2019 Tailin’ Toads Annual Eggnog Open


Saturday, December 7, 2019


PARTICIPATION AND ELIGIBILITY: Any person under the age of 18 must have written consent from a parent or legal guardian. The tournament reserves the right to refuse participation in the event to any individual 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 tournament reserves the right to make needed changes to these rules in order to ensure the safety and welfare of the tournament anglers and the public, and preserve the integrity of the event. 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.

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 anglers catch during the tournament or in total length in inches. In the Event of a Tie, the fish or bag that was weighed/photographed first shall be the heaviest/longest fish of species and winner. Redfish/Red Drum must be within the slot(18 – 27 inches)will be weighed and the limit shall be 1 fish per angler for the boat division. Redfish will be weighed in alive. There will be a 6oz penalty for each dead fish. Redfish may be of any size for the Kayak Divison. Trout will be a photo-catch and release the total inches of the largest Trout measured and photographed on the official CCA STAR Tournament ruler. For the Kayak Division it is a CPR competition the greatest total length in inches of 2 redfish and 1 trout will determine winners. Photo’s will be submitted to Weigh Master via IAngler tournament app or text. The prevailing rules as set forth by tournament 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.

REGISTRATION AND CAPTAIN’S MEETING: Registration will be on December 6th from 5:00 p.m. until 6:45 p.m. local time the day before the competition followed by the Captain’s meeting at 7:00 pm at Sea Hag Marina. All anglers must attend the Captain’s Meeting and register at the designated time and location. If an angler is unable to attend Captain’s Meeting due to valid emergency reasons, they may designate an alternate to attend in their place. In addition, they must contact Manny Altman 904-614-0365 or the Tournament Director-Leiza Fitzgerald-352-665-4868. A designated alternate may not represent more than 2 anglers at a Captain’s Meeting. Anglers agree that it is their own responsibility to find out what was discussed at the Captain’s Meeting. No angler may fish or have anyone fish or scout for them after 7:00 p.m. day of captains meeting.

PERMITTED FISHING LOCATIONS: Boat 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. All boats must attend mandatory boat check at Sea Hag between 6am and 7am. Boats that do not go through check will be ineligible to participate. Competitors may not fish within 50 yards of a competitor’s boat that was in a location first and anchored unless verbal permission is provided by other competitor. (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.
Kayak competitors must stay within the boundries of Cedar Key to Keaton Beach.



Prizes will be determined by the number of entries in competition:
100% Payout
Up to 25 boats- 3 Places paid in Boat Division
26-50 boats- 5 Places paid in Boat Division
50 and Up- 7 Places paid in Boat Division
First & Second place winner for Kayak Division

Redfish Bag for Boat Division: Two Heaviest Redfish within the legal slot size of 18-27 inches, NO CULLING ALLOWED!
Biggest Trout for Boat Division: determined by inches, photo, catch & release on Official CCA measuring device. Team may upgrade trout.
Biggest bag for Kayak Division: Two redfish & One trout, total inches determines winners, photo catch & release on Official CCA measuring device.

Boat Registration is $100 two person team
Kayak Registration is $50 per Kayak

Registration includes a great swag bag, STAR measuring device & boat or angler number.
LIVE FISH: Every effort must be made to keep redfish alive. A 6-ounce penalty will be deducted from the weight per dead fish presented for weigh-in. Dead fish possessed by a tournament angler 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/ANGLER IDENTIFICATION: Prior to Tournament start (at registration), a number will be given to each angler. This number must remain with angler/boat during tournament competition, and be presented at boat check on Saturday morning and presented before weigh-in.
TIES: Ties for Boat Division redfish bag shall be broken by the largest fish weight/inches for the fish/bag that is weighed in first and/or photo released fish that was caught first with verified time stamp.
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OFFICIAL CHECKPOINTS: Sea Hag docks are the official checkpoint for boat check in beginning at 6am morning of competition. All running lights & safety equipment must be in place and working at time of launch.
Leave out is at 7:00 a.m. the day of the Tournament.
Kayak anglers must submit photo using CCA STAR measuring device upon launch with time stamp of 7am or later.
All fishing must cease upon check-in, all Anglers in order to Weigh In must be checked in at 3:00 p.m. by a Tournament Official.

LATE PENALTY. Any late team or angler will be automatically disqualified, teams and anglers must be checked in by 3:00 p.m. for weigh-in and CPR check-in.
PROTEST AND REPORTING PROCEDURE: All protests must be submitted in writing along with a $100 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.

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 this tournament 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. Be prepared to show your current fishing license, at registration, from the state in which the tournament is being held.

SPORTSMANSHIP: Competitors in the 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 Eggnog Open and CCA STAR 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.