2020 Cowford Redfish Tournament
David StootsRed Drum (Redfish)
Shannon McNallyRed Drum (Redfish)
Cameron MitchellRed Drum (Redfish)
Vince SteguraRed Drum (Redfish)
Taylor McLendonRed Drum (Redfish)
Jacob CannadyRed Drum (Redfish)
Kevin LeslieRed Drum (Redfish)
Hunter MorganRed Drum (Redfish)
Randy GundayaoRed Drum (Redfish)
Stephen JohnsonRed Drum (Redfish)
Conn JannerboRed Drum (Redfish)
Nicholas WaibelRed Drum (Redfish)
Brian StaffordRed Drum (Redfish)
Matthew BuchananRed Drum (Redfish)
Josh McLendonRed Drum (Redfish)
Colton StatonRed Drum (Redfish)
Capt. Rami Ashouri
Capt. Rami Ashouri
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2020 Cowford Redfish Tournament
The Cowford Redfish Tournament is a "flood tide" fishing tournament benefitting the St. Johns Riverkeeper sponsored by Hell's Bay Boatworks, Skinny Water Culture, Saturiba, Co., Palm's Fish Camp, Papa's Pilar Rum, Bull Bay Rods and Florida Fishing Products.
The Cowford seeks to highlight the quality of Northeast Florida's beautiful estuaries connected to the St. John's River and its tributaries. All profits will be donated to the St. Johns Riverkeeper..
REGISTRATION IS PER ANGLER - EACH MEMBER OF AN ANGLER TEAM MUST BE REGISTERED TO PARTICIPATE.
ENTRIES WILL BE LIMITED TO 100 (OR 50 BOATS).
Friday, October 16, 2020 at 7:00 PM - Captains' Meeting at Palm's Fish Camp
Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 7:00 AM - Lines in
Saturday October 17, 2020 at 4:30 PM - Check in and awards reception at Palm's Fish Camp, 6359 Heckscher Dr. Jacksonville, FL 32226
Raffles and prizes at both the captain's meeting and the awards reception. Hell's Bay Boatworks will have demos available at the awards reception. This is an event you don't want to miss!
Before the St. Johns River was jettied and manipulated to become an access for an inland deepwater port, it was a shallow, meandering river. Where modern-day Liberty Street terminates at the St. Johns River in downtown Jacksonville, there was a narrow and fairly shallow point in the river named Cowford. Cattlemen would travel miles to ford their cattle across the river at this point. In the crossing, lush tape grass beds thick enough to break the surface of the water spanned the entire width of the river. Other native species, such as water niad and widgeongrass were abundant and created a rich, healthy and diverse ecosystem.
While the dredging, straightening, and development of the St. Johns River has eviscerated these once lush submerged meadows, the estuarine fauna have adapted to their new deeper, saltier and faster moving habitat. The spartina marshes at the mouth of the river remain intact and full of fish. Redfish and sheepshead have been accessing the spartina marshes of the lower St. John's River on the high flood tides of summer and fall since before the creation of the New World, and thankfully, still do today.
The Cowford is a tournament to highlight the pristine spartina estuaries of the Lower St. Johns River, now increasingly threatened by needless industrial expansion, sedimentation, over-development along the river's banks and excess nutrient loading from a multitude of sources upstream.
The Cowford benefits the St. Johns Riverkeeper's mission to sustain healthy ecosystems for future generations.
We hope that by participating in the Cowford, you too will develop a relationship to the estuaries of the Lower St. Johns and, regardless of origin, help to protect and preserve this incredible resource for generations to come.
