COMPETITORS MUST REMAIN IN THE BOAT: All angling must be conducted from the boat. At no time may a contestant leave the boat to land a fish or to make the boat more accessible to fishing water. Contestants must leave and return to the official checkpoint by boat. In the event of equipment failure, anglers must call a designated number to report their need for assistance while calling for towing assistance. There will be only 2 permitted methods of returning to the official check-in: (1) by both partners remaining in their boat and being towed by water (a commercial licensed tow company may be utilized, or another team may tow a fellow competitor); (2) by one or both competitors entering the boat of another tournament contestant (fishing by all competitors involved in the rescue must cease at this time). Competitors are responsible for colored tie wrap or suitable material for marking and distinguishing their catch. Under these 2 conditions, the contestant’s catches may be counted without a penalty (except for late penalties, dead fish penalties, or other penalties pertaining to other tournament rules). Competitors who elect to return to the official check-in by any other means than cited above will forfeit their day’s catch to that point in time of the tournament day. Any competitor returning to the check-in point will be eligible to restart and resume competition only under the supervision of the Weigh Master or his designated tournament official. It is the sole responsibility of contestants to locate the Tournament Director or official to request a restart. Failure to render assistance when requested in an emergency is cause for immediate disqualification. Teams rendering assistance must communicate to the tournament official the boat number of the
assisting boat and the assisted boat at time commencing aid.
Prizes will include First, Second & Third place for each species: 1- Species of each Fish weighed in
Redfish, Trout, & Red/Gag Grouper. There is also an Overall Youth & Ladies Division
Redfish: Heaviest Redfish (within the legal slot size of 18-27 inches)
Largest Trout (by inches, photo catch & release on Official CCA measuring device)
Heaviest Red or Gag Grouper (Red Grouper min. legal length is 20 inches, & Gag Grouper is min. legal length is 24 inches).
This is an Individual Angler weigh in, each angler on each team will be able to weigh in a fish in each category. All anglers must be in line and checked in for weigh in by 5 p.m. Anglers MUST weigh in their own fish in order to place in the Tournament
Registration is $150/ $200 per boat for 2 anglers, which includes two tickets to the
Captain’s Welcome Party and Captain’s Award Dinner. Social Tickets $50.00 per person, Youth under 12 are FREE
Registration include a great swag bucket, Tournament Shirts, Steak Dinner, & FREE Stuff!
Additional Registered Team Anglers $85.00 each (up to 4 Anglers maximum per team)
Youth Anglers 12 & under are FREE.
Youth Anglers must reel in their own Fish in order to weigh fish in.
POLYGRAPH: Each competitor who fishes the POCR 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
OFFICIAL CHECKPOINTS: There will be NO official checkpoint for boat check in the morning, Lines in the water at 6:00 a.m. the day of the Tournament. All fishing must cease upon check-in, all Anglers in order to Weigh In must be checked in at 5:00 p.m. by a Tournament Official. All running lights & safety equipment must be in place and working at time of launch.
LATE PENALTY. Any late teams will be automatically disqualified, must be in the Weigh In by 5:00 p.m. and checked in.
SPORTSMANSHIP: Competitors in the Plantation on Crystal River tournament 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 non-competitors who may be on tournament waters. Evidence of chemical or substance addiction or abuse or other conduct reflecting unfavorably upon the POCR's 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 a team or 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.
PARTICIPATION AND ELIGIBILITY: Any person under the age of 18 must have written consent from a parent or legal guardian. The POCR reserves the right to refuse participation in the event to any individual or team at the discretion of the Tournament Director.
SAFETY: Safe boating will be observed at all times. The Tournament 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. Anglers, Team & Captains are all fishing at their own risk, each angler must determine if conditions are safe and reasonable to fish during Tournament.
In the event of a rule violation, the Tournament Director may impose such sanctions as they deem appropriate, including, without limitation, disqualifications, forfeiture of prizes, and prohibition from participation in subsequent tournaments. Decisions of the Tournament Director are final in all matters and are not subject to appeal, and are not reviewable by any court of law. The Plantation on Crystal River (POCR) reserves the right to make needed changes to these rules in order to ensure the safety and welfare of the POCR anglers and the public, and preserve the integrity of the POCR. Any rule changes will immediately supersede all previously published copies of rules. It is your responsibility to read and understand the rules and how you are affected by not complying with the following rules. Every competitor will be required to sign a liability release/permission form for use of image/agreement to the official rules prior to the tournament.
COMMUNICATIONS: A VHF radio is recommended for all tournament vessels. The VHF may be mounted or portable. The use of mobile communication devices such as cellular telephones, marine radios, walkie-talkies, CBs, pagers, or any electronic device to obtain and use fishing information from anyone during tournament hours is strictly prohibited. Communication among anglers is allowed on the water only by non-electronic methods. Medical emergency calls may be made and then a tournament official should be contacted.
