Date/time/location: Saturday, April 21, 6a.m-4pm at Weldon Boat Landing, 200 Rockfish Drive.
Register online using Pay Pal at www.historicweldonnc.com or at Weldon Town Hall, 109 Washington Ave., Monday through Friday from 9am-5pm. You can register on day of event between 5 a.m.-6.am. at River Falls Park Pavilion (located beside N.C. Wildlife Boat Ramp). No entries allowed after 6a.m. Organizers reserve the right to postpone tournament activity if Roanoke River at Weldon is deemed unfishable due to weather or other uncontrollable acts outside the control of tournament directors. Credit will be given for entry in next year’s event.
1. Launching Time: ALL boats must launch from Weldon boat landing. Lines in 6a.m.;NO EXCEPTIONS. Lines out at 3:30 p.m. ALL ANGLERS must be present and in line at 4:00 p.m. to weigh in at River Falls Park Pavilion; awards to follow.
2. Boundaries: Weldon boat landing to Hwy. 258 Bridge.
3. Weigh in: Individual angler must weigh in two (2) Rockfish chosen by the angler. Each angler has two zip tags for the two Rockfish you want to weigh. Once the Rockfish is tagged, it will be weighed. If you remove or damage the tag before weight in, that tag is voided. Suggestion from tournament officials is that you tag your Rockfish right before you bring them in for weigh-in. The weigh master will weigh the Rockfish in the presence of the angler and will complete the weigh-in slip. The angler will sign and have a copy of the weight-in slip. The weigh master's decision will be FINAL. In the event of a tie; first angler to weigh in will be the winner.
4. Rules and Regulations: Anglers are required to comply with all Local, State, Federal, Game and Fishing Regulations. Regulations state the creel limit is two (2) Rockfish per person; minimum size is 18 inches. No Rockfish between 22 and 27 inches may be retained. Each angler has two zip tags for the two Rockfish you want to weigh; once the Rockfish is tagged, it will be weighed. If you remove or damage the tag before weight in, that tag is voided. Suggestion from tournament officials is that you tag your Rockfish right before you bring them in for weigh-in. Rockfish that appears to be altered in any form; either biologically or artificially, will be disqualified. Rockfish presented for official weigh-in are subject to internal and external examination by tournament officials and North Carolina Wildlife Officers. Any angler who displays poor sportsmanship, violates tournament rules or violates fish and game laws, and receives a citation during the tournament, will be disqualified.
5. Categories & Prizes: Based on the combined weight of TWO (2) Rockfish. Tournament will be 3 places deep. The pot will be based on the number of entries. The tournament will retain 20% of each entry fee for operational cost with the remaining 80% divided up as follows: 1st place 50%, 2nd 20%, 3rd 10%. For example: based on 50 angler entries @ $30.00 = $1,500.00; tournament pot would be $1,200.00. 1st place $750.00, 2nd Place $300.00, 3rd place $150.00; the more entries, the larger the pots. Teen & guppy anglers will be competing for trophies, 1st. 2nd & 3rd place.
6. Adult Calcutta Pool: Largest Rockfish overall for adult anglers; $10.00 entry fee per angler. The payout will be 80% of the pot; tournament retains 20% for tournament expensive. This is where anglers can win some cash; the more entries into the Calcutta's, the larger the pot. Example of possible payout: 20 entries @ $10.00= $200.00/.80% = $160.00 payout.
7. Teen and Guppy Calcutta Pool: Largest Rockfish overall; $5.00 fee per angler. Teen and guppy anglers receive 100% of Calcutta payouts for their division, but not the overall pot.
8. Protest: Any protest must be recorded with the tournament officials during the tournament or within 10 minutes of the completion of the weigh in. Protests made against another angler may result in both anglers taking a polygraph test before any tournament winnings are paid. If an angler is found to be in violation of any of the tournament rules or state/federal regulations, the angler will be expelled from the tournament and may face bands from any or all tournaments in the future. The angler will also lose all rights to any prize money if found to have violated a tournament rule. All decisions of tournament officials are final and binding. Interpretation of rules shall be left exclusively to tournament officials.