Fishing will run from 5:30am to 8:00pm on Saturday, October 5 and again from 5:30am to 12:00pm on Sunday, October 6.
There will be a Captains' Meeting at Wilson Cove Marina for all anglers who can make it on Friday, October 4 from 5:00 to 8:00pm ET to discuss rules, drink beer and eat pizza. Captains' Bags and other items will be handed out at this time as well, and we will go through the Tournament App that will be used to submit fish in this year's tournament.
Fishing is limited to the western Long Island
Sound and all fish must be caught within the
boundaries of The Throgs Neck Bridge to the
west, and the eastern mouth of the
Housatonic River to the east, straight across
to the Cedar Beach house at Mt. Sinai on
Anglers will compete both individually and as
a member of their team (boat). Each team
can have up to four anglers (there is no
requirement to fill all four spots), who must
be declared prior to the start of the
tournament. Entries will be made on a
per-team basis, at a cost of $750. To the extent possible and where space is available, we can work to pair individual anglers with teams looking for additional members and have a number of guides available as well.
Target Species / Competition Categories
There are nine categories in which anglers will compete. Three individual species categories (striped bass, bluefish and hard tails - false albacore or bonito) for both fly and spin fishing, a 'slam' category, which combines the largest fish of each species, and a team category, which combines the two largest fish of each species caught by the team.
Cash prizes will be awarded to the top anglers in each category as well as to the top team.
For the individual striped bass and bluefish categories, anglers will combine the length of their two largest fish in each species.
The individual hard tail category will be determined by the number of false albacore and bonito landed by each individual - the length of false albacore & bonito does count for slam categories, so measuring large ones is needed.
For the slam category, anglers will measure the sum of the length of their single largest fish in each species category. For both the individual and team slam categories, if all four species are caught, the largest of each can be added to your total (striped bass, bluefish, false albacore and bonito).
For the team competition, anglers will measure the sum of the length of the two largest fish landed by any member of the team in each species category. For both the individual and team slam categories, if all four species are caught, the largest of each can be added to your total (striped bass, bluefish, false albacore and bonito).
Please note that there are NOT separate fly and conventional categories for the team competition. Any fish boated by any member of a team, regardless of whether it was on conventional or fly gear, can count towards the team's total.
Individual anglers are allowed to compete in both conventional and fly-fishing categories.
Minimum Fish Sizes
Both striped bass and bluefish must measure at least 19.5 inches to qualify for any categories, so please do not submit any striped bass or bluefish that are shorter than that length. There is no minimum size for false albacore or bonito.
The Tightlined Slam is artificial only. Live or dead bait may NOT be used in any way and is prohibited from being on the boat. This includes chumming or teasing fish to the surface. Any evidence of bait being used or will result in submitted fish being disqualified. If a bunker/menhaden is accidentally snagged or hooked, release it immediately and do not use it to attract or chum fish to the surface.
If fly or spin fishing, trolling a lure or fly behind a moving water craft is NOT permitted.
If fly-fishing, IGFA regulations are in place as follows. Casting and retrieving must be carried out in accordance with normal customs and generally accepted practices. The major criterion in casting is that the weight of the line must carry the fly rather than the weight of the fly carrying the line. The maximum amount of line that can be stripped off the reel is 120 feet (36.57 meters) from the fly. The fish must be hooked on the fly in use, if a small fish takes the fly and a larger fish swallows the smaller fish, the catch will be disallowed. Leader class tippet cannot exceed 20lb test and the leader shall be limited to 15 feet (4.57 meters).
We are currently working on having a phone app developed that will be used to document fish caught for the tournament. The app will need to be downloaded by at least one member of each team and used to photograph and enter data on each fish caught in real time. Additional photos taken outside of official submission on the app are encouraged.