2021 Lines in the Lagoon Junior Fishing Tournament
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2021 Lines in the Lagoon
Junior Fishing Tournament
Early Registration is $20 (April 15 - August 15).
Regular Registration is $30 (August 16 - September 22).
ABOUT THE EVENT
Lines in the Lagoon is a fishing tournament planned by and created for youth. The purpose of the event is to raise awareness of the decline of the health of the Indian River Lagoon and to give area youth a way to be involved, to be part of the solution to help save it.
This event is open to all the youth in the community and will hopefully help educate participants about sport fishing as well as the lagoon in a fun atmosphere.
At the end of tournament, prizes will be awarded at a FUN casual dinner (dress: flip-flops and shorts) for anglers and their families. The dinner and other fun activities will be held at Walking Tree Brewery in Vero Beach.
A SPECIAL PLACE
Because of its unique geographical location, the Indian River Lagoon is one of the most bio-diverse estuaries in North America and home to over 2100 species of plants and over 2200 species of animals. It provides habitat for the most diverse bird population anywhere in America and nearly one third of the nation’s manatees live or migrate through the lagoon annually. It also serves as the spawning grounds for over 700 species of ocean and lagoon fish and shellfish populations. Ocean species of fish that spawn and mature in the Indian River Lagoon range as far north as the Chesapeake Bay.
The lagoon is an important economically as well. The total estimated annual economic value of the lagoon is $3.7 billion, supporting 15,000 full and part-time jobs and providing recreational opportunities for 11 million people per year .
THE LAGOON IS IN DECLINE
With no significant industry to blame, the documented decline of the Indian River Lagoon can be traced primarily to non point source pollution. Storm water runoff, sewage spills, leaky septic tanks, fertilizers and pesticides are just a few of the suspected sources of pollution. Present day efforts to identify sources of pollution rely predominately on hand sampling that only provides a snapshot of the area sampled. This information is then distributed to the public in formats that are often difficult for non-scientists to understand.
The Ocean Research & Conservation Association
(ORCA) is working to change the way information is obtained and presented. Monitoring and mapping pollution are the best ways for us to understand all of the attacks on our diverse water habitats so we can find the right solution for each environmental challenge. By using the science-based technologies, that ORCA has developed to identify pollutants, they can be controlled or eliminated and nature can be restored.
The Coastal Conservation Association (CCA)
Locally, CCA has be engaging in and supporting efforts to reconstitute oyster reefs in the Indian River Lagoon. These initiatives were spearheaded by our CCA board members some years ago. Since then, the initiative has engaged hundreds of volunteers and organizations in our community who have spent thousands of hours working to restore our lagoon system.
All of the proceeds from this event will go to the help support the research ORCA is conducting in the Indian River Lagoon as well as to the CCA. Both ORCA and the CCA are 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organizations and all contributions made for this event are tax deductible as allowed by law.
Events & Schedule
Captain's Meeting - Vero Beach
09/24/2021 05:30 PM
Lines in the Water
09/25/2021 07:00 AM
Lines out of the Water
09/25/2021 02:00 PM
09/25/2021 03:30 PM
Angler's Food Line Opens
09/25/2021 04:00 PM
Presentation and Awards
09/25/2021 04:30 PM
Rules and RegulationsClick to Read
ALL ANGLERS MUST FOLLOW ALL STATE AND FEDERAL LAWS PERTAINING TO FISHING, BOATING AND OTHER MARINE ACTIVITIES.
1. Anglers must fish ONLY in the Indian River Lagoon; any fish from outside the lagoon will not be accepted. There is NO FISHING IN THE INLETS.
2. Anglers must HOOK, CATCH AND LAND their fish on their own, unassisted.
3. The tournament is CATCH AND RELEASE ONLY with picture.
4. All anglers MUST REGISTER AND PAY THE REGISTRATION FEE ON THE iANGLER APP at www.ianglertournament.com and select the Lines in the Lagoon tournament to participate.
5. All anglers must attend a Captain’s Meeting the evening prior to the tournament. You will not be permitted to fish if you do not attend this mandatory meeting on September 24, 2021.
6. Anglers must provide their own digital camera (or device that can capture digital images) and submit all images to the iAngler Tournament app or website.
7. Anglers must wear the wrist band provided at Captain’s meeting and include the wrist band in any submitted photos.
8. Anglers may use bait or lures.
9. Anglers may fish from kayak, motorized vessel, shore, etc.
10. If anglers are using bait, they must use circle hooks.
11. Anglers must be in Kindergarten through 12th grade.
12. Anglers may not hire a professional guide during the tournament.
13. Lines in: 7:00 am-----Lines out: 2:00 pm
14. Fish and registration will be counted for each angler, not per boat.
15. Photos of fish must be taken with the nose of the fish against the vertical side of the board marked 0 inches, with the wrist band in the picture. Submit all photos by species, indicating the size and other specifics to the iANGLER app or website.
16. Anglers MAY NOT fish waters not open to public.
17. No stringer/fish baskets allowed,
18. NO CHUMMING
19. Sharks and Tarpon may not be landed or submitted. They will not be counted.
20. Size minimums are as follows: Redfish – 15 inches, Snook – 18 inches, Trout – 12 inches
21. No refunds of registration fees except in the event of storm cancellation.
Any violation of tournament rules may result in disqualification. Winning anglers will have their catches and scores verified by a judging committee whose decisions are final.
LINES IN THE LAGOON TOURNAMENT AWARDS
All fish must be photographed and submitted to the iANGLER app or website no later than 3 pm on the day of the tournament to be counted. Judges will verify and approve all appropriate submissions. Incorrect or late submissions will be rejected.
1. GRAND CHAMPION WINNER
(This award goes to the angler with the highest total inches caught for snook, redfish and sea trout sent in for judging. All 3 species are not required)*
2. LARGEST SNOOK (in inches)
3. LARGEST REDFISH (in inches)
4. LARGEST SEA TROUT (in inches)
5. BIGGEST NON-PREMIUM FISH
(No sharks or Tarpon)
6. UGLIEST FISH
7. MYSTERY FISH
12 years and under
(Largest fish of a species, other than the 3 premium fish, to be announced at the awards banquet. Species may be snapper, jack crevalle, ladyfish, catfish, flounder, sheepshead, bluefish or grouper. Anglers must be 12 years of age or younger to win this award.)
Second and third place awards will be presented for Awards 2,3,4 and 7)
*The grand champion winner cannot win any other award. In the event the Grand Champion has the largest fish in any other category, the second and third place anglers in that category will win.
Disclaimer Click to Read
All Anglers must have a signed Waiver and Release Form. The form must be signed by a parent if the participant is under the age of 18. The form can be found on the Lines in the Lagoon Website. Please go to the Registration tab and select "Go Here To Register." The waiver form is at the bottom.
Please bring this document to your designated Captain's Meeting on September 24, 2021. You must accept this Disclaimer acknowledging that you understand that you must have the waiver signed and delivered to us on September 24th or you will not be allowed to participate.