Maryland Rod & Reef Slam

Angling for Oyster Restoration

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6:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Maryland Eastern Shore   (Map)
Various sites
Sherwood, Maryland

Sponsored by CBF, Coastal Conservation League Maryland Chapter, and Maryland Department of Natural Resources


We're celebrating the beginning of a turn for the better in the Chesapeake’s fish and crab habitat. Oyster restoration is beginning to make a difference and it can be seen in the return of healthy populations of popular reef fish.

We want to celebrate this return, keep it growing, and give Maryland Department of Natural Resources some data on recreational fishing opportunities around these restoration projects. Join us for a tournament that focuses on six restoration reef areas:

  • MARI Tilghman Island Reef just outside Knapps Narrows,
  • Clint Waters Reef at Cooks Point,
  • Harris Creek, Tred Avon, and Little Choptank oyster sanctuaries,
  • and the reef balls at the Bill Burton Fishing Pier.

Multiple partners have worked together to build these reefs, including the NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office, Coastal Conservation Association Maryland, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, and the the 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!


ENTRY FEE: $40 for an individual/$120 for a boat with up to six people. Includes entry, lines out, party food, and giveaways. Register Prior to September 1 to be guaranteed a free fishing tournament shirt.

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

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

See registration page for times, boundaries, divisions, party and awards tickets and locations, smartphone app details, and more.


Grand Prize will be awarded to the highest overall diversity of species caught, then by the collective length of the all fish caught.

There will be 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes in each division, based on the number of fish species entered.


2017-10-07 Rod and Reef Slam at Harris Creek

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