Virginia Rod and Reef Slam: Angling for Oyster Restoration

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Virginia Rod and Reef Slam: Angling for Oyster Restoration

Saturday, September 14, 2019
Watercraft
Wading
Youth
| Catch Tournament
Target Sub-species: 
Wrasses - Tautog
Perch - White Perch
Striped Bass - Striper
Bluefish - Bluefish
Redfish - Red Drum (Redfish)
Drums and Croakers - Weakfish
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
Other - Other Fish
Phone:804-258-1862
Mail: eronston@cbf.org






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When an estuary loses almost all of its keystone oyster reefs like the Chesapeake Bay has, the change causes fundamental damage. We know from surveys performed in the late 1800s that hundreds of acres of naturally-occurring oyster reefs were found in the Lower Bay, including the Lynnhaven and Lafayette Rivers. These reefs were home to abundant populations of popular reef fish like speckled trout, black sea bass, and red drum.

Due to the combined effects of decades of overharvesting, habitat destruction, poor water quality, and disease, the population of oysters and reefs in the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries are an estimated one percent of historic levels. However, in recent years, multiple partners, including the NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office, Virginia Marine Resources Commission, Elizabeth River Project, Lynnhaven River Now, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and CBF have been restoring oyster reefs in the Lafayette and Lynnhaven Rivers (among others).

While the benthic (bottom) reef habitat in Virginia still has its challenges, we want YOU to help us find out what fish can be caught on restored and enhanced reefs in the lower Bay region! Join us for a tournament that focuses on two restoration areas: the Lafayette and Lynnhaven Rivers.

This tournament is a little different than usual. 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 the variety that oyster reef restoration provides to the ecosystem.

Past surveys have shown a variety of different species being caught in these two systems. How many can you catch?

Come join us!

Details
ENTRY FEE: $50 Includes tournament entry, after party food, giveaways, and live entertainment. Register prior to September 1, 2019 to be guaranteed a free Rod and Reef Slam Hat.

YOUTH ENTRY: Youth anglers aged 17 and under may participate for free with a participating adult. Email the name(s) of any youth entrant(s) to hamptonroads@cbf.org with the subject Rod Reef Youth Entry and we will connect their iAngler account to a participating adult’s account.

AFTER PARTY & AWARDS LOCATION: From 3:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. at the Brock Environmental Center, 3663 Marlin Bay Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23455. Featuring music by one of Virginia Beach's favorites, the Tiki Bar Band, plus barbecue and beverages.

FISHING BOUNDARIES: Lynnhaven River: Inside the Lesner Bridge. Lafayette River: The boundary line extends from Tanner Point southward to the Northwestern Point at Lambert’s Point Golf Course. Coordinates for the fishing boundaries are in the Gallery section below.

TOURNAMENT TIMES: Lines In: 6:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 14. Lines out: 2:30 p.m. Saturday, September 14.

PARTICIPANTS: The tournament will be limited to the first 75 registrants.

PARTICIPANT’S MEETING: A voluntary participant’s meeting will be held at the Brock Environmental Center at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, September 13. Fresh oysters and beverages will be available.

SPECIES: Any finfish species may be submitted. This is a catch, photo, and release tournament. Release is encouraged, but not mandatory. Abide by all fishing regulations set by the Virginia Marine Resources Commission and practice "Careful Catch" when releasing all fish that are not being kept.

IMPORTANT! Each participant must submit a completed Tournament Waiver to Chesapeake Bay Foundation prior to fishing on September 14. Completed waivers may be emailed to hamptonroads@cbf.org or mailed to 1108 East Main Street, Suite 1600, Richmond, VA 23219. Anglers who have not completed a waiver prior to the start of the tournament will be disqualified.

Divisions

WATERCRAFT DIVISION
The Watercraft Division is included in the general entry cost and each angler on the craft is judged as an individual. There are no teams in this division. Individuals in this division may fish anywhere in the Lynnhaven and Lafayette Rivers. Coordinates for the fishing boundaries are in the Gallery section below. All participants in the Watercraft Division who wish to confirm their catch log or submit additional entries must check in with the judging team in person by 3:00 p.m. at CBF’s Brock Environmental Center.

