Chester County Bass Masters Upper Chesapeake Bay Open Series
2020 Tournament Schedule
Approved by DNR, all permits in place.
For those not familiar with our circuit. We have been running these Upper Bay Opens for 8 years.
All tournaments launch from Anchor Marine in North East, Maryland.
Low cost entry with a chance to win decent cash and fish against some of the best tournament guys in the region.
Cost is $ 100 per boat which includes the $ 10 Lunker pot. 1 or 2 anglers per boat.
5 fish limit, you can fish solo.
Mail in entries with payment are accepted, launch numbers assigned by first signed / paid for each TX.
Mail in entry with check.
Entry form on left side of this page below Sponsor links :
Optional Side Pot of $ 60.
We averaged over 50 boats per tournament in 2019.
We give out $ 50 Sponsor product packs or gift cards to the first 10 teams who do not win any cash.
We also have $ 50 Sponsor Packs to the next 3 or 4 Lunkers that do not win the Lunker Cash pot.
We will count 4 of the 5 Opens towards the Year end Points standings using a 100 point for 1st place system, 99 for 2nd, 98 for 3rd, etc.
For the first 2 Opens, which are under the 15" size limit, the team weighing the lightest weight in the tournament ( does not have to be a limit ) will win a $ 200 card from Rhino Liners Custom Truck Shop of Delaware for anything the shop offers. They are a complete facility, Tires, wheels, custom exhausts, seats, sunroofs,etc.
The last 3 Opens, which will be in the 12" size limit will also have a $ 200 Rhino Liner shop card, but for the smallest 5 fish limit weighed in at each tournament.
Write up for last years 1st open :
Entry fee: $90.00 per boat
Prize money: 80% payback
Registration : 2 hours prior to launch at the ramp (Anchor Marina) or ( Mail In from form below )
Launch: First light
Tx ends at 2:30 (number must be turned in at registration table)
Weigh-in: 2:45 pm
pay 1 spot for every 5 boats
Lunker pool: $10.00 per boat; 100% payback.
Field Format: One or two anglers per boat, 5 fish per boat.
$ 60.00 Side Option Pot.
Payout for the Option Pot.
1 - 10 boats - 1 spot paid 100 %
11 - 20 boats - 2 spots paid ( 60% / 40 % )
21 boats and over 3 spots paid ( 60 / 30 / 10 )
The Side Option Pot is strictly voluntary and does not figure into the regular winnings from the normal $ 100.00 TX entry fee.
1 - 5 fish limit per boat. Largemouth or Smallmouth. 15 inch limit for May and June Txs ( short fish brought to scales will result in loss of biggest fish ) July, Sept and Oct Opens will be under the 12" limit
2 - 8-ounce penalty per dead fish - does not reduce Lunker weight
3 - Artificial lures only. No live bait
4 - All 2020 Maryland fishing and boating laws will apply
5 - All boats must be equipped with a factory installed operational aerated live well (10 gal min.)
6 - All boats must have all safety equipment available
7 - All boats must be inspected before launching
8 - No alcohol or illegal drugs permitted
9 - A 1 lb. per minute penalty will be assessed for late return, up to 15 minutes. After 15 you are
disqualified. Late penalty is also applied to Lunker weight
10 - Unsportsmanlike conduct may result in a disqualification
11 - Please keep a courtesy distance from other boats
12 - Trolling as a means of fishing is prohibited
13 - In the event of a tie, the most-alive fish wins. If still a tie, the largest fish wins
14 - The decision of the Tournament Director is final
15 - There will be no fishing after your boat number is turned in at weigh-in
16 - It is up to you to have liability insurance coverage on your boat
17 - Solo entries are allowed
18 - Ramp fee is responsibility of the boater.
19 - Life vests must be worn when gas motor is running and the kill switch must be attached when boat is in gear.
20 - Weigh bags will be provided for contestants to use.
21 - Off Limits :
1 - Inside the diagonal line from the fixed fishing pier at the town park to the east ( Blue house ) side of the first canal on the left as you leave the marina, this includes the entire Anchor Marina basin and Nauti Goose docks.
2 - Below a west-east line across the bay from the south point of Bush River to south point of Still Pond Cove. The Bush River and Still Pond will be the southernmost fishable waters for the Opens