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Events & Schedule
- Obtain entry gift including tournament tokenMission Statement by Lisa Rinaman, the St. Johns RiverkeeperHors D'Oeurves/BeveragesRaffles
10/16/2020 07:00 PM
10/17/2020 07:00 AM
10/17/2020 07:00 AM
10/17/2020 03:00 PM
FINAL CHECK IN
10/17/2020 04:30 PM
- Hell's Bay skiffs available for demonstrationSponsor Thank YouFood/BeveragesRaffles
10/17/2020 05:00 PM
Rules and RegulationsClick to Read
ANGLERS AGREE TO THE FOLLOWING RULES:
Catch and Release
The Cowford Redfish Tournament is a catch and release fishing tournament focusing on flood tide fishing. For your catch to be considered, you must measure and photograph your fish with the tournament token immediately after catching the fish.
No team shall have points deducted or be disqualified for the keeping of fish after measuring and photographing, pursuant to the laws or regulations of the State of Florida or federal regulation. It is at the discretion of each team or individual whether to keep or release their fish.
If a team, however, decides to keep a fish, the fish will be counted by the inches measured at the time of photograph immediately following the catch. Fish that are apparently dead in the photograph will not be counted. No fish will be measured or weighed at the dock.
- Fishing shall be within the boundaries of Duval, Nassau, and St. John’s Counties west of the ColRegs line, and excluding St. Augustine inlet and jetty, the St. Johns River Inlet and Mayport Jetties, Nassau Sound (except the spartina flats adjacent to the sound are permitted), the St. Mary's River and Inlet, the St. Mary's River Jetties, and Lake Ponte Vedra.
- All team members must fish on the same boat during fishing hours.
- Anglers are permitted to wade at their own discretion and risk.
Check-in / Check-out
There is no required check in on the day of the tournament. Participating anglers are responsible for picking up entry package including tournament token at the Captain's Meeting on Friday, October 16, 2020.
Anglers must attend the mandatory captain's meeting at LOCATION TBD at 7:00 PM to obtain tournament token and entry package.
Anglers may launch from any safe launch, or by wading (the safety of which is determined by angler’s discretion and at angler’s risk) in Nassau, Duval, and St. Johns counties. Anglers may begin fishing any time after 7:00 AM.
If departing from Palm’s/Clapboard Creek, breakfast will be available at Palm’s Fish Camp at angler’s expense beginning at 7:00 AM.
Final time and scorecards to be turned in by 4:30 pm at PALMS FISH CAMP, 6359 Heckscher Dr., Jacksonville, FL 32226
- Saturday, October 17, 2020, 7:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.
- Each team shall pick up its team package, which shall include a scorecard, measuring devices, boat number and a day marker at the captain’s meeting on October 16, 2020 at LOCATION TBD
- Each team must return its camera memory card or cellphone and catch card to the tournament scorers located at PALMS FISH CAMP on Saturday, October 17, 2020 between 3:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
- All measuring devices must be returned with the catch card on October 17, 2020 in order to enter the day’s final catches.
Eligible Species and Methods
The Cowford is a redfish tournament. Other than special bonus sheepshead, only redfish will be considered. A special bonus sheepshead prize based on the single largest sheepshead will also be awarded.
Only the use of artificial lures or fly is permitted. The idea is to fish the forecast flood tide, so unsportsmanlike conduct, such as fishing jetties, dropping baits, or fishing brackish impoundments, is not permitted.
- First Place
- Second Place
- Third Place
Four Top Anglers
- Kayak Angler
KAYAK division - Top Angler
BONUS SHEEPSHEAD division
Trash Cleanup Champions
Award Eligibility and Scoring
- REDFISH TEAM divisions will be scored by total number of inches for each team’s TOP TWO redfish.
- REDFISH TOP ANGLER AND KAYAK divisions will be scored by each angler’s TOP TWO redfish.
- BONUS SHEEPSHEAD division will be scored by the single biggest sheepshead for any angler in any division.
- Only artificial lures or fly are allowed.
- A fish scored for an Artificial or Fly Division award must not have been caught while chumming or trolling by boat.
