2023 RedSnook Catch and Release Charity Fishing Tournament
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2023 RedSnook Catch & Release
Charity Fishing Tournament
October 28-29, 2023
The Conservancy’s RedSnook Charity Fishing Tournament supports efforts to protect our most valuable natural resource, our water. Without clean and abundant water, recreational and sport fishing would not exist.
Over the years, the funds raised at the RedSnook Charity Fishing Tournament has helped support the Conservancy’s water quality work in several ways, including:
- Providing assistance and expertise to water quality projects at the local, state and federal level.
- Creating the “Estuaries Report Card,” which rates the condition of our region’s vital waters.
- Working to limit the amount of pollution from the north that enters Southwest Florida’s water.
- Researching and monitoring juvenile gamefish habitats.
- Helping to restore the Western Everglades and Ten Thousand Islands.
- Working to protect the Ten Thousand Islands, Big Cypress, Estero Bay, the Cocohatchee Slough and the Caloosahatchee River.
The Conservancy is proud to partner with local anglers and guides to help protect our waterways. Supporting the Conservancy’s RedSnook Charity Fishing Tournament funds the fight for clean water.
Tournament Location – Three Launch Sites:
- Naples; Bayview Park, 1500 Danford Street, Naples, FL 34112
- Goodland: Safe Harbor Calusa Island, 385 Angler Drive, Goodland, FL 34140
- Chokoloskee: Outdoor Resorts of Chokoloskee, 150 Smallwood Drive, Chokoloskee, FL 34138
- $550 Team (Two (2) Anglers)
- Red Fish
- Jack* Trashcan Slam Only
- Ladyfish* Trashcan Slam Only
- Catfish *Trashcan Slam Only
- Saturday: 10 points per inch (rounded up)
- Sunday: 15 points per inch (rounded up)
- Grand Slam: To qualify, the team must catch a tarpon, snook, and redfish on the same day with each individual angler on the team catching at least one of the three fish entered. The tarpon must be 30 inches or more measured from the snout to the fork of the tail. If a tarpon is larger than 50 inches, 50 inches is the maximum allowed for scoring. The snook and redfish must be at least a “slot” size or greater. The total combined inches of the entered tarpon, snook, and redfish will determine the winner. The tarpon can be taken using any of the three methods (bait, fly or artificial) regardless of the division the team is fishing within. If a team elects to enter the Grand Slam, the snook and redfish entered for the slam will be removed from the point’s calculation for their division.
- Trash Can Slam: The Trash Can Slam award will be given to the angler who catches a catfish, ladyfish and jack with the longest combined total length in one day.
"Logging Your Catch" Instructional Video
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Welcome to iAngler Tournament - Adding Your Photo to the Leaderboard
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Events & Schedule
RedSnook Captain’s Meeting
(At least one member of each team must attend.)
10/27/2023 06:00 PM
Check in at your site
10/28/2023 06:30 AM
Lines in the water
10/28/2023 07:00 AM
Boats must be back at the dock
10/28/2023 03:00 PM
Deadline - photos must be uploaded to iAngler for scoring
10/28/2023 05:00 PM
Check in at your site
10/29/2023 06:30 AM
Lines in the water
10/29/2023 07:00 AM
Boats must be back at the dock
10/29/2023 03:00 PM
Deadline - photos must be uploaded to iAngler for scoring
10/29/2023 05:00 PM
Awards Ceremony (Open to anglers, guides and sponsors.)
10/29/2023 06:30 PM
Rules and RegulationsClick to Read
REDSNOOK CATCH & RELEASE CHARITY FISHING TOURNAMENT
2023 RULES & REGULATIONS
*All angler teams need to have a phone and the iAngler app for scoring*
- At least one member from each team is required to attend the rules meeting.
- Measuring and photographing the fish on the tournament measuring board and releasing a live fish constitutes a catch. The fish must face left on the measuring board. Tarpon are to be measured and photographed boat side and not brought in the boat. Any deviation from the above photographing techniques will result in no points for that catch. To assure a successful release, please make every effort to return each fish back to the water as soon as possible.
