Fishing Tournament To Celebrate Oyster Restoration in Talbot County

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is hosting the Rod & Reef Slam in Talbot County October 7. The tournament will begin at 6:45 a.m. at the Lowes Wharf Marinia Inn. The cost is $50 and includes entry, food, giveaways and an afterparty. The cost is $10 if you are just attending the afterparty. Interested parties must register by Oct. 1 at

Sign up before Sept. 15 to guarantee your free Rod and Reef Slam Tournament shirt.

This fishing tournament is in celebration of the return of several fish breads to the surrounding areas of the bay.

We want to celebrate this return, keep it growing, and give Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) some data on recreational fishing opportunities around these restoration projects.

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Participants will fish on three restored oyster reefs near the mouth of the Choptank River to celebrate and compete for prizes.  Winners will be determined by number of species and lengths. Prize categories:

  • Grand Prize: Overall Highest Diversity
  • Powerboat: 1st Place, 2nd Place, 3rd Place
  • Kayak: 1st Place, 2nd Place, 3rd Place
  • Youth: 1st Place, 2nd Place, 3rd Place

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association Bay Office, Maryland Artificial Reef Initiative, Coastal Conservation Association, Chesapeake Bay Foundation and the Maryland Department of National Resources have collaborated on this effort.

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