Starting in early May, the MSSA Tournament Seriesbegins with the World’s Largest Striped Bass Tournament, The Championship on the Chesapeake (The Championship). The MSSA Tournament Series is one of the most diverse and grueling tournament series in the world. The four tournaments range from Chesapeake Bay striped bass fishing to inshore flounder fishing to offshore tuna fishing. Weather and fishing conditions are completely different for each tournament along with completely different gear and methods. The MSSA Tournament Series and Captain of the Year contest truly measures the skill and talent of our Captains and anglers.
The Captain of the Year contest has been around for many years and continues this year with additional awards and prizes. While the formulas for each tournament are unchanged, the competition is even greater along with the awards and prizes.
Captain of the Year Rules and Regulations:
Anyone can compete. You do not have to be a USCG Captain to compete in the Captain of the Year contest. The MSSA defines a “Captain” as the person who is named on the application for any of the MSSA Tournaments.
Captains are automatically entered upon registration in any of the four tournaments that make up the MSSA Tournament Series
Captains and crew are subject to polygraph tests as defined in our tournament rules
All tournament rules are in effect where applicable
Tournament Formulas, Divisions, & Bonus Points
Formulas for Each Tournament
The Championship on the Chesapeake – Total of 3 heaviest fish – 1 point/lb
Tuna-ment – Total of 2 tuna & 2 dolphin – 1 point/lb for yellow fin and blue fin; 1/2 point/lb for big eye. Only 2 tuna may be awarded points, with only one of them being a big eye. 2 largest dolphin will receive 1 point/lb.
Mid Atlantic Flounder Tournament – Total of 4 heaviest fish x 10 (10 points/lb)
Chesapeake Bay Fall Classic – Total of 3 heaviest fish – 1 point/lb
Captain of the Year Divisions There will be two divisions for this year’s contest as well as an Overall Captain of the Year. The two divisions will consist of a Bay Captain of the Year and an Offshore Captain of the Year.
Bay Captain of the Year: Determined by total points between the Championship on the Chesapeake and the Chesapeake Bay Fall Classic. 1st Place – 2 ‘All-In’ entries in any of the 2017 MSSA tournaments 2nd Place – 1 ‘All-In’ entry in any of the 2017 MSSA tournaments
Offshore Captain of the Year:
Determined by the total points between the Tuna-ment and the Mid Atlantic Flounder Tournament. 1st Place – 2 ‘All-In’ entries in any of the 2017 MSSA tournaments 2nd Place – 1 ‘All-In’ entry in any of the 2017 MSSA tournaments
Overall Captain of the Year:
Determined by the Captain (tournament registrant) that has accumulated the most points between all four tournaments (The Championship, Fall Classic, Tuna-ment, and the Mid Atlantic Flounder Tournament). Overall Captain of the Year cannot win any other Divison. 1st Place – 4 ‘All-In’ entries in the 2017 MSSA Tournament Series + sponsor cash and prizes (determined by sponsor not the MSSA).
2014 Captain of the Year John Travers
(1) Participation: Participating in Tournament: +100
(2) Boat: Awarded to private boat owners (non For-Hire fishing boats; if you charter, no points): +50 Points
(3) Fish Entered: formulas for each tournament will determine the points earned (see below)
*Additional awards and prizes will be available upon sponsor donations