ROUGH RIDERS FISHING TOURNAMENT
RULES AND REGULATIONS

A REPRESENTATIVE FROM EACH BOAT ENTERED IN THE TOURNAMENT MUST ATTEND, SIGN IN AND PICK UP A MEASURING BOARD, BOAT NUMBER, AND CAPTAIN'S BAGS AT THE CAPTAIN'S MEETING:

JUNE 7, 2019, 6:00 PM, AT THE MAGNUSON HOTEL MARINA COVE

Tournament Rules

1. This is a catch, photograph, and release tournament. Contestants photograph their catch on a tour- nament measuring board, release the fish, and send the photo to the Scoring Committee. See Scoring Procedure, and separate Scoring and Rules for Tarpon, on reverse side.

2. SAFETY FIRST: Registered captains are responsible for all members of their crew, and have the discretion to determine the seaworthiness of their vessel with regard to existing sea and weather conditions. Participants are urged to stay abreast of marine and weather advisories by monitoring VHF Channel 16 and readily available weather and maritime mobile apps. All registered vessels must comply with State, Federal, and USCG safety and fishing regulations.

3. Tournament hours are 6:00 AM to 4:00 PM EDT (lines in the water), Saturday only. Scoring ends promptly at 4:00 PM EDT, and the trophy presentation will begin as soon as scoring is complete.

4. Tournament boundaries: The north end of Anclote Key to the south side of Long Boat Pass.

5. Eligible fish species: Snook, Redfish, Trout, Spanish Mackerel, Grouper (Red, Black or Gag, but NO goliath), Snapper (all except Cubera) and Tarpon.

6.  All fish must be caught with handheld rods and reels.

7.  This is a boat tournament, which means prizes are awarded to the boat’s team, not individual anglers.

8.  Each boat and non-motorized craft will be assigned a boat number and an official measuring board, and will need a device capable of recording and emailing photographs.

9.  Ties are not awarded. In the event of tied measurements, the submission’s time of reception by the Scoring Committee will be used. The earlier reception time will take precedence.

10.  All scoring and weather decisions are at the sole discretion of the Scoring Committee, comprised of three judges and scoring personnel, and all decisions are final.

Prize Categories and Payouts (no minimum or maximum length for any species)

  • 1st Place – Largest Snook, Redfish, Trout, Mackerel, Grouper, Snapper.
  • 2nd Place – Second largest Snook, Redfish, Trout, Mackerel, Grouper, Snapper.
  • 3rd Place – Third largest Snook, Redfish, Trout, Mackerel, Grouper, Snapper.
  • Tarpon: 1st Place, 2nd Place, and 3rd Place — Most releases (See Tarpon rules on reverse).
  • Eligible Grouper types are limited to Red, Black, and Gag Grouper (NO Goliath).
  • Eligible Mackerel types are limited to Spanish Mackerel, and Snapper types exclude Cubera.
  • General Entry Registration will include 1st, 2nd and 3rd place awards, per scored species, for all boats and kayaks. In addition, Ladies Teams, Youth, Kayak, and Tarpon are eligible for 1st Place, overall Mas- ter Angler Awards. Youth anglers must be 14 years old or younger on the day of the tournament.
  • General entry boats and kayaks are limited to one prize per species.
  • Payouts:  1st Place: $500,    2nd Place: $300,    3rd Place: $200 (Checks and 1099 forms will be mailed to winners).


Scoring Procedure

When you catch an eligible species of fish, do the following:

  • Place the fish on the official measurement board with the nose at “0.” Mackerel are measured to the “fork” (the bottom of the “V”) in the tail.
  • Take a photograph of the entire fish, ensuring that the boat number, the nose and tail of the fish, and the size graduations on the measuring board are all visible.
  • Once satisfied with the measurement and photograph, release the fish safely. Anglers are permitted to keep fish for personal use.
  • Email the photograph to: photos@rrfishing.org. The subject line of the email must contain the boat number, the category and length of fish (i.e. Boat 25, Redfish, 31.5”). Only send your largest fish for each category. For example, if you have sent a 21” Trout and then you catch a 19” Trout, there’s no need to send the smaller fish. However if you catch a 23” Trout, send that one since it’s a larger fish.
  • Receipt of submissions will be acknowledged by the Scoring Committee.

Tarpon Scoring Procedure and Rules

  • Tarpon must be an adult, approximately 50 pounds or more. Anglers will only be photographing and releasing Tarpon, and not weighing or measuring the fish.
  • A Tarpon will be judged a “release” when the angler (or one of the team members), while the fish is boat side, touches below the leader knot (NOT the double line) and secures a photograph.
  • Photos of each release should be sent to photos@rrfishing.org. The subject line must contain the boat number and “Tarpon” category. Receipt will be acknowledged by the Scoring Committee.
  • The Tarpon must be released alive to be counted. Bringing a Tarpon aboard the boat is prohibited.
  • Bait – Artificial and live bait are allowed. Circle hooks are required for natural bait (dead or alive).
  • Leader - Any size leader material may be used. The leader may be no longer than 6 feet from the main line and/or double line. If a rod is broken while playing a fish, the fish may still be landed and counted.
  • The use of gaffs on a Tarpon is not permitted. Jigging is not permitted.
  • In the event of a tie, the time the last Tarpon release picture is received by the Scoring Committee will take precedence.

If you are unable to reach the tournament email, or have a question or an emergency, please call any of the

Scoring Committee members below

Robin Conn

813‐239‐4501

Dale Roderick

813‐263‐8777

Joe Dato

813‐433‐4175

Tim Feeley

772‐834‐8339

Patrick Strickland

813‐447‐9883



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