April 29, 2017
Weigh-in at Bridge Side Marina
1618 LA Hwy 1
Grand Isle, Louisiana 70358
EVENT INFORMATION AND OFFICIAL RULES
CAJUN SLAM STRINGER: The contestant who weighs in the heaviest Cajun Slam stringer will win. Five places will be awarded with cash and/or prizes.
1-99 paid participants – 5 places awarded
100-149 paid participants – 7 places awarded
150+ paid participants = 10 places awarded
As determined at the close of preregistration.
Eligible fish for CAJUN SLAM STRINGER: A total of 3 fish should be weighed for the Cajun Slam stringer. AT THE TIME OF WEIGH IN your goal is to bring to the table.
One redfish that must be 16” or longer AND under 27”
One speckled trout that must be 12” or longer AND
One flounder that must be 11” or longer.
If there are not enough 3 fish stringers to fill out the awarded places, 2 fish stringers will then be considered. All three fish slams supersede all two fish “slams” for placement.
SENIOR CAJUN SLAM BONUS: The angler who is 65 years of age or older (on the day of the tournament) who catches the heaviest Cajun Slam wins a bonus prize. He or She is also eligible to win whatever category she would place the highest in, if any.
LADIES CAJUN SLAM BONUS: The female angler who catches the heaviest Cajun Slam wins a bonus prize. She is also eligible to win whatever category she would place the highest in, if any.
*FREE KID’S CAJUN SLAM DIVISION: Junior anglers age TWELVE AND UNDER are eligible to compete in the Jr. Angler Division for free as long as they are accompanied by an adult who is a paid participant. Same rules as our regular Cajun Slam Division apply. Kids age 12 and under who have elected to pay and register to fish the general Cajun Slam compete at the adult level will not be eligible to fish the Jr. Angler Division. Prizes and number of placings will be determined upon participation. Kids fishing the Jr. Angler Division are permitted to ride and fish in a kayak with another angler however any fish caught must be kept separated or clearly and plainly marked so as to make them readily distinguishable from the other anglers catch. *** Simply put…do not dump all the fish in the same ice chest or ice bag, unless they are placed on separate stringers first or otherwise marked so that they can clearly be identified. Use of different colored zip-ties is a popular method of marking fish. You might also, for example, cut off the left pectoral fin for each kid’s fish.
SINGLE FISH DIVISIONS AND PRIZES:
Single fish division prizes will be awarded for heaviest overall weight for each species. Prizes will be determined and announced prior to tournament.
MULE TROUT: Heaviest speckled trout that is 12″ or longer. 1st- 5th place will be awarded. Prizes will be determined and announced prior to tournament.
BIG RED: Heaviest redfish that is 16″ or longer AND that is LESS than 27″ long. 1st- 5th place will be awarded. Prizes will be determined and announced prior to tournament.
SADDLE FLOUNDER: Heaviest flounder that is 11″ or longer. 1st- 5th place will be awarded. Prizes will be determined and announced prior to tournament.
LEOPARD RED: Redfish with the most spots. 1st- 5th place will be awarded. NOTE: If any part of the black inner spots is touching then it is counted as a single spot. There must be a break between the black portions for spots to be counted as individual spots.
NOTE: Contestants will be allowed to win only one category (exception for Ladies and Senior Divisions as previously noted). The weigh-in team, utilizing our awesome computer program, will determine if your submission will place better if entered in the slam division, a single fish division or in the leopard red division. An individual angler can submit up to 4 fish – one of each species to enter the slam category and an additional redfish to enter the leopard red category. If an angler’s heaviest redfish is also a multi-spotted redfish, that redfish can be used as best benefits the angler to put him/her in a position to win the biggest single prize for which he/she might be eligible.
PAYOUTS / PRIZES:
CAJUN SLAM TOURNAMENT PAYOUT: $20 of each entry fee paid before the closing of online registration will be paid out to cash prizes. 5% of the entry fees collected before the closing of online registration will be donated to charitable causes selected by a vote of the membership. The remainder of each fee pays for expenses related to hosting the event.
*** Any late registered entry fees collected after 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, April 23rd, 2017 will potentially not be entered into the tournament payout and may go towards the general fund (TBD). ***
CAJUN SLAM CATERGORY PRIZES:
Prizes will consist of Kayaks for the top placers winners and cash payout for the rest.
