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Ancient City Game Fish Association (ACGFA)       

Fishing Rules

(Effective 1 May 2015)

P.O. BOX 2001, ST. AUGUSTINE, FLORIDA 32085-2001



 

DIVISION ITOURNAMENT RULES:  The following rules apply to ACGFA member Year-end and Angler-of-the-Month tournaments, which start on May 1st and ends on April 30th each year.  ACGFA sponsored tournaments, which are open to non-members, are covered by rules that apply to those tournaments only. 

 

SECTION A – GENERAL:

 (A-1)   These are “ACGFA members only” tournaments.  Entrants must be an ACGFA member in good standing.



 (A-2)  All fish must be caught by rod and reel and must be in accordance with local fishing methods.



 (A-3)
  Any fish caught in violation of Federal, State and/or county laws or regulations is ineligible for any tournament sponsored by this Association.  This includes length, bag and possession limits, and requirements for a State of Florida Saltwater Fishing License. 



(A-4)
   Fish must be caught in the “local” fishing waters and weighed at an approved weigh-in location (see Section D below) in order to count.  “Local” fishing waters generally mean the waters from Jacksonville-Mayport inlet to Daytona-Ponce Inlet. You may use any inlet in that area or fish any shore or pier. Inshore waters are the Intercoastal from St Johns River to Daytona-Ponce Inlet.  Offshore waters are without North or South boundaries.



 (A-5)
  Fish caught while an ACGFA member’s boat or the ACGFA member is chartered or is commercially fishing are not eligible for any awards.

1. Chartered Boat: Defined as a vessel that is operated for hire for which payment made for the privilege of fishing. This does not preclude the sharing of expenses with your crew or business associates. This does not preclude a Member from fishing on a chartered fishing boat.

2. Chartered Member: Defined as one who is paid for the operation of the vessel while fishing. This does not preclude a Member from paying a captain to operate/maintain the vessel.

3. Commercially Fishing:  Defined as a vessel that is commercially harvesting fish for sale, i.e., the captain or the vessel  has the required Saltwater Products License and applicable Restricted Species Endorsements and fishing for fish to sell commercially.

 

SECTION B – BOARD SPECIES AND MINIMUM WEIGHTS:  Minimum Weights are established in order to reduce the number of fish killed and weighed-in solely to receive points.  Any conflict with Federal, State and/or county regulations those regulations will apply.  Fish entered that do not meet the minimum weight will not count.  Minimum weights apply to the Men and Women categories only.  They do not apply to the Junior or Small-fry categories.  Unless stated otherwise, the minimum weights apply to all ACGFA members’ only tournaments.  Species and minimum weights of fish that may be weighed-in for the ACGFA year-end and angler-of-the-month tournaments are listed below:

 

B-1 OFFSHORE

MIN WT

  MIN WT

MIN WT

AFRICAN POMPANO   

(NONE)

GROUPER, BLACK & GAG

(NONE)

SPADE FISH

(NONE)

AMBERJACK         

(15 LB)

GROUPER (OTHER)        

(NONE)

TRIGGERFISH

(2 LB)

BLACK SEA BASS

( 1 LB)

RED SNAPPER

(NONE)

TRIPLE TAIL

(2 LB)

COBIA   

(NONE)

SNAPPER (OTHER)

 (2 LB)

TUNA                          

(NONE)

DOLPHIN     

(NONE)

SPANISH MACKEREL

 (2 LB)

WAHOO                 

(NONE)

KING MACKEREL

(NONE)





















































 (B-2)  INSHORE

MIN

MIN WT

   MIN WT

BLUEFISH             

(2 LB)

POMPEY DRUM (<15lbs)

  (2 LB)

SNOOK 

   (NONE)

BLACK DRUM (>15lbs)      

(15 LB)

REDFISH

  (3 LB)

TROUT 

    (2 LB)

FLOUNDER  

(2 LB)

SHEEPSHEAD

  (2 LB)

WHITING

    (1 LB)

POMPANO

(1 LB)



SECTION C – RELEASED FISH: 

 (C-1)              To qualify as a “Released” fish, the angler must bring the fish to the boat, i.e., leader in hand.  Tagging, with accepted tags, is optional.  The fish must not be boated, gaffed, or otherwise damaged.  Measuring length and girth, or actions taken to identify the species is permitted.



