Tournament Format & Rules
Applies to all tournaments hosted by the Netti Tournament Committee
PARTICIPATION & ELIGIBILITY: Participation is open to anyone 18 years of age or older. Minors are eligible to participate with signature of a parent or legal guardian on a release form. Liability waivers and release forms must be signed and turned in at the Captain's Meeting in order to be eligible to participate in the tournament. All participating anglers must hold a hold a current FWC Saltwater Fishing License. Winning anglers will be asked to provide proof of license prior to receiving their award. The FWC phone app is acceptable.
SAFETY: Safe boating practices must be observed at all times. Each participant is required to follow all USCG and FWC rules and regulations during the tournament, including the possession of a PFD and sounding device. All participants are expected to follow high standards of sportsmanship and courtesy during the tournament.
PROTEST: All protests must be made in writing to the tournament director prior to final check in at the end of the tournament. It will be the SOLE discretion of the tournament director for final decisions.
RULE CHANGES: Rules interpretation is exclusively left to the Tournament Director. The decisions of the Tournament Director are final in all matters and are not subject to appeal.
Netti Kayak Challenge Rules & Prize Eligibility
CAPTAIN'S MEETING: The Captain's Meeting will take place on October 2, 2020 at 6:30 pm. This meeting is MANDATORY for all participants, unless otherwise cleared by the tournament director.
REGISTRATION: Registration for the tournament will open on September 1, 2020. The fee for participating is $50.00. Online registration will end October 3, 2020. A cash registration fee will be accepted at the Captain's Meeting for anyone who was unable to sign up online. Paid registration includes tournament entry for one person, dinner at the Captain's Meeting and dinner at the Awards Ceremony. Meal tickets are available for non-tournament participants for a fee of $5 per night or $10 for both dinners. Tournament shirts will be available for the first 50 paid anglers.
FISHING LOCATIONS & METHODS: Any PUBLIC LAUNCH within the Duval, St. Johns, and Nassau counties are permitted. ALL fish must be caught from a kayak, SUP, or canoe. NO Wade Fishing is permitted. All fish must be caught via hook & Line. Choice of baits or lure is at the discretion of the angler (exception: pink lure prizes). This is a NON-MOTORIZED fishing tournament. The use of a trolling motor is strictly prohibited. TANDEMS/SHARING: It is permissible for more than one entrant to share the same paddle vessel. Each paddler must be a registered participant and is scored separately. Fish may NEVER be shared among entrants. If more than one person is in a tandem, BOTH must be registered anglers. Use of an extra person strictly as a paddler is forbidden. Fishing begins at safe-light on October 2, 2020. No fishing allowed between October 2nd at 6:30 PM and safe-light on October 3rd.
DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY & SCORING: Participants must use digital photography to record their tournament fish. It is required that anglers use the highest available resolution on their camera settings. Anglers must bring their telephone, SD card, or the USB cord for downloading of tournament catches. First picture of the day must be of the angler's vessel, measuring board, and token at safe light. All scoring fish must be photographed with the nose of the fish on the ZERO line of a measuring stick with the belly of the fish facing the angler. Boga grips or fish grips must not obstruct the view of the measurement. All photos must show the kayak, full size of the fish, and the scoring token. Scoring tokens will be presented to tournament participants at the Captain's Meeting. Red drum are measured with a pinched tail, belly facing the angler, nose facing the angler's left and on the ZERO line of the measuring device. Over-slot Red Drum are NOT allowed. All fish must be minimum length with the exception of the "Dink Slam" category.
GENERAL DIVISIONS PRIZE STRUCTURE: Tournament prizes are trophies and cash. Cash amounts are based on amount of the tournament's title sponsor donation.
Longest Aggregate of 2 Redfish: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th place
Longest Trout: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th place
Longest Flounder: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th place
PINK LURE PRIZES: Prizes will also be awarded for fish caught on a PINK LURE. Anglers awarded prizes in the general division ARE eligible for Pink Lure prizes. The lure must be 80% pink as determined by the weigh-master. The lure must still be in the mouth of the fish in the photo. No natural bait allowed.
First Fish Checked In: The first fish checked in caught on a lure that is 80% pink in color
and still hooked to the fish.
Largest Fish Checked In: The largest red, trout or flounder checked in caught on a lure
that is 80% pink in color and still hooked to the fish.
PINK BRA CHALLENGE: A prize will be awarded to the angler checking in the largest fish while wearing a pink bra on the outside of his/her clothing. Anglers awarded prizes in the general division ARE eligible to win.
LADY ANGLER: A prize will be awarded for the largest red, trout, or flounder caught and checked in by a lady angler. Anglers awarded prizes in the general division ARE NOT eligible for the Lady Angler prizes.
Jr. ANGLER: A prize will be awarded for the largest red caught and checked in by a JUNIOR ANGLER. Anglers awarded prizes in the general division ARE NOT eligible for the Jr. Angler prizes. If no Jr. Angler brings in a red, the prize goes to the largest trout; if no trout, the prize goes to the largest flounder.
DINK SLAM: A prize will be awarded for the smallest under-slot slam caught and checked in. Anglers awarded prizes in the general division ARE NOT eligible for the Dink Slam prize. All fish within the dink slam must be under-slot (under the FWC minimum length for harvest) and must have all three fish to be eligible.
MYSTERY FISH: A prize will be awarded for the largest Mystery Fish checked in. Anglers awarded prizes in the general division ARE eligible for the Mystery Fish prize. Mystery Fish species will be announced at the Captain's Meeting.
SPOTS: A prize will be awarded for the red drum checked in with the most spots. All natural black spots are counted and a clear and distinct line must be visible between spots. Both sides of the fish are counted. Fish does not need to be legal length; over and under slot fish are allowed. Anglers awarded prizes in the general division ARE eligible for the most spots prize.
TIES: The winner of a tie in any division will be determined as the angler who checked in first, per weigh master's time logged.
WEIGH-IN: Tournament weight-in will be on Saturday, October 5, 2019. Weigh-in will begin at 2pm and will end at 4pm. All participants musts be in line by 4pm in order for a tournament fish to be counted.
AWARDS: Awards ceremony will begin at 6pm on Saturday, October 5, 2019.
RAFFLES: Prizes will also be awarded by raffle. Tickets for the raffle items may be purchased for $5 for one ticket or $20 for five tickets. Exception: Big Green Egg raffle tickets are $20 per ticket. You must be present at the raffle to win.