FEDERAL, STATE, AND LOCAL LAWS: All competitors are expected to obey all applicable federal, state, and local regulations and laws. Violation of such rules may result in your disqualification from the tournament. Repeated or flagrant violations will result in said competitors being banned from future participation in Plantation on Crystal River tournaments and possibly reported to the FWC or Local authorities.
PERMITTED FISHING METHODS: All fish must be caught alive in a conventional sporting manner. Only one fishing rod may be used at a time per angler. A cast must be fully retrieved before another angler may pick up/touch that rod. Foul hooked fish shall not be weighed during competition. 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. Competitors may not catch fish or weigh in fish that have been caged or confined in an area prior to the tournament.
LIVE FISH: Every effort must be made to keep redfish alive. An 8-ounce penalty will be deducted from the weight per dead fish presented for weigh-in. Dead fish possessed by a team of tournament anglers may not be discarded. No mutilated or iced fish shall be accepted. Any alteration of length or weight of fish is prohibited and team will be banished from any future tournaments.
BOAT AND TEAM IDENTIFICATION: Prior to Tournament start (at Captains Party), a number will be given to each boat. This number must remain with the boat during tournament competition, and be checked in before weigh-in.
TACKLE AND EQUIPMENT: Only one casting, spin casting, spinning rod, and reel or fly rod may be used at any one time per angler. Be prepared to show your current fishing license, at registration, from the state in which the tournament is being held.
Teams are prohibited from discussing any fishing-related information with anyone via electronic means during the tournament hours. Use of social media, websites, or other electronic devices to obtain and use information as a means to catch fish is prohibited.
REGISTRATION AND CAPTAIN’S MEETING: Registration will be from 5:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. local time the day before the event followed by the Captain’s meeting/dinner at 6:00 p.m. All teams must attend the Captain’s Meeting and sign in at the designated time and location. If a team is unable to attend a Captain’s Meeting due to valid emergency reasons, they may designate an alternate to draw their number and attend in their place. In addition, they must contact the Tournament Director-Misty Wells-970-708-7997 firstname.lastname@example.org. A designated alternate may not represent more than 2 teams at a Captain’s Meeting. Teams agree that it is their own responsibility to find out what was discussed at the Captain’s Meeting. No team may fish or have anyone fish or scout for them after 7:00 p.m. the day of the Captain’s Meeting. Captain's Meeting is September 13th, Friday 6:00 p.m.
PERMITTED FISHING LOCATIONS: Competitors may fish anywhere on tournament waters accessible to the public by boat, except areas designated as “off limits” or “no fishing” by private ownership or local, state, and federal officials. Competitors may not fish within 50 yards of a competitor’s boat that was in a location first and anchored. (An anchored boat is a boat held in a stable position by a line attached to a weight, push pole, Power Pole, etc., with the trolling motor in the up position). If the boat does not have a trolling motor the definition of anchored still applies.
INFORMATION: Tournament competitors may share information with each other up to and after competition hours. However, no communication between teams whatsoever is allowed via cell phone, VHF radio, pager, or any electronic device during competition, except for medical emergency as allowed under rule #20 or boat breakdown.
PROTEST AND REPORTING PROCEDURE: All protests must be submitted in writing along with a $200 cash deposit within 15 minutes of the last check-in to the Weigh Master or 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 Weigh Master immediately upon discovery of the violation.
TIES: Ties shall be broken by the largest fish weight/inches for the fish that is weighed in first and/or
photo released fish that was caught first with verified time stamp.
ENTRY FEES AND PAYMENTS: An Entry Fee of $150 (early reg.) $200 (2 anglers) is required to fish the Tournament. There is a maximum of (4) Anglers per Team, additional anglers $85.00 each. There is an Overall Youth Division & Ladies Division, Youth 12 and under a FREE, with no Tournament $$ entry, they are considered 1-of the 4 Anglers on each Team. All entry fees are NONTRANSFERABLE and NON-REFUNDABLE, NO EXCEPTIONS.
SCORING: Tournament standings, auxiliary awards, and final winners shall be determined by the total weight measured in pounds and 100th of a pound of each teams catch during the tournament. In the Event of a Tie, the fish that was weighted/photographed First shall be the winner. Redfish/Red Drum will be weighed and the limit shall be 1 fish per angler. Red/Gag Grouper will be based on the largest single fish of Red or Gag grouper species. Trout will be a photo-catch and release the total inches of 1 Trout will be measured on the official CCA Star Tournament ruler. Photo’s will be submitted to Weigh Master. The prevailing rules as set forth by Plantation on Crystal River along with federal, state, and local statutes and regulations bind all competitors. Competitors will at no time have in their possession in the live well more than the tournament limit of fish. Tournament official length for all fish will be according to the state laws in the state in which that event is being held. All fish will be measured with a pinched tail with mouth closed. Any fish that appears to have been penned, mangled, mashed, mauled, or otherwise altered will not be weighed at the discretion of the Weigh Master.
September 13th & 14th