Prize Fish

PRIZE FISH RULES

  1. PREFACE: These rules have been designed to provide each member in good standing(Dues paid before the date of the catch) with an equal opportunity for success.  Our species lists (pages 5 and 6) are comprised from fish recognized by both North Carolina and Virginia Recreational Fishing Regulations.  All other fish are eligible for club records only, and will receive one (1) point plus a Club Record certificate.
  1. ELIGIBILITY: The contest for each month will begin at 00:01 AM on the first day of the month and end at 12:00 midnight the last day of the month.  The yearly contest will begin January 1st and end December 31st with the same beginning and ending times. Fish must be caught in legal open season from waters of Virginia or North Carolina open to the general public.  No fish caught from any hatchery or private waters are eligible.  All aspects of the catch must conform to State Recreational Fishing Regulations.   A mutilated, shot, speared, harpooned, or cut fish, or a fish that has been deprived of it’s normal ability to swim as determined by the Prize Fish Committee will be disqualified.  Citation weigh and length requirements may change at any time, it is the angler’s responsibility to obtain the latest copy of the club rules from the Prize Fish Chairman.
  1. ENTRY FORMS: Entry forms must be completed, dated, signed by the member, and received by the Committee by the fifth (5th) day of the following month.  The Committee may not consider incomplete forms.  Each member will determine his or her eligibility in accordance with the rules herein.  In the event of a tie, the first fish caught will be the winner.  If caught on the same day, then the length and then the girth will be the determining factor.  To measure the length of the fish, close the fish’s mouth and measure from the tip of the jaw to the tip of the tail.  To measure the girth of the fish, measure around the thickest part of the body.  Entry forms may be mailed to the Club at P.O. Box 7842, Portsmouth, Va. 23707, or given to the Chairman, Co-chairman or any member of the Prize Fish Committee.  Only those fish entered in the monthly contest will be considered for yearly awards. 
  1. ELIGIBILITY OF FISH: The angler’s largest fish per specie per month will be their eligible entry. All fish must be caught on hand held hook and line, rod and reel, or pole with hook and line in accordance with accepted recreational practices in a sportsmanlike manner, without the aid of another angler.  Up to 30 ft. of leader material or double line may be used.  When the leader can be reached, another person may take it in hand and the angler may be assisted in landing the fish.  Qualifying catches must be made on recreational fishing trips. Adult entries must meet or exceed 1/2 of citation weight.  Species listed as Release Only are not eligible for monthly awards.
  1. WEIGHT OF FISH: All fish must be weighed on a registered scale regularly inspected by the Commonwealth of Virginia or State of North Carolina and has a current inspection seal.  These scales may be located at an approved State weighing station, grocery store, tackle shop, etc. However, if an approved weighting station is unavailable for fish weighing over 200 lb., the length and girth formula may be used if witnessed by a member of the Prize Fish Committee.  Fish entered by the formula method are not eligible for Club Records.
  1. WEIGHMASTER: The weighmaster must witness the weighing of the fish and sign the entry form, meaning a disinterested worker of the business. Weighmasters are eligible, and if their catch is weighed in their own place of business, it must be weighed in the presence of an officer of the Club or a member of Prize Fish Committee.  The weighmaster has the right to open or cut a fish for inspection or mark the fish after it has been weighed.
  1. PRIZE FISH COMMITTEE: The chairman and three (3) judges must be present at the Prize Fish Committee meeting to constitute a quorum. The judges reserve the right to require additional information or affidavit on any entry. The Prize Fish Committee will judge all entries (i.e. ties, species identification, etc).  Any contestant who fails to comply with these rules will be declared ineligible, and if found guilty of a serious violation, will automatically forfeit all rights and claims to any awards for the remainder of the year and could be subject to dismissal from the club.  Entries submitted which are self-evident winners will not require a meeting.  The decision of the judges will be final.
  1. CATEGORIES: There will be six (6) categories for monthly and yearly awards and trophies.

ADULT                                    JUNIOR                                  GUPPY

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SALTWATER                         SALTWATER                         SALTWATER

FRESHWATER                      FRESHWATER                      FRESHWATER

NOTES:

(1)  A junior is any angler who has not attained the age of seventeen (17).

(2)  A guppy is any angler who has not attained the age of ten (10).

  1. MONTHLY AWARDS AND CERTIFICATES: Outstanding catch of each adult category will receive a certificate. The largest eligible fish per species per month will be recognized.  First to fifth places will receive a certificate and monthly points.  Weighed citation fish entered will receive a Club Citation Patch regardless of placement in the monthly awards contest.
  1. ANGLER OF THE YEAR TROPHY: Winners will be decided with a point-earned system.

