2018 Rod and Reef Slam: Angling for Oyster Restoration

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2018 Rod and Reef Slam: Angling for Oyster Restoration

Saturday, September 22, 2018
Powerboat
Kayak
Youth

Target Sub-species: 
Wrasses - Tautog
Perch - White Perch
Striped Bass - Striper
Bluefish - Bluefish
Redfish - Red Drum (Redfish)
Drums and Croakers - Weakfish
Drums and Croakers - Sea Trout
Drums and Croakers - Spot
Drums and Croakers - Black drum
Flounder - Summer flounder
Croaker - Atlantic Croaker
Toadfish - Toadfish
Lizardfish - Lizardfish
Sheepshead - Sheepshead
Pufferfish - Northern puffer
Sea robin - Sea robin
ShellFish - Blue crab
Spotted Sea Trout - Spotted Seatrout
Phone:302-388-7659
Mail: hgibson@cbf.org


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Purpose

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 abundant populations of other popular reef fish like black sea bass, tautog & drum. The benthic (bottom) habitat in Maryland still has its challenges, but we want you to help us find out what fish can be caught on restored and enhanced reefs in the middle Bay region.

Join us for a tournament that focuses on six restoration areas: the MARI Tilghman Island Reef, Clint Waters Reef at Cooks Point, the Harris Creek, Tred Avon & Little Choptank oyster sanctuaries, and the Reef Balls at the Bill Burton Fishing Pier. Multiple partners have worked together to build these reefs, including the NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office, Coastal Conservation Association Maryland, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, and Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

This tournament is a little different. You don’t just win by catching the biggest fish. Prizes will be awarded for how many species you catch, and then how big your fish are. We’re celebrating variety, and the return of some of these great reef species that we’ve been missing.

Past angler surveys have shown as many as 12 different species being caught in one day at the Clint Waters Reef at Cooks Point. How many can you catch?

Come join us!

Details

ENTRY FEE: $50 Includes tournament entry, after party food, giveaways, live entertainment and access to a cash bar. Register prior to Sept 1st to be guaranteed a free Rod and Reef Slam Tournament Shirt.

YOUTH ENTRY: CCA Youth Members aged 17 and under may participate for free with a participating adult. Email the name(s) of any youth entrant(s) to information@ccamd.org with the subject Rod Reef Youth Entry and we will connect their iAngler account to a participating adult’s account. CCA Youth memberships cost only $10 annually and can be purchased at: https://www.ccamd.org/how-to-help/join-cca/

AFTER PARTY & AWARDS CEREMONY ONLY: $10 Includes food and entertainment

AFTER PARTY & AWARDS LOCATION: From 3:00p.m.–6:00 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, Clint Waters Reef at Cook’s Point & Oyster Sanctuary, Tilghman Island Artificial Reef, Bill Burton Fishing Pier Reef Ball Field, the Tred Avon River Oyster Sanctuary, and Little Choptank River Oyster Sanctuary. Coordinates for the fishing boundaries are in the Gallery section below.

SPECIES: Any finfish species may be submitted. This is a catch, photo & release tournament. Release is encouraged, but not mandatory. Refer to the fishing regulations 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 Sept. 22nd. Completed waivers may be emailed to hgibson@cbf.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.

Thank you to our Title Sponsor: Curtis Stokes & Associates, Inc. !

Divisions

Powerboat

The Powerboat division is included in the general entry cost, and each angler on the boat is judged as an individual. There are no teams in this division. Individuals in the Powerboat division may fish anywhere in the Harris Creek Oyster Sanctuary, Clint Waters Reef at Cook’s Point & Oyster Sanctuary, Tilghman Island Artificial Reef, Bill Burton Fishing Pier Reef Ball Field, the Tred Avon River Oyster Sanctuary, and Little Choptank River Oyster Sanctuary. Coordinates for the fishing boundaries are in the Gallery section below. All participants in the powerboat division must check in with the judging team in person by 3:00 p.m. at Lowes Wharf Marina in Sherwood to confirm their entries.

Kayak

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 in the Harris Creek Oyster Sanctuary, Clint Waters Reef at Cook’s Point & Oyster Sanctuary, Tilghman Island Artificial Reef, Bill Burton Fishing Pier Reef Ball Field, the Tred Avon River Oyster Sanctuary, and Little Choptank River Oyster Sanctuary. Coordinates for the fishing boundaries are in the Gallery section 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.

Youth

CCA youth members aged 17 and younger may compete for free with a participating adult. Each angler is judged on an individual basis. CCA Youth memberships cost only $10 annually and can be purchased at: https://www.ccamd.org/how-to-help/join-cca/ . Participants in the youth division may fish anywhere in the Harris Creek Oyster Sanctuary, Clint Waters Reef at Cook’s Point & Oyster Sanctuary, Tilghman Island Artificial Reef, Bill Burton Fishing Pier Reef Ball Field, the Tred Avon River Oyster Sanctuary, and Little Choptank River Oyster Sanctuary. Coordinates for the fishing boundaries are in the Gallery section 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.

 

Prizes

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 in each division, 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 finfish species caught by hook and line are eligible, including oyster toads.

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 hgibson@cbf.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.

PHOTO ENTRY VIA IANGLER TOURNAMENT APP:

1. This is a catch, photograph, and release tournament. All fish must be photographed with the tournament photo indicator and measuring device and submitted before fishing time ends Sept 22, 2018. *ALL PHOTOS MUST BE CLEAR AND READABLE*
2. Photos will be entered through the iAngler Tournament smartphone application (free application available via Google PlayStore and the iPhone App Store) and must be submitted BEFORE LINES OUT at 2:30 pm. Participants without a smartphone must be in line to submit their photographs by 3:00 pm to have their non-app submitted pictures judged.
3. No catch electronically logged after 2:30 pm or submitted in person after 3:00 pm will count in the tournament. If a participant has technical issues with iAngler Tournament application they may submit photos in person, but the time stamp on photo must show that the catch occurred during the legal hours of the tournament.
4. Tournament participants will be provided a tournament photo indicator on Friday, September 21, 2018. The photo indicator must be visible in all pictures and may be drawn on a hand or ruler to ensure clear visibility.
5. 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.
6. Catches for youth participants may be entered via another participant’s iAngler account. Email the name(s) of any youth entrant(s) to information@ccamd.org with the subject Rod Reef Youth Entry and we will connect their iAngler account to a participating adult’s account. CCA Youth memberships cost only $10 annually and can be purchased at: https://www.ccamd.org/how-to-help/join-cca/
7. Participants must confirm that their catch has been recorded properly, and can do so through the iAngler Tournament Scoreboard throughout the day. The button to confirm that catch has been submitted and approved is in the top right of the app window.





$50 USD
Individual Angler


Sherwood5, Bay Hundred, Talbot County


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Events & Schedule

Shirt Deadline

09/01/2018 11:30 PM

Lines In

09/22/2018 06:30 AM

Lines Out

09/22/2018 02:30 PM

After Party

09/22/2018 03:00 PM

Lowes Wharf Marina & Inn, Sherwood, MD

Awards

09/22/2018 04:00 PM

Lowes Whart Marina & Inn, Sherwood, MD

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Crew

Hilary Gibson
Director
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CCA Maryland
Director
443-621-9186
David Sikorski
Director
(443) 621-9186

Sponsors

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 Sept 22nd 2018. *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 after sunset on Friday Sept 21st. 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.

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Disclaimer

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.