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Alpha Gamma Rho Saltwater Classic

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AGR Saltwater Classic
Official Rules
Effective May 1, 2017
Revised May, 11, 2017

A. SAFETY AND CONDUCT

1. Participants are expected to follow all applicable laws and rules for safe boating, including those regarding USCG equipment requirements.

2. Participants are expected to follow all applicable laws pertaining to the taking of marine fish.

3. Participants are expected to follow high standards of sportsmanship and courtesy. Any participant who exhibits threatening behavior or who otherwise engage in disorderly, illegal or improper conduct of any kind is subject to immediate disqualification from the Tournament.

4. Willful violations of marine laws or other violations of safe and proper conduct may lead to disqualification.

B. REGISTRATION

1. No angler will be eligible to win any tournament prize unless properly registered, with payment of the applicable fee(s), before catching the entered fish.

2. Properly registered entrants will be issued a Tournament ID card that must accompany fish brought to weigh-in and which must be presented when claiming prizes.

3. Tournament officials may verify proper registration at any time by requesting presentation of a Tournament ID and other identification.

4. Scallop Shucking Contest is optional for all anglers in the Recreational Division and is available for an additional fee.

5. Registration may be completed in advance by mail, internet (www.agrsaltwaterclassic.com), or by telephone as indicated on the registration form.

6. Mailed entries must be received by Tuesday, August 1, 2017, at 5:00 pm.

7. The final deadline for entry by any means is midnight, Thursday, August 3, 2017 Eastern Daylight Time.

8. Entry fees in all categories are non-refundable.

C. ELIGIBILITY

1. Recreation Division: Open to all anglers. Recreational anglers can fish from a Charter boat so long as the Captain, crew or mate does not hook or play fish.

2. Largest Spotted Sea Trout: Open to all registered entrants in the Recreational Divisions.

3. Largest Redfish: Open to all registered entrants in the Recreational Division.

4. Largest Grouper: Open to all registered entrants in the Recreational Divisions.

5. Redfish with Most Spots: Open to all registered entrants in the Recreational Divisions.

6. Scallop Shucking Contest: Open to all registered entrants in the Recreational Divisions and non-registered for an additional fee.

7. Participants are eligible to compete in only one division at a time, meaning the same fish cannot be utilized for multiple entries.

8. Individuals who have been barred from participation for previous violations are ineligible to compete in any division.

D. FISH CATEGORIES AND ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

1. Fish species eligible for scoring in the tournament, with minimum qualifying lengths (see 2. below) are:

a. Recreational Division: GROUPER-RED or GAG, SPOTTED SEA TROUT, REDFISH (RED DRUM)

2. Minimum qualifying lengths are measured as total length. Total length means the straight line distance from the most forward point of the head with the mouth closed, to the farthest tip of the tail, with the tail pinched (in accordance with FWC rules) except those noted as FORK, which are measured to the middle of the fork of the tail. Refer to the Florida Recreational Saltwater Fishing Regulations for legal limits.

3. Fish must have been caught personally by the registered entrant who is credited with the catch in tournament scoring, using legal methods as defined in Section J, during legal hours of tournament fishing as defined in Section K.

4. The Tournament reserves the right to amend the lengths and/or remove any fish from competition, without notice, at any time in order to comply with federal and/or state requirements.

E. SCORING:

1. Scoring by weight: All scoring in the tournament is based on the weight of single fish entered by registered anglers in any of the eligible species categories for their division.

2. Single category: Individual anglers may hold only one place at a time in a single category.

3. Subsequent Entries: Individual anglers may improve their standing in a given category with subsequent entry of larger fish at any time before the close of the tournament.

4. Official Weigh Stations: All fish to be considered for scoring must be weighed on an official scale at an Official Weigh Station.

