Tournament Rules & Regulations

Rules:

  

  • Judges have the final say
  • Catch & Release photo tournament.  Photos can be taken on a phone or digital camera with a time stamp which is supplied by the angler
  • This is an individual tournament, not a team tourney
  • The entire fish must be visible on the assigned measuring device given out at the captains meeting
  • The fish must face left, stomach down, on the tournament measuring device with angler's tournament number visible in the picture
  • All fish will be rounded up to the next inch in both the Boat and On-Shore Division
  • Once a fish is photographed, it may not be used by any other angler
  • Any bait of choice
  • Culling is not allowed within Everglades National Park
  • Wading permitted
  • NO FISHING within 250 feet of marina areas, boat launches, or fuel stations for boat anglers
  • All State and Federal laws apply
  • Captains may launch at safe light, which is captains discretion
  • A MINIMUM of 2 ANGLER'S per boat is required for safety reasons and MAXIMUM of 5 anglers per boat
  • NO LINES in the water before 7:00am 
  • Valid State of Florida fishing license is required to participate in the tournament as regulated by the FWC
  • ALL CAPTAINS THAT WILL DEPART FROM EVERGLADES CITY, RETURN TO EVERGLADES CITY, OR FISH IN THE NATIONAL PARK, MUST HAVE A NATIONAL PARK BOATERS SAFETY CERTIFICATION.  THIS IS FREE, BUT MUST BE COMPLETED AND DOCUMENTATION KEPT ON THE BOAT.  
  • Unmanned aircraft are prohibited within Everglades National Park
  • In case of a tie, the angler who catches the targeted species first wins
  • Boat Anglers may leave from the port of their choice as long as they abide by the launch at safe light and NO LINES in the water before 7am.
  • JUNIOR ON-SHORE anglers:  Fishing 7:00am - 2:30pm.  All Junior Anglers must be supervised by an adult  while participating.  Check-in at Everglades Isle between 1-2:30pm
  • BOATS: Check-in at Everglades Isle from 1:00pm-3:30pm 

FORMAT AND SCORING:

  • Hook'em in the Glades is a photo fishing tournament targeting Snook, Redfish, and Seatrout 
  • There are 3 divisions: Adult and Junior Angler (18 and under) from a boat & Junior Angler On-Shore
  • Categories are: Adult Snook, Adult Redfish, Adult Seatrout, Junior Angler Snook, Junior Angler Redfish, Junior Angler Seatrout, and Junior On-Shore  
  • BOAT DIVISION: First place will be awarded to the angler with the longest fish in each species category 
  • BOAT DIVISION:  In the event of a tie, the angler who caught their fish first will be determined the winner
  • JUNIOR ON-SHORE DIVISION: Most total inches.  Each inch equals 1 point for Snapper, Black Drum, Sheepshead, & Jacks.  Target fish (Snook, Redfish, Seatrout) equals 5 points per inch. 
  • JUNIOR ON-SHORE DIVISION:  In the event of a tie, the angler who caught a target fish first will be determined the winner

Everglades National Park Boaters Safety Course Must Take if in the National Park at any time during the tournament