1. #OwenStrong is a catch, photo and release contest. The tournament runs September 22 to October 21st.
2. Only migratory striped bass are eligible for entry; migratory is defined as striped bass of saltwater origin that have access to the ocean; hybrid stripers and landlocked stripers are not eligible. Also, any fish that will be entered into a kill tournament is not eligible.
3. MINIMUM SIZE OF 32 INCHES!
4. There are no boundaries dictating where an angler can or cannot fish, as long as migratory stripers swim in your chosen waters and you hold all necessary permits to make fishing in said location legal, fish caught in that area are eligible.
5. All fish entered must be caught in a surfcasting situation. A surfcasting situation constitutes contacting the ground, rocks, beach or a dock with ones feet. Any means may be used to reach these destinations, such as boat, ferry, swimming or kayaking but the fish must be hooked and landed while the angler’s feet are in contact with the Earth or something permanently attached to it.
6. Participating anglers must measure their fish using either a folding ruler such as those made by WIHA or RHINO RULER, or a metal carpenter’s tape. In the case of the carpenter’s tape, we recommend cutting a 5-foot section off and laminating it with high quality packing tape.
7. Anglers will be required to download a TOURNAMENT TAG before the start of the event.
8. To enter a fish you must submit two (2) photographs; one showing the fish in the hands of the angler who caught it (“selfies” are fine) and a second showing the fish lying next to an approved measurement device to show length and accompanied by the TOURNAMENT TAG.
9. VIDEO ENTRIES are also permitted. For a video entry to qualify you must…
a. Lay the fish NEXT TO your measurement device and slowly pan along the full length of the fish with the ruler or tape visible the whole time.
b. You must also film the presence of the proper TOURNAMENT TAG.
c. You must also film your FACE, make sure to shut off your headlight when filming your face so that it can be clearly seen in the video.
d. You must also speak YOUR NAME and OWENSTRONG.
e. Failure to meet these requirements will result in the disqualification of that fish.
10. Points are earned by tallying inches—one point per inch. Measurements shall be made from the tip of the lower lip to the tip of the tail.
11. Proper measurement is made by placing the tip of the tail at the zero (0) end of the tape and using the photograph to determine the official length by estimating a straight line from the lip to the ruler.
12. Rounding of your measurement will be determined by the half-inch, if your fish’s lip falls short of the next half-inch mark then you will ROUND DOWN to the nearest WHOLE INCH, if your fish’s nose stretches past the next half-inch line you will ROUND UP to the nearest WHOLE INCH.
13. Fish may be caught and entered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
14. Anglers have 24 hours from the time the fish was caught to make legal entry. Exceptions can be made with prior notice; for example if you’re spending a week on Cuttyhunk with shoddy cell service. Please contact one of the tournament directors to make special arrangements.
15. Any photo showing a blurry or illegible ruler may be disqualified.
16. Please take proper measures to ensure that the whole rule is visible in your photos.
17. All photos of fish will be posted on Instagram and Facebook within 72 hours of entry. Please take precautions to conceal your location, not only for yourself, but for whomever else might fish that spot. (Background blurring and other spot obscuring services available upon request… ask Dave).
18. Ties will be broken using the largest fish entered for each tied angler; the tiebreaker will continue through all five fish if necessary. If, by some amazing feat of angling symmetry, a tie still exists then the angler that entered a fish earliest in the tournament will break the tie. If all of the fish were caught at the same times, then… we need to all go in on a Powerball ticket. But the tie will be broken in a best of three round of Rock, Paper, Scissors.
19. Cheating will not be tolerated. This is a charitable event for crying out loud! If you cheat here, you’re going to a bad place when your time comes. But, we will also publicly shame you, so don’t do it. Cheating is defined as breaking state laws, (ie. using illegal bait), altering photos, entering fish you didn't catch OR following other anglers to find out where they fish.
20. The last rule is to have fun, fish hard and try to win this thing!
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