Tournament Rules


  1. Photo entry: This is a catch and release tournament, all fish must be photographed with a photo indicator and submitted before fishing time ends each day. *ALL PHOTOS MUST BE CLEAR AND READABLE*
  2. The night before fishing, we will announce a photo indicator symbol to draw on your wrist band or hand. The daily indicator symbol must be visible in the photo for the fish to be eligible.
  3. All fish must be measured with an official 2016 CCA measuring stick. Kayak anglers will be permitted to use their hog trough OR the CCA measuring stick.
  4. Photos may be emailed to or you can present them to the judges in person from 3-6pm on Saturday 9/24 and 12-2pm on Sunday 9/25.   All qualifying entries must be recorded on a catch card that is signed by participants and judges on the day the entry is caught.
  5. Tournament officials reserve the right to examine the metadata of any photo image to confirm the validity of a claim. Photos with edited or missing metadata may be disallowed at the official’s discretion.
  6. The largest fish will be determined by length measured from the tip of the snout to the tip of the tail (You may pinch the tail). Put the 2016 measuring stick on the deck of your boat. Lay the fish on the measuring stick. Put the snout on the zero mark (the end of the stick). It helps to jam the measuring stick against a vertical surface to ensure that the zero mark, and the snout of the fish are even. Fish will be measured to the nearest 1/8th of an inch.
  7. In case of a tie, the fish measured first will be the winner.
  9. Power boats must leave from the Crisfield area (Somers Cove, Janes Island State Park, Jenkins Creek, or the Small Boat Harbor).
  10. Permitted fishing methods are: Fly fishing, light tackle, trolling, and bait.
    1. Anglers fishing with bait must only use non-offset circle hooks
    2. Anglers trolling are permitted to use no more than 5 total rods.
  11. Rods: Anglers may use no more than two rods at a time (including kayaks). No more than 5 total rods for power boat teams at any given time, regardless of the number of anglers on board.
  12. Protests: A registered angler may protest any other registered angler’s catch by filing a written protest to the tournament committee by 5:00 pm the day it was caught. The judges committee will settle any protest and their decision will be final.
  13. Compliance: Failure to comply with any rule or regulation of the tournament, or law, rule or regulation of Maryland State Fishing Guide, may cause the disqualifications of an angler or the anglers catch. Any registered angler so disqualified shall not be entitled to any prize, award, or entry refund.
  14. Weather: All anglers will fish at their own discretion and at their own risk. If bad weather causes the cancelation of one day of the two days of fishing, the tournaments committee shall be responsible for making the decision.
  15. Indemnity: All anglers will fish at their own risk. All anglers agree to indemnity and hold harmless all members of the Coastal Conservation Association Maryland Tournament Committee, Directors, Sponsors, and their agents and employees from any and all liability, loss or damage they may suffer as a result of this fishing tournament.

Miscellaneous: The tournament committee reserves the right to refuse the registration of any angler. Tournament standings will be posted at the conclusion of each day. Any challenges to the calculations should be made within one half hour of posting. No protests or challenges will be considered after Sunday’s awards presentations