Pogie’s Redfish Cup 2018 Rules and Regulations
These rules will remain in effect during the year 2018. Interpretation of these rules will be left exclusively to the Tournament Director- Ethan Johnson. In the event of a rule violation, the Tournament Director may impose such sanctions, as he deems appropriate, including, without limitation, disqualifications, forfeiture of prizes and prohibition from participation in subsequent tournaments. Decisions of the Tournament Director are final in all matters and are not subject to appeal, and are not reviewable by any court of law. Pogie’s, LLC reserves the right to make needed changes to these rules in order to ensure the safety, welfare of the Pogie’sLLC, anglers, and/or the public and preserve the integrity of Pogie’s, LLC. Any rule changes will immediately supersede all previously published copies of rules. It is your responsibility to read and understand the rules and how you, your points and qualification for the Championship are affected by not complying with the following rules. Every competitor will be required to sign a liability release/permission form for use of image/agreement to the official rules prior to the first day’s competition.
1.ENTRY FEES AND PAYMENTS: An Entry Fee of $500.00 is required to fish the event. All entry fees are NON-TRANSFERABLE and NON-REFUNDABLE, NO EXCEPTIONS. This fee enters anglers in to the main tournament as well as the Tournament Within Tournament divisions (TWT).
2. REGISTRATION AND CAPTAIN’S MEETING: Registration will be open February 15th, 2018 local time. Registrations will be taken online and in person. Entry will be capped at 30 boats for the event, therefore once the cap of 30 boats has been reached, registration will close. A waitlist will be made in case of drop outs. A Required Captain’s Meeting will be held in the week prior to the tournament on a date to be determined by the tournament committee that will be posted to Pogie’s social media outlets, website, and in store. At least one member from each team is expected to attend the Captain’s Meeting, and sign in at the designated time and location. If a team is unable to attend a Captain’s meeting, that teams starting position will be placed last after individuals who attended the captains meeting and drew for their teams starting position. If a team is unable to attend the captains meeting, it will be the responsibility of that team to be familiar with any and all rules and/or changes discussed at or prior to the captains meeting. In addition, they must contact the Tournament Director if not able to attend. Teams agree that it is their own responsibility to find out what was discussed at the Captain’s Meeting. No team may fish or have anyone fish or scout for them after 4:00PM the day of the Captain’s Meeting.
3. FEDERAL, STATE, AND LOCAL LAWS: All competitors are expected to obey all applicable federal, state and local regulations and laws. Violation of such rules may result in disqualification from the tournament. Repeated or flagrant violations will result in said competitors being banned from future participation in Pogie’s, LLC tournaments.
4. SPORTSMANSHIP: Competitors in the Pogie’s, LLC tournaments are expected to follow high standards of sportsmanship, courtesy, safety and conservation. Any infraction of these fundamental sporting principles may be deemed cause for disqualification. Maximum courtesy must be practiced at all times, especially with regard to boating and angling in the vicinity of non-competitors who may be on tournament waters. Any act of a competitor, which reflects unfavorably upon Pogie’s, LLC’s effort to promote fisheries conservation, clean waters, and courtesy, shall be reason for disqualification. Evidence of chemical substance addiction or abuse, or other crimes involving moral turpitude or other conduct reflecting unfavorably upon Pogie’s, LLC’s efforts to promote safety, sportsmanship and compliance with tournament rules shall be grounds for rejecting any application for participation and for disqualification. Any act deemed by the Tournament Director that gives a team or angler an unfair advantage not specifically covered under this set of rules shall be grounds for disqualification. Any violation by an angler deemed intentional or preconceived by the Tournament Director to gain an unfair advantage, would be grounds for permanent disqualification. Any Angler(s) who have been disqualified from any other fishing tournament or event will not be eligible to Pogies LLC Tournament.
5. PARTICIPATION AND ELIGIBILITY: Participation in Pogie’s, LLC’s tournaments is open to the general public unless previous occurrences deem a person(s) ineligible for participation. Any person under the age of 18 must have written consent from a parent or legal guardian. Pogie’s, LLC reserves the right to refuse participation in any or all events to any individual or team at the discretion of the Tournament Director.
6. SAFETY: Safe boating will be observed at all times. Each contestant is required to wear a fastened, U.S. Coast Guard approved, personal floatation device anytime the combustion engine is in operation. 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. A 4-hour period shall constitute a day of fishing.
7. 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 all future tournaments.
8. HORSEPOWER REGULATIONS: Maximum horsepower for all outboards used in tournament competition will not exceed the horsepower limitations as set by the U.S. Coast Guard horsepower rating plate attached to the boat by the manufacturer. By registering to participate in an event, each contestant agrees to submit his or her boat and/or motor to an inspection by an inspector designated by Pogie’s, LLC. Falsifying information on entry forms or altering the horsepower numbers on the motor or rating plate will be cause for disqualification from the tournament and may result in future ineligibility to enter Pogie’s, LLC tournaments.
