2019 Rules

Captain's Meetings & Tournament Schedule

Monday September 23, 2019 at Adam's Taphouse Grille Fruitland, MD

Wednesday September 25, 2019 at Adam's Taphouse Grille Fruitland, MD

Thursday September 26, 2019 at American Legion Post 16 Crisfield, MD


All anglers must attend one Captain's meeting

Friday, September 27, 2019

6:30 a.m. Lines in

3:00 p.m. Judging Table at the Legion opens

5:00 p.m. Lines out

6:30 p.m. Corn hole Tournament

**Dinner specials available**

Saturday, September 28, 2019

6:30 a.m. Lines in

12:00 p.m. Judging Table at the Legion opens

5:00 p.m. Lines out

5:30 p.m. Party/Fundraiser begins

6:30 p.m. Announcements

6:45 p.m. Dinner Service

10:00 p.m. Party/Fundraiser ends

**Dinner is included in your tournament registration**

**Additional tickets are available for $15. Proceeds will be donated to Lane Dodson**

Sunday, September 29, 2019

6:30 a.m. Lines in

12:00 p.m. Judging Table at the Legion opens

3:00 p.m. Lines out

4:00 p.m. Awards Ceremony

Date, Location & Venue

Friday September 27, 2019 6:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Saturday September 28, 2019 6:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Sunday September 29th, 2019 6:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Anglers may fish anywhere within the Chesapeake Bay and its tidal tributaries regardless of division.

Powerboats must launch from Wicomico, Somerset, or Accomack counties.

Kayaks may launch from anywhere within the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.

Anglers must be in line to have their fish judged or submit their photos by lines out time each day. In the event, there is an issue with the phone signal and a photo cannot be submitted, the photo can be presented to the committee on the photo in which it was taken. The committee will review the metadata and judge the fish accordingly.


Crisfield American Legion Post 16

Address: 116 Lorie Quinn Drive, Crisfield, Maryland 21817

Registration, Fees & Payouts

Everyone fishing on a boat must be registered for the tournament. All anglers must attend one of the 3 Captain's meetings in order to receive their tournament official measuring stick, tournament handbook, and Captain's bags. Registration can be completed online by visiting the "Registration" section of our website or in-person at a Captain's meeting.

The Tournament Committee reserves the right to refuse the registration of any angler.

Powerboat Division: $65

Kayak/SUP Division: $65

Kids Division: $30

Kids registering for the Kids division will fish as individuals, they cannot fish the Kids division while also fishing in the Kayak division, or on a team in the Powerboat division. A kid can, however, enter the Powerboat or Kayak division if they choose to for $65, but they will be competing against adults. A kid who has entered the Kids division may fish from either a powerboat or a kayak.

Powerboat Divsion: 25% of entry money.

Kayak Division: 25% of entry money.

Donation to Lane Dodson: 50% of entry money plus proceeds from fundraising parties.

Calcuttas: 100% Winner takes all.


Longest 2-Day Stringer: $50

Longest Overall Fish: $20

Longest Fish Daily: $20

Divided 3 ways, 1/3 payout per day

Longest Rockfish: $15

Longest Redfish: $15

Longest Speckled Trout: $15

Longest Cobia: $15

All-In: $150

Fishing Methods, Eligible Species & Lay Day

Light tackle jigging/casting, live or dead bait, light tackle bank trolling, and Fly fishing are all permitted. Deepwater trolling with mojos, parachutes, and other heavy lures is permitted. Bait fishermen use non-offset circle hooks per the MD regulations.


Redfish, bull or slot sized


Speckled Trout

Gray Trout






Spanish Mackerel

White Perch

All anglers are permitted to fish 2 out of 3 days. All Anglers must declare their one lay day by 6:30 a.m. the day of by sending an email to tcfishpics@gmail.com.​

Stringers & Teams

The winners of each division will be decided by the top three (5) fish stringers. A two-day stringer may consist of up to (4) Striped Bass, (2) slot sized Red Drum, (1) Bull Red Drum (1) Cobia. A stringer may consist of a Bull Red Drum a Cobia. Any Red Drum exceeding the slot size must be submitted via photo through the TourneyX app and then released in accordance with state regulations. All other eligible species may be kept so long as they are of legal size. All anglers will have a virtual 10 fish live well on TourneyX. Once an angler has reached their live well's capacity they will have to manually “cull” fish to make room for new submissions. To be clear, this is strictly electronic culling through the TourneyX system as it is illegal to cull rockfish in the state of MD.

