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The Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament



The Delaware Sportfishing Tournament is an annual program sponsored by the Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife to promote recreational fishing opportunities in the state and recognize anglers for outstanding catches.  The tournament’s origins date back to the late 1930s when the Board of Game and Fish Commissioners arranged a fishing contest for fish taken in Delaware waters.  The goal then was to increase interest in fresh and saltwater hook-and-line fishing in the state.  Cash rewards were paid to anglers catching the largest fish in three saltwater and three freshwater categories.  Although cash rewards are not offered anymore, the sportfishing tournament is still a very popular program receiving as many as 3,585 entries in a single year (1986).  The tournament has grown to include 14 categories in the freshwater division and 28 categories in the saltwater division.  Several other species are typically recognized annually under the general category “Unusual Species.”  The tournament also includes a Live Release Award for conservation-minded anglers that choose to return their catch, unharmed, immediately after landing.  Each species must meet a minimum weight or length (live release only) designated by the tournament director in order to receive recognition.  To enter a fish for recognition, bring it to a participating weigh station (list provided in the Delaware Fishing Guide) and fill out an entry form.  Live release applications can be obtained from the same weigh stations or downloaded via the Division’s website.  



 Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament

 Tautog - one of the eligible species in the Delaware Sportfishing Tournament
Tautog, or "tog" to Delaware anglers



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