Rules For Spot On Charity Fishing Tournament

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  1. PARTICIPATION AND ELIGIBILITY. Participation is open to anyone 18 years of age or older in the United States. A completed online registration including online waiver and acceptance of terms by the angler is required. The angler must enter the tournament prior to fishing for or entering any catch. All anglers are required to attend mandatory captain's meeting Tuesday November 8th at Miller Ale House Regency at 7pm. Fishing begins at safelight November 9th and ends November 15th at 2pm.
  2. SAFETY. Safe boating must be observed at all times. During competition each contestant is required to comply with all U.S. Coast Guard regulations, Wildlife Management regulations, federal, and state laws.
  3. COMMUNICATIONS. The use of mobile communications is allowed.
  4. SPORTSMANSHIP. All contestants are required to follow high standards of sportsmanship, courtesy, and conservation. Any use of drugs, participation in criminal activities, or other conduct reflecting unfavorably upon our efforts to promote safety, sportsmanship, fair competition, and/or compliance with tournament rules are grounds for immediate disqualification and return of any prizes awarded.
  5. PERMITTED FISHING METHODS. All fish must be caught via hook and line. The selection of baits is up to the discretion of the participant. Participants are limited to one fishing rod in use at a time. Participants may not fish with unregistered fishermen during the tournament. Registrants must hook, fight, land and photograph the fish submitted for judging.
  6. OPEN VESSEL. The use of any boat or vessel is permitted. Shore fishing and wade fishing are also permitted.
  7. FISHING LOCATIONS. For tournaments targeting inshore species such as Redfish, Black Drum, Spotted Seatrout, Flounder, Sheepshead, Bass, Crappie, etc any inland waters location as defined by the U.S.C.G. is permitted out to the state waters boundary 3 miles off the coast of the U.S. For tournaments targeting offshore species such as King Mackeral, Sailfish, Snapper, Grouper, Tarpon, etc any fishing location is permitted. All fishing locations must be in waters accessible according to the law, U.S.C.G., and Wildlife Management regulations.
  8. MEASURING DEVICES. All fish measurements must use a measuring sticker or stick. reserves the right to verify measuring devices and winning anglers may be subject to truth verification testing. Click here for more information on fish measuring pictures.
  9. UNIQUE TOKENS. publishes unique tokens for tournament entrants which must appear in all fish scoring pictures. Tokens may not be digitally added to pictures and must be in the original picture. Tokens are available via the online system after 6pm the day prior to tournament start.
  10. ONLINE CHECK IN. Each angler will use the online system to enter their fish catches. Anglers may update and upgrade their fish as they catch better fish throughout the tournament by entering their catches online. The scoring system will search all "tourney" catches for the best eligible catches. There is no need to edit a catch to upgrade it -- simply enter the new catch. Anglers may not intentionally hold back catches until the end of a tournament - fish should be checked in within 48 hours of the catch or as soon as the angler has access to a computer for online check-in. The time of check-in is used to break ties, and is updated whenever a catch is entered or edited. Fish checked in within 6 hours of tournament entry or after the end of an event are not scored.
  11. CATCH-PHOTO-RELEASE SCORING. Online events use catch-photo-release scoring methods in a variety of formats as described below. Participants may only use digital cameras for recording scoring fish. A scoring photo must show the entire fish on the measuring device with the unique token present. The measuring device must be in clear view so as to leave no doubt of the fish's position across all the markings, and that the markings of the device are true. Photographs should be taken from above the center of the fish at maximum resolution. Photos should not be resized, edited, or cropped prior to upload. Any digital modification or manipulation of a fish picture is grounds for disqualification. The judging committee will review the photos to verify reported results and modify them if necessary. The judges may request a digital image of the complete measuring device without the fish. The tournament director is responsible for the final call in all matters.
  12. SINGLE FISH LENGTH FORMAT. The event uses catch-photo-release scoring determined by the fish length. Anglers receive 1 point per inch of fish to an accuracy of 1/10 inch. Length is determined from the forward-most point of the fish to the rear in a natural lay position and rounded down to the nearest 1/10 inch. A "natural lay position" is one in which the fish is centrally located on the ruler without any bending or manipulation of the fish to artificially extend or enhance its length measurement. The tail of the fish may be pinched unless the species specifically calls for a fork length measurement in the rules. Fish must be whole, non-mutilated (includes rigor mortis and clouded eyes), live, free from any stringer (as of 1/1/2011), and above Florida FWC minimums to count.
  13. REDFISH SPOT+LENGTH FORMAT. The event uses catch-photo-release scoring determined by the by the length of the redfish plus the number of spots on a single side of the fish. Anglers receive 2 points per spot. In a spot tournament Redfish must be within the Florida FWC slot of 18"-27" in a natural lay and pinching the tail is optional. All natural black spots 11/64" or greater are counted and a clear and distinct line must be visible between spots. Scoring fish pictures must have the fish oriented with the nose at the zero mark on an upright measuring device.
  14. PRIZES. Prizes will be presented to the winning participants at the Award Meeting on November 15, 2016 at 7 pm at Millers Ale House Regency.
  15. PROTEST. All protests must be made in email or private message to a tournament official during the tournament for which the fish in question is caught. Entrants may only protest their own fish. Entrants may also be subject to a truth verification examination to verify questionable results.
  16. RELEASE OF LIABILITY AND COVENANT NOT TO SUE. A waiver, release of liability, and covenant not to sue are part of the online registration. It is required that all contestants take responsibility for themselves while participating in event activities. Participants must also sign a JEA/United Way consent agreement form at the Captains Meeting or be disqualified.
  17. PHOTO RELEASE. Scoring photos remain the sole ownership of to be used at their discretion. Contestants grant and the sponsors the unconditional right to use their name, voice, photographic likeness and biographical information in connection with tournaments, production, promotion, and/or articles and press releases, and shall not be entitled to receive any royalties or other compensation in connection with such use.
  18. CHARTERS. Fish caught on a paid charter fishing trip are not eligible for participation in events for inshore species.
  19. RULE CHANGES. Rules interpretation is exclusively left to the Tournament Director. The decisions of the Tournament Director are final in all matters and are not subject to appeal.