SPRING KICKOFF TOURNAMENT
DATES: 1 March thru 31 March 2013
FISHING: This tournament is an ACGFA “members only” tournament. Entrants must be ACGFA members in good standing. To encourage more young angler participation, for this tournament, a membership will include grandchildren and nieces/nephews who are 15 years and under. This is an ANGLER TOURNAMENT. Anglers’ must fish in local waters. Federal, State, County fishing laws, and ACGFA rules apply to each angler that chooses to compete in this tournament.
SAFETY: SAFETY IS ALWAYS FIRST. Safety is paramount. Captains are responsible for the safe and legal operation of their boats at all times.
QUALIFYING FISH: Fish eligible for this tournament are Redfish, Flounder, Trout, Pompey Drum, Black Drum, Pompano, Sheepshead, & Whiting. Fish must be caught on hook and line, and landed in whole condition. Fish must be of legal length, bag, possession, and meet the club minimum limits. Weighing in of a fish that is not of legal limits will result in disqualification from the tournament.
RADIO - CHECK OUT/IN: Since this tournament is over an extended period of time, VHF radio will not be monitored. Captains are reminded that they should have an operational VHF radio on board their boat for safety. Many ACGFA members monitor VHF channels 68 & 72. Checkout and check-in do not apply in the normal sense for this tournament.
WEIGH IN: Anglers can weigh their fish at the normal locations. Date and Time on the weigh card is the actual time the fish is weighed. Anglers are responsible for proper preparation and mailing of each ACGFA weigh card filled out. In order for fish to count in the tournament, each card must be plainly marked “SPRING KICKOFF”. Weigh cards must be postmarked not later than 7 calendar days after the fish is weighed, and mailed to ACGFA, P.O. Box 2001, St. Augustine, FL 32085-2001.
AWARDS: 100 points will be awarded for the heaviest; 75 points will be awarded for the second, 50 points for third and 25 points for fourth heaviest fish in each category. The point system will decide the top three Anglers for this tournament. First place angler will be awarded $300, second place angler will receive $200, and the third place angler will receive $100, for a total cash pay out of $600. In case of a tie, date and time of weigh-in shown on the weigh card will decide the winner of the tie. If two cards have same date of weigh-in and one card does not indicate time of weigh-in, the card with the time entered wins.
PROTESTS: The Tournament Chairman will settle Protest; the Tournament Chairman’s decision is final.
ENTRY FEE: Entry fee is $10.00 per adult angler. There will be a registration fee of $5.00 for each junior and small fry angler that fishes the Spring Shootout; however, they must fish with an adult club member that is entered in the tournament. A junior or small-fry angler that wants to fish without an adult club member that is entered in the tournament may do so by paying $10 and with their parents’ permission. There is a ten-angler minimum for this tournament.
TOURNAMENT CHAIRMAN: Contact Rick Mackey (904) 501-2032 if you have any questions.