Catching for Science

Our cobia fishery is in a state of turmoil. There are many questions as to how to manage the fishery, the health of the cobia stock, just what is the cobia stock (one big group, two big groups, or multiple cobia stocks?), how many fish can be caught while maintaining a healthy stock, and the accuracy of estimates of how many cobia anglers are actually catching.

To help find answers to some of these questions, the “Flounder Bowl” has become the “Cobia Bowl” to raise funds for cobia research at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science
In addition to being a fund raiser, the entire tournament is designed to provide cobia information. All boats and anglers will be registered providing angler hours/days. Each cobia checked in will be measured and weighed. Genetic samples will be collected, internal examinations conducted. The fish will be cleaned to provide to a local food bank and the carcasses will be further examined as part of VMRC’s Marine Sportfish Collection Project

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Costa Sunglasses

HYPERLINK "http://www.costadelmar.com" is sponsoring a release division.  The boat that releases the most cobia each day will win a pair of Costa sunglasses.  Teams must go through “weigh-in” to enter the division.

The Cobia Bowl will be held out of Dare Marina and Yacht Sales
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The Captains Meeting will be June 22. Fishing days will be June 23 and 24. Teams can register to fish one or both days. Each fishing day requires a separate registration form to be filled out.  Teams must be registered and fees paid in full by the end of the Captain’s Meeting.  Boats will be allowed to fish from any port but all fish will be brought to Dare Marina for weigh-in. For convenience of anglers fishing from distant ports, there will be satellite check-in stations set up for the first day of fishing, where anglers can bring their fish by 3:00 PM. The fish will be transported to Dare Marina for them to be weighed. On the second fish day, all competitors will have to come to the weigh-in at Dare Marina by 4:00 PM. The satellite stations will be locations on the Eastern Shore, Virginia Beach and the Northern Neck.

This is a team tournament with an entry fee of $200 per boat early entry per fishing day. .   After June 8th, the late entry fee per day is $300.  Teams with professional crew (charter boat captains, commercial hook and line anglers) will fish on a sponsored boat or have an entry fee of $400 per boat early entry per fishing day.  After June 8th, the late entry fee per day is $500.  Winners will be determined by the weight of the team's top fish. Cash prizes will be paid through six places.

To give everyone a chance to win, teams not placing in the top six will be entered in a “Lucky Dog” drawing. The team drawn will win an additional cash prize of $1000.

There will be a prize for the heaviest cobia caught by a child ($250) and a prize for the heaviest cobia caught by a woman ($250) in the tournament. There will also be a prize for the heaviest cobia weighed in by a member of the Peninsula Salt Water Sport Fisherman’s Association ($500).

Teams will be given the option of entering three levels of daily calcuttas for additional cash winnings.  The previous level must be entered to enter the next level Calcutta.  Level I, II, III each fishing day.

There is a special Sponsors' Challenge Division where teams entered by the tournament sponsors will compete with each other for the special Sponsors' cash prize of $2000 paid direct to the sponsor.
Entry fees are going back to the anglers. The success of this event is entirely dependent on sponsor support. We have always enjoyed tremendous support for Virginia’s anglers.

Generous sponsor support allowed the Flounder Bowl to support various worthy causes. Flounder Bowl proceeds were used to make donations to the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters, various fish conservation organizations, Children’s Fishing Clinic, Wickel Food Pantry, Youth Challenge Inc., Wish A Fish, and to local families in need.

This year, sponsors will be aiding in much needed fisheries research and supporting Virginia’s recreational angling community.
The early entry period for the Cobia Bowl ends June 8. After that date, the daily entry fee increases $100. You can find entry forms at your local tackle shop and you can print one here: www.pswsfa.com/CobiaBowl_17.htm <http://www.pswsfa.com/CobiaBowl_17.htm>

Mail you
r entry form
to the address on the form or, if you are local, you can bring them to Dare Marina.

For sponsorship information or any questions,
contact Tournament Director, Capt. Jorj Head at: jhead@ycsd.york.va.us or (757) 262-9004.
The early entry period for the Cobia Bowl ends June 8 after 9:00 p.m.  Mail in and on-line registration ends June 14th to allow time to put entries in the database. After June 8th, the daily entry fee increases $100. You can find entry forms at your local tackle shop and you can print one here:           Click on site and scroll down to rules and entry form.
http://www.pswsfa.com/2017CobiaBowlEntryForm.pdf
Click on site and scroll down to rules and entry form.
Mail your entries and checks to PSWSFA, P.O. Box 5194, Newport News,VA, 23605  http:/www.pswsfa.com/CobiaBowl_17.htm or  bring entries and checks to Dare Marina or go to  http://www.cobiabowl.com/register.php  to fill out the entry form and  pay on line.

For sponsorship information or any questions,
contact Tournament Director, Capt. Jorj Head at: jhead@ycsd.york.va.us or (757) 262-9004.

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Captain’s Meeting
Thursday, June 22th, 7:00PM
Registration opens  at 5PM 
6:00pm - Food and beverages  
Dare Marina & Yacht Sales 
821 Railway Road,
Yorktown, VA 23692
(757) 898-3000  
At least one representative
from each boat must attend