5. Recreational Division Individual Scoring: The scoring system for this division determines individual winners in each species category and a single overall winner of the tournament Grand Prize. The five heaviest qualifying fish in that category determine category winners. Category ties are resolved by evenly splitting the combined placement prize amounts among the tied contestants. Points are awarded for a placement in each category as follows:

1st - 100 POINTS

2nd - 80 POINTS

3rd - 75 POINTS

4th - 63 POINTS

5th - 51 POINTS

6. The sum of points accumulated for placing in the various categories determines the overall Grand Prize winner. A tie for the Grand Prize winner is broken by a formula based on the weight of the individuals' scored fish in comparison to the average weight of all fish placing in the applicable category(ies).

7. Scallop Shucking Contest scoring will be by the number of extracted scallop meat into designated bowl for each contestant within the allotted time.

F. PRIZES:

1. Recreational Division:

a. Fish category winners are awarded cash and plaques for first and second place in each category as follows (except for Scallop Shucking Contest):

First Place – $200 (minimum value)

Second Place – $100 (minimum value)

b. The Grand Prize winner will receive a package of goods and/or services as advertised elsewhere. The Grand Prize is not transferable, may not be redeemed for cash, and includes a limited-time offer wherein the prize must be redeemed by the winner upon penalty or forfeit.

2. Scallop Shucking winner will receive a package of goods and/or services as advertised elsewhere. The Scallop Shucking Prize in not transferable, may not be redeemed for cash, and includes a limited-time offer wherein the prize must be redeemed by the winner upon penalty or forfeit.

G. FISHING AREAS:

1. Departure points: Tournament entrants must depart from port (or may fish from shore) at Plantation Inn at Crystal River.

2. Boundaries on water: Providing stated limits on points of departure are observed, there are no boundary restrictions on the waters in which tournament entrants may fish.

H. TACKLE AND METHODS:

1. The angler credited with a catch in tournament scoring must have personally hooked and played the fish to boatside or shore, without assistance. Normal sportfishing practices for landing a fish (e.g. gaffing, wiring, or landing nets) may be assisted.

2. Fish must be hooked and landed on a single rod and reel, pole, or handline.

3. Electrically driven reels on a free-standing rod (e.g. "Electramates") are acceptable.

4. Expressly prohibited fishing methods for purposes of this tournament include: mounted winch devices ("one-armed bandits"), motor-driven longlines, spearing, gigging, netting, shooting (including use of bangsticks), or any method of catch in violations of State or Federal laws. Evidence of prohibited methods will disqualify the catch and all entrants fishing aboard the vessel on which such rule violations were committed.

5. Presence of prohibited gear on a contestant's boat will be considered evidence of use and shall be considered grounds for disqualifying the catch and all entrants fishing aboard the vessel.

6. Scallop shucking contestants may use any necessary means to extract the meat for contest purposes.

I. OFFICIAL SCHEDULE:

1. Official Time: All times given represent Eastern Daylight Time in Crystal River, Florida occurring on August 5, 2017.

2. Tournament fishing hours begin (First Lines in the Water) at 6:30 a.m., Saturday, August 5, 2017.

3. Check-In will be August 4, 2017 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. in the lobby of the Plantation Inn at Crystal River.

4. Pre-Launch Check-In will be 5:45 a.m. – 6:15 a.m. at the Plantation Inn Marina.

5. All captains must attend the Captains Meeting on Friday, August 4, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. at the Plantation Inn.

6. All fishing in all divisions continues without interruption until 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 5, 2017.

7. Official Weigh-In is 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 5, 2017 at Plantation Inn at Crystal River.

8. Scallop Shucking Contest will begin at 5:30 p.m. at Plantation Inn at Crystal River.

9. Fisherman’s Reception & Dinner will begin at 7:00 p.m. at the Plantation Inn at Crystal River (additional fee may apply).

J. WEIGH-IN:

1. Scoring: To be eligible for scoring, fish must be brought to the Official Weigh Station within the weigh-in hours specified above by a person or persons bearing the Tournament ID card(s) of the registered angler(s) whose fish are to be scored (see 6. below).

