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All Northern Neckers,

Heads up. Capt. Billy has published his registration form and online processing for his August 13th "Bay Bash" Tourney It is a very novel rule set that includes onshore anglers, paddle-craft anglers (e.g., canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards), and boat anglers. The tourney is being conducted with one of the volunteer fire departments up that way.

Here is the link to his website: http://www.captbillyscharters.com/newevents.asp

I've also had his info posted to the Fish Dispatch website under our Queen of the Bay series (but it is not technically a QOB tourney).

The tourney will have a Live Leaderboard. That is why you see me involved. I'm assembling a team to help with the weigh in which will include the catch-n-release submittals for the Lady, Youth, and Special Angler Divisions. The C&R will work similar to what we did with the spring Colonial Beach Rockfish tourney, but you won't need to measure the fish. We only need clear pictures to identify the unique species.

If you plan to fish it, this is a good forum to to ask questions about how it will all work. The rule set has been configured into the Live Leaderboard system, so I can field most of your questions, and as necessary test out any scenarios which you might raise in advance of the tourney. Those type of questions will greatly help us flush out any issues that might be lurking.

See my copy and paste below from his website.

Joe posts . . .

About Bay Bash

The BAY BASH Family Fishing Tournament has been developed as an all-inclusive fishing event where both families and individuals, both serious and casual anglers, can come together for a good time and a great cause. This event "Brings the Fun back into Fishing" - where children fishing off of a pier or from the shore have as much opportunity of landing a prize as those fishing off a speedy powerboat.

● The tournament will be conducted in the waters and tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay, August 13th, 2016.


The tournament schedule is as follows:

● July 1- August 11th

○ Online Registration (or in person registration, Ingram Bay Marina)

● Friday, August 12th

○ 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM - late registration (Ingram Bay Marina)

○ 7:00 PM - mandatory captains' meeting (Ingram Bay Marina)

● Saturday, August 13th

○ Sunrise - 4:00 PM permitted fishing hours

○ 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Check-in open for recording catches (Ingram Bay Marina dock)

○ Awards Ceremony: 7:00 PM (Ingram Bay Marina)

○ 8:00 pm Benefit concert featuring the band "BEER MONEY"

Tournament Entry Fee

● $10 Fishing from a Shoreline or Pier (individual entry)

● $25 Fishing from a Kayak and Canoe (covers all anglers in vessel)

● $50 Fishing from a motorboat (covers all anglers in vessel)


The tournament will administer four major divisions:

● Open Division (anyone)

● Lady Angler Division (16 and older female)

● Youth Angler Division (15 years and younger)

● Special Angler Division (see Special Angler Foundation qualification rules http://www.specialangler.org/faqs.html)

The Open Division contains 10 eligible species:









9. PERCH (any perch, silver, sand, etc.)



● Open Division: Winners will be determined by length with ties broken by weigh in time. Each species subdivision will be awarded as follows:

○ 1st Place $50

○ 2nd Place $30

○ 3rd Place $20

● Grand Prize: Sponsored by Truth Reels - All fish registered at weigh in and measured by the weigh master will be automatically tabulated for the Grand Prize. It will be determined by the greatest total length of all different species recorded by each contestant. Only your top fish of a particular species will be aggregated.

● Lady, Youth and Special Angler Divisions:

○ 1st Place $100 Cash Prize (Lady Division only)

○ 1st-5th place trophies (Youth and Special only)

○ Winners will be determined by the most species registered in their respective division.

○ Fish brought to weigh in and measured, will also be tabulated for the Grand Prize.

○ Fish may also be submitted via email or via text at any point during the day.

○ All ties will be broken by the registration time of your fish (based on the time stamp of your email or text time), or the weigh in time.

Detailed Rules

1. Only catches made between declared fishing hours may be weighed in.

2. Anglers checking in fish by motor vehicle, must enter the Ingram Bay parking lot no later than 4:00 PM. If you are cutting it close, show your angler/entrant number to a parking official as you arrive. If you are coming by boat, you must be within the jetties entering Towles creek.

3. When sending pictures of catches via email or text, you must have your entry tag and number visible in picture.

4. The weigh master will make a final ruling on your species. You must provide a clear picture of the fish and also a picture of the angler with the fish ( with the registration lanyard in view). See additional instructions on how to take pictures to enable fish identification. If the fish cannot clearly be distinguished from a fish species currently in your catch count, you will not be given credit for a different species. If the fish looks totally different from any other fish you have caught, and the species cannot be determined, you will get credit for the fish labeled as "unknown" (until officials can further identify the species).

5. Catch-n-Release photos must be sent in no later than 4:00 PM.

6. An individual fish may be registered in only one of the four divisions.

7. Fish species will measured and recorded by length to the ⅛" of an inch.

8. When measuring the length of a fish, the fish will be measured from the tip of the nose to the tip of the tail (longest point).

9. Ties in length will be broken by the first to weigh in under a specific species and division.

10. All species must be caught with a hook and line (e.g.., netting and crab lines are not permitted). Netting of large fish that are first hooked with hook and line is permitted.

11. Protests. We'd rather not deal with protests ….. but, if you want to file, it will cost $100 (non refundable), and must be supplied by 5:30 PM.