Kayak makes and models TBA.
SENIOR SLAM PRIZE(S) will be determined prior to the tournament weigh in.
LADIES SLAM PRIZE(S) will be determined prior to the tournament weigh in.
KID’S DIVISION SLAM PRIZE(S) will be determined prior to the tournament weigh in.
Minimum value of all prizes is $50.
SINGLE FISH CATEGORY PRIZES: Mule Trout, Big Red, Saddle Flounder, and Leopard Red,
prizes will be determined prior to the tournament weigh in.
We will also have raffles with LOTS of great stuff to be won!!! We’re VERY fortunate to have
AWESOME sponsors. The raffle table is ALWAYS filled with great prizes.
PFD REQUIREMENT: You must properly wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved PFD while afloat, in your kayak, at all BCKFC events. Failure to comply with this rule during competition could result in disqualification from the tournament. Disqualification will be decided following receipt of a written complaint. The Tournament Director, after coordinating with other available board members, will make final decisions.
LEGAL TACKLE / BAIT: Artificial, live and/or or dead bait is allowed. Scent infused baits such as Gulp, etc… are legal. Scented dips, dyes and sprays such as Bang attractant, Pro-Cure, Dip-n-Glo, etc… are legal. Chum is allowed.
PADDLE / PEDAL-CRAFT ONLY: No trolling motors / sails / gas engines or “mother ships” other than the very limited exception noted below. Your pedal or paddle craft must be human powered unless you fit the requirements below. Contestants are allowed to wade fish or fish off of the bank but ONLY as long as the area you’re fishing is within 100’ of your LAUNCHED paddle craft. Launched means your kayak is partly in fishable water, not a parking lot puddle.
TROLLING MOTOR WAIVER: Individuals who meet the following requirements can be pre-approved for a trolling motor allowance in the tournament to compete with full rights and privileges of any competitor: Applicants must be 70 years old or older (on the day of the tournament). Applicants must use a trolling motor thrust power of 35 foot-pounds or less. Anglers must be pre-approved before the end of the captains meeting.
WATER COURTESY: Do your best not to disturb someone else’s fishing area, by encroachment, or noise. If you come upon an angler in an egress area, as quietly as you can, ask which side he or she would like you to cross at. A good rule of thumb is that if you can both cast to a common point you’re too close. Respect others. Use the golden rule.
PROTEST: All protests must be made in writing and delivered to a tournament official within 30 minutes of the weighing of the last fish entered. The tournament director is the final authority in all considerations. All anglers are encouraged to report cheating.
POLYGRAPH / CHEATING / FOUL PLAY: There will be zero tolerance. ANY entrant and/or prize category winner may be required to undergo polygraph examination either by random draw or by order of the board of directors. Any refusal to submit to polygraph testing will result in immediate disqualification from the tournament and potential suspension and/or banishment from participating in all future BCKFC tournaments. If requested, a contestant must pass the polygraph exam to collect his/her prize(s). Prizes will not be awarded if any of the polygraph results indicate a participant’s reply or replies was/were deceptive OR “inconclusive.” There is no appeal process for those who do not pass the polygraph. Potential winners MUST remain available and sober for polygraph testing.
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. Please DO NOT let your competitive nature push you into doing dangerous things.
RULE CHANGES: Rules interpretation is exclusively left to the Tournament Directors and BCKFC Officers. The decisions of this group are final in all matters and are not subject to appeal.
PARTICIPATION AND ELIGIBILITY: Participation is open to anyone 18 years of age or older. Minors are eligible to participate with a parent or legal guardian signature on the release form. All participants represent that they are physically and mentally competent and fit and able to participate. By entering, all participants agree to assume all risks of personal injury, death, and damage to or loss of property and further agree to indemnify and hold BCFKC, its officers, members, agents, and sponsors harmless from and against any and all claims, liabilities, and causes of action resulting directly or indirectly from participation.
REGISTRATION AND CAPTAINS MEETING: Each contestant should register and pay BEFORE Monday, April 23rd, 2017. Late registrations will be accepted at the Captain’s Meeting on Friday, April 28th, 2017. There will be a $10 late fee. The Captain’s Meeting will begin at 7:00 pm Friday, April 28th, 2017 at Bridge Side Marina, Grand Isle, Louisiana. Attendance at the Captain’s Meeting is optional. At the Meeting we will go over the rules, boundaries, restrictions, and whatever concerns we feel should be addressed. Depending upon the availability of our wonderful volunteers, you may also pick up your shirts and captain’s bags that night. We will serve dinner AND raffle off a few items that night. Please join us for fun and festivities.
