Rules

How To Participate:

  • Register to fish in Boat or Shore division (or both!)
  • Declare your Team and compete for the Striper Cup Trophy, or fish as an individual
  • Register any time, but you must be registered at least 1 day before commencing to fish
  • Tournament opens at 12:01am on May 1, 2014. Fish must be weighed in by 6:00pm on September 14, 2014
  • You can weigh in 1 fish per week (over 36″ please) to compete for weekly and monthly prizes
  • NEW FOR 2014: Catch & Release fish are eligible for prizes!

2014 TOURNAMENT RULES

  • Entrants may register in BOAT, SHORE or YOUTH division. For the duration of the tournament, an entrant can only weigh in fish for the division in which he/she is registered, unless an additional fee was paid to register the angler in the BOAT and SHORE divisions. (All rules, eg. 1 fish per week, still apply.)
  • Adult (BOAT and SHORE) Division is open to adults using any type of non-electric rod and reel including fly rods. YOUTH Division is open to persons who have not reached their 17th birthday on the opening day of the Tournament. Youth entrants are eligible for Youth prizes only.
  • Entrants must declare any club affiliation at the time of registration or before the start of the Tournament (May 1, 2014).
  • The Tournament opens at 12:01am May 1, 2014. All fish must be weighed in by 6:00 pm on September 14, 2014. A competitor must be registered in the Tournament 1 day before commencing to fish.
  • From the moment a fish strikes or takes bait or lure, the angler must hook, fight and land or boat the fish without the aid of any other person except that another person may grasp the leader in order to gaff, net or grab the fish. Participants must comply with all state and federal laws governing the catch of eligible species. The fishing method known as yo-yoing, including any method that uses weights inserted into a bait and not attached to the angler’s line, is not permitted in the Striper Cup.
  • Anglers are allowed to enter and weigh only one (1) fish per week. If an angler weighs more than one fish, all fish entered by the angler that week will be disqualified. Fish must be at least 36 inches in length and weighed at a registered weigh station sanctioned by the tournament. At the time of weigh-in, the fisherman must present proper identification and provide the weigh-master with full information relating to the catch. By signing the weigh-in slip, the fisherman attests to all information given.
  • Participants are expected to weigh a fish in on the day it is captured, or as soon as possible the following day if the fish is caught after business hours. Intentionally retaining a fish to weigh in at a later date is grounds for disqualification of the participant.
  • Any inorganic item(s) including, but not limited to, fishing tackle, wire and rocks found to be attached to a fish or inside a fish’s mouth when a fish is caught shall be removed by the angler prior to weigh-in. Weigh stations and Tournament officials reserve the right to cut open and inspect fish at their discretion. If any inorganic material is not visible to the angler and is discovered when the fish is opened, this material shall be examined by the Tournament Committee and, if deemed to be inside the fish prior to it being caught by the angler weighing it in, the weight of such inorganic item(s) shall be deducted from the official weight of the fish. If, however, the Tournament Committee deems that any material was intentionally introduced to the fish after that fish was caught and prior to the weighing of that fish, additional action may be taken including, but not limited to, the disqualification of the fish and angler.
  • Weekly awards will be given to the largest fish each week. Weeks follow a Monday to Sunday format. In the event of a tie in weekly or monthly awards, the first fish of record (first fish weighed in) will receive the prize.
  • An individual can win only one monthly prize and only three weekly prizes. In the event that a participant wins a second month or fourth weekly prize, the prizes (and chance at the drawing) will go to the next-place angler until a new winner is awarded.
  • For Team competition, only the largest fish from an individual angler may count toward a club’s total points. Fish caught by anglers registered in the shore division will be multiplied by a factor of 1.18.
  • For the angler of the year competition, in the case of a tie in accumulated weight, the largest fish weighed in will determine the winner. If there is still a tie, the contestant’s 2nd largest fish will be used as a determinant. The process will continue in that manner until a winner is determined.
  • Registered adult participants in attendance at StriperFest 2014 will be eligible to enter the drawing for the Grand Prize.
  • Any prize won by a minor will be awarded to minor’s parent or legal guardian named at the time of entry. Prize recipients are responsible for payment of all applicable state and federal taxes on awards. Weekly prizes not collected at StriperFest will be subject to shipping and handling charges. Prizes not claimed by December 31, 2014 will be forfeited.
  • On The Water reserves the right to use a contestant’s image and likeness for all promotional purposes. By submitting an image, you grant On The Water a nonexclusive right, in perpetuity, to publish the images for On The Water’s purposes in any format, including in publications and on the website.

