The High Hook Award is presented to the club member catching the largest fish in a particular species category for the year.  The High Hook award has been presented since the first year of the club's establishment.  While not required, catch and release is encouraged.  Divisions: there are 2 divisions Senior and Junior (16 and younger) for all eligible species: Striped Bass, Bluefish, False Albacore, Weakfish, Flounder and Blackfish, all of which can be pursued in three categories, bait, lure, and fly.   Each High Hook is awarded a certificate in recognition of the angler's accomplishment, awards are presented at the club's year end banquet. 

The High Hook Rules are as follows:

  1. Fish must be caught from shore, both feet planted on Terra Firma.
  2. The High Hook club tournament runs from the first Sunday following Thanksgiving for a period of one year.
  3. Overall length, measured from tip of nose to tip of tail is used to determine the winner.  Weight is optional and not used to determine a winner.
  4. Entries must be reported by the first membership meeting following the catch
  5. Entries can be sent to the current Club President via email or submitted in writing at a club meeting.

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The Spring Cow award is given to the club member catching the first bass of the season 40 inches or larger.

Striper a month

Running concurrently with the High Hook contest is the striper a month challenge, where angler's receive recognition for catching a striped bass in each month of the year beginning in November and ending the following October.


The Connecticut Surfcasters Association holds a month long tournament in the spring for fish caught on a member-made plug.  The plug must be made by a CSA member and be made of wood, resin, hand carved or turned on a lathe.  Jigs and soft plastics are not considered during this tournament.  The "winner" is determined by honor system, length of fish from tip of mouth to tip of tail and caught in a surfcasting situation.


The Fall CSA Club tournament is held in the month of October.


CSA Member Made Plug Tournament

Tournament runs from 06/07/2017 – 07/05/2017 (June to July meeting dates).  

This tournament requires the angler to use a plug/lure made by a CSA member (current or former).  The angler does not have to have made the plug themselves; this allows for non plug builders to participate.

Participation Requirements:  Open to all CSA members in good standing, i.e. membership dues are paid.

General Tournament Rules:

  1. Fish must be caught with both feet planted on terra firma
  2. Overall length measured from tip of the nose to tip of the tail
  3. Entries are based on the honor system (Photos would be great for newsletter purposes though)

Format:  Largest striped bass (total measured length) caught on a CSA made plug wins.  In the event of a tie, the first entry submitted to the tournament chair (Kevin Schwatlow) will be the winner.  Weight of the fish makes no difference.  

Entry Fee:
To participate in the tournament, each participant must provide a CSA made plug to the tournament chair , CSA president Mike Mullen or any member of CSA E-board prior to the June 7th membership meeting.  

Prizes:  The member with the largest striped bass caught on a CSA member made plug will win all the plugs entered as the entry fee.  

General Clarification Questions:

  1. Does a rigged sluggo count:  No
  2. If you poured your own soft plastic style lure, does that count:  No
  3. Does the plug/lure builder have to be an active CSA member:  No
  4. Does an eel (attached) on a member poured lead jighead count?  No
  5. Do plug kits assembled by members count? Yes
  6. Does a member made bucktail count?  No