War On The Shore Registration Is Open

Welcome to War On The Shore, a surf fishing tournament brought to you by Delaware Surf Fishing with a first prize upwards of $10,000 maximum.  Sponsored by DSF,  Liquid Board Shop, Helly Hansen, Diamond State Custom Tackle, Sweetwater Brewery, The Wheelhouse, and Tidal Tables.  We are also giving a portion of ticket sales to Frets 4 Vets, $5 of each ticket will go to this great organization.  Sponsorship is also available just contact us for specifics.

War On The Shore will be held in Cape Henlopen State Park on October 13th from Gordons Pond to Herring Point into Naval crossing.   There will be marked boundaries.  Judge stations will be every 100 feet.  There will be 20 judges in teams of 2.

Cost of the tournament is $100 if you want a T shirt it is $120 – 125.00 depending on your shirt size.  Everyone has to sign up online at Eventbrite.  There isn’t any walk in sign ups for this one.  No exceptions

Awards ceremony will be at the The Wheelhouse in Lewes on the wharf.  Open cash bar and food will be available for purchase.  The awards will be announced at 6 PM.  Anglers who win will receive a check that day for their winnings.  We will have giveaways and a 50/50.  As always, may as well have a little party after a great day on the beach.  Live entertainment to be announced.

You must be 18 or over to participate.  We are limiting this to 300 anglers so sign up quick, because spots are not going to last long.  Registration ends October first there will be no extensions.  You have a one in three hundred shot at $10,000.  You can only sign up online so we can keep track of all entrants.  You must sign up individually.  For example John Doe can only sign up himself and not three of his friends.  I need to keep track of all the people signed up individually for T shirt sizes.
There will be a T shirt option for sizes with your ticket, this is a unique T shirt you can only get through signing up for War On The Shore.  There will NOT be any available after or during the event.  T shirts will be in your registration bags.  Registration pick up will be at Liquid Board shop a week before the event.  if you wantan extra T shirt email us at admin@delaware-surf-fishing.com

DISCLAIMER … This tournament’s first prize money is based on 300 anglers signing up, if we get less than 300 anglers signed up, the  prizes will be adjusted accordingly.  For example if we only get 150 anglers first prize will be $5,000.

First Prize … $10,000 …  trophy tidal table
Second Prize … $3,000 … trophy tidal table
Third Prize … $2,000 … trophy tidal table
Fourth prize … $1,000 … trophy tidal bait board
Fifth prize … $500 … trophy tidal bait board
There will be drawings for additional prizes and giveaways to be announced later from sponsors

Biggest fish … Helly Hansen gear and $500

Calcutta …   $20 bluefish entry …. based on number of people that sign up for the calcutta, we pay out all monies taken in for any calcutta.  The total of the calcutta may not add up to the amount of people that signed up, because not everyone signs up for the calcutta.  Math.

Calcutta monies will be collected when you pick up your registration bags.  We are not doing the skating rink and dog pound for this tournament, that is too much work for the judges for this type of tournament.

I will have 20 judges in teams of 2’s busy watching all of the anglers and dealing with fish.  We will have others helping the judges and watching everything.  Any discrepancies will be decided by the tournament organizer(s), namely me and my judges.  If you are caught cheating you will be disqualified immediately, no exceptions, no second chances, and asked to leave the tournament area.

Rules are as follows …

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

You must be over 18 to participate in this tournament.  No exceptions.

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 20 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 Cape Henlopen State Park in the designated War On The Shore surf fishing areas.  If a walk on angler gets a space before someone in a vehicle, they were there first.  These are the multiuse beach rules of the park.

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 20 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.  No sharks,and they must be released safely if caught.

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Calcuttas …

There will be a bluefish Calcutta for $20 all monies go to the largest bluefish. In the event of a tie the money will be split.

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 14th. 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 score sheets. That ticket will be used in the event of these drawings.

Fish you can score and size requirements…

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 40 inches and 44 inches or over can only be scored. The release extra point will be allowed to get you to 41 points for a 40 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 40.56 inch fish must be released.

Speckled Trout … 12 inches

Northern Pufferfish … 8 inches

Kingfish … 11 inches

False Albacore … 14 inches

Pompano … 6 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. *****

Fish On and Good Luck!!

Rich King



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