• Big Chill Beach Club (map)
  • 27099 Coastal Highway
  • Bethany Beach, DE, 19930
  • United States

Save the date! May 5th will be the First annual Chillaware Island Spring Surf Fishing tournament. We have a lot of details to tell you about and are still working with sponsors. If anyone would like to be a sponsor please get in touch at admin@delaware-surf-fishing.com. This spring tournament will be just like the fall tournament we just hosted. Everyone had a blast! We will fish all day and then have an awards ceremony at the Big Chill Beach Club. Right now this is limited to 3Rs fishing beach and 125 anglers. If the need arises we will use all of Delaware Seashore State park. We will have a registration section on the DSF website after the first of the year. Liquid Board Shop will be our home base for registration and packet pick ups. We look forward to seeing everyone again.

Prizes …

Largest Fish … to be announced it will be prizes.


First Place ….. $800

Second Place ….. $500

Third Place ….. $250

Fourth Place … $100

Fifth Place Gift card

Sixth through twentieth place … pick your prize at the awards table donated by our sponsors. 

Entry Fee, Tournament Time

Surf fishing will start at 7 am and lines out of the water by 3 PM. Anglers must turn in score sheets to the judges in their area. We will have a few judges on the beach. Keep the raffle ticket that is attached to your score sheet for the awards ceremony.

Registration is $30 per angler, you can pay an extra $15 at registration to get a T shirt. Shirts will be available after the event for $25. Calcutta monies will be collected the day of the tournament by a judge. Kids under 16 are free, but if they want a T shirt it will cost the $15 extra at registration, you must register kids so we have an accurate head count.

Registration …

We will have those details in about two weeks. You will have the option of registering online and pre-ordering T shirts or you will be able to sign up at liquid board shop. T shirts will not be available until the day of the tournament. Don’t forget your shirt size during registration, you can purchase more than one shirt.

Liquid Board Shop will be the “home” base to pick up registration packets and sign up.

All anglers must have a Delaware fishing license. No license will result in disqualification. Surf anglers have one license with their surf tag, and it is only good for the registered owner of the vehicle, all other anglers with them must have a Delaware fishing license.

FISHING AREA …. 

Walk on anglers may fish where ever they like from southside to the south end of 3Rs. We recommend they fish southside in front of the beach club and the walk on area at 3Rs for ease of getting out there with gear.

Drive on anglers will be limited to the south side of 3Rs (the poles) to the designated cut off point on southside at the last walk on access. There will be a sign and a judge parked there. We have been given permission by parks to drive further north on 3Rs for this tournament. The cut off will be the first walk on entrance at the southside parking lot. No one can fish from the Soutside Jetty that is off-limits

Anglers are advised to bring a bucket or container to keep their catch alive. There is an extra point added for a released fish. Judges will determine if the fish was released alive and well.

Only two rods in use at any time per angler. Rigs may have no more than two hooks. Anglers may have more than two rods with them, but may only fish with two rods at one time. Fish can only be caught on hook and line. Angler who catches the fish must land the fish. Assistance by netting or gaffing a fish is allowed, but only if the fish is visible to a judge on the beach. We will have several judges.

No cast nets are to be used before or during tournament.

Calcuttas … all 3 total $20 to be collected the day of the tournament

There will be a bluefish calcutta for $10 all monies go to the largest bluefish. In the event of a tie the money will be split.

There will be a skating rink and dog pound calcutta … each is $5 the most skate caught and the most dogfish caught will win the Calcutta.

Scoring fish … 

One point per inch, all measurements will be rounded down to nearest full inch. All fish must meet minimum length requirements of Delaware creel limits. One extra point for released fish.
If anglers tie on total points, the total fish caught will determine the winner. If this is still tied, then the points of the largest of each species of fish caught will determine the winner. If tie is still not broken, prize money will be divided.

In the largest fish category if there is a tie, winner will be the fish caught first. Times will be recorded by judges.

In the event of storms or no fish. If the beaches are closed due to a storm, we will have a rain date of Sunday the 15th. If that gets washed out we will draw numbers for winners in all divisions. If no one enters a legal fish in the tournament we will have a drawing for prize categories. Anglers will be given a raffle ticket with their packets. That ticket will be used in the event of these drawings.

Fish you can score and size requirements… extra point for a released fish

Bluefish … 12 inches

Croaker … 8 inches

Weakfish … 13 inches

Black Drum … 16 inches

Red Drum 20 inches

Striped Bass … 28 inches

Flounder … 17 inches

Speckled Trout … 12 inches

Northern Pufferfish … 8 inches

Kingfish … 11 inches

A portion of the proceeds will go to Frets 4 Vets