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2012 IFA Kayak Fishing Tour Rules


1. PARTICIPATION AND ELIGIBILITY. Participation is open to anyone 18 years of age or older.
Minors are eligible to participate with a parent or legal guardian signature on the release form.
A completed entry form, waiver, and entry fee must be received no later than the published
entry date.

2. REGISTRATION AND CAPTAINS MEETING. Registration will be from 6:00 PM until 7:00 PM local time the Saturday before each event followed by the Captain’s meeting promptly at 7:00 PM.
An entry fee of $75 will be due when registering, if not already paid, in order to fish the event.
All entry fees are NON-TRANSFERABLE and NON-REFUNDABLE.Attendance at the Captain’s
A meeting is required for all contestants. Should the need arise for an angler to miss the
Captains Meeting; they should call the Tournament Director prior to the meeting to request a
hardship exemption from the meeting. Should the Tournament Director approve the anglers
request for a hardship exemption to miss the meeting, it will be the angler’s responsibility
to find a representative to stand in for the meeting. It is the angler’s responsibility to get
all the information pertaining to the meeting from their stand-in representative. The angler
will be required to meet the Tournament Director at the Tournament Director’s hotel or other
designated location one-half hour before safe light on the day of the tournament to pick up
their uniform measuring device and token. The uniform measuring device and token may not
be given to a stand-in representative at the Captain’s Meeting. Uniform measuring devices and
tokens will be distributed at the Captain’s Meeting. Exact fishing times will be announced at
the Captain’s Meeting by the Tournament Director on Saturday. To participate in the Angler’s
Advantage Program, an additional $25 is due by the Captain’s Meeting prior to the event.
Go to for more details on meeting locations & times.

3. SAFETY. Safe boating will be observed at all times. During competition each contestant is
required to comply with US Coast Guard regulations. In addition, participants must wear a PFD
at all times while competing in the event and be in possession of a sounding device. 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. A 4-hour
period shall constitute a day of fishing.

4. CHECK IN. Check in will be announced at the captains meeting. All competitors must check
in their cameras, token and measuring devices by the check in time to be announced at the
Captain’s Meeting to be eligible for fishing prizes. At check in you must indicate whether or not
you are submitting your camera for review and fill out a scoring sheet.

5. SPORTSMANSHIP. Competitors in the IFA Kayak Fishing Tour events 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 noncompetitors who may be on tournament waters. Any act of a competitor, which
reflects unfavorably upon the IFA’s effort to promote fisheries conservation, clean waters,
and courtesy, shall be reason for disqualification. Evidence of chemical substance addiction
or abuse, conviction of a felony or other crimes involving moral turpitude or other conduct
reflecting unfavorably upon the IFA 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 an 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.

6. ALCOHOL AND DRUGS. The consuming or transporting of any alcoholic beverages or drugs
(other than prescription or OTC drugs) during official tournament hours, on any tournament
angler’s boat is prohibited, and angler or anglers will be disqualified from this and possibly all
future tournaments.

7. PERMITTED FISHING METHODS. All fish must be caught, photographed, and released alive
in a conventional sporting manner. A cast must be fully retrieved before an angler may
pick up another rod. A foul hooked fish will not be scored. A foul hooked fish is defined as
a fish that does not have at least one hook in its mouth, and it must be released. Anglers
may not catch fish or weigh in fish that have been caged or confined in an area prior to the
tournament. All fish must be caught from either the kayak (self-propelled watercraft) or
wade fishing (provided the kayak is tethered to the angler). During the hours of competition,
contestants may not obtain or receive assistance, including but not limited to the following: a
non-competitor’s boat, the placing of markers by a non-competitor, being towed by or riding on
motorized vessels, or receiving electronic, voice or data communication from a non-competitor.

8. TACKLE AND EQUIPMENT. Only artificial lures may be used during competition. Commercially
sold pork trailers or scents may be added and used. Only ONE casting, spin casting, spinning
rod and reel or fly rod may be used at any one time per angler. Trolling as a method of fishing
is prohibited. Be prepared to show your current fishing license, at registration, from the state in
which the tournament is being held.

9. COMMUNICATIONS. The use of mobile communication devices such as cellular telephones,
marine radios, walkie-talkies, CBs, pagers or any electronic device to communicate fishing
information or contact with anyone, including family members, during tournament hours is
strictly prohibited. Communication among anglers is allowed on the water only by nonelectronic
methods. Emergency calls may be made and then a tournament official should be

10. NO MOTORS. The use of a boat or motorized water vehicle to transport your boat on
the water is prohibited. All craft must be self-propelled – no motors are allowed (electric or

11. PERMITTED FISHING LOCATIONS. All fishing locations must be in waters accessible to the
public at all times according to state and federal regulations.

