2023 Cowford Redfish Tournament

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2023 Cowford Redfish Tournament

Saturday, September 30, 2023
 | Fishing Tournament
Artificial Lures
Fly
 
Target Sub-species: 
Redfish - Red Drum (Redfish)
Sheepshead - Sheepshead
Trash - Trash
Phone:

Capt. Rami Ashouri
(904) 874-6101


Email:

Capt. Rami Ashouri
rami.ashouri@gmail.com




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2023 Cowford Redfish Tournament


The Cowford Redfish Tournament is a "flood tide" fishing tournament benefitting Cowford Conservation. Cowford Conservation is our newly formed non-profit with a mission to preserve old Florida's outdoor heritage for anglers and sportsman for generations to come. www.cowfordconservation.org

The tournament is sponsored by Hell's Bay Boatworks, Costa Del Mar, Skinny Water Culture, Over Under Clothing, Saturiba, Co., Palm's Fish Camp, Papa's Pilar Rum, RennWorks Outdoors, Badfish, Gemlux, Captain Hunters Addiction, Bull Bay Rods, Florida Fishing Products, Lambs Yacht Center Coastal Outdoor Construction, and Florida Roads Contracting.

The Cowford seeks to highlight the quality of Northeast Florida's beautiful estuaries connected to the St. John's River and its tributaries.


REGISTRATION

REGISTRATION IS PER ANGLER - EACH MEMBER OF AN ANGLER TEAM MUST BE REGISTERED TO PARTICIPATE. TEAMS WILL BE ASSIGNED AT THE CAPTAINS MEETING.

ENTRIES WILL BE LIMITED TO 100 (OR 50 BOATS).


SCHEDULE

September 29th, 2023 at 7:00 PM - September 30th, 2023

Saturday, September 30th, 2023 at 7:00 AM - Lines in

Saturday, September 30th, 2023 at 3:00 PM - No need to check in at Palms, all scoring done through iAngler

Saturday, September 30th, 2023 at 5:00 PM - Awards Reception at Palms Fish Camp


ABOUT THE COWFORD

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 irresponsible industrial expansion, sedimentation, over-development along the river's banks and excess nutrient loading from a multitude of sources upstream.

The Cowford Redfish Tournament benefits Cowford Conservation. www.cowfordconservation.org

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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$200 USD
Team Event
Min: 2 Angler
Max: 2 Angler


JacksonvilleDuval County, Florida


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Website: www.cowfordredfishtournament.com


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Events & Schedule

CAPTAINS MEETING

09/29/2023 07:00 PM

Palm's Fish Camp, 6359 Heckscher Dr. Jacksonville, FL 32226

LINES IN

09/30/2023 07:00 AM

LINES OUT

09/30/2023 03:00 PM

No need to check in at Palms, all scoring done through iAngler Tournament

AWARDS RECEPTION

09/30/2023 05:00 PM

Palm's Fish Camp, 6359 Heckscher Dr. Jacksonville, FL 32226

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Rami Ashouri
Director
9048746101
Evan Tucker
Director
904-338-5327
Michael Christopher
Director
(214) 683-4743

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Rules and RegulationsClick to Read

  

Tournament Rules

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. We strongly encourage each participant and team to practice catch and release.

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.

Location

  • 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, September 29, 2023.

iAngler Catch Logging

Anglers must register with and use the iAngler application for catch logging. Using iAngler is for the benefit of the tournament participants to make it easier to log catches and reduce the likelihood of cheating complaints.

iAngler Geotagging Change Notice:

Geotagging will be removed from iAngler this year. Fishing only in authorized locations will be conducted on the honor system.

Captain's Meeting

Anglers must attend the mandatory captain's meeting at Palms Fish Camp at 7:00 PM to obtain tournament token and entry package.

Check in:

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.

Check out:

Final time to submit catches via iAngler is 3:00 PM. Winning anglers must be present at Palms Fish Camp to be eligible for prizes.

Fishing Hours

  • Saturday, September 30th, 2023, 7:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.
  • Each team shall pick up its entry gift, including measuring device at the captain’s meeting on September 29, 2023 at Palms Fish Camp.

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.

Tournament Awards

REDFISH

  • Fly Team Champions
  • Top Scoring Team

Conventional Team Champions

  • Top Scoring Team

Top Angler Awards

  • Top Fly
  • Top Conventional
  • Female Fly
  • Female Conventional
  • Junior Fly
  • Junior Conventional
  • Kayak Angler Fly
  • Kayak Angler Conventional

KAYAK division - Top Angler

• Aggregate inches for redfish on kayak in Fly and Conventional Divisions

BONUS SHEEPSHEAD division

• Single biggest fish through any means of fishing, fly or spin

Trash Cleanup Champions

• A special award will be presented to the individual or team with the most trash collected by weight

Award Eligibility and Scoring

Scoring

  • REDFISH TEAM divisions will be scored by total number of inches for each team’s TOP TWO redfish.
  • REDFISH TOP ANGLER, JUNIOR 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 assigned to the Conventional Division
  • Redfish caught on fly will be assigned to the Fly Division
  • Sheepshead will be eligible only for the Special Sheesphead Division based on the single largest sheesphead by either fly or artificial means of fishing.

Team Awards

  • 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, again, top TWO redfish only

Junior Anglers

  • A Junior Angler is an angler who has not reached their seventeenth birthday as of September 29, 2023

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.

Redfish Tagging

• An optional tagging kit may be provided to anglers who chose to tag and release fish to benefit fisheries research efforts (tentative)

Photographs

  • Anglers must log their catch through the iAngler app
  • Measuring devices will be supplied in captain's bags.
  • Each fish entered into the catch logs must be photographed with their device using the iAngler app
  • 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.

Compliance

Each team shall be responsible for accurately and completely filling out their catch log on iAngler. 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.

Weather

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.

Indemnity

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.

Captains/Anglers Meeting

  • All captains/anglers or their representatives shall attend the Captain’s Meeting and Kick-off on Friday September 29, 2023 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.

Miscellaneous

  • 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.

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.

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"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.

Corona Virus Policy

I acknowledge that I may be exposed to or infected by COVID-19, or any other communicable disease(s), by participating in the Cowford Redfish Tournament, and/or event or activity connected therewith, including as a spectator, and that such exposure or infection may result in personal injury, illness, permanent disability, and/or death.

I understand that the risk of becoming exposed to or infected by COVID-19, or another communicable disease(s), may result from the actions, omissions, or negligence of myself and others, including, but not limited to, Cowford Redfish Tournament organizers, participants, agents, representatives, volunteers, customers, and/or any Sponsor agent or assign(s) and any others present on the premise of the event.

The Cowford Redfish Tournament encourages compliance with all local, state, and federal recommendation, ordinance, law, or guidelines and recommends mask wearing, social distancing and any other measure to protect health and life to the extent required by law and to the extent each participant, entrant or spectator feels comfortable.