The Ike Foundation 2020 Ike’s Kayak Tournament


The Ike Foundation 2020 Ike’s Kayak Tournament

Saturday, September 26, 2020
| Fishing Tournament
Target Sub-species: 
Bass - Black Bass

Charles Daugherty


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The Ike Foundation

2020 Ike’s Kayak Tournament

For the last three (3) years, The Ike Foundation, has held its yearly kayak fishing tournament on the tributaries of the Delaware River. Due to popular demand, we have reformatted our tournament for 2020. This year’s tournament will be held on Lake Hopatcong, NJ. Anglers will all fish on the same body of water and compete in New Jerseys biggest kayak tournament! Owners of all kayak brands are welcome, paddle and/or pedal power. This event will be capped at 75 so sign up ASAP! Prizes from Lowrance, Flambeau, Power Pole, YakAttack and many more will be given away so act now! Our mission is to get more kids fishing and, in the outdoors, especially youth in areas where those activities are not readily available.

Identifiers will be emailed the night before to be printed. If you are staying near Lake Hopatcong we will have identifiers for pickup at Ramsey Outdoors.

  • $100 Entry Fee with a 75 Angler Cap, 1- Day event
  • Kayak anglers may launch from any public launch and/or marina (excluding Lee's Marina)
    (Ramp fees may apply)
    • Roland May Eves 403-407 Lakeside Ave Andover, NJ 07821 - 5-6 Spots - Free
    • Hopatcong State Park 260 Lakeside Blvd, Landing, NJ 07850 - 30 plus - Free
    • Johnny's Marina - 453 N River Styx Rd, Hopatcong, NJ 07843 - 20 plus - $20.00
    • Mr C's - 469 N River Styx Rd, Hopatcong, NJ 07843 - Max 10 Spots ($30.00)
    • Lakeview Marina - 2 N Beach Rd, Lake Hopatcong, NJ 07849 - 18 spots - $10.00
  • Cash Prizes: 1st - $1,000.00, 2nd - $700.00, 3rd - $300.00
  • Prizes will be awarded for the Top 5 finishers
  • Captain’s Meeting will be virtual live from Ramsey Outdoors via Zoom. A link will be sent to everyone and uploaded the day before
  • The Top 5 will be contacted to report to Ramsey Outdoors for the Awards Ceremony at 3:00pm

A Catch, Photo, Release format will test an angler’s skill on New Jersey’s biggest lake, Lake Hopatcong. Anglers will be able to turn in their longest 5 Black Bass.

Eligible Fishing Locations are all Lake Hopatcong waters accessible via public launch and/or marina.


  • To view the rules and/or liability disclaimer from your desktop, please select the blue "Rules & Regulations" and "Liability Disclaimer" bars at the bottom of this screen.
  • To view the rules and/or liability disclaimer in the iAngler Tournament mobile app, please select the "Notebook" icon on the tournament homepage.

Series: The Ike Foundation

$100 USD
Individual Angler

Ramsey Outdoor Store, 281 New Jersey 10Succasunna, NJ

Register as Individual


Registration open from Tuesday, October 8, 2019 to Friday, September 25, 2020


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Events & Schedule


09/25/2020 06:30 PM

Captain’s Meeting will be virtual live from Ramsey Outdoors via Zoom. A link will be sent to everyone and uploaded the day before.


09/26/2020 06:00 AM


09/26/2020 02:00 PM


09/26/2020 03:00 PM

The Top 5 will be contacted to report to Ramsey Outdoors for the Awards Ceremony at 3:00pm



Charles Daugherty
Rebecca Iaconelli
Kate Flood
Michael Christopher
(214) 683-4743


Rules and RegulationsClick to Read


The Ike Foundation Kayak Tournament – RULES 2020


  • All federal, state, and local laws, rules, markings, orders, and warnings must be followed and will always supersede The Ike Foundation Kayak Tournament rules. Violation of any laws may be cause for disqualification.
  • All violations of laws will be turned over to the proper authorities for investigation and possible prosecution. This includes, but is not limited to, cheating, harassment, wildlife violations, illegal drug use, and any other illegal activity.
  • These rules will remain subject to change by The Ike Foundation Kayak Tournament Officials.
  • Special Rules and amendments may be announced, added, or omitted for special circumstances or clarification at the judgement of The Ike Foundation Kayak Tournament Officials.
  • Interpretation and enforcement of these rules will be left exclusively to The Ike Foundation Kayak Tournament Officials.
  • Decisions of the Ike Foundation Kayak Tournament Director(s) are final in all matters and are not subject to appeal.
  • A violation of tournament rules may result in penalties or disqualification at the discretion of The Ike Foundation Kayak Tournament Officials.


