2013 Suncoast Saltwater Shootout
Inshore / Offshore Rules & Regulations
Responsibilities / Rules Acceptance
All entrants and guests of the tournament are participating at their own risk. In no way is
Suncoast Saltwater Shootout, Marina Jacks, our sponsors, staff, Board of Directors, Officers,
Volunteers or committees to be held liable for injuries or property damage or loss of life as a
result of participation in this event. The Suncoast Saltwater Shootout expects the highest level
of integrity and sportsmanship from its participants. It is the sole responsibility of the Captain,
crew and anglers to read, understand and abide by the Tournament rules; including any and
all special instructions and/or modifications announced during Captain’s meeting. At least one
designated representative from each team must attend the captains meeting.
Anglers (charter, commercial and or professional) are eligible to participate. Any person
convicted of any fishing violation(s) during the past five (5) years is not eligible. Any vessel that is
operated in an unsafe and/or sportsmanship manner shall be immediately deemed ineligible to
The Suncoast Saltwater Shootout will take place at Marina Jacks – 2 Marina Plaza, Sarasota, FL
34236 . Marina Jack Location by water – gps coordinates. N27 19.980 – W82 32.7888.
Dates and Deadlines
The 1st annual Suncoast Saltwater Shootout will be held September 12, 13 and 14, 2013. Early
entry deadline (reduced price) is September, 3 2013 by 5pm. Entries must be in hand and
payment in full at either Andros Boatworks, Inc. 5697 Pinkney Avenue, Sarasota FL 34233 or at
Marina Jack’s Dock Master office – 2 Marina Plaza, Sarasota, FL 34236. Entries received after
September 3, 2013 will be subject to full rate fee. Entries will be accepted up to the start of the
This paragraph covers the entry fees for the Inshore and Offshore division only. Fees and rules
for the Suncoast Saltwater Shootout’s Billfish Division are not covered in this document. Fees
are set separately for each division. When entry fee is paid prior to 5:00 PM, September 3, 2013
an early discount applies and the fees are as follows: Inshore Division $300.00, Offshore Division
$500.00 and $100.00 per additional angler over the allowed number of angler per division. The
fee for extra persons is the same price for both inshore and offshore. If entry fees are paid after
5:00 PM, September 3, 2013 the original fees are: Inshore Division $350.00, Offshore Division
$550.00 and $125 per additional angler.
Teams and Crew
Each team is allowed to enter only one (1) boat and one (1) crew. No more than six (6) crew
members per vessel, including Captain and Mate. No substitutions in crew members can or
will be made after registration closes on the day of the event. NOTE: Federal Maritime Law
holds the captain of the vessel responsible for the actions of his boat, its wake and its crew. The
Inshore Entry includes (2) anglers with entry fee and Offshore (4). Additional anglers can join
teams for $100.00 per angler.
The number of entries may be limited, and registration may be closed based upon the number
of entries without previous notice. There will be an entry fee per boat entry per division. An
early entry discount is offered and must be paid prior to the September 3, 2013 at 5pm. Any
boat registering after that, providing space is available will be required to pay the applicable
entry fee of its division. Qualified entries will be accepted on a first-come, first- serve basis.
All boats must meet federal and state safety regulations for their size. All boats will be assigned
an “Official Tournament Number ” which must be displayed in a prominent place on the vessel
at all times. Teams can only enter one division per boat.
Captain’s Meeting – Friday September 13, 2013 – 4:00pm – Marina Jacks
A tournament briefing will be held for Captains and their crews at 4:00 p.m. on Friday,
September 13, 2013 at Marnia Jack, Sarasota Florida. The purpose of this meeting is to review
the rules and regulations and discuss any last minute tournament rule changes and questions.
A team member must register his team at this meeting. Each team will receive a “captains
Beginning & Ending Fishing Times
For Offshore and Inshore Divisions, fishing begins immediately following the close of the
Captain’s Meeting Friday September 13, 2013. All Inshore boats must checked in at the
committee boat inside the Marina Jack’s harbor by 4:00pm on Saturday September 14, 2013
and not earlier than 3pm. Early inshore boats will have to wait to check in and weigh until 3pm.
Any inshore team that does not make it to the committee boat in Marina Jack’s harbor by 4pm
will be disqualified and may not weigh their fish. All offshore boats be must checked in at the
committee boat inside the Marina Jack’s harbor by 5:00pm on Saturday September 14, 2013 and
not earlier than 4pm. Early offshore boats will have to wait to check in and weigh until 4pm. Any
offshore team that does not make it to the committee boat in Marina Jack’s harbor by 5pm will
be disqualified and may not weigh their fish.
Communication / VHF Radio / Channel
The official tournament radio channel is 72 VHF. All official tournament information will
be broadcast on this channel. All boats must have a working VHF on board. Handhelds are
acceptable. Your radio will have to be on to check in with committee boat and to weigh in.
In the event of inclement weather a decision will be made by the Tournament Committee as
to whether to delay, postpone or cancel the tournament at the Captain’s Meeting, prior to the
start time of the tournament. Pay-outs and awards may be adjusted at the discretion of the
Tournament Committee. All information will be given at the Captains meeting.
Offshore Division fishing teams may venture as desired. Inshore Division fishing teams are
restricted to the west coast of Florida. If you are wade fishing, the boat must be anchored. The
anchor must remain set until everyone is on board. All boats must report to weigh-in by water.
Inshore boats may not drop any anglers off and then move to another location. The team boat
may not move while anglers are in the water. If a boat breaks free from anchor while anglers are
wading the captain must call tournament command once all anglers are in the boat.
