5th Annual Estero Kayak Challenge
The Estero Kayak Challenge is open to anyone 18 years of age or older. Minors may participate with a parent or legal guardian signature on the release form and a parent or legal guardian must accompany the minor on the water during the tournament at all times. Contact tournament staff if you have questions.
ALL competitors must wear a PFD at all times during the tournament. Any angler not wearing a PFD on the water during the tournament will be disqualified.
Anglers are encouraged to have a VHF radio in their possession and must have some form of signaling device (whistle, horn, etc.)
Only human powered vessels are allowed.
Kayaks (paddle or pedal powered) and stand up paddle boards (SUP’s) are acceptable.
NO gasoline or electric motor propelled boats, sail boats, or float tubes.
NO use of a “mothership” or fishing guide is allowed.
Approved Fishing Techniques:
All fish must be caught on rod and reel only.
Artificial lures and live or dead bait, including bait scents are approved for use.
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 Dept. of Fish & Wildlife rules and regulations including size and daily bag limits.
NO pier, shore, hand line, cast or drag net, bow or spear fishing is allowed.
All fish must be caught by the angler. Fishing partners may not pool or share their catch. This is grounds for disqualification.
CPR Format Weigh-In:
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 can be done while on the water or once back on land. 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. If you do not have cell service, you are permitted to submit your photos in person to the judges. This will be clarified at the Captain's Meeting the night before the tournament.
All Scoring is based on length, in inches. The Hawg Trough bump board and the Yak-Gear Fish Stik are the preferred measuring devices. If you would like to use a different measuring board, you need to get it approved by the judges prior to launching on tournament day.
Photo submission rules and guidelines –
All fish that will fit on the approved measuring device must be photographed in the following manner.
● 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. 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.
● 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.
● We ask anglers to practice catch and release but for anglers that plan to keep their fish, they can photograph their fish on shore but must meet the same photo and time requirements as all others.
● NOTE: Any fish that are longer than the Hawg Trough measuring device (over 30″) ARE allowed to be brought back to the weigh-in and measured on the judges extended measuring board. Fish over 30″ are the only fish allowed to be brought back to the judges.
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 Cal-Salt/Estero Kayak Challenge tournament judges 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 season and, at the discretion of the organizers, will be banned from participating in future events.
In the case of a tie, in any category, the winner will be the angler who weighed in first. All rulings from the judges and/or tournament director are final.