Sport Fishing Tournament Updates
New Youth Division
The Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament has implemented a new youth division for young anglers age 15 and under. The youth division features lowered minimum qualifying sizes for each species. With the decreased minimum size requirements in the youth division, young anglers will have a greater chance to be rewarded for that trophy catch. All 15 freshwater species and all 30 saltwater species recognized in the tournament’s adult division will be eligible for youth division recognition and awards.
The new youth division applies to the Live Release Award program for conservation minded young anglers that choose to return their trophy catch unharmed, immediately after landing and measuring their catch.
Youth division qualifying lengths and weights are provided on Sport Fishing Tournament. Other than the reduced qualifying lengths and weights the same tournament rules will apply to the youth division. Youth division entries are not eligible for the elite angler program.
Elite Angler Award
In 2017 the Division of Fish & Wildlife created a new “Elite Angler Award”. Anglers that received Tournament citations for five different species within one calendar year, no more than two of which can be Live Release Awards, are recognized as “Delaware Elite Anglers”. Five individuals achieved Elite Angler status in 2017 (at the time of printing): Thomas Passwater, Sr. of Milford, Ed Raymond of Wilmington, James Blackburn of Laurel, Dan Megahan of Middletown, Mark Lowman of Frankford, Tosh Tryon of Lewes, Adam Hall of Frankford and Lamar Meekins of Seaford. Congratulations on your outstanding achievement!