- IGFA Rules and tackle specifications apply. The guide is not allowed to cast for their angler or cast an “attracter” to assist an angler. Circle hooks must be used for live bait. Fishing is intended to be inshore at a depth not to exceed that of a push pole. No fishing is permitted within 200 yards of a facility that sells bait and/or fuel.
- No heavier than 20 pound test line (Manufacturer Stated Test) may be used in all divisions.
- Only 1 working rod per Angler is allowed in the water at any time.
- There must be two Anglers on every participating boat. In the absence of a Teammate, the Tournament Committee will appoint a Substitute Angler. Professional guides may not register as an angler.
- Boats must depart from and return to Tournament Launch Sites by water. Please leave the dock by 7:00 AM each day. Lines in the water at 7:30 AM and you must return to the Launch Site no later than 3:00 PM each day. If you are late, no points will be awarded for that day. Slow zones and other boating regulations must be observed. Anglers must sign out before departure each day and sign in upon returning, regardless of catch. No trailering during tournament hours. It is recommended that anglers wear Personal Flotation Devices while the boat’s motor is moving.
- Teams may wade fish, however, the boat must be at anchor the entire time any angler is fishing outside the boat.
- The tournament is a team format with each team allowed to enter a maximum of three redfish and three snook per day. Each team may photograph as many fish as necessary but only the three largest of each species will be counted. An individual angler on each team may only enter a maximum of two snook and two redfish per day. Teams are responsible for uploading their fish to the iAngler app by 5:30 PM each day.
- There will be five divisions. The divisions are guided and unguided bait, guided and unguided artificial and fly. The Bait and Artificial divisions will have a guided and unguided teams and the Fly division will be treated as one division whether or not the teams are guided. All guides fees will be paid by the anglers using a guide. Each team is required to choose the division they will be competing in prior to the tournament.
- The Artificial and Fly divisions are artificial lure categories. No tipping is permitted. Bait or tipping is permitted only in the Bait Division. No chumming is allowed in any division.
- The tournament will be scored using length of fish with ten (10) points per inch of fish the first day and fifteen (15) points per inch the second day. All lengths will be rounded up to the nearest inch (i.e. a 24 3/8” fish will be rounded up to 25” and will be scored accordingly). Pinching the tail is required for snook. Team Champions will be the anglers with the most total points for the two days within each division.
- There are no minimum size restrictions for either species and it is not necessary to have caught a redfish and snook to be eligible for awards except to be eligible for the RedSnook Slam award. See rule 14 below.
- All registered teams are eligible for the Grand Slam Award. To qualify, the team must catch a tarpon, snook, and redfish on the same day with each individual angler on the team catching at least one of the three fish entered. The tarpon must be 30 inches or more measured from the snout to the fork of the tail. If a tarpon is larger than 50 inches, 50 inches is the maximum allowed for scoring. The snook and redfish must be at least a “slot” size (Snook 28 inches/ Redfish 18 inches). The total combined inches of the entered tarpon, snook, and redfish will determine the winner. The tarpon can be taken using any of the three methods (bait, fly or artificial) regardless of the division the team is fishing within. If a team elects to enter the Grand Slam, the snook and redfish entered for the slam will be removed from the point’s calculation for their division. Anglers must submit photos via fishing app and self- identified by contacting the Tournament Director Chante Pickard at 239.572.0761 by 5:30 PM on Saturday or Sunday.
- Ties for each of the tournament categories will be awarded to the Team that caught their last fish entered within the division for that award, earliest in the Tournament. In the event of a tie for the Slam Award, the award will go to the team that completes the Slam the earliest in the day, regardless of what day.
- There will be an award for the Trash Can Slam. The Trash Can Slam award will be given to the individual angler who catches a catfish, ladyfish and jack with the longest combined total length in one day.
- Good sportsmanship is expected, however, the penalty for any violation of the rules is NO POINTS for the day’s catch. All protests must be signed and in writing and given to the Site Director by 4:00 pm the day of the violation. If you see another team behaving improperly, please photograph/document and bring to the officials attention right away. The Site Director will contact the Tournament Committee for a decision. All decisions by the Rules Committee are final.
