2020 CCA Maryland Red Trout Tournament


Friday, September 18, 2020 to Sunday, September 20, 2020















Rules:   


ALL FISH MUST BE CAUGHT ACCORDING TO MARYLAND and/or VIRGINIA RECREATIONAL FISHING REGULATIONS AND ON HOOK AND LINE.



  • FISHING BOUNDARIES:

    • Northern Boundary : Fishing may occur in the Chesapeake Bay and any tributary which has a confluence with the mainstem of the Chesapeake Bay south of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge or Kent Narrows Bridge of Rt. 50/301. 

    • Southern Boundary : Fishing may occur in the Chesapeake Bay any tributary which has a confluence with the mainstem of the Chesapeake Bay North of a line from the Cape Charles Harbor to the New Point Comfort Light 

    • Coastal Bays & Ocean Boundary:  Fishing May occur in Maryland or Virginia Coastal state waters north of Sand Shoal Inlet on the eastern shore of Virginia. Maryland and Virginia state waters end 3 miles from shore into the ocean. Maryland waters end at a northern boundary of the Delaware/Maryland Line.





  • QUALIFYING SPECIES:  Red Drum, Spotted Sea Trout or Weakfish*, Bluefish, Flounder, White Perch (additional species may be added by a calcutta)

    • *  Spotted Sea Trout(Speckled Trout) and Weakfish( Grey Trout) are both considered as trout for the purposes of this tournament, not separate species for scoring or stringers.  



  • FISHING DAYS: 


    • Friday Sept 11th, Saturday Sept 12th, Sunday Sept. 13th



  • LINES IN

    • Friday Sept. 11th = 6:30 am

    • Saturday Sept. 12th =6:30 am

    • Sunday Sept. 13th = 6:30am



  • LINES OUT:

    • Friday Sept. 11th = 7:30pm

    • Saturday Sept. 12th =7:30pm

    • Sunday Sept. 13th = 3pm



  • ALLOWED FISHING TACKLE: 

    • Hook and line only and per Maryland DNR recreational fishing regulations.  No commercial catch may be submitted. 

    • No more than 5 rods may be used at one time on a single vessel and no more than 2 rods may be used my an individual at any time during the tournament. 

    • Anglers using live or dead bait must use a non-offset circle hook. 



  • DIVISIONS & SCORING: 

    • Open : All entries caught by boat or shore anglers 

    • Kayak: All entries caught from a kayak

    • Lady Angler: All entries caught by female anglers only

    • Youth: All entries caught by anglers 17 and under only

    • Fly: All entries caught by a fly rod & artificial fly



  • SCORING/PRIZES:

    • The  scoring for each division is based on the number of qualifying species caught in a stringer.

    • The length of the qualifying species is used as a second factor to rank each stringer within each division.   


      • ie: If an angler in a division has submitted all 5 species above the legal length, and not other anglers have done so, the 5 fish stringer ranks higher than any 4 fish stringer.   If multiple anglers have a 5 fish stringer, the stringer with the greatest cumulative length will rank highest.



    • The Open, Kayak, Lady Angler, Youth and Fly divisions all have 1st, 2nd and 3rd Prizes. 

    • Longest of each species prizes are based on the longest qualifying species 



  • TOURNAMENT IDENTIFIER:

    • Tournament participants will be provided a tournament identifier after sunset on the night before fishing which must be visible on all pictures for the following days submissions to be counted for consideration by the tournament judges.   

    • All participants will use the same identifier on the same day.   Each day of the tournament will use a different identifier.  They will be posted on facebook and sent through the iAngler Tourament App, and posted on the tournament page on the iAngler Tournament App. at the top of the page.  

    •  It is recomended that the identifier be drawn on a hand or ruler, or be made visible in all pictures of fish. FOR A SAMPLE IMAGE CLICK THIS LINK: https://www.ccamd.org/CPRsample



  • CATCH SUBMISSION 

    • No fish below the Maryland legal size limit shall be entered.