9. BOAT AND MOTOR: All boats must be a minimum of 14 feet in length. Each boat must have all required U.S. Coast Guard safety equipment. In addition, it must have a functional bilge pump and live well space, properly aerated to adequately maintain a live limit catch of Redfish by both contestants. The Tournament Director shall have the sole responsibility for determining whether aeration and capacity is “proper and adequate”. For the safety of all contestants, ALL BOATS MUST BE EQUIPPED WITH SOME TYPE OF OPERABLE IGNITION SHUT-OFF DEVICE. This ignition SHUT-OFF device must be attached to the driver’s body anytime the combustion engine is operating. Anytime the combustion engine is operating and in gear, there must be a driver in the driver’s seat in full control of the boat. A small electric trolling motor may be used for slow maneuvering. Any additional fuel used during the tournament day must be purchased from a retail facility open to the public. If participating boat was not factory equipped with a built-in tank, then participant may use up to two of the standard US Coast Guard approved portable tanks mounted at the stern in designated areas by the motor.
10. PERMITTED FISHING METHODS: All Redfish must be caught alive in a conventional sporting manner. Only artificial lures may be used during competition. Commercially sold pork trailers or scents may be added and used. Only one fishing rod may be used at a time per angler. A cast must be fully retrieved by the angler who made the cast before an angler may pick up another rod. Trolling as a method of fishing is prohibited. Foul hooked fish shall not be weighed during competition. A foul hooked fish is defined as a fish that does not have at least one hook in its mouth, and it must be released. Competitors may not catch fish or weigh in fish that have been caged, caught in a net, or confined in an area prior to the tournament. Drones, planes, helicopters, or any other method of airborne scouting will not be permitted two weeks prior to the event or during tournament hours.
11. PERMITTED FISHING LOCATIONS: Competitors may fish anywhere on tournament waters accessible to the public by boat that are INSHORE, except areas designated as “off limits” or “no fishing” by local, state and federal officials. Inshore is defined as: A body of water located inside of inlets and the line of demarcation. Should a team make the decision to fish waters which require them to pass through a portion of the ICW that may at some point become closed during the tournament, it is done at the risk of the team choosing to do so. No exceptions, time extensions, or trailering options will be allowed for teams who find themselves unable to make weigh-in due to closures of the waterway. Competitors may not fish within 50 yards in any direction of a competitor’s boat, which is anchored or fishing in a location first (An anchored boat is a boat held in a stable position by a line attached to a weight, anchor, push pole, Power Pole, etc. with the trolling motor in the up position. A “fishing” boat is one that has a trolling motor in the downward position). If the boat does not have a trolling motor the definition of anchored still applies. Anglers may fish within 50 yards of another boat (competitor or non-competitor) is The boat being approached has approved the approaching boat to be within that distance. Fishing within 100 yards of a boat that is chumming with live or dead bait is NOT allowed. Teams may not fish within 100 yards of a non-competitor that is chumming with either live bait, dead or ground chum. If during competition a non-competitor approaches within 100 yards and begins to chum, it is your responsibility to stop fishing. You may ask the non-competitor if he would consider leaving or not chumming. If the non-competitor fails to do so, then you must leave the area immediately.
12. Communication: During Tournament Hours: No communication whatsoever regarding fishing will be allowed from outside sources, or between teams during tournament hours via face-to-face, hand signals, electronic methods, or any other method or device intended to communicate with others. Except to invite a team into an otherwise “anchored” area) and/or an emergency, including equipment or mechanical failure.
13. COMPETITORS MUST REMAIN IN THE BOAT: All angling must be conducted from the boat. At no time may a contestant leave the boat to land a fish or to make the boat more accessible to fishing water. Contestants must leave and return to the official checkpoint by boat. No tournament boat may be loaded on the trailer before the weigh-in except with the permission of the Tournament Director. In the event of equipment failure, anglers must call a designated number to report their need for assistance while calling for towing assistance. There will be only two permitted methods of returning to the official check-in: (1) by both partners remaining in their boat and being towed by water (a commercial licensed tow company may be utilized, or another team may tow a fellow competitor,) (2) by one or both competitors entering the boat of another tournament contestant (fishing by all competitors involved in the rescue must cease at this time). Competitors are responsible for colored tie wrap or suitable material for marking and distinguishing their catch. Under these two conditions, the contestant’s catches may be counted without a penalty (except for late penalties, dead fish penalties or other penalties pertaining to other tournament rules). Competitors who elect to return to the official check-in by any other means than cited above will forfeit their day’s catch to that point in time of the tournament day. Any competitor returning to the check-in point will be eligible to restart and resume competition only under the supervision of the Tournament Director or his designated tournament official. It is the sole responsibility of contestants to locate the Tournament Director or official to request a restart. Failure to render assistance, when requested in an emergency is cause for immediate disqualification. Teams rendering assistance must communicate to the tournament official, the boat number(s) of the assisting boat and the assisted boat at time commencing aid and a special reservation made be made to any boats rendering assistance in an emergency situation with provided evidence.
