- The Guide measuring, photographing with the measuring device, and
releasing the fish constitutes a catch. The Angler may wade from the boat
to fish, but the following guidelines are mandatory.
- IGFA rules and tackle specifications apply.
- No heavier than twelve (12) pound test line (Manufacturer's Stated
Test) may be used in all divisions.
- Only one (1) working rod per Angler is allowed in the water at any
- Fly and Spin/Plug Divisions are artificial lure categories. No tipping
is permitted. Bait or tipping is permitted only in the General Division.
- All Anglers must be accompanied by a Licensed Guide approved by the
Rules Committee. Licensed Captains or Guides may enter as Anglers only with
Tournament Committee approval.
- There must be two (2) Anglers on every participating boat. In the
absence of a teammate or celebrity Angler, a substitute Angler will be appointed
by the Tournament Committee. The Redbone tournaments are TEAM events. In
the spirit of good sportsmanship, the guide will encourage equal casting
opportunities (bow time) to both teammates.
- Boats must depart from and return to Tournament Fishing Headquarters
by water. Anglers must fish from the SAME BOAT for both tournament days.
The Tournament Committee will make an exception in case of mechanical difficulties.
At the "Blessing of the Fleet" on Day 1, boats must depart in
the order they are announced. Guides must sign out before departure each
day and sign in upon returning regardless of catch. No trailering.
- Fishing is restricted to polable depths of water.
- Fishing hours will be announced at the Tournament Rules Meetings.
- All species must be a minimum of eighteen (18) inches in length measured
from the snout to the inside fork of the tail. Measuring gauges and cameras
will be supplied to the Guides by the Rules Committee.
- Ties will be awarded to the Angler who catches the last fish first.
- The Rules Committee will make any weather decisions. All decisions
of the Rules Committee are final.
- The penalty for any violation of the rules is NO POINTS for the day.
All protests must be in writing and signed. They must be presented to the
Rules Committee by 5:30 PM the day of the violation.
- Tournament Grand Champion Awards: S.L.A.M. and Little Palm Island
Grand Slam- Awards are based on the most points accumulated representing
the most species of a Slam (tarpon, permit, bonefish). The goal is to catch
all tournament species. The Angler catching the most slams and/or largest
portions of a slam wins. The Baybone is a "bonefish" tournament
in which permit points count as long as the Angler catches a bonefish. The
Baybone Grand Champion is awarded to the Angler with the most total points.
The Redbone is based on the most points accumulated representing
the most species of that tournament (redfish/bonefish).
- Release points will be awarded as follows:
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