DOVER – Fishing offers an outstanding opportunity to enjoy Delaware’s great outdoors and spend quality time with family. To add to the experience for anglers age 15 and under, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife today announced a new youth division of the Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament with smaller qualifying sizes for trophy fish than the tournament’s adult requirements.
The Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament is an annual program sponsored by the Division of Fish & Wildlife to promote recreational fishing opportunities in the state and recognize anglers for outstanding catches. The tournament now includes 15 species of freshwater and 30 species of saltwater fish eligible for recognition. With the smaller size requirements in their division, young anglers will have an increased chance to be rewarded for their trophy catch.
The new youth division also includes a Live Release Award program for those who choose to return their trophy catch to the water unharmed immediately after landing and measuring for length. This measurement must be verified by a witness who signs the Live Release Award entry form.
Young anglers who submit an application for their trophy catch will receive a colorful citation showing the type of fish they caught as well as an award lapel pin. The color fish illustrations on the citations are reproductions of original paintings by artist Duane Raver Jr., and are suitable for framing.
Fish entered in the tournament must be weighed at an official Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament weigh station, available at most bait and tackle shops. All fish entered must be caught in a sporting manner with hook-and-line. The Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament and the Live Release Award programs are open to the public with no entry fee.
For more information, including a list of tournament- and live release-eligible species, minimum size requirements and rules, click Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament. Applications for the Live Release Award also are available online, or may be picked up at any Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament weigh station.