Rockfish Derby

TOURNAMENT DATES:  November 23-24, 2017 (Friday & Saturday).  Teams may fish either or both days of the Derby.

TEAM FISHING: Each team consists of a boat, and up to six fishermen, including the captain.  The captain must be on the boat when fishing.  The captain and crew members may not change teams during the Tournament. Each team must fish out of the same boat on each day of the Tournament, unless authorized by the Tournament Director.

BENBEFICIARY:  Greenvale Creek Maintenance Association (GCMA).  40% of entry fees will go to GCMA for the upkeep and maintenance of the Greenvale Creek channel.  Additional donations to GCMA will also be accepted.

PRIZES: 60% of entry fees will be placed in a cash prize pool to be distributed after the weigh-in on Saturday.

DERBY CHAMPION: The person that catches the largest rockfish (striped bass) by weight will receive a minimum of $500.

TEAM CHAMPION:  The team that catches the greatest combined weight of its three largest rockfish,  exclusive of the rockfish that wins the Tournament Championship, will receive a minimum of $500.

REGISTRATION:   The deadline for registration is 9:00 AM on Saturday, November 24.  The registration fee is $30 per person/$15 per youth (under 16 as of November 23).

PAYMENT:  Teams may drop off the registration form and payment to Greenvale Marina, 137 Fairweather Lane, Lancaster, Virginia 22503.  Checks should be made payable to “Greenvale Marina.”

FISHING BOUNDARIES: BETWEEN THE BRIDGES. Fishing is allowed on the Rappahannock River and its tributaries between the Norris Bridge (White Stone) and the Downing Bridge (Tappahannock).

START TIME: Lines in by no earlier than 6:00 AM of each day.

STOP TIME:  4:00 PM of each day.  Any boat that is in Greenvale Creek, or its channel, and is proceeding directly to Greenvale Marina at 4:00 PM will be eligible to weigh fish.

ELIGIBLE FISH: Rockfish (Striped Bass) 20” and over.  All fish must be legally caught by hook and line as described by VMRC regulations.

SELECTION OF FISH: Captains are allowed to weigh-in three (3) rockfish per day.  The captain must choose which fish to be weighed.  Captains may not use the official weigh-station scale to determine which fish to weigh-in.

WEIGH-IN: The official weigh station is Greenvale Marina, 137 Fairweather Lane, Lancaster, Virginia 22503.  Fish must be brought to the Greenvale Marina weigh station on the team boat by way of water (Refer to Disabled Vessel Rule if needed).  The captain or designee must be present during weigh-in.  All fish are subject to examination, internally and externally, as the weigh-master deems necessary.  Weigh-master may confiscate or report suspect fish to the Tournament Director without protest.

TOURNAMENT COMMUNICATIONS: All communications before and during the Tournament will be by cell phone or text message.  The captain or a designated crew member must register a cell phone number on the Tournament application.  That cell phone must be charged with ringer turned on, and on the boat at all times.

SAFE & RESPONSIBLE BOATING: Greenvale Creek is a “No Wake” creek. Teams shall proceed through Greenvale Creek and its channel in a safe and orderly manner.  Any team that that proceeds in an excessively fast or dangerous manner, or creates a wake greater than 3” within Greenvale Creek may be disqualified at the discretion of the Tournament Director.

WEATHER: Captains and crew members enter and participate in this Tournament at their own risk.  Captains and their crew members must make their own judgments whether to fish under the prevailing weather conditions based on the size and seaworthiness of their boat, their seamanship skills and any other factors.  However, the Tournament Director may cancel fishing either day based on extraordinary weather conditions.  Notification to captains will be by text message.

CANCELLATION: Only one day of fishing is necessary to make the Tournament official, as deemed by the Tournament Director.  In the event there are no fishable days, then entry fees will be refunded.

DISABLED VESSEL: In the event a vessel becomes disabled during the Tournament (during Tournament hours or at port), the captain must notify the Tournament Director as soon as possible and await further instruction.  Good Samaritans who assist a disabled vessel may be granted extra time at the Tournament Director’s discretion.

SEPARATION OF VESSELS: At no time during Tournament fishing hours is a vessel permitted to approach another boat unless authorized by the Tournament Director or in emergency situations.

PICTURES & FUTURE PROMOTION: Tournament participants consent to the Tournament’s use without payment or restrictions, any photographs taken during the Tournament, the angler’s name, boat name, crew’s names, or vessel for any purpose whatsoever.

RISKS & WAIVERS: Tournament participants accept the risks and dangers involved in such activity, and they acknowledge that unanticipated or unexpected dangers may occur.  Participants agree to indemnify and hold harmless:  Greenvale Marina LLC and Greenvale Creek Maintenance Association including their officers, directors, members, committee members, assigns, sponsors, lessees, agents, and employees from any and all liability for any  claim, loss, injury, damage, demands, actions, choses in action, costs, accidents, libel, slander, negligence and/or death suffered by any member, family, crew boat and/or other persons which may occur during their term of membership or participation in the Tournament.

DISQUALIFICATION: All participants agree to abide by Tournament rules and decisions of the Tournament Director.  The Tournament Director reserves the sole and absolute discretion to disqualify any fish, angler, crew member, captain, registrant, or vessel at any time.  Persons may be disqualified from the Tournament because of a rule violation, regardless of the severity of the violation.  Any disqualification will include the Captains and his crew for the entire Tournament, and shall result in the forfeiture of all Tournament fees and prize money even if the disqualification was made after the prize money was awarded.  At no time shall any captain or crew make verbal or written contracts that in anyway involve the splitting of prize money with another vessel.