14. OFFICIAL CHECKPOINTS: There will be only one official checkpoint for boat check in the morning and one official check-in point in the afternoon. Failure to go through boat check and checkout in the morning will result in disqualification. All fishing must cease upon check-in. Teams that experience equipment failures may have them repaired and check out late for an event. However, it is the team’s responsibility to find and notify the tournament director or tournament official in order to check out. All running lights must be in place and working at time of launch along with a working live-well.
15. LATE PENALTY: Competitors who are not at the official check-in area at the appointed time will be penalized at one (1) pound per minute deducted from the total weight including any weight to be counted toward a big fish award. Any competitors more than fifteen (15) minutes late will not receive credit for the day’s weight.
16. TEAMS: All tournaments are team events, with all points/awards going to the team. Competitors may not fish as individuals. A team consists of two (2) anglers, one of which must be designated as the captain. The person designated as the captain of the team will be responsible for claiming all winnings.
17. SCORING: Tournament standings, auxiliary awards and final winners shall be determined by the total weight measured in pounds and 100th of a pound of each teams catch during the tournament. Only Redfish/Red Drum will be weighed and the limit shall be 2 fish per team. The prevailing rules as set forth by Pogie’s, LLC along with federal, state and local statutes and regulations bind all competitors. Competitors will at no time have in their possession or transport more than the 2 fish allowed. Should anglers wish to cull fish, anglers will not be permitted to continue fishing until the allowed number of fish in the boat is met again (ex. If there are 3 fish in the boat at one time, only one angler is permitted to fish until fish are culled to legal limit. If there are 4 fish in the boat neither angler will be permitted to continue fishing until fish are culled to the legal limit. Tournament official length for Redfish will be according to the STATE LAWS in the state in which that event is being held. All Redfish will be measured with a pinched tail with mouth closed. Any fish that appears to have been penned, mangled, mashed, mauled or otherwise altered will not be weighed at the discretion of the weigh master. Redfish must NOT be placed on a stringer at any time during the tournament.
18. BOAT AND TEAM IDENTIFICATION: Prior to tournament start, a number will be given to each boat. This number MUST remain with the boat during tournament competition.
19. TACKLE AND EQUIPMENT: Only artificial lures may be used. No “live bait” or “prepared bait” will be permitted, with the exception of pork strips, or commercially sold scents, etc. Only ONE casting, spin casting, spinning rod and reel or fly rod (10-foot maximum length from butt of handle to rod tip) may be used at any one time per angler. Be prepared to show your current fishing license, at registration, from the state in which the tournament is being held.
20. COMMUNICATIONS: A VHF radio is recommended for all tournament vessels in case of emergency. The VHF may be mounted or portable. Refer to number 12 for other rules on communications.
21. LIVE FISH: Every effort must be made to keep redfish alive. An 8-ounce penalty will be deducted from the weight for one dead redfish presented for weigh-in. A 2-pound penalty will be assessed for 2 dead fish. Dead Redfish possessed by a Two-person team of tournament anglers may not be discarded. No mutilated or iced fish shall be accepted. Any alteration of length or weight of redfish is prohibited and team will be banished from any future tournaments. All fish that are presented to Pogie’s, LLC for measuring become the property of Pogie’s, LLC. Redfish shall not be harvested during tournament hours.
22. TIES: Ties shall be broken by the Largest Fish for the Event. The team with the heaviest single fish shall receive precedence. In the event a tie should occur for any special honors or awards, the tie will be broken by the order of arrival of teams in question. The team that arrived to the check in point first will be deemed as the winner.
23. POLYGRAPH: Each competitor who fishes a Pogie’s, LLC Redfish Cup event agrees to submit to a polygraph examination at a time and location as determined by the Tournament Director following the end of the competition in each tournament, and abide by its conclusion. Failure to pass the polygraph will result in disqualification.
24. PROTEST AND REPORTING PROCEDURE: All protests must be submitted in writing on a Pogie’s, LLC protest form, along with a $100 cash deposit, within thirty (30) minutes after official check in time to the tournament director or designated tournament official. The protester also agrees that if there is a question of verifying the charge of a protest that he or she also may be subject to take a polygraph and agree to testify in a court of law if necessary. If the Tournament Director, or polygraph, upholds the protest, the cash deposit shall be returned to the contestant submitting the protest. Each competitor agrees to report any rule violation to the tournament director immediately upon discovery of the violation.
25. TWT (Tournament within Tournament): Pogie’s, LLC will have two TWT categories. There will be a “big fish” TWT with an entry fee included in the tournament fee. Big fish is classified as a single fish from each team entered with the highest overall weight measured to the nearest hundredth of a pound. There will also be a “spot” TWT with an entry fee included in the tournament fee. This consists of a single fish entered from each participating team with the most spots. A “spot” will be determined by the tournament director.
26. RELEASE OF LIABILITY AND COVENANT NOT TO SUE: A waiver, release of liability, and covenant not to sue are part of the entry form. It is required that all contestants take responsibility for themselves while participating in event activities.