REGISTRATION AND CHECK-IN: Registration and check-in for pre-registered participants will be from 6:00 PM to 7:00PM on Friday August 11, 2017. All anglers, as well as a parent or guardian, must attend check-in. It is at this time that anglers will receive the documentation/marker necessary for fish submittal. A release form from a parent or legal guardian will also be required to be signed at this time. If an angler is unable to attend please advise a committee member so other arrangements can be made. No angler may fish between the time of the end of this meeting and the lines in time on the day of the tournament.
FEDERAL, STATE, AND LOCAL LAWS: All competitors are expected to obey all applicable federal, state, and local laws. Violation of such rules result in disqualification from the tournament. This includes accessing private property for the purposes of fishing or launching their vessel. Be prepared to show your current fishing license at registration.
SPORTMANSHIP: Competitors (and their legal guardians) are expected to follow high standards of sportsmanship, courtesy, safety, and conservation. Any infraction of these fundamental sporting principles may be deemed cause for disqualification. Maximum courtesy must be practiced at all times, especially in regards to boating and angling in the vicinity of non-competitors and competitors that may be angling in the vicinity. Any act of a competitor, which reflects unfavorably upon the CCA’s effort to promote fisheries conservation, clean waters, and courtesy, shall be reason for disqualification. Any act deemed by the Tournament Chairs that gives a team or angler unfair advantage not specifically covered under this set of rules shall be grounds for disqualification.
PARTICIPATION AND ELIGIBILITY: All participants must have not reached their 18th birthday as of the date of the tournament, August 12, 2017. All participants must have written consent from a parent or legal guardian. If an angler is fishing on a boat registered in the Hook and Bones Redfish Open they must abide by the rules and regulations of the Redfish Open Tournament.
SAFETY: Safe boating will be observed at all times. The tournament fishing time may be shortened or canceled due to unsafe weather or water conditions. The decision to shorten or cancel will be left totally to the discretion of the Tournament Chairs. A 4-hour period shall constitute a day of fishing and as such completion of the Tournament.
ALCOHOL and DRUGS: The consuming or transporting of any alcoholic beverage or drugs (other than prescription or OTC) during official tournament hours, on any angler’s boat is prohibited and angler or anglers will be disqualified from the tournament. This includes the parent or guardian that might be running the vessel for a child angler.
HORSEPOWER REGULATIONS: Maximum horsepower for all outboards used in tournament competition will not exceed the horsepower limitations as set by the U.S. Coast Guard horsepower rating plate attached to the boat by the manufacture. Non-compliance will result in disqualification.
PERMITTED FISHING TIMES: This tournament will be a lines-in and lines-out tournament. There is no check in required the morning of the tournament. Fishing begins at lines-in at 8:00AM and end at lines-out at 1:00 PM. No Kayaks can be launched prior to 7:00 AM for safety reasons.
PERMITTED FISHING METHODS: All fish must be caught alive in a conventional sporting manner. Only one fishing rod may be used at a time per angler. A cast must be fully retrieved before an angler may pick up another rod. Trolling as a method of fishing is prohibited. Competitors may not catch or submit fish that have been caged or confined in an area prior to the tournament. All fish will be handled in a manner to result in a successful release of the fish once the photograph has been taken. Circle hooks must be used when fishing with live bait. When fishing with artificial lures a “J-hook” may be used.
PERMITTED FISHING LOCATIONS: Competitors may fish anywhere in tournament waters accessible to the public by boat, kayak, or on foot, except for locations designated as “off limits” by private ownership or local, state, and federal officials. Anglers fishing from land may fish from a pier or beach. Anglers fishing from a vessel may not go outside the inlet. Competitors fishing from a vessel may not fish within 50 feet of a competitor in the Hook and Bones Professional Series which was in a location first and if a vessel is anchored in place. (An anchored boat is a boat held in s table position by a line attached to a weight, push pole, Power Pole, etc. with the trolling motor in the up position.)
INFORMATION: Tournament competitors may share information with each other up to and after competition hours.
COMPETITORS MUST REMAIN IN THE BOAT: All angling must be conducted from the boat or kayak IF you are registered as fishing from a vessel. At no time may a contestant leave the boat to land a fish or to make the boat more accessible to fishing water.
SCORING: The event uses catch-photo-release scoring determined by the length of each fish. Each angler will be issued a unique scoring marker/token at the Captain’s Meeting. Fish must be photographed on a standard unit of measure in inches clearly showing the length of the fish with the scoring marker visible. More than one photo of a fish may be taken. Length is determined from the forward more point of the fish to the natural un-pinched top of the tail. In the event of a tie the length of the next longest fish of the same species caught by the same angler will be used. If either angler catches no second fish of the same species then the length of the longest fish of any other species will be used to break the tie. We ask that anglers take photos of all the fish caught in case they are needed for a tiebreaker. Photos will be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. You will receive a confirmation receipt of your email. If you DO NOT receive a confirmation please resend or call 910-581-3386 to advise the tournament chairs. Photos must be submitted and noted as received no later than 2:00 PM to be considered.
LATE PENALTY: Competitors who have not submitted photos of their fish by the appointed time will be penalized at one-half inch per minute deducted from the total length including any length counted toward an aggregate fish length award. Any fish submitted that was caught outside of the posted fishing time will be disqualified.
TEAMS: Anglers may fish as a team. However, that team will be recognized as a single anger and must register as such.
DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY: Anglers may use digital cameras or phones to take their pictures. If they chose to use a digital camera they must bring the photo chip from their camera to headquarters after lines out in order for the photos to be downloaded and documented as received.
BOAT AND ANGLER IDENTIFICATION: Each angler’s marker will have their angler number as assigned to them at registration. This will be used to identify the angler of any submitted fish.
TACKLE AND EQUIPMENT: Live bait and/or prepared bait may be used as well as pork strips and commercially sold scents. One casting, spin casting, spinning rod and reel, or fly rod may be used at any one time per angler. Circle hooks must be used when fishing with live bait. When fishing with artificial lures a “J-hook” may be used.
RELEASE: No fish shall be harvested during tournament hours. All efforts shall be made to handle as little as possible, to hold the fish in manners that support the weight of the fish and help to minimize trauma on the fish while it is being measured. Circle hooks must be used when fishing with live bait. When fishing with artificial lures, a “J-hook” may be used.
TIES: Ties shall be broken by utilizing the length of the next longest fish of the same species caught by the same angler. If no second fish of the same species is caught by either angler then the length of the longest fish of any other species will be used to break the tie. We ask that anglers take photos of all the fish caught in case they are needed for a tie breaker.
PROTEST AND REPORTING PROCEDURE: All protests must be submitted in writing within 30 minutes of the final tabulations to the Tournament Chairs or designated official. The protest will be reviewed and an opinion made by the Tournament Chairs. Each competitor agrees to report any rule violation to the tournament chairs directly upon discovery of the violation.