Fly Shore & Boat* – Striped Bass, American Shad, Hickory Shad, & Wildcard
Spin Shore & Boat - Striped Bass, American Shad, Hickory Shad, & Wildcard
Format and Rules
Catch, Photo, & Release
o All fish must be caught on artificial and flies only (no bait).
o All fish must be caught on the Potomac River from the Woodrow Wilson Bridge to Little Falls Spillway**. Tributaries are excluded.
o There is no minimum size limit for target species but all fish caught must be submitted to iAngler the day they are caught and safely released*** to qualify.
o All photo entries must be submitted to iAngler with acceptable ruler in clear view. Unclear images will be up to the judges’ discretion.
o Participants can fish for both divisions, but cannot cross-pollinate (ie a spin-caught fish cannot be entered into fly category).
o Individual Category Winners (8 winners, 4-Fly, 4-Spin)****
- Largest (by length) Striped Bass, American Shad, Hickory Shad, & Wildcard (all other species caught)
- Winners receive trophy and sponsor prize pack (further details to come)
o Slam Champ (2 winners)****
- Fly & Spin - highest total combined inches of largest specimen for each target species
- Winners receive trophy and sponsor division prize pack (further details to come)
o Champion of the Potomac - Grand Champ (1 winner)****
- Largest total slam (fly & spin) in combined inches.
- Winner receives large trophy and sponsor grand prize pack (further details to come)
*Use of a fly rod, fly reel, and fly line with no restrictions on leader length or fly weight.
**Boundaries: Western boundary is water generally VA/DC line with one exception (Roaches Run), which includes mouth of Four Mile Run East of The GW Parkway, Lagoon, Gravelly Point, Roaches Run the channel inside Roosevelt Island; to the east, the River includes non-tributary Potomac waters including the Spoils, Oxen Cove, the Washington Channel, and Tidal Basin, but not including inside Oxen Creek (above cove), Anacostia River beyond Capitol St bridge), Rock Creek, or the C&O Canal. To the South, the Boundary is the Woodrow Wilson Bridge. To the North the boundary is Little Falls Dam. Participants should note that a DC license is required for almost all areas of this tournament, but a Virginia or Maryland License would be required at Roaches Run and the Spoils.
***Follow proper catch & release practices and handle fish with care at all times. Avoid stressing fish by bringing the fish to your boat as quickly as possible. If possible, please "keep 'em wet". If not, please ensure that your hands are wetted prior to handling a fish and do not rest a fish on the ground or surface of the boat. Photographs of fish in the water are sufficient, provided the ruler is visible and provides an accurate measurement of the fishes length. You do not need to use the iAngler App to photograph the fish. If faster, you should photograph the fish on your phone or camera and later import the photo into the iAngler app.
****Each contestant can only win 1 prize/prize package (i.e. the Champion of the Potomac cannot also win Division Slam package and/or Category package)