29th MARTHA'S VINEYARD ROD & GUN CLUB
FLY ROD STRIPED BASS
CATCH & RELEASE TOURNAMENT RULES
Please be aware that we have changed the rules for 2021. Please read them carefully below.
Thirty years ago, we originated a unique catch and release tournament based on honesty, camaraderie, and conservation. Given the concerns over striped bass stocks and release mortality, the club has modified the rules to change the focus from high fish tallies to a team fish quota.
Teams of three members or less: the fish quota is four fish per angler. Teams of four or more fishermen: the fish quota is three fish per angler. As soon as a team meets its quota it records the time. Finish time determines the winners.
Each member of a team must fill his or her quota. He or she has to carry his or her own weight. We believe this will add to the fun because team members who have filled their quota will be rooting (or harassing) fellow team members.
The biggest fish caught and released category is the total measurement of length and girth. Team members may fish in this category even after filling their team quota.
Hooks must be barbless or the barbs must be crushed down.
Fishermen must carry a tape measure.
Fishing is from the shore only. There is no fishing from islands cut off at high tide, including those in Menemsha Bight. Boats/kayaks may not be used for fishing access.
The first cast cannot be made until 7 pm. Tournament fishing must stop at exactly 2 am.
Plaques will be awarded in one of three categories:
Roberto Germani Trophy
The team that reaches its fish quota with the earliest time. Roberto Germani, an island "character," believed strongly in the philosophy of catch and release. For Roberto, watching a fish was often as enjoyable as catching it.
Sonny and Joey Beaulieu Trophy
The largest fish (total measurement of length and girth) released by a team member. Sonny and Joey Beaulieu, father and son, died in a tragic boating accident along with Fred Loud and his son Adam. Sonny helped to begin this tournament.
Arnold Spofford Trophy
The team, members of which use one style fly (lose a fly and you must use an exact duplicate), that reaches their fish quota with the earliest time. Arnold Spofford was a gentleman and accomplished fly tier.
Saturday registration, Noon - 3 pm: Location to be announced.
Saturday, 7 pm - 2 am: Tournament fishing begins at 7 pm and ends at 2 am.
Sunday breakfast, 8 am – 9:30 am: Details to be announced. Results must be turned in by 9 am.
Sunday awards ceremony, 9:30 am: Awards ceremony location to be announced. Fishermen must be registered and present to win prizes.