(More details to come, very beginning stages of planning now. We just wanted to get the dates out so people can plan for work, kids, vacation, etc. )
Dates- Oct 3 & 4, 2020
REGISTER AT THE VERY BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE:
Entry Fee is $300 Per Boat. 2 anglers max per boat. Early registration will be over August 31. After that the registration fee will go to $350 Per boat. The final cut off date to register will be September 19, 2020 (* Only teams signed up prior to August 30 will receive t shirts, this is due to production time,)
As of 8:00PM October 2, 2020 the tournament code and bump board sticker location will be named just below. * Saturday will have a code, and Sunday will be a different code:
Sticker locations is on the bottom of the board, covering the _____ inch _________ marks.
We are also proud to partner with the following sponsors to make this tournament a success here in the mountain state. A BIG THANK YOU to:
(RULES & REGS below, check out all of the tournament sponsors and then keep scrolling!)
2017 Musky in the Mountains winning fish. 1st Place & Big fish.
Angler: Jason Ritchie Net Man: Darrel Seasor
* Caught on a Bondy Bait Co. jiggin bait
2018 BIG FISH Winner, Tim Sylvester II
Amber & Hayes Lilly headed to the banquet in 2018. Hayes 1st MITM!
Joel Miller with 2019 BIG Fish, also 2nd Place finish.
2019 Top 5 Finishers
Check back for more details and updates as we get closer to the tournament.
Here is a look at what this event will look like
Lengthy, but please take the time to read this:
Rules and Regs -
2 anglers max per boat. 2 Rods/2 baits in the water at one time per boat. No umbrella rigs or any other creative way to run multiple baits on a rod. 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. This would keep teams from possibly using 2 boats and covering twice the water.
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. Friday October 2, we will go Live on Facebook about 8:00 PM. 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. Note- * If you have Muskie Bumper or similar folding board, make sure it is completely flat for the photo. Any board that is "kinked" in the photo, that fish will be docked minus 10 points. The reason for this is, if the board is accidentally kinked some at the "fold" in the board, that gains you about an inch or more. So just be aware of this rule. Any kink at all, and it is minus 10 points.
THE TWO THINGS THAT WILL DQ YOUR TEAM:
PHOTO #1 - of the angler with the musky and the tournament code together. NO EXCEPTIONS made. Example below:
PHOTO #2 - of the fish on the bump board with bump board stickers visible. and musky visible from head to tail. NO EXCEPTIONS made. Tail pinch is legal. ALL of the musky and the stickers visible in the photo. *We have changed the rule this year, just the stickers in the bump board picture. No code necessary in the bump board photo. This is so we can get quicker photos and a quicker release. 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. Example below:
So in short- 2 photos of EACH musky. One on the board with the code visible. Another photo of the angler with the fish, and the code visible once again.
Casting and Trolling are both allowed. No live bait. Again, only 2 rods in the water, trolling included.
Scoring will be on a points system. 10 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 30 points. A 35 1/4" musky would yield 31 points. Size matters, example 44" = 66 points, 50" musky = 90 points! So at the end of both days, the points will be calculated. The teams with the most points will win and so on down to 5th. Big fish award is for the single biggest musky landed. Any water in West Virginia is open for fishing. You DO NOT have to be a WV resident to enter. Make a road trip and come fish the Mountain State! * In the event of a tie, the fish time stamped the earliest will be the tie breaker.
You do have to be INSIDE the state lines of West Virginia. We are getting several inquiries about the Potomac River. The Potomac makes part of our state line, so that section would be legal, or any section that runs inside of the state. To insure everyone stays in state lines, please have your "location services" turned on your cell phone settings. This should stamp your location on all photos taken. This will only be reviewed if you place and will only be seen by the judges. Again, we think 99% of people are honest, but we are just trying to cover all bases to avoid any issues or unnecessary drama.
Saturday fishing hours: 7AM - 5PM. Sunday Fishing hours: 7AM - 12PM. (All photos must be time stamped during fishing hours each day.)
Check in and banquet will be at Stonewall Resort at Stonewall Jackson Lake.
