Trout-tacular Series Rules
Operationfish.com Online “Trout-tacular Series” Tournament Rules
- PARTICIPATION AND ELIGIBILITY. Participation is open to anyone 18 years of age or older. A completed online registration including an online waiver and acceptance of terms by the angler is required along with registering and signing up with TourneyX (http://tourneyx.com). The angler must enter a tournament prior to fishing for or entering any catch for a tournament.
a. If an angler under the age of 18 wishes to participate, an exemption waiver must be completed by a legal guardian.
b. All events officially begin at 12:01 am Central Time. However, the date and time may be set for your time perspective time zone for time stamping purposes on photos.
2. Safety should be observed at all times. While competing in an Operationfish.com tournament all participants are required to comply with all U.S. Coast Guard regulations, Wildlife Management regulations, federal, and state laws.
3. SPORTSMANSHIP. All participants are required to adhere to high standards of sportsmanship. The use of drugs and alcohol is strictly prohibited. The participation in criminal activities, or other conduct unbecoming of good sportsmanship, fair competition, and/or compliance with tournament rules are grounds for immediate disqualification.
4. Permitted fishing methods. All fish must be caught using a rod and reel with a hook or lure as such. All fish should be photographed alive. Participants may not submit fish that have been caged or confined prior to the tournament.
a. Only artificial lures may be used during the competition.
b. Participants may fish from a boat, a kayak or even wade. Participants may also fish from shore ,a dock or a pier.
5. Permitted fishing locations. All fish submitted must be caught in waters accessible to the public according to state and federal regulations.
6. Minimum fish lengths. Since this is a catch and release tournament being conducted over a vast area there is no minimum length requirement.
7. Maximum fish lengths. Since this is a catch and release tournament being conducted over a vast area there is no maximum length requirement.
8. Measuring devices. All measuring devices must be clear and easy for the tournament judges to read. We recommend devices such as the Hog Trough, a Check-It-Stik, a Gator Grip measuring board, a Rapala folding ruler, a Plano Expandable Bump Board or a 321fish vinyl ruler mounted on a hard surface.
9. Photography/submission requirements. Tournament participants may use digital cameras or phones with digital camera capabilities to record and submit fish.
a. Images may not be digitally altered or enhanced.
b. Each participate must use the online system provided by TourneyX.com to submit their fish.
c. Image submissions must meet the standards and guidelines set forth by TourneyX.com
d. Fish must be checked in within 24 hours of the catch or as soon as the angler has access to a computer for online check-in. The last fish must be submitted by 11:59pm (Central Time) on the last day of the tournament.
e. The photo must show the entire fish on a clear, defined measuring device that will allow the judge to read the length accurately.
f. The photo must also show the unique tournament token. Unique token (printed) preferred, or the supplied random generated number can be hand written and displayed in case you lost your token. The identification number must be clear in the photograph. Token and/or required number will be available at 11:15 pm (central time) the night before the tournament begins. The token may not cover any of the fish. The entire fish must be in view of each submission.
g. All fish must be facing to the left of the measuring device with the top of the fish (dorsal fin) facing the top of the photo.
h. The lip of the fish must be touching the zero mark (bump board). (The mouth may be in it’s natural state.) No fish grips of any kind should be used during your photo submission.
i. The camera should be pointed directly at the fish. Angled shots that appear to add length or alter the view of the ruler and/or fish will be disqualified at the tournament judges discretion.
j. Tails may be in a pinched position to extend the fish as long as possible, however the hand may not remain on the fish during the photo. The entire fish must be visible.
k. The fish must be alive during the photo. Any fish that appears to be dead, mutilated, smashed, or altered will be disqualified at the tournament judge’s discretion. (We encourage catch and release, but understand sometimes fish make a tasty dinner. You may keep your fish, however they must be alive for the picture.)
10. Scoring. A judge will evaluate and approve each photo.
a. Each participant may submit up to five fish
b.The longest total aggregate number will win
c. In the event of a tie, the participant with the the most fish wins. If both participants have an equal of fish the angler that submitted his final fish first wins.
11. Entry fee and money allocation
a. Entry fee = $40
b. $15 from each entry goes to tournament expenses. (ie: Tournament hosting service, judging, postage and handling.)
c. $2 per entry is applied to the Trout Series Angler of the year Award
d. $2 per entry is applied to the angler submitting largest trout of the tournament
e. $1 per entry is applied to the Overall Angler of the year award
f. $20 per entry goes back into the payout for placers
12. Awards and payouts. Tournament prizes will be paid relative to the number of entrants in the tournament
a. Prizes/awards will processed and distributed as quickly as possible.
13. Additional awards. Many of our tournaments may have additional prizes donated by various sponsors. These will be listed within each individual tournament flyer/page.
14. Additional bonus: As tournament director I do not think it is ethical for myself (Todd Hart) to compete for prizes. Therefore, Todd Hart will act as “the house in a casino”. He will not be count as a competitor. However, any angler scoring higher than Todd Hart will be entered into a drawing for additional Operationfish.com prizes for this particular tournament. These entries will be stored all year (including any winner from this tournament) and prizes will be awarded in another drawing at the conclusion of the 2016 Operationfish.com season.
15. Penalties. Tournament judges will determine the size of your submission and may alter the submission amount in a fair manner as per the picture each participant submits.
a. If the submission’s lip does not appear to be touching the zero mark on the measuring device the tournament judge will re-score the submission’s length in what he or she deems fair.
b. Under extreme circumstances the submission could be deemed un-score-able and removed from the tournament.
c. Numerous and blatant violations could result in the participate’s disqualification from the tournament.
16. Protests and Appeals
a. Participates wishing to dispute or protest a rules violation penalty, a judge’s scoring decision, or other action that materially affected the Competitor’s ranking or prize eligibility must file a protest with the Tournament Director via email within 24 hours from the time and date of the protested action. Only competitors in the tournament where the protested action occurred may lodge a protest. Protests must be handled privately. All parties of interest will be provided a copy. The tournament director will review the competitor’s claims, thoroughly investigate the disputed decision, and issue a ruling.
b. If there is an appeal based upon the tournament director’s decision, than an outside committee will rule on the specific protest in question. This protest must be made within 24 hours of the tournament directors first decision. There will be a $100 “Appeals Processing fee”. Decisions of the “Appeals Committee “are final.