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The 2018 Burbot Bash will be January 26, 27, 28, 2018 – Lake Flaming Gorge
Hosted by the Flaming Gorge Chamber of Commerce
PLEASE NOTE: A team member must pick up their registration packet on January 26, 2018 between 9:00 am-8:00 pm at The Hub/Mustang located just outside Manila on Hwy 530 & Hwy 43. If the team’s packet is not picked up, the team is not registered and any previously paid entry money will be forfeit.
Burbot Bash Entry Form 2018
Please download, complete, and send back via fax, email or regular mail.
————- Registering early is important! The sooner we identify the number of teams the more prizes we can purchase for our closing ceremonies. To encourage this the first 150 teams to enter will be placed in a drawing for a $500 Flaming Gorge Getaway Package.
What is a Burbot?
The burbot is a freshwater cod-like fish that has a serpentine-like body, and is like a cross between an eel and a catfish, but with only a single barbel on the chin. Many fisherman have claimed burbot wrap themselves around their arms as they try to disengage the hook. The burbot’s body is elongated, while the head is flattened, with a wide mouth consisting of many small teeth on both the upper and lower jaws. The burbot is often called a ling cod, but is actually only a close relative.
Besides having voracious appetites, burbot are nocturnal feeders, which is a cause for concern in the Flaming Gorge where most other fish are day time feeders. They love the eggs of other fish and have been known to feed on the spawning grounds of other species. Female burbot egg releases range from 60,000 to 3.4 million eggs for each batch.The known predators of the burbot: northern pike, muskellunge, and some lamprey species are not found in the Flaming Gorge, which is another reason why the Burbot Bash is needed to help keep their numbers under control.
How can I win prizes during the Burbot Bash?
There are several methods of winning prizes during the Burbot Bash. The main thing is you have to register to win. See below for the list of angling prizes to be won this year. Remember that this is a family friendly event and there are prizes for all ages! But don’t despair if you are new to ice fishing – we have thousands of dollars of prizes that we give away by drawing random entry numbers at our closing ceremonies. So anyone can be a winner!
BURBOT BASH – January 26-28, 2018
PRIZE CATEGORIES AND RULES
All cash and prizes WILL BE based on 300 participants. Prize payouts and places will be adjusted with increased participation.
Burbot size is determined by length with weight being a tie-breaker.
Tagged Burbot Grand Prize - $1500
Most Burbot ~ 3 places $ 1500, $1000, $750
Biggest Burbot ~ 3 places $1000, $750, $500
Smallest Burbot ~ 3 places $500, $350, $200
Biggest Burbot ~ 3 places $100, $75, $50
Smallest Burbot ~ 3 places $100, $75, $50
- Tagged Burbot Grand Prize: All tagged Burbot (including internal PIT tags and external Floy tags) will be eligible for the Tagged Burbot drawing. The first tag drawn will win the grand prize of $1,500.
- Tagged Burbot Rewards: All remaining tagged fish, excluding the Tagged Burbot Grand Prize winner, will be entered into the Tagged Burbot Reward category. This is a sponsorship category and all funds will be split equally between participants who catch a tagged fish. For example, if the Reward category has $1000 and ten tagged Burbot are caught, the payout is $100 per tagged Burbot (excluding the Tagged Burbot Grand Prize winner discussed above).
- Teams should check-in all Burbot, large or small; any of them could be a tagged fish.
- Entrants who catch a tagged fish must be present (or designate a team member to represent them) at the closing ceremonies to be eligible for Tagged Burbot prizes.
- All tagged Burbot caught during official tournament hours will be retained by a tournament official in a bag with team information until the awards ceremony on Sunday, January 28th.
Do fish caught during the tagged fish portion of the tournament count towards the Biggest, Most and Smallest prizes during the event?
If I want my youth to qualify for higher prize monies, what can I do?
It’s easy. Just enter them under the adult fee rate.
Can I have 4 youths on one team?
No. Each team must have an adult (18+) as its captain.
How many persons are needed to make a team?
At least 2 and up to 4 persons.
Do I have to pre-register?
No, but registering at the event will cost you another $20 per team. We encourage everyone to pre-register, as it allows us to purchase more prizes for the event. AND, if you are one of the first 150 teams to enter, you will qualify for a $500 Flaming Gorge getaway package drawing!