2022 Smith Island Fishing Tournament


2022 Smith Island Fishing Tournament

Friday, May 20, 2022 to Sunday, May 22, 2022
 | Fishing Tournament
Target Sub-species: 
Rockfish - Rockfish
Spotted Sea Trout - Spotted Seatrout
Redfish - Red Drum (Redfish)
Toadfish - Oyster Toadfish
Drums and Croakers - Black drum




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Smith Island
Fishing Tournament
May 20 - 22, 2022

The Smith Island Fishing Tournament, founded in 2022, celebrates the culture of this iconic Chesapeake Bay community. Proceeds benefit the Smith Island Cultural Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to preserving its people, culture, and natural beauty.

Funds to go the Smith Island Culture Center for improvement projects:


**“Our museum and folklife center celebrates more than 350 years of continued maritime tradition.” The funds will help expand exhibits and the collections to preserve the unique history of Smith Island and the Chesapeake Bay, open to all visitors.***

Scoring Guidelines:

  • It is a 3 day tournament.
  • Prizes will be awarded for the top "Smith Island Slam", which is a 3 fish stringer of the following:
    • Redfish
    • Rockfish (striped bass for the non locals ;-)
    • Spotted Seatrout (Speck)

Longest aggregate length of all 3 wins. All measurements are to be exhibited on the official tournament ruler through the iAngler app, and measured from mouth to the longest part of the tail.


Captain's Meeting: Wednesday, May 18, 6:00pm. The meeting will be held on Smith Island at the Smith Island Cultural Center and on video conference. Link to be sent to all registrants in advance. Captains are required to attend in person or via video conference.

It is a 3 day tournament:

    Friday May 20: Lines in 6am, lines out 7pm
    Saturday May 21: Lines in 6am, lines out 7pm
    Sunday May 22: Lines in 6am, lines out 3pm

Awards Ceremony on Smith Island and via video conference: Sunday May 22 4:30pm

Competitor Welcome Reception (food, drinks, tour of the Cultural Center): Start 5pm Saturday, May 21....come meet the locals, the Tournament Team, and relax on Smith Island!

Prize structure:
50% of receipts go to prizes, 50% to go operational costs and charity.

  • Smith Island Slam 1st place

    *** Minimum prize for 1st place has increased to $1,750!! ***

  • Grand Slam 2nd
  • Grand Slam 3rd

    ***NEW*** Tangier Classic has kindly announced free entry to the Tangier Classic this Fall for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners, plus the winner of the Youth competition! Thank you for your generosity, this is a premier tournament, we are honored: https://tangierclassic.com/

Entry fees for both team and individual anglers also includes entry for 5 Calcuttas. Prizes will be awarded for each of the following:

  • Longest Redfish
  • Longest Black Drum
  • Longest Rockfish
  • Longest Spotted Seatrout
  • Longest Oyster Toad Fish

UPDATE!!!! We are 8 days away from the tournament and we have an update on where the purse stands as of now. (Reminder: These figures will increase with more registrations)
Red Drum: $600.00
Speckled Trout: $600.00
Rockfish: $600.00
Black Drum: TBD
Oyster Toad: TBD

Longest Fish Caught by Youth (age 16 or under):
We strongly encourage the next generation to fish! Kids 16 or under may register free by emailing their details (name, Captain's name, DOB) to sitournament@yahoo.com. The youth grand prize will go to the longest fish, sponsored by Sea Hawk Sports Center.

See the attachment below with lodging options! Enjoy the Saturday evening event then retire to your Smith Island home.

$250 USD
Team Event
Min: 2 Angler
Max: 4 Angler
$150 USD
Individual Angler

Smith IslandMaryland

Tournament is over

Website: www.facebook.com/smithislandfishingtournament


Live bluegrass music starting at 2pm at the Cultural Center!
1 month 2 weeks ago
Final Day! Code for Sunday is SIFT
1 month 2 weeks ago
Code for tomorrow SHWN
1 month 2 weeks ago
Ruler: Please note that the 0 inch mark is after the green tab, not the end of the ruler.
1 month 2 weeks ago
"Fintastic" fish pics rolling in!
1 month 2 weeks ago
The Cultural Center in Ewell is the base of operations for SIFT
1 month 2 weeks ago
Good luck and be safe! SIFT Team
1 month 2 weeks ago
Code for tomorrow 1640, and ruler direction
1 month 2 weeks ago
Get your SIFT Rulers!!
1 month 2 weeks ago
Virtual Captain's Meeting 1.5 hours! Link below
1 month 2 weeks ago
Video Link for Captain's Meeting: 1800 Wednesday May 18!
1 month 2 weeks ago
$600 Calcuttas!
1 month 3 weeks ago
Guaranteed first place price is now $1750.00!!!
2 months 1 week ago
*** $1,500 minimum prize for 1st place Smith Island Grand Slam! ****
2 months 2 weeks ago
Stay on Smith Island, Fish at Your Doorstep, and Enjoy the Beauty
2 months 2 weeks ago
"Logging Your Catch" Instructional Video
3 months 2 weeks ago
Welcome to iAngler Tournament - Adding Your Photo to the Leaderboard
3 months 2 weeks ago

Events & Schedule

Captain's Meeting
Captains are required to attend in person or via video conference.

