Reeling Freedom 2019 Annual Inshore Slam Tournament / Live Release
March 2nd, Tarpon Springs Florida
. All participants are encouraged to come to the captains meeting. Attendance by least one member from the team is mandatory in person or online. However, captains who do not come to official meeting will not receive Captains prizes. Online captains meeting will be streamed live on the Reeling Freedom Facebook Page.
Registration Fees / Divisions
o Team Registration Overall
Team (4 Anglers per boat) $200
Payouts will be 50% of total entries – For example; 40 entries of $200 equals $8000, 1st prize would be 50% of $4000 or $2000, 2nd 30% of $4000 or $1200, 3rd 20% of $4000 or $800
o Kayak Division
$100 Single Kayak Angler
Payouts will be for 3 places, 75% of total entries will be split up 50% for 1st, 30% for second, and 20% for 3rd
Kaku Kayak give away TBD based on the number of entries
o Salt Strong Insider TWT
$FREE to any angler that is a verified Salt Strong Insider Prizes TBD by Salt Strong
Insider winner will receive the infamous black hat and performance shirts from RF
o War on 22 memorial TWT
$FREE Redfish closest to 22” in memory of our fallen heroes Prize TBD from Freedom Boat Club.
• Rules and Registration
o The Rules and Prizes of this tournament are subject to change up until the Captain’s meeting on Feb 28th at Fireside Pizza 1104 Nebraska Ave, Palm Harbor, FL 34683.
o Captain’s meeting is MANDATORY for at least one member of the team and all teams must sign waiver prior to fishing. All teams will be required to pick up the official tournament ruler prior to tournament start the day of. Any 2016-2018 CCA ruler will be accepted as the official ruler of the tournament.
o Captains meeting will also be live streamed on Reeling Freedom Fan Page on Facebook. Captains that choose to attend online meeting will have to obtain their own CCA Ruler and will NOT receive Captains bags or prizes.
o Token will be drawn assigned via live broadcast on the Reeling Freedom Fan Page on Facebook and published on the tournament website at Midnight before all lines in the water. All teams are responsible for obtaining their own token which will be a playing card drawn March 1st. <>
Team Division – The motorized division will consist of no more than 4 anglers per boat. Each team will be considered a single entry for the overall division or TWT prizes.
Kayak division – Will consist of single person entries using a NON-Motorized kayak, paddleboard, one-person flotation, wade or shore anglers.
Tournament fishing will start at Midnight or 1200am on March 2nd
This is a strictly catch and live release tournament, digital photo tournament. All digital photos must include your official tournament ruler and token clearly displayed. All photo’s must be taken on March 2nd during the hours of your division. If there are any unclear photos or photos are missing the tournament token and ruler they will not be accepted and will be disqualified. Time and date stamps must be visible or assessable in each entry. All anglers must provide the tournament directors a copy of this phone via SD card or email at the time of weigh in. No photos will be accepted via email and all anglers must check-in in Person at weigh in. Tournament committee will not provide any special cables or equipment at the time of weigh and all participants must provide the necessary cables to transfer those photos to the tournament committee. All photo will become the property of Reeling Freedom when transferred during weigh in and are subject to use online and social media.
Pictures of fish must be taken with tournament ruler, playing card token, and fish facing to the left in all pictures. Fish must be placed flush against ruler line with the tail to the right pinched and clearly show overall TAIL length of fish. A crew member must accompany the fish photos during the weigh-in. All digital entries must show the ENTIRE fish and clearly show overall length. Any photos that are not clear and concise will not be used and will be disqualified at the discretion of the tournament committee.
In the event of a TIE the team or kayak angler that registers (in person) their catch first will be the winner.
Boundaries for this tournament will be from Cedar Key to Boca Grande on the west coast of Florida.
All tournament entries must be in the weigh in line no later than 4pm on 2 March 2019. NO EXCEPTIONS! If a team arrives at 4:01pm after weigh line has close that team or angler will be disqualified for entry.
All tournament decisions and/or disqualifications are subject to review by tournament committee. All decisions by the tournament committee are final.
o Categories and Prizes
Largest combination in length of each species Snook, Redfish, and Seatrout. Only one fish of each species will be accepted as tournament entry. If no team or angler catches a slam the largest combination in length of one fish per species will be accepted. For example, if no team or angler catches a Snook the longest total length of Redfish and Seatrout will determine the winner.
• Cash prize of 50% of total entries will be broken up as follows based on 40 total entries; For example; 40 entries of $200 equals $8000, 1st prize would be 50% of $4000 or $2000, 2nd 30% of $4000 or $1200, 3rd 20% of $4000 or $800
• Kayak/Paddleboard prizes are as follows; 75% of all total entries paid as follows 50% of remaining prize pool to 1st Place, 30% to 2nd, and 20%
o Kaku Kayak giveaway to winner TBD from Kaku Kayaks
• Salt Strong TWT one winner will receive a special gift from the founders of Salt Strong and prizes from Reeling Freedom.
• War on 22 TWT Prizes TBD from Freedom Boat club
o Legal Rules
Two or more boats may NOT come into contact after tournament start in any manner, NO EXCEPTIONS!
Sportsmanlike conduct is expected always on the water, before, during, and after event. Your team is subject to disqualification and will be banned for all future events if these rules are not followed.
All fishing and angling methods must comply with current Federal and State regulations as state by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission and the US Coast Guard.
This is a Captains Choice tournament. It is up to the discretion of the registered captain to determine whether his or her craft is seaworthy for existing sea and weather conditions. The captain is responsible for all members of his/her crew both on and off the water. Your vessel should be insured and Guides must have current insurance and licenses.
You must catch and reel the fish to boat by hand held, no motorized rod and reel. Live OR artificial bait IS allowed. No Nets will be allowed to catch and photo fish. Your vessel and kayak are subject to inspection as the tournament committee deems necessary.
The tournament committee has the right to refuse entry to any applicant. In the event such refusal occurs, 100% of the applicant’s entry fee will be returned if previously accepted.
All Registered boats must comply with State and U.S.C.G. safety regulations. All decisions of the Tournament Committee and Weigh Master are final.
Any team or angler may choose to protest in any division by paying a $500 deposit after all entries have been completed. The $500 deposit will be refunded if protest is upheld, if not the $500 protest fee is non-refundable. Protests must be filed within 15mins after the announcement of winning prizes. ALL DECISIONS MADE BY TOURNAMENT COMMITTEE ARE FINAL.