2018 SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP & TOURNAMENT SERIES RULES
2018 RULE CHANGES ARE IN RED
1. PARTICIPATION & ELIGIBILITY
A. ► Participation is open to anyone 18 years of age or older who is a registered member of the HardCore Kayak Anglers Club for at least 30 days prior to the date of the tournament. This also includes any 321fish tournaments that HCKAC sets up. However, registered HCKAC members that have not met the 30-day rule may be allowed to fully participate if sponsored by a tournament eligible HCKAC member. The Tournament Committee may also allow non-members and/or HCKAC members that have not met the 30-day rule to participate in any event.
B. ► Minors are eligible to participate with a participating parent, legal guardian or must have completed a "Parent / Guardian Waiver & Release Form".
C. ► In the event that a tandem kayak or a canoe is used by two persons / anglers, both or each are required to pay separate entry fees for the event.
D. ► The HCKAC Tournament Committee retains the right to refuse entry into the tournament to anyone for any reason.
E. ► By signing up for any HCKAC tournament you agree and understand the rules set forth for each and every HCKAC tournament events
and agree to the following release of liability. PLEASE READ BEFORE SIGNING UP AND PAYING:
In consideration of being allowed to participate in any way in the HCKAC fishing tournaments the undersigned,
acknowledge, appreciate and agree that:
1. The risk of injury from the activities involved in tournament fishing does exist.
2. I knowingly and freely assume all such risks, both known & unknown and assume all / full responsibility for my participation.
3. I agree to comply with the terms and conditions of participation.
4. I, for myself and on behalf of my heirs, personal representatives and next of kin, hereby release, indemnify and hold harmless the
HCKAC, Tournament Committee, Sponsors and Advertisers, and if applicable, Owners and lesser of premises used to conduct the event.
I HAVE READ THIS RELEASE OF LIABILITY AND ASSUMPTION OF RISK OF AGREEMENT AND THE RULES GOVERNING THESE
EVENTS, FULLY UNDERSTAND ALL TERMS, UNDERSTAND THAT I HAVE GIVEN UP SUBSTANTIAL RIGHTS BY SIGNING UP AND
AGREE TO IT FREELY AND VOLUNTARILY WITHOUT ANY INDUCEMENT.
F. ► NEW-B Qualifications for the "New-B Challenge"
If an angler has never participated in the HCKAC "Series Championship" that angler qualifies as a New-B and will be entered in to the New-B Challenge (anglers can opt out). New-B anglers are also eligible to win any other category (i.e., 1st thru 5th place overall in the "Series Championship" including Bull Bay Rods Slam Points Clash rod winners, 1st or 2nd "13FISHING Snook, Red & Trout") along with 1st thru 3rd place in the New-B Challenge.
Safe boating must be observed at all times. During competition, each contestant is required to comply with U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) regulations including the possession of a Personal Flotation Device (PFD) and a sounding device. If launch times are before true sunrise or after true sundown Navigation-Lights per U.S. Coast Guard regulations are required. All USCG and Florida Wildlife Commission "FWC" regulations are in effect at all times. It's the anglers responsibility to comply and know All USCG and Florida Wildlife Commission (FWC) regulations.
Florida Boater's Guide on Navigation Lights
A. ► All contestants are required to follow high standards of sportsmanship, courtesy, fishing etiquette, and conservation. Participants shall maintain 100ft distance minimum between competitors except if expressly agreed or invited to fish at a closer distance.
B. ► Any use of drugs, alcohol, participation in criminal activities, or any other conduct reflecting unfavorably upon our efforts to promote safety, sportsmanship, fair competition, and/or compliance with tournament rules are grounds for immediate disqualification and return of any prizes awarded.
4. NO MOTORS
The use of a boat or motorized water vehicle/vessel to transport your boat while on the water is prohibited. All craft must be self-propelled; no engines or motors of any kind are permitted.
5. PERMITTED FISHING METHODS
All fish must be caught via hook and line. Only artificial lures may be used. Scented products (e.g. Berkley Gulp baits, Pro-Cure Scent, etc.) are permitted. No chumming is permitted. All fish must be caught from a kayak. No shore fishing is permitted. Wading is permitted but the kayak must be tethered to the angler. Anglers are permitted "only one (1) line" in the water at a time.
6. ENTRY FEES
A. ► A $25 entry fee per participating angler is required for each individual event and is due at or prior to the PayPal deadline.
B. ► A $30 entry fee per participating angler is required if the member decides to participate in the Series Championship. Anglers may enter the Series Championship prior to any event but will only be scored on the fish caught after the $30 entry fee has been received. Any fish caught before the entry fee has been received will not be scored.
