Fall Fish Bowl Surf Fishing Tournament 2019

Fall Fish Bowl Surf Fishing Tournament 2019 is on November 30th, Thanksgiving Weekend

Last year due to an overwhelming response we were asked to set up a fall fish surf fishing tournament for later in the season. We picked Thanksgiving weekend because people are able to get around easier on a holiday.  Not to mention by Friday, we are all tired of the family, I’m kidding, or not. Everyone had a great time last year. November 30th is the Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend, Fall Fish Bowl surf fishing tournament day.

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.  If we only get about a 100 anglers we will fish 3Rs only. That will be announced as we get closer to the Holiday weekend. We will have a new design this week for the Fall Fish Bowl Shirts which you can order online with admission or at Icehouse Bait and Tackle. Calcutta monies will be collected at packet pick up, starting Wednesday2 November 27th. You can also pay for your calcutta at Icehouse Bait and Tackle with walk in sign ups.

Fall Fish Bowl 2018
Fall Fish Bowl 2018

Anglers can sign up online at the Fall Fish Bowl link on Stub Central or at Icehouse Bait and Tackle, starting Wednesday October 16th. Calcuttas will be bluefish, the Skating Rink, and the Dog Pound … $10, $5, and $5.  A total of $20 for all three calcuttas.  You must be 18 and over to compete in the calcuttas. We added a kids division to the Fall Fish Bowl and all tournaments. We will have an award for the largest fish for the kids and prize places. Ages 12 and under, and ages 13 to 17 will have their own prize categories. To compete in the overall prizes all anglers must be 18 and over.

The kids division will be added to all DSF surf fishing tournaments with two age brackets. We are also adding a bonus set of prizes for families that fish together. They can combine points for a separate prize or side prize so to speak. The rules for these will be announced for each tournament.

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Fall Fish Bowl 2018

Tournament cost and prizes …  

Entry fees will be $40 for all anglers, $5 of each entry will go to Frets 4 Vets..   We will have a kids division for this tournament.  Children under 14 fish for free.  Parents who fish with them must enter the tournament as an adult as well as have their Delaware Fishing license.    

Registration packet pick up will be at Icehouse Bait and Tackle, starting Wednesday November 27th . The week of Thanksgiving and Black Friday. 
Awards location will be announced soon.

Largest fish to be announced but will be something from Helly Hansen

First Place ….. $500 & Trophy Bait Board

Second Place ….. $400 & Trophy Bait Board

Third Place …..  $300 & Trophy Bait Board

Fourth Place … $200

Fifth Place  … $100

Sixth through twentieth place … pick your prize at the awards table donated by our sponsors. DS Custom Tackle, Helly Hansen, and DSF.   

 2019 Fall Fish Bowl Surf Fishing Tournament  Rules and regulations 

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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.


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 jetty.   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. 

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.  We prefer you do not gaff any large redfish  ( bull 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 first 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.

In the largest fish category if there is a tie, winner will be the fish caught first.  Times will  be recorded by judges. The same will apply for ties in places first through twenty.

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 25th.  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

Spot … 7 inches

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

Fish On and Good Luck!!

Rich King

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