Queen of the Bay 2018 Tournament – A Queen of the Bay tournament is a family friendly, strategic, and competitive fishing tournament with four major divisions:
Open Division (all anglers, any age)
Lady Division (all females)
Youth Division (15 and younger)
Special Angler Division
and five species sub-divisions per major division.
Every angler is also entered into the overall grand champion “Queen of the Bay” division. The tournaments are typically seeded with $1,000 to $1,500 in guaranteed prize money divided up between the four major divisions. The species for each sub-division are determined based on the first fish caught in each major division. Fish weighed into each of the 20 possible subdivisions are all factored into the overall Queen of the Bay grand prize. Anglers are encouraged to join up in teams where in some venues, a team trophy is also awarded.
The tournaments are used as fundraisers for several of our charitable endeavors that include the Special Angler, Wish-A-Fish Foundation, and the Wounded Warriors Project. We typically focus on one fundraising effort for each tour stop.
Since we support the Special Angler, you will always see that we include a Special Angler Division in each of our Queen of the Bay Tournaments. The mission of Special Angler is to include those with intellectual and developmental disabilities in public fishing tournaments. A Queen of the Bay tournament meets those criteria. It is a public competitive tournament for all anglers and has a designated Special Angler Division.
The Queen of the Bay Division grand prize tiara (and additional prize money) is awarded to the angler with the most species recorded for the tournament. The rules heavily favor the girls since they have the ability to record fish in the most species sub-divisions. Although it is possible that a male can win the division (and potential prize money), the tiara is awarded to the top female. The cash award for this division varies based on entries and sponsors ($100 minimum).
First place trophies*, in addition to the guaranteed cash prizes, are awarded to the winner of each species sub-division (20 possible sub-divisions). Each major Division (e.g., Lady) is guaranteed $250 in prize money to be split equally between the species sub-divisions (five max). Typically, that means $50 per species sub-division. The status and breakout of the guaranteed prize money is shown live via our online Leaderboard with real-time updates as catches are recorded.
* one trophy max awarded to a contestant