Rod and Reef Slam: Angling for Oyster Restoration
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We're celebrating the beginning of a turn for the better in the Chesapeake’s fish and crab habitat. Oyster restoration is beginning to make a difference.
When an estuary loses almost all of its keystone oyster reefs like the Chesapeake has, the change causes fundamental damage.
What has the Bay lost? We know from archaeologists that colonists in St. Mary’s City found sheepshead in abundance in the lower Potomac in the 17th century. How about black sea bass? Tautogs? Puppy drum (red and black)? Spadefish? Filefish?
Some of those fish are turning up now in Virginia, mostly around the rocks on the tubes of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel. Some of them are beginning to show up on new reef structures in Maryland, including the reef ball field at Cook’s Point in the mouth of the Choptank.
We want to celebrate this return, keep it growing, and give Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) some data on recreational fishing opportunities around these restoration projects. Join us for a tournament that focuses on three restoration reef areas: the MARI Tilghman Island Reef just outside Knapps Narrows, the Harris Creek reefs, and the Cook’s Point reef ball field in the mouth of the Choptank. Multiple partners have worked together to build these reefs, including the NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office, Coastal Conservation Association, Chesapeake Bay Foundation and Maryland Department of Natural Resources.
This tournament will be a little different. You won’t win just for the biggest fish. Prizes will be awarded for how many species you catch, and then how long your fish are. We’re celebrating variety, and (we hope) the return of some of these great reef species that we’ve been missing. Come join us!
ENTRY FEE: $50 Includes tournament entry, after party food, giveaways, live entertainment and access to a cash bar. Register prior to September 15 to be guaranteed a free Rod and Reef Slam Tournament Shirt.
YOUTH ENTRY: Youth ages 16 and under may participate for free with a participating adult.
AFTER PARTY & AWARDS CEREMONY ONLY: $10 Includes food and entertainment
AFTER PARTY & AWARDS LOCATION: From 3:00p.m.–7:00 p.m. at Lowes Wharf Marina & Inn, 21651 Lowes Wharf Road, Sherwood, MD 21665. Shallow water anchorage at Lowes Wharf is available with water taxis to shuttle boaters to the after party.
FISHING BOUNDARIES: Harris Creek Oyster Sanctuary, Cook’s Point Oyster Sanctuary/ Artificial Reef, Tilghman Island Artificial Reef. Coordinates for the fishing boundaries are forthcoming in the Gallery section of this webpage below.
SPECIES: Any species may be caught. Catch, photo, and release all undersized fish. Refer to the restrictions set by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and abide by the law.
IMPORTANT! Each participant must submit a completed Tournament Waiver to Chesapeake Bay Foundation prior to fishing on October 7. Completed waivers may be emailed to email@example.com or mailed to 114 S. Washington St., Suite 103, Easton, MD 21601. Anglers that have not completed a waiver prior to the start of the tournament will be disqualified.
The Powerboat division is included in the general entry cost, and each boat’s team is judged as a unit. Each boat must declare the members of its team before lines in on Saturday. Teams in the Powerboat division may fish anywhere on the Tilghman Reef, in Harris Creek, and on the Cooks Point Reef in the mouth of the Choptank River. Reef boundary coordinates will be provided (See Gallery below). All teams must check in with the judging team in person by 3:00 p.m. at Lowes Wharf Marina in Sherwood to confirm their entries.
The kayak division is included in the general entry cost, and each vessel is judged on an individual basis. Kayak anglers will compete only with other kayak anglers. Kayaks may fish anywhere on the Tilghman Reef, in Harris Creek, or on the Cooks Point Reef in the mouth of the Choptank River. Reef boundary coordinates will be provided (See Gallery below). Participants in the kayak division may travel and launch from anywhere in the area, but they must check in with the judging team in person by 3:00 p.m. at Lowes Wharf Marina in Sherwood to confirm their entries.
The youth division is included with the registration of a participating adult. Each angler is judged on an individual basis. To enter the youth division, children must be 17 or under and accompanied by a participating adult. Anglers in the Youth Division may fish anywhere on the Tilghman Reef, in Harris Creek, and on the Cooks Point Reef in the mouth of the Choptank River Reef boundary coordinates will be provided (See Gallery below). Anglers must check in with the judging team in person by 3:00 p.m. at Lowes Wharf Marina in Sherwood to confirm their entries.
PLEASE SEE ADDITIONAL TOURNAMENT RULES AND REGULATIONS BELOW.
Grand Prize will be awarded to the highest overall diversity of species caught, then by the collective length of the all fish caught.
There will be 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes for all divisions, based on the number of fish species entered. When there is a tie in number of species, the total length of the largest individuals of each species determines the winners. All species caught by hook and line are eligible, including oyster toads and even blue crabs.
