Rules

Contents:

Preface
Boundaries
General Rules
Divisions
Specialty Trophies
Finale Day Rules
Jr Finale Day 



PREFACE

The rules of the Suncoast Tarpon Roundup, Inc. have been established in the interest of friendly competition, fairness, sportsmanship, and conservation. Unsportsmanlike conduct WILL NOT be condoned and will be grounds for disqualification of any entrant by final decision of the Board of Directors (BoD). Each angler, upon signing the registration form, agrees to abide by the tournament rules and those imposed by the State of Florida, and absolves the Suncoast Tarpon Roundup, Inc. for any injuries or accidents while participating in the tournament. IN CASE OF DISPUTES, THE DECISION OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE SUNCOAST TARPON ROUNDUP, INC. WILL BE FINAL. The Board of Directors of the Suncoast Tarpon Roundup, Inc. strongly urge all participants to release any tarpon as quickly as possible so as not to endanger them.


BOUNDARIES

Tarpon entered in the Suncoast Tarpon Roundup must be caught in the Gulf of Mexico and inland waters adjacent to Pasco, Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee and Sarasota Counties.

Marker number 4 defines the northern boundary, approximately 2 miles north of Anclote Key.

The Southern boundaries are delineated by markers C3 and C5 on the North side of New Pass at the south end of Longboat Key

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GENERAL RULES

  1. A completed and signed registration form along with all entry fees must be mailed or delivered prior to fishing. If mailed, postmark determines date of entry. 
  2. This tournament will be conducted 24/7 for ten consecutive weeks. The first week of the tournament starts on Saturday, 12 May 2018, at 6:00 AM. All other weeks start at 12:00 AM each Saturday. The last week of the tournament ends on Friday, 20 July 2018 at 6 PM 
  3. No angler will be eligible for more than one (1) weekly prize, except for additional recognition given in the Specialty Divisions and special trophies. 
  4. A fish shall be considered “released” when the fish is under control boat side and the angler or his/her designee has the leader in hand then cuts the leader or removes the hook. For landlubber division, fish must be under control at the bottom of a structure and the angler or his/her designee breaks or cuts the leader using a “device”, such as a gaff or other tool.  A Tarpon “broken off” by the angler will not be considered a release.  Leaders will be no longer than ten feet long.  Fish under 48 inches estimated length are not considered eligible
  5. In the event of a tie, the first fish released and then called in will be adjudged the winner. The time released is the time at which the leader was cut or the hook removed. 
  6. Tarpon must be caught on manually operated tackle by the reporting angler. The rod must be in the exclusive possession and control of the angler from the time the fish first strikes until it is released. Anyone other than the angler of record touching any part of the rod, reel, or line, either bodily or with any device during the playing of the tarpon or in giving aid, other than taking the leader for release purposes, will disqualify the fish. Modification or replacement of tackle (rod, reel, splicing of line) during the playing of the tarpon will automatically disqualify the fish. If a rod holder is used, and a fish strikes, the angler must remove the rod from the holder as quickly as possible. A harness may be attached to the reel or rod and the harness may be replaced or adjusted by a person other than the angler.  Use of a rod belt or waist gimbal is permitted. In the event of extenuating circumstances (i.e. physical challenges, small children, etc.), exceptions may be allowed for any angler by written request (email) to the Suncoast Tarpon Roundup, Inc. prior to actually fishing.
  7. No dead tarpon will be entered in the tournament.
  8. All anglers are subject to a polygraph regarding any and all tarpon reported during the tournament. Should a registered angler refuse or fail a polygraph he/she will be disqualified and forfeit his/her rights to all winnings and or awards from the tournament and be barred from participation in the future (Scheduled Dates and Place(s) for Polygraph are done so as required and are TBD). 
  9. Time of catch will be reported by phone call to the 24 hour a day, 7 day a week answering service within one hour of the release.
  10. The angler must call in and report the release of a fish to the Suncoast Tarpon Roundup, Inc.’s answering service, at 727-346-4353 within one (1) hour of the actual release. A copy of the completed release slip must be mailed to the Suncoast Tarpon Roundup, Inc. at 901 34th Avenue North, #7762, St. Petersburg, FL 33704, within 48 hours of the actual release, or it can be scanned/photographed and emailed to webmaster@suncoasttarponroundup.org. NOTE: Postmark is the accepted date.  Angler’s fish may be disqualified for non-compliance.  Exceptions due to mail problems will be considered on an individual basis by the Board of Directors.  Anglers are responsible for making sure the release forms are completed correctly.  The Suncoast Tarpon Roundup, Inc. does not consider a release slip complete and official until received and approved by the Board of Directors.  Any decision(s) of the Board of Directors overrides those made by its agents and are not subject to question.
  11. Formal Protests – Any angler wishing to report an infraction of the rules or any act of dishonesty or discourtesy, must do so in writing (email) to the Suncoast Tarpon Roundup, Inc. within seven (7) days of the act. Additionally, a $300 deposit must also be submitted with the protest for it to be acted upon. In the event the protest is upheld, the deposit will be returned. If not upheld the deposit will be forfeited. THE DECISION OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS WILL BE FINAL.
  12. The Suncoast Tarpon Roundup, Inc. shall make known all other rules and regulations not covered in this document, upon request. Decision(s) of the Board of Directors as to the interpretation of the rules is FINAL. It is the responsibility of the participant to check the daily standings phone line, at 727-346-4353 (option 2), each day for standings and other important announcements as well as the Suncoast Tarpon Roundup website.