 (C-2)  “Released” fish count for In-Club Tournaments (when specified by rules), “Angler-of-the-Month” points (see H-4) and the “Conservation Award” (see Section L).  Species of fish that count for the “Release” category are:  

BLUE MARLIN - WHITE MARLIN - SAILFISH - SWORDFISH - TARPON

 

SECTION D – WEIGH-IN:

 (D-1)  Fish may be weighed at a local bait & tackle shop or business. In addition, weighing fish on an accurate scale at other locations is also acceptable as long as the witness is not the angler or a member of the fishing crew. All fish must meet state and federal regulation.  The shops below have been requested to witness the weight, verify that fish meet length and possession regulations and not to weigh any fish not meeting the regulations.  Known locations are: 



 Avid Angler
, Ponce De Leon Blvd                            Genung’s Fish Camp, 291 Cubbege Road, Cresent Beach

 “Bobs” Bait & Tackle, US1 and SR 206                  Palm Coast Marina, 200 Clubhouse Dr, Palm Coast   

 Mike’s Place, Euclid Ave, North Beach                   Devil’s Elbow Fishing Camp, A1A South, Crescent Beach 

 Oldest City Bait & Tackle, 1949 AlA South             Bait Shack at Vilano Boat Ram

Also Conch House Marina, Camachee Cove Weigh Scale or a
bait & tackle shop or business at Jacksonville-Mayport Inlet to Daytona-Ponce Inlet locations providing a witness who is not the angler or a member of the boat crew is available to witness and sign the Fish Entry Form (or suitable document).

 

 (D-2)  Weigh-in stations at tournaments located in St. Augustine (or where St. Augustine is the check-out point and the weigh-in station is not located in St. Augustine, i.e., the Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament) are acceptable.  See (E-5) below.



 (D-3)  Weighing fish that cannot be weighed during business hours, i.e. after the businesses are closed: If an accurate scale is available it may be used providing a witness who is not the angler or a member of the boat crew is available to witness and sign the Fish Entry Form (or suitable document).

 

SECTION E – ENTRY FORMS:

(E-1)    Each angler is required to complete an ACGFA Official Fish Entry Form, obtain a signature of the person observing the weight or the release and submit it on the official web-site (www.acgfa.com), e-mail it or mail it to “ACGFA, P.O. Box 2001, St. Augustine, FL 32085-2001”.  The angler is responsible for the cards’ preparation and submittal.



(E-2)
      If an ACGFA Official Fish Entry Form is not available, a substitute document is acceptable as long as the information required on the Fish Entry Form is available.  Fish Entry Forms or documents received without appropriate entries in the “Fish Species”, “Weight”, “Angler’s Name”, “Date Caught”, “Location of Scales” or “Witness” blanks will be disqualified.  Enter the boat name and circle “Yes” or “No” if the boat captain is or is not an ACGFA Member.  If the fish is not caught from a boat, please enter: shore, beach, pier, dock, etc.  If there is no entry in the “Boat Name” blank no points will be awarded for Boat-of-the-Year.  

 

 (E-3)   If not submitted on the official web-site (www.acgfa.com), or e-mailed, entry cards must be mailed (to save postage costs you may put several cards in an envelope).  Fish Entry Forms or envelopes must be post-marked not later than seven (7) calendar days after the fish is caught or released.  



(E-4)    Releases of Tarpon and Billfish must be submitted on the official web-site (
www.acgfa.com) or reported using the ACGFA Official Fish Entry Form.  Enter “Release” in the “Weight” block of the card.  The estimated weight and length or other information may also be entered.

 

(E-5)    Fish caught during tournaments located in St. Augustine (see D-2 above) will count provided it is submitted on the official web-site (www.acgfa.com), e-mailed, or an ACGFA Fish Entry Card is submitted and “Location of Scales” or “Tournament” block  so indicate.  The angler is responsible for the cards’ preparation and submittal.  The seven day rule in (E-3) above applies.  NOTE: Exceptions to this rule will be announced by the Tournament Chairman.

 

SECTION F – PROTESTS:  All protests should be submitted to the Tournament Chairman in writing.  The Tournament Chairman and his/her Committee will consider the protest and issue a decision in writing to the member who submitted the protest.  The decision of the Tournament Committee is final.                                                                

 

DIVISION II: TOURNAMENT CATEGORIES:           



SECTION G – GENERAL

(G-1)  There are six (6) separate categories of ACGFA member tournaments. The intention of these tournaments is to recognize ACGFA members for their angling achievements during the tournament year.  Points or catches are accumulated from May 1st thru April 30th.  Year-end awards will be presented at the annual membership party which is normally in June each year.  Angler-of-the-Month Awards will be presented at monthly membership meetings.        

