Rules and Regulations
Interpretation of these rules will be left exclusively to the Tournament Director. In the event of a rule violation, the Tournament Director may impose such sanctions, as he deems appropriate, including, without limitation, disqualifications, forfeiture of prizes and prohibition from participation in subsequent tournaments. Decisions of the Tournament Director are final in all matters and are not subject to appeal, and are not reviewable by any court of law. The Tournament Director reserves the right to make needed changes to these rules in order to ensure the safety or welfare of the anglers. Any rule changes will immediately supersede all previously published copies of rules. It is your responsibility to read and understand the rules. Every competitor will be required to sign a liability release/permission form for use of image/agreement to the official rules prior to the first day’s competition.
1.ENTRY FEES AND PAYMENTS: An Entry Fee of $300 is required to fish event. All entry fees are NONTRANSFERABLE and NON-REFUNDABLE, NO EXCEPTIONS unless tournament is cancelled. An additional $50 fee is optional for the Tournament within Tournament (TWT) for Largest weighed Redfish. TWT will pay top 3 places.
2. REGISTRATION AND CAPTAIN’S MEETING: Registration will be from 5:00 PM until 6:30 PM local time August 9th. Reading of the Rules at 6:45 PM. At least one member from each team are expected to attend the Captain’s Meeting. If a team is unable to attend a Captain’s meeting, that teams starting position will be placed last after individuals who attended the captains meeting and drew for their teams starting position. If a team is unable to attend the captains meeting, it will be the responsibility of that team to be familiar with any and all rules and/or changes discussed at or prior to the captains meeting. In addition, they must contact the Tournament Director if not able to attend. 910-290-0919. No team may fish or have anyone fish or scout for them after 3:00PM the day of the Captain’s Meeting.
3. FEDERAL, STATE, AND LOCAL LAWS: All competitors are expected to know and obey all applicable federal, state and local regulations and laws. Violation of such rules may result in disqualification from the tournament. Repeated or flagrant violations will result in said competitors being banned from future participation in Hook and Bones tournaments.
4. SPORTSMANSHIP: Courtesy must be practiced at all times, especially with regard to boating and angling in the vicinity of competitors and non-competitors. Any unfavorable act by an angler deemed as intentional or preconceived to gain an unfair advantage, would be grounds for permanent disqualification.
5. PARTICIPATION AND ELIGIBILITY: Open to the general public. Each team must have two members of which one must be 18 years or older. Any member under 18 years of age must have written consent from a parent or legal guardian. The tournament director reserves the right to refuse participation in this event to any individual or team.
6. SAFETY: Each contestant is required to wear a fastened, U.S. Coast Guard approved, personal floatation device anytime the combustion engine is in operation. Tournament days may be shortened or canceled due to unsafe weather or water conditions. The decision to shorten or to cancel will be left totally to the discretion of the Tournament Director. A 4-hour period shall constitute a day of fishing.
7. ALCOHOL AND DRUGS: The consuming or transporting of any alcoholic beverages or drugs (other than prescription or OTC drugs) during official tournament hours, on any tournament angler’s boat is prohibited, and angler or anglers will be disqualified from this and possibly all future tournaments.
8. HORSEPOWER REGULATIONS: Maximum horsepower for all outboards used in tournament competition will not exceed the horsepower limitations as set by the U.S. Coast Guard horsepower rating plate attached to the boat by the manufacturer. Falsifying information on entry forms or altering the horsepower numbers on the motor or rating plate will be cause for disqualification
9. BOAT AND MOTOR: All boats must be a minimum of 16 feet in length. Each boat must have all required U.S. Coast Guard safety equipment. In addition, it must have a functional bilge pump and live well space, properly aerated to adequately maintain a live limit catch of Redfish by both contestants. The Tournament Director shall have the sole responsibility for determining whether aeration and capacity is “proper and adequate”. For the safety of all contestants, ALL BOATS MUST BE EQUIPPED WITH SOME TYPE OF OPERABLE IGNITION SHUT-OFF DEVICE. This ignition SHUT-OFF device must be attached to the driver’s body anytime the combustion engine is operating. Anytime the combustion engine is operating and in gear, there must be a driver in the driver’s seat in full control of the boat. A small electric trolling motor may be used for slow maneuvering.
10. PERMITTED FISHING METHODS: All Redfish must be caught alive in a conventional sporting manner. Only artificial lures may be used during competition. Commercially sold pork trailers or scents may be added and used. Only one fishing rod may be used at a time per angler. A cast must be fully retrieved by the angler who made the cast before an angler may pick up another rod. Spinning, Bait Casters, Fly Reels only. Pulling lines by Trolling as a method of fishing is prohibited. No Chumming! Foul hooked fish shall not be weighed during competition. A foul hooked fish is defined as a fish that does not have at least one hook in its mouth, and it must be released. Competitors may not catch fish or weigh in fish that have been caged or confined in an area prior to the tournament. Must be caught from the boat.