12. SCORING. The event uses catch-photo-release scoring determined by the length of each
fish (only one fish per species may be entered), combined in the case of an “Aggregate” and
individually for big fish categories. Each angler will be issued a uniform measuring device and
unique scoring marker/token at the Captain’s Meeting. The first photo on the camera must be
of your rigged boat as put in at launch with measuring device and scoring marker visible. Fish
must be photographed in or on the boat, on the provided measuring device, clearly showing
the length of the fish with the scoring marker and boat visible. More than one photo of a fish
may be taken. Length is determined from the forward-most point of the fish to the pinched top
of the tail with the fish’s mouth closed. Fish must be above the state minimums to count – fish
may be above the slot limit. The maximum fish size is 45”. In the event of a tie the entry
checked in earliest will be declared the winner. The Tournament Director will review the photos
to verify reported results and determine place winners. The Tournament Director is responsible
for the final call in all matters. Competitors may enter only one fish per species into the
tournament, with a redfish and speckled trout (trout) total aggregate inches comprising a
true “Aggregate”. An entry consisting of only one species (redfish or trout) may be scored as
an “Aggregate”; however a true two species “Aggregate” will be given the higher ranking in
the scoring. In other words, a true two fish “Aggregate” will always take the higher ranking
and the corresponding payout over one fish “Aggregate” even if the one fish “Aggregate” is
greater in total inches. Further, after all of the true two fish “Aggregates” have been awarded
the longest one fish aggregate would finish in the next highest position and receive the
corresponding payout behind the smallest true two fish “Aggregate”. In the event that no
true two fish “Aggregates” are caught, the longest one fish aggregate total would take
the top ranking and corresponding payout in the event.
Although only one fish of each species is eligible to be entered into the tournament, an
angler that has a true two fish “Aggregate” may have their fish count towards the big
fish award. As an example: If an angler has a true two fish “Aggregate”, for the purpose
of scoring every single fish will be entered into the appropriate species big fish category:
redfish or trout as well as the “Aggregate” category.

13. DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY. Participants may only use digital cameras for recording
scoring fish (cameras may not be shared by competitors). Images may not be digitally
altered or enhanced in any way. Anglers should shoot images at maximum resolution
possible. Entrants must bring the memory card from their camera to check-in. The
tournament scorekeeper will download memory cards onto the official computer. The
tournament scorekeeper will be able to read most standard memory cards, however
, anglers should bring a USB cable for their camera to ensure that their photos may be

14. PROTEST. All protests must be submitted in writing along with a $100 cash deposit,
within fifteen (15) minutes of check-in time to the Tournament Director. The protester also
agrees that if there is a question of verifying the charge of a protest that he or she also
may be subject to take a polygraph and agree to testify in a court of law if necessary.
If the Tournament Director, or polygraph, upholds the protest, the cash deposit shall be
returned to the contestant submitting the protest.

15. POLYGRAPH. Each contestant who fishes an IFA Kayak Fishing Tour event agrees to
potentially submit to a polygraph examination at a time and location determined by the
Tournament Director following the end of the competition in each tournament and abides
by its conclusion. Failure to pass the polygraph will result in disqualification.

16. RELEASE OF LIABILITY AND COVENANT NOT TO SUE. A waiver, release of liability, and
covenant not to sue are part of the entry form. It is required that all contestants take
responsibility for themselves while participating in event activities.

17. PHOTO RELEASE. Scoring photos remain the sole owner of the Inshore Fishing
Association to be used at their discretion. Contestants grant the IFA and the sponsors the
unconditional right to use their name, voice, photographic likeness and biographical
information in connection with Inshore Fishing Association tournaments, production,
promotion, and/or articles and press releases, and shall not be entitled to receive any
royalties or other compensation in connection with such use.

18. RULE CHANGES. Rules interpretation is exclusively left to the Tournament Director.
The decisions of the Tournament Director are final in all matters and are not subject to

19. CONTINGENCY PRIZES. Sponsors may at their discretion award contingency prizes for
anglers winning or placing using their products.

20. POINTS. 200 points will be awarded to the winning Angler of each tournament, 199
points to 2nd, 198 points to 3rd, etc.

21. REGIONAL EVENTS. All Anglers that fish a minimum of two regular-season events will be eligible for fishing the Regional Events. The 2012 season will consist of a series of 12 regular season events and three (3) Regional events. Anglers may fish events in more than one division, but in all cases must fish in at least two events to qualify for the Regional Events. Qualified anglers may choose to fish in any of the regional events, and may fish any combination of 1, 2, or 3 Regional Events.
This will make up the three event total required to fish in the Championship. The 2012 IFA Kayak Fishing Tour Championship will be
a 2-day event with no off limits prior to the event.

22. CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFICATIONS. All Anglers that fish a minimum of two regular seasons and one Regional Event will qualify for the no entry fee Championship. The 2012 IFA Kayak Fishing Tour Championship will be a 2-day event with no off limits prior to the event.

23. ANGLER OF THE YEAR QUALIFICATIONS. Anglers must fish 2 events in one division to
be eligible for the Divisional Angler of the Year. The Divisional Angler of the Year will
be awarded to the Angler in each division that has accrued the most points in the two
divisional qualifying events, plus the highest finishing points from the Regional Event of your choice. Angler of the Year will receive one set of entry fees paid
for one division in 2013. If an Angler wins the Angler of the Year for their division, they
would be eligible to compete against the other divisional winners head to head at the
Championship for the Overall Angler of the Year. Overall Angler of the Year will receive
a check for $1,000.

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