7. PAYMENT OPTIONS
A. ► PayPal (preferred method).
B. ► Have someone pay with PayPal for you (token will be emailed to the person that paid).
C. ► Prepay for any future event at a weigh-in or prepay for the entire series all at one time.
D. ► Mail a "Money Order" Payable to: Steve Burke. "No personal checks" will be accepted and "DO NOT SEND CASH".
PM Tide1on (Steve Burke) for his address to mail payment. All payment deadlines are the same (see rule 8B).
8. TOKENS & CHECK-IN / WEIGH-IN
A. ► A token will be provided "via email" (between 7:00PM and 8:00PM) the Friday evening preceding each event. Tokens must be machine printed (black & white or color). Hand written tokens will not be accepted. Anglers must "print" their username on the token "before" any photos are taken (including the pre-launch photo). If the angler username is not on the token or it's not clearly visible in any picture or legible for judging that catch or all catches are subject to disqualification.
B. ► There will be no designated check-in locations. Check-in is your payment which must be received by Friday 6:30PM the week of the each tournament event.
C. ► Weigh-in locations along with the cut off times will be posted on the official tournament sign-in thread on HCKAC forum for each event.
D. ► All participants must submit their tokens or be in line prior to the official weigh-in cut off time as designated on the event sign-in thread for any submissions to be eligible for each tournament and for the Series Championship. Tokens must be filled out with the length each individual contestant’s catches. Subsequently, the Tournament Committee will request the photos from the angler for review when required. If for any reason you cannot make it to the weigh in you can have any participating angler submit your token before the cut off time for you. If you do not turn in a token at the weigh-in submissions or uploaded photos will not count for the Series Championship. The Tournament Committee will verify your token with your photos in order for them to count for the Series Championship.
E. ► Participants may use digital cameras or camera phones for recording scoring fish. Each participant must take a pre-launch photo of their kayak & token no earlier than five (5) minutes of the set launch time. (You must "print" by hand your username on the token before taking any photos) at the start of the event. Any fish photos taken before the kayak & token photo will not count for a submission. Entrants must bring their camera, storage chip and the download cable for their camera to weigh-In so that pictures may be retrieved. No sharing of cameras will be permitted. Each entrant will use a unique scoring token provided via email the evening before each event. In the scoring fish pictures, the appropriate entrant's kayak must also be included / visible in the picture.
9. FISHING LOCATIONS
Boundaries that are specific to each event will be posted on the official tournament sign-in thread on HCKAC Forum. You must launch, fish and exit within the posted boundaries. You cannot paddle outside the posted boundaries. All fishing must be done in waters accessible according to the law, USCG, and FWC regulations. Any angler observed fishing in an area deemed "NO ENTRY" by law enforcement / posted signage will be disqualified from that event. Participants must launch from public launches, launching from private property is not permitted.
10. PRE-FISHING OR SCOUTING
Pre-fishing or scouting any area within the boundaries is not permitted the Thursday and Friday preceding each event.
During competition, participants may not obtain or receive assistance including but not limited to following; a non-competitor's boat, the placing of markers by a non-competitor, being towed or riding motorized vessels, receiving electronic, voice, or data communications from non-competitors or the use of any aerial device.
A. ► The event uses CPR (catch-photo-release) scoring determined by the length of each fish, combined in the case of slam and individually for each class. Snook, Redfish & Trout will be the only scoring fish in this tournament.
B. ► All participants must use either the 321Fish.Com or the IFA Kayak Tour measuring stickers with a vertical nose stop at the “Zero” line. If you're concerned or have any questions about your sticker and/or board, please get with Dan Currey (TexasDan), Steve Burke (Tide1on), Russ Caipen (LimeCider) or PJ (mrpj1972) well in advance of the tournament day to discuss measuring sticker / board acceptability.
C. ► Fish must be photographed in or on the kayak, clearly showing the full length of the fish on the approved measuring device along with the top half of scoring token (sponsor logos & username portion of your token should be completely visible in every photo). More than one photo of a fish may be taken. Official scoring length is determined from the forward-most point of the fish on the “zero” line of the approved measuring device / ruler to the pinched tail. Official scoring by the Tournament Committee shall be to the nearest 0.10” (except for .25" and .75" increments). Fish-grips or Boga-grips of any kind must be removed from the mouth of the fish before photographing as to not obscure the photo or interfere with assuring that the mouth of the fish is on the “zero” line of the aforementioned approved measuring ruler. Anglers cannot use restraining devices of any kind (e.g. Fish-grips, Boga-grips or similar devices, bungee, netting, stringers or rope, etc.) to restrain the fish on to the measuring board. Nothing is permitted to be wrapped around any part of the fish itself or wrapped around the fish and measuring board.
