Chassahowitzka Campground Redfish Tournament March 30

Discussion in 'Tournaments' started by FlyWrecker, Mar 6, 2013.

  1. FlyWrecker

    FlyWrecker Well-Known Member

    Hi, My friends are putting a tournament together at the Chassahowtizka Campground. It's meant to be a grass-roots, fun tournament, low entry fee-big payout. He hand-picked the date and times because of the tides. It's in a great location for a rally-type event, they are microskiff friendly. The flyer is attached

    Chassahowtizka Campground Redfish Tournament
    March 30, 2013

    $50 Entry
    50 boat limit

    1st place Slot Redfish $750
    1st place trout $750
    Calcutta: $20/100% payout

    Mandatory Captain's meeting Saturday March 30, 7am
    All Florida laws and regulations apply
    Weigh-ins: must be in line by 6pm

    Info/Registration: Chassahowitzka Campground 352-382-2200.

  2. csrockcrusher

    csrockcrusher Well-Known Member

    Anyone here sign up ? I'm going to

  3. Vertigo

    Vertigo Carpe Diem

    Any boat size or crew restrictions?  Artificial only or is bait fishing allowed? Chum? Restrictions on cooperation/communication between boats?
  4. FlyWrecker

    FlyWrecker Well-Known Member

    I know of about 15 so far, please call the campground in advance 352-382-2200. The tournament will be restricted to 50 boats. They are putting together a cookout and are trying to plan for the amount of food to purchase.

    The only restrictions are to follow all Florida laws/regulations. Boat size...this is Chassahowitzka, you really need a shallow draft vessel, but there are no restrictions. Bait, Artificial, fly, handline on Coke's all good. As far as cooperation/communication, this is intended to be a small, fun, friendly, grass roots, good time...honesty always counts. Sharing information is cool, sharing fish is not.
  5. Vertigo

    Vertigo Carpe Diem

    You're gonna need some better rules. Any time there's $$$$ involved, people will cheat. eg. Is it OK to fish from the bank? OK to catch redfish with a cast net? How about if I drive over to Mosquito Lagoon, fish there and bring back my catch? Just sayin.
  6. FlyWrecker

    FlyWrecker Well-Known Member


    I hear what you saying. I'm not the organizer, but I passed your concerns to him. I asked him to give me a list of rules, and I'll post them ASAP.

    There is a mandatory captain's meeting at 7AM Saturday at the campground/boat ramp. All rules/questions will be reviewed then.

    They want participants to depart/return from the Chassahowitzka Campground boat ramp. You can fish as far away as you want, but must depart/return on the water from the host's ramp.

    It's not really possible to fish from shore/wade unless you use a boat to get there. The river is spring-fed, and there is 3 miles of fresh water until you get to the marsh. There are no roads. If the participant wants to enter their vessel in the tournament, use it for transportation, than wade fish...that's ok.

    Participants are expected to follow all laws & regulations or possibly be disqualified. It's illegal to cast net redfish!

    Nobody can fish within 50 yards of each other...Sportsmanship!
  7. Rediculous

    Rediculous Boozle on...

    Although it should be. If the cast net is under 14', I'm pretty sure it's legal. Look on the FWC's rules it's right there. I agre though it should be totally illegal.
  8. Rediculous

    Rediculous Boozle on...

    This is from the FWC website:
    Cast nets measuring 14 feet or less stretched length (stretched
    length is defined as the distance from the horn at the center of
    the net with the net gathered and pulled taut, to the lead line).
    Cast nets may be used as harvesting gear for the following species
    only: black drum, bluefish, cobia, flounder, mullet, Florida pompano,
    red drum, sheepshead, shrimp, Spanish mackerel, spotted
    seatrout, weakfish and unregulated species.

    I may be missing something, but to me it reads as though it's fully legal.
  9. FlyWrecker

    FlyWrecker Well-Known Member


    I learn something every day, thank you!

    This is hook and line tournament.
  10. FlyWrecker

    FlyWrecker Well-Known Member

    Rediculous, Vertigo are you in?
  11. Vertigo

    Vertigo Carpe Diem

    I'm giving serious consideration...watching the weather forecast.
  12. Vertigo

    Vertigo Carpe Diem

    One more rule to consider: Is there a penalty for dead fish at weigh-in?
  13. FlyWrecker

    FlyWrecker Well-Known Member

    Here's what they gave me

    Tournament Rules

    ENTRY FEES AND PAYMENTS: An Entry Fee of $50. All entry fees are NON[ch8208]REFUNDABLE NO EXCEPTIONS.

