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2009 Rock Around The Clock Striper Tourney @ Seagu

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Sea Gull Pier 24-Hour “Rock Around The Clock”

2009 Rock Fish Tournament Rules and Regulations

1. Specified species of fish: Striped Bass (As recognized by the International Game Fish Association, IGFA).

2. Official event starting time is 0001 hours November 28, 2009, and will terminate at 2400 hours (midnight) November 28, 2009.

3. No fish will be accepted at weigh-in that measure less than 18” or between 28” and 34.” It is the angler’s responsibility to first measure their fish to be sure that the fish meets Virginia Striped Bass Chesapeake Bay Fall Season regulations prior to presenting for official weigh-in. Also, please note that only 1 fish of the 2 fish possession limit may be 34 inches or larger.

4. A maximum of two fish per person will be accepted at weigh-in during the event.

5. Anglers must be officially registered for the event prior to catching a qualifying entry. Proof of registration (registration number) must be presented to the weigh master when entering a fish.

6. No cash or prizes will be awarded until the after the completion of the Striped Bass World Championship on December 31, 2009.

7. Anglers must weigh their fish at an official CBBT Championship weigh station.

8. All fish must be caught on rod and reel in a fair and sportsmanlike manner. No fish will be considered for entry if shot, speared, gillnetted, gaffed, frozen, or mutilated.

9. All fish entered are subject to thorough examination both externally and internally by the weigh master and the Championship committee. The weigh master, at his or her discretion, may open the stomach cavity and examine the contents of any fish entered.

10. The weigh master has been instructed on the proper procedures of completing the weigh-in forms, however, it is also the responsibility of the angler to ensure that all of the information is correct and that the weight and length of the fish, as well as the time of weigh-in has been recorded accurately. This should be done before signing the form.

11. In the event of a tie in weight, the total length will be used as a tiebreaker, with the longest total length the winner. If a tie still exists, time of weigh-in will determine the winner, with the first fish weighed declared the winner.

12. These rules and regulations are subject to change by the Championship Committee at any time and without notice. This event is also bound by the tournament rules and regulations of the Striped Bass World Championship.

Striped Bass Chesapeake Bay Fall Season

October 4 through December 31

Minimum Size Limit = 18 inches

Maximum Size Limit * = 28 inches

Possession Limit October 4 through December 31 = 2 per person

* 1 fish of the 2 fish possession limit may be 34 inches or larger; no fish may be kept between 28 and 34 inches.

Handling and Releasing Fish

1. Plan ahead. Minimize stress and exhaustion by using tackle strong enough to land fish quickly. Set hooks quickly to minimize the opportunity for fish to swallow hooks and avoid the use of treble hooks. When practical, bend down the barbs on hooks or use barbless hooks. When using bait consider the use of circle hooks, which minimize the possibility of "deep-hooking" fish.

2. Minimize the handling of fish, and do not touch the eyes or gills. Large fish are best released by leaving them in the water and removing the hooks. Small fish should be brought on board and handled with a damp towel or damp cotton gloves, which will minimize damage to the fish's skin and protective slime coating. Control the fish, gently but firmly, so it cannot "flop" around and cause itself any further injury. Do not use a gaff to boat large fish; consider using a large net.

3. Use the right tools to remove the hooks. Needlenose pliers work well for fish hooked in the mouth, while a deep-throat dehooker or disgorger should be used for fish hooked deeply in the throat. Cut the leader close to the fish's mouth for fish hooked deeply in soft tissue areas (stomach, eg.) or if hook removal is not possible. Never pull or jerk on the leader to remove a hook.

4. Release fish gently, and if the fish is stressed or exhausted, revive it by gently moving it forward through the water until it is able to swim off.

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VCAN is trying to confirm the official prizes offered by the Tourney at this time, but VCAN has also stepped up to the plate and will be rewarding prizes to the top 5 anglers in addition to whatever the tourney is offering.

Prizes to be awarded by VCAN are as follows:

1st - Custom Conventional 6' pier rod (wrapped in gold/black) with Diawa Firewolf 47Hi reel, BPS 370 Qualifier Bag loaded with line and tackle. Estimated retail value of $275+!

2nd - Custom built WRI 823 with Batson hardware (Spinning; wrapped in Black/Gold) with Diawa Sweepfire 3500 reel, VCAN bucket with line, sinkers and other misc items. Estimated Total retail value of $250+!

3rd - Custom Conventional built 6" pier rod (wrapped in Green/Black) with 3 Gal. VCAN bucket and assorted items. Estimated Total retail value of $100+.

4th & 5th - VCAN 3 Gal. Buckets with assorted tackle. Estimated retail value of $30.

Will get some pictures up of the prizes here soon! Come out and fish the tourney!!!!

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1st Place (2 views to show it better and no the red head waders in the picture are not included):

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2nd Place:

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3rd Place:

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4th/5th Place:

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VCAN Buckets have two packs of hooks, gotcha plug, (2) 2oz cannonball jig heads, 2 flounder rigs, pack of 4" storm shads, 8 pyramid sinkers (1oz to 8oz assorted),and more!

Hope to add more to the prize packages before the tourney!!!!!

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The VCAN Prize pot has been sweetened a bit yet again, here is the updated Prize list:

1st - Custom Conventional 6' pier rod (wrapped in gold/black) with Diawa Firewolf 47Hi reel, BPS 370 Qualifier Bag loaded with line and tackle. Estimated retail value of $300+! (more tackle added to bag)

2nd - Custom built WRI 823 with Batson hardware (Spinning; wrapped in Black/Gold) with Team Diawa 3500BG reel, VCAN bucket with line, sinkers and other misc items. Estimated Total retail value of $275+! (more stuff added to bucket as well)

3rd - Custom Conventional built 6" pier rod (wrapped in Green/Black/Gold) with 3 Gal. VCAN bucket and assorted items. Estimated Total retail value of $100+. (More stuff added to bucket)

4th - Diawa sweepfire 3500 spinning reel and VCAN 3 Gal. Bucket! Estimated retail value of $60+.

5th - VCAN 3 Gal. Bucket with assorted tackle. Estimated retail value of $40+.

We did also receive a list of prizes offered by the Tourney itself which looks like it is sponsored by Hook & Tackle Outfitters. I have a .pdf if anyone wants to see it send me a PM with your e-mail address. From first glance, the prizes offered by the tourney itself are:

1st- $125 GC, H&T Tourney Shirt, Striper Lure set from Hopkin's, Manns & Swedes

2nd -$100 GC, $125 GC, H&T Tourney Shirt, Striper Lure set from Hopkin's, Manns & Swedes

3rd -$75 GC, $125 GC, H&T Tourney Shirt, Striper Lure set from Hopkin's, Manns & Swedes

4th -$50 GC, $125 GC, H&T Tourney Shirt, Striper Lure set from Hopkin's, Manns & Swedes

5th -$25 GC, $125 GC, H&T Tourney Shirt, Striper Lure set from Hopkin's, Manns & Swedes

Special thanks to Shooter for offering to be there in an "Official Manner"!

We also plan to have some light refreshments as well for everyone out there fishing!

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