• Grand Prize: Overall Highest Diversity
• Powerboat: 1st Place, 2nd Place, 3rd Place
• Kayak: 1st Place, 2nd Place, 3rd Place
• Youth: 1st Place, 2nd Place, 3rd Place
Each angler MUST sign a waiver of liability (below) and submit to CBF prior to fishing in order to participate in the tournament. Completed waivers may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to 114 S. Washington St., Suite 103, Easton, MD 21601. Anglers that have not completed a waiver prior to the start of the tournament will be disqualified.
Events & Schedule
10/07/2017 06:45 AM
10/07/2017 02:30 PM
After Party and Awards
10/07/2017 03:00 PM
Rules and Regulations
- Photo entry: This is a catch, photograph, and release tournament, all fish must be photographed with the tournament photo indicator and submitted before fishing time ends October 7, 2017. *ALL PHOTOS MUST BE CLEAR AND READABLE*
- The night before fishing, we will announce a photo indicator symbol to draw on your wrist band or hand. The indicator symbol must be visible in the photo for the fish to be eligible.
- Fish may be measured with any standard measuring tape or ruler. Rulers that are molded into coolers are not allowed. Judges reserve the right to inspect any ruler or measuring device at any time and at the judges’ sole discretion disqualify any entry.
- Photos will be entered through the iAngler Tournament smartphone application and must be submitted BEFORE LINES OUT at 2:30 pm. Participants without a smart phone, must be in line to submit their photographs by 3:00 pm to have their non-app submitted pictures judged.
- Participants must confirm that their catch has been recorded properly, and can do so through the iAngler Tournament Scoreboard throughout the day.
- Tournament participants will be provided a tournament photo indicator on Friday October 6th. The photo indicator must be visible in all pictures and may be drawn on a hand, or ruler, to ensure clear visibility.
- No catch logged after 2:30 pm or submitted after 3:00 pm (in person) will count in the tournament. If a participant has technical issues with iAngler tournament application they may submit photos in person, but time stamp on photo must show that the catch occurred during the legal hours of the tournament.
- All photos must include catch location information using your smartphone’s GPS on the iAngler app. For those not using the iAngler app, the photograph must be accompanied by an additional photograph displaying your GPS location with the tournament photo indicator visible. Each logged catch must include a separate GPS location photo. Catches logged outside the tournament fishing boundaries will be not be counted.
- Youth catch may be entered through another participant’s iAngler account and judges should be notified of the youth’s name before final judging.
- Tournament officials reserve the right to examine the metadata of any photo image to confirm the validity of a claim. Photos with edited or missing metadata may be disallowed at the official’s discretion.
- The largest fish will be determined by length measured from the tip of the snout to the tip of the tail (You may pinch the tail). Use any standard measuring device. Rulers that are molded into coolers are not allowed. Judges reserve the right to inspect any ruler or measuring device at any time and at the judge’s sole discretion disqualify any entry.
- To measure your fish: Put the measuring stick on the deck of your boat. Lay the fish on the measuring stick. Put the snout on the zero mark (the end of the stick). It helps to jam the measuring stick against a vertical surface to ensure that the zero mark, and the snout of the fish are even. Fish will be measured to the nearest 1/8th of an inch.
- ALL FISH MUST BE CAUGHT ACCORDING TO MARYLAND FISHING REGULATIONS.
- Rods: Anglers may use no more than two rods at a time (including kayaks). No more than 5 total rods for power boat teams at any given time, regardless of the number of anglers on board.
- Protests: A registered angler may protest any other registered angler’s catch by filing a written protest to the tournament committee by 5:00 pm the day it was caught. The judges’ committee will settle any protest and their decision will be final.
- Compliance: Failure to comply with any rule or regulation of the tournament, or law, rule or regulation of Maryland State Fishing Guide, may cause the disqualifications of an angler or the anglers catch. Any registered angler so disqualified shall not be entitled to any prize, award, or entry refund.
- Weather: All anglers will fish at their own discretion and at their own risk. If bad weather causes the cancelation of the tournament, the tournament committee shall be responsible for making the decision to reschedule.
- Indemnity: Each angler must sign a waiver of liability in order to participate in the tournament and will fish at his or her own risk. Each angler agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the Coastal Conservation Association/Maryland, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Tournament Directors, Sponsors, and each of their members, agents, officers and employees from any and all liability, loss or damage they may suffer as a result of this fishing tournament.
The tournament committee reserves the right to refuse the registration of any angler. Tournament standings will be posted at the conclusion of the day. Any challenges to the calculations should be made within one half hour of posting. No protests or challenges will be considered after the awards presentations.