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Tournament Rules

  • NO CHECKOUTS: Lines in the water at 6:30 am on Saturday, July 23, 2022. No lines in water prior to this time.
  • Entry fee is $400.00 (7% tax & cc fees included).  At the Captain’s meeting the Tournament Director will decide whether or not the weather will require rescheduling of the Tournament and if so, all participants are bound by that decision.”  Registration starts at 6:00 p.m. on July 21, 2022, followed by a Mandatory Captains meeting at Marina Cantina at 8:00 p.m.  Tournament Committee reserves the right to refuse entry to any person from entering for any reason.
  • Fish must be caught on rod and reel (no electric reels).  Kites, wire lines, downriggers, and planers are allowed. Live bait, dead bait, and artificial baits are permitted. There are no restrictions for line test, type, or strength.
  • Fishing boundaries will be as follows: Homosassa Springs North, 28’48.00’N, & Boca Grande Pass South, 26’.39.00’S.  The West boundary will be based on water depth up to 200’ deep anywhere between these North & South boundaries in the Gulf of Mexico.  Captains will determine the number of anglers up to the maximum capacity of their vessel.  No limit to the number of lines you can fish at any one time per team.  State and Federal recreational fishing rules regarding weight, size, and bag limits must be observed and followed for all species.  A state fishing license is required by law.  Only legal-sized fish will be weighed and no billfish will be weighed. Visit www.myfwc.com for more info.
  • Prizes are awarded to the heaviest three (3) of the BRAG category (Red Grouper, American Red Snapper, & Gag Grouper) which is the bottom fishing category and prizes pay 1st, 2nd, and 3rd only for this category. You may weigh ONE fish in each of these species. The angler with the heaviest fish OVERALL from this category will become “Master Angler” and a separate prize will be awarded.
  • Prizes are awarded to the heaviest three of the PELAGIC category (Blackfin Tuna, Wahoo, & Mahi Mahi). Prizes pay 1st, 2nd, and 3rd only for this category. You may weigh ONE fish in each of these species.  The angler with the heaviest fish OVERALL from this category will become “Master Angler” and a separate prize will be awarded.
  • The Sailfish category is determined by the highest number of points. The award in this category is for the team with the single highest number of total points. Sailfish (300 per fish).  10-point tags can be purchased to tag and release Sailfish.  A time/date/video photo from your phone is sufficient and must be shown to our weigh master when you turn in your catch sheet.  In the event multiple boats have equal points, the winner will default to the earliest time stamp on the photo.  10 points will be added for tags that are reported to The Billfish Foundation (https://billfish.org/).
  • CCA STAR Catch and Photo Release (CPR) category will be awarded to the photo of the LONGEST Permit.  In the case of a tie, the photo that has the earlier timestamp will be the winner.
  • Each boat is allowed to weigh one (1) fish per category and prizes will be awarded to the winning registered female angler’s team.
  • This is a Captain’s choice tournament.  It is up to the registered Captain to determine whether his or her craft is sea-worthy for existing sea conditions.  Participants are encouraged to scan channel 16 along with the Official Tournament channel 68 to keep abreast of any marine or weather warnings.  The captain is responsible for all members of his crew both on and off the water.
  • This is an “all-female angler tournament”.  Male captains and mates are permitted. Fish weighed must be caught from start to finish by a single registered female angler.
  • All tournament boats must show their number to the designated check-in boat located at the second set of markers outside of Marina Cantina in the channel by 5:00 p.m. to be in the check-in line.  If you are not recognized by your boat number by the tournament headquarters, you will not be allowed to come to the dock and weigh your fish.  No boat may break into the weigh-in line or leave and return to the line. All boats must stack up in the order in the channel that they weigh in. Billfish releases must be photographed and recorded on the provided release form, including the time of release, in order to be scored. The release form must be signed by the captain and submitted to the weighmaster during the times the scales are open.
  • Fish must be free of all hooks, wires, weights, ice, or anything not natural to the fish.
  • The decision to fish is solely the captain’s choice. All-female anglers’ will fish at their own discretion and risk. Considerations for refunds, rainchecks, or charity donations will be made in the event of cancellation due to acts of God.
  • After the tournament begins, if two or more boats come together, make landfall or pass anything between boats, it will result in disqualification.  The only exception is for a life-threatening emergency.  The exception will apply to the boat granting assistance, not to the boat receiving assistance.  This must be reported prior to weigh-in to the Tournament Committee.
  • Any protest concerning the violation of tournament rules of any kind, the decision of the Tournament Director is final.  It must be made in writing and turned in to the Tournament Director before the end of the weigh-in.  Each protest must be accompanied by a $500 cash fee. If the protest is upheld, the $500 will be returned
  • By entering the tournament, each contestant agrees to submit to Polygraph testing and abide by its conclusion.  The polygraph test(s) will be issued at the discretion of the tournament committee.  Up to three (3) tests will possibly be performed on winning placed fish.  The results of the polygraph are final and cannot be protested or reviewed by a court of law. Polygraph test will be performed on 1st Place overall plus one/two random teams Sunday, July 24, 2022 at 1:00 pm.  Failure to submit to or pass a polygraph will result is disqualification from the tournament and forfeit of any winnings.  Checks are issued after Polygraph is passed.  Tournament Director has the right to board any boat and view any marine, fishing equipment, and the boat’s GPS chart tracking.
  • If it is determined that the legal fish counts exceed FWC limits per species, per angler, or boat for any reason, the team will be disqualified from that species only and any aggregate categories it may pertain to.  Also, if a fish is undersized and does not meet FWC rules and guidelines, the team will be disqualified from that species only and any aggregate categories it may pertain to. NOTE: All FWC guidelines must be observed at all times at the boat, angler, and species-level with no exceptions.
  • NOTE: ALL TOURNAMENT WINNERS MUST BE PRESENT AT TOURNAMENT AWARDS TO RECEIVE WINNING CHECKS. Anyone receiving a check or prize from this tournament must complete a W-9 Form after weigh-in before the check will be issued. (Minimum of one team member authorized to fill out paperwork and receive check must be present otherwise the winnings will be forfeited). All awards not claimed by a boat team member at the Awards Ceremony will be donated 100% to our charity. Also, if a particular category or species is not placed or won, then the associated prize will be donated to Ready For Life, Inc.

