Chillaware Surf Fishing Tournament On October 14th

Big Chill Beach Club
Big Chill Beach Club

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.

Prizes …

Largest Fish  … Tica Dolphin 11′ Surf Rod and a Helly Hansen  Skagen Race Jacket

Big Chill Surf Cantina, beach bar, outdoor bar, delaware, sussex county, route 1, live music
Big Chill Surf Cantina

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 … 

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Helly Hansen

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.

Registration …

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.

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Crooked Hammock Brewery


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 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 at the last walk on access.  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.

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Liquid Board Shop

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.

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Calcuttas … 

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 … 

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Diamond State Custom Tackle

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.

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Taco Reho Food Truck

Fish you can score and size requirements… extra point for a released fish

Bluefish … 12 inches

Croaker …  8 inches

Weakfish …  13 inches

Black Drum …  16 inches

Red Drum  20 inches 

El Dorado Fish Tacos
El Dorado Fish Tacos

Flounder … 17 inches

striped bass … 28 inches

Speckled Trout … 12 inches

Northern Pufferfish … 8 inches

Cobia …  20 inches

Kingfish …  11 inches

Pompano … 6 inches

False Albacore (Albie) … 16 inches

We are looking forward to this event and hope everyone has a great time.   We will let you know more details as we get closer to the event.

Fish On!

Rich King








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