WADING DIVISION
The Wading Division is included in the general entry cost and each angler is judged on an individual basis. Wading anglers will compete only with other wading anglers. Anglers in this division may fish anywhere in the Lynnhaven and Lafayette Rivers. Coordinates for the fishing boundaries are in the Gallery section below. Participants in the Wading Division may fish anywhere in the tournament area, but they must check in with the judging team in person by 3:00 p.m. at CBF’s Brock Environmental Center if they wish to confirm their catch log or submit additional entries.

YOUTH
Youth anglers aged 17 and younger may compete for free with a participating adult. Each angler is judged on an individual basis. Participants in the youth division may fish anywhere in the Lynnhaven and Lafayette Rivers. Coordinates for the fishing boundaries are in the Gallery section below. Anglers who wish to confirm their catch log or submit additional entries must check in with the judging team in person by 3:00 p.m. at CBF’s Brock Environmental Center.

PLEASE SEE ADDITIONAL TOURNAMENT RULES AND REGULATIONS BELOW.

Prizes

The 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 first and second 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. The use of non-offset circle hooks is recommended, but not required for all anglers fishing with natural bait.

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 hamptonroads@cbf.org or mailed to 1108 East Main Street, Suite 1600, Richmond, VA 23219. Anglers that have not completed a waiver prior to the start of the tournament will be disqualified.

PHOTO ENTRY VIA IANGLER TOURNAMENT APP:
• This is a catch, photograph, and release tournament. Release is encouraged, but not mandatory. All fish must be photographed with the tournament photo indicator and measuring device, and photos must be submitted before 3:00 p.m. on September 14, 2019. *ALL PHOTOS MUST BE CLEAR AND READABLE*

• 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 p.m. to have their non-app submitted pictures judged.

• No catch electronically logged after 2:30 p.m. or submitted in person after 3:00 p.m. will count in the tournament. If a participant has technical issues with the 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.

• Tournament participants will be provided a tournament photo indicator on Friday, September 13, 2019. The photo indicator must be visible in all pictures and may be drawn on a hand or ruler to ensure clear visibility.

• 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.

• Catches for youth participants may be entered via another participant’s iAngler account. Email the name(s) of any youth entrant(s) to hamptonroads@cbf.org with the subject Rod Reef Youth Entry and we will connect their iAngler account to a participating adult’s account.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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 judges' 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 1/8 of an inch.

• ALL FISH MUST BE CAUGHT ACCORDING TO VIRGINIA 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.

• 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.

• 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 the Virginia Marine Resources Commission, may cause the disqualification of an angler or the angler's 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 cancellation 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, 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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Announcements

Events & Schedule

Participants Meeting

09/13/2019 06:00 PM

CBF's Brock Environmental Center

Lines In

09/14/2019 06:30 AM

Lines Out

09/14/2019 02:30 PM

After Party and Awards

09/14/2019 03:00 PM

CBF's Brock Environmental Center

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Hampton Roads
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804-258-1862

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Rules and RegulationsClick to Read

  

PHOTO ENTRY VIA IANGLER TOURNAMENT APP:
• This is a catch, photograph, and release tournament. Release is encouraged, but not mandatory. All fish must be photographed with the tournament photo indicator and measuring device, and photos must be submitted before 3:00 p.m. on September 14, 2019. *ALL PHOTOS MUST BE CLEAR AND READABLE*

• 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 p.m. to have their non-app submitted pictures judged.

• No catch electronically logged after 2:30 p.m. or submitted in person after 3:00 p.m. will count in the tournament. If a participant has technical issues with the 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.

• Tournament participants will be provided a tournament photo indicator on Friday, September 13, 2019. The photo indicator must be visible in all pictures and may be drawn on a hand or ruler to ensure clear visibility.

• 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.

• Catches for youth participants may be entered via another participant’s iAngler account. Email the name(s) of any youth entrant(s) to hamptonroads@cbf.org with the subject Rod Reef Youth Entry and we will connect their iAngler account to a participating adult’s account.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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 judges' 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 1/8 of an inch.

• ALL FISH MUST BE CAUGHT ACCORDING TO VIRGINIA 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.

• 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.

• 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 the Virginia Marine Resources Commission, may cause the disqualification of an angler or the angler's 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 cancellation 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, 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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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.