Annual Delaware River
SATURDAY APRIL 12,
RAIN DATE: TBD pending small craft warning
Sun-Up to 3:00 PM • Weigh in @ the WEBC Dock
WEST END BOAT
CLUB, 500 WEST 2ND STREET, ESSINGTON, PA 19029 • 610-521-4747
LAUNCH: ANYWHERE ON THE DELAWARE
Refreshments • Food/Buffet After Weigh~in.
$$$ Prizes for 1st, 2nd & 3rd Place Slot Prizes •
Calcutta • Door Prize Raffles • St Croix Rod & Penn Reel •
vary based on the number of entries.)
REGISTRATION FEE: $50.00 per person for the slot
tournament and buffet and additional $20 per person optional
entry into Big Fish Calcutta . Register by mail,
or the W.E.B.C along with one of the contacts below.
Registration Due 4/11/14 •Captains Meeting @ the W.E.B.C
4/11/14 @7 PM. Dinner only tickets available online.
$50.00 per person slot tournament entry fee and optional $20 per
person Calcutta entry must be received by April 11, 2014 (end of
Captain's Meeting). All registered boats entrance fees include
eligibility to all prizes; includes buffet and beverages after the
weigh station has closed @4pm. Food &beverages are available at
the WEBC throughout the event. You can also register in person at
the West End Boat Club, 500 West 2nd St., Essington, PA
19029, phone 610-521-4747.
Entries must be
received by close of Captain’s Meeting April 11, 2014.
Captains Meeting will be held on April 11, 2014 at 7:00 PM at West
End Boat Club. At least one representative from each boat must be
FISHING DATES AND HOURS
The tournament fishing day is Saturday April 12th.
Fishing hours are from sun-up to 3:00 PM weigh in. No lines or
chumming of any kind is permitted in the water previous to the
starting time. Any fish hooked prior to the stop fish time of
3:00pm may be played until boated or released. Rain date: TBD
Participants are prohibited from laying out over night. All boats
must depart on the morning of the fishing day and any boats not in
compliance will be disqualified. PA, DE & NJ DNR
representatives will be on hand at the Captain’s Meeting to answer
WEATHER OR KNOT
Fishing will be on the scheduled day and is Captain’s choice.
Fishing by any one boat in the tournament on the fishing day or
partial day constitutes an official tournament and prizes awarded.
The event may be rescheduled due to extraordinary extreme weather
or natural disaster. The decision to reschedule the tournament
will be made by the Tournament Director. All participants enter
this tournament at their own risk and discretion and will accept
full responsibility for their own boat and crew.
REELS & BAIT
It is the responsibility of the Captains and Anglers of each
vessel to follow all Local, State, and Federal Recreational
Fishing Regulations (No Commercial Licenses will be honored). No
prizes will be awarded to any entry not in compliance with these
regulations. I.G.F.A. all tackle rules apply unless otherwise
noted or discussed prior to fishing. This is a rod and reel event;
no nets or other devices will be permitted.
WEIGHING YOUR CATCH
All eligible fish must be registered and in line for weigh-in no
later than 4:00PM on the scheduled fishing day. All weighable fish
must be brought to the WEBC by boat for weigh-in. If any question
arises as to the qualifications of a fish, tournament officials
have the option of gutting and/or retaining the fish for judges’
inspection and future reference. Fish must be in a fresh and
edible condition. Judges decision is final.
2nd& 3rdheaviest combined weight of 2 legal
fish per boat will be awarded cash prizes*. In case of a tie, 1st&
2nd place prize $ will be combine and split in half.
Cash prize* for
longest fish. Digital photo including official DRST marker (given
out a Captain’s Meeting) must be submitted no later than 4:00PM on
the scheduled fishing day.
*Prize money is based on the number of boats registered
All communication between judges at the tournament headquarters
and fishermen during fishing times will be monitored on VHF
Important Contact Information:
Lou Perti 610-299-8566
Tom Palmer 302-293-2235
Donald Clark 484-459-2663
Jim Salvey 484-576-6751
Keith Crowley 267-239-4187
Master Baiters – 775 S. DuPont Hwy., New Castle, DE 19720 - (302)
Art’s Animal & Supply Bait & Tackle
2171 McDade Blvd., Holmes, PA
ADDITIONAL RULES & REGULATIONS
All boats must
be registered and paid in full prior to the end of the Captains
Meeting on April 11, 2014. Registration fees are non-refundable.
River Striper Tournament is a strong advocate of catch and
release and conservation.
must be submitted in writing to the Tournament Director by no
later than 7:30PM on Saturday, April 12, 2014. The Rules
Committee at their discretion may use polygraph test on any
Captain, crew member or angler to reach a decision. By virtue of
your paid entry all participants agree to the final decision of
the Rules Committee.
and its sponsors are not responsible for the conduct, personal
injury, damages or negligence on the part of any participant.
Committee reserves the right to inspect any boats entered into
the tournament without notice.
- Any last
minute changes to the rules will be announced at the Captain’s
Meeting on Friday, April 11, 2014
Click here for Online registration
(recommended form of registration). Payment with credit card or
PayPal is only available on-line.