- If within 48 hours of the start of the tournament, the National Hurricane Center issues a Tropical Storm Warning that affects any of the launch areas, the tournament will be postponed. The Tournament Committee also reserves the right to postpone the tournament for any reason if they feel the conditions are unsafe. If the fishing on the day of the tournament is completed prior to the postponement, the tournament will be considered complete. If the tournament is postponed, a rescheduled date will be announced within 96 hours. If an angler cannot fish the rescheduled date, the registration fee will either be returned or applied to the next year’s event. All other weather decisions will be made by the Tournament Committee and communicated to the guides by phone. It is the responsibility of the guide to notify his or her anglers.
- Teams must declare their division and launch site when they register. Changes to division and/or launch site will not be permitted after October 20, 2023.
- All anglers will fish at their own risk. All anglers agree to indemnify and hold harmless all members of the Tournament Committee, Directors, Sponsors and their agents and employees from all liability, loss, or damage they may suffer as a result of this fishing tournament.
- Have fun and be safe out on the water!
Disclaimer Click to Read
Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s RedSnook Catch & Release Charity Tournament
Acknowledgement of Inherent Risk, Waiver and Release, and Indemnification Agreement
In consideration of participating in the RedSnook Catch & Release Charity Tournament (“the Event”) to be held in Southwest Florida from October 28-29, 2023, the undersigned, for themselves, their personal representatives, assigns, heirs, and next of kin, hereby acknowledges and understands that:
- My participation in the Event is voluntary and there are inherent risks associated with participating in the Event including, but not limited to, those caused by adverse tidal conditions and currents, high winds, storms, large waves, lightning, boat capsize, fire, overturning of boats, collision with objects or other watercraft, prolonged exposure to cold water, hypothermia, sun exposure, temperature fluctuations, accidental drowning, swimming, slips and falls, motion sickness, illness in remote areas, lack of hydration, watercraft equipment, wild animals, exposure to parasites, germs, insects, bacteria, unsanitary conditions, actions of other people, including, but not limited to, participants, volunteers, spectators, event officials, and event monitors, and/or producers of the Event. I further acknowledge and understand that by participating in the Event there is a potential risk of exposure to the novel coronavirus COVID-19. I will assume all risks associated therewith, whether known or unknown to me at this time. I acknowledge and certify that I am fit to participate in this event, have not experienced any symptoms associated with COVID-19 nor been exposed to anyone infected with COVID-19 within the last fourteen days, and have not been advised otherwise by a qualified medical person. I hereby consent to medical treatment which may be deemed advisable in the event of injury, accident and/or illness during the Event.
- In consideration of permitting me to participate in the Event, I release the following entities and/or persons and their directors, officers, employees, and agents from responsibility for my accidental physical injury, including death or illness, and loss of, or damage to, personal property while participating in the Event: the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, the RedSnook Catch & Release Charity Tournament, and any other event holders, sponsors, officers, directors, employees, agents and/or volunteers. This release is also intended to include all claims made by my family, estate, heirs, personal representative or assigns. I acknowledge and certify that I will indemnify and hold harmless the entities and/or persons mentioned in this paragraph from any and all liability and/or claims made by other individuals and/or entities as a result of my actions, the actions of others, and from any injury, illness or loss of any kind associated with the Event.
Acknowledgement of Inherent Risk, Waiver and Release for Minor Participant
- If I am under age 18, my parent or guardian, by signing below, also consents to my release and he or she agrees that this release shall be binding upon him or her as my parent or guardian as to me and my estate, heirs, personal representatives and assigns. My parent or guardian acknowledges that I am fit to participate in this event, as stated in paragraph 1. My parent or guardian also promises, by signing below, to defend, indemnify and hold the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, the RedSnook Catch & Release Tournament and the other entities and/or people named in paragraph 2, harmless from any claim asserted by me against Conservancy of Southwest Florida and the RedSnook Catch & Release Tournament and the other entities and/or people set forth in paragraph 2, including their trustees, officers, directors, volunteers, employees and agents, if I should repudiate this release after obtaining adulthood.
- I hereby grant permission to Conservancy of Southwest Florida and/or the RedSnook Catch & Release Tournament for the right to use, reproduce, and/or distribute photographs, films, videotapes, and sound recordings of me, without compensation or approval rights, for use in materials created for purposes of promoting the activities of the Conservancy of Southwest Florida and/or the RedSnook Catch & Release Tournament.