ENTRY FEES: $60 per person for the first 2 members of your immediate family. Each additional dependent can register for the discounted rate of $30 per person. A “dependent” for these purposes includes only those persons that you will claim as dependents on your tax filings for 2017. Please do not abuse this rule. EARLY entry fees include a tournament shirt as well as meals Friday and Saturday. Those who register late will NOT be guaranteed a shirt but we will TRY to accommodate you. Extra Shirts can be purchased for $20 when/where/if available. Additionally you can become a BCKFC member for $25 a year per person, or $40 per family household. Please specify size of shirt at the time of registration. If you are ordering additional shirts please include the appropriate extra amount ($20 per) and the sizes desired.
LEGAL FISHING TIME / BOUNDRIES: 5:00a.m. = lines in / first cast. Weigh-in will be held from 3:00p.m. to 4:00p.m. on April 29th, 2017 at Bridgeside Marina. DO NOT BE LATE!!! You MUST physically appear and sign in NO LATER THAN 4:00p.m. Proxy sign-ins are not allowed. You may fish any accessible waters from Bason’s Launch in Galliano in Lafourche Parish southward to the Grand Isle area. You may not fish gated areas that other anglers cannot access. You may launch from a private camp, etc… as long as other anglers can launch nearby and reasonably access and fish the same area.
SIGN IN / WEIGH IN: The sign in / weigh in station will be operational starting at 3:00p.m. Sign-in closes promptly at 4:00p.m. Weigh-in will continue until all participants who signed in on time have had their catch weighed. Any fishermen in line to sign in at the weigh-in station by the 4p.m. cutoff time on April 29th, 2017 will be allowed to weigh their fish. Any entrant that is not in line by the 4p.m. sign-in cut off, will not be allowed to weigh their catch and will not qualify for any awards. There will be no exceptions to this rule. Official time will be kept by the Tournament Director. Anglers are strongly urged not to wait until the last minute to sign-in for the weigh-in. REMINDER: In case of any tie, the earliest sign-in time is the tie-breaker.
All competitors must check in with legal fish as per LDWF policy and regulations to be eligible for prizes. All fish submitted for weigh-in must be fresh and caught on the day of the tournament. The weigh master will make decisions on accepting fish for weigh-in after consulting with available board members. His decision is final. Any attempt to enter fraudulent catches, exchange catches and/or tamper with catches, or to hamper or threaten any official of the tournament will result in immediate disqualification and or prosecution when criminal fraud occurs.
DRYING FISH: “Air drying” of fish or the tails of larger redfish is NOT allowed. All parts of all fish should be placed on ice and maintained for freshness. Remember, we eat these fish. Fish will only be accepted for the weigh-in if they are in a cooler bag, ice chest or other appropriate container that also contains ice. The entire fish should be in the container. Do not appear at the weigh-in with fish that are on a stringer and are not iced in a proper container or bag.
Only authorized persons will be allowed in the stations. You will receive a weigh-in card when you check in at the sign in table. Once you receive your weigh card and have checked in you may proceed to the scales to have you catch weighed. Weighed / Entered fish may or may not be returned as per the weigh-master’s discretion. Fish that are submitted will be used in the fish fry dinner that evening. The largest fish will be determined by weight. In the event of a tie, the first contestant to have signed in will be considered the winner while the other contestant will be dropped to the next position.
Fish will be bent, loosened and manipulated before being measured with a pinched tail. Tails of trout and flounder will be manually pinched to obtain maximum length as per the instructions found in the Louisiana Fishing Regulations, 2017 pamphlet. Tails of larger redfish will be pinched using the standardized tool attached to the measuring board, which, if needed and used, will be moved to the 26.5” line to pinch the tail of larger redfish.
NEW RULE: You are allowed only ONE “whoops” under the strictest interpretation of Louisiana law. Any combination of over/under-sized fish will result in the angler being disqualified from the tournament.
GOOD LUCK & TIGHT LINES!!!