CATCH AND RELEASE

Summary:

  • Participants may enter released fish in Boat, Kayak or Shore C&R Categories
  • Submit up to 3 released fish per week online here.
  • Anglers are rewarded 1 point per 10″ of fish
  • More points = more chances to win prize drawings!

Example:
Angler A
Week 1: 32″ + 38″ + 42″ = 112″ (11 points)
Week 2: 40″ + 41″ = 81″ (8 points)
Week 3: 34″ + 36″ + 38″ = 108″ (10 points)
Week 4: 36″ + 32″ = 68″ (6 points)
4 Week Total: 35 points
Angler A is given 35 entries into the Week 1-4 Prize Drawing

Entries:

Catch & Release entries are determined by length measurement. Fish should be measured from the tip of the snout or jaw (mouth closed) to the farthest extremity of the tail. Every Catch & Release entry must include a photo of the released fish that allows for a reasonable approximation of the fish’s size. You can also submit your photo via form here, via email to stripercup@onthewater.com, via Twitter by mentioning @onthewatermedia and #StriperCup along with your photo, or via the On The Water Facebook page by posting it on our wall. Good luck!

For pounder pins, please estimate weight using the formula Girth x Girth x Length/800 or with a handheld scale.

Rules:

  • All anglers fishing the Striper Cup are eligible to compete for prizes in Catch & Release categories.
  • Weekly total of up to three fish is converted to points (1 point per 10 inches).
  • At the end of weeks 4, 8, 12, 16 and 20, participants will be entered into a random prize drawing; number of entries per individual equal to the number of points earned over the previous 4 weeks.
  • Entrants may win no more than one monthly prize in any C&R Category, over the course of the tournament.
  • Entrants may request no more than 10 pounder pins for released fish over the course of the tournament.

DISCLOSURE OF PRIOR OFFENSE

Participants who have been charged with a fisheries-related violation within 3 years prior to the start date of the Striper Cup must notify the Tournament Committee via letter or email prior to registration. Any participant who has been previously disqualified from the Striper Cup tournament or any other fishing tournament must also notify the Tournament Committee via letter or email prior to registration. Please include your account of the event, any supporting materials you might have, and a personal statement explaining why you should be allowed to participate in the Striper Cup.

The On The Water Tournament Committee retains sole discretion to determine the winners, to award prizes, and to resolve disagreements or disputes between and among participants in accordance with the rules of the Tournament. The Committee may disqualify from the tournament and/or from any or all future Striper Cup Tournaments any person or persons who falsify information, violate the tournament rules, falsely testify for or against any person, or act in what the committee determines to be an unsportsmanlike manner either during or prior to participation in the Tournament. Any party aggrieved by a decision of the On The Water Tournament Committee must present a written grievance, signed by the party, to the On The Water Tournament Committee within 48 hours of the decision being challenged. The Committee will investigate all grievances and may conduct a hearing to resolve the grievance. It may call witnesses, question the party involved in the incident giving rise to the grievance and, if necessary, have any and all persons involved or with knowledge of the incident submit to a polygraph test. The Committee’s decision to uphold, deny or make any ruling regarding a grievance shall be definitive and final. In no event shall any participant aggrieved by the Committee’s decision on a grievance have the right to assert a claim against or otherwise challenge the decision of the Committee or any member of the Committee in a court of law or other forum. On The Water reserves the right to substitute prizes of equal value.

Entry fees may be paid by credit card, cash or personal check. (A $25 service charge for returned checks must be paid in cash along with the Entry Fee. Failure to do so will disqualify the entrant and require forfeiture of any prizes.)