A call in/text photo check in will be an option for those who do not want to make the drive to the check in. Either way you check in, the photo must be stamped within legal fishing hours of the tournament Please Text photos to 304.860.0420.
CALL IN YOUR MUSKY ASAP - 304.860.0420 At the end of fishing day 1, if your team caught a legal musky/muskies, you must call/text in your day catches. This needs done by 6PM on Saturday October 3. (Photo must be time stamped by 5:00PM) If you fail to do this, your fish will not be registered/counted. Same thing goes for Day 2, CALL/TEXT in your photo by 1PM. (Photo must be time stamped by 12:00 noon,) Here is the BEST BET. As soon as your team catches a fish, take two minutes and call 304.860.0420. We will log it in for you immediately. Then you can text the photo once you hang up. If you don't have service, just be sure to do it before the cut off times.
Lets talk cash money! (See next bullet point for final payout this year.) We like to be transparent and open. Here is the money breakdown. 75% paid back to the anglers. The remaining 25% is used to host the best tournament and banquet that we possibly can. Feeding 100 hungry musky hunters is not cheap, plus venue, banners, shirts, trophies, supplies, etc. We do not host tournaments to make a bunch of money, but we are a business and do not want to go in the hole on a tournament either. Cash payout and trophies to top 5 Teams. Payout will be as follows (Based on a full field of 60 teams. 2018 we had 58 teams, so we think that 60+ will happen this year!) : 1st Place- $4800 2nd Place- $3600 3rd Place - $2600 4th Place - $1,500 5th Place $100. A BIG fish trophy will also be given out, which is the longest musky caught. If we exceed 60 teams, payout will increase accordingly. In the past Big Fish has also earned $200 payout for the individual. $100 from F8 and $100 from Red Man Builders in PA, owned by Rick Hoover.
2019 FINAL PAYOUT NUMBERS (2020 to be updated after registration is over)- Payout is 1st - 5th. Top 5 will receive trophies and money. Big fish will receive a trophy. We did not make the full field of 60 like we had hoped. The final team count is 43. Down from last years number of 58. We contacted all the teams that didnt make it from last year, and people just have life going on. Work, kids, vacation and even a couple of poor souls going to a wedding! Anyhow, the good new is, this will be our biggest payout to date with fewer teams.We wanted to come as close as possible to paying "full field numbers" so we dialed the food cost back and upped the payout percentage to 75%+. Last year 1st place was worth $3,000. 2019 looks like this: 1st Place- $3600 2nd Place- $2600 3rd Place- $2000 4th Place $1000 5th Place $500
FOOD! Since we did not get a full field of 60 teams, we decided to dial back the food cost and put that savings back into the payout. We are going to be doing pizza, chips, and soft drinks. Feel free to bring your own cooler if you would like an adult beverage. We are unable to serve any due to liability reasons. Looks like we will be at the picnic shelter area right on the lake. (Same as last year) This is just across from the main resort. It is about a 5-6 minute walk if you take the foot bridge just outside the front door. If you are facing the front door from outside, this would be over to your right. You will see the bridge to cross the water. Or coming from the front gate, you just hang your first right after the guard shack. Huge parking lot over there so boats will easily fit. We will have sponsor banners up as well.
We are going try and run on this time schedule:
Please feel free to arrive anytime after 1PM.
2:00 PM Cut off for physical check in.
2:00 -3:00 enter raffle drawings, eat, share war stories
3:00- 3:30- Awards Top 5, Big Fish, and Youth Awards
3:30-4 Raffle Drawings & Wrap up.
REGISTRATION WILL CLOSE AS OF SEPTEMBER 19
Enter the tournament with link below, PLEASE make certain you enter both team members full names in the comment section when you checkout. Also include shirt sizes for each member. T shirts will be available for pickup at the banquet. If you do not attend the banquet, it will be a $5 flat shipping charge and we will mail them out via USPS to you.
We are looking forward to seeing everyone at The 4th Annual Musky in the Mountains Tournament, presented by Bondy Bait Company. Tight lines and may the musky find their way to your bags!