ECOATS - Spring Redfish Series (June 2023)
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Eastern Current Online Angler Tournament Series
Spring Redfish Series
June 17 - 18, 2023
[RESCHEDULED FROM MAY DUE TO WEATHER]
Welcome to the first Eastern Current Online Angler Tournament Spring Redfish Series. This is a fly and light tackle Catch and Release Photo Tournament. The tournament series mission is to promote conservation and encourage more anglers to get out on the water. This will be the first of a three-part tournament series. You may fish a single tournament or all three but those that fish all three will be entered into the series. The series will consist of the following tournaments March 25th & 26th, April 29th & 30th, and June 17th & 18th. The most points from all three tournaments will be the winner of the series.
- The inshore waters of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. The inshore waters of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. Fishing and traveling must be done inside the demarcation lines of all inlets. Boundaries are the northern Virginia state line and southern state line of Georgia.
- 1st place $20 per entry
- 2nd place $15 per entry
- 3rd place $10 per entry
- 4th place Prize Pack
- 5th place Prize Pack
- May 26 - 7:00 PM Captains Meeting Live Stream on Eastern Current’s Facebook page
- May 27 - 7:00 AM Lines in
- May 27 - 6:00 PM Lines out
- May 28 - 7:00 AM Lines in
- May 28 - 4:00 PM Lines out
- May 28 - 6:00PM Awards on Eastern Current’s Facebook Live Stream
Series: Eastern Current Online Angler Tournament Series
$60 USDIndividual Angler
Register as Individual
"Logging Your Catch" Instructional Video
1 month 3 weeks ago
Welcome to iAngler Tournament - Adding Your Photo to the Leaderboard
1 month 3 weeks ago
Events & Schedule
Captains Meeting Live Stream
06/16/2023 07:00 PM
06/17/2023 07:00 AM
06/17/2023 06:00 PM
06/18/2023 07:00 AM
06/18/2023 04:00 PM
06/11/2023 06:00 PM
Rules and RegulationsClick to Read
Rules and Regulations
Entry will be closed at 7 pm on March 24th the night before the tournament. A completed online entry and entry fee will need to be completed before captains meeting. During captains meeting you may ask any questions you have and the day one code will be given then. A new code for day two will be posted on the Eastern Current Facebook page and will be emailed to tournament contestants after lines out on day one for day two fishing. Lines in at 7 am on the morning of March 25th and must be removed at 6pm. Day two of tournament will begin at 7am on March 26th and conclude with lines out at 4pm.
The same format and rules will be used for the following two tournaments with a captains meeting on April 28th at 7pm and May 26th at 7 pm. The tournament series awards will be held on Tuesday May 30th at 7pm with a live stream through the Eastern Current’s Facebook Live Stream.
This is a fly and light tackle, cast and retrieve tournament where you may use any type of artificial lures. NO LIVE or DEAD BAIT ALLOWED. All fish must be caught on rod and reel. All fish must be hooked, fought and landed by a single angler. No dead sticking or trolling is allowed. If your lure is in the water the rod must be in your hands. You may only fish with one rod at a time. You cannot hook a fish and set the rod down to try and catch another at the same time. You may fish on a boat with another angler in the tournament but must only submit fish caught and landed on your own. No guided trips will be allowed for the tournament. You may fish from boats, kayaks, shoreline, docks, seawalls, bridges, etc.
This is a Catch and Release Photo Tournament. Day one photos must be submitted before 9pm on day one. Participants must use their own Smart Phone or digital camera for recording and scoring fish. All photos shall be uploaded into the iAngler Tournament program or application on the same day they are caught and no later than 6 hours from time of capture. Day two photos must be submitted by 4pm of day two. No photos accepted after the end of the tournament. The identifier paper must contain the contestants name and tournament code for the day the fish is being entered. An image of the unique identifier on a smart phone or other electronic devices is not acceptable.