DIVISIONS

  1. REGULAR DIVISION – Three places will be awarded per week (1st, 2nd and 3rd) to the adult anglers reporting the most releases each week. In the event of a tie, the recorded time of release will be the deciding factor. A regular division angler can only win one weekly trophy, not included specialty trophies. An angler can ”upgrade” in a follow on week.
  2. JUNIOR DIVISION – A first place trophy will be awarded to the junior angler reporting the most releases each week. In the event of a tie, the recorded time of release will be the deciding factor. All anglers 14 years of age or under, inclusive as of the start date of the tournament, shall compete in the Junior Division. The “Captain” of the boat (or on the pier or bridge), using prudent judgment, may assist the junior if it is absolutely necessary, keeping in mind that the junior is the one who must bring the fish to boat, pier, or bridge. The type of assistance that may be given would be removing the rod from the rod holder, adjusting the drag, maneuvering the fish around the motor, anchor rope, shed braces or out-riggers. A junior shall not be eligible for any of the Specialty Trophies as listed, except for the Junior Finale Day Trophies and adult/child trophy. We want to encourage all of our junior anglers to have fun fishing the tournament and to promote sportsmanship and good stewardship of the resources we enjoy.
  3. WOMEN’S DIVISION – Is incorporated into the Regular Division. As such, female anglers will compete with all of the anglers in the regular division and be eligible for weekly prizes, trophies and qualification into Finale Day. Additionally, a trophy will be awarded to the Woman reporting the most releases.
  4. LANDLUBBER DIVISION – Is incorporated in either the Regular or Junior Division. As such, landlubber anglers (adult and junior) will compete with all of the anglers in their respective divisions and be eligible for weekly prizes, trophies and qualification into Finale Day. Additionally, a trophy will be awarded to the regular and junior division landlubber reporting the most releases.
  5. SENIOR DIVISION – Is incorporated in the Regular Division. As such, senior anglers (65 yrs and older at the start of the tournament) will compete with all of the regular division anglers and be eligible for weekly prizes, trophies and qualification into Finale Day. Additionally, a trophy will be awarded to the senior angler reporting the most releases.
  6. DOUBLES DIVISION – Two trophies (one each) will be awarded to the Regular Division pair that registers the most releases (added together) during the ten weeks of the tournament. Both anglers must be entered in the Regular Division and their partner named before either angler releases a tarpon to be eligible for this award. If a husband and wife win this trophy it will be annotated as such.
  7. ADULT/JUNIOR DIVISION – Two trophies (one each) will be awarded to the Adult / Junior pair that registers the most releases (added together) during the ten weeks of the tournament. Both anglers must be entered in their respective divisions and their partner named before either angler releases a tarpon to be eligible for this award. If a parent and child win this trophy it will be annotated as such.
  8. FLORIDA GULF COAST SCHOOLS (FGCS) FISHING CLUB DIVISION – A trophy will be awarded to the club angler with the most releases during the ten week tournament. Additionally, a perpetual trophy will be presented to the club/school represented by the angler. The perpetual trophy will have the angler and his or her club name on the trophy which will rotate to the winning anglers’ school in follow on years.   In the event of a tie, the recorded date and time of release will be the deciding factor. A club angler must be a registered student at the start of the tournament to be eligible to participate in the fishing club division, and shall not be eligible for any other trophy unless properly entered into the Suncoast Tarpon Roundup according to his or her age. We want to encourage all of our anglers to have fun fishing the tournament and to promote sportsmanship and good stewardship of the resources we enjoy.
  9. KAYAK DIVISION – Will be incorporated into the Regular Division if a sponsor is identified. As such, anglers will compete with all of the regular division anglers and be eligible for weekly prizes, trophies and qualification into Finale Day. Additionally, a trophy will be awarded to the angler fishing solely from a kayak and reporting the most releases during the tournament.
  10. FLY FISHING DIVISION – May be incorporated into the Regular Division.  As such, anglers may compete with all of the regular division anglers and be eligible for weekly prizes, trophies and qualification into Finale Day.  One trophy and prize will be awarded to the angler fishing with a fly and reporting the most releases during the tournament. Fish must be caught on a fly, with a fly rod and reel, and in public waters within the prescribed boundaries of the tournament and be a minimum of 24 inches in length.  The leader will be no longer than 15 feet in length.  Tarpon caught on a fly under 48 inches estimated length will not be considered eligible for the Regular Division.  Those 48 inches and longer and caught on a fly will compete within the fly division as well as the regular division.  All Suncoast Tarpon Roundup General Rules apply.  If you have any questions please contact the roundup or  leave your contact information with the call center and you will be contacted by a Board Member.
  11. NEW VIDEO RELEASE DIVISION – This new division is an attempt to generate more interest in the Suncoast Tarpon Roundup.  Anglers who wish to participate will be required to video and submit thier release videos to the Suncoast Tarpon Roundup via Facebook page (tag @suncoasttarponroundup) or email (Webmaster@suncoasttarponroundup.org) within 48 hours of the release.  Each video must contain video of the tarpon boat side or at the bottom of a structure, being properly released in accordance with all STR rules.  In addition, each video must contain audio with the anglers name, the date of the release and one of our sponsors.  The video must be continuous from five seconds before the leader is grasped or a device is used to cut or break the leader until the tarpon swims away.  Videos will be shared on facebook to generate views and promote the Suncoast Tarpon Roundup.  The angler with the most video releases will be presented with a $100 check at the banquet. Our Rules Committee will judge each video, and select the winner (tarpon, hand or device on leader, verbiage, and tarpon swimming away).


