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    Sign up now! Participate in the Florida Sportsman Kayak Challenge

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    Kayak Challenge home page: Click here to view the official tournament rules, along with additional tournament information.

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    Florida Sportsman’s Kayak Challenge Rules

    DATE
    June 1, 2012 to July 31, 2012

    PARTICIPATION

    Open to all Florida Sportsman Forum members fishing in Florida state waters. Registration: cost is $25. Proceeds to go to the TJ and Tommy Recovery Fund, two active Florida Sportsman Forum members who need some help.

    TARGET SPECIES

    Inshore Species: Redfish, Seatrout, Snook, Flounder, Jacks

    1- Grand first place prize: Longest aggregate measurement of 3 different species
    2- Second place prize: Second longest aggregate measurement of 3 different species
    3- Third place prize: Third longest aggregate measurement of 3 different species

    Offshore Species: Jacks (Amber, Almaco, Banded Rudder), Dolphin, Grouper (excluding Goliath), Snapper, Mackerel (king, spanish and cero), Sea Bass, Tuna, Wahoo, Tripletail

    1-Grand first place prize: Longest aggregate measurement of 4 different species
    2-Second place prize: Second longest aggregate measurement of 4 different species
    3-Third place prize: Third longest aggregate measurement of 4 different species

    Notes on scoring: 1) Anglers do not have to catch all included species to win an aggregate category. 2) Anglers cannot win more than one prize Top-3 prizes.

    MEASURING FISH

    The challenge’s winners are determined by fish length. Fish must be whole, non-mutilated (gaff hole is okay for offshore species). Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission rules and regulations are in effect as it pertains to which fish are legally able to be kept. If a fish is illegal to keep or you don’t plan on keeping it, it must be alive and free from any stringer, especially when photographed.

    Measurements are made at a granularity of inch. If the fish is larger, but does not make the next -inch mark, it will round down. If the fish is larger than the ruler, the maximum length of the ruler will be accepted for the length.

    If you use a soft ruler such as a sticker ruler or tape ruler, assure that the ruler is on a flat surface and measure the fish on top of the ruler. Do not place the ruler on top of the fish.

    Tie-breakers of fish measuring the same length go to the person that caught the fish first. That’s why it’s vital not to edit the photo in anyway before posting to the forum. IF IT IS EDITED, WE CAN’T ACCEPT IT. Make sure your camera’s time and date are set properly before taking any photos of catches. The photo’s EXIF data will determine when the fish photo was taken.

    Length is determined when it’s in a natural lay position. A "natural lay position" is one in which the fish is centrally located on the ruler without any bending or manipulation of the fish to artificially extend its length measurement. Again, a paddle craft must be present somewhere in the photo.

    FLORIDA SPORTSMAN TOKENS

    Florida Sportsman will create a printable “token” that will be sent to you via email. Anyone who registers before the June 1 start date will receive their token on May 31. Anyone who registers after June 1 will receive their token immediately upon payment. Print out this sheet of paper before fishing. Be sure to include this “token” in any fish photo submitted.

    ONLINE POSTING

    Each angler in the tournament must be a member of the Florida Sportsman Forums.

    When posting a catch, find the thread entitled “Inshore Kayak Challenge” or “Offshore Kayak Challenge.” We’ll make these threads stickies at the top of the Paddlecraft Kayak Member Catches Forum. Anglers may update and upgrade their fish as they catch better fish throughout the tournament. But to keep the thread from becoming too large, just edit your first post where you posted photos initially. (As an example, you posted a picture of a redfish on June 4. Then on June 10, you catch a bigger redfish. Replace the existing photo with the new redfish catch.) Keep all your catch photos in one post within the thread.)

    Up to 2 photos will be allowed for one entry to qualify all rules criteria, but they must be submitted in the same day. (One to verify the catch on the water by kayak and one with an accurate measurement.) The tournament token must be present in both photos.

    Anglers may not intentionally hold back catches until the end of a tournament. In good faith, fish should be checked in within a couple days of the catch (72 hours is the max). No comments or replies will be allowed on the photo posts to keep things simple and organized. Please post the date the fish was caught and length of fish next to your photo.

    SCORING

    Participants may only use digital cameras for photographing fish. A scoring photo must show the entire fish on the measuring device with the unique Florida Sportsman token present. The measuring device must be in clear view so as to leave no doubt of the fish's position across all the markings, and that the markings of the device are true. Photographs should be taken from above the center of the fish at maximum resolution. The judging committee will review the photos to verify reported results. The fishing vessel must be shown in the background of the photo.

