"Guided Teams" Michael Shields Memorial - Inshore Open
Matthew PlymaleSpotted Sea Trout
Ryan AskelandSpotted Sea Trout
Shaun PlymaleSpotted Sea Trout
Alan HaspelSpotted Sea Trout
Steven GoethelSpotted Sea Trout
Matt BohnSpotted Sea Trout
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The Michael Shields Memorial Inshore Open caters to all members of the community, regardless of age or skill level. Come fish for Snook, Redfish, Tarpon and Trout with this year’s proceeds to benefit Project LIFT. This growing organization provides substance abuse counseling, vocational training and positive mentoring for Martin County’s at-risk youth. This year’s inshore fishing tournament is aimed at raising critically needed funds to support the operations of Project LIFT. Read more about how Michael Shields Memorial Inshore support’s Project Lift here.
Due to popular demand, we have broken the Michael Shields Memorial into 3 separate divisions, Guided; Unguided; Paddle. The scoring format is the same for all divisions and is located in the 2016 Rules. Teams of 4 Anglers or less will target Snook, Tarpon, Redfish and Trout. Want a guided sponsorship? View a list of our 2016 Guides here.
We will kick off the event with a Captain’s Reception at River Palm Cottages and Fish Camp at 7:00 p.m., on Friday, September 23, 2016.
Anglers and their families are invited to attend the Awards Ceremony & BBQ at River Palm Cottages and Fish Camp at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 24, 2016.
And if you are coming in from around the state, we have partnered with River Palm Cottages, the 4 Fish Inn and Marina and Caribbean Shores to ensure you have a place to lay your head if you choose not to fish through the night. Check out www.fishforthekids.org for more info and sponsor pricing.
All proceeds from the Michael Shields Memorial - Inshore Open benefit PROJECT LIFT!
Project L.I.F.T. (Life Initiatives for Teens) is an organization with a primary investment in the lives of “at-risk youth.” By introducing skills that will inspire youth to explore opportunities to be successful outside of delinquent behavior. Project LIFT will challenge youth both physically and mentally while they interact with positive mentors.
Welcome to iAngler Tournament - Adding Your Photo to the Leaderboard
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Events & Schedule
09/23/2016 07:00 PM
Fishing Begins After First Registration
09/23/2016 07:00 PM
Catch/Scorecard Submission Deadline
09/24/2016 03:00 PM
09/24/2016 03:00 PM
Rules and RegulationsClick to Read
These rules are subject to the sole interpretation, application, and discretion of the Tournament Chairman, after consultation with the Rules Committee.
This is a catch and release tournament and does not require that any fish be killed in order for an angler to accumulate points. Each team must come equipped with a digital camera, and will be provided with an official tape measure at the Captain’s Reception. The tournament is broken into three divisions, Guided Teams (Up to 3 Anglers plus Guide), Unguided Teams (Up to 4 Anglers) and Paddlers. For Unguided Teams and Paddlers, the tournament begins immediately upon the first team’s Registration at River Palm Cottages on September 23, 2016 (Registration begins at 4:00 p.m.). For Guided Teams, the tournament begins with lines in at 5:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 24, 2016.
All Fish complete with a photo must be logged into the Michael Shields Memorial IAngler Tournament Page/App by no later than 3 p.m. on September 24, 2016. Officials from the Rules Committee will be present at River Palm Cottages, between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on September 24, 2016 to assist anglers who need help logging their fish and uploading their photos.
For Unguided Teams and Paddlers, there are no restrictions as to fishing locations, or means of getting there. Unguided Anglers may fish from a boat, shore, or anything in between. All team members must be within either sight or shouting distance of each other without the use of technology.
Paddlers must fish from a kayak, canoe, paddle board or other unmotorized boat or must remain tethered to one of the above named devices at all times while fishing.
For Guided Teams, the mosquito ditches are out of bounds. Additionally, the Guide may assist with holding natural bait rods though the hookset, but an Angler must handle the rod thereafter until the point that leader is touched. A Guide may not handle an artificial bait rod at any time from the point of the cast through the point that leader is touched. Thereafter, the Guide may assist with landing the fish.
All anglers must abide by all local, State and Federal Rules and licensing restrictions on fishing for game fish with hook and line.
Anglers will target Snook, Tarpon, Redfish and Trout. Each fish will be measured by its Total Length. Total Length is defined as: the distance from the most forward point of the fish’s head to the hindmost point of the tail. Each fish measured must include a photograph with the official tournament tape measure or a copy of the 2016 Tournament Program to ensure that the photo was taken during the tournament hours. Snook caught on nautural bait will be awarded 2 points per inch. Any tarpon caught on natural bait will be awarded 1 point per inch. All tarpon must remain in the water at all times during measurement. Redfish and Trout caught on natural bait will be awarded 1 point per inch. Additional points will be awarded for catches on artificial baits and for filling the scorecard as set forth in the chart below. Scorecards should reflect the actual length of each fish to the half inch.
Each Team must be registered with the Michael Shields Memorial IAngler Tournament Page/App prior to commencing. Officials from the Rules Committee will be present at the Captains Reception from 4:00 p.m. until 9 p.m. to assist in registering teams and anglers. Each team should log every fish caught, however only the top three scoring fish will be scored per species. Teams must photograph each scored fish on the team’s digital camera next to the Tournament Program and or an official tournament tape measure. We will provide an official tape measure that can be used for measuring fish both in and out of the water. Should you wish to use your own measuring device, you must include the tournament program to ensure that the fish was caught during tournament hours. Failure to either measure with the official tape measure, or to include the tournament program in the picture may lead to disqualifying the fish, at the sole discretion of the tourmanent chairman . Should you wish to utilize your own measuring device, it is subject to inspection at the discretion of the tournament chairman. The photos shall be uploaded to the Michael Shields IAngler Tournament App/Page by 3 p.m., as 3 p.m. on September 24, 2016 is the absolute deadline. After 3 p.m., the rules committee will validate the team’s entires and apply the bonus points where appropriate as set forth below. Any submissions after 3 p.m. may be disqualified or incur a point reduction, at the sole discretion of the tournament chairman after consultation with the rules committee. Any technical difficulties with digital equipment will be dealt with on a case by case basis by the tournament chairman after consultation with the rules committee. In the event of a tie, the winner will be the first to log all of their fish. Cheaters will be disqualified and subjected to public stoning, and shall wear a t-shirt that clearly states: I cheated at a charity fishing tournament.
4 species – Tarpon, Snook, Redfish, Trout
SPECIES NATURAL BAIT ARTIFICIAL FULL CARD BONUS
Snook 2 pts per inch 3 pts per inch 3 snook on card (25 pts)
Tarpon 1 pt per inch 2 pts per inch 3 tarpon on card (50 pts)
Redfish 1 pt per inch 2 pts per inch 3 redfish on card (25 pts)
Trout 1 pt per inch 2 pts per inch 3 trout on card (20 pts)
Iron Man Slam - all 4 species caught (at least one of each) 100 pt bonus
First Place Team Guided/Unguided (Up to 4 Anglers)
Second Place Team Guided/Unguided (Up to 4 Anglers) Top Paddler
Second Place Paddler
Top Lady Angler (Individual Angler)
Top Junior Angler (15 years or younger)
Mystery Fish – Don’t forget to log all your catches!!!!
Best Overall Snook (Individual Angler)
Best Overall Tarpon (Individual Angler)
Best Overall Redfish (Individual Angler)
Best Overall Trout (Individual Angler)
Best Fish Caught on Fly (Individual Angler)
Best Fish Caught on D.O.A. Lure – sponsored by D.O.A. (Individual Angler)