Fall Fish Bowl 2019

This year the Fall FIsh Bowl will be on November 30th, 2019.
The fishing area will be Delaware Seashore State parks drive on beaches.  You will be able to fish from Keybox to Faithful Steward and 3Rs on the southside of Delaware Seashore State Park.

We have several judges,  scoring will not be an issue.  We will have a bait truck on the beach this year for all of you who run out so fast.  Much easier to have the bait come to you than leave the beach.

Calcuttas will be bluefish, the skating rink, and the dog pound … $10, $5, and $5.  A total of $20 for all three calcuttas.  Everyone liked the skating rink and dog pound in the spring, we can easily do that for the Fall Fish Bowl.  We will have some rules as to storage/collecting of caught skate(s).  

The rules for this tournament are standard to all surf fishing tournaments.  I decided to put these online and not in print so we do not waste paper and you have less to recycle.  Please recycle your packets, that is why we use paper envelopes and not plastic bags.  We all have smart phones and can access the internet at a whim, paper is needed less these days.

Dehooking a dogfish. Corby Fulton

Parents you cannot fish for your kids they must cast themselves and land their own fish.  Once the fish is in the wash parents can help them with the fish.  However we don’t want to damage any fish nor do we want a child to get bitten by a gator bluefish.  If there are special circumstances that require you to help your child we will determine how to handle that.  If a parent needs to help their child fish, we suggest you enter as an adult and fish with your child.  It will make for some great memories. 

Tournament cost and prizes …  

Entry fee is $40.00. We will have a kids division if necessary, as soon as we know how many kids we have.  Children under 14 fish for free.  Parents who fish with them must enter the tournament as an adult as well.   

Registration packet pick up will be announced. It will be the week of Thanksgiving and Black Friday.  Awards location will be announced later as well.

Largest fish to be announced

First Place ….. $500 

Second Place ….. $400

Third Place …..  $300 

Fourth Place … $200

Fifth Place  … $100

Sixth through twentieth place … pick your prize at the awards table donated by our sponsors.   

          2019 Fall Fish Bowl Surf Fishing Tournament  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.

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.

Fall Fish Bowl 2018
Fall Fish Bowl 2018

FISHING AREA …. 
Walk on anglers may fish where ever they like in Delaware Seashore State Park from Keybox Beach access to Faithful Steward (to the sign we will post) and on  3Rs.  Walk on anglers may fish anywhere on the beach, including in front of Big Chill Beach club.  No one may fish within 75 yards of the southside inlet.   Drive on anglers will be limited to the first walk over access at the southside parking lot for fishing 3Rs.  There will be a sign and a judge parked there.  We are asking parks if we can drive further north on 3Rs for this tournament.   No one can fish from the Southside 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.  I recommend this time of year you use a large cooler or storage container.  A big striped bass (we hope) doesn’t fit in a 5 gallon bucket.

Only two rods in use at any time per angler.

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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.  We prefer you do not gaff any large bass or redfish  (drum) in case it is out of the allowable slot limit.

No cast nets are to be used before or during tournament.

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 given to the first fish caught. There will be a skating rink and dog pound Calcutta … each is $5 …  the most skate  caught and the most dogfish caught will win the Calcutta.  Judges will mark and record your catches.

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 31st.  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…   

Bluefish … 12 inches

Croaker …  8 inches

Weakfish …  13 inches

Black Drum …  16 inches

Red Drum  20 to 27 inches can be scored.  You cannot keep or score a fish out of the slot.  Doing so would be illegal possession of a fish in the state of Delaware and you could be fined by DNREC.  27 inch red drum will score 28 inches for the release   

Flounder … 16.5 inches

Speckled Trout … 12 inches

Northern Pufferfish … 8 inches

Kingfish … 11 inches   

Pompano … 7 inches

False Albacore … 14 inches  (just in case)

****** Red drum and striped bass out of the slot range must be released.   Retaining these fish is considered possession and is illegal in the state of Delaware.  Allowing this to happen would be promoting you to break the law. *****

Fish On and Good Luck!!

Rich King

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