Redfish Classic Rules

2016 Plantation Classic Rules


 Interpretation of these rules will be left exclusively to the designated  Weigh master.  In the event of a rule violation, the Weigh master  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 Weigh master are final in all matters and are not subject to appeal, and are not reviewable by any court of law. The Plantation on Crystal River( POCR) reserves the right to make needed changes to these rules in order to ensure the safety, welfare of the POCR anglers, and/or the public and preserve the integrity of the POCR. 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 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 tournament .

1. ENTRY FEES AND PAYMENTS: An Entry Fee of $225 is required to fish the Tournament. All entry fees are NONTRANSFERABLE and NON-REFUNDABLE NO EXCEPTIONS.

2. REGISTRATION AND CAPTAIN’S MEETING: Registration will be from 5:00 PM until 6:00 PM local time the day before the event followed by the Captain’s meeting/dinner at 6:00 PM. All teams are 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 due to valid emergency reasons, they may designate an alternate to draw their number and attend in their place. In addition they must contact the Weigh master . A designated alternate may not represent more than two teams at a Captain’s Meeting. 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 7:00PM 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 your disqualification from the tournament. Repeated or flagrant violations will result in said competitors being banned from future participation in Plantation on Crystal River tournaments.

4. SPORTSMANSHIP: Competitors in the Plantation on Crystal River tournament 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.  Evidence of chemical substance addiction or abuse, conviction of a felony or other crimes involving moral turpitude or other conduct reflecting unfavorably upon the POCR'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.

5. PARTICIPATION AND ELIGIBILITY: Any person under the age of 18 must have written consent from a parent or legal guardian. The POCR reserves the right to refuse participation in the event to any individual or team at the discretion of the Tournament Director.

6. SAFETY: Safe boating will be observed at all times  The Tournament 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 Weigh Master.  A 4-hour period shall constitute a day of fishing.   

7. PERMITTED FISHING METHODS: All Fish must be caught alive in a conventional sporting manner. Only one fishing rod may be used at a time per angler.  A cast must be fully retrieved before an angler may pick up another rod. 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 or confined in an area prior to the tournament.

8. PERMITTED FISHING LOCATIONS: Competitors may fish anywhere on tournament waters accessible to the public by boat, except areas designated as “off limits” or “no fishing” by private ownership or local, state and federal officials. Competitors may not fish within 50 yards of a competitor’s boat, which was in a location first, and anchored. (An anchored boat is a boat held in a stable position by a line attached to a weight, push pole, Power Pole, etc. with the trolling motor in the up position). If the boat does not have a trolling motor the definition of anchored still applies.

9. INFORMATION: Tournament competitors may share information with each other up to and after competition hours. However, no communication between teams whatsoever is allowed via cell phone, VHF radio, pager or any electronic device during competition, except for medical emergency as allowed under rule #20, or boat breakdown under rule 

10. Teams are prohibited from discussing any fishing related information with anyone via electronic means during the tournament hours. Use of social media, websites, or other electronic devices to obtain and use information as a means to catch fish is prohibited.

11. 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 Weigh Master. 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 Weigh Master or his designated tournament official. It is the sole responsibility of contestants to locate the Weigh Master 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.

12. 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 Weigh Master or tournament official in order to check out. All running lights must be in place and working at time of launch.

13. LATE PENALTY. Any late will be automatically disqualified.

14. 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.  Redfish/Red Drum will be weighed and the limit shall be 2 fish team. Grouper will be base on the largest single fish of red, black or gag  grouper species. Trout will be based on the weight of a 5 fish aggregate with only one fish allowed over 20". The prevailing rules as set forth by Plantation on Crystal River along with federal, state and local statutes and regulations bind all competitors. Competitors will at no time have in their possession in the live well more than the tournament limit of fish. Tournament official length for all fish will be according to the STATE LAWS in the state in which that event is being held. All fish 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.

14b. LIVE FISH: Every effort must be made to keep redfish and Trout alive. An 8-ounce penalty will be deducted from the weight per dead fish presented for weigh-in. Dead fish possessed by a team of tournament anglers may not be discarded. No mutilated or iced fish shall be accepted. Any alteration of length or weight of fish is prohibited and team will be banished from any future tournaments. All fish that are presented to the Plantation for measuring become the property of the Plantation.

15. 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, and turn in before weigh-in.

16. TACKLE AND EQUIPMENT;  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.

17. COMMUNICATIONS: A VHF radio is recommended for all tournament vessels. The VHF may be mounted or portable. The use of mobile communication devices such as cellular telephones, marine radios, walkie-talkies, CBs, pagers or any electronic device to obtain and use fishing information from anyone during tournament hours is strictly prohibited. Communication among anglers is allowed on the water only by non-electronic methods. Medical emergency calls may be made and then a tournament official should be contacted.

 18. TIES: Ties shall be broken by the Largest Fish for the Event for the Redfish and Trout, for grouper a tie will be broken on length in the event there is still a tie the prize money will then be split. The team with the heaviest single fish shall receive precedence.

19. POLYGRAPH: Each competitor who fishes  POCR Tournament 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.

20. PROTEST AND REPORTING PROCEDURE: All protests must be submitted in writing, along with a $200 cash deposit, within fifteen (15) minutes of the last check-in to the Weigh master 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 Weigh master immediately upon discovery of the violation.


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