Maryland Rod & Reef Slam

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Angling for Oyster Restoration

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

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.


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.


ENTRY FEE: $25 per adult (18 years and older). Register no later than October 1 to be guaranteed a tournament shirt.

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

AWARDS CEREMONY: Winners and prizes will be announced via a live, online awards celebration. Full details to be announced soon.

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


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