           

(G-2)  Association Members under the age of 8 years will fish as “Small-Fry” and members 8 to 15 years will fish as “Juniors”.  Members 16 and over will be considered “Men” or “Women” for the tournaments.  If a Junior or Small-fry angler has a birthday which changes their category, he or she will continue to fish in the category he or she started in for the remainder of the fishing year (thru April 30th). 

 

 (G-3)  Fish caught before or after a regulation closes/opens or restricts a species will count for year-end awards.

 

SECTION H – ANGLER OF THE MONTH:

 (H-1)  The “Angler-of-the-Month” will be awarded to one person (unless a tie) regardless of the category of the angler, i.e., Men, Women, Junior, or Small-Fry.  All species listed in Sections B & C are eligible.

 

 (H-2)  Entries must be submitted in accordance with Section E above.  Cut-off for entries will be those entries received as of the ACGFA Board meeting which is normally scheduled during the third or fourth week of each month.  Eligible entries received after that date will be counted for “Angler-of-the Month” for the following month.

 

 (H-3)  Points will be awarded for each fish weighed in the following categories:

      1st Place (Angler’s Category) on Year-End-Board,   100   POINTS

      2nd Place (Angler’s Category) on Year-End Board.   75 POINTS

      3rd Place (Angler’s Category) on Year-End Board.    50 POINTS

            4th Place (Angler’s Category) on Year-End Board.    25 POINTS



(H-4)  Each species of Billfish and Tarpon Released            1st place   100 POINTS

             (based on earliest date of entry (post-mark date)      2nd place    75 POINTS

                                                                                                3rd place    50 POINTS

                                                                                               4th place     25 POINTS

(H-5)   Each fish will be awarded Bonus points for:

                     Largest fish of that species for the month. (Must meet Minimum weight)             100 POINTS

                     Second largest fish of that species for the month. (Must meet Minimum weight)   75 POINTS

                  New ACGFA Club Record.                                                                                     100 POINTS

                  Exceeds State of Florida Record (if any).                                                                100 POINTS

            Exceeds IGFA Record Weight (if any).                                                                   100 POINTS 

 

 (H-6)  In case of a tie, the angler with the most “Bonus” points will be declared the winner. If there is still a tie, the angler who accumulated their points first based on the earliest date of web-site submittal or entry (post-mark date) will win.  If there is still a tie, then co-winners will be awarded “Angler-of-the Month”.

 

 (H-7)    Anglers-of-the- Month will earn a 100 point bonus which will be added to their Angler-of-the-Year points. They do not count for Boat-of-the-Year Awards.  These bonus points will be added to either the “Inshore” or “Offshore” category which will result in their best placement.



SECTION I – YEAR-END BOARD:
  Awards will be presented to each Men, Women, Junior, and Small-fry anglers who catches the 1st and 2nd Place in each species category.  All species listed in Section B are eligible.

 

SECTION J – ANGLERS-OF-THE-YEAR  (OFFSHORE AND INSHORE):

 (J-1)   These are point’s awards.  There will be four (4) “Inshore Anglers-of-the-Year” awards and four (4) “Offshore Anglers-of-the-Year” awards presented to the Men, Women, Junior, and Small-Fry Anglers who accumulate the most points in each category for the year.  In addition, any bonus points for “Angler-of-the-Month” (see H-6 above), In-club Tournament Winners (see Section M) or “New Club Record" (see Section N below) will be added.  NOTE: It is conceivable that the same angler could win both awards.

 

(J-2)    Eligible Species for all angler categories are listed in Section B. Points will be awarded for each species as follows:

1st Place = 100 Points  2nd Place = 75 Points  3rd Place = 50 Points  4th Place = 25 Points

 

(J-3)    If  there is a tie with number of Angler-of-the-Year  points, the tie-breaker will be the angler with the most 1st place fish on the board.  If there is still a tie, the angler who accumulated their points first, based on the earliest date of web-site submittal or entry (post-mark date) will win.  If there is still a tie, co-winners of  “Anglers-of-the-Year” will be awarded.

 

 (J-4)   Fish are not required to be caught on an ACGFA Club Member’s boat. They may be caught on any boat, pier, dock, or shore as long as the requirements of Para (A-4) above are met.                      