11. PERMITTED FISHING LOCATIONS: Competitors may fish anywhere on tournament waters accessible to the public by boat that are INSHORE, except areas designated as “off limits” or “no fishing” by local, state and federal officials. Inshore is defined as: A body of water located inside of inlets and the line of demarcation. Competitors may not fish within 50 yards in any direction of a competitor’s boat, which is anchored or fishing in a location first (An anchored boat is a boat held in a stable position by a line attached to a weight, push pole, Power Pole, etc. with the trolling motor in the up position. A “fishing” boat is one that has a trolling motor in the downward position). If the boat does not have a trolling motor the definition of anchored still applies. Fishing within 100 yards of a boat that is chumming with live or dead bait is NOT allowed. Teams may not fish within 100 yards of a non-competitor that is chumming with either live bait, dead or ground chum. If during competition a noncompetitor approaches within 100 yards and begins to chum, it is your responsibility to stop fishing. You may ask the non-competitor if he would consider leaving or not chumming. If the non-competitor fails to do so, then you must leave the area immediately. Competitors cannot have non-competitors chum or sit on fishing areas.
12. Communication: Communication between teams during event is not allowed via cell phone, VHF radio, electronic device during competition except for medical emergency, boat breakdown, locating another team to prevent unintentional drive ups. Teams can communicate with another to for navigation purposes as to not disrupt fishing.
13. Assistance: Contestants must leave and return to the official checkpoint by boat. No tournament boat may be loaded on the trailer before the weigh-in except with the permission of the Tournament Director. In the event of equipment failure, anglers must call a designated number to report their need for assistance while calling for towing assistance. There will be only two permitted methods of returning to the official check-in: (1) by both partners remaining in their boat and being towed by water (a commercial licensed tow company may be utilized, or another team may tow a fellow competitor,) (2) by one or both competitors entering the boat of another tournament contestant (fishing by all competitors involved in the rescue must cease at this time). Competitors are
responsible for colored tie wrap or suitable material for marking and distinguishing their catch. Under these two conditions, the contestant’s catches may be counted without a penalty (except for late penalties, dead fish penalties or other penalties pertaining to other tournament rules). Competitors who elect to return to the official check-in by any other means than cited above will forfeit their day’s catch to that point in time of the tournament day. Any competitor returning to the check-in point will be eligible to restart and resume competition only under the supervision of the Tournament Director or his designated tournament official. It is the sole responsibility of contestants to locate the Tournament Director or official to request a restart. Failure to render assistance, when requested in an emergency is cause for immediate disqualification. Teams rendering assistance must communicate to the tournament official, the boat number(s) of the assisting boat and the assisted boat at time commencing aid and a special reservation made be made to any boats rendering assistance in an emergency situation with provided evidence. Contact:910-290-0919
14. OFFICIAL CHECKPOINTS: There will be only one official checkpoint for boat check in the morning and one official check-in point in the afternoon. (Swansboro Town Dock at Saltwater Grill) Failure to go through boat checkout in the morning will result in disqualification. All fishing must cease upon check-in. Teams that experience equipment failures may have them repaired and check out late for an event. However, it is the team’s responsibility to find and notify the tournament director or tournament official in order to check out.
15. LATE PENALTY: Competitors who are not at the official check-in area by 4:00pm will be penalized at one (1) pound per minute deducted from the total weight including any weight to be counted toward a big fish award. Any competitors more than fifteen (15) minutes late will not receive credit for the day’s weight.
16. SCORING: Live fish Weight measured in pounds and 100th of a pound of each teams catch during the tournament. Only Redfish/Red Drum will be weighed and the limit shall be 2 fish per day per team. The prevailing rules as set forth by Hook And Bones, LLC along with federal, state and local statutes and regulations bind all competitors. Tournament official length for Redfish will be according to the current NC law. All Redfish will be measured with a pinched tail with mouth closed. Any fish that appears to have been penned, mangled, mashed, mauled or otherwise altered will not be weighed at the discretion of the weigh master. Redfish must NOT be placed on a stringer at any time during the tournament. 8-ounce penalty will be deducted from the weight for one dead redfish presented for weigh-in. A 2-pound penalty will be assessed for 2 dead fish. No mutilated or iced fish shall be accepted. Ties shall be broken by the Largest Fish for the Event. The team with the heaviest single fish shall receive precedence. The team with the most weight will be deemed as the winner.
17. POLYGRAPH: Each competitor who fishes the Swansboro Hook And Bones Redfish Open agrees to submit to a polygraph examination at a time and location as determined by the Tournament Director following the end of the competition and abide by its conclusion. Failure to pass the polygraph will result in disqualification.
18. PROTEST AND REPORTING PROCEDURE: All protests must be submitted in writing along with a $100 cash deposit, within thirty (30) minutes after official check in time to the tournament director or designated tournament official. The protester also agrees that if there is a question of verifying the charge of a protest that he or she also may be subject to take a polygraph and agree to testify in a court of law if necessary. If the Tournament Director, or polygraph, upholds the protest, the cash deposit shall be returned to the contestant submitting the protest. Each competitor agrees to report any rule violation to the tournament director immediately upon discovery of the violation. .
19. RELEASE OF LIABILITY AND COVENANT NOT TO SUE: A waiver, release of liability, and covenant not to sue are part of the entry form. It is required that all contestants take responsibility for themselves while participating in event activities.