First Place monthly winner                 = 5 points

Second Place monthly winner            = 4 points

Third Place monthly winner                = 3 points

Fourth Place monthly winner              = 2 points

Fifth Place monthly winner                 = 1 point

New Club Record                               = 1 extra point

A minimum of sixteen (16) points is required to earn the Angler of the Year Trophy, plus three (3) of the fish must meet minimum citation weight or length and be of three (3) different species per category.  In the event of a tie, the winner will be determined by the highest total percentage of citation minimums from recognized monthly winners.  Junior and guppy anglers are exempt from the minimum citation weight and different species rules above.

  1. CULLY CULPEPPER/AMY CHRISTINE COOPER MEMORIAL TROPHIES: These trophies will be awarded to both the male and female angler for the Most Outstanding Catch. Any fish caught in Saltwater or Freshwater is eligible.  The fish must meet state citation weight to be eligible for this award.
  1. JUNIOR/GUPPY MOST OUTSTANDING CATCH: A yearly trophy will be given for the Most Outstanding Catch in the Junior and Guppy Saltwater and Freshwater categories. Junior and Guppy anglers are exempt from the minimum citation weight rules.
  1. SPECIES AWARD: A yearly Certificate will be given for the largest fish of each eligible specie, caught or released, provided the fish meets clubs minimum citation weight or length.
  1. CLUB RECORDS: Whenever a club record is broken, a Club Record Certificate and Club’s Fish Emblem will be awarded.  Each club record earns one (1) point for the Angler of the Year contest.
  1. RELEASE CERTIFICATES: Release Certificates will be awarded each year for the number of releases per specie. There is no limit on the number released per specie. The species lists (pages 5 and 6) are the only species recognized in the Adult Release Program. The minimum lengths eligible for entry are as listed.   Lengths of fish entered should be full length with the fish’s mouth closed as stated in #3 “ENTRY FORMS”.  All releases must be witnessed while the fish is alive.  You must have the fish or the bill of the fish in your hand when it is released.  For fish too large to handle safely, especially offshore species, you must have the leader in your hand, the fish under control, and have clear intent of releasing the fish.
  1. RELEASE ANGLER OF THE YEAR TROPHY: Angler must have a minimum of ten (10) releases meeting club rule citation length and three (3) different species per category.  In the event of a tie, the winner will be determined by the highest total percentage of citation minimums from recognized monthly entries.
  1. RELEASE PLAQUES: A Release Plaque will be awarded yearly to the anglers, in both saltwater and freshwater, which release the most fish qualifying in Rule 14.  A minimum of five (5) releases is needed in each division.

JUNIOR AND GUPPY RELEASE PROGRAM:  A plaque will be awarded yearly to the junior angler who has the most release points.  One (1) point will be earned for each species released.  Fish in this program are not limited to the eligible species in Rule 14.

  1. SPECIAL AWARDS: The Prize Fish Committee, with the approval of the Board of Directors, may award special awards not covered in the rules.
  1. CROSSOVER PLAQUE: This award will be given annually to the angler excelling in both freshwater and saltwater.  A minimum of 8 monthly Prize Fish points saltwater and freshwater for a minimum of 16 monthly points combined.  A minimum of 3 citations combing saltwater and freshwater are required.  The winners are decided by point earned system in Rule #10.  Junior and Guppy anglers are exempt from the minimum citation weight and species rules.

 

SUSTAINED ANGLER ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

(Open to Adult Anglers Only)

 GENERAL

These awards are earned by scoring twenty-five (25) points for Expert Angler and fifty (50) points for Master Angler in a minimum of four (4) out of five (5) categories.  All entries must comply with the Fisherman of the Month and fisherman of the Year Contest Rules.

 EXPERT ANGLER

When twenty-five (25) points have been earned in each of four (4) of the categories, giving a total of one hundred (100) points, the member will be awarded the title of Expert Angler and Expert Angler Silver Pin and Plaque.

 MASTER ANGLER

When fifty (50) points have been earned in each of the four (4) of the categories, giving a total of two hundred (200) points, the member will be awarded the title of Master Angler and a Master Angler Gold Pin and Plaque will be awarded.

