TOURNAMENT DATE: May 4, 2019
SPECIES: Red Drum *Redfish* (Sciaenops ocellatus); 18” – 27” length.
ENTRY FEE: $300 per 2-Angler Team; Anglers must be registered & have entry fees paid by 7:00pm CST, May 3, 2019.
LATE ENTRIES: Contestants may enter the morning of the tournament between the hours of 7 & 8am. Entry fee $350.00
RULES: 2-Angler team event. Tournament starts and ends at Nick’s Seafood Restaurant, 7585 HWY 20 WEST, Freeport, FL. Anglers may launch from their desired location, but must check-in with the Official Boat between the hours of 5:00AM and 7:00AM to receive their tournament card before fishing. The Official Boat will be located behind Nick’s Seafood Restaurant on Choctawhatchee Bay at N30.29.103 W 086.15.194. Live wells will be checked at official boat. Once checked in with the Official Boat, Anglers may begin fishing. All fish submitted for weigh-in must be of legal size between 18 and 27 inches and caught the same tournament day. ALL TEAMS WEIGHING-IN FISH ARE SUBJECT TO POLYGRAPH TESTING.
WEIGH-IN TIME: Weigh-ins will be held at Nick’s Restaurant from 3:00PM-4:00PM, Saturday, May 4, 2019; Fish will not be judged before 3:00 PM. Any team not checked in by 4:00PM will be disqualified.
WEIGH-INS: Both Anglers must be present and have their tournament card at weigh-in. Fish must be alive and in good condition upon weigh-in. Any alterations and/or tampering with weight or size of redfish is strictly prohibited and will result in immediate disqualification from tournament, as well as, permanent disqualification in future tournaments. Any fish that appears to have been penned, mangled, mauled, mashed or otherwise altered will not be scored. Each team may only have the tournament limit of two (2) redfish in their possession at any time during the tournament. Redfish will be measured with a closed mouth and pinched tail and must be between 18 and 27 inches. Redfish will be measured with a Check-It Stik. Anglers must follow the laws of the Florida Wildlife Commission.
SCORING: Teams will be scored on the heaviest total weight of two (2) redfish weighed in together. Redfish must be between 18 and 27 inches long. Bring fish alive to the scale. Dead fish will receive a one pound deduction per fish upon weigh-in.
MYSTERY WEIGHT: Two (2) legal fish that have a total weight of TBD, or closest thereof.
SPOTS DIVISION: Largest spot count per single redfish. Only one Redfish per team will be eligible for the spot count division. Angler must declare at the scale which fish he wishes to enter in the spot count. The tournament official will count and document for each team.
SMALLEST TWO: Lightest total weight of two (2) legal redfish (18-27”); live fish only.
LOCAL’S CHOICE: Heaviest total weight of two (2) redfish under 23” in length.
ZAC WHIDDON DIVISION: 2-Angler team where both anglers are 21 years old or younger. (No additional cost). Guide or Guardian may be present on boat.
CANCELLATION: The Tournament Director may cancel or postpone the tournament at his discretion, but will not be limited to inclement weather or less than a 60-team participation. For more information, contact Trey Nick at (850) 835-2222 or (850) 830-6161.
TIES: In the event of a tie, the team that has the earliest official weigh-in time takes precedence.
GEAR/FISHING METHOD: Hook and line, live or artificial bait only; cast nets or entanglement nets are prohibited. Anglers must fish with a boat. Wade fishing is permitted.
1st Place – $5,000
2nd Place – $2,000
3rd Place – $1,500
4th Place – $1,250
5th Place – $750
MYSTERY WEIGHT – $500
SPOTS DIVISION – $500
SMALLEST TWO – $500
LOCAL’S CHOICE – $500
ZAC WHIDDON DIVISION – $500
***CASH AWARDS CALCUTTA (OPTIONAL): $250 – $100 – $50 – $25 per Team. 100% Payout on each division.
1st Place – 70%; 2nd Place – 30%.
***Note to Anglers*** Nicks Boat Ramp in Basin Bayou might be too shallow for some vessels to enter Choctawhatchee Bay. Anglers may need to seek other launching destinations.