The set date for the competition is May 26th (Rain/Weather Date: June 2nd), which is a Sunday. The weather has been a little bit fuzzy, but it will normalize by then. Hopefully, water temperatures will be around 60-80 in May, meaning that the Tournament will be productive and fun for everyone!
- The first official Catfish Tourney on the Banks will happen between the Locust and Chestnut Bridges on the Schuylkill Banks. The official date for it is April 14th - 2013, which is a Sunday. In case of rain or weather issues, the Rain Date is set to be one week after - April 21st, 2013. Registered participants will be contacted through e-mail/phone 1 day prior to the event in case of bad weather. The original plan is to hold a monthly Catfish Tourney on the Schuylkill Banks from April to September - 6 in total.
- The entry fee for the competition is 20 dollars - cash only. Kids are excluded from this fee; however, they will be counted as one party, together with their parents (see next section for more details on kids).
- Instead of the traditional format of 6 a.m.-3 p.m., the Catfish Tourney on the Banks will start at 9 a.m. sharp, and end at 3 p.m. (lasting 6 hours instead of 9 hours, which is already some extreme fishing for certain anglers!). Therefore, it's highly recommended for people to show up 1 hour or half an hour prior to the beginning of the event for choosing a good spot, setting up, etc.
- Prizes will be awarded half an hour after the end of the competition, in situ. Therefore, everyone that won (1st, 2nd, 3rd place, and biggest Catfish) will walk out of the event with the prize in their pockets, which will be distributed as cash. Notice that this friendly tourney is profit-free. For more details, see the prize section; section 3.
-There will be a penalty for mishandling fish. Every fish should be perfectly caught and released. In cases where the fish is heavily injured as consequence of the angler's actions, and dies, there will be a severe penalty of 5lbs per incident. Therefore, follow the guidelines for safely practicing CPR. Note: a net is highly recommended for landing big fish (drop net or long net), and it will not be provided by the staff. A Balzer fishing net, which can scoop fish up at the Schuylkill even in the lowest tide, will be available for "renting" at a cost of 1lb per fish. In other words, the measured fish scooped with the lent net will be counted 1lb less in the record chart.
The prizes will be distributed as it follows (in cash):
- 20% of the total amount of money gathered in each tourney will go to a non-profit organization in PA or USA that focuses on environmental conservation and/or aquatic environments. Therefore, the "Catfish Tourney on the Banks." is a profit-free event.
After subtracting 20% from the final amount of cash gathered, the prizes will be distributed as it follows:
1st place: 40%
2nd place: 30%
3rd place: 20%
Big Catfish: 10%
Example: Since the minimum number of participants must be 10, the total amount of money will be 10*20= $200.
20% of 200 will go to a non-profit organization: $40
The remaining $160 will be distributed as it follows:
1st place: 40% --> $64
2nd place: 30% --> $48
3rd place: 20% --> $32
Big Catfish: 10% --> $16
If the number of participants are actually 20 instead of 10: 20*20= $400. The same calculation is performed. Therefore, the higher the number of participants, the higher the amount of money distributed.