Annual Delaware River
SATURDAY APRIL 30, 2016
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 •
LAUNCH: ANYWHERE ON THE DELAWARE
INCLUDES: Refreshments • Food/Buffet After Weigh~in.
$$$ Prizes for 1st 2nd & 3rd Place Slot Prizes •
Calcutta • Door Prize Raffles • St Croix Rod & Penn Reel •
(Prize values vary based on the number of entries.)
Register by mail,
or in person at WEBC. Registration Due 4/29/16 •
Captains Meeting @ the W.E.B.C
4/29/16 @7 PM. Dinner only tickets available online.
$50.00 per person if received by 6pm April 28, 2016. $60.00 per
person the day of Captain's Meeting. All entrance fees include
eligibility for 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.
ENTRY DEADLINE Entries
must be received by
close of Captain’s Meeting April 29, 2016.
Captains Meeting will be held on Friday, April 29, 2016 at 7:00
PM at West End Boat Club. The Captain from each boat must be
present and complete a release form covering all anglers on
FISHING DATES AND HOURS
The tournament fishing day is Saturday April 30th.
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
3:00 PM may be played until boated or released. Rain date: TBD
Participants are prohibited from laying out overnight. All boats
must depart on the morning of the fishing day and any boats not
in compliance will be disqualified. Refer to
for specifics. PA, DE & NJ DNR representatives will be on hand
at the Captain’s Meeting to answer questions.
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.
ROD, 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 approved prior to fishing. This is a rod and reel
event; no nets or other devices will be permitted.
WEIGHING YOUR CATCH FOR THE SLOT
All eligible slot fish must be registered and in line for weigh-in no
later than 4:00PM on the scheduled fishing day. All weighable
slot 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.
THE PRIZES – Complete Rules at
Heaviest combined weight of 2
legal fish per boat will be awarded 1st, 2nd
& 3rd place cash prizes*. In case of a
tie, respective prize $ will be combined and split in half.
CALCUTTA – add’l $20 pp to enter. Cash
prize* for longest fish. Digital photos only including official DRST
marker (given out at Captain’s Meeting) must be submitted no
later than 4:00PM on the scheduled fishing day.
*Prize money is based on the number of anglers registered
All communication between judges at the tournament headquarters
and fishermen during fishing times will be monitored on VHF
Important Contact Information:
West End Boat Club 610-521-4747
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
ADDITIONAL RULES & REGULATIONS
All boats & anglers must be registered and paid in full
prior to the end of the Captains Meeting on April 29, 2016.
Registration fees are non-refundable.
The Delaware River Striper Tournament is a strong advocate
of catch and release and conservation.
Any protests must be submitted in writing to the Tournament
Director by no later than 7:00PM on Saturday, April 30, 2016.
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.
The tournament and its sponsors are not responsible for the
conduct, personal injury, damages or negligence on the part
of any participant.
The Tournament 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 29, 2016
Click here for Online registration
(recommended form of registration).
- Fishing Area
According to PA, DE,NJ Regulations: Delaware River navigable
- Eligible Fish:
Striped Bass in the Slot Tournament - PA only 21" - 25" with a PA
- Striped Bass in
the states of PA, DE & NJ in the Calcutta with valid state
license - size must be above 25" 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 29th, 2016 at 7:00PM. 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 30, 2016.
- 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 witnesses 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, April 30th 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, with the tail pinch (slightly compressed). 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 and
pinch the tail (slightly compress) to obtain an accurate
measurement . You are responsible for getting the snout of
the fish exactly on the zero end of the measuring stick. It
helps to place 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 30th
2016. 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 30, 2016 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 a registered angler under the age of 16.