All line classes may be fished during the event. Fish must be caught by hook and line and on
conventional rods and reels. Spinning, casting and fly tackle are acceptable. Deep trolling
devices are acceptable. Electric reels are prohibited. For those who wish to have their fish
qualify for IGFA World or State records, specific IGFA rules must be checked prior to June 1,
Permits and Licenses
Registered boats and anglers must comply with all Federal and Florida State Laws regarding
fishing licenses, size limits, bag limits and any other applicable regulations. For information
regarding Florida Saltwater Fishing Licenses refer to www.FloridaConservation.org or call 850-
487-0554. For information regarding NMFS permits refer to www.NMFSpermits.com or call
888-872-8862. A citation or written warning of any local, state or federal regulation during the
tournament will result in disqualification. All anglers must have a valid fishing license with them
in the boat during fishing hours and at the weigh in. The Shootout reserves the right to check
Only bait fish are allowed on any boat prior to the tournament start. Delivery of bait to any boat
will be prohibited after the start of the Captain’s Meeting.
All fish must be of legal size to weigh-in and must be brought to Marina Jack’s weigh dock by the
boat on which they were caught, on Saturday, September 14, 2012. The inshore weigh-in will
take place between 3:00 to 4:00 P.M. Saturday September 14, 2014. All teams must enter the
harbor at Marina Jack and give your team number to the committee boat to check in. Once you
are checked in you must wait in the basin, in your boat with your full crew until called on CH 72
to weigh your fish. You will then pull directly up to the weigh dock to weigh in. Once you receive
your weight slip please proceed to the open docks to the south where you can tie up and enjoy
the dock party. The offshore division weigh-in will take place between 4:00 to 5:00 P.M.
Saturday September 14, 2014. All teams must enter the harbor at Marina Jack and give your
team number to the committee boat to check in. Once you are checked in you must wait in the
basin, in your boat with your full crew until called on CH 72 to weigh your fish. You will then pull
directly up to the weigh dock to weigh in. Once you receive your weight slip please proceed to
the open docks to the south where you can tie up and enjoy the dock party. ***** Inshore
anglers can take advantage of an early weigh in for 1 (one) LIVE redfish Friday evening
September 13, 2013 at Marina Jack’s between 8-8:30pm. All teams that wish to weigh a fish
Friday night must be checked in at Marina Jack’s basin at 8pm. All teams weighing a fish Friday
night must remain present until all fish from all teams are weighed-in before re-released to
continue fishing. All members of the crew must be present all times during each weigh in. All
boats must be in the water to weigh-in fish and all fish must arrive by boat. Weigh-ins will be
conducted in the order in which the boats check in. Each entry shall be permitted a maximum
of six (6) fish to weigh-in in each division and they shall be placed on the dock by one (1)
designated member of that boat’s crew. The boat must be removed from the dock immediately
after the weigh-in. Free slips are provided at Marina Jack to competing boats only. These docks
are directly south of the scale on the west side. If you raft to another boat you are responsible
for damage so please use fenders. Final determination of species will be made by the Weigh-in
Master and or the Tournament Committee. The Tournament Committee and or Weigh-in
Master reserve the right to disqualify, or disallow, any fish.
The Suncoast Saltwater Shootout is heaviest fish tournament. We operate a certified scale and
a seasoned weigh staff. Once a fish is entered, it may not be substituted for a larger fish that
day. Inshore entrants will be allowed two trips to the scales one Friday night and one Saturday
times described above Inshore teams may not resume fishing after weigh in on Saturday.
Offshore teams will be allowed one trip to the scale on Saturday only. All fish are weighed to the
hundredth of a pound. Fish must be in edible condition, and not marred or mauled in any way.
No fish should leave the boat until they are in line to be weighed. Boats may weigh two fish in
each category. All fish to be weighed must be listed on the Weigh-In Form. Before leaving the
scale area, the presenting angler must sign the Official Tournament Weigh-in form. The Weigh
Master and the Tournament Official reserve the right to refuse to weigh any fish that does not
meet the tournament requirements.
Wild Card Scoring
Must be legal to have in possession. No sharks will be entered into the tournament. Warsaw
Grouper will be eligible in this division ONLY. No other grouper and snapper species are eligible
in this division. Please use your best judgment and stewardship regarding your selection of
PENALTIES: A one pound penalty will be assessed for any redfish that is dead or
not successfully released. A two pound penalty will be assessed for two redfish that
are dead or not successfully released.
In the event that two (2) teams tie with points, the following tie breaker will apply:
· Single heaviest fish shall be awarded the Highest Place Award.
· In the event the above is a tie, the first team to weigh-in shall be awarded the Highest Place
All protests must be submitted to the Tournament Committee in writing with $500 cash prior to
the weigh-in station closing. The $500 cash will be refunded if protest is found to be legitimate
by the Tournament Grievance Committee. If the protest is found not to be legitimate, the $500
cash will not be refunded. All teams and crew will be subjected to a polygraph test by a certified
examiner selected by the Tournament Committee. The Tournament Committee reserves the
right to inspect boats and/or fish entered in the tournament at any time.
The penalty for any violation of any of the rules is disqualification, with tournament fees not
The captain will be responsible for properly disposing of fish. The tournament committee
encourages donation of all weighed fish, as they will be donated to a local charity to provide
meals for the hungry. No dead fish will be tossed into the water at Marina Jack.
Cash awards will be presented on the Monday following the tournament, or at another time
that is convenient for both parties. A polygraph test may be used to determine a winner. Payouts and awards may be adjusted at the discretion of the Tournament Committee.
Winning teams are responsible for any income tax liability accrued by virtue of winning cash or
prizes. All cash awards will be reported to the Internal Revenue Service. You will be required to
fill out a 1099 to pick up your check on Monday following the event.