Photos must include the entire length of the fish on a measuring stick with the fish’s head at the zero line, and a piece of paper with the code clearly written placed on the side of the fish. Photo must be clear enough to read identifier, including required ID codes and marks, and judge the length accurately. After carefully examining photo details and cross-referencing other photos submitted for scoring by the same angler in the same event, if the event judge is NOT able to verify with 100% confidence that the Identifier Form and ID Codes or Marks in the photo are valid for both the competitive event and the competitor, then the photo will be denied. The identifier must be displayed where it does not cover the fish eye or prevent measurement verification.
Fish must be facing left on a measuring device, left side of the fish visible, dorsal fin toward the top of the photo. The nose must be touching the “fence.” Position camera lens directly over the center of the fish’s body to aid judges in determining that fish’s nose is in contact with the fence. Securing the fish with any portion of a hand under the fish’s gill flap is prohibited. Fish’s tail must be squeezed down with the top and bottom on the measuring board. Fish length is determined by its tail touching or crossing a quarter-inch line on the measuring device. If it falls short of a line, the length is rounded down to the nearest 1/4-inch mark that the fish’ tail actually touches or crosses. Angling the fish to achieve additional length will not result in a higher score and picture may be rejected if it doesn’t meet tournament guidelines. If a fish is submitted and rejected, it cannot be resubmitted. The judge’s decision is final and not subject to debate. To confirm that the fish is alive, the fish’s eye must be uncovered in the photo. Photos of fish that appear to be dead, mutilated, frozen or similarly damaged will be disqualified without scoring.
Each competitor who fishes the ECOATS Tournament agrees to submit to a polygraph examination at a time and location as determined by the Tournament Director following the end of the competition in each tournament and abide by its conclusion. Failure to pass the polygraph will result in disqualification.
Protest & Reporting Procedure
All protests must be submitted in writing in person or electronically along with a $200 cash deposit within 30 minutes of the tournament closure to the designated tournament official. 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. Each competitor agrees to report any rule violation to the tournament director immediately upon discovery of the violation.
Scoreable fish will be any redfish under 32”. If the tail exceeds the 32” mark on the measuring board it will not be scored. Anglers largest three fish under 32” will be scored per each day and be added together for a total of six fish to make anglers final score for the tournament. A point will be given for each inch of measurement down to the ¼”. For a fish that measures 25 3/8” it will be scored as a 25 ¼” and will be given 25.25 points for scoring.
Acceptable measuring boards include the “Hawg Trough” manufactured by Hagen’s, and the Ketch Co Measuring Board that extends to 32”. Measuring Board may not be broken, snapped, or cut apart and then reassembled at any point between the two ends. A crack that does not separate the measuring board into pieces and does not affect the measuring board’s accuracy may be repaired and reinforced for use. Measuring device’s markings must be clear and visible (darken in lines if necessary).
In the event of an exact tie in aggregate score, ties will be broken according to the time that the competitors’ last fish photo was submitted to the tournament. Should the last fish photo submission times be identical, and then both Competitors’ highest single-fish score will be compared and the higher score will be determining the outcome. If both Competitors’ highest single-fish score, too, is identical, then the second highest single-fish score of both Competitors will be compared, and then the third highest single-fish score of both Competitors will be compared, and so on until the tie is broken by the highest single-fish score.
At the end of the three-part series all anglers that have competed in all three tournaments their scores will be added together for anglers’ series score. The angler with the highest series score will win and receive a series trophy.
