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Downtown Bait & Tackle Shop

Hosted By: Downtown Bait & Tackle Shop

3rd Annual       Downtown Showdown Photo Release


November 4th, 2017

Captains meeting will be held on 11/3/17 at 6:30pm

Downtown Bait & Tackle Community room

120 Laishley Ct Punta Gorda


Please contact Bobbie 941-628-1019

Entry Fee is $300 up to 3 anglers

CASH or Check

Sign up at Downtown Bait & Tackle Shop

120 Laishley Ct Punta Gorda FL 33950


for more information

120 Laishley Ct Punta Gorda FL 33950 941-621-4190 Located at Laishley Marina next to boat ramp

Snook –RedFish-Trout & Bonus Fish Photo Release Tournament on November 4th, 2017

1. PARTICIPATION AND ELIGIBILITY. Participation is open to anyone 18 years of age or older. Minors are eligible to participate with a parent or legal guardian signature on the release form. A completed entry form, waiver, and entry fee must be received no later than the published entry date. There is a maximum of three anglers per team.

2. REGISTRATION AND CAPTAINS MEETING. Registration will be open until the morning of the event. An entry fee of $250 will be due when registering, if not already paid, in order to fish the event. All entry fees are NON-TRANSFERABLE and NON-REFUNDABLE. Attendance at the Captain’s Meeting is required for all contestants. Should the need arise for an angler to miss the Captains Meeting; they should call the Tournament Director prior to the meeting to notify the tournament director It is the captain’s responsibility to get all the information pertaining to the meeting. At least one member of the team must be present at the captain’s meeting. Uniform measuring devices and tokens will be distributed at the Captain’s Meeting.

3. SAFETY. Safe boating will be observed at all times. During competition each contestant is required to comply with US Coast Guard regulations, State and Federal law, and all applicable local laws and regulations. In addition, participants must wear a PFD at all times while the vessel is underway.

4. SPORTSMANSHIP. Competitors in the events 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 with regard to boating and angling in the

vicinity of non-competitors who may be on tournament waters. Any act of a competitor, which reflects unfavorably upon the Downtown Bait & Tackle Shop effort to promote fisheries conservation, clean waters, and courtesy, shall be reason for disqualification. Evidence of chemical substance addiction or abuse, conviction of a felony or other crimes involving moral turpitude or other conduct reflecting unfavorably upon the Downtown Bait & Tackle Shop efforts to promote safety, sportsmanship and compliance with tournament rules shall be grounds for rejecting any application for participation and for disqualification. Any act deemed by the Tournament Director that gives an angler an unfair

advantage not specifically covered under this set of rules shall be grounds for disqualification. Any violation by an angler deemed intentional or preconceived by the Tournament Director to gain an unfair advantage, would be grounds for permanent disqualification.

5. ALCOHOL AND DRUGS. The consuming or transporting of any alcoholic beverages or drugs (other than prescription or OTC drugs) during official tournament hours, on any tournament angler’s boat is prohibited, and angler or anglers will be disqualified from this and possibly all future tournaments.

6. PERMITTED FISHING METHODS. All fish must be caught, photographed, and released alive in a conventional sporting manner. A cast must be fully retrieved before an angler may pick up another rod. Anglers may not catch fish or weigh in fish that have been caged or confined in an area prior to the tournament. Wading is allowed, but the combustible engine must be off when anglers are in the water. The use of electric trolling motors is permitted while anglers are wading. During the hours of competition, contestants may not obtain or receive assistance, including but not limited to the following: a non-competitor’s boat, the placing of markers by a non-competitor, being towed by or riding on motorized vessels, or receiving electronic, voice or data communication from a non-competitor.

7. TACKLE AND EQUIPMENT. Any type of live, frozen & artificial bait may be used during competition. Only ONE casting, spin casting, spinning rod and reel or fly rod may be used at any one time per angler. Trolling as a method of fishing is prohibited. Be prepared to show your current fishing license at registration.

8. PERMITTED FISHING LOCATIONS. All fishing locations must be in waters accessible to the public at all times according to state and federal regulations. No fishing in or around marina’s, boat basins, boat ramps, or any location of with “pet fish” is allowed at any time. Anglers will be disqualified for fishing in such areas.

9. SCORING. The event uses catch-photo-release scoring determined by the length of each species of eligible

fish (only one fish per species may be entered individually for big fish categories. Each angler will be issued a uniform measuring device and unique scoring marker/token at the Captain’s Meeting.) Fish must be photographed in or on the boat, on the provided measuring device, 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-most point of the fish to the pinched top

of the tail with the fish’s mouth closed. Fish must be above the state minimums to count – fish may be above the slot limit.The maximum fish size is 50”. In the event of a tie the entry checked in earliest will be declared the winner. The Tournament Director will review the photos to verify reported results and determine place winners. The Tournament Director is responsible for the final call in all matters. Competitors may enter only one fish per species into the

tournament, with a redfish, snook and speckled trout (trout) and bonus fish (to be announced at the captain’s meeting). In order to submit a fish for scoring, the angler must email or physical hand sim card or phone in of a valid photo of the fish following the above mentioned guidelines. The tournament director will provide contact information for submission at the captain’s meeting. The angler must receive confirmation of the photo submission from the tournament director in order for a fish to count.

10. PRIZES: Individual Prizes will be awarded for the largest of each species of eligible fish. An additional prize for the largest aggregate number of inches of eligible fish will be awarded. The overall aggregate may include one fish from each of the four eligible species.

11. TOURNAMENT HOURS: All anglers must check in the morning of the tournament with the tournament director, beginning at 6:00 am. The anglers will be released at safe light. All participating boats must be back inside the marina basin by 3:00 pm in order to be eligible for prizes. Anglers arriving after 3:00 pm will be disqualified regardless of when the photos are submitted.

12. PROTEST: All protests must be submitted in writing along with a $100 cash deposit, within fifteen (15) minutes of check-in time to the Tournament Director. The protester also agrees that if there is a question of verifying the charge of a protest that he or she also may be subject to take a polygraph and agree to testify in a court of law if necessary. If the Tournament Director, or polygraph, upholds the protest, the cash deposit shall be returned to the contestant submitting the protest.

13. POLYGRAPH: Each contestant who fishes the event agrees to potentially submit to a polygraph examination at a time and location determined by the Tournament Director following the end of the competition in each tournament and abides by its conclusion. Failure to pass the polygraph will result in disqualification.

15. RELEASE OF LIABILITY AND COVENANT NOT TO SUE: A waiver, release of liability, and covenant not to sue are part of the entry form. It is required that all contestants take responsibility for themselves while participating in event activities.

16. PHOTO RELEASE: Scoring photos remain the sole ownership of the tournament director to be used at their discretion. Contestants grants Downtown Bait & Tackle and the sponsors the unconditional right to use their name, voice, photographic likeness and biographical information in connection with the tournament, 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.

17. 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.