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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 2020. Please read them carefully below. 

Twenty-nine 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 made a number of changes to the rules that we think demonstrate continued conservation leadership and emphasize quality over numbers. 

 

In an effort to reduce big fish tallies, we have instituted a fish quota:

  • Teams of three members or less: the fish quota is four fish with a minimum size of 16 inches in length per fisherman.

  • Teams of four or more fishermen: the fish quota is three fish with a minimum size of 16 inches in length per fisherman

  • As soon as a team meets its quota it records the time. No more averaging is needed. 

  • There is a twist: each member of a team has to fill his or her own quota. For example, if you're on fire, you can continue to fish after you've caught your fourth fish, but those fish don't satisfy your team member's 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. 

  • If a team member fails to reach his or her quota or loses a fly in the one-fly category, the team adds 20 minutes to the finish time for each fish he or she is under the quota (Quota complete teams take precedence; 11 pm minimum). 

  • The team that fills its quota earliest, not fish numbers, determines the winners. 

  • The biggest fish caught and released category is still a combination of length and girth, but we will eliminate the minimum length requirement of 32 inches. 

  • In addition, 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 may not be used for fishing access.

  • The first cast cannot be made until 7 pm. Tournament fishing must stop at exactly 2 am. Should a fisherman hook a fish prior to 2 am., he/she may fight, land and count the fish after 2 am.

  • Most Fish: The team that reaches its fish quota with the earliest time. Fish must be a minimum of 16 inches to be counted toward the quota.

  • Largest Fish: A team member must measure the fish. Measure fish from the snout to the end of the tail and around the girth. Please provide length, girth, and total inches when you submit results.

  • Single Fly: You may only fish with one fly. If you lose it to a bluefish or hard strike you may continue fishing, but you must add 20 minutes to the team finish time for each fish under the quota. However, you may still fish for the largest fish award.

Please Call Coop or Nelson with any questions. 

 

Plaques will be awarded in one of three categories:

  • Roberto Germani Trophy
    The team that reaches its fish quota with the earliest time.

  • Sonny and Joey Beaulieu Trophy
    The largest fish (length and girth) released by a team member.

  • Arnold Spofford Trophy
    The team, members of which are not allowed to change flies, that reaches their fish quota with the earliest time.

Saturday, Noon - 3 pm:

Even if you have registered in advance, please check-in by 3 p.m. at the Edgartown School, 35 Robinson Road off the Edgartown-West Tisbury Road, to confirm we have your entry.

Saturday, 7 pm - 2 am:

Tournament fishing begins at 7 pm and ends at 2 am.

Sunday, 8 am – 9:30 am:

Breakfast begins at 8 am. Team finish is based on each team's quota finish time. Largest fish caught reports must include a name and length, girth and total inches. Late team reports will not be accepted. Results must be turned in by 9 am.

Sunday, 9:30 a.m.

Awards ceremony. Fishermen must be present to win prizes.

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 & JOEY BEAULIEU TROPHY 

The largest fish (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 are not allowed to change flies, that reaches its fish quota with the earliest time.