- Artificial lures and Flies may not be “sweetened” by the addition of any natural bait, dead or alive
- Redfish caught on artificial lures will be given one point per inch
- Redfish caught on fly will be given two points per inch
- Eligibility for Team Champion awards requires a team to consist of no more than three anglers
- Each teams TOP TWO redfish will be considered so that there is no increased advantage for a three man team over a two man team
Top Angler Awards
- Top Angler awards will be determined by individual catch
- A Junior Angler is an angler who has not reached their seventeenth birthday as of September 18, 2020
Ultimate Tie Breaker
In the event of a tie after all other tie breakers have been applied for an award, the team/individual that caught the last eligible fish FIRST shall be the winner
Line Test and Leader
- There are no line class requirements. Please conduct fishing ethically and according to all State of Florida Wildlife and Conservation Commission and federal rules.
• An optional tagging kit may be provided to anglers who chose to tag and release fish to benefit fisheries research efforts (tentative)
- Anglers must provide a digital camera with memory card or cellphone.
- Each angler is responsible for bringing a measuring device
- Each fish entered on a scorecard must be photographed with the camera or cellphone at the time the fish is caught.
- The photograph must clearly show the head of the fish against the end of the measuring device and clearly show the entire fish and the total length of the fish, without obstruction of hands or fingers.
- Tails may be pinched according to Florida state regulations.
- For fish larger than the measuring device, the photograph must clearly show the total length of the fish on the tournament tape measure.
- All photos must include the official tournament marker provided.
Each team shall be responsible for accurately and completely filling out and signing the team’s scorecard and timely returning the scorecard and tournament camera to the tournament committee boat. Failure to comply with any rule or regulation of the tournament or state or federal law may cause the disqualification of an angler or the angler’s catch.
All anglers will fish at their own discretion and at their own risk. The tournament will commence barring extreme weather (hurricane or other natural disaster, etc.). Extreme weather will be determined by the tournament committee. There will be no refunds for a cancelled tournament.
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 any and all liability, loss or damage they may suffer as a result of this fishing tournament.
- All captains/anglers or their representatives shall attend the Captain’s Meeting and Kick-off on Friday October 16, 2020 at 7:00 PM.
Cell Phones/Radio Contact
The use of cellular phones or radio communication with non-registered anglers, for fishing information, during tournament fishing hours is strictly prohibited.
- No one other than a registered angler shall be allowed in a boat, other than a licensed captain or competition committee member or designee.
- Every angler must have a current Florida fishing license, unless exempt by Florida law, or fish on a vessel whose captain has a current boat fishing license.
- The members of a team may separate and fish via wading at angler’s discretion.
- The tournament committee reserves the right to refuse the registration of any angler.
- Tournament results will be posted after the awards dinner by 9 p.m.
- Any challenges to the calculations should be made within one hour of posting.
Disclaimer Click to Read
"By Entering You Agree to the Following:
I certify that I agree to comply with the Cowford Redfish Tournament Rules.
In consideration for the acceptance of my entry in the Cowford Redfish Tournament, I and my crew, for us, personal representatives, heirs and executors, release and forever discharge all members of the tournament committee, all tournament sponsors, contributors, participants, producers, and their employees, agents, contractors, representatives, successors and assigns (the “Released Parties”) of all liabilities, claims, actions, damages, costs or expenses which I may have against the Released Parties for bodily injury, death, and/or property damage arising out of or in any way connected with my participation in the tournament, including but not limited to, all risks, known or unknown, anticipated or unanticipated without regard to whether they are inherent in participation in a fishing tournament I understand that the use or operation of watercraft carries inherent risks that may result in injury, dismemberment, or death. I understand that fishing, including fishing either via watercraft or by wading, during a high tide event carries risk normally not associated with fishing, wading, or operation of a watercraft, including swift current and rising water that may cause injury, dismemberment, or death. I understand that this release is an unconditional, full and general release, including a release of all claims arising out of the negligent acts or omission of any of the Released Parties.
I hereby authorize the use of my name and/or likeness as well as that of my vessel, free of further consideration, for promotion and advertising purposes in any media form and reproduction, including radio, television, newspaper, brochure, online or video.