D. ► The winner of Individual Inshore Slam Tournament Series events will be determined by the most total inches of the three species. Only the longest fish of each of the 3 species will be scored. Slams beat any two or single fish entries. In the event of a tie, the entry weighed-in earliest will be declared the winner. The Tournament Committee will review the photos to verify reported results and determine place winners.
E. ► You cannot use two of the same species twice. You do not have to catch all 3 species to win. In the event that a slam is not caught by any of the participants, the winner will be determined by the most total inches of 2 of the 3 species. In the event that 2 of the 3 species are not caught, the winner will be determined by the longest catch of any valid species.
F. ► For all participants in the Series Championship, photos of tournament submitted fish and the pre-launch photo must be uploaded by the participating angler to the HCKAC forum post (initiated by the Tournament Committee for each tournament) on or before 8:00PM the first Monday evening following each event so that the fish can be officially scored and recorded for the Series Championship. Photos submitted after this deadline "will not" be accepted and shall receive an official score of zero. All photo uploads are the participating anglers responsibility.
All protests must be made in writing and delivered to any Tournament Committee personnel, Dan Currey (TexasDan), Steve Burke (Tide1on), Russ Caipen (LimeCider) or PJ (mrpj1972) during the Weigh-In time. The Tournament Committee has / is the final authority in all protest considerations.
14. RULE CHANGES
Rule interpretations are exclusively left to the Tournament Committee. The decisions of the Tournament Committee are final in any and all matters.
15. PRIZE STRUCTURE
A. ► Series Individual Events
The first thru fifth place cash awards for each of the 6 events in the Tournament Series will be awarded on a 44%, 24%, 16%, 10% and 6% basis of all entry fees.
B. ► Series Championship
Series Championship scoring will be determined on an individual basis by adding total inches of Snook, Redfish, and Trout officially contributing to the participant's score on each of the 6 individual events of the Series. Prizes for the Series Championship will be announced in a separate post on the HCKAC forum by the Tournament Committee.
C. ► Bull Bay Rods Slam Points Clash
Bull Bay Rods Slam Points Clash (Rod Prizes) 1st, 2nd & 3rd place winners will each be determined on an individual basis by adding the total number of points based on the number of slams, 2/3's of a slam or 1/3 of a slam officially contributing to the participant's score on each of the 6 individual events. Points are as follows, Each slam = 350 points, 2/3's of each slam = 50 points and 1/3 of each slam = 20 points. 1st thru 5th place Series Championship winners are not eligible.
D. ► 13FISHING Snook, Red & Trout
13FISHING Snook, Red & Trout (13Fishing Rod & Prizes) 1st and 2nd place winners will each be determined on an individual basis by adding the total number of inches of each species separately officially contributing to the participant's score on each of the 6 individual events. 1st thru 5th place Series Championship anglers and the top 3 Bull Bay Rods Slam Points Clash anglers are not eligible. Also, anglers can only win once out of the three species.
E. ► Snook, Red & Trout Polar Bear Cooler Points Winners
Snook, Red & Trout Polar Bear Cooler Points Winners will be determined on an individual basis by adding the total number of points for the largest fish per event for each species separately officially contributing to the participant's score on each of the 6 individual events. Points will be indicated by a orange hi-lited square per event for each species. 1st thru 5th place Series Championship anglers, the top 3 Bull Bay Rods Slam Points Clash anglers and 1st & 2nd place 13FISHING Snook, Red & Trout anglers are not eligible. Their point(s) will transfer to the angler with the next largest fish in that same event that is eligible. In case of a tie in points the largest fish becomes the tie breaker. Also, anglers can only win once out of the three species.
F. ► Raffle Prizes
Vibe Kayak - Only participating Series Championship anglers qualify for the Vibe kayak raffle (1st and 2nd place Series Championship winners are ineligible). Each eligible Series Championship angler will receive credit for one raffle ticket for every token submitted at each weigh in (along with one bonus raffle ticket for participating in the Riptide summer break tournament and weigh-in) for a possible total of seven raffle tickets and chances to win the kayak. Must be present to win.
Other Raffle Prizes - Each angler at the final weigh in will receive one raffle ticket for a chance at winning other great prizes provided by our sponsors. Each angler can only win once and must be present to win (Series Championship top five winners are ineligible). All raffle ticket(s) will be distributed at the Series Championship final event weigh-in.