2015 General Tournament Rules
35th Annual Greater Jacksonville
Kingfish Tournament & Festival
July 13 through July 18, 2015
General Tournament Captain's Meeting:
Wednesday, July 15th
6:30 PM - Liars' Tent
General Tournament - Thursday &
Friday, July 16 and 18
Awards Ceremony - Saturday, July 18th at
4:30 PM - Liars' Tent
Registration Fee: $275
thru January 25th $325 thru June 30th
Registration closes at 8:00 PM on Wednesday, July 15th
2015 GENERAL TOURNAMENT RULES
Registration fees are non-refundable.
Payment of the entry fee constitutes a representation by each Captain
that the Captain has read and understands the Tournament Rules,
Procedures, and that the Captain and crew will abide by such Rules and
the decisions of the Tournament's Committees and Tournament personnel.
The Tournament reserves the right to deny participation to any Captain
or crewmember that violated Tournament rules in any previous tournament.
Tournament Number and Official Pennant must be displayed on the boat in
a prominent place.
All Captains or their authorized representative must attend the
Captain's Meetings each Tournament in which they intend to fish.
Captains are responsible for being informed of all Tournament
Rules and Procedures.
The Tournament Rules Committee may amend the Tournament Rules at any
time prior to the end of the appropriate Captain’s meeting.
All advertised cash prizes are based upon a minimum of 200 paid entries
to the General Tournament and the Tournament reserves the right to
adjust the prize structure if there is less or more than 200 paid
entries. Only one General Tournament prize will be awarded per registered Captain. Additionally, the
Tournament awards prizes for Junior Angler Tournament, winnings under
the Tournaments within-the-Tournament and other special awards and
Every boat must meet all Federal, State and Local laws and safety
regulations for its size.
All captains are responsible to ensure all applicable Federal, State and
local fishing laws and regulations are adhered to by all members of
All boats must be equipped with an operating Marine VHF-FM radio of at
least 25 watts. Handheld VHF
radios are not permitted as the primary radio. All Captains are
responsible for monitoring the official Tournament radio channel (CH 78) for
The use of marine radios during the Tournament must comply with the FCC
and USCG regulations. The use of profane or derogatory remarks may
result in disqualification.
Violation of any statute or marine regulation or directive by a Captain
or crew may be grounds for disqualification in the sole discretion of
the Tournament Rules Committee.
Out and Check In
All boats must leave from an official check out location as designated
by the Rules Committee and announced at the Captains Meetings. All
vessels must check out with a designated Committee Check-Out Boat or
Check out locations are Mayport, Porpoise Point, St. Augustine and D.
Bartlett Boat Ramp, Fernandina.
All boats weighing fish MUST
ENTER and check in with the North Side Committee Boat through
the St. Johns River inlet, and be west of the North Side Committee Boat
by 5:30 p.m.
All boats not weighing fish MUST check in with the Committee Boat by
phone or VHF radio (CH 78) by 7:00 p.m.
Boats checking in after 6:30 p.m. must do so by phone or VHF
No boat may make a landfall or receive or pass anything to or from land
or enter any inlet after Check Out before the boat has checked in.
In the event any boats come together, regardless of the reason,
or anything is passed between boats for any reason after the official
start of that day's fishing and before each boat has weighed in, then
such boats shall be disqualified for that day of fishing.
Exceptions may be granted by the Rules Committee for emergencies.
Hours of fishing are from 6:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. unless terminated by
the Tournament's Rules Committee.
No boat registered in the Tournament is allowed to fish or take bait in
the Atlantic Ocean as of 7:30 p.m. on the day prior to the scheduled
start of the General Tournament.
One day of fishing constitutes a complete Tournament for all purposes.
Four hours of fishing on any one day constitutes a day of fishing.
All fish must be taken on rod and reel.
Special exceptions may be granted by the Rules Committee, in
advance of the Tournament, on requests made for a physically challenged
The maximum number of fishing lines in the water at any time is six.
Only one Kingfish (Scomberomorus Cavalla), one Cobia (Rachycentron
Canadum), one Dolphin (Coryphaena Hippurus) and one Wahoo (
Acanthocybium Solandri) will be eligible for the official weigh-in.
All fish must be brought to the weigh-in station by the boat on which
they were caught.
Boats weighing fish must reach the weigh-in unassisted.
All fish submitted for weigh-in must be of legal size, fresh, edible
condition and caught the same Tournament day.
No mutilated fish will be weighed.
"Mutilation" is defined as any damage, which impairs the fish's
fighting ability, and the Weigh Master will make all decisions regarding
All fish weighed become property of the Tournament.
Fish to be weighed must be put on the dock and carried to the scales by
a member of the boat's crew.
Shoes are required by all participants coming to the scales and a
personal floatation device is required if a Jr. Angler leaves a boat.
All information printed on the weigh-in slip, including but not limited
to the official weight, as accepted by the person who brings the fish to
the scale, is binding on the Captain.
In the event of a tie in fish weights, the winner shall be determined by
the earliest check in time as recorded by the St. Johns River Committee
Check In boat.
Any protest must be submitted to the Weigh Master in
writing within thirty minutes after the closing of the weigh-in station
on the day the disqualifying event occurs.
Only a Captain registered in the Tournament may file a protest.
Each protest must be accompanied by a one hundred dollar
($100.00) deposit. In the
event the protest is upheld, the deposit will be refunded.
If the protest is not upheld, the deposit will be forfeited.
The decisions of the Rules Committee are binding regarding any
All Captains and crew agree to submit to a polygraph at the request of
the Tournament. Failure to
submit to such an examination will result in disqualification of the
Boat at the sole discretion of the Rules Committee.
Any matter not specifically covered by these rules may be decided by and
at the sole discretion of the Tournament's Rules Committee and the
decisions of the Rules Committee shall be binding.
The Tournament reserves the right to delay, cancel or reschedule
the Tournament if weather conditions are unfavorable or unsafe in the
sole judgment of the Tournament’s Rules Committee.
In the event that the Tournament shall be delayed or rescheduled
due to any cause beyond the control of Jacksonville Marine Charities,
Inc. d/b/a The Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament, no entry fee
shall be refunded to the entrants and entrants shall have no claim
against Jacksonville Marine Charities, Inc., for return of any portion
of the entry fee.
Anglers who are Southern Kingfish Association members are responsible
for compliance with the Rules of their Association and the SKA is solely
responsible for enforcement the rules which may differ from these