  • All participants must pay the full entry, sign the liability release, attend/ view the mandatory rules meeting, and be using a tournament approved measuring device to be considered a contestant.
  • Competitors must register and pay in the tournament host app (iAngler) to be guaranteed entry in any The Ike Foundation Kayak Tournament event.
  • Payback will be as follows: 1st Place - $1,000.00, 2nd Place - $700.00, and 3rd Place $300.00
  • The Ike Foundation Kayak Tournament reserves the right to add money and prizes to paybacks as well as distribute prizes at their discretion.
  • Any person under the age of 18 entering a tournament must also have permission and a signed release of a parent or legal guardian.
  • Any person’s participation in The Ike Foundation Kayak Tournament is at the sole discretion of The Ike Foundation Kayak Tournament Officials.
  • All contestants must have a valid New Jersey fishing license for the waters they fish.
  • If the event is full, the next in-line on the waiting list will get an opportunity to enter. The Ike Foundation Kayak Tournament will go down the list until spots are filled or registration is cut-off.


  • There will be NO designated off-limits period.
  • Practice can take place up until 5pm on September 25th, 2020. No competitor is allowed on the water after 5pm on September 25th, 2020.
  • Contestants may not enter tournament waters for any reason after the start of the pre-tournament meeting and in between weigh-in and launch except during official tournament hours.
  • All time on water during official practice and tournament must be done in a vessel in accordance to Section 7: KAYAK REGULATION. If boat is legally licensed, electric motors will be permitted for practice and the event.

    Being in any boat not in accordance to Section 7: KAYAK REGULATION on tournament waters during the practice period, outside of an emergency, will result in disqualification.
  • All state rules for motorized kayaks apply. Failure to comply, could result in disqualification.
  • Testing equipment on tournament waters after the start of the pre-tournament meeting is NOT permitted for any reason.


  • The purchasing of, or bartering for, information about locating or catching fish on tournament waters (other than through commercially available sources) is not permitted during the OFFICIAL PRACTICE period through the conclusion of the tournament.
  • Any use of or communication with a guide or guide services pertaining to tournament waters within 21 days of the event is prohibited, other than through publicly available sources.
  • During official tournament days, contestants may not solicit information about locating or catching fish on tournament waters from anyone except other anglers confirmed in the tournament and through publicly available sources. Quasi-public websites, blogs and/or social media pages set up for the specific purpose of sharing information with individuals or a small group of individuals are NOT publicly available sources.
  • Any collaboration with other competitors for the purpose of sharing or pooling winnings is strictly prohibited.


  • Safe boating must always be observed.
  • Each contestant is REQUIRED to wear a fastened U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device while fishing from or maneuvering their kayak during tournament hours. Inflatable belt PFDs are not considered satisfactory.
  • All kayaks must be equipped with emergency equipment as required by all federal, state and local laws. This often includes a safety whistle and 360-degree light. Additionally, a hi- visibility flag flown on the kayak is recommended.
  • At the discretion of the Tournament Director, tournament days may be shortened, postponed or canceled due to unsafe weather or water conditions.
  • Competitors may leave their boat and seek shelter in bad weather or when danger is eminent.
  • Competitors are expected to use sound judgement and are accountable for their own actions when faced with a potentially dangerous situation. (i.e. lightning, excessive wind, pleasure boaters, hunters, etc.)


