2016-2017 Tournament Trail Info & Rules
SC SAF TOURNAMENT TRAIL, in partnership with TBF & FLW, was formed in 2016 to promote education through fishing with positive competition and sportsmanship for ALL ACTIVE TBF/FLW South Carolina Middle/High School Student Anglers.
TBF/SAF/FLW Membership # REQUIRED
Student Anglers MUST compete as a team consisting of (2) Student Anglers, 7th-12th Grade and (1) Adult Advisor/Coach.
5 fish limit per team/14” length, EACH dead fish = 1/2 pound PENALTY
Team Trophies awarded for 1st, 2nd, 3rd & BIG FISH. Student Anglers will be awarded team points based on finish place of tournament towards the 2016-2017 SC SAF Tournament Trail Champion Team Trophies.
** DOUBLE POINTS @ LAST TOURNAMENT**
***TOTAL WEIGHT FOR 2016-2017 SCHEDULE BREAKS TIE FOR POINTS CHAMPIONSHIP***
Tournament Registration Fee: $20 per team includes launch fee, awards and door prize raffle for all tournament participates.
Captain’s pot **OPTIONAL**…. $10.00 per boat, TOTAL weight takes all.
Early Registration HIGHLY encouraged.
Tournament Time …7AM-3PM
REGISTERATION CLOSES 30 MINUTES BEFORE BLAST OFF
***MANDATORY RULES/SAFETY MEETING BEFORE BLAST-OFF***
***NO TRAILERING of boats to weigh in UNLESS prior arrangements made***
*** NO EARLY WEIGH-IN***
***ALL WOODEN BOAT NUMBER PLUGS MUST BE TURNED IN BEFORE WEIGH IN***
ALL TBF/FLW Tournament Rules & SCDNR Fishing regulations apply. (See rules section for details)
*** LIFE JACKETS MUST BE WORN AT ALL TIMES WHEN CONBUSTABLE ENGINE IS RUNNING***
Call / Email for Registration Forms and information: Tony Gray @ 803-534-1720
Tournament Rules: (REVISED 7/1/2016)
1. SAFETY IS TOP PRIORITY!! All boats must be operated safely at all times. US Coast Guard approved PFD’s REQUIRED ON at all times by student anglers & boat captains while the combustion engine is running. The boat must have an emergency ignition shut off device that is secured to the driver/captain’s body. Boats must be covered by current liability insurance. Jon boats, Tiller Handle Engines and Stick steering are not allowed. Violators will be disqualified.
2. All TBF/FLW & SCDNR fishing rules and regulations apply during tournaments, including fishing license and boating regulations.
3. One captain over the age of 18 is required to be on each team’s boat at all times during the tournament.
4. PARTICIPATION & ELIGIBILITY • Participation is open to all 7th – 12th grade high school students with an active TBF/FLW/SAF membership.
5. Tournaments will have a 5 fish per boat limit. All fish must be largemouth, spotted, redeye, or small mouth bass that are a minimum of 12 inches in length, UNLESS the lake limit is longer, i.e.14” on Murray, Santee & Wateree. Teams should not possess more than 5 fish at any time during the tournament. Extra fish must be culled immediately on the water.
6. Every effort should be made to keep fish alive until they are released after weigh-in. All boats must be equipped with a properly working live well with aeration.
7. Dead fish cannot be culled. A fish, foul hooked or accidentally killed, MUST be kept and weigh in as part of the fish limit. A 1/2 pound penalty for each dead fish will be assessed. This penalty will also apply to big fish.
8. All fish must be caught on artificial lures, and anglers may only use one rod at a time. Trolling is not permitted.
9. On Time/End of day check in:
a. Teams will be issued a numbered float at registration on the morning of the tournament.
b. To be “checked in” in the afternoon, the float MUST be turned in.
c. Boats that are late to weigh in will be assessed a penalty of 1 pound per minute after the designated check in time.
d. After 15 minutes, the team will be disqualified.
10. Tournament rankings will be based on total team weight.
11. If an emergency occurs, the captain or an angler should call 911 first, and then notify the Tournament Director, Tony Gray @ 803-534-1720.
12. Launch sequence will be determined by returned registration forms. Any late registrants will be placed at the end of the take off sequence.
13. Violation of a tournament rule by either team member may result in weight loss, the loss of weight up to a particular time in the tournament day (eligible for a restart), loss of weight for the entire day, disqualification for the entire tournament or, in an extreme circumstance, ineligibility to participate in future events. If a team is disqualified from a tournament their weight will be recorded as 0 lb. However they will still receive tournament points as if they had just caught no fish. If the director feels that their violation was a willful attempt to gain an unfair advantage or to intentionally cheat, then the director has the right to refuse entry from that team or team members in the future and will inform all members of the situation.
14. Any questions or concerns regarding these rules should be brought to the attention of the Tournament Director. Interpretation of the rules will be left to the Director. All decisions by the Tournament Director are FINAL!
15. By signing the Official Entry Form, I hereby release SC SAF TOURNAMENT TRAIL, its officers, sponsors, hosts, employees and anyone working in association with them from any damages, injuries, or death that may occur as a result of competing in these events, whether by negligence of the said parties or otherwise to the fullest extent of the law.
Tournament Operation & Officials:
Tournaments will be operated by SC SAF TOURNAMENT TRAIL Director, Tony Gray.
Tournament equipment, such as scales, PA system, Weigh in tanks, etc. will be provided.
• Tournament Director Info: Tony Gray, 803-534-1720 or firstname.lastname@example.org
A 100 point system will be used for each tournament. First place will be awarded 100 points, Second place 99, and so on. Teams participating but not weighing any fish will be awarded last Place points.
The “School of the Year” award goes to the Championship Team School.
**Information in this package is subject to change and/or review. Any changes will be made publicly known**