26 Angels Foundation

Fishing Tournament

5th Annual

26 Angels Foundation Tournament

Spend time fishing on Candlewood Lake
while helping the community of Newtown, CT


Entry: $200

Payback: Top 10% of field.

In addition, the team with the smallest legal limit will receive $200


     Date:           Saturday, April 29, 2017

     Time:          8:00am to 3:00pm

     Where:        Candlewood Lake

                        Squantz boat launch



Morning Check In begins:   Saturday April 29, 2017

Squantz boat ramp

New Fairfield, CT   5:30 AM


  • 80 Boat Limit – tournament committee reserves the right to reduce the registrations to maintain
    an 80 boat field, as required by the State of Connecticut.
  • Entries will be accepted at the Ramp provided the 80 Boat Limit has not been filled
  • The first 40 entries will get priority parking at Squantz. In the event of over 40 entries, teams will be contacted to launch at Latin’s Cove & travel to Squantz by boat for check in at 7:30AM
  • Pre-registered teams not able to fish due to the boat limit will be notified.
  • There is a 5 fish limit.
  • Boat Numbers will be assigned in postmark order.



In consideration of being accepted in the 26 Angels Foundation Tournament, the undersigned hereby releases and discharges the 26 Angels Foundation, it’s officers, all sponsors and hosts, from all claims, demands, rights of action, present or future, whether known anticipated or unanticipated and resulting from or arising out of, or incident to the undersigned’s participation in the 26 Angels Foundation Tournament. By signing this application you agree that your boat is covered by a minimum of $300,000 of liability insurance and verif ythat this coverage will be in force the day of the tournament.


By signing this application, you agree that you have read, understand and will comply with the attached Suggested Procedures for Reducing the Spread of Zebra Mussels



__________________________________________       ____________________________________________________

Boater’s Name     (Please Print)                                                    Partner’s Name      (Please Print)








Phone #________________________________________Phone #____________________________________________


E-mail ________________________________________ E-mail ____________________________________________




Boat Make___________________________Length_____________Rated HP_____________Actual HP_____________


If you cannot attend, you can participate “In Spirit” from the body of water of your choice.


I cannot attend the April 29th Tournament but would like to participate “In Spirit”.


By participating “In Spirit” your donation indicates you would like to make a donation but will not be attending the Tournament to fish. (Donations will not go towards angler payouts)  Your support is greatly appreciated.


Visit 26AngelsFoundation.org to:


  • Make a donation online or sign up to fish event in person


  • You can also mail a check and the first two pages of this application to:


26 Angels Foundation

PO Box 356

North Haven, CT  06473



26 Angels Foundation Mission:


To establish, fund and operate a charitable foundation to benefit and assist people and communities affected by the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy which occurred in Newtown, CT on December 14, 2012.



26 Angels Foundation Tournament Rules




  1. Launch


Tournament competitors must launch at assigned location. There is no launching from private or town locations. (state  requirement)

No gas engines will be used until after 7am. UNLESS launching from Lattins’ cove, gas engines may be used after 6:30 to travel to Squantz boat ramp only.


  1. Safety


       (a)  Safe boating conduct must be observed at all times by tournament competitors.  Caution and safety on the morning starts must be observed.  Each competitor must supply and wear a life vest (Coast Guard Approved PFD) properly zipped, buckled, or snapped at all times when the craft’s gasoline engine is running.  Tournament boats may not be powered by an engine which has a horsepower rating in excess of the boat’s Coast Guard rating.  The boat’s “Kill Switch” must be properly affixed to the driver at all times when the gasoline engine is running.


       (b)  Tournament officials have the right to delay, shorten or cancel the start of the event because of bad weather or other factors that would endanger the safety of the competitors.  Tournament waters may also be restricted at any time because of bad weather.


         (c)  In the event of an emergency situation, competitors should call 911 first and then notify tournament officials.


  1. SPORTSMANSHIP: Competitors are expected to follow the highest standards of sportsmanship, courtesy, safety, and conservation.  Any infraction of these fundamental sporting principles may be deemed cause for disqualification.  Any infraction of the state rules and regulations may be deemed as cause for disqualification.  “No Wake Zones” and “Speed Limits” must be observed at all times.  Drunkenness by any competitor during the tournament or at the weigh-in will not be tolerated and shall be cause for immediate disqualification from this and all future tournaments.  The use of illegal drugs or alcohol during the tournament (between “check in” in the morning and the closing of the scales in the afternoon) shall be considered cause for disqualification.  Maximum courtesy must be practiced at all times, especially with regard to boating and angling in the vicinity of non-competitors who may be on tournament waters.  Any act of a participant, which reflects unfavorably upon the Connecticut B.A.S.S. Nation (CBN) effort to promote fisheries conservation, clean waters, and courtesy, shall be reason for immediate disqualification.


