Crosthwait Memorial Fishing Tournament - River Masters Division
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The Crosthwait Memorial Fishing Tournament was founded in 1983 by several Bradenton Yacht Club Past Commodores to honor fellow Past Commodore Colonel Sam Crosthwait. Colonel Crosthwait lived and fished in Manatee County for the last 25 years of his eventful life. He was Commodore of the BYC and a frequent tournament winner. He fished around the world in many countries and continents. His high ideals of personal conduct and sportsmanship, and his reverence for nature provide an example for all those who fish the Crosthwait. Known as the “Grand Daddy of Them All,” the Crosthwait is the largest and oldest Amateur Fishing Tournament in Florida and it is held at the BYC every year in May.
The Crosthwait Memorial Fishing, entering its 34th year, has always been an amateur tournament. This event is a community " must do" and The Crosthwait committee wanted to give our local guides an opportunity to participate.
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Events & Schedule
Captains Meeting - River Masters Division
05/17/2017 06:30 PM
River Master Shot Gun Start
05/19/2017 07:30 AM
River Master Fishing Ends
05/19/2017 04:30 PM
05/19/2017 08:15 PM
Rules and Regulations
RIVER MASTER CAPTAIN’S DIVISION Friday, May 19th 2017
All entrants and guest of the tournament are participating at their own risk. In no way is the Bradenton Yacht Club, its Board of Directors and Officers, Members, or the Tournament Committee, its Board of Directors and Officers or Committee Members liable for injuries or property damage as a result of participation in the tournament.
Only charter, commercial, and professional fishermen are eligible. Any person convicted of a fishing violation during the past five years is ineligible.
There will be an entry fee of $400 which includes Florida Sales Tax. All entries must be received prior to the start of the Captain’s meeting. All boats should meet Federal and Florida safety regulations for their size. The official tournament radio channel is 72, VHF. All official tournament information will be broadcast on channel 72. All boats will be assigned a tournament number card which must be displayed in a prominent place on the vessel at all times. Any vessel operated in an unsafe and/or unsportsmanlike manner shall be ineligible to receive prizes. Note that Federal Maritime Law holds the captain of the vessel responsible for the actions of the boat, its wake, and its crew.
EACH TEAM MUST PROVIDE A PHONE NUMBER AT WHCH THEY CAN BE CONTACTED FOLLOWING THE WEIGH IN THE EVENT THEY MUST BE SUMMONED FOR POLYGRAPH EXAMINATION AND MUST BE AVAILBALE WITHIN 20 MINUTES OF BEING CALLED. POLYGRAPH TESTING WILL OCCUR ON SUNDAY OR MONDAY FOLLOWING THE FINAL CROSTHWAIT WEIGH-IN. CAPTAIN SHALL REMAIN AVAILABLE THROUGH THAT TIME.
Fishing teams may venture as desired. However, the team boat may not leave the water and be trailered. If any member of the team is outside the boat, the boat must be at anchor. The anchor must be set until all anglers are aboard. No remote anchoring or removing of the anchor is allowed.
This is a “Team Event”. Only the Captain and registered anglers are allowed to fish. No more than 2 registered Captains are allowed per vessel.
All line classes may be fished during the event. Fish must be caught by hook ad line and on conventional rods and reels. Spinning, casting, and fly tackle are acceptable.
SPECIES AND SCORING
Eligible species include Snook, Redfish, and Trout. Each boat will be allowed to submit 1 fish (1- Snook, 1-Redfish, 1 Trout) of each species. The cumulative inches of the 3 fish chosen by the captain will determine the winning boat. Please see WEIGH-IN below for further information.
The Game and Fish Law of the State of Florida will be adhered to at all times, It is imperative that the Tournament rules and regulations be clearly understood since they will be strictly enforced to give each fishing team an equal chance. The major rewards of the Tournament will be healthy competition, fun, and fellowship. We expect all participants to uphold the highest standards of honesty ad sportsmanship in the competition. Each entrant should select a “boat buddy” to assist in the event of mechanical failure or breakdown. Any and all participation by persons who are not a crew member and passenger on the entered vessel, including but not limited to: (1) The spotting of fish; (2) Reserving locations; (3) Procurement of bait (expect purchasing of bait from a valid salt water product license holder); (4) or otherwise assisting the entered vessel or anglers in any way so as to provide any undue advantage, is prohibited. All crew members and the captain must be present on the entered vessel any time a fish is weighed in. Any questions, please call the tournament committee.
A mandatory tournament briefing will be held for captains and crew members at 6:30pm, Wednesday, May 17th at the Bradenton Yacht Club. The purpose of this meeting is to review the rules and regulations and to discuss any last minute rule changes. Any opportunity will be given for questions and answers. The captain must register the team at this meeting. Each team will receive a bucket with boat number.
There will be an awards ceremony at 6:30pm on Friday, May 19th at the Bradenton Yacht Club. Payment of cash awards of $1,000 or more may be postponed until two days following the tournament at the discretion of the committee. Any Captain receiving prize monies of $600 or greater must complete a W-4 tax document prior to receiving prize. 80% of all registration fees ($400 per boat) will be dedicated to prize monies. Winnings will be paid out to the top 3 places as follows: First place will receive 50%, Second place will receive 30%, Third place will receive 20%. Winnings may include additional prizes.
All Captains are required to utilize the “iAngler Tournament” system and are required to download the application on a mobile device. See below for more information or visit their website: https://www.ianglertournament.com