FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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HOW HAVE THE RULES CHANGED WITH THE NEW VMRC REGULATIONS?

The tournament's rules remain the same in that each team may still weigh their three biggest fish, and only fish of legal size may be weighed in. Information defining Virginia’s striped bass regulations for the 2019 fall season can be found here.  The two geographical areas that fall within the tournament's fishable boundaries are referred to by the VMRC as the "Coastal area" and "Cheasapeake area." The VMRC website defines these areas as follows: "Coastal area" means the area that includes Virginia's portion of the Territorial Sea, plus all of the creeks, bays, inlets, and tributaries on the seaside of Accomack County, Northampton County (including areas east of the causeway from Fisherman Island to the mainland), and the City of Virginia Beach (including federal areas and state parks, fronting on the Atlantic Ocean and east and south of the point where the shoreward boundary of the Territorial Sea joins the mainland at Cape Henry). "Chesapeake area" means the area that includes the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries and the Potomac River tributaries.  "Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries" means all tidal waters of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries within Virginia, westward of the shoreward boundary of the Territorial Sea, excluding the Coastal area and the Potomac River tributaries.

HOW MANY ANGLERS PER BOAT ENTRY MAY FISH THE TOURNAMENT?

The Mid-Atlantic Rockfish Shootout is a TEAM tournament and there is no limit to the number of anglers or team members per entry; however, there must be at least two (2) members per entry. One team member must also be designated as the team captain.

WHEN AND WHERE IS THE CAPTAIN'S MEETING BEING HELD THIS YEAR?

The Captain’s Meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 7:30pm at the Oyster Farm at King's Creek Marina {500 Marina Village Circle | Cape Charles, VA 23310} and also streamed on Facebook Live.  Registration and pre-registration check-in/packet pick up will also be held at this location from 5pm until 8pm.

HOW MANY TOURNAMENT DAYS DOES MY TEAM ENTRY FEE COVER?

One tournament day; to clarify:  Any boat may enter all eligible days, so long as it enters as a different team name each day. This is a one-day tournament, however, you may fish all three days if you pay three entry fees and enter under a different team name on each of the three days.

For example, to fish two days, you would enter two teams, such as Team Waterman’s 1 and Team Waterman’s 2, paying a separate entry for each day (along with separate skill levels - aka "calcuttas" - if you so choose).

IS ATTENDANCE AT THE CAPTAIN'S MEETING MANDATORY?

While attendance is strongly suggested, we can also accommodate remote check-in for anyone wishing to stay home this year. The Captain's Meeting will be streamed on Facebook Live, and we will text you to confirm your fishing day(s). Team buckets will be available at weigh-in on your first fishing day.

WHAT ARE THE FISHING HOURS AND FROM WHERE CAN I START?

Lines in at 8:00am, lines out at 2:00pm.

You may leave from any inlet in Virginia. The Northern boundary is the Wachapreague sea buoy; the Southern Boundary is the sea buoy at Oregon Inlet.

 

Only fish caught between 8:00am and 2:00pm will be eligible for weigh-in.

ARE THERE ANY RECOMMENDED HOTELS OR GREAT ANGLER RATES FOR THE TOURNAMENT? 

The newly renovated Sunset Beach Hotel, located in Cape Charles, is offering rooms for just $89/night.  Call 757-331-1776 and provide the Rockfish Shootout code: ROCK

Stay right at King's Creek in one of their luxury villas! Bimini Flat Suites or Island Villa Condos sleep 4-6 guests. Click here for more info and to book accommodations.

HOW DOES THE MID-ATLANTIC ROCKFISH SHOOTOUT HANDLE SCORING?

Your team receives one (1) point per pound.

In case of a tie, the fish that are weighed first

shall be deemed the winner.

WHERE CAN I WEIGH IN MY FISH?

Weigh in your eligible fish at the Oyster Farm at King's Creek Marina on the Eastern Shore, between 2pm and 5pm.  The physical address is: 

500 Marina Village Circle | Cape Charles, VA 23310

WHERE WILL DAILY SCORE UPDATES BE POSTED?

Daily score updates will be posted at the weigh-in station at King's Creek marina, and updated as frequently as possible on our Facebook page.

After the day’s weigh-in has been completed,

scores can be found on Facebook, or you can call/text

our tourney phone at 757.778.5468 for an update.

WHAT NUMBER SHOULD I CALL DURING THE TOURNAMENT WITH ANY QUESTIONS?

You may call or text our tournament phone during the hours of 7:00am and 10:00pm with any questions.

The tournament phone number is 757.778.5468.

WHAT HAPPENS IF THE WEATHER IS UN-FISHABLE ON ALL THREE DAYS OF THE TOURNAMENT?

If all three days are cancelled due to un-fishable weather, the tournament reserves the right to hold the tournament on Sunday.  If necessary, it will be determined by 5pm on Saturday, if Sunday will be fished. For updated messages, please call/text 757.778.5468.

CAN I DRIVE MY FISH IN TO THE WEIGH-IN STATION?

Yes, it is permissible to drive your fish in to the weigh station. However, your boat's GPS unit must still be available for verification if weighing in fish.