12. Tournament results shall be posted to the Live Leaderboard at this address: http://content.fishdispatch.com/Leaderboards/2016BayBashLeaderboard.html

13. Pictures of catch and release entries must be submitted either to the [email protected] email address or texted to (804)-537-0378. In the event we do not receive or acknowledge your transmittal, you may bring your pictures via a media device to the weigh station prior to 4:00 PM for download manually to a laptop.

14. Clerical errors: In the event your catch is not shown on the Live Leaderboard (or shown incorrectly), you must notify the weigh master by no later than 5:00 PM. You must provide your catch receipt issued at weigh in as evidence.

15. Anglers should make their tournament angler ID badge with lanyard visible for pictures at weigh in and when submitting pictures via text or email.

16. Only legal fish to keep in Virginia waters may be brought to weigh in. Fish not meeting legal specifications may still be sent in via pictures (Lady, Youth, and Special Divisions), and then released carefully.

17. All legal species available in Virginia's waters are eligible for the Grand Prize (with the exception of eels, sharks and rays -for safety.) (Aggregate total length of largest of each species landed)

18. Anglers are responsible for all applicable taxes on prizes received.

19. All participants shall allow Ingram Bay Marina, Fish Dispatch, USA, and the Special Angler Foundation the opportunity and right to photograph, film, videotape, and record anglers during the tournament and the awards ceremony and to use the angler's name, voice and likeness without further compensation for advertising and promotion by said parties.

20. All participants agree that Ingram Bay Marina, the Mid-county Rescue Squad and any sponsor of this tournament shall not be liable for injury, loss, or damage of any kind resulting from participation in this tournament or from the acceptance or use of any awarded prize.

21. Tournament officials are not eligible to enter fish in this tournament. Children of tournament officials are permitted to enter fish, but they will not be eligible to win any of the cash prizes (e.g., they are eligible to win 1st place trophies, but cash prizes would go to the next angler in line).

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. Can I check in fish at multiple times during the day? Answer: Yes, and we encourage you to do so. Ties are broken by time, so this strategy may also improve your standings. We also want to avoid a mad rush at the end of the day. This approach will also allow you to release fish that you want to weigh in, but will not be eating.

2. Are crabs permitted as a species? Answer: No. They are great swimmers and great to eat, but not considered a fish.

3. Are minnows considered a fish species permitted in the tournament? Answer: Yes. Each minnow type is distinct and will be treated as unique fish species (e.g., striped killfish, mummichog, bull minnows, etc.). Only minnows caught with a hook and line will be permitted (i.e., you cannot register minnows caught in a trap or net). We suggest you also provide a picture of the catch with the minnow still on the line.

4. If I catch a fish and weigh that fish in (e.g., a flounder), and catch a bigger fish later of the same species, can I weigh it in and replace my previous catch? Answer: Yes. Your bigger catch of the two fish will be used in the rankings. This is like taking the SAT course multiple times. The higher score is what we keep. You can continue to catch that same species and weigh in those additional catches to the same species sub-division.

5. Can I weigh in the same species of fish into both the Lady Division and the Open Division: Answer: Yes, but make sure you are registering different catches of that same species (e.g., spot). You are not permitted to send us a picture of catch for submittal to the Lady Division, and then show up at weigh in with that same catch to have it measured and registered in the Open Division. One fish, unique submittal to one division!!!

6. Can I have a catch previously submitted to a division moved to a different division (e.g., spot catch of 9" moved from Youth Division to Open Divison). Answer: Yes, particularly if that helps your standings in the tournament. The weigh master team will also be on the lookout for entries that may be moved that will help your standings. Request for any changes must be made prior to 5:00 PM.

7. Can I enter fish I catch out of Capt. Billy's pond by the dock? Answer: Firstly, don't let Capt. Billy catch you catching fish out of his ornamental saltwater pond. Those fish are kept for his pet Blue Heron. Secondly, even if you do catch fish in his pond, they will not be permitted entries.

8. If I am fishing from a boat with five other anglers, do I weigh in fish by my boat number or individual angler? Answer: Both. Catches are registered by your "Team" (i.e., your boat) number and individual angler name of that team. Results will be tabulated based on groupings of catches by individual angler. If you want your catches to be aggregated for your entire boat, enter the catches all under the same angler name (e.g., the captain).

9. Can two different anglers from the same boat win prizes in the Open Division? Answer: Yes. Since catches are scored by individual anglers, results will be tabulated for each angler. Though your team will improve it results in the Open Division sub-species divisions, you will not see fish lengths aggregated by your boat for the $500 Grand Prize. The Grand Prize is tabulated based on catches to individual anglers.

10. Can I win multiple cash prizes in a specie subdivision? Answer: No. Only your top species subdivision fish is used in the calculations even if you submit multiple catches of the same species. (e.g., you can't win 1st and 2nd in the Open Division Spot Subdivision).

11. Can I win multiple cash prizes in separate species subdivisions? Answer: Yes. You can enter catches in all Open species subdivisions and win prizes in each.


Measuring Fish

1. Place fish on its side with jaw closed.

2. Attempt to position tail in a natural way to obtain length.

3. Measure a straight line from the tip of the snout to the extreme tip of the tail fin.
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