Disqualification

  1. After the tournament begins, if two or more boats come together, make landfall or pass anything between boats, it will result in disqualification. The only exception is for a life-threatening emergency. The exception will apply to the boat granting assistance, not to the boat receiving assistance. This must be reported prior to weigh-in to the Tournament Committee.
  2. Any protest concerning the violation of tournament rules of any kind, the decision of the Tournament Director is final and must be made in writing and turned in to the Tournament Director before the end of the weigh-in.
  3. By entering the tournament, each contestant agrees to submit to Polygraph testing and abide by its conclusion. The polygraph test(s) will be issued at the discretion of the tournament committee. Up to three (3) tests will possibly be performed on winning placed fish. The results of the polygraph are final and cannot be protested or reviewed by a court of law. A polygraph test will be performed on 1st Place overall plus one/two random teams Sunday, May 9, 2021, at 1:00 pm. Failure to submit to a polygraph will result in disqualification from the tournament and forfeit of any winnings. Checks are issued after the Polygraph is passed. Tournament Director has the right to board any boat and view any marine, fishing equipment, and the boat’s GPS chart tracking.
  4. If it is determined that the legal fish counts exceed FWC limits per species, per angler or boat for any reason, the team will be disqualified from that species only and any aggregate categories it may pertain to. Also, if a fish is undersized and does not meet FWC rules and guidelines, the team will be disqualified from that species only and any aggregate categories it may pertain to. NOTE: All FWC guidelines must be observed at all times at the boat, angler, and species-level with no exceptions.
  5. NOTE: ALL TOURNAMENT WINNERS MUST BE PRESENT AT TOURNAMENT AWARDS TO RECEIVE WINNING CHECKS. Anyone receiving a check or prize from this tournament must complete a W-9 Form after weighing in before the check will be issued. (Minimum of one team member authorized to fill out paperwork and receive check must be present otherwise the winnings will be forfeited). All awards not claimed by a boat team member at the Awards Ceremony will be donated 100% to our charity. Also, if a particular category or species is not placed or won, then the associated prize will be donated to Ready For Life, Inc.