The HUK Performance Fishing Red Trout Tournament is one of the most exciting and challenging catch & release light tackle tournaments on the Chesapeake.
The HUK Performance Fishing Red Trout Tournament started as an effort to bring awareness to the speckled trout and redfish fishery that exists in Crisfield Maryland. CCA Maryland recognized a problem with the old regulations for speckled trout. The recreational bag limit was excessive and the commercial limit had no limits, gear restrictions, season limits, and a minimum size that did not allow for the fishery to grow. We worked with Maryland DNR to put meaningful regulations in place. After several years, we emerged victorious. The recreational limit was cut from 10 to 4 fish. The commercial limit was cut from an unlimited fishery to a 125lb by catch allowance. We hope to see a more stable population of speckled trout within Maryland.
The HUK Performance Fishing Red Trout Tournament is a celebration of that victory as well as a way to support the great people of Crisfield, Maryland. Crisfield was hit especially hard by Hurricane Sandy and still hasn’t fully recovered. Our tournament brings much needed economy to an area and a people that desperately need it. We will fill the hotels and restaurants. We will purchase gas, food, supplies, and fishing gear from the local businesses while having little or no impact on the resource. As with all of our tournaments, this is a catch and release event.