WINTER MAY BE HERE, BUT FISHING DOESN’T HAVE TO STOP! BY JOINING CCA YOU CAN COMPETE FOR OVER 3 MONTHS. SIMPLY CATCH, PHOTO, AND RELEASE YOUR WAY TO SOME GREAT PRIZES AND A FRIENDLY COMPETITION. SIGN UP TODAY! https://
Dec. 1, 2019 – Feb. 28, 2020
Mini Tournaments will be on Dec 15, Jan 12, Feb 23
Longest 3 fish stringer recorded over the 3 months & prizes for largest pickerel caught by fly, kayak/SUP, youth, and overall. Largest Perch and Crappie
Open: All entries, tackle, and vessel type qualify for open class
Youth (Under17): Only fish caught by youth CCA Members($10 per year) (no entry fee for tournament, enter CCAYOUTH as the coupon code)
Fly: All catch entries must be caught on the fly with no artificial enhancement
Kayak: All catch entries must be caught from a kayak
$50 Entry Fee for CCA Members (Use $50 standard registration button)
$75 Entry Fee for New CCA Members (Includes 1 – yr Membership, a $35 value)(Register Through Paypal Button below and use the code NEWCCA to bypass further registration. Once you have paid through the paypal button, return to this page and click the register button and enter the coupon code)
***PARTICIPANTS WILL RECEIVE A PHOTO INDENTIFIER VIA EMAIL AFTER REGISTERING. THIS IDENTIFIER IS A CODE THAT MUST BE VISIBLE IN ANY CATCH SUBMISSION. IF YOU ARE HEADED FISHING WHEN YOU REGISTER AND DON’T WANT TO DELAY, PLEASE TEXT OR CALL DAVID SIKORSKI 443-621-9186 TO RECEIVE YOUR IDENTIFIER*** IF YOU REGISTER BEFORE 11/30 YOU WILL RECEIVE YOUR IDENTIFIER VIA EMAIL AFTER DARK ON 11/30 TO PREPARE FOR FISHING ON 12/1
CALCUTTA/MINI TOURNAMENT INFO COMING SOON!
Open: 1st, 2nd, 3rd – based on largest 3 fish stringer per angler combined from all divisions over all 3 months
Longest Pickerel Overall
Longest Fly Caught Pickerel
Longest Kayak/SUP Caught Pickerel
Youth: 1st, 2nd, 3rd – based on single fish
**NEW FOR 2018-19**
Longest Perch (White or Yellow) overall
Longest Crappie overall
Random prizes will also be included throughout the full tournament for participation.
No Treble Hooks may be used.
Hooks may be rolled over or snipped off allowing no more than 1 of the 3 hooks to be exposed and in its original form.
Fishing may take place in any waters of Maryland and Delaware
Catch Photo Release Championship governed by the honor system
Panel of judges will determine actual length based on photograph
All participants reserve the right to challenge any photo judgement before midnight February 28, 2019 via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
All fish in photos should be alive and able to be released, all pickerel must be released for consideration
Judges reserve the right to disqualify any entry
Tie breaker determined by time of entry
All rules and regulations set forth by MD DNR & DNREC apply and all fish may only be caught by hook and line
14” minimum for pickerel for submission
All photos must be clear and readable and include a photo identifier provided to participants at registration
Photos must be taken against any standard ruler (inches only)
Measurements will be made to nearest 1/4”
Panel of judges have final say in determination of fish length.
Must include tournament indicator (to be emailed to participants prior to tournament start)
Any measurement device must be presented for inspection upon request or submission(s) will be disqualified
Photos must be sent in by midnight February 28, 2019
Best Practices for Careful Catch and Release
While this tournament is not limited to tidal waters, please note that tidal Pickerel are a special fish living on the edge of their range here in MD. Salinity levels and water quality seem to control their population cycles. It is important that while catching and releasing Pickerel fishermen use care, and adhere to some best practices. Pickerel that are released while fishing private waters and non tidal lakes should also be handled with the same care to ensure surviveability upon release.
Pickerel have the best chance of surviving when they are not handled extensively, or kept out of the water for an extended period of time. Please use care when taking pictures and do your best to only keep the fish out of the water for a limited time. Remember that a differentiation between water and air temperatures can be fatal to fish. Freezing air temperatures can freeze fish and be fatal.
Catch and release mortality can be high when fish are deep hooked. Actively retrieving artificials, or artificials tipped with bait should limit the amount of deep hooking which occurs.
Pickerel are aggressive feeders and fighters and treble hooks can cause a great deal of damage if not modified. Please roll 2 of the hooks inward, or clip off 2 of the hooks before using treble hooks for Pickerel, or any other fish you intend to release.