2017 Chesapeake Bay Kayak Anglers Tournament

Saturday, October 7, 2017


This is a Catch-Photo-Release tournament. All fish and crabs caught must be released. If you keep any fish you will not be eligible for any prizes.

SAFETY: All Maryland Department of Natural Resources and United States Coast Guard regulations shall be followed at all times. Anyone found not in compliance shall be disqualified. Each participant shall be required to comply with these regulations:
o Use of a USCG approved PFD (personal floatation device)
o Carry a whistle (or other approved noise maker)
o And any other pertinent regulations not specifically listed herein.

PARTICIPATION: All anglers must use or share a kayak, canoe, standup paddleboard (SUP) or other approved angler powered craft. Approvals shall be granted on a case by case basis. Tournament director will have final say. Piggybacking on powerboat or use of other gasoline or propane motorized craft (i.e. Jet Ski) is not allowed. Battery powered electric watercrafts are allowed.

ELIGIBILITY: Tournament is open to anyone 18 years old or older. Minors are eligible to participate with a parent or legal guardian signature on the release form. The parent or legal guardian who signs must participate in the tournament and ensure that the minor complies with all USCG regulations, Maryland Department of Natural Resource regulations and tournament rules.

CAPTAINS MEETING and REGISTRATION: Captains meeting is NOT MANDATORY. However, it is incumbent upon each participant to familiarize themselves with these rules and tournament boundaries. Each participant will be given a unique token, tournament will also provide measuring device. Registration will be open until 5:30 pm on night of Captains meeting. Meeting will start at 6:00 pm. We will allow registration Saturday morning but you must have credit card, NO CASH registrations it will all be done online through iAngler.

LAUNCH: Launch shall be from the beach at Camp Wright or any publicly accessible kayak/canoe launch location in the following MD counties: Anne Arundel, Queen Anne's and Talbot.
o For the Camp Wright launch a kayak – canoe cart is recommended, launch site is approximately 400 yards from tent/cabin area.
o For any public launch sites participants are responsible for any ramp fees, park fees, access fees, etc.

FISHING HOURS: Safe light to be announced at Captains Meeting. The fishing tournament will officially be over at 3:30 pm, you must have weighed in or be in line to weigh in by 3:00 pm. We will be judging fish all day this year if you are using your smart phone as camera and have the inAngler app. https://ianglertournament.com/

FISHING BOUNDARIES: All public Maryland tidal waters of the Chesapeake Bay and tributaries.

FISHING METHODS: All fish must be caught using rod and reel (hook and line). All blue crabs must be caught using rod and reel, hand lines or crab traps. No trot lines are allowed. Artificial or natural bait (shrimp, crab, minnows etc) is permitted. You must comply with all Maryland DNR regulations as to number of rods, type of bait, size of bait, number of hooks, etc. Wade fishing is allowed if kayak/canoe is tethered to angler.

FISHING LICENSE: A valid Maryland fishing license is required. You may have a reciprocal license, i.e. your state fishing license is also valid in Maryland. It is up to the angler to verify the regulations and prove their license is valid on the day of the tournament.

CHECK-IN: (weigh-in) - we will be using iAngler Tournament system this year which allows us to begin judging fish as soon as posted during the day. You can also use a digital camera. Check in time begins at 12:30 pm ends at 3:30 pm. You can start checking in (i.e. turning in your fish photos from digital camera) at 12:30 pm at Camp Wright. All anglers must have weighed in or be in line by 3:00. Once the official Tournament clock reads 3:00 pm the tournament is considered closed. If you are in line at that time you will be allowed to check in. Remember to bring your camera and cord or memory card. Tournament is not responsible for any camera malfunctions, dead camera battery, etc. If you are using iAngler app and have already submitted your catches you can still stop by check-in area and verify catch log, you still must be in line by 3:00 pm.

SCORING: The tournament uses catch-photo-release scoring determined by the length of each fish or blue crab, combined in the case of slam and individually for each class.We strongly suggest that you purchase an official Hawg Trough, it will be helpful this tournament and future tournaments.

