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Rules and

1 / Start/Stop Time

The tournament begins at 8:00pm Friday, April, 2023 and ends at 2:00 pm Sunday, April 23, 2023

2 / Live Weigh In

All fish must be alive when weighed in and be able to swim off on their own within 10 minutes of weighing in. Stringers are not allowed.

3 / Registration Deadline

Registration must be made prior to 8pm on Friday, April 21, 2023. Pre-register on-line before the tournament weekend. On-site registration will be held at the Brookneal Boat Landing from 11am on Friday until the tournament begins. Registration will not be permitted after 8pm on Friday, April 21, 2023. 

4 / Children under 12

Children under the age of twelve may fish with their parents without being registered in the tournament. However, they will NOT be eligible for prize money.

5 / State Compliance

All Virginia Game and Inland Fisheries regulations must be followed. Tournament caught catfish will be made available to the DWR personnel for data collection upon request.

6 / Weigh-ins

Continuous weigh-ins will take place at the Brookneal Boat Landing throughout the tournament with the final awards being made at 2:15pm on Sunday, April 23, 2023. All fish must be weighed no later than 2pm on Sunday, April 23, 2023.  Call (434) 257-4922 during the tournament for up-to-the-minute results.

7 / One Prize Per Person

Each person is only eligibly to win one place prize.

8 / Winning Fish

The largest single catfish caught and weighed prior to 2pm on Sunday will be declared the winning fish. In the case of a tie, the earliest fish checked in will be declared the winning fish. Each fisherman is only eligible to win one place regardless of the number of fish weighed. 

9 / Area of the River

Fishing is limited to the area between the Leesville Dam and the intersection of Difficult Creek and the Staunton River. There will be boats on the water to ensure everyone is within this zone.

10 / Inspection

The Tournament Committee reserves the right to inspect any and all fish, maintains the right to disqualify any participant for violations of the tournament rules and may request a polygraph test. Tournament caught fish will also be made available to the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries personnel for data collection upon their request.

11 / Protests

Any protest of the tournament must be in writing to the Tournament Committee by 2:30pm on Sunday, April 23, 2023.

12 / Disqualifications

Any registered entrant fishing in a boat with an unregistered fisherman shall be disqualified. All winning entries will be subject to certification by the Brookneal Catfish Tournament Committee

Sponsorship Board

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501 EZN
Brookneal EZN
Brookneal Collison
Brookneal Poultry

Lynchburg Fabrication
Mason's Landscaping
Dr. William Drake
Keysville Building Supply

Beam Industrial Cleaning
Brookneal Car Wash
Chestnut Mountain Feed Co
Four Forks and a Spoon

Heritage Hall
Elite Fitness


Re/MAX - S.L. Ferguson Appo
R.D. Mason Construction
Rehab Associates
Marc Barksdale Painting
Bank of Charlotte
Lester's Foodmarts
501 Automotive
Francis Oil


Brookneal Drug
Aubrey Rosser, Attorney
Jeff Myers
Henderson Funeral Home
Phillips Equiptment
Sugar Hill Garage
Spaulding Equiptment
Edward Jones/Don Wooldridge

Will Hemdon
Lynchburg Livestock Market
Wayne Kendrick
Lazy C. Farms
Kenny Wynn
R.B. Tucker Auctioneer
Farm Bureau Insurance/Rick Man
Drug Store Grill

Lynchburg Pawn Shop
W. W. Novelty
Brookneal Moose Lodge
Burgers, Shakes, and Cream
NAPA of Appomatox
Town of Brookneal

Campbell Masonic Lodge
Knoll Crest Farms

Brookneal Trading Post
Norwood Shortner
Jenny Foster
Mandy Mosseley
Jesus Loves Me
Bass Sod Farm

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