fish was released alive and well.
Only two rods in use at any time per angler. Rigs may have no more than two hooks. Anglers may have more than two rods with them, but may only fish with two rods at one time. Fish can only be caught on hook and line. Angler who catches the fish must land the fish. Assistance by netting or gaffing a fish is allowed, but only if the fish is visible to a judge on the beach. We will have several judges.
No cast nets are to be used before or during tournament.
There will be a bluefish Calcutta for $10 all monies go to the largest bluefish. In the event of a tie the money will be split.
There will be a skating rink and dog pound … each is $5 the most skate caught and the most dogfish caught will win the Calcutta.
Scoring fish …
One point per inch, all measurements will be rounded down to nearest full inch. All fish must meet minimum length requirements of Delaware creel limits. One extra point for released fish.
If anglers tie on total points, the total fish caught will determine the winner. If this is still tied, then the points of the largest of each species of fish caught will determine the winner. If tie is still not broken, prize money will be divided.
In the largest fish category if there is a tie, winner will be the fish caught first. Times will be recorded by judges.
In the event of storms or no fish. If the beaches are closed due to a storm, we will have a rain date of Sunday the 15th. If that gets washed out we will draw numbers for winners in all divisions. If no one enters a legal fish in the tournament we will have a drawing for prize categories. Anglers will be given a raffle ticket with their packets. That ticket will be used in the event of these drawings.
Fish you can score and size requirements…
Croaker … 8 inches
Weakfish … 13 inches
Black Drum … 16 inches
Red Drum 20 to 27 inches … no slot fish over the lot limit can be scored or retained.
Flounder … 17 inches
striped bass … 28 to 37 inches and over 44 inches … no slot fish over the lot limit can be scored or retained.
Speckled Trout … 12 inches
northern pufferfish … 8 inches
We are looking forward to this event and hope everyone has a great time. We will let you know more detail as we get closer to the event.