As a team of five close friends who have fished the Crisfield area our whole lives, we’ve decided to plan an event that brings a fresh new edge to the Chesapeake Bay angling community. Our tournament offers a unique format that other tournaments in the area don’t. Anglers will be able to fish anywhere in the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries in 3 divisions (powerboat, kayak, and kids). They will be able to fish two out of three days, selecting a lay day that best suits them.
We will be judging fish by length instead of weight, allowing fishermen to utilize the TourneyX app to submit their catch by photo rather than having to physically check them in. This provides real-time updates on standings, and gives anglers the option to release their fish if they choose. However, we will still have a judging table set up at the Legion for those who prefer to keep their fish and have them judged in person. Releasing fish is by no means mandatory, this is NOT a strict catch/release tournament. We have decided to go this route due to the recent concerns of the striped bass stock. We feel giving anglers this option will aid in doing our part for conservation, while still appealing to all fishermen across the region. In addition, it also gives us the ability to include bull sized Red Drum which otherwise could not be included. *Over slot sized Red Drum must be photo submitted and released in accordance with Maryland state regulations.*
Another quality that separates Tangier Classic from the other local tournaments is the large number of eligible species that we include. Anglers will fish to compile a five fish stringer over two days of fishing. The eligible species include: Striped Bass, slot and bull sized Red Drum, Cobia, Speckled Trout, Grey Trout, Bluefish, Flounder, Spadefish, Croaker, Sheepshead, and White Perch. We feel by including several species our tournament will appeal to anglers of all skill levels. There will be limitations on how stringers can be structured.
Lastly, we are extremely proud to announce that our event has two very important goals.
1.) We will strive to benefit The Crisfield community as a whole. We intend to create a late season burst of tourism to the area to help local business get one last push before the season winds down.
2.) The Tangier Classic planning committee has decided to reach out and find a local kid in need to make a donation to. Whether it be medical bills, a scholarship, etc. we want to benefit disadvantaged youth in the Crisfield community. Sponsorship money and funds from our party on Saturday night will go a long ways in helping the Crisfield area.
This year's recipient is young Lane Dodson. He has been diagnosed with leukemia and type 1 diabetes. We intend to do our best to help this young man achieve a better quality of life with whatever aid we can give.
This truly is an event you won't want to miss! We’re going to have a great time and support a great cause. We hope to see you there!