A fishing team may consist of up to 5 people. Anglers fishing on a team will submit their fish individually to build their own stringer (the personal stringer is what will be used to judge the Calcuttas). The TourneyX system will then automatically take the 5 biggest fish submitted by the team members to create the team’s stringer. For this to work, a team must be created on TourneyX and then joined by all of the anglers who wish to participate. This means an individual angler is both fishing for themselves, as well as their team. Therefore they can simultaneously win the division as part of a team, and a Calcutta on their own. If an angler does not participate as part of a team, they will only build their own stringer. In the event an angler fishes on their own, they will be able to win the division as well as Calcuttas independently. Anglers fishing in the Kayak or Kids divisions may build a fishing team for the tournament. Anglers fishing in the kids division will be able to contribute to a powerboat team’s stringer. Kids cannot fish in two divisions simultaneously using one TourneyX account.

Measurements, Measuring Devices & Metadata

Fish are to be measured from the tip of the nose to the tip of the tail at the longest point. According to the MD regulations, you may pinch the tail. All anglers need to be careful not to cover the nose or tail of the fish to assure we can properly determine the length of the fish. All fish will be measured to the nearest 1/8th inch.

All fish must be measured with an official Tangier Classic 48” measuring stick which will be provided at the captain's meetings. You may also have us pre-approve your Hog Trough or other measuring devices at one of the 3 captains meetings. If your measuring device isn’t approved beforehand your submissions will be disqualified.

Tournament officials/judges reserve the to examine the metadata of any photo image to confirm the validity of a claim. Photos with edited or missing metadata may be disqualified at the officials’ discretion. It is important that all anglers make sure the metadata is turned on in their phones before fishing.​

Licenses, Permits & State Regulations

It is the angler’s responsibility to obtain any and all licenses/permits required to fish in this tournament. Please take special note for the required Cobia permits when fishing in Virginia waters. Also, if an angler holds a Maryland fishing license and plans to fish in Virginia waters, they will need to obtain a VFIP number. Both the VFIP and Cobia permits are free and can be obtained online.

All anglers fishing Tangier Classic must be aware of the regulations for the state waters which they will be fishing. The submissions will be judged in accordance with Maryland regulations. However, if an angler is fishing in Virginia they must follow the Virginia regulations when keeping a fish. If a fish qualifies under the MD regulations for the tournament, but is not legal in VA, the fish be released after a photo submission. As noted above, all prize-winning fish must be caught in accordance with MD State regulations and meet the legal size limits of each species.

Judging, Protests & Tiebreakers

Tangier Classic is a hybrid catch/photo tournament. Anglers will have the choice to submit photos of their catch via the TourneyX app or have their fish physically judged at the American Legion. Anglers may keep their fish or release them. All submissions will be judged based on MD State regulations meaning they must meet the minimum size requirements of a legal fish in MD to qualify. If fishing in VA waters, anglers must be aware of the VA State regulations when keeping a fish. All photos will be reviewed as they’re submitted. If the graduations of the measuring device are visible, the fish will be measured from that point and adjusted accordingly. Fish will be measured to the nearest 1/8th of an inch. The nose and tail be completely visible. If we cannot determine the length of a submission it will be disqualified. All daily winners will be tentatively announced that day and will be finalized on Sunday after the protest period has ended.

A registered angler may protest another’s catch by submitting a written report to the tournament committee before lines in the following day (5:00 am Saturday and Sunday), or by the time judging ends on Sunday (4:00 pm). In the event of a protest, the report will be presented to a panel of 3 judges to make the decision. All protests will be finalized on Sunday before the awards ceremony. The judges’ decisions will be final.

In the event of a tie, the angler with the next largest submitted fish will be the winner. In the event neither angler has another fish, the winner will be decided by who submitted their catch first. It is important all anglers make sure their time and location settings on turned on in their phones.

Weather, Indemnity & Compliance

All anglers will fish at their own risk/discretion. Tournament officials reserve the right to cancel any or all fishing days. In the event all three days are not fishable, the tournament will move to the following weekend, October 4th-6th, 2019. If at least one day is fishable, the tournament will continue.

All anglers will fish at their own risk. All anglers agree to indemnity and hold harmless all members of the Tangier Classic Fishing Tournament committee, sponsors, and their agents and employees from any and all liability, loss or damage they may suffer as a result of this fishing tournament.

Failure to comply with any rule or regulation of the tournament or law/regulation of Maryland State fishing guidelines may cause the disqualification of an angler or the anglers catch. Any registered angler so disqualified should not be entitled to any prizes or entry refunds.

Tournament Committee & Judges

Brad & Ashley Taylor

Dave & Leslie Hooker

Steve & Lindsay Mason

Adam & Erika Corry

Justin Ancheta & Rachel Strawser

3-Judge Panel:

Eric Budd | Mark Whitelock | Bud Humelsine

© 2019 by Tangier Classic, LLC

Proudly created with Wix.com