Join us for Paddle the Kayaks Fishing Tournament April 22, 2017
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Registration for the 2017 Paddle the Kayaks Fishing Tournament can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org from now until April 17, 2017.
Please include your name(s), contact email and mailing address, age, and preferred t-shirt size.
Tournament fees(via check or money order) should be made payable to ‘Paddle the Kayaks’ and can be mailed to:
Tournament Coordinator – Ronny Brown
1714 Joshua Dr
Houma, LA 70360
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PARTICIPATION AND ELIGIBILITY:
Participation is open to anyone 18 year of age or older. Minors (17 and younger) are eligible to participate when accompanied by a parent or legal guardian who shall sign a release/waiver form on behalf of the minor. A completed entry form, waiver, and entry fee must be received no later than the published entry deadline date. “All participants represent that they are physically and mentally competent, fit and able to participate. By entering, all participants agree to assume all risks of personal injury, death, and damage to or loss of property and further agree to indemnify and hold The Paddle the Kayak, LLC tournament organizers, volunteers, sponsors, officers, members, and agents harmless from and against any and all claims, liabilities, and causes of action resulting directly or indirectly from participation.
LEGAL FISHING TIME / BOUNDARIES:
Fishing begins by shotgun start approx. 7:30 am until 2:00pm on April 22, 2017. Times are subject to change based on weather and safety issues at the discretion of the Tournament Director and Water Patrol. All fish must be caught in accordance with LA state law, and the following tournament rules. Only in zones A or B, Rabbit Canal or Sevin Canal. (Legal fishing times, boundaries and weigh-in location are subject to change due to conditions of the day) There may be additional restrictions based on local conditions. The final boundaries will be identified at the Friday night safety meeting.
Measuring will be open during fishing hours on the tournament boats in the area assigned. All competitors may catch and keep only 1 redfish over 27 inches. Competitors may catch, weigh and release an unlimited number of redfish in accordance with LDWF regulations.
Any fisherman who has called the tournament boats by the 2:00pm cutoff time on April 22, 2017 will be allowed to measure their catch. If an angler calls after the deadline, the catch will not qualify. There will be no exceptions to this rule. Official time will be kept by the Tournament Director. Anglers are encouraged to call a tournament assist boat as soon as possible to ensure the health of the fish. Anglers are strongly urged not to wait until the last minute to submit their catch for measuring. All fish submitted for measuring must be fresh and caught during the tournament. The measuring official(s) will make decisions on accepting fish for measuring, their decision is final. Any attempt to enter fraudulent catch, exchanging catches, tampering with catch, or hampering or threatening any official of the tournament will result in immediate disqualification. Only authorized persons will be allowed in the measuring stations. Fish will be measured in the order in which they are checked in. The largest fish will be determined by length. In the event of a tie, the first of the fish entered will be considered the winner, and the other will be dropped to the next position. (Redfish and trout will be bent, and loosened straight before being measured with a pinched tail.) Frozen, spoiled, gutted or mutilated fish will not be eligible for entry.
Payout schedule is based on a minimum field of 600 kayaks or more and will be paid out as follows*:
1st – $3,000 1st – $1,500
2nd – $1,500 2nd – $750
3rd – $1,000 3rd – $500
4th – $500 4th – $250
*In the event there are less than 300 kayaks entered, the payouts will be reduced accordingly.
You must be present to win any tournament prize pick. See the Prize Page for information on how prizes will be awarded.
LEGAL TACKLE / BAIT:
Any hook and line combination of artificial tackle, flies, live and or dead bait is allowed.
No trolling motors / gas engines /sails/ “mother ships” – all paddlecraft will be exclusively human powered for the duration of the time on the water. No engines (electric or gas), sails, or towing assistance from motor or sail vessels will be permitted during fishing or traveling from the launch area (except in the case of emergencies to be determined in the sole discretion of the captains of the support vessels). All fish must be hooked and leadered or boated from the paddle craft— no beaching the kayak to fish.
Do your best not to disturb someone else’s fishing area, by encroachment, or noise. Unsportsmanlike conduct will not be tolerated.
All protests must be made in writing and delivered to a tournament director no later than 2:15 pm. The tournament director is the final authority in all considerations.
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.
Rules interpretation is exclusively left to the Tournament Director. The decisions of the Tournament Director are final in all matters and are not subject to appeal.
Bad weather may require the Tournament Director to close fishing early for safety reasons. In that case, information will be given at the Harbor Light pavilion as to a new time for the awards to start.
There will be no refunds in the event the tournament must be cancelled.
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