tournament rules and important information
1. Each boat entered must have at least one participant present at the Captain’s meeting.
2. It is suggested to have either a Georgia or South Carolina Fishing License depending on where a Team plans to fish.
3. Fish one of two days available. Friday, August 7th or Saturday, August 8th.
4. ALL TEAMS MUST DECLARE THEIR FISH DAYS BY NO LATER THAN THURSDAY, AUGUST 6TH @ 10:00 PM. THE TEAM CAPTAIN MUST TEXT RYAN MCKENZIE AT (912) 660-9821 FOR FISH DAY VERIFICATION OR SIGN FISH DAY SHEET AFTER THE CAPTAINS MEETING. INCLUDE TEAM #, CAPTAIN NAME AND FISH DAY IN TEXT. IF A DAY IS NOT DECLARED SATURDAY WILL BE THE DEFAULT TARPON TOURNAMENT DAY.
5. All fish must be caught in a saltwater river or sound. NO LAGOON CAUGHT FISH.
6. Boats may leave the dock at 6:00 AM from any location in Savannah. No boats may be put in at a Marina outside of the Savannah area. Only exception is Richmond Hill Residents.
7. The fishing boundary is the north side of Port Royal Sound and the south side of Sapelo Sound.
8. Lines in the water at 7:30 AM and lines out at 4:00 PM both days.
9. A Tournament Committee Member will check in release videos at the Savannah Yacht Club flagpole/firepit on Friday, August 7th and the Savannah Yacht Club main bar area on Saturday, August 8th. You must be in line by 5:30 PM both days to verify catches. VIDEOS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED AFTER 5:30 PM.
10. All hookups must be called in and reported to Tournament Control. A release number will be assigned at that time. TOURNAMENT CONTROL NUMBER: MELISSA PETERS (912) 429-8554. REFERENCE YOUR ASSIGNED TEAM #, CAPTAIN NAME & ANGLER WHEN CALLING IN FOR RELEASE #. If cell service is poor, please text. If you have rules questions, please refer to this sheet or speak with a Member of the Rules Committee, Melissa Peters nor Marvee McKenzie is on the Rules Committee.
11. Each boat will be assigned (4) release numbers. The numbers will be distributed at the Captain's meeting in Registration Packets.
12. Tackle: 8 FT leaders - Maximum Length.
13. Fish must be hooked and caught by one angler. The only exception is a Junior Angler. A Junior Angler 16 years old and younger may hand off the rod one time.
14. A legal catch is considered verified when a Registered Angler on board the boat touches the leader and the video shows the following continuous events:
§ fish sighting (TARPON)
§ correctly assigned release number
§ person touching the leader
VIDEO IS REQUIRED WITH TIME AND DATE STAMP
ALL VIDEOS MUST BE RETAINED UNTIL THE END OF THE AWARDS CEREMONY
Winner will be determined by most releases and time of release on the day you fish. In the case of a tie, the earliest released fish wins by time.
For example, If Boat “A” releases a fish on Friday @ 10:00 AM and Boat “B” releases a fish on Saturday @ 9:00 AM, and this is the only fish caught, Boat “B” would be declared the winner of the Tournament.
Rules Committee: Sam Peters, Eric Horton, Chris Peters, Bill Bowers, & Ryan McKenzie. The Rules Committee will make the final decision on any questionable videos.
We ask respectfully that all boats entered in the tournament fish in ethical and honest ways, while respecting all boats fishing in the tournament.
Release Marine is not responsible for any damage or injury that occurs throughout the tournament or events coordinating within it.
All Boaters are responsible for themselves and their party, the choice remains up to the Boat Captain whether to fish on either of the Tournament Days.
In the case of inclement weather, a vote will be taken by each boat captain whether to fish on tournament days.
Tournament Payout: 100% payout; 1st Place (60%) 2nd Place (30%) 3rd Place (10%)
*minus 5% for Registration Processing Fees.
Calcutta: Team Auction Paying out 1st Place (60%) 2nd Place (30%) and 3rd Place (10%) of money collected *minus 10% for Tournament.
IMPORTANT ITEMS TO REMEMBER:
ALL BOATS MUST DECLARE THEIR “TARPON” FISH DAY & “FAMILY” FISH DAY BY TEXT NO LATER THAN THURSDAY, AUGUST 6, 2020 AT 10:00 PM. PLEASE TEXT TEAM #, CAPTAIN’S NAME AND FISH DAY TO RYAN MCKENZIE @ (912) 660-9821. ALL BOATS WILL HAVE THEIR FISH DAY POSTED TO THE JOHN A. PETERS JR. MEMORIAL TARPON TOURNAMENT FACEBOOK PAGE.
ALL VIDEOS MUST BE SUBMITTED TO A TOURNAMENT OFFICIAL AT THE SAVANNAH YACHT CLUB SAIL LOFT BY NO LATER THAN 5:30 PM ON THEIR DECLARED FISH DAY. VIDEOS CANNOT BE EMAILED, AIR DROPPED OR TEXTED IN! THE TOURNAMENT REQUIRES A COPY OF THE VIDEO TO RETAIN. VIDEOS MAY BE SHOT ON PHONE, GOPRO, OR HANDHELD VIDEO RECORDER. VIDEOS MUST BE TIME DATE STAMPED WITH A FISH SIGHTING, ASSIGNED RELEASE NUMBER, AND A PERSON TOUCHING THE LEADER IN A CONTINUOUS EVENT.
ANY PROTEST MUST BE SUBMITTED TO THE TOURNAMENT COMMITTEE BY NO LATER THAN 6:30 PM ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 8, 2020.