The first annual Fall Fish Bowl 2018 Is On The 24th of November

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I would like to thank everyone for joining us this year and talking me into …  the first annual Fall Fish Bowl Surf Fishing Tournament.  Due to an overwhelming response we were asked to set up a fall fish tournament for later in the season, we picked the 24th of November since it is Thanksgiving weekend and 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.  Sign up here on Eventbrite, we will have a few times you can walk in sign up, but online is so much easier to keep organized.  

T shirt design will be up next week.

 The fishing area will be Delaware Seashore State parks drive on beaches.  You will be able to fish from Keybox to Faithful Steward.  If we only get about a 100 anglers I might make this in one area so it is easier on the judges and anglers, but you will have room to spread out and fish.

We have several judges,  scoring will not be an issue.  We hope to have a bait truck on the beach this time 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.

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 fees will be $40 for all anglers, $5 of each entry will go to Frets 4 Vets..   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 shortly. It will be the week of Thanksgiving and Black Friday.  Awards location will be announced shortly as well. 

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

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.   

           2018 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.


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 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

Striped bass … 28 inches to 37 inches and 44 inches or over can only be scored.  The release extra point will be allowed to get you to 38 points for a 37 inch fish.  Make sure you know the size of the fish before you flag down a judge.  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.  Even though we round down the inches for partials, a 37.56 inch fish must be released.    

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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