2. Official Weigh Station: The official weigh station is located at Plantation Inn at Crystal River.

3. Weigh-In Zones: Fish, intended to be scored, shall be considered eligible only if at posted deadline times they are located within the in-line traffic at each scale at an Official Weigh Station. No waivers of these rules will be granted because of hardship or other eventualities.

4. Open Times: Fish may be officially weighed any time the weigh stations are open. Entrants are encouraged to bring their catch to weigh-in as soon as practical to ensure freshness and the least loss of weight.

5. Tournament ID: Fish will not be officially weighed without presentation of the entrant's Tournament ID, in person or by a representative. Contestants must have a valid Tournament ID on their person before entering the weigh-in line. Contestants who do not possess a valid Tournament ID will be directed to the Information Desk.

6. Handling: Fish qualifying for places on any of the tournament competition leader boards will be photographed and documented with the official weight and Tournament ID number, gut checked and released to the angler.

7. Freshness: Fish brought to weigh-in must be in a fresh, edible condition and must not have been frozen.

8. Tampering: Fish must be intact with no evidence of spearing, bangsticks, weight tampering, or other rules violations. It is the responsibility of the angler to ensure that all foreign objects are removed from the fish. Such objects shall include, but are not limited to: hooks, leaders, ice, and weights. Hooks or bait that have passed through the mouth and into the gullet may be left in place. Any fish found to be in violation of this rule is subject to disqualification and/or gut check.

9. Gut check: All fish weighed by the tournament may be subject to a gut check after weighing at the discretion of Tournament officials.

10. Removal: Entrants are responsible for removing their catch.

K. RULINGS AND RULES COMPLIANCE:

1. Rules violations, the eligibility of entrants or entered fish, disqualifications, and any other matters not specifically covered by these rules will be decided by the Tournament Judge in consultation with the Tournament staff. The Tournament Judge may disqualify any person who commits any violation of tournament rules. The Tournament Judge may disqualify entrants from this tournament and from future tournaments and events.

2. Decisions of the Tournament Judge are final and binding on all entrants.

3. Protests of any nature must be submitted to the Tournament Chairman in writing by 8:00 p.m. on August 5, 2017.

4. In the event of a protest, all prize money in the fish category named in the protest will be held by the tournament until the outcome of the protest is finalized.

5. Protests filed after 8:00 p.m. on August 5, 2017, will not affect the results of this tournament and will only be considered with respect to other actions against entrants.

L. LIABILITY:

1. All entrants participate in the tournament at their own risk.

2. Tournament officials, Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity, Plantation Inn at Crystal River and all other persons directly or indirectly connected with the operation of the tournament are exempt from any liability for loss, damage, injury, negligence, or harm to any entrant, their companions or other participants, boat captains, crew members, vessels, or equipment which may occur during the tournament.

M. COMMUNICATIONS:

1. Ship-to-shore communication for safety and for periodic tournament announcements will be maintained throughout the tournament on marine VHF channel 09 and SMS Text Messaging through Remind101.

N. ENTRY FEES:

1. Entry fees for the 2017 AGR Saltwater Classic are as follows:

a. Recreational Division Online Early Bird Registration: $55.00 (per angler) *Available for limited time*

b. Recreational Division Non-Online Registration: $50.0 (per angler) *Available for limited time*

c. Recreational Division Online Registration: $75.00 (per angler)

d. Recreational Division Non-Online Registration: $65.00 (per angler)

e. Youth Angler (under the age of 18 on August 5, 2017): $25.00 (per youth angler)

e. Scallop Shucking Online Registration: $10.00 (per contestant)

f. Scallop Shucking Non-Online Registration: $5.00 (per contestant)

O. PHOTO AND VIDEO RELEASE:

1. The participants specifically agree and consent to the use of any photograph, motion picture, video or audio recording in which they appear or are heard by the Big Bend Saltwater Classic for any purpose whatsoever including, but not limited to resale, advertising, and promotional material without compensation or restriction of any kind.

P. WEATHER CONTINGENCY:

1. The tournament will not be canceled or postponed due to weather or sea conditions. Entry fees are non-refundable.


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