    REGISTRATION AND CAPTAIN’S MEETING: Call Chassahowitzka Campground for registration
    352[ch8208]382[ch8208]2200. All teams are expected to attend the Captain’s Meeting March 30, 7AM. Only 50 boats will be entered.

    PARTICIPATION AND ELIGIBILITY: Participation is open to all; any person under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a responsible
    adult. The guardian must sign the tournament waiver.

    FEDERAL, STATE, AND LOCAL LAWS: All contestants 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.

    SPORTSMANSHIP: Competitors 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. 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

    SAFETY: Safe boating will be observed at all times. All boats must have the required USCG safety equipment. The tournament
    organizers and the Chassahowitzka Campground are not responsible for the condition of a participant’s vessel or liable for any fines,
    damages, or injuries.

    Tournament days may be canceled/rescheduled due to unsafe weather or water conditions. The tournament will be automatically
    cancelled/ended if NOAA issues a small craft warning. The decision to shorten or to cancel will be left totally to the discretion of the
    Tournament Director. A 4[ch8208]hour period shall constitute a day of fishing.

    TOURNAMENT TEAMS: Teams consist of 1 to 4 members, only one team per boat. Everyone in the boat is a team member

    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.

    TOURNAMENT HOURS: Mandatory captain’s meeting March 30, 7:00AM, NO BOATS ARE ALLOWED TO LEAVE UNTIL 8:00 A.M.
    Team must be in line for weigh[ch8208]ins at 6PM or earlier.

    PERMITTED FISHING LOCATIONS: Contestants must leave and return from the Chassahowitzka boat ramp, and may fish any 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. Contestants may not fish within 50 yards of a competitor’s boat, which was in a location first, and at anchor.
    Contestants may not start fishing a bank 100 yards ahead of a contestant who is drifting, pulling, or using a trolling motor in that

    PERMITTED FISHING METHODS: All fish must be caught alive in a conventional hook and line sporting manner. Lures, Flies,
    chumming, commercial sent products, and live bait are permitted. 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. Trolling as a method of fishing is prohibited. Cast netting is
    prohibited. Anglers may not catch fish or weigh[ch8208]in fish that have been caged or confined in an area prior to the tournament.

    INFORMATION: Tournament anglers may share information with each other while no lines are in the water. No sharing or pooling of
    fish with other teams and boats.
    Official Time: The official clock will be using “cell phone time” and synchronized at the captain’s meeting.

    WEIGH[ch8208]INs: Saturday, March 30 6:00PM. A team member must be in line at 6:00PM. Awards and food to follow weigh[ch8208]ins.
    Fish must be legal according to FWC regulations. redfish slot: 18”[ch8208]27”, spotted sea trout: “Not less than 15[ch8243] or more than 20[ch8243]
    (statewide) except one fish over 20[ch8243] per person”[ch8208][ch8208]recreationalsaltwater[ch8208]
    No pale, gilled, or mutilated fish will be weighed. A trimmed tail is a mutilated fish.
    All fish weighed will be donated to the fish fry.
    In the event of a tie in weight, the position in the weigh[ch8208]in line will determine the winner.
    Each team is eligible to win the redfish and trout divisions, only one place per team.

    FISH CONDITION: Every effort must be made to keep fish in good condition. The tournament officials prefer live release wells, but
    understand that not every boat is equipped with a release well. There will not be a penalty for dead fish. Any alteration of length or
    weight of redfish is prohibited and team will be banished from any future tournaments. No pale, gilled, or mutilated fish will be
    weighed. Organizers will be checking stomach contents when preparing fish for the fish fry. Any dumping of dead fish for culling will
    result in disqualification.

    1ST Place Redfish $750
    1st Place Trout $750
    Prize money is based on 60% payout, and calculated based on 50 boat entry fee. Prize money is subject to adjustment based on the
    number of boats entered.

    POLYGRAPH: Each contestant agrees to submit to a polygraph examination at a time and location 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.

    PROTEST AND REPORTING PROCEDURE: All protests must be submitted in writing along with a $200 cash deposit, within fifteen (15)
    minutes of the end of the weigh[ch8208]in to the tournament director. 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.