Tournament Rules

October 22, 2016

Schedule of Events

  • 09.28.16 – 10.21.16: Online angler registration
  • Monday 10.17.16 Captains’ Meeting & registration: 6:00 pm at Little Havana in Baltimore
  • Tuesday 10.18.16 Captains’ Meeting & registration: 6:00 pm at Shore Tackle on Kent Island
  • Saturday 10.22.16 Anglers may begin fishing: 5:00 am
  • Saturday 10.22.16 Check-in: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • Saturday 10.22.16 Award ceremony: 4:15 pm – 4:30 pm
  • Saturday 10.22.16 Tournament party: 2:00 pm and on!

Entry Fees and Calcuttas

Basic entry for the tournament is $60.00 per angler. Jr. Anglers (16 years of age and under) are free to enter the tournament under the Jr. Angler category only.

There will be a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winner for the longest, second longest and third longest fish in the tournament under the basic entry fee. No monetary prizes will be awarded under the basic entry fee. You must be over the age of 16 to win any prizes other then the Jr. Angler award/prize. Prizes will be as follows:

  • 1st place prize – One week stay in the Florida Keys.
  • 2nd place prize – One week stay in Ocean City, MD.
  • 3rd place prize – Engel cooler with loads of goodies!
  • Jr.  Angler – TBD

Additional Calcuttas:

50% payout to the winner, 50% goes to CCA Maryland

Calcutta A

  • Longest single fish by individual angler. $20.00 per angler in addition to basic entry. Longest fish in inches measured to the nearest eighth of an inch (1/8”). One winner takes 50% of the total purse.

Calcutta B

  • Stringer by individual angler (up to 3 fish). $20.00 per angler in addition to basic entry. The total length of up to three fish measured in inches to the nearest eighth of an inch (1/8”). One winner takes 50% of the total purse.

Calcutta C

  • Team Stringer (up to 3 fish caught by multiple anglers pre-registered as a team). $60.00 per team in addition to the individual angler’s basic entry. The total length of up to three fish measured in inches to the nearest eighth of an inch (1/8”). One team takes 50% of the total purse.

Rules and Regulations

The only species that will count for this tournament is Striped Bass (Rockfish).

The headquarters and official check-in station for this tournament will be Little Havana located at 1325 Key Highway Baltimore, Md. 21230, 410-837-9903.

No tournament entries can be checked in at Shore Tackle. ALL tournament entries must be checked in at Little Havana.

Official judges for the tournament are:

  • • Rich Dennison – Tournament Director/Judge – rdennison@ccamd.org
  • • Laura Dennison – Judge
  • • TBD – Judge

Please contact the tournament director with any and all questions.

No fish may be brought to Little Havana for measuring.

As there is no dockage at Little Havana, anglers will fish from anywhere they choose, within Maryland tidal waters. They must then arrive at Little Havana by land to check in their entries. Anglers may seek transient dockage within Baltimore harbor at their own expense if they choose. There is limited parking for boat trailers. Please contact the tournament director to make boat trailer parking arrangements.

Anglers must be present at the tournament party to win any awards and/or money prizes.

The honor system, honesty and generally accepted ethics and sportsmanship practices are required of all participants. Judges may disqualify any individual or team believed to be in violation of any rules or regulation at any time. Judges reserve the right to interview members of your crew and any other potential witnesses regarding any potential rule violations.

There will be two Captains’ Meetings.

The first will be held on October 17, 2016 at Little Havana.

1325 Key Highway Baltimore, Md. 21230

The second Captains’ Meeting will be held on October 18, 2016 at Shore Tackle.

3100 Main Street Grasonville, Md. 21638

All anglers participating in the tournament should attend one of the captains’ meetings. You will receive your tournament packet at the Captains’ Meeting, containing your official ruler, release cards, and official rules and regulations. If an angler cannot attend the Captains’ Meeting, the angler should make arrangements with tournament officials and an approved proxy may pick up the absent anglers’ tournament packet. It is then up to said angler to get his/her tournament packet from his/her proxy. If you are unable provide a proxy, please contact the tournament director ASAP so we may get you your tournament packet by no later than Friday Oct. 21, 2016.

This tournament is restricted to the tidal waters of Maryland only. Fish must be caught in accordance with all Maryland laws, rules and regulations. All-tackle I.G.F.A. rules apply. All participants fishing in this tournament are responsible for having their own Maryland State issued fishing license. In addition all entries must be of legal keeper size to be submitted. The use of rubber landing nets is suggested. Catch and Release is encouraged.

No angler may begin fishing on tournament day (10.22.16) before 5:00 am.

Anglers may use any legal method to catch fish considered for entry (i.e., light tackle jigging, lure, fly, live lining, bait, trolling…etc.). Anglers may fish from a boat, a kayak, pier or shoreline. Any angler using bait (live or dead) must use a non-offset circle hook.

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All fish should be hooked and fought by the registered angler only. All-tackle I.G.F.A. rules apply. Once the fish is boat-side any person other than the angler may assist in boating the fish for measuring. Any person other than the angler fighting the fish may not touch the angler, rod, reel or mainline at anytime during the fight. Any person may touch the leader and the fish to aid in boating of the fish.

All fish should be fought, boated, measured & photographed as quickly as possible. The use of rubber landing nets is suggested. Anglers should have their photographic recording device ready. Once an angler has boated a fish, they must photograph the fish on the official tournament ruler supplied at the Captains’ Meeting. Fish photographed on any ruler other then the official tournament ruler will be disqualified. If live or dead bait is used, the hook must be in the photograph, preferably (but not required) in the fish’s mouth, to qualify. The entire fish needs to be in the photograph with the nose at zero and the pinched tail clearly visible on the official ruler. Fish will be measured to the nearest eighth of an inch (1/8”). In the event that there are two fish of the same length, the fish with the earliest catch time recorded on the release card will place above all other fish of the same size. Officials at check-in will determine tiebreakers. Any and all decisions will be made by the tournament judges and will be final.

Each entry must contain a minimum of one original, unaltered photograph in digital form (i.e. cell phone or digital camera) of the fish and completely filled out release card. For anglers fishing in Calcuttas B and C, you must have individual release cards for each fish/angler on your team. Any missing information from the release card will result in disqualification. Photographs that do not clearly show the full length of the fish will result in disqualification. Altered photographs will result in disqualification. No exceptions.

Anglers may use digital cameras or cell phones to record their catch. Digital photographs should be emailed to rocktobercup@gmail.com. You may email your photograph at any point during the tournament, however, digital photographs along with a completely filled out release card must be provided, in person, to check-in judges at the time of entry submission. In the event that there are two fish of the same length, the fish caught at an earlier time will place above all other fish of the same size.

Example of a properly filled out release card:new-release-card-sample16Entries may be checked in on October 22, 2016 only, from 2:00 pm to 4:00pm at tournament headquarters, Little Havana. No entries will be accepted before 2:00 pm or after 4:00 pm on the day of the tournament under any circumstances. Anglers must be present at the tournament party to win any awards and/or money prizes. Any fish brought to Shore Tackle on Kent Island will NOT count for this tournament.

Participants should be aware of any and all risks due to inclement weather and unsafe fishing or boating conditions. There is no weather committee for this tournament and all participants enter and fish at their own risk. Little Havana, CCA Maryland and any and all sponsors take no responsibility for any loss, injury or damage to an individual’s property or person.

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