Tournament directors that have not received a permit for 2016 can choose between one of two options for a tournament permit where the tournament will be held in Maryland on Potomac River or Upper Chesapeake Bay from June 16 through October 31. Option 1 requires the tournament director/participants to adhere to the slot limit permit condition (i.e., possession limited to a 12 inch minimum size, 5 fish creel, with only one fish which may measure 15 inches or bigger). Option 2 requires adherence to special conditions that minimize fish stress, thereby reducing fishing mortality. Option 2 allows possession limits specific to statewide regulations during this time period. Details are provided below:
Option 1: the following language is added to the director's permit: For tournaments held from June 16 to October 31 at Maryland weigh-in locations on the Potomac River or Upper Chesapeake Bay (Susquehanna, Northeast, Elk, Susquehanna flats), participating anglers are limited to a 12 inch minimum size and a possession limit of 5 bass (largemouth and smallmouth combined), only one of which may be 15 inches or greater (per angler, per day). Therefore, an angler can weigh-in 5 fish over 12" but only one of these fish may be 15"and bigger.
Option 2: the following language is added to the director's permit All rules and conditions within the Special Conditions for Black Bass Tournaments must be followed and among these are: a) Allows anglers to participate within existing possession regulations (5 fish creel, 12 inch minimum size, no maximum) for tournaments held from June 16 to October 31; b) Requires directors to recover exhausted bass following a tournament and redistribute them to approved locations; c) Requires all anglers to possess a free participant permit; d) Requires other actions to improve survival of large bass.
While this modification does not address all the concerns we heard, it should alleviate some significant concerns while still meeting the goal of reducing fishing mortality. Additional comments that we received and the Department’s response can be found on here.
The permittee is required to: 1) ensure that supplies and equipment for tournament are in good working order; 2) ensure that bags used to transport bass do not leak; 3) ensure that largemouth bass are maintained in well-oxygenated conditions; 4) ensure that bass are covered by water when transported by bag: 5) ensure that bass are not held in a bag with water for longer than 5 minutes without a water exchange; 6) ensure the legal disposal of dead black bass; and 7) ensure that results are reported by the date specified on this permit.
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Bux-Mont Bassmasters food drive is delivered to Manna on Main Street. Thanks again to all who donated. Pictured is Scott Lukens (L) MoMS and President Bob Lengyel (R).
Congratulations to everyone that participated on the PA State Team on Cayuga Lake from Bux-Mont. Just wish we could of sustained the momentum from Day 1. Everyone gave it their all.
Finish 20th Overall
53. Bill S
*Bob and Curtis qualify for the PA State Championship @ Lake Wallenpaupack (Sept. 30 - Oct 1)
Tim and Curtis qualify for the TBF National Semi-Final @ Lake Champlain (Oct. 15 - Oct 16)
At the half way point in the season and the Top Boaters are Matt J., Bob L. and Terry R. Top Non-Boaters are Bill S., Dave J., Curtis G. (tied) and Vern C. (tied). 4 down and 4 more to go. There is plenty of time of to make up ground. Congrats, guys!
July 17 - Conowingo (Dorsey Ramp)
Meet at the ramp @ 4:30. Launch at 5:00 AM. Weigh in at 1:00 PM.
(Notice the change in date)
Catch Limit: 5, Size Limit 12" on all bass.
Our club tournament is right around the corner, I hope everyone is ready to go.........