SPECIALTY TROPHIES

  1. THE DAVE CRISP MEMORIAL DAY TROPHY – Awarded to the angler releasing the most tarpon during the 24-hour period of Memorial Day, May 28th 2018.
  2. THE FULL MOON IN JUNE TROPHY – Awarded to the angler releasing the most tarpon during the 24-hour period of the full moon in June, June 28th 2018.
  3. THE JIM MASTRY FATHER’S DAY TROPHY – Awarded to the angler releasing the most tarpon during the 24-hour period of Father’s Day, June 17th 2018.
  4. THE RALPH and GENE GELL 4TH OF JULY TROPHY – Awarded to the angler releasing the most tarpon during the 24-hour period of the 4th of July, 2018.
  5. THE JOY CUP – Awarded to the first Women’s Division angler to release a tarpon.
  6. OVERALL TROPHIES – The Overall Trophies (Perpetuals) will be given to the anglers releasing the most tarpon during the tournament in the Regular, Women’s, Junior, Landlubber, and FGCS divisions.
  7. FIRST FISH CERTIFICATES – Any registered angler who catches and releases their first tarpon while participating in the Suncoast Tarpon Roundup will receive a certificate if requested. Please indicate on your release slip and notify via email if you would like to receive this certificate.
  8. HARD LUCK AWARD – An Award(s) will be presented to the angler considered to have had the hardest luck during the tournament. Nomination letters should be submitted to the Suncoast Tarpon Roundup, Inc. at P.O. Box 7762, St. Petersburg, FL 33734
  9. EARL GRESH AWARD – An Award will be presented to the angler considered to have exhibited outstanding sportsmanship throughout the tournament. Nomination letters should be submitted to the Suncoast Tarpon Roundup, Inc. at P.O. Box 7762, St. Petersburg, FL 33734
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FINALE DAY RULES

  1. Anglers winning one of the weekly first, second, or third place trophies will qualify to fish Finale Day (i.e. 30 anglers possibly eligible for Finale Day).
  2. The Angler or his designee must attend the Finale Day Captains meeting prior to fishing finale day.
  3. A digital picture of the fish being released (digital camera or phone), with downloadable images will be required to be presented at the Finale Day Release Station. Photos and video may be emailed to strtreasurer@gmail.com or downloaded to the STR laptop at the weigh-in.
  4. All STR Rules apply during Finale Day. Please call your release in or it will be disqualified.
  5. Anglers can fish a maximum of 8 rods.
  6. Finale Day begins at 6:00 AM, Saturday July 28th and ends at 3:00 PM.
  7. Anglers must return to the Finale Day Release Station (TBD) by 3:30 PM. If an angler has not checked in by 3:30 their releases will not count for Finale Day Awards.
  8. Anglers may return to the Finale Day Release Station (TBD) by land or by water.
  9. The angler registering the most fish released on Finale Day will be awarded a trophy, cash award and will be adjudged the winner. If none are released during Finale Day or the fishing day is cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances, anglers will try again on Sunday July 29th.
  10. There is a $100 Calcutta for those who wish to participate. The entry fee will be collected at the Finale Day Captains Meeting and 100% will be distributed to the winners (50/30/20) at the banquet.


JR FINALE DAY

  1. Junior anglers winning one of the ten weekly trophies and those anglers registering the most releases and not winning a weekly trophy will qualify to fish Jr. Finale Day.
  2. All STR Rules apply during Finale Day. Please call your release in or it will be disqualified.
  3. Anglers can fish a maximum of 8 rods.
  4. Finale Day begins at 6:00 AM, Saturday July 21st and ends at 2:00 PM.
  5. Anglers must return to the Finale Day Release Station (TBD) by 2:30 PM. If an angler has not checked in by 2:30 their releases will not count for Finale Day Awards.
  6. Anglers may return to the Finale Day Release Station by land or by water.
  7. The angler registering the most fish released on Jr. Finale Day will be awarded a trophy, prize and be adjudged the winner. If none are released during Jr. Finale Day or the fishing day is cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances, anglers will try again on Sunday, July 22nd.