May The Fish Be With You Surf Fishing Tournament 2019

These are the rules and details for the inaugural May The Fish Be With You Surf Fishing Tournament 2019.  You can register now on Stub Central we are using a new service that is much more reasonable than other services.  I highly recommend Stub Central to anyone who is using ticketing services.

Iron Hill Brewery and Restaurant
Iron Hill Brewery and Restaurant Rehoboth Beach

Our awards venue sponsor is Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant on route 1.  We will gather there on the front deck outside, starting about 4 pm on May 4th and have an awards ceremony.  We will also have a costume contest.  Because a lot of my crazy friends who love to have fun decided they were wearing Star Wars costumes. 
Chris “Whammy” Ranney …”I am wearing a trash can and coming as a droid.  
Me … ” That sounds great … Wait. What?  … 
Chris … “Oh yeah, you should talk to everyone here they are all talking about wearing something.”
I just hope ya’ll wear clothes!  Costume contest it is … 
You are not required to wear a costume, you won’t lose points.  However it would be way too much fun to see the beach lined with costumes.  Now I am trying to figure out how to make the truck look like a land speeder.  I will have the prizes for the costume contest figured out soon, we have some really fun ideas.  No we can’t get you a lightsabre surf rod, but we might know a guy.

   We will also have a special beer by Iron Hill Brewery … May The Fish Be With You.  There are characters on the artwork, and we are also talking about a character beer contest of sorts.  Who wants to try Chumbacca?  Princess Filetta?  Sea-3PO? Obi Wand? Luke Surfwalker?  or the dreaded Darthe Hater?  That one needs to taste like a vape cloud of broken dreams.  Stay tuned for that possibility.   

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.

“Boots” fishing the Chillaware in the spring

Parents you cannot fish for your kids, like actually fish with them, but not as bait, or not snag them with your line, 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.  We will make sure the kids have a good time and be rewarded for participating.  We want to encourage kids in the outdoors as much as possible.  Leave their smart phone in the truck. 

Tournament cost and prizes …  

Helly Hansen is a Sponsor

Entry fees will be $40 for all anglers, $5 of each entry will go to Frets 4 Vets.   T shirts and Hoodies are available just select the corresponding ticket.   You can purchase multiple tickets.
We will have a kids division for prizes announced soon.  Children under 14 fish for free.  Parents who fish with them must enter the tournament as an adult as well.  No children may be unattended in the park during the event.  You can’t drop the kids off for the day, seriously, Corby will turn them into bait runners or worse.     

DS Custom Tackle is a sponsor

Registration packet pick up location will be announced shortly. It will be the week before May 4th.  You can also sign up at the Delamarva Outdoors Expo the 26th to the 28th at the DS Custom Tackle Booth in the Dover Building. 

PRIZES >>>>>>>>>>

Largest fish to be announced and donated by a sponsor.  
First Place ….. $800 
Second Place ….. $500
Third Place …..  $250 
Fourth Place … $100
Fifth Place  … $50
Sixth through twentieth place … pick your prize at the awards table donated by our sponsors.   

           May The Fish Be With You 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 DE fishing license.  
Special event surf tags are available from parks, and are 45 in state and 90 out-of-state for the one day.  They will be available the day of the event and during registration packet pick up.

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 any of the beaches, including in front of Big Chill Beach club.  No one may fish within 75 yards of the southside inlet.   You can not fish northbeach at the inlet that is the surfers beach.
3Rs … 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.  That is pending on any changes to beach conditions and is parks final call up to the day of the tourney.   No one can fish from the Southside Jetty that is off-limits

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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) or those giant gator blues don’t fit in a 5 gallon bucket.  Wel,l half of the fish will fit.

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.  You can bait fish one line (rod) and cast lures with the other rod, however you would like to fish.  You can cast lures with two rods, but we want video of that.   
Fish can only be caught on hook and line.  No noodling bluefish in the wash, we want video of that though, and you’ll get a free ride to the hospital.
  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.  Ties will be determined by first one caught.  

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Measuring a cocktail blue at War On The Shore 2018

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.  (Or a fight to the death, whichever pleases the crowd.)  

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 on May the 5th.  If that gets washed out we will draw numbers for winners in all divisions and still have an awards ceremony (party) at Iron Hill Brewery. 
 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.  We always draw raffle tickets at the awards ceremony for giveaways, you don’t want to miss a good time.
It takes a lot to cancel a surf fishing tournament, we do not stop or cancel for rain. It has to be really bad weather …  lightning and a full gale before we will cancel.  So even if it is raining sideways, dress for the weather.  Tournament weather is always better the next day.  

Fish species and size requirements …
Always check the score sheet on the back before the tournament to make sure you know the fish sizes that can score!  

Bluefish … 14 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 37.1 plus inch fish must be released.  Yes the extra point rule only works to 36 inches and a total of 37 points.    

Speckled Trout … 12 inches

Northern Pufferfish … 8 inches

Kingfish … 11 inches

****** 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. *****

Good Luck and Have Fun!   


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