05/18/2022 06:00 PM

Smith Island Cultural Center and on video conference

Lines In

05/20/2022 06:00 AM

Lines Out

05/20/2022 07:00 PM

Lines In

05/21/2022 06:00 AM

Lines Out

05/21/2022 07:00 PM

Competitor Welcome Reception
(food, drinks, tour of the Cultural Center)

05/21/2022 05:00 PM

Smith Island Cultural Center

Lines In

05/22/2022 06:00 AM

Lines Out

05/22/2022 03:00 PM

Awards Ceremony

05/22/2022 04:30 PM

Smith Island Cultural Center and on video conference



Caleb Evans
Chris Harte
Lenny Rudow
Patrick Welsh


Rules and RegulationsClick to Read


Smith Island Fishing Tournament Rules

A tournament certified ruler will be issued to each team/angler. This will be mandatory for each photo submission.

Prior to each of the three fishing days there will be a different number or letter code that will be emailed to each team/angler that will be required to be included in each photo submission. If the code is not present in the picture the submission is not valid. (The code may be written on anglers hand or on a piece of paper)

Each fish must be of MARYLAND DNR legal minimum size to be submitted:

  • Rockfish: 19”
  • Red Drum: 18”
  • Black Drum: 16”
  • Speckled trout: 14”
  • Oyster Toad: N/A

Eligible fishing grounds are not limited to anywhere in the Chesapeake Bay

All methods of fishing are permitted as long as it involves rod & reel

Ties will be settled by the first fish submitted to iAngler

SIFT will be centered around the Smith Island Stringer as well as each species’ Calcutta. Initial entry fees will automatically make the team/angler eligible to compete for the Smith Island Stringer. Calcuttas must be purchased separately for each species.

The Smith Island Stringer will be made up of three fish (1 rockfish, 1 speckled trout, 1 red drum). The team or angler with the longest combined inches of the 3 fish wins.


Disclaimer Click to Read

Smith Island Fishing Tournament


I HEREBY ASSUME ALL OF THE RISKS OF PARTICIPATING IN ANY/ALL ACTIVITIES ASSOCIATED WITH THIS EVENT, including by way of example and not limitation, any risks that may arise from negligence or carelessness on the part of the persons or entities being released, from dangerous or defective equipment or property owned, maintained, or controlled by them, or because of their possible liability without fault.

I certify that I am physically fit, have sufficiently prepared or trained for participation in this activity, and have not been advised to not participate by a qualified medical professional. I certify that there are no health-related reasons or problems which preclude my participation in this activity.

I acknowledge that this Accident Waiver and Release of Liability Form will be used by the event holders, sponsors, and organizers of the activity in which I may participate, and that it will govern my actions and responsibilities at said activity.

In consideration of my application and permitting me to participate in this activity, I hereby take action for myself, my executors, administrators, heirs, next of kin, successors, and assigns as follows:

(A) I WAIVE, RELEASE, AND DISCHARGE from any and all liability, including but not limited to, liability arising from the negligence or fault of the entities or persons released, for my death, disability, personal injury, property damage, property theft, or actions of any kind which may hereafter occur to me including my traveling to and from this activity, THE FOLLOWING ENTITIES OR PERSONS: Smith Island Fishing Tournament and/or its directors, officers, employees, volunteers, representatives, and agents, and the activity holders, sponsors, and volunteers;

(B) INDEMNIFY, HOLD HARMLESS, AND PROMISE NOT TO SUE the entities or persons mentioned in this paragraph from any and all liabilities or claims made as a result of participation in this activity, whether caused by the negligence of release or otherwise.

I acknowledge that the Smith Island Fishing Tournament and their directors, officers, volunteers, representatives, and agents are NOT responsible for the errors, omissions, acts, or failures to act of any party or entity conducting a specific activity on their behalf.

I acknowledge that this activity may involve a test of a person's physical and mental limits and carries with it the potential for death, serious injury, and property loss. The risks include, but are not limited to, those caused by changing water flow, conditions or current; collision with other participants, any portion of the interior of the craft, other water craft, manmade or natural objects, including overhanging, submerged and/or semi submerged trees, branches, rocks and boulders; cold weather and heat related injuries and illnesses including hyperthermia, frostbite, heat exhaustion, sun stroke, and dehydration; inclement weather, variances and extremes of wind, weather and temperature, the presence of insects and animals; sense of balance, physical coordination, ability to swim, and/or ability to follow directions; loss of control of the craft, collision, capsizing, and sinking of the craft which can result in wetness, injury, exposure to the elements, hypothermia and drowning; getting in and out of the craft; travel, including hiking, portaging and travel to and from the related and unrelated activities; (ix) the presence of wild animals, including marine life forms, unavailability of emergency aid services and emergency medical care. The undersigned acknowledges that Smith Island Fishing Tournament activities, as well as other foreseeable or unforeseeable factors or circumstances, may result in a RISK OF PROPERTY DAMAGE, BODILY INJURY, AND POSSIBLY DEATH. These risks are not only inherent to participants, but are also present for volunteers.

I hereby consent to receive medical treatment which may be deemed advisable in the event of injury, accident, and/or illness during this activity.

I understand while participating in this activity, I may be photographed. I agree to allow my photo, video, or film likeness to be used for any legitimate purpose by the activity holders, producers, sponsors, organizers, and assigns.

The Accident Waiver and Release of Liability Form shall be construed broadly to provide a release and waiver to the maximum extent permissible under applicable law.