1. Participation and Eligibility
Participation is open to anyone 18 years of age or older. Minors are eligible to participate with signature of a parent or legal guardian on a release form. Liability waivers and release forms must signed and turned in at that the Captain's Meeting in order to be eligible to participate in the tournament.
2. Captain's Meeting
The Captain's meeting will take place on March 31st, 2023 at 7:00 pm. The Captain's Meeting is mandatory for all participants, unless otherwise cleared by the tournament director.
Registration is OPEN. Online Registration for the tournament is $85.00 and will remain open until February 28th, 2023. Registration will be accepted at the captains meeting for anyone who was unable to sign up online, but this will not include captains bag, shirt, or meals. Tournament allows a maximum of 100 anglers to participate. Online paid registration includes tournament entry, captains bag, tournament shirt and dinner at the Captain's Meeting and Awards Ceremony. Meal tickets are available for non-tournament participants for a fee of $10 per night or $15 for both dinners.
Safe boating practices must be observed at all times. Each participant is required to follow all USCG & FWC rules and regulations during the tournament. Each tournament participant is required to wear their PFD (Personal Flotation Device) and be in possession of a safety whistle. Any angler who does not wear their PFD during the competition will be subject to immediate disqualification. All tournament participants are expected to follow high standards of sportsmanship and courtesy during the tournament.
5. Fishing Locations & Methods
Any PUBLIC launch within the Duval, St. Johns, and Nassau counties are permitted. ALL fish must be caught from a kayak, SUP, or canoe. NO wade fishing is permitted. All fish must be caught via hook & line. Choice of baits or lures is at the discretion of the tournament angler. This is a NON-MOTORIZED fishing tournament. The use of a trolling motor is strictly prohibited.
Anglers are NOT allowed to share fish when scoring. Any outside help for landing or catching fish is STRICTLY prohibited and will result in immediate disqualification. If anglers are using a canoe or tandem kayak for their vessel, each angler will be given a specific token at the Captain's Meeting.
6. Digital Photography and Scoring
Participants must use digital photography to record their tournament fish. It is required that anglers use the highest available resolution on their camera/phone settings. Anglers must bring their SD card or the USB cord for downloading of tournament catches. First picture of the day must be of the angler's vessel, measuring board/sticker, and token at safe light. All scoring fish must be taken with the nose of the fish on the ZERO line of a measuring sticker with the belly of the fish facing the angler. All photos must show the kayak, full size of the fish, and the scoring token. Scoring tokens will be presented to tournament participants at the Captain's meeting. FWC rules and regulations will be followed for size & slot limits:
Redfish: 18"-27" (limit 1)
Trout: 15"-19", with one over 19" (limit 5)
Flounder: Minimum of 14" (limit 5)
Note: If an angler catches a fish that is over the slot, then that angler will be awarded the max Inches allowed for that species. (Ex: a redfish caught at 32" will be given a max of 27")
All protests must be made in writing to the tournament director prior to final check in at the end of the tournament. It will be at the SOLE discretion of the tournament director for final decision.
Tournament weigh in will be on Saturday, April 1st, 2023. Weigh-in will begin at 3:00 pm and will end at 6:00 pm. All participants must be in line by 6:00 pm in order for tournament fish to be counted.
Awards ceremony will begin at approximately 7:00 pm, Saturday, April1st, 2023.