Fall King of the Beach 2018 • Tournament Rules and Regulations             

King Mackerel at the scales during the King of the Beach1.The Tournament rules may be changed any time through the conclusion of the Captain’s Meeting. Our Captain’s Meeting is Thursday November 8th, 2018, is mandatory for each boat/team.

2. Old Salt King of the Beach is a weight-based tournament. Anglers, regardless the division, will present their King Mackerel and Spanish Mackerel at the weigh-in on Saturday November 10, 2018 as indicated below. All paid places in each division are determined by the weight of the fish presented at the weigh-in. The heaviest fish in each division is deemed the winner in that division. Additional paid places in each division are awarded on weight as well, heaviest fish to lightest fish weighed.

3. Every boat/team must be paid and registered prior to midnight Friday, November 9th, 2018. No refund of entry fees unless the tournament committee cancels the tournament. The entire team (all of the anglers fishing the tournament for the team) must be declared on the registration form.  Definition of Team: Captains will determine number up to maximum capacity of their vessel, kayaks are considered a vessel and only can have as many anglers as one vessel permits (combining multiple kayaks is not permitted) if fishing from land your team will have a max of 2 anglers on your team. (Need to Register? … CLICK HERE)

4. Eligible species limited to King Mackerel. Eligible fish must measure at least 30” from nose to fork.

Tournament Rules ensure clear winners for each division5. Fishing starts at 6:00 am Saturday, November 10th, 2018.  No lines in the water prior to this time.

TOURNAMENT RULES ON BOUNDARIES
NORTH:  Cedar Key – 29 08 000 / SOUTH, Boca Grande Pass 26 39 000,
WEST: 83 20 00 (approx. 30 miles west of the Johns Pass Safe Water Marker).
MUST FISH THE GULF OF MEXICO

6. All King Mackerel and Spanish Mackerel must be caught with hand held rods and reels. No electric reels.

7. Two or more boats coming in physical contact during fishing hours in any manner will be disqualified. A boat rendering assistance to another boat will not be disqualified in the case of an emergency at sea, such as onboard fire, sinking, medical emergencies, etc. Any boat/team that receives assistance, other than outlined previously, from another boat will be disqualified from the tournament.

8. This is a captain’s choice tournament. Therefore it is up to the discretion of the registered captain to determine whether his or her craft is seaworthy for existing sea conditions. Participants are encouraged to scan channel 16, in addition to the tournament channel (68) to keep abreast of any marine or weather warnings. The captain is responsible for all members of his/her crew both on and off the water.

Tournament Rules keep this event fun and family friendly

9. Teams / Anglers must be in weigh-in line by 5:00 PM, Saturday, November 10th, 2018 at the Madeira Beach Recreational Complex, 200 Rex Place – Madeira Beach {click here for google map}.  (NO EXCEPTIONS). Scales will open at approximately 3:15pm. All teams/angler must go to weigh-in check-in tent first.  You mush have your hand stamped and your King Mackerel and/or Spanish Mackerel tagged to be eligible to weigh. Every fish must be accompanied with its own weigh slip. (One weigh slip per fish) Tournament officials will be at drop dock and gates to verify time and call last in weigh-in line.

10. King Mackerel and Spanish Mackerel may be brought to the weigh-in by boat or by car. A crew member must accompany the fish during the weigh-in. One fish per division, per boat may be weighed, with the exception of Overall and Single Engine – You must choose only one of these divisions to weigh in. The only means of transportation during the tournament is by boat or car.

11. No rotten or mutilated fish will be weighed in. All fish weighed become property of the Old Salt Fishing Foundation.  Unwanted fish may be donated and every fish need to be properly iced and cared for.

12. Any King Mackerel or Spanish Mackerel weighed-in containing lead or any foreign matter will be subject to disqualification as determined by the tournament weigh master.

13. Children eligible for the Youth Angler Awards must be 14 years or younger on the tournament date. They must catch and reel the fish to point of gaff. One fish can be weighed in this division per boat/team.

14. Ladies eligible for the Lady Angler Awards must be 15 years or older. She must catch and reel the fish to point of gaff. One fish can be weighed in this division per boat/team.

