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Tournament fishing elevates all of your senses as an angler. From how long you spend on the water to how hard you push yourself to hang that last good fish. In so many other tournaments, catch and release is not even a consideration! Everyone forgets how important the fish are! Encouraging anglers to kill fish--especially multiple fish--to win a trinket or prize works against everything we stand for as recreational fishermen and tournament competitors! The fact that we have to kill to compete is a flaw in the system that needs to be corrected, striped bass are an important resource; that's where we come in. If you thought you were obsessed with fishing before, just wait. Whether you enter GoTight.Net's Surfcaster's Classic or the Coast-Wide Cow Hunt you'll be hooked even worse than you were before! And with two ways to enter it's easy for anglers of any style to get in on the action and compete in the unique catch and release event!
The Surfcaster's Classic brought to you by Century Rods is a surfcasting striper tournament that's devoted to catch and release! In addition to being one of the only season-long catch and release events in existence, it is the first tourney that adds the team dynamic to the mix. Your two-man team will be pitted against a field of accomplished casters every weekend that you choose to fish! Each weekend will be run like a conventional tournament, only with a GoTight twist and the team with the highest score for each weekend will win a prize package. Teams will be required to enter at least six (6) event weekends, teams entering more events (there are 15) will enter their six highest scores to fight for a spot in the playoffs. Best of all, you can fish wherever you want to, all you need is a camera, a measuring tape and a desire to win.
Each four-day "weekend tournament" will feature regular updates via our website as well as Facebook and Twitter as each team enters more fish and jockeys for the win. There will be tons of great surfcasting prizes ranging from rods, reels, bags and apparel to custom lures, tins and old standbys donated by our sponsors.
The Coast-Wide Cow Hunt is an individual competition with categories for boat and surf. Anglers signed up for the Classic are automatically entered in the Cow Hunt. In this event anglers grind it out over almost five months combining the lengths of their three largest fish for the winning points total. Prizes range from rods from Century and a Van Staal reel to custom plugs from some of the coast's best builders and every entry comes with a T-Shirt. So if you're as sick as we are of the needless killing brought on by all of the 'conventional' tournaments out there, sign up today. Catch. Compete. Release.
The Surfcaster's Classic runs from May to September with 15 weekend tournament events and costs just $60 per team ($30 per angler). Just remember that you have to compete in at least six (6) weekend events to qualify for the playoffs, entry into the Surfcaster's Classic comes with automatic entry into the Coast-Wide Cow Hunt which gives you 130 days of fishing for the individual prizes and a t-shirt. The Coast-Wide Cow Hunt costs just $25 per angler includes categories for boat, surf and youth and also includes a T-Shirt. If you're interested in entering by yourself or with a surfcasting team, head straight to our sign up page, if you'd like to know more come in and check out GoTight.Net!