  • All contestants are required to follow high standards of sportsmanship, courtesy and conservation and to conduct themselves in a manner that will be a credit to themselves, sponsors, The Ike Foundation, The Ike Foundation sponsors, and the sport of fishing as well as The Ike Foundation’s efforts to promote the sport. Conduct not complying with these standards includes, but is not limited to, the following:
    • Violation of or failure to comply with event or state rules.
    • Consumption of alcoholic beverages or any kind of illegal substance during tournament hours.
    • Suspension/disqualification, probation or ban from any tournament or fishing organization.
    • Verbal or physical abuse towards fellow competitors and Tournament Directors on or off the water during the official practice period through the tournament weekend.
    • Blocking navigable waters from fellow competitors to pass through.
    • Working with a non-competitor to block other anglers or hold spots before or during tournament hours.
    • Any words, conduct or actions reflecting unfavorably upon efforts to promote safety, sportsmanship, fair competition and compliance with tournament rules, or which fail to comply with the standards set forth in the first sentence of section 6.
  • Smoking must be done away from directors and large groups of anglers. Please be respectful of others.
  • In case of any conduct not complying with the standards outlined above, The Ike Foundation shall have the right to refuse an application to compete, to deny a confirmed application to compete by returning the entry fee (less 10%), and to disqualify a contestant or impose any penalty outlined in section 1.


  • All kayaks/ SUPs/ vessels must be human powered, (paddle, pedals or electric motor).
  • Vessel must be 9’ minimum and shorter than 18’.
  • Catamaran style personal fishing vessels complying with all other regulations will be eligible.
  • No "Homemade" kayaks will be permitted.
  • The use of manual or motorized anchor system is permitted.
  • Mother- shipping, tethering/holding or any on-water transportation coordination with a non- competitor is strictly prohibited unless approved by The Ike Foundation Officials within emergency situations.
  • By officially entering, contestants agree to submit their kayak to an inspection by The Ike Foundation personnel.


  • All bass must be caught alive in a conventional sporting manner by the angler out of their vessel.
  • All lures must adhere to state regulations.
  • Only artificial lures may be used, except for pork trailers and biodegradable soft baits.
  • Alabama rigs and similar umbrella-type rigs are considered to be one lure and are only limited by the laws within the state they are fishing.
  • Only ONE fishing rod may be used at a time.
  • Each cast must be completed before another cast is allowed and there can never be more than one lure from one rod actively fishing in the water at any time.
  • Trolling as a method of fishing is NOT allowed. Long-lining and drifting with current/wind are allowed. Trolling is defined as directly using the vessel’s propulsion to present a lure.
  • All bass caught while sight-fishing must be hooked inside the mouth.
  • No fish are to be kept on stringers. Non-penetrating, fish gripping devices are acceptable to temporarily hold fish in the water.
  • An angler’s catch must be safely released before casting or fishing may resume.


  • Restrictions, designated launch points, official tournament waters, and other location mandates may be issued for individual events.
  • Contestants may fish anywhere on tournament waters available to the public and accessible by kayak except areas posted or otherwise designated as “off-limits,” “no boats,” “keep out,” “restricted,” “no trespassing” or “no fishing” (or similar language or markings intended to restrict public access) by The Ike Foundation, commercial property owners and/or local, state or federal officials.
  • All fishing must be conducted from inside the kayak unless otherwise stated by Tournament Officials.
  • At no time may a contestant leave the kayak to land a fish, photograph/submit a fish or to make the kayak more accessible to fishing waters.
  • The cutting of trees, bushes and/or logs after the start of the pre-tournament meeting and/or the removal of official local, state or federal barricades at any time to make an area more accessible by kayak is strictly prohibited and may result in disqualification from the tournament.
  • Boats may never be tethered to on-water markers like buoys or safety signs.
  • The use of cables, ropes, chains or any type of block and tackle system to maneuver a kayak into fishing waters is strictly prohibited.
  • Portaging is prohibited. Competitors must be able to pedal and/or paddle in AND out of an area for it to be considered tournament waters.


  • Scoring is determined by length using ¼ inch increments of each contestant’s catch during each tournament day via the Catch, Photograph, and Release (CPR) method.
  • Competitors will be provided with a unique identifier for each tournament day.
  • The five longest verified lengths of individual fish will be totaled for the anglers score each day.
  • The contestant with the highest total score after one day is the winner.
  • Rounding will be down and to the nearest ¼ inch.
  • Only the Black Bass Species consisting of the following: Largemouth, Spotted, Shoal and Smallmouth bass and any hybrid of the above are accepted species.
  • All fish must measure a minimum of 12”, unless otherwise specified for individual events. Bass submitted that fail to measure 12” with mouth completely closed will not be scored.
  • A submitted fish will only count once to an angler’s aggregate score for the tournament.
  • Only fish submitted on the checked and marked measuring device will be scored.


