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Catch and Release
The Cowford Redfish Tournament is a catch and release fishing tournament focusing on flood tide fishing. For your catch to be considered, you must measure and photograph your fish with the tournament token immediately after catching the fish.
No team shall have points deducted or be disqualified for the keeping of fish after measuring and photographing, pursuant to the laws or regulations of the State of Florida or federal regulation. It is at the discretion of each team or individual whether to keep or release their fish.
If a team, however, decides to keep a fish, the fish will be counted by the inches measured at the time of photograph immediately following the catch. Fish that are apparently dead in the photograph will not be counted. No fish will be measured or weighed at the dock.
Check-in / Check-out
There is no required check in on the day of the tournament. Participating anglers are responsible for picking up entry package including tournament token at the Captain's Meeting on Friday, October 16, 2020.
iAngler Catch Logging
Anglers must register with and use the iAngler application for catch logging. A coupon code has been sent to each email used to register with the information to register with iAngler. Using iAngler is for the benefit of the tournament participants to make it easier to log catches and reduce the likelihood of cheating complaints. Any entrant that is uncomfortable with the change will be allowed to cancel their registration and be issued a refund.
Anglers must attend the mandatory captain's meeting at PALM's FISH CAMP at 7:00 PM to obtain tournament token and entry package.
Anglers may launch from any safe launch, or by wading (the safety of which is determined by angler’s discretion and at angler’s risk) in Nassau, Duval, and St. Johns counties. Anglers may begin fishing any time after 7:00 AM.
If departing from Palm’s/Clapboard Creek, breakfast will be available at Palm’s Fish Camp at angler’s expense beginning at 7:00 AM.
Final time and scorecards to be turned in by 4:30 pm at PALMS FISH CAMP, 6359 Heckscher Dr., Jacksonville, FL 32226
Eligible Species and Methods
The Cowford is a redfish tournament. Other than special bonus sheepshead, only redfish will be considered. A special bonus sheepshead prize based on the single largest sheepshead will also be awarded.
Only the use of artificial lures or fly is permitted. The idea is to fish the forecast flood tide, so unsportsmanlike conduct, such as fishing jetties, dropping baits, or fishing brackish impoundments, is not permitted.
Four Top Anglers
KAYAK division - Top Angler
• Aggregate inches for redfish on kayak
BONUS SHEEPSHEAD division
• Single biggest fish through any means of fishing, fly or spin
Trash Cleanup Champions
• A special award will be presented to the individual or team with the most trash collected by weight
Award Eligibility and Scoring
Top Angler Awards
Ultimate Tie Breaker
In the event of a tie after all other tie breakers have been applied for an award, the team/individual that caught the last eligible fish FIRST shall be the winner
Line Test and Leader
• An optional tagging kit may be provided to anglers who chose to tag and release fish to benefit fisheries research efforts (tentative)
Each team shall be responsible for accurately and completely filling out and signing the team’s scorecard and timely returning the scorecard and tournament camera to the tournament committee boat. Failure to comply with any rule or regulation of the tournament or state or federal law may cause the disqualification of an angler or the angler’s catch.
All anglers will fish at their own discretion and at their own risk. The tournament will commence barring extreme weather (hurricane or other natural disaster, etc.). Extreme weather will be determined by the tournament committee. There will be no refunds for a cancelled tournament.
All anglers will fish at their own risk. All anglers agree to indemnify and hold harmless all members of the Tournament Committee, Directors, Sponsors and their agents and employees from any and all liability, loss or damage they may suffer as a result of this fishing tournament.
Cell Phones/Radio Contact
The use of cellular phones or radio communication with non-registered anglers, for fishing information, during tournament fishing hours is strictly prohibited.
By Entering You Agree to the Following:
I certify that I agree to comply with the Cowford Redfish Tournament Rules.
In consideration for the acceptance of my entry in the Cowford Redfish Tournament, I and my crew, for us, personal representatives, heirs and executors, release and forever discharge all members of the tournament committee, all tournament sponsors, contributors, participants, producers, and their employees, agents, contractors, representatives, successors and assigns (the “Released Parties”) of all liabilities, claims, actions, damages, costs or expenses which I may have against the Released Parties for bodily injury, death, and/or property damage arising out of or in any way connected with my participation in the tournament, including but not limited to, all risks, known or unknown, anticipated or unanticipated without regard to whether they are inherent in participation in a fishing tournament I understand that the use or operation of watercraft carries inherent risks that may result in injury, dismemberment, or death. I understand that fishing, including fishing either via watercraft or by wading, during a high tide event carries risk normally not associated with fishing, wading, or operation of a watercraft, including swift current and rising water that may cause injury, dismemberment, or death. I understand that this release is an unconditional, full and general release, including a release of all claims arising out of the negligent acts or omission of any of the Released Parties.
I hereby authorize the use of my name and/or likeness as well as that of my vessel, free of further consideration, for promotion and advertising purposes in any media form and reproduction, including radio, television, newspaper, brochure, online or video.