    REGISTRATION

    The angler must register and pay for the tournament before uploading photos of catches to the forum. Registration fee allows anglers to participate in either the inshore OR offshore portion of the tournament. Kayakers are eligible for only one of the top-three prizes, inshore or offshore. The tournament officially begins at 12:01 AM on June 1 and ends at 11:59 PM on July 31. The day before the tournament begins, a “token” will be emailed to all participants. Anglers should print it and take it with them fishing, making sure it shows in all fish photos. Your last fish catches must be posted before August 1.

    COST

    Entry fee is $25. This tournament is not a money-maker. The tournament entry covers the costs of shipping prizes to winners and costs associated with tournament, such as flyers or measuring devices. Any extra money goes to a forum member in need of medical help. See their recovery fund website here.

    PAYMENT

    The best option is to pay online via PayPal when you submit your Registration Form. A second option is to register online and send a check to Diana Matthews at the Florida Sportsman office (Address: 2700 S. Kanner Highway, Stuart, FL, 34994). On the memo line of your check, write "Kayak Challenge" and the name of the participant.

    FISHING METHODS

    All fish must be caught via hook and line. Artificial or natural baits are acceptable.

    VESSELS

    The use of any kayak, canoe or paddleboard is acceptable. Wade fishing, if tethered to a paddle craft, is also acceptable. No motorized vessels may be used, including the use of a motorized vessel to transport (a.k.a. mothership). Using a paddle craft with a trolling motor is not allowed--we want all crafts to be motor-free!

    LOCATION

    The statewide tournament covers all state waters that are open to fishing. For offshore kayak fishermen, anglers must stay inside of federal waters. This levels the playing field for anglers fishing on the west coast.

    MEASURING DEVICES

    Anglers must use a commercial off-the-shelf ruler. Homemade (read that as: hand-drawn) rulers are not allowed.

    PRIZES

    Prizes will be mailed to the address listed on the tournament entry. A Winner's Certificate will be mailed along with your prize.

    Grand Prizes

    Offshore

    1st place--Hobie Mirage Revolution 13 from Estero River Outfitters

    2nd place--Two Quantum Smoke 2500 Combos

    3rd place--Settles Bridge Supply House kayak accessory pack including: drag bag, paddle leash, deck bungee kit, bungee paddle keeper

    Inshore

    1st place--Hobie Mirage Revolution 13 from Estero River Outfitters

    2nd place--Two Quantum Smoke 2500 Combos

    3rd place--Settles Bridge Supply House kayak accessory pack including: drag bag, paddle leash, deck bungee kit, bungee paddle keeper

    "Big Fish" Weekly Winners

    Starting on Monday, June 11, the angler with the largest fish caught during that week and posted to the appropriate “Inshore Kayak Challenge” or “Offshore Kayak Challenge” forum thread wins a prize! For inshore anglers, it's a new fishing rod from Deep South Fishing Rods. Offshore anglers receive a prize package form YakAttack. Sixteen winners total will be decided on June 11, 18 and 25, and July 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30. That means one inshore and one offshore angler wins each week. Kayak anglers can only win one prize, even if they catch the largest fish more than one week.

    PROTEST

    All protests must be made in an email or PM to the tournament committee members listed below:

    Sam Hudson (FS Sam) –Florida Sportsman Liaison Sam@floridasportsman.com

    Bob Bramblet (bonitabob) – Committee Chairman rbramblet@embarqmail.com


    Kayak Registration: Click here to register.

    Kayak Challenge home page: Click here to view the official tournament rules, along with additional tournament information.
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    It's finally here!!!

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    I think it's going to be great We put some good thought into it!

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    "1-Grand first place prize: Longest aggregate measurement of 4 different species"
    So Biggest 4 fish within 2 months wins a Revo?

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    Quote Originally Posted by FLATS BROKE View Post
    "1-Grand first place prize: Longest aggregate measurement of 4 different species"
    So Biggest 4 fish within 2 months wins a Revo?
    It's that easy! Four biggest fish, yep. But they have to be different species.

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    Great Work guys!!!!

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    Yeaaaa!!! i sighned up and i got to help organize the tournament so that was quite a expierence.

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    Signed up and waiting for the 1st to arrive!

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    Super excited and ready to hit the water

    From my phone which is hopefully with me on the water
    time enjoyed wasted is not wasted time

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    Signed up and ready to go.

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