Battle of the Virginia's Tournament

We are excited to announce the
1st Annual Battle of the Virginia's Tournament
We received a ton of feedback following our Musky in the Mountains Tournament. Asking that we would consider opening it up to both states. As usual, you spoke and we listened! 
TOURNAMENT CODE:
RAIN OR SHINE
STICKER LOCATION:
6" Mark on the bottom of the board. 
 

The tournament will be held Feb 10 & 11, 2018. All waters are open in West Virginia and Virginia. This is a catch and release Tournament. We will cap the entries at 30 teams, this will be considered a full field and registration will be closed. Points are scored per boat. This is a team event, win as a team, lose as a team. REGISTRATION is at the very bottom of this page. 

This is a cash tournament hosted by Figureight Musky Gear, LLC. Hosting a good tournament takes a few things: Lots of time, planning, energy, and obviously money. With that said, we want to give everyone the best tournament with a fantastic banquet to follow. Transparency is the best policy, so here is roughly what the breakdown looks like from a dollar value.

65% going back to the anglers in the form of money and trophies. 10% will be donated to the WV and VA wildlife departments to fund items that will improve our musky fisheries. VA will use the money for transmitters to track musky for different studies. The WV funds will be donated to the Trooper Eric Workman Foundation, which will insure that the money goes to a musky project in the mountain state. That leaves 25% for all of the costs such as Food for 60+ people, Venue, shirts, banners, the band, (yes we hired a kick ass band already!) etc. We do not go into a tournament to make money, but we are a business and we are not looking to go in the hole on a tournament either. Our goal is to host one hell of a musky tournament and for everyone to go home saying "That was a blast and I can't wait until next year" 

THE TOURNAMENT AT A GLANCE: Top three teams will receive money and trophies. Big Fish Award. 1st place Team $1200 2nd place $900, 3rd Place $750. (*Payout based on our filed of 26 teams. Best of luck! 

The tournament will kick off on Saturday Feb 10 at 7 AM and go to 6 PM. Sunday Feb 11 fishing will resume at 7 AM and end at 12 noon. Any photo time stamped outside of these time frames will be a DQ on that fish. 

On Sunday Feb, 11 The banquet/check in will be held from 3PM - 6PM at Weathered Ground Brewery located at 2027 Flat Top Rd, Ghent, WV.  If you have not visited Weathered Ground before, you are in for a treat! Catering choices are still being discussed, but we can assure you everyone will eat well.

We have also booked the very talented Long Point String Band. They are an acoustic old time mountain band with a flare of Appalachian Bluegrass. 

 

As you can see we have a really good event planned and we hope you can make it. Musky in the bag or a skunk, it will be a fun weekend in the Virginia's for the musky community. 

TOURNAMENT RULES:

  • 2 anglers max per boat. 2 Rods/2 baits in the water at one time per boat. You can have other rods in the boat, but only two active rods in the water. You can fish solo, but you will be against the teams. Anglers can fish from the bank, a kayak, a boat etc. But the team members must be together while fishing. That is the reason for  the shared bump board. We are just doing everything we possibly can to keep everyone on a level playing field, and fair as possible.  
  • One bump board shared per team. This is important later, as we will be mailing out a sticker that goes on each bump board, and on a specific inch mark of the board. The placement will be announced the same time as the tournament code. You need to bring your bump board with you to check in, especially if you think you have placed top 5. Tournament code will be sent out via email, posted to the Figureight Musky Gear Facebook Page, and also posted here on the website at the very top of this page. 
  • The Bump board- The bump board must have one end closed off for the muskies nose to be against. It can be a homemade board, (We recommend a board from Muskie Bumper or order a custom F8 board here on our site which is made for us by Muskie Bumper.) Again you do have to bring the board to check in with you. (If you decide to do an electronic check in, we will post details on how to confirm the bump board being true measurements.) We will look for the sticker and measure your board to confirm it is 100% legit. We like to think most are honest, but people do crazy things when money is involved.
  • THE NEXT TWO RULES ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT. IF YOUR TEAM IS MISSING EITHER, IT WILL BE AN AUTOMATIC DQ. PERIOD. 
  • #1 - Photo of the angler with the musky and the tournament CODE TOGETHER. NO EXCEPTIONS made. Fair is fair, these are the rules. Don't ask for an exception.
  • #2 - Photo of the fish on the bump board from head to tail, WITH THE CODE in the photo. NO EXCEPTIONS made. Tail pinch is legal.  If one inch of the muskies head or tail is not in the photo, it is a DQ on that fish. No exceptions. Period, this rule WILL NOT be flexible at all. We are trying to make the rules clear to avoid any issues. 
  • *Any photos timestamped after noon on Sunday will be a DQ. 
  • Casting and Trolling are both allowed. No live bait.
  •  Scoring will be on a points system. 5 Points for a 30 inch musky. For every 1/4" after the first 30 inches, you will get 1 additional point.. Example, a 35 inch fish would yield 25 points. A 35 1/4" musky would yield 26 points. Any water in West Virginia or VA is open for fishing. You DO NOT have to be a WV or VA resident to enter.
  • An email/Facebook photo check in will be an option for those who do not want to make the drive to Ghent. This check in time will be cutoff at 12 noon.  Please email photos to FigureightGear@Gmail.com, or send them via text to Brandon Lilly @ 304.860.0420 - Physical check in cut off will be at 3PM Sunday. 
  • We would also like to ask anyone that catches a musky, to email them, Facebook message them, or text them to 304.860.0420. We will NOT share these prior to the banquet. However, we would like to have some tournament photos on display during the banquet. They will be displayed on a TV inside. So the sooner you can get the photos to us the better! Thanks!
  • Cash payout and trophies to top 3 Teams. Payout will be as follows: 1st Place- $1500 2nd Place- $1000  3rd Place - $800 . (Based on full field of 30 teams)  A BIG fish award will also be given out, which is obviously the longest musky caught. Note- Big Fish award is to one angler, not the team. So whoever wins that trophy should take their net man to a steak dinner! 
  • Entry to Weathered Ground, food, non-alcoholic drinks, live entertainment from Long Point String Band, and T shirts are all included with every entry fee. 

 Enter the tournament  below.  PLEASE MAKE CERTAIN you enter both team members full names in the comment section when you checkout, along with the shirt sizes. 

We are looking forward to seeing everyone at The 1st Annual F8 Battle of the Virginia's. Tight lines and may the musky find their way to your bags! See everyone February 11. Scroll on down to register. 

-Brandon & Amber, F8 Musky Gear, LLC.