  • The aluminum Ketch Board and a standard Hawg Trough are approved measuring devices for The Ike Foundation Tournament.
  • Contestants are expected to bring their own measuring device at the rules meeting and/or be available for inspection at anytime.
  • Anyone found to be using a measuring device that is determined to not be legal, will be disqualified from the tournament.
  • Ensure the markings on your measuring device are clear but not excessive and can be seen by the scoring official.
  • A clean and clearly marked measuring device is expected.
  • A spare measuring device is permitted but must be checked and approved prior to the event.


  • Anglers are responsible to get all photos turned in to the tournament app. Any issues must be reported to the Tournament Director.
  • Each fish photo must include all the following criteria to avoid penalties or disqualification:
    • The entire Bass, from the tip of the lip to the end of the tail, on an approved measuring device, while in a tournament legal vessel.
    • Laying with the tip of the lip against the post end of the measuring device. Measuring device post must be visible.
    • The mouth of the Bass must be CLOSED COMPLETELY.
    • The tail of the Bass must be lying flat on the board and will be measured to the longest point.
    • Pinching the tail is permitted.
    • Bass orientation must be facing to the left, tail to the right, belly toward the angler.
    • Measuring device markings must be clearly visible. Including the actual numbers.
    • Assigned unique identifier’s number must be clearly visible.
    • One overhead photo shot frame (not shot at a drastic angle).
    • Fish must be clear of any holding devices including fishing lure or hook.
    • Lip, eye, and tail cannot be obstructed in the photo, even by your hand or identifier.
    • Hand or fingers must not be under the gill plate.
  • If fish has a visible glossy eye or odd markings it is required the angler take video of that fish going from the board, and actively swimming away.
  • Any questionable issues with a fish should be immediately brought to the BOS Official’s attention.
  • Quality of the photo submitted is the responsibility of the angler.
  • Any angler caught submitting dead or mutilated fish will be disqualified from the event and possibly banned from participating in future events.

    **All criteria above must be met, or the photo may not be scored**

13. TIES

  • Ties will be broken by longest fish, followed by next longest fish until all fish have been accounted. If a tie still exists, the Tournament Director(s) will divide cash and prizes among the anglers involved in the tie.


  • Each contestant agrees to submit to a polygraph or voice stress analysis examination and to abide by its conclusion.
  • Consumption of alcohol or any mind-altering substance is strictly prohibited prior to a truth verification test.
  • Refusal to participate in the polygraph or voice stress analysis examination will result in disqualification from the tournament.
  • Failure to pass an examination, if administered, will result in disqualification from the tournament.

15. PENALTIES (for Reference Only)

  • Mouth cracked or slightly open - .5” deduction
  • Mouth blatantly open- 1”-2” deduction
  • Lip or tail not touching board: No score
  • Dead fish will not be scored and an angler purposefully submitting dead fish may result in disqualification.


  • All protests must be submitted in writing to The Ike Foundation officials, within sixty (60) minutes of check-in to the Tournament Director(s) 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.


These rules were developed from the culmination of many national events and a collective collaboration of Tournament Directors over many years. They are public for your viewing in BOS/The Ike Foundation events, and we encourage them being shared and used to help create uniformity in our sport and spread the knowledge of proper practices for this style of competitive fishing.


Disclaimer Click to Read


The Ike Foundation, a New Jersey Non-Profit Corporation (the “Foundation”) plans to host a fishing tournament on or about September 26, 2020 in or around Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey and certain other activities and events related thereto (collectively, the “Event”). As a material inducement and a condition precedent to the Foundation agreeing to allow the undersigned to participate in whole or in part in the Event, and for other good and valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which is hereby acknowledged, the undersigned hereby agrees and consents to the following terms, conditions and provisions.

The undersigned acknowledges, agrees and fully understands that there are inherent dangers in connection with the activities associated with or that may (voluntarily or involuntarily) take place during the Event including, without limitation, boating, fishing, swimming, water sports, water rescue, navigation around or through water hazards, and other activities and conditions associated with or that may occur (whether planned or unplanned) during or in connection with the Event (collectively, the “Activities”) and that the risks associated with these Activities may be greater if poor weather, lightning or other hazardous conditions due to rough waters, presence of marine life forms and insects, other boat and large vessel traffic or debris in the waterways are experienced during or in connection with the Event.

