Saltwater Fishing Tournament FAQs What is the North Carolina Saltwater Fishing Tournament? The North Carolina Saltwater Fishing Tournament, commonly referred to as the “Citation Program,” runs from January 1 to December 31 of each calendar year. The program recognizes anglers for their outstanding recreational catches of fish most commonly caught in North Carolina. What is a citation? A citation is an 8.5 by 11-inch certificate that is suitable for framing. How do I know that I qualify for a citation? Fish that qualify for a citation are of exceptional size. Please review the rules for the tournament listed at the top of the page listed below. View the list of weight requirements and release length requirements What species of fish qualify for a citation? The fish that are eligible for citations are some of the most common fish in North Carolina coastal waters. View the list of species and size requirements If I think I have a citation fish, then what do I do? Visit an Official NC Saltwater Fishing Tournament Weigh Station. There they will weigh your fish or guide you through filling out the paper for a release citation. You may also apply for a release citation online. Where can I get a fish weighed? At any of the nearly 100 weigh stations in coastal North Carolina. Can I get a flounder citation when the season is closed? During the closure, citations are not available as the division does not wish to encourage the targeting of flounder. What do I need for a release citation? Release citations have always been awarded on the honor system, you only need a witness to sign the form. You do not have to send in photographs in order to receive your citation. Does it cost anything? No. We do not charge for the processing of citation certificates. Are the forms available online? Our forms are only available at our weigh stations, except for our release only species. View the list of weigh stations or apply for a release citation online. How long does it take to get my citation? We are currently only able to process citations one time per year. All of the previous year’s citation will be mailed by the following spring. What about freshwater fish citations? The freshwater Angler Recognition Program is run by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. For details on their program, please visit their website or call 919-707-0220. Where do I go if I have more questions? If you have additional questions, please contact Carole Willis, Tournament Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.