Virginia Saltwater Fishing Tournament
The 55th annual Virginia Saltwater Fishing Tournament, which opens January 1, 2012 and runs throughout the year, will see no modifications in its popular Citation program. At its annual meeting in December 2011, the Tournament Committee reviewed the Spadefish minimum qualifying standards, as several Committee members supported lowering the Citation minimums. Following this discussion the Committee voted to maintain the current qualifying standards for Spadefish at 9 pounds for a capture and 22 inches for a release.
The Tournament Committee made major changes to the Program in 2004, instituting release Citations for all species and increasing the qualifying minimums for more than a dozen species. In recent years, the Committee has attempted to fine tune individual minimum qualifying weights and lengths to coincide with historical trophy-fish standards.