Join in on the fun as Treylermade Tournaments hosts their 5th Annual Kids Catfish Tournament on Saturday, July 25, 2015. Entry fee is $50 per angler with proceeds to benefit the Backpacks of Love Foundation and Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance. All anglers must register at Nick’s Seafood at Basin Bayou by 7 p.m. on Fri., July 24. Download flyer and registration form: Catfish Tournament Rules.Entry.Flyer 2015
Rules- Kids age of 12 years or under, Four (4) catfish limit saltwater species. Fishing in the Choctawhatchee Bay or estuaries thereof. Fish may be caught in a boat, on a dock, or from the shoreline. Adults may assist kids with handling fish but may not reel fish in for them. (Baiting and Casting and use of landing net only). Live or artificial bait, rod and reel only, no jugs, cast nets, or noodling. Note: Catfish have three spines use caution when handling these fish. (Cut the line when the fish is in the boat, hooks are cheap.)
**FISH MUST BE CAUGHT IN CHOCTAWHATCHEE BAY NORTH OF THE DESTIN BRIDGE.
CRAB ISLAND AND DESTIN HARBOR AREAS ARE OFF-LIMITS. VIOLATING THIS RULE WILL RESULT IN DISQUALIFICATION FROM THE TOURNAMENT**
Scoring: Heaviest weight for a single fish, and a combined weight of 3 Catfish (saltwater species).
Entry Fee: $50 per angler-Proceeds to benefit the Backpacks of Love Foundation and the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance (CBA).
GRAND PRIZE: A brand new boat by TRACKER MARINE!
Hardhead Division -Total weight of three Hardhead Catfish.
Grand Prize: New Boat by Tracker Marine; 2nd – 5th place, prizes and medals.
Sailcat Division -Single heaviest Sailcat.
1st – $300 2nd – $200 3rd – $100; 4th & 5th place will be recognized.
Starting Point: Anglers may start from their desired location in waters on or adjacent to the Choctawhatchee Bay in Okaloosa and Walton Counties. Tournament starts at safe daylight on Saturday July 25th.
Weigh-in time: 4:00-5:00 PM. Scale will open at 4:00 and close at 5:00 PM. Contestants must be checked in with a tournament official by 5:00 to have their catfish scored. Weigh in will be at Nick’s Seafood Restaurant 7585 Hwy 20 West Freeport, FL 32439. 850-835-2222 or 850-830-6161.
**All fisher kids must be registered by 7:00 pm Friday, July 24th**.
Mullet Toss for all ages will be held following the weigh-in.
**The Backpacks of Love program is designed to support and help children in need at Freeport Elementary School and other regions of Walton County. Each week, Backpacks of Love helps children dealing with hunger by providing them with a bag of non-perishable and kid-friendly food.
***The Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance is a local non-profit waterway organization that promotes the health and sustainability of the Choctawhatchee Bay Estuary. Their mission is to instill in youth, as well as adults, stewardship practices that will ensure the future of this valuable resource, so that it can be enjoyed by generations to come.