OCBS Steelhead Championship
Series Tournament Rules
- Cost: The $15.00 entry fee is good for all five tournament dates. Entries must be paid prior to the dates of the outing and you must be a current OCBS club member.
- Registration: You can sign up at OCBS club meetings.
- Tournament Dates: Each season there will be five tournament legs scheduled for the months of October, November, December, March and April. The dates will be determined by the Tournament Director and approved by the OCBS Board of Directors. Dates will be published in the monthly newsletter and the OCBS Website.
- Time: You may start fishing at 6:00 AM the day of the Tournament and must stop fishing at 4 PM. Any fish caught after 4:00 PM are not permitted to be checked in. You must check in and report your catch to the Tournament Director or his assistant between 4:30-5:00 PM only. No fish will be accepted after 5:00 PM and there is no grace period or exceptions.
- Check In: You must check in with the Tournament Director or his assistant at one of the following locations:
o East Side: Harbor Bait & Tackle, 786 Richmond St. Painesville, Ohio 44077 (440) 354-8473
o West Side: Erie Outfitters 5404 E. Lake Rd Sheffield Lake, OH 44054, (440) 949-8934
- Where to Fish: Fishing is permitted only in Ohio tributaries and surf of Lake Erie. No lake or river fishing from a boat is permitted. Watercrafts are permitted for transportation only.
Tournament fishing is NOT permitted at the Ford on the Ashtabula River. O.C.B.S. considers this a sensitive area and hopes to work with the landowner to allow access in the future
- Number of Fish to Enter: You may enter a total of 2 Steelhead trout per tournament leg. A total of 10 fish can be checked in for the five tournament legs; i.e. two fish per leg. The minimum fish length is 24″ inches. Only steelhead trout may be entered. No Salmon or Brown trout will be accepted. Dressed or frozen fish will not be accepted.
- Regulations: All entries must follow current State of Ohio Fishing Regulations.
- Measurement & Verification: All Competitors must have the fish length verified by
a fellow competitor or brought to the check-in station for verification. Measure the fish from lip to the tip of tail along the lateral line using a soft material measuring type to the nearest 1/8 inch. Sweep the tail to determine the maximum length. The Club will provide measuring tapes to those members signed up for the Tournament. Tapes are available at the general membership meetings.
Any fish brought in to the check in station, will be measured by the Tournament Director or his assistant, using the prescribed method to verify length.
- C&R: Catch and Release of fish is encouraged. Please remember to gently release fish and return them to the water as quickly as possible, using proper catch and release techniques.
- Winning Criteria: The winners of each individual tournament leg will be determined based on the total length of the two longest fish checked in that day. The overall series winners will be the steelheaders with the longest two fish total for each of the five tournament legs. While a total of 10 fish may be checked-in, only the longest six fish will be counted to determine the overall tournament winners. Winners will be notified within two days of each fishing date. The Tournament Director or his assistant will measure any fish brought in to check-in station.
- Tie Breakers: In the event of a tie for 1st, 2nd or 3rd place, the winner will be determined using the length of their largest fish. If the measurement of that fish results in a tie, the winner will be determined using the length of their second largest fish, etc.
- Prizes: A engraved plaque will be awarded to the 1st place winner of each individual tournament leg. The winner of the combined overall tournament series will be awarded a plaque, and a silver O.C.B.S. belt buckle. Second and third place overall winners will each receive an engraved plaque.
- Raffle Prizes: All participants will receive a ticket at entry to be used in a drawing for prizes at the end of series raffle. Participants will earn an additional ticket for each fish checked in meeting tournament requirements; a maximum of two fish for each tournament leg. (Entry fee, plus up to 10 fish equals a max of 11 tickets in the raffle drawing.)
- Polygraph Testing: Note: 1st and 2nd place winners and their partners may be subject to a polygraph exam.
- Stream Ethics: Practice Stream Ethics; Remember that you represent OCBS and that your actions while streamside are a reflection on the Club and its members. Be considerate of other anglers and treat them as you would want to be treated.
- Questions & Concerns: The Tournament Director’s decision will be final.
- Note: If you have any questions, please contact either John Beedlow Jr, Tournament Director, Tom Blotzer, President or Wael Dardir, Vice-President at the monthly membership meetings or give them a telephone call. Their phone numbers are listed on the inside cover of the monthly newsletter.