Each angler will also be issued a uniform measuring device and unique scoring marker/token at the Captains Meeting or in the morning prior to launching.

The first photo on the camera must be of your rigged boat as put in at launch with measuring device and scoring marker visible.

Fish and blue crabs must be photographed in or on the boat, on the provided measuring device or Hawg Trough with the numbers clearly showing.

Length is rounded down to the nearest 0.25” mark the tail touches from the forward most point of the fish with the mouth closed to the natural un-pinched top of the tail.
If mouth is not closed length will be rounded down to next 0.25” mark

Blue crab length is determined from point to point of the top shell.

Fish and blue crabs must meet Maryland DNR minimums to count. In the event DNR minimum lengths are not caught participants are invited to photograph smaller fish or blue crabs so that we can determine winners for each category. Should insufficient entries be made the judging committee will move the prize category to the raffle. In the event of a tie for any prize the entry checked in earliest will declared the winner.

The judging committee will verify all photos and measurements including mouth closed.

The Tournament Director is responsible for the final call in all matters. Each fish can only be entered in a single division.

DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY: Participants may only use digital cameras or smartphones for scoring fish. Although not required we strongly suggest you purchase an official Hawg Trough and use your smart phone with the iAngler App. The app is free and can be downloaded at any time. It allows you to take pictures and upload immediately for the judge(s) to review. If using digital camera or smart phone and you are not using app participants must bring the storages chip and/or the download cable for their camera to check-in. Cameras maybe shared - in the event of camera sharing both entrants’ kayaks at launch must be initially on the camera, each entrant will use a unique scoring token. Each entrants kayak must also be in the photo of the fish. (Digital video can be used instead of digital photo; angler will be responsible for quality, accurate measurements, downloading, camera cord etc.)

PROTEST: All protest must be presented in writing with-in 30 minutes after participant checks in but no later than 3:30 pm. The tournament director is the final authority in all considerations.

RELEASE OF LIABILITY AND COVENANT NOT TO SUE: A waiver, release of liability and covenant not to sue are part of the entry form. This form must be signed to participate in the tournament. It is required that all anglers take responsibility for themselves while participating in the tournament.

SPORTSMANSHIP: This event is being held at Camp Wright, which is a children’s summer camp. All contestants are required to follow high standards of sportsmanship, courtesy and conservation. No alcoholic beverages or use of illegal drugs is allowed. Any use of drugs, participation in illegal activities, or other conduct reflecting unfavorably upon our efforts to promote safety, sportsmanship, fair competition, and/or compliance with tournament rules are grounds for immediate disqualification and return of any prizes awarded.

PETS: No pets are allowed in Camp Wright.

RULE CHANGES: These rules are subject to change at any time before start of event. Participants will be notified of any changes as soon as possible before the morning launch. Rule interpretation is exclusively left to the tournament director. The decisions of the tournament director are final and not subject to appeal.

PRIZES: Tournament prizes will consist of equipment and gift cards. There may be some cash prizes depending on sponsor contributions and number of entrants. Contestants are only eligible for one of the class prizes.
o Aggregate/Slam: Rockfish (striped bass), bluefish and white perch, 1st place, 2nd place, 3rd place
o Largest Rockfish: 1st place, 2nd place, 3rd place
o Largest White perch: 1st place, 2nd place, 3rd place
o Largest Blue Crab: 1st place

Final prize list will be determined closer to tournament time.

The following classes may also be considered depending on interest and number of entries:
o Jr. Award – for entrants younger the 18 years of age
o Lady's Award – for female entrants
o Sr. Award – for anglers over 60 years of age
o Fly Fishing award – for anglers using fly fishing rod – (fly rod must be shown in photo)

RAFFLES: We are planning various raffles – details to follow

CONTINGENCY PRIZES: Sponsors may at their discretion award contingency prizes for anglers winning or placing using their products.