Fall tour­neys of­fer angling, prizes, and a chance to min­gle

The Kent Island Bay Times - - Sports -

Fall is a great time to fish in the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay re­gion and tour­na­ment or­ga­niz­ers have filled the cal­en­dar with op­por­tu­ni­ties to win prizes and min­gle with fel­low an­glers. Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 7, has at least two lo­cal tour­na­ments lined up with the first Rod & Reef Slam tour­na­ment head­quar­tered at Lowes Wharf Ma­rina in Sher­wood and the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Kayak An­glers’ Rock­to­ber­fest at Camp Wright on Kent Is­land.

The CBKA Rock­to­ber­fest is a catch-pho­tore­lease tour­na­ment ben­e­fit­ting the Make-A-Wish Foun­da­tion of the MidAt­lantic and the Coastal Con­ser­va­tion As­so­ci­a­tion of Mary­land. Prize di­vi­sions are striped bass, white perch, blue crab, and ag­gre­gate/slam, and may in­clude lady, youth, se­nior, and fly fish­ing. An op­tional cap­tain’s meet­ing and potluck be­gins at 6 p.m. Fri­day evening with din­ner be­gin­ning at 7:30.

An­glers can launch at first light on Satur­day and the photo check-in runs from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m with an awards din­ner at 4. An­glers must use a kayak, ca­noe, standup pad­dle­board, or other an­gler-pow­ered craft, and bat­tery-pow­ered elec­tric watercraft is also al­lowed.

The tour­na­ment is open to any­one 18 or older. Mi­nors can par­tic­i­pate with a signed re­lease from a par­ent or le­gal guardian. Com­plete rules and other tour­na­ment in­for­ma­tion are avail­able on the CBKA web­site (chesa­peake­baykayakan­glers. com).

The bound­aries for the first Rod & Reef Slam tour­na­ment are three re­stored oys­ter reefs: Cook’s Point, Har­ris Creek, and the Til­gh­man Is­land. The Grand Prize will be awarded to the high­est over­all di­ver­sity of species caught, then by the col­lec­tive length of all fish caught.

To reg­is­ter for the tour­na­ment, con­tact Hi­lary Gib­son at hgib­son@cbf. org or 410-543-1999.

An af­ter-party and awards cer­e­mony will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. at Lowes Wharf Ma­rina & Inn at 21651 Wharf Road in Sher­wood. The cost is $50, which in­cludes en­try, party food, and give­aways. Youth ages 16 and un­der may join the ac­tion for free with a par­tic­i­pat­ing adult. Non-an­glers can en­joy the af­ter-party and awards cer­e­mony for $10.

Awards are a Grand Prize and 1st-, 2nd-, and 3rd-place prizes for all di­vi­sions: power­boat, kayak, and youth.

*** Tiny in­va­sive The DNR has con­firmed the first known pres­ence of a new, non-na­tive, fresh­wa­ter mol­lusk in Mary­land waters. Af­ter be­ing no­ti­fied in early Septem­ber of small snails in the Gun­pow­der River, de­part­ment bi­ol­o­gists and species ex­pert Ed-

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