I acknowledge and understand that the Activities and the use of any equipment made available during the Event have inherent dangers and the use thereof and the participation in the Event and any Activities associated therewith requires physical exertion and I realize that there is a high level of risk of physical injury which may be incurred when while engaging in these Activities. I hereby certify that I am in good physical condition and have adequate health insurance to cover any injury that I may sustain during or as a result of participating in the Event or any associated Activities.

I agree to follow any and all instructions, recommendations and cautions of the Foundation or its agents at times during the Event, including, without limitation, instructions for the operation of fishing equipment, boats, and personal flotation devices.

I, on behalf of me and my spouse, next of kin, personal representatives, heirs and beneficiaries, hereby agree to forever hold harmless, waive and fully release the Foundation and its Affiliates (as defined below) as well as the Foundation’s and the Affiliates’ respective sponsors, endorsers, officers, directors, shareholders, members, managers, officers, affiliates, employees, contractors, agents, attorneys, and staff (each a “Released Party” and, collectively, the “Released Parties”) from and against any and all liability, losses, damages or claims whatsoever pertaining to my participation in the Event or any related Activities including, without limitation, bodily injury or death and whether or not caused by the negligence or other acts or omissions on the part of any of the Released Parties. As used in this Agreement, “Affiliate” means Professional Edge Fishing, LLC, Michael Iaconelli and any person or entity who controls, is controlled by, or is under common control with the Foundation. I hereby consent to receive medical treatment which may be deemed necessary in the event of any illness, accident or injury or medical emergency resulting from or in connection with my participation in the Event or any related Activities and I understand that I am solely responsible for all costs related to such medical treatment and/or medical transportation.

I waive my insurers’ right to make a claim against any of the Released Parties based on payments by insurers to me or on my behalf for any reason. This means my insurers have no rights of subrogation against any of the Released Parties. Furthermore, I hereby voluntarily agree and covenant not to sue any Released Party and voluntarily waive the rights to pursue any lawsuits or other legal redress against the Released Parties.

I hereby agree, jointly and severally, to pay and reimburse the Released Parties for all costs, damages and expenses that the Released Parties’ suffer as a result of my failure to abide by the terms of this document including, without limitation, all attorneys’ fees and other costs and expenses incurred by Released Parties in defending any action brought by or on behalf of any of the undersigned or in connection with the Released Parties’ enforcement of this Release and Waiver. This document is governed by the laws of the State of New Jersey without giving effect to its conflicts of law provisions.


I represent that I am over the age of eighteen (18) years and have read and understand the contents of this agreement.

Signed:___________________________________ Date:________________________________
Name: ___________________________________
I am the parent or legal guardian of the minor named above. I have the legal right to consent to and, by signing below, I hereby do consent to the terms and conditions of this Release and Waiver.

Signed:___________________________________ Date:________________________________
Name: ___________________________________


I hereby grant the Foundation and its Affiliates permission to use and publicly display my name, image and likeness as well as any testimonials or other statements that I provide and all materials created by or on behalf of the Foundation (collectively, the “Materials”). I hereby acknowledge and consent to the use of any or all Materials by the Foundation and its Affiliates on their websites and for any other marketing or promotional purposes.

I acknowledge that I will receive no compensation from the Foundation other than any goodwill and publicity that I may receive relating to the publication, distribution or other use of the Materials and participation or viewing of the Activities. The Foundation may display, broadcast, reproduce, record, photograph, edit, create derivative works, license, and otherwise use the Materials in its sole discretion.

The Foundation shall own, and I hereby assign to the Foundation, my entire right, title, and interest, if any, in and to the Materials and all copyrights in the Materials. I acknowledge and agree that I have no right to review or approve Materials before they are used. I hereby irrevocably waive all legal and equitable rights relating to all claims arising directly or indirectly from the Foundation’s exercise of their rights under this agreement and the use of the Materials.

I represent that I am over the age of eighteen (18) years and have read and understand the contents of this agreement and am voluntarily signing it as my own free will and act.