 

Listed below are the weight and length minimums for the above rules:

FRESHWATER SPECIES LIST
       
NAME WEIGHT   LENGTH
       
LARGEMOUTH BASS 8   22″
SMALLMOUTH BASS 5   20″
ROCK BASS 1   12″
ROANOKE BASS 1   11″
STRIPED BASS 20   37″
STRIPED HYBRID BASS 8   24″
WHITE BASS 2.5   18″
BOWFIN 10   30″
CARP 20   34″
BLUE CATFISH 35   38″
CHANNEL CATFISH 12   30″
FLATHEAD CATFISH 25   40″
CHAIN PICKEREL 4   24″
CRAPPIE 2   15″
GAR 10   40″
MUSKELLUNGE 15   40″
NORTHERN PIKE 6   30″
WHITE PERCH 1.25   13″
YELLOW PERCH 1.25   12″
SAUGER# 2   18″
AMERICAN SHAD$ 3   16″
HICKORY SHAD$ 2   13″
REDBREAST SUNFISH (ROBIN) 1   11″
BLUEGILL SUNFISH 1   11″
WARMOUTH SUNFISH 1   11″
REDEAR SUNFISH (SHELL CRACKER) 1   11″
GREEN SUNFISH 1   9″
FLIER SUNFISH 6oz   8″
BROOK TROUT 2   16″
BROWN TROUT 5   25″
RAINBOW TROUT 4   22″
WALLEYE 5   25″
       
# – CLINCH & POWELL RIVER ONLY      
$- VA Recreational harvest restricted.  See regulations for allowed locations.
NOTE: Citation for Release (Reference Rule No. 14)  
Note:  Species or weights or lengths are established from Virginia and North Carolina
Recreation requirements.  Changes to Citation weights, lengths or species listed herein
by state tournaments must be decided by the Prize Fish Committee.
       
       
SALTWATER SPECIES LIST
       
NAME WEIGHT   LENGTH
ALBACORE 40   N/A
AMBERJACK N/A   50″
BARRACUDA N/A   45″
BIGEYE TUNA 70   N/A
BLACK DRUM 80   46″
BLUE MARLIN N/A   ANY
BLUEFISH 16   36″
BLUEFIN TUNA 100   60″
BLACKFIN TUNA 20   N/A
COBIA 55   50″
CROAKER 3   20″
DOLPHIN 25   N/A
FALSE ALBACORE N/A   32″
FLOUNDER 7   26′
GRAY TIRGGERFISH 4   20″
GRAY TROUT 9   30″
GROUPER (ANY) 20   N/A
JACK CREVALLE N/A   40″
KINGFISH (Northern or Southern) 1.5   16″
KING MACKEREL 20   N/A
POMPANO 1.5   16″
PORGY (SILVER SNAPPER) 4    
RED SNAPPER 10    
RED DRUM N/A   46″
SAILFISH N/A   ANY
BLACK SEA BASS 5   N/A
SHARK (ALL) N/A   72″
SHEEPSHEAD 10   24″
SPADEFISH 9   22″
SPANISH MACKEREL 4   26″
SPECKLED TROUT 5   24″
SPEARFISH N/A   ANY
SPOT 1   13″
STRIPED BASS 40   44″
SWORDFISH 100   ANY
TARPON N/A   36″
TAUTOG 9   23″
TILEFISH, BLUELINE 10    
TILEFISH, GOLDEN 30″   N/A
WAHOO 35   N/A
WHITE MARLIN N/A   ANY
YELLOWFIN TUNA 70   N/A
       
NOTE: Citation for Release (Reference Rule No. 14)  
Note:  Species or weights or lengths are established from Virginia and North Carolina
Recreation requirements.  Changes to Citation weights, lengths or species listed herein
by state tournaments must be decided by the Prize Fish Committee.
(DURING OPEN SEASON ONLY.)

 CATEGORIES

1. PRIZE FISH

Each Monthly Winner = 1-5 points
Each Specie Award = 5 points
Each Club Record = 1 point

2. RELEASE AWARDS (Conservation)

Each release of an eligible specie = 5 points per specie per year
Each release Plaque = 10 points
Note:  Reference No. 14 (Release Certificates) eligible species and lengths

3. OUTSTANDING ANGLER ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

Cully Culpepper Memorial Trophy = 25 points
Catch Angler of the Year Award = 25 points
Release Angler of the Year Award = 25 points
Amy Christine Cooper Memorial Trophy = 25 points
Crossover Award = 25 points

Fifty (50) points may be earned by winning any award twice or any two of the three once.

4. FISHING TOURNAMENTS and RODEOS

All tournaments and rodeos are eligible provided they are open to the public and have a minimum of twenty-five (25) competitors.

1st Place = 25 points
2nd Place = 15 points
3rd Place = 10 points
4th Place = 5 points
5th Place = 5 points

5. CITATION FISH

Each different specie citation = 5 points

Citation for five (5) different species of either salt or fresh water fish or a combination of the two, will earn twenty-five (25) points towards the Expert Angler Award.

Citations for ten (10) different species of either salt or fresh water fish, nine (9) from one category, either salt or fresh water, and the minimum of one (1) from the other category, will earn fifty (50) points towards the Master Angler Award.