Longest Trout Competition Rules
To win the longest trout competition, competitors can fish using artificial, live or cut bait and submit a qualifying photograph of the longest speckled sea trout caught during the tournament.
Each trout submitted must be photographed on a fish measuring board with the fishes head to the left, the dorsal fin up, tail flat, where the numbers can be easily read. We will measure to the nearest 1/8”.
Be sure to check your fish board with a ruler prior to the tournament. Winners may be asked to submit their fish board for verification during the weigh-in.
Every participant can submit a picture of their longest trout. We will not be reviewing everyone’s fish pictures. To save time, participants will complete and submit a fish points form with the length of their longest trout to the closest 1/8”. Please complete the form as soon as you arrive at the weigh-in party. You must be in line to submit your fish point forms before 3:00pm to qualify for the longest trout competition prize.
General Tournament Rules – These rules apply to both competitions.
Around 8pm, the Friday night before fishing, we will randomly select a playing card and share it on Facebook, our website, and via email. You will need to provide your own playing card. The playing card must appear in all photos submitted along with your launch photo. For example, if a queen of hearts is selected, you must show the queen of hearts playing card on all your photos. Drawing the queen of hearts on the back of your hand or using a paper copy of the playing card is acceptable.
Prior to launching your kayak or canoe, at the launch, each participant must take a picture of their kayak/canoe in the daylight at 7am or later on the day of tournament. The photo must include the selected playing card, their kayak and themselves clearly at a launch point. This photo should be the first in your series of photos that you submit.
Wading from your kayak or canoe is permitted. Your kayak or canoe must be tethered to you while you fish. Wade fishing (or fishing) from shore is not permitted.
You may not use chum to attract fish.
A team of three judges will review catch photos from the people with the top three-point totals from each division. Those people will need to provide their phone or camera to the judges. We will not be reviewing photos from an SD card.
Judges may participate in the tournament but if they are one of the three top point earners a backup judge will take their place.
The judges are responsible for verifying the tournament winners. They can disqualify any photos or all photos or any participants if the rules were not followed.
In the event of a point total or longest trout tie, the participant who submits their point total form first will win the tie.
Every participant must sign a club and tournament release.
We may need to change the tournament day due to weather or other unforeseen events. If we need to change the fishing day, the day will be moved to the following Saturday.
Participation and Eligibility.
Participation is to club members 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.
Safe boating will be observed at all times. During the competition each contestant is required to comply with US Coast Guard regulations. In addition, participants must wear a PFD at all times while competing in the event and be in possession of a sounding device. Tournament days may be shortened or canceled due to unsafe weather or water conditions. The decision to shorten or to cancel will be left totally to the discretion of the Tournament Director.
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
Permitted Fishing Methods.
All fish must be caught, photographed, and released alive in a conventional sporting manner unless fish are legal to harvest. Anglers may not catch fish or photograph Fish that have been caged or confined in an area prior to the tournament. All fish must be caught from either the kayak (self-propelled water craft) or wade fishing (provided the kayak is tethered to the angler). 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.
No refunds will be given but you can gift your tournament fee to another participant. They will be responsible for paying the club dues portion of the tournament fee.
This year we are getting club t-shirts again as part of our membership. Please supply your t-shirt size on your registration form