  1. TACKLE AND EQUIPMENT: Only artificial lures may be used.  No “live bait” or “prepared bait” with the exception of pork strips, rinds, etc. are permissible.  Rods over 8 feet long are prohibited.  Only one spinning, spin casting, or casting rod and reel may be in use at one time.  All others are prohibited.  Other rigs as specified above may be in the boat ready for use; however, only one wet line is allowed at any time.  All bass must be caught in a conventional sporting manner.  All bass caught while sight-fishing must be hooked inside the mouth.  Trolling (using the gas or electric motor to move bait) is not allowed. 


  1. BASIC BOAT EQUIPMENT: Every boat must have all required Coast Guard safety equipment.  Each boat must have a working engine kill switch and a mechanically aerated live well in good working condition. The boat must be deemed adequate for the body of water being fished at the discretion of the Tournament Committee.


  1. BOAT IDENTIFICATION: Each boat will be given, prior to the start a numbered flag, card or paddle which must remain with your boat until turned in at the weigh-in.  This flag or card must be displayed upon the request of tournament officials and turned in at the weigh-in (refer to Rule 8).


  1. PERMITTED FISHING LOCATIONS: During the tournament, fishing on the tournament waters is permitted anywhere except within 50 yards of another competitor’s boat, which was first anchored or secured in a fixed position with trolling motor out of the water.  All such boats are required to advise any other competitor when such boat believes the competitor is close to being within the 50-yard radius.  No such boat shall permit selected competitors to fish within the 50-yard circle claimed by him/her to

the exclusion of any other competitor.  All angling must be done from the boat.  Competitors wishing to change the habitat by placing any object in the tournament waters may do so if such action does not violate state or federal regulations.  Contestants must not depart the boat to land a fish.  Boats must remain in tournament waters during the tournament day.  Contestants must depart from and return to the official checkpoint by boat.  Both contestants (if paired) must remain in the boat at all times except in the



event of a dire emergency.  In the event of an emergency, and at all other times, partners must remain together, in sight of each other and each other’s catch under the conditions cited above in order for their catch to be scored in the tournament.  


  1. OFFICIAL CHECKPOINT: There will be only one official location for the morning check-out and afternoon check-in.


        (a)  Morning check-out:  At the time of check-out, all competitors and their boats shall be in full conformance with the rules set forth in these tournament regulations.  Boats must be in the water prior to 6:30 a.m. to allow sufficient time for the tournament committee to launch.


       (b)  Afternoon check-in:  All boats shall identify themselves by means of the numbered flag, card or paddle to the “Check-in Boat” and then proceed immediately to the designated weigh-in area.


  1. SCORING: Tournament standings, auxiliary awards, and final winners shall be determined by the weight of each teams catch during the tournament.  Weights will be measured in 1/100 of pound increments.  Only largemouth and smallmouth bass will be weighed.  The limit shall be five of the above species.  All competitors are bound by the prevailing statues and regulations of the state.  At no time shall a team have in their possession more than the limits described above and Tournament officials will conduct checks for violations of this provision. In the event a team is found to have more than the above-described limits in their possession, then they shall cull the largest bass first, down to the limit prescribed.  Only Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass which measure (twelve) 12 inches or more in length on the longest straight line should be presented for weigh-in.  However, a courtesy measurement is available upon request by the team before they present fish for weigh-in.  Bass presented for weigh-in, which fail to measure 12 inches, shall disqualify the team. Any bass, which appears to be mangled, mashed or otherwise altered, will be weighed and credited only at the discretion of tournament officials. After the competitor has delivered their catch to the weigh-master, they may not touch said catch until the weigh-in is completed.  Bass may not be stringered at any time during the tournament or weigh-in.  No Dead fish may be weighed for the lunker fish.


  1. PENALTY POINTS: For each dead fish brought to the scales there will be a .50 (8 oz.) penalty taken from the total weight of the competitors catch. THE CULLING OF DEAD FISH IS PROHIBITED IN ALL CBN EVENTS. ALL DEAD FISH MUST BE WEIGHED IN.  No Dead fish may be weighed for the lunker fish.


