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A new mini-tournament concept for Fisherman subscribers worth a possible trip to Costa Rica.
By The Fisherman Staff
Tags: inshore
New 'photo' contest for striped bass offers Fisherman subscribers a chance at the trip of a lifetime to Costa Rica!

The decline in striped bass stocks is well documented, which is why the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASFMC) has mandated a 25-percent reduction in mortality for 2015 by member states.

The Fisherman Magazine has been a leading advocate for conserving our marine resources, and in an effort to reduce striped bass mortality, we have removed striped bass from Dream Boat contention this season.

The motivation to win a boat is strong and some of the Northeast’s best striped bass fishermen are counted among Fisherman subscribers, as evidenced by nearly all of the top 15 stripers eclipsing the 50-pound mark each of the last three years.

For those who passionately pursue stripers, The Fisherman Magazine has instituted a new category – Best Striped Bass Photo. No dead fish photos will be accepted and the minimum size for a qualifying entry is 36 inches. At stake is a three-night stay and fishing trip for two at The Zancudo Lodge in Costa Rica (note: transportation and other fees not included) and the opportunity to be featured on the cover of a future monthly edition.

Many of the photos submitted may also appear in future issues as report photos, report section covers, weekly edition covers or to support feature articles at the discretion of The Fisherman.

By submitting a photo anglers agree to allow The Fisherman to publish their images in the magazine and online without compensation. Judging will be conducted at the sole discretion of the editorial staff of The Fisherman. We will be looking for high resolution digital images of the liveliest and freshest looking fish taken on location, and shot in a vertical format. Photos taken in the act of releasing a fish will be given special consideration, and the angler does not have to be included in the photo. The two acceptable subjects in the photo submission are the subscriber with the fish caught by the subscriber, or the fish by itself. No other person can be included in the photo. As is the case with the Dream Boat Challenge, you must be a subscriber to be eligible.

There is no limit on the number of entries that can be submitted, but all entries must include the subscriber’s name, address, email and phone number. It must also identify the photographer’s name if someone other than the subscriber takes photo; also required at submission is the date of the catch, the general location of the catch and an estimation of the length and weight.

Also, if your fish was caught on a party or charter boat, please include the name of the boat, as any fish caught on a party or charter boat and selected as the "Best Striped Bass Photo" winner will receive a five-year subscription extension as an additional prize.

Your fish must be caught, and the photo and catch information submitted, between April 17 and November 30, 2015 to Photos become property of The Fisherman and subscriber agrees to release all rights to the photos to The Fisherman. Additional rules apply. Please see The 2015 Dream Boat Fishing Challenge Official Rules for all details. Be sure to send your photos full size – do not downsize them to expedite emailing.

Whether you are strictly a catch and release fisherman, or if you enjoy taking one home for the table on occasion, the Striped Bass Photo category is a way for anglers to practice conservation of this valuable resource, without reducing fishing effort for the region’s most popular gamefish.

So, whether you fish from a party or charter boat, your own boat, a kayak or the surf, every Fisherman subscriber has the opportunity to participate in this effort to reduce striped bass mortality.

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