Events & More

Awards

Heaviest Fish: $1,600
Second Heaviest Fish: $800
Third Heaviest Fish: $500
“George Ailsworth Good Sport Award”Smallest* Legal Fish: $100
“Fingerling” Youth Award
Lady Angler Award
Good Ol’ Boy Award

The James River Striped Bass Tournament

Every November the James River Striped Bass Tournament is hosted by Deep Creek Landing Marina. Registration is online and will be posted in September!

The James River Striped Bass Tournament helps further the YMCA’s mission in teaching all second graders in the city of Newport News how to swim. Every year our loyal sponsors step-up in our community to help ensure the James River Striped Bass Tournament remains the best tournament on the James River!

Kick-Off Party: November 8, 2024 at 5:30pm
Tournament: November 9, 2024, start as early as 6am

2023 Advanced Registration (Before November 1):
$135/boat (captain and mate)
$70/additional anglers
$15/youth additional anglers (17 and under)
$90 for jet ski registration

2023 General Registration (On or After November 1):
$160/boat (captain and mate)
$75/additional anglers
$16/youth additional anglers (17 and under)
$95 for jet ski registration

Calcutta: $100
Good Ol’Boy Award: Any Donation to the Pot (fishermen/women can pay into this pot, as well)

Entry fees are nonrefundable. Everyone must be registered!

Don’t have a boat, but want to fish the tournament? You can rent a brand new jet ski outfitted for fishing for $300 for the day. Call or email us today to reserve your jet ski! 

2023 Rules and Regulations

Amount of winnings based on number of entries. All fish must meet 2023 VMRC regulations.

2023 23rd Annual James River Striped Bass Tournament Flyer

Calm winds and gentle tides,
Jessica Abbitt Godfrey, Tournament Chairman
Arielle Darrow, Tournament Co-Chairman