 

SECTION K – BOATS-OF-THE-YEAR  (OFFSHORE AND INSHORE):

 (K-1)  This is a point’s award.  There will be two (2) “Boat-of-the-Year” awards, one for “Inshore” species and one for “Offshore” species.  NOTE: It is conceivable that the same boat could win both awards.

 

 (K-2)  The boat must be registered to an ACGFA Member in order to be eligible for a “Boat-of-the-Year” award.  The angler who caught the fish is not required to be an ACGFA Member, however, the ACGFA Member must be on board the boat when the fish was caught and present when the fish is weighed.  If the angler is not an ACGFA member, the “Member” space on the web-site submittal or card should be marked “No”.

 

 (K-3)  All fish must meet the minimum weight requirements.  Points will be awarded for each species as follows:  1st Place = 100 Points;  2nd Place = 75 Points;  3rd Place = 50 Points;  4th Place = 25 Points

 

 (K-4) Eligible Species: 

            OFFSHORE BOAT-OF- THE-YEAR:  All Offshore Species in (B-1) above except “Spadefish”.

      INSHORE BOAT-OF- THE-YEAR:  All Inshore Species in (B-2) above except “Pompano”.

 

(K-5)   If there is a tie in points (either or both categories), the boat with the most first place fish on the board will win.  If there is still a tie, the angler who accumulated their points first based on the earliest date of web-site submittal or entry (post-mark date) will win.  If there is still a tie, Co-winners (either or both categories) of “Boat-of-the-Year” will be awarded.

SECTION L – CONSERVATION AWARD for the most released fish (see Section C).  The top angler, regardless of category, (Male, Female, Junior, or Small-fry) with the most “releases” will receive the “Conservation Award”.  In case of tied number of releases, the angler who accumulated their releases first based on the earliest date of web-site submittal or entry (post-mark date) will win.  An award will be made to each angler that releases billfish and/or tarpon.



SECTION M – OTHER IN-CLUB TOURNAMENTS
:   Other in-club tournaments may have rules specific to those tournaments only.  A copy of the rules should be made available by printed poster or written form to all entrants.  Rules should include if it is an “Angler” or “Boat” tournament, “Location(s) of weigh-in”, “Species”, “Minimum Weights”, “Scoring”, “Period” of fishing, “Prize” structure, and whether for free or requiring an entry fee.  The 1st place winner(s) will earn a 100 point bonus. If an “Angler” tournament, the points will be added to their Angler-of-the-Year points.  If a “Boat” tournament, the points will be added to their Boat-of-the-Year points.  These bonus points will be added to either the “Inshore” or “Offshore” category based on type of tournament.

 

SECTION N - NEW CLUB RECORDS: Club records will be maintained on fish weighed in accordance with past and current length and possession regulations.  When a length or method of measurement is changed by regulation that makes an existing record unbeatable, the record will be closed and a new record established that meets the new regulation. An angler that breaks an ACGFA Club Record is awarded 100 Bonus Points in accordance with Paragraph H-5.  These bonus points will also count for Angler-of-the-Year Awards based on the category of the species.   They do not count for Boat-of-the-Year Awards.   Anglers breaking a club record will be presented with a trophy, plaque or certificate acknowledging their accomplishment. To qualify for a club record, you must submit a picture of the fish and a signed statement by the witness verifying the measurement and weight of the fish along with the Fish Entry Form.

 

 

 

Synopsis of major changes:

 

1. (A-4)   “Local” fishing waters generally mean the waters from Jacksonville-Mayport inlet to Daytona-Ponce Inlet. Inshore waters are the Intercoastal from St Johns River to Daytona-Ponce Inlet.  Offshore waters are without North or South boundaries. You may use any inlet in that area or fish any shore or pier



2. Section C - Released Fish: (C-2) Added info for how Releases count in tournaments.



3. Section D - Weigh-In:   Rewritten to add weigh stations and
weighing fish on an accurate scale at other locations is also acceptable as long as the witness is not the angler or a member of the fishing crew.

 

4. Section E - Entry Forms: (E-2) Added info for instances when an official Entry Form is not available.

            (E-3), (E-4) & (E-5) Renumbered and clarified.

 

5. Section J - Anglers-of-the-Year (Offshore and Inshore) Re-titled

 

6. Section K - Boats-of-the-Year (Offshore and Inshore) Re-titled

            (K-2) & (K-3) Clarified

 

7. Section N - New Club Records: Added: “To qualify for a club record, you must submit a picture of the fish and a signed statement by the witness verifying the measurement and weight of the fish.”