    • A single, clear and readable photo of your catch should be taken against the 48” CCA MD ruler available at Alltackle, Tochtermans, District Angling, Island Tackle Outfitters.

      • Rulers will be available for pick up on Thursday 9/10 At Buzz's Marina, and additional pick up locations will be listed above. 

      • Rulers used in past CCA Maryland events are allowed, including Fish For a Cure and the Boat Yard Bar and Grill Tournament.

      • A Hawg Trough or other similar products may be used by kayak anglers.  It is recomended that the lines on a Hawg Trough or other similar product are darkened to allow better visibility for judges.

      • Other ruler options will be allower per approval by a CCA official BEFORE FISHING.

      • Rulers MAY NOT be modified in any way which effects the accuracy of measurement.

      • A ruler may be affixed to an item that will allow the nose of the fish to meet a vertical surface on the zero mark.

      • Tournament officials reserve the right to inspect any participant’s ruler before, during, or after judging and disqualify any catch if a ruler modification is suspected. Failure to present the ruler to judges at their request may result in disqualification.



    • To properly measure a fish, place it directly next to or on top of the ruler, w/ the nose towards the zero mark. Any length of fish beyond the zero inches mark of the ruler will not count towards the official length.

    • Pictures must be taken of all fish entered immediately upon landing while alive. 

    • Blurry or cropped images will be rejected, A replacement image may be requested at the discretion of the judges to replace any image which cannot be clearly read. 

    • NO FISH SHOULD COVER THE RULER COMPLETELY.  The zero mark and end point of a ruler must be visible in each image.  

    • Any fish caught longer than 48” should be photographed next to the ruler in a way that allows the full length of the ruler to be visible to judges. 

    • Measurements will be made to nearest 1/4” and anglers should submit the length of their catch using the decimal designation of .25, .5 or .75 

    • IT IS RECOMMENDED that a fish be placed against a bulkhead, or attached to a board to allow the snout of the fish to be even with the zero mark. 

    • The overall fish length will be judged based on the image you provide from the snout to the tip of the tail. The tail may be pinched.

    • Tournament officials reserve the right to examine the embedded metadata of any photo image to confirm the validity of picture. Photos with edited or missing metadata may be disallowed at the judge’s discretion.  Judges may ask to view the original image on your phone or camera.  Failure to provide an original image may result in disqualification

    • Catch from a days fishing must be logged at the following date & time(EST):


      • Friday Sept. 11th catch logged by midnight Sept. 11th

      • Saturday Sept. 12th catch logged by midnight Sept. 12th

      • Sunday Sept. 13th catch logged by 3PM Sept. 13th



    • Catch may be logged via computer after a days fishing via the tournament website before the times listed above. 

    • Time will be determined by the iAngler Tournament server receives the submission.

    • In case of a tie, the individual that turns in their catch first or reaches a tied stringer length first is the winner.  

    • Participants must confirm that their catch has been recorded properly, and can do so through the iAngler Tournament Scoreboard throughout the event.  

    • Youth participants without a smartphone or email may be connected to an adults account PRIOR to lines in for catch logging purposes. 

    • For assistance with catch logging contact David Sikorski @ 443-621-9186.  Participants are expected to log their own catch after receiving assistance and not relying to text messaging or any alternative method to submit their catch.





  • PROTEST: All participants reserve the right to challenge any photo judgement OR report any possible rule infraction before SUNSET on Sept 13th or once the final scores are posted online.

    • ANY PROTEST MUST BE SENT TO INFORMATION@CCAMD.ORG in writing. Please include description of possible error or infraction, any evidence, and contact information for those who wish to be interviewed by judges. 



  • COMPLIANCE: All participants must be CCA members in good standing.  Judges reserve the right to disqualify the participation of any individual, and any entry and have final say in all rule or participation related matters based on a 2/3 majority vote of a 3 judge panel.