Disclaimer Click to Read
STATEMENT OF UNDERSTANDING FOR PARTICIPATION IN ACTIVITIES, TRIPS, MEETINGS, INSTRUCTION, BOATING, PADDLING, FISHING, WADING in the Eastern Current Online Angler Tournament Series Fishing Tournaments
In consideration of my entry being accepted for participation in the ECOATS sanctioned events, I do hereby state that I understand that the purpose of signing this document is to exempt and release the Eastern Currents Online Angler Tournament Series its agents, its endorsers and sponsors, administrators, successors, and assigns, including their officers, directors, members, operators, representatives, agents, insurers, successors, and volunteers, from each and every action and claim for damages, in law in admiralty, or in equity, arising from my association, entry or participation in the ECOATS event. And hold these entities harmless from any and all liabilities arising as a consequence of the following, or any other acts or omissions on their part, including but not limited to negligence. I understand that there are inherent risks involved with boating, paddle sports, fishing, wading in the water and swimming including but not limited to perils of the sea & or waterways, act of the other participants & adverse sea & weather conditions & I hereby assume such risks. I certify that my physical condition and training are adequate to enable me to compete safely in the ECOATS events, and I acknowledge that I am familiar with boating or paddling and the risk associated and I will not hold ECOATS or their employees, agents, endorsers or other associated personnel or companies responsible if I am injured as a result of ANY problems (medical, accidental, or otherwise) which occur while boating, paddling, fishing, or otherwise participating in the contest. I am also aware of the risks associated with the weather conditions that prevail on water at any time of the year: varying water temperatures, strong currents, choppy waters and marine animals. I also understand that pleasure and fishing craft share the waters and may be a danger. I specifically acknowledge that I am aware of the risks in Boating & Fishing and agree to assume those risks. If I should suffer illness or injury during the event I realize that medical care must be summoned & treatment will be delayed until I can return to shore & or be transported to a proper care facility. I agree in advance to these conditions. I will be present for the captains meeting and be attentive to any information concerning conditions, which may cause me danger. If there is anything I have been told that I do not understand, I will immediately inform an official representative of the event. I authorize the officials of the event to use their discretion to have me transported to a medical facility and this Waiver and Release of Rights applies fully to such actions. I hereby grant full permission to any and all of the sponsors of this event or their representatives to use any photographs, motion pictures, video tapes, recordings or any other records of this event for any purpose whatever including commercial use. I UNDERSTAND I HAVE A DUTY TO EXERCISE REASONABLE CARE FOR MY OWN SAFETY & I AGREE TO DO SO. Neither, ECOATS nor its endorsers, employees, sponsors, nor agents have made any representations to me, implied or otherwise, that they can or will perform safe rescue or first aid. In the event I become distressed or call for first aid, I would like assistance and will not hold ECOATS their employees, volunteers or other competitors responsible for their actions in attempting the performance of rescue or first aid. I understand I have a duty to inspect the equipment I will be using; I will not hold anyone other than myself responsible for my failure to inspect my equipment prior to boating or paddling. I understand that I am entering this event at my own risk and assume all risk of the hazards and dangers associated with this event. I understand that the event may be cancelled or altered due to weather conditions. I agree to forever discharge and release ECOATS, its member(s), endorser(s), agent(s), owner(s), agent(s), volunteer(s), and sponsor(s) from any and all responsibility or liability for any and all injuries or damages. I agree NOT to make a claim against or sue any of the above parties for injuries or damages, whether they arise or result from any NEGLIGENCE, GROSS NEGLIGENCE OR OTHER LIABILITY. I further specifically agree, on behalf of myself, my heirs, & assigns to & indemnify & hold harmless the released parties for any & all causes of action arising as a consequence of any incidents which might occur as a consequence of my participation in any activities with or involving the released parties.
I HAVE READ THIS AGREEMENT, AS WELL AS THE RULES OF THE CONTEST UNDERSTAND IT & AGREE TO BE BOUND BY IT FROM THE DATE OF MY SIGNATURE & FOREVER INTO THE FUTURE.
A waiver and release of liability statement is part of the entry form. It is required of each contestant that they take responsibility for themselves while participating in any tournament activities. All contestants are required to follow high standards of sportsmanship, courtesy, and conservation. Intoxication will be cause for immediate disqualification. Participation in any criminal activities, or other conduct reflecting unfavorably upon efforts to promote safety, sportsmanship, fair competition and compliance with tournament rules and the law are grounds for disqualification and/or rejection of any applicant from participation.