Welcome to War On The Shore 2019, a surf fishing tournament brought to you by Delaware Surf Fishing with a first prize upwards of $10,000 maximum. Sponsored by DSF, Diamond State Custom Tackle, The Wheelhouse.
We are also giving a portion of ticket sales to Frets 4 Vets, $5 of each ticket will go to this great organization. Sponsorship is also available just contact us for specifics. You can register now on Stub Central we are using a new service that is much more reasonable than other services. I highly recommend Stub Central, a local company, to anyone who is using ticketing services.
War On The Shore will be held in Cape Henlopen State Park on October 5th from Gordons Pond to Herring Point into Naval crossing. There will be marked boundaries. Judge stations will be about every hundred and fifty feet. There will be 20 judges in teams of two.
Cost of the tournament is $100
if you want a T shirt it is $120 – 130.00 depending on your shirt size. Everyone has to sign up online at Stub Central. There isn’t any walk in sign ups for this one. No exceptions
Awards ceremony will be at the The Wheelhouse in Lewes on the wharf. Open cash bar and food will be available for purchase. The awards will start at 5 PM. Anglers who win will receive a check that day for their winnings. We will have giveaways and raffles. As always, may as well have a little party after a great day on the beach. Live entertainment to be announced.
You must be 18 or over to participate. We are limiting this to 300 anglers so sign up quick, because spots are not going to last long. Registration ends September 21st, or when 300 anglers register, there will be no extensions. You have a one in three hundred shot at up to $10,000. You can only sign up online so we can keep track of all entrants. You must sign up individually. For example John Doe can only sign up himself and not three of his friends. I need to keep track of all the people signed up individually for T shirt sizes. Your registration receipt must match your drivers license address. We will check your Identification for your prize money.
There will be a T shirt option for sizes with your ticket, this is a unique T shirt you can only get through signing up for War On The Shore 2019. T shirts will be in your registration bags. Registration pick up will be announced at a later date. if you want an extra T shirt email us at email@example.com.
******* PRIZE DISCLAIMER … This tournament’s first 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 … trophy tba
Second Prize … $3,000 … trophy tba
Third Prize … $2,000 … trophy tba
Fourth prize … $1,000
Fifth prize … $500 …
Sixth the twentieth place prizes … TBA
There will be drawings for additional giveaways at the awards ceremony using the raffle ticket on your score sheet. Bring it to the awards ceremony at The Wheelhouse. Awards start at 5 pm.
Biggest fish … $500 and TBA
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 when you pick up your registration packets. We are not doing the skating rink and dog pound for this tournament, that is too much work for the judges for this type of tournament.
I will have 20 judges in teams of 2’s 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.
Rules are as follows …
The rules for this tournament are standard to all surf fishing tournaments. I put these online and not in print so we do not waste paper and you have less to recycle. We all have smart phones and can access the internet at a whim, paper is needed less these days.
You must be over 18 to participate in this tournament. No exceptions.
Tournament time …
Surf fishing will start at 7 am and lines out of the water by 3 PM. Anglers must turn in score sheets to the judges in their area. We will have up to 20 judges on the beach.
All anglers must have a Delaware fishing license. No license will result in disqualification. Surf anglers have one license with their surf tag, only good for the registered owner of the vehicle, all other anglers with them must have a license.
FISHING AREA ….
Walk on anglers may fish where ever they like in Cape Henlopen State Park in the designated War On The Shore 2019 surf fishing areas. If a walk on angler gets a space before someone in a vehicle, they were there first. These are the multi-use beach rules of the park.
Anglers are advised to bring a bucket or container to keep their catch alive. There is an extra point added for a released fish. Judges will determine if the fish was released alive and well. I recommend a large cooler or storage container.
Only two rods in use at any time per angler.
Rigs may have no more than two hooks. Anglers may have more than two rods with them, but may only fish with two rods at one time. Fish can only be caught on hook and line. Angler who catches the fish must land the fish. Assistance by netting or gaffing a fish is allowed, but only if the fish is visible to a judge on the beach. We will have up to 20 judges. We prefer you do not gaff any large bass or redfish (drum) in case it is out of the allowable slot limit.
No cast nets are to be used before or during tournament. No sharks, and they must be released safely if caught.
There will be a bluefish Calcutta for $20, all monies go to the largest bluefish. In the event of a tie the money will go to the first fish caught. Judges will be recording times on your score sheet.
Scoring fish …
One point per inch, all measurements will be rounded down to nearest full inch. All fish must meet minimum length requirements of Delaware creel limits. One extra point for released fish.
If anglers tie on total points, the total fish caught will determine the winner. If this is still tied, then the points of the largest of each species of fish caught will determine the winner. If tie is still not broken, prize money will be divided.
In the largest fish category if there is a tie, winner will be the fish caught first. Times will be recorded by judges.
In the event of storms or no fish.
If the beaches are closed due to a storm, we will have a rain date of Sunday the 14th. If that gets washed out we will draw numbers for winners in all divisions. If no one enters a legal fish in the tournament we will have a drawing for prize categories. Anglers will be given a raffle ticket with their score sheets. That ticket will be used in the event of these drawings.
Fish you can score and size requirements…
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 inches to 37 inches and 44 inches or over can only be scored. The release extra point will be allowed to get you to 37 points for a 36 inch fish. Make sure you know the size of the fish before you flag down a judge. 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. Even though we round down the inches for partials, a 36.1 inch plus to 44 inch fish must be released.
Speckled Trout … 12 inches
Northern Pufferfish … 8 inches
Kingfish … 11 inches
False Albacore … 14 inches
Pompano … 6 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. *****
Fish On and Good Luck!