May The Fish Be With You 2021, surf fishng tournament, Delaware Surf Fishing

May The Fish Be With You May 1st 2021

May The Fish Be With You Surf Fishing Tournament  May 1, 2021 is sponsored by Fishbites and DS Custom Tackle.

******  PRIZE DISCLAIMER ******

 Prize money is based on 300 anglers signing up, if we get less than 300 anglers signed up, the  prizes will be adjusted accordingly.  For example if 150 anglers register then first prize will be $5,000.  Second Prize $1,500, Third Prize $1,000 and so on.

First Prize … $10,000 …  Bait Board Trophy
Second Prize … $3,000 … Bait Board Trophy
Third Prize … $2,000 … Bait Board Trophy
Fourth prize … $1,000
Fifth prize … $500
Sixth thru twentieth place prizes … Prize packs TBD
There will be drawings for additional giveaways with winners announced later online

Biggest fish …  $500 and TBD

Calcutta …   $20 bluefish entry …. based on number of people that sign up for the Calcutta, we pay out all monies taken in for any calcutta.
Calcutta monies will be collected on the beaches the morning of the tournament. Note that the Calcutta pool does no equal $20 x number of registered tournament entries. It is optional to enter and not everyone does.

I will have judges in teams of two, if we can with restrictions, busy watching all of the anglers and dealing with fish.  We will have others helping the judges and watching everything.  Any discrepancies will be decided by the tournament organizer(s), namely me and my judges.  If you are caught cheating you will be disqualified immediately, no exceptions, no second chances, and asked to leave the tournament area. Unsportsmanlike conduct will get you disqualified as well. An example would be cutting a neighbors’ line.

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Measuring bluefish all day, we measured to the fork for better accuracy since tails can get damaged. In this image the bluefish is 24″ long

Fish and size requirements for May The Fish Be With You

May The Fish Be With You Surf Fishing Tournament 2021 is sponsored by Fishbites and DS Custom Tackle.

Anglers must follow all creel limits and Delaware fishery laws.
Fish species and size requirements …
Always check the score sheet on the back before the tournament to make sure you know the fish sizes that can score!

Bluefish … 14 inches
Croaker … 8 inches
Weakfish … 13 inches
Black Drum … 16 inches

Red Drum 20 to 27 inches can be scored. You cannot keep or score a fish out of the slot. Doing so would be illegal possession of a fish in the state of Delaware and you could be fined by DNREC. 27 inch red drum will score 28 inches for the release

Flounder … 16.5 inches

Striped bass … 28 to 35 inches. No fish out of the slot can be scored. It is illegal to retain a fish out of the slot limit in the State of Delaware. Per DNREC’s division of Fish and Wildlife.

Speckled Trout … 12 inches
Northern Pufferfish … 8 inches
Kingfish … 11 inches

****** Red drum and striped bass out of the slot range must be released. Retaining these fish is considered possession and is illegal in the state of Delaware. Allowing this to happen would be promoting you to break the law. *****

May The Fish Be With You Surf Fishing Tournament 2021 is sponsored by Fishbites and DS Custom Tackle.