Clash of the Kayaks Fishing Tournament
Tournament Starts at Sunrise 6:30 am. Tournament ends at 1:00 pm all scoring entries must be made prior to 1:00 pm in order to qualify, and entry received after 1:00 pm will not be added to the Competitors score. All competitors must be at the Awards location by 2:00pm for the awards ceremony. Lunch will be served from 1pm until 2:30
All Contestants must launch from Channel Islands Harbor Hobie Beach, but may fish as far as time permits. All competitors must check in and be present at the awards Ceremony by 2:00 pm, otherwise they will be disqualified.
All Competitors must check in at the Award Ceremony by 2pm to insure the safety of our participants. If a competitor chooses not to attend the award ceremony we would still like them to check in by radio or telephone if they continue fishing, and also inform our Tournament Director when they return to land. This is so we know all our competitors are Safe.
All fish much be caught on rod and reel and landed solely by each individual competitor, a partner can not get help with gaffing or netting a fish. A partner may help with photographing fish for scoring. No Sharing fish, this is grounds for disqualification. Artificial lures and live or dead bait, including bait scents are approved. All anglers are responsible for having a valid California fishing license in their possession while fishing.
All anglers are responsible to know and follow all CA Department of Fish & Wildlife rules and regulations including size and daily bag limits, plus required equipment rules.
Chumming is not Permitted. No use of fishing guides are allowed.
NO pier, dock, shore, hand line, cast or drag net, bow or spear fishing is allowed.
This is a CPR (catch, picture, release) tournament. The online challenge is being run through the iAngler Tournament management app. During the tournament, the anglers use the mobile app to photograph their catch and record basic information. This must be done while on the water in your Kayak. The catch record is immediately transmitted to the web portal for review by the Tournament Director (if there is an active internet connection), if an internet connection (usually cellular) is not available, the catch record is saved for transmission later. All photos must be submitted through the app.
All Scoring is based on length, in inches. Fish will be scored in 1/4 inch increments. Hawg Trough bump boards and the Yak-Gear Fish Stiks are the approved measuring devices. The longest three qualifying fish per contestant will be added together for the total score per contestant. For example a 15” Bass, 24.5” Halibut and 14.25” Rockfish will have a total score of 53.75”. Winner will be the person with the longest combined length of their top three longest fish caught. 2nd and 3rd will be award to the second and third combined length. In the case of a tie the person with the longest overall fish will win. In the case of that also being a tie, the person who submits all three of combined scoring fish the earliest will win.
Only fish that are within the California Department of Fish and Wildlife Size Limits and Take Limits (Only 2 Lingcod can be used for your final score as three is above the Take Limit). .
Qualifying Fish & Minimum Scoring Size:
Bass 14” (Kelp, Sand, Spotted)
White Seabass 28”
Yellowtail 24” Fork Length
Photo submission rules and guidelines:
All fish that will fit on the approved measuring device must be photographed in the following manner: See image below for proper technique. All fish must be lying on the measuring device with their head facing to the left, lip against the wall of the bump board, and with their dorsal fin pointing up or away from the angler. The mouth does not need to be closed. A lipping device may be used to keep the fish secure if you take the photo while on the water. But, it must not obstruct the view of the lip or mouth contacting the wall of the bump board. If the lipping device obstructs this view the photo will be disqualified. All inch lines and numbers must be clearly visible and legible in the photo. Make sure the lines and numbers on your board are marked clearly and that they can be seen in your photo (highlighted with a black marker) The tournament identifier must be clearly visible in the photo. The Tournament Identifier will be given a the Captains Meeting
You are allowed to submit two photos per fish. One photo must show the entire fish on the board. It must clearly show a portion of its mouth touching the bump board and also show where its tail lands on the measuring board. The tournament ID must be visible in this photo.
The second, photo should focus on the tail showing a closeup of the measurement.
Your photos must also show that the photo was taken from a kayak. Any photo or photos not following these guidelines will be disqualified, possibly resulting in the disqualification of the fish.
We encourage you to take more than one photo of each fish in case some pictures turn out poorly or in case we need further photos to verify validity. If you fail to provide photos that clearly meet the above standards or verify the entire length of your catch or if the photo identifier is not in the picture then your fish will be disqualified.
If you catch a large fish that isn’t possible to put on a bump board, over 36”, but you still want to practice CPR, you must submit clear enough photos and have items in the photos for scale so that our judges can estimate the length of your submission. Again, all judges decisions are final. Please note: all other requirements like the tourney ID and legible measurement markings apply.
This is a Kayak fishing Tournament so all fishing must be done from a human powered Kayak. Motors of any kind are not permitted.
Rules Violations and Cheating:
All rules violations will be investigated fully. Anyone found to be violating the rules will be penalized or disqualified depending on the violation. The judging panel will review such occurrences and all decisions are final.
Any angler caught cheating, such as submitting the same fish more than once or altering their measuring device in some way, will be disqualified from the current tournament and, at the discretion of the organizers, will be banned from participating in future events. For extreme cases of cheating that results in winning large sums of money, law enforcement will be notified and we will pursue charges against the offending party or parties, to the fullest extent of the law.
In the case of a rules violations, cheating, and scoring all decisions are final.
Altering Rules and Information:
We reserve the right to alter or modify the above rules and information in the case of safety concerns or in the instance of cheating, theft, or unlawful activity. In the event of unforeseen conditions including, but not limited to, unsafe weather or surf conditions, necessary rules changes, or a change in format or venue, Clash of the Kayaks Judging Panel reserves the right to act in the best interest of participant safety and fairness. This may result in changing the overall length or format of the tournament. Any and all changes will be announced to participants via email as soon as possible.
All entry fees are non-transferable and non-refundable.
Mission FISH reserves the right and all participants grant permission to Mission FISH, Heroes on the Water, and their agents to use any and all, photographs and/or videos taken or submitted during any of their hosted events. Including but not limited to the Tournament, Lunch, Ceremony and Awards. Such media can be used for promotional purposes in publications, news releases, online ads, social media, and in other communications related to paddle sports and kayak fishing.
Release of Liability/Waivers:
To participate in the tournament you must read and agree to the photo release and release of liability/waiver provided during registration. Upon filling out the registration and entering, you are agreeing to the terms and conditions of the release of liability and the rules of the tournament.