Registration is now open for Marine Corps Base Quantico’s first snakehead fishing tournament, which will consist of 24 hours of competitive fishing, by hook and by bow, in all waters on and around the base that are open to the public.
“What we’re trying to do is promote some fun and some fishing opportunities,” said Euel Tritt, environmental law enforcement officer and one of the event’s organizers. “I think it’s going to be a great event, just for Marines and their families to do something different on a weekend.”
The tournament will begin with little fanfare, as anglers take to the shores and waters around the base.
“Go register at [Recreation, Information, Tickets and Tours], and you can start collecting fish after 3 p.m., June 7, 2013,” said Tim Stamps, head of the base Natural Resources Section and another event organizer.
Rec ITT is at the Marine Corps Exchange, and registration is open there until close of business June 7, 2013. The contest is open to the public. June 7 to 9 is free fishing weekend in Virginia, so fishing licenses are not required to participate.
Any boats have to be launched from the launches on Chopawamsic Creek or Quantico Creek, but fishing is permitted in all waters of the Potomac River and its tributaries. Bow fishing, especially popular at night, is permitted. The primary target species is the snakehead, but gar, carp and catfish will also be considered when prizes are doled out. All these species can be caught by hook or by bow.