2020 Cudas Inshore Classic
'Catch and Release' - Rules & Regulations
These rules are for the 2020 Cudas Inshore Classic. Interpretation of these rules will be left exclusively to the Tournament Director. In the event of a rule violation, the Tournament Director may impose such sanctions, as he deems appropriate, including, without limitation, disqualifications, forfeiture of prizes and prohibition from participation in subsequent tournaments. Decisions of the Tournament Director are final in all matters and are not subject to appeal and are not reviewable by any court of law. The Tournament Director reserves the right to make needed changes to these rules in order to ensure the safety, welfare of the Cuda anglers, and/or the public and preserve the integrity of the Barracuda Booster Club. Any rule changes will immediately supersede all previously published copies of rules. It is your responsibility to read and understand the rules and how you are affected by not complying with the following rules. Every competitor will be required to sign a liability release/permission form for use of image/agreement to the official rules prior to the First Day’s competition.
1. ENTRY FEES AND PAYMENTS: An Entry Fee of $100 is required to fish the event. All entry fees are NON-TRANSFERABLE and NON-REFUNDABLE NO EXCEPTIONS. An optional Big Fish Competition will be held at the tournament, to participate an additional $25 cash per team is due prior to launch.
2. Awards and Payouts: The cash payout is awarded to the top 5 teams of the tournament. 1st place receives 50% of payout, 2nd place receives 20% of payout, 3rd place receives 15% of payout, 4th place receives 10% of payout, 5th place receives 5% of payout. Prizes will be awarded at the tournament for Big Fish, Lady Angler, Junior Angler (ages 16 and under) and a “special” award will be given for the smallest fish.
3. REGISTRATION AND CAPTAIN’S MEETING: Registration will be from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM local time the day before the event followed by the Captain’s meeting at 7:00 PM. All teams are expected to attend the Captain’s Meeting and sign in at the designated time and location. If a team is unable to attend a Captain’s meeting due to valid emergency reasons, they may designate an alternate to draw their number and attend in their place. In addition, they must contact the Tournament Director. A designated alternate may not represent more than two teams at a Captain’s Meeting. Teams agree that it is their own responsibility to find out what was discussed at the Captain’s Meeting. No team may fish or have anyone fish or scout for them after 7:00PM the day of the Captain’s Meeting. The Captain's Meeting will be located at Beef O'Brady's NSB - 5PM to 8PM on Friday June 19, 2020.
4. Awards and Payouts: The awards and payouts will be announced at Merk’s Bar &Grille between 4pm and 6pm; food will be provided.
5. FEDERAL, STATE, AND LOCAL LAWS: All competitors are expected to obey all applicable federal state and local regulations and laws. Violation of such rules may result in disqualification from the tournament. Repeated or flagrant violations will result in said competitors being banned from future participation in Cuda Inshore Fishing tournaments.
6. SPORTSMANSHIP: Competitors in the Cudas Inshore Classic tournament are expected to follow high standards of sportsmanship, courtesy, safety and conservation. Any infraction of these fundamental sporting principles may be deemed cause for disqualification. Maximum courtesy must be practiced at all times; especially with regard to boating and angling in the vicinity of non-competitors who may be on tournament waters. Evidence of chemical substance addiction or abuse, conviction of a felony or other crimes involving moral turpitude or other conduct reflecting unfavorably upon the Booster Clubs efforts to promote safety, sportsmanship and compliance with tournament rules shall be grounds for rejecting any application for participation and for disqualification. Any act deemed by the Tournament Director that gives a team or angler an unfair advantage not specifically covered under this set of rules shall be grounds for disqualification. Any violation by an angler deemed intentional or preconceived by the Tournament Director to gain an unfair advantage, would be grounds for permanent disqualification.
7. PARTICIPATION AND ELIGIBILITY: Any person under the age of 18 must have written consent from a parent or legal guardian. The Barracuda Football Booster Club reserves the right to refuse membership and participation in the event to any individual or team at the discretion of the Tournament Director. All competitors must have a valid Florida fishing license.
8. SAFETY: Safe Boating will be observed at all times. Each contestant is required to wear a fastened, U.S. Coast Guard approved, personal floatation device anytime the combustion engine is in operation. Tournament days may be shortened or canceled due to unsafe weather or water conditions. The decision to shorten or to cancel will be left totally to the discretion of the Tournament Director.
9. HORSEPOWER REGULATIONS: Maximum horsepower for all outboards used in tournament competition will not exceed the horsepower limitations as set by the U.S. Coast Guard horsepower rating plate attached to the boat by the manufacturer. By registering to participate in an event, each contestant agrees to submit his or her boat and/or motor to an inspection by an inspector designated by the Tournament Director. Falsifying information on entry forms or altering the horsepower numbers on the motor or rating plate will be cause for disqualification from the tournament and may result in future ineligibility to enter Inshore Fishing Association tournaments.
10. BOAT AND MOTOR: All boats must be a minimum of 15 feet in length. Each boat must have all required U.S. Coast Guard safety equipment. In addition, it must have a functional bilge pump. For the safety of all contestants, ALL BOATS MUST BE EQUIPPED WITH SOME TYPE OF OPERABLE IGNITION SHUT-OFF DEVICE. This ignition SHUT-OFF device must be attached to the driver’s body anytime the combustion engine is operating. Anytime the combustion engine is operating and in gear, there must be a driver in the driver’s seat in full control of the boat. A small electric trolling motor may be used for slow maneuvering. All bladder tanks and any other type of auxiliary gas tanks that are not installed by the boat manufacturer are prohibited. Fuel may be carried only in factory installed (built-in) fuel tanks. Any additional fuel used during the tournament day must be purchased from a retail facility open to the public. If participating boat was not factory equipped with a built-in tank, then participant may use up to two of the standard US Coast Guard approved portable tanks mounted at the stern in designated areas by the motor.
11. PERMITTED FISHING METHODS: All Redfish and Sea Trout must be caught alive in a conventional sporting manner. Artificial, live or dead bait may be used during competition. Bait must be in boat prior to take off. Only two fishing rods may be used at a time per angler.
12. FISHING LOCATIONS: Competitors may fish anywhere on tournament waters accessible to the public by boat, except areas designated as “off limits” or “no fishing” by private ownership or local, state and federal officials. Competitors may not fish within 50 yards of a competitor’s boat, which was in a location first, and anchored.
13. COMPETITORS MUST REMAIN IN THE BOAT: All angling must be conducted from the boat. At no time may a contestant leave the boat to land a fish or to make the boat more accessible to fishing water.
14. Fishing Time, Launch: Failure to check in will result in disqualification. Check in will occur by calling/texting the Tournament Director prior to launch. Lines in at safe light. Official tournament time is the Tournament Director’s cell phone time. Tournament ends at 1500 hrs. No points will be counted after 1500 hrs.
15. Teams: The tournament is a team event. A team consist of two anglers, one of which must be designated as the captain.
16. SCORING: Tournament standings, auxiliary awards and final winners shall be determined by the total points calculated by the total length in centimeters of all Redfish and Sea Trout. Competitors will at no time have in their possession in the live well more than the State Legal limit of fish. Any fish that appears to have been penned, mangled, mashed, mauled or otherwise altered will not be counted at the discretion of the Tournament Director. Redfish must NOT be placed on a stringer at any time during the tournament. A picture must be taken with both anglers and a control device handed out during check-in.
17. TIES: Ties shall be broken by the Largest Redfish for the Event. The team with the longest single Redfish shall receive precedence. The team with the most points will be deemed as the winner.