- Fishing Area
According to PA, DE,NJ Regulations: Delaware River navigable
- Eligible Fish:
Striped Bass in the slot - PA only 20" - 26" with a PA
- Striped Bass in
the states of PA, DE & NJ in the Calcutta with valid state
license - size must be above 26" if you choose to fish for
striped Bass in the states of DE & NJ you only can fish in the
Calcutta in those states with a current fishing license of that
state. No Slot fish will be allowed from those states.
- All fish must be
caught on hook and line. IGFA all- tackle rules apply.
- Fish in the
Calcutta that are not released alive are ineligible for
consideration and will not be measured.
- Captains Meeting
At the West end Boat Club 500 W 2nd st. Essington Pa on Friday,
April 11th, 2014 from 6:00-8:00 PM. At the Captains’ meeting you
will pick up your official, current year measuring stick and
identification for the tournament.
Participants enter the DRST Slot & Catch & Release Tournament
Calcutta at their own risk and discretion. Captain and crew must
decide on their own regarding each individual’s boat
capabilities to fish on April 12, 2014.
- Measure-In: Due to
current state PA, DE, and NJ regulations for tournaments. In the
interest of fostering the catch and release ethic, THIS IS A
DRST SLOT AND CATCH & RELEASE ONLY TOURNAMENT CALCUTTA.
- In order to have
your fish judged, you must bring in a digital camera, iPhone
image, Droid smartphone image, media flash card or flash drive
with at least one clear and readable image of your fish measured
resting on top of the official current year measuring stick.
- You must also
attest on your honor that the fish to be measured was released
alive into the water from which it came.
- The judges reserve
the right to interview members of your crew and any other
potential witneses regarding the live release of any fish for
consideration in the tournament.
- Slot fish to be
brought to the weigh station at the DOCKS AT THE WEBC and In the
Calcutta Bring your digital image to the West End Boat Club on
Saturday, April12th by the 4pm deadline. You must be in line by
the 4pm deadline to have your fish judged. NO EXCEPTIONS.
- Largest fish will
be determined by length only in the Calcutta competition and by
weight in the Slot Tournament.
- All fish in the
Calcutta will be measured from the tip of the nose to the tip of
the tail. In case of a tie the fish measured first will be the
- DO NOT BRING ANY
FISH TO THE MEASURE-IN for the Calcutta.
- You MUST take your
photo with the official current year measuring stick (which will
be given out at the Captains’ Meeting). Put the special current
year measuring stick on the deck of your boat. Lay the fish on
top of the measuring stick. Put the snout of the fish on the
zero (the end of the measuring stick) and the tip of the tail on
the higher number. You are responsible for getting the snout of
the fish exactly on the zero end of the measuring stick. It
helps to jam the measuring stick against a vertical surface such
as a bulkhead or the side of the cockpit to ensure that the zero
mark (end of the stick) and the snout of the fish are even.
- If fish longer
than the 48-inch official current year measuring stick are
caught and measured, the angler who presents a photo of a 48+
inch fish to the judges first will be declared the winner. The
next fish over 48 inches will be declared second and so on.
- It is helpful in
the judging process to have several photos of your fish and the
measuring stick, clearly showing the length. This is especially
helpful for a fish that is longer than the stick.
- PLEASE KEEP IN
MIND THIS IS A CHARITY CATCH & RELEASE TOURNAMENT GOVERNED BY
THE HONOR SYSTEM!!
- Digital images
that fail to clearly show the length of the fish, with the
official current year measuring stick, will be disallowed.
- Fishing Hours:
Legal fishing begins at sun up to 3 pm on Saturday, April 12th
2014. You must be in line at the DRST Slot and Catch & Release
Tournament Judging Station next to the Deck of the West End Boat
Club by 4pm to have your fish entered for judging in the
Calcutta or the Slot Tournament.
- Line: All types of
line may be used in the catch & release tournament.
- Bait: Follow
current state rules and regulations of the state you are fishing
- Safety: All
participants and guests of participants are responsible for
their own personal safety and the security of their personal
property and expressly assume any and all risks to their
personal safety and well being as a result of their
participation in the DRST Slot and catch & release tournament
Calcutta. It is a pre-condition of participation in the Delaware
River Striper Tournament (www.DRST.org) that all participants
shall release and hold harmless and any sponsors from any and
all claims, losses, costs and expenses, personal injuries,
wrongful deaths and property damage, whatsoever, arising from or
during participation in the DRST Slot and Catch & Release
Fishing Tournament Calcutta. By electing to participate in the
DRST Slot and Catch & Release Fishing Tournament Calcutta, all
participants agree to, and grant this release of liability and
shall not be permitted to withdraw or disavow that release of
- Location and Time
of Measure-In, Awards Ceremony and Gala: Will be held on
Saturday, April 12th 2014 at the West End Boat Club, 500 W. 2nd
St., Essington, Pa. Food and beverages for all participants from
4:00-7:30pm, open bar for 1 hour beer only, cash bar there after
and food for guests. Band plays until 8:00pm ???
- 1st Prize for
Longest fish. 50% of Calcutta $$$ collected.
- Additional prize
for the Longest fish caught by an angler under the age of 16.