  1. – LATE PENALTY: Competitors who are not in the official checkpoint area as described in Rule 8 at the appointed time shall be penalized .50 (8 oz.) from their total weight for every minute they are late.  This will include any weight to be counted toward a “lunker award”.  Any team more than fifteen minutes late shall lose all credit for that day’s catch.  There shall be no excuse for tardiness, and in no case, shall a team be allowed to make up “lost time”.  After proper recognition at the checkpoint, competitors will be allowed ample time to proceed to the weigh-in site; however, all fishing must cease upon check-in.  After commencement of a tournament, fishing is prohibited except during tournament hours.  Exact starting and check-in times will be announced.


  1. TIES: Ties will be broken in the following manner:
  2. By weight of the largest fish.
  3. By total number of fish.
  4. By a flip of a coin.


  1. COMMUNICATION DEVICES: During the tournament, a competitor must NOT use a CB radio, a VHF marine band-radio, a cellular phone, or any other type of communication device for the purpose of locating and/or catching fish. Cellular phones and other communication devises shall only be used in the case of an emergency or to contact the tournament officials. Any competitor witnessed using a communication devise for reasons other than those stated above may be subject to disqualification.


Suggested Procedures for Reducing the Spread of Zebra Mussels

Courtesy of Protect Your Waters




  1. Inspect and Remove – Before leaving any body of water, it is important to examine all your equipment, boats, trailers, clothing, boots, buckets etc.
  • Remove any visible plants, fish or animals.
  • Remove mud and dirt since it too may contain a hitchhiker.*
  • Remove even plant fragments as they may contain a hitchhiker.*
  • Do not transport any potential hitchhiker, even back to your home. Remove and leave them at the site you visited.

*The larvae (immature form) of an animal can be so tiny that you cannot see it. However, it can live in mud, dirt, sand, and on plant fragments.


  1. Eliminate water from all equipment before transporting anywhere – Much of the recreational equipment used in water contains many spots where water can collect and potentially harbor these aquatic hitchhikers. Thus, make sure that you:
  • Eliminate all water from every conceivable item before you leave the area you are visiting.
  • Remove water from motors, jet drives, live wells, boat hulls, scuba tanks and regulators, boots, waders, bait buckets, seaplane floats, swimming floats.
  • Once water is eliminated, follow the cleaning instructions listed below.


  1. Clean and dry anything that came in contact with the water.  (boats, trailers, equipment, dogs, boots, clothing, etc.). Basic procedures include:
  • Use hot (< 40° C or 104° F) or salt water to clean your equipment.
  • Wash your dog with water as warm as possible and brush its coat.
  • The following recipes are recommended for cleaning hard-to-treat equipment that cannot be exposed to hot water:
    • Dipping equipment into 100% vinegar for 20 minutes will kill harmful aquatic hitchhiker species.
    • A 1 % table salt solution for 24 hours can replace the vinegar dip. This table provides correct mixtures for the 1 % salt solution in water:
Gallons of Water Cups of Salt
5 2/3
10 1 ¼
25 3
50 6 1/4
100 12 2/3



  • If hot water is not available, spray equipment such as boats, motors, trailers, anchors, decoys, floats, nets, with high-pressure water.
  • DRY Equipment. If possible, allow for 5 days of drying time before entering new waters.


  1. Do not release or put plants, fish or animals into a body of water unless they came out of that body of water.  Also, do not release them into storm drains, because most storm drains lead to water bodies or wetlands. This is an important prevention step because many plants and animals can survive even when they appear to be dead. The two categories below describe some common situations where people may feel compelled to release aquatic plants or animals.


  • Aquarium and Aquatic Pets: If your family gets tired of its aquarium or aquatic pets, do not release anything from the aquarium (water, plants, fish or animals) into or near a body of water or storm drain. Explain to your children how you could be hurting all of the streams and lakes around the country and killing other fish and animals that already live in the water.

    If you cannot find a home for the critters in you aquarium, bury them. Dump the water into the toilet or yard, far away from storm drains.


  • Bait: Whether you have obtained bait at a store or from another body of water, do not release unused bait into the waters you are fishing. If you do not plan to use the bait in the future, dump the bait in a trashcan or on the land, far enough away from the water that it cannot impact this resource. Also, be aware of any bait regulations, because in some waters, it is illegal to use live bait.


  1. Affected Lakes


Twin Lakes

Lake Zoar

Lake Lillinonah


  1. Susceptible Lakes – These Lakes have water quality characteristics (sufficient calcium concentrations) that may make them susceptible to colonization by zebra mussels.


Ball Pond

Batterson Park Pond

Beseck Lake

Candlewood Lake

Hatch Pond

Lake Housatonic

Mudge Pond

Silver Lake

Squantz Pond