15. To be eligible for the Single Outboard Engine Division you must fish from a single outboard engine boat. (a kicker or small trolling motor does not count as a second engine) At time of weigh-in you must choose to weigh your fish in the Single Outboard Engine Division or the Overall Division, by indicating it on your weigh slip. Only one fish can be weighed in this division per boat/team and will not count in the Overall Division the team must choose the division their fish will be weighed in prior to weighing their fish.

16. Protests made to the tournament committee shall be accompanied by $500 cash deposit. a protest must be presented no later than 30 minutes after the last fish is weighed. The $500 cash deposit will be returned if the protest is upheld by the tournament committee. The $500 cash deposit will become the property of the Old Salt Fishing Foundation if the protest is not upheld. Decision of the tournament committee will be final.

17. By entering into the tournament each contestant agrees to submit to polygraph testing and abide by its conclusion. The polygraph test(s) will be issued at the discretion of the tournament directors. A minimum of three (3) tests will be performed; First Place Overall, First Place Single Outboard Engine and one other random place. The results of the polygraph test are final and cannot be protested or reviewed by a court of law. Failure to take, pass and\or submit to the polygraph will result in disqualification of entire team and forfeit all winnings awarded. Each contestant selected for polygraph must have in their possession a valid picture ID and Florida State fishing license. Captain listed on registration form is required to take test. Tests will be given on Sunday, November 11th, 2018. Winning Checks for chosen teams will be awarded after passing of the test.

18. Tournament Directors have the right to board any boat and view any marine, fishing equipment & boats GPS Tract.

19. In the event of a tie, the boat/team that weighs their fish first breaks the tie.

20. ALL TOURNAMENT WINNERS MUST BE PRESENT AT TOURNAMENT AWARDS TO RECEIVE WINNINGS CHECK. Anyone receiving a check or prize from this Tournament must complete a W-9 Form before check will be written. Awards will begin at approximately 8:30pm – Saturday November 10, 2018. (Minimum of one team member authorized to fill out paperwork and receive check must be present otherwise the winnings will be forfeited)

21. Tournament within a Tournament – TWT (Optional Entries) applies to King of the Beach, King Mackerel OVERALL & SINGLE ENGINE DIVISIONS  and will payout 3 places to the top teams that paid into the TWT. 50% – 30% – 20% Split.  There are two TWT’s offered: Standard for $110 and  High Roller for $250. One or both may be entered and won.

22. Overall Division Spring and Fall Aggregate. (Optional Entry $55 includes sales tax paid at Spring KOTB) Weight of Spring Kingfish combined with weight of Fall Kingfish (2 Fish Total). Highest/Most Pounds Wins, One Place Paid, Winner Takes All To be Eligible, Team Must Pay into Aggregate at Spring KOTB, 2018.  Aggregate will follow the Captain listed on Springs KOTB Registration form to Fall KOTB (NOT team/boat name).

23. All payouts excluding first place are based on 350 boats. 25th place prize of $2500 is based on number of registrations. One Place Paid for every 10 boats Registered, up to 35 Places.

24. Travel Team Division: To qualify for the Travel Team Division the Captain listed on the tournament registration form must physically reside 75 miles or more from Madeira Beach, Florida.

25. The tournament committee has the right to refuse entry to any applicant.  In the event such refusal occurs, 100% of the applicant’s entry fee will be returned.

26. Registered boats must comply with State, Federal and U.S.C.G. safety and fishing regulations.  All Old Salt Tournament Rules must be adhered to.

27. The decisions of the Old Salt Tournament Committee and Weigh Master are final. 

SPANISH MACKEREL DIVISION TOURNAMENT RULES

  • All Tournament rules stated above apply to this division (except: #4, 13, 14, 15, 21 & 22).
  • This is a boat/team event, $55 add on for King of the Beach Registered boats / $110 for Non-King of the Beach boats fishing for Spanish Mackerel only. Only eligible for Spanish Mackerel prizes.
  • Eligible species limited to Spanish Mackerel.  Eligible fish must measure at least 15” from the  nose to the fork.
  • Payouts are based on number of entries. Only one (1) Spanish Mackerel per boat/team can be weighed in.
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