Maryland Rod & Reef Slam

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Angling for Oyster Restoration

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6:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Chesapeake Bay and tributaries   (Map)
Various sites
Maryland

Join us for a unique fishing tournament that celebrates the difference restored oyster reefs are making in the return of healthy, diverse populations of Chesapeake Bay reef fish.

Sponsored by CBF, Chesapeake Oyster Alliance, and Coastal Conservation Association Maryland.

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Awards Ceremony: Winners and prizes will be announced via a live, online awards ceremony on Sunday, October 17 at 1:00 p.m.
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Note: A Tournament Waiver must be completed for each angler, including youth participants, and submitted to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation prior to fishing. A link to complete the online waiver will be provided in your confirmation email. Any fish caught before the waiver is received will not be recognized and will therefore be ineligible toward the prizes.

Anglers will have a multitude of reef locations throughout Maryland's portion of the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers at which to fish. And this year, the tournament is open for nine days, starting at 6:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 9 and running through noon on Sunday, October 17, 2021.

Many partners have worked together to build these reefs, including the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office, the Army Corps of Engineers, Coastal Conservation Association Maryland, Oyster Recovery Partnership, and Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

This tournament is a little different. You don't win just by catching the biggest fish. Prizes will be awarded for how many species you catch, and then how big your fish are. We’re celebrating variety, and the return of some of these great reef species that we’ve been missing. Past angler surveys have shown as many as 12 different species being caught in one day at the Clint Waters Reef at Cooks Point. How many can you catch? Come join us!

This is a catch, photograph, and release tournament. All fish must be photographed and entered through the iAngler Tournament smartphone app.

Details

Entry Fee: $25 per adult (18 years and older). Includes a tournament shirt.

Youth Entry: Youth age 17 years and under may participate for free with a participating adult. See registration page for details.

Anglers who catch the most different species of fish can win a grand prize worth up to $1,400 in Under Armour fishing apparel and All Tackle gift certificates. Division winner prizes also include a range of items from All Tackle, Under Armour, and more. See below for a complete list of prizes.

See iAngler Tournament page for times, boundaries, divisions, smartphone app details, and more.

Prizes

Overall Grand Prize

  • $300 All Tackle gift certificate; Under Armour Apparel Kit that includes footwear, bottoms, shirt, and fleece or outerwear with a retail value of about $1,400; and a Coastal Conservation Association MD soft-body Engel backpack cooler.

Powerboat Division

  • First Place: $200 All Tackle gift certificate and Under Armour shirt and fleece or outerwear with a retail value up to $150.
  • Second Place: $125 All Tackle gift certificate and an Under Armour top.
  • Third Place: $75 All Tackle gift certificate and an Under Armour hat.

Kayak Division

  • First Place: $200 All Tackle gift certificate and Under Armour shirt and fleece or outerwear with a retail value up to $150.
  • Second Place: $125 All Tackle gift certificate and an Under Armour top.
  • Third Place: $75 All Tackle gift certificate and an Under Armour hat.

Youth Division

  • First Place: $100 All Tackle gift certificate, Chesapeake Bay Foundation or Coastal Conservation Association hat, and an Under Armour shirt and fleece or outerwear with a retail value up to $150.
  • Second Place: $75 All Tackle gift certificate, Chesapeake Bay Foundation or Coastal Conservation Association shirt, and an Under Armour shirt.
  • Third Place: $50 All Tackle gift certificate, Under Armour hat, and Chesapeake Bay Foundation and Coastal Conservation Association stickers.
  • Invasive Species Division

  • 50-quart Engel hard side cooler with an estimated value of $300 and an Under Armour shirt and fleece or outerwear with an estimated value of $150.

All winners will also receive a 40 percent off Under Armour apparel coupon.

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