The deadline for early entry is July 1. The fee per boat is $150 by July 1, or $175 per boat after that date.
The tournament will be presented for the first time by Boston Whaler and sponsored by Chesapeake Boat Basin. A $500 cash prize will be offered by Boston Whaler and the Boat Basin if the winning fish is caught in a Boston Whaler.
As in the past, the tournament will include prize money for first through fifth places along with a $25,000 state record-breaking prize sponsored by Tri-Star Supermarket. The tournament will continue to award prizes for female and youth anglers along with its new Travis Smith Special Angler award. The female, youth and special angler awards are based on the weight of a single fish.
“There is no age limit for the special angler category and the angler needs to participate in landing the fish to their capabilities,” said tournament director Kathy Pittman.
The new category is named after Travis Smith, whose family lives in Herndon and has a second home in Little Bay. The award will reward anglers with special needs. Smith, who has fished in the tournament with his family since it began, won the youth angler award last year.
Prize money for the special angler category is being donated, said Pittman. To date, $300 has been donated, guaranteeing a $150 first prize, $100 second prize and $50 third prize, along with plaques.
Anglers entering the Travis Smith Special Angler category must currently be enrolled or eligible to compete in a national special sports competition program for the intellectually disabled, or must receive or be eligible to receive services through the public schools for intellectual disability or developmental delay, or must provide a doctor’s name, telephone number and address for verification of intellectual disability.
“With this being a tournament that benefits the children and the youth park, we think it’s fitting to have a category like this,” said Pittman.
A captain’s meeting will be held at the Hayden Building at Dreamfields on Irvington Road near Kilmarnock on August 23 with fishing on August 24. An awards ceremony and dinner will be held following the tournament at Chesapeake Boat Basin in Kilmarnock.
To register, contact Pittman at 804-724-9279, or log onto youthcluboflancastercounty.org.