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2021 EL CHEAPO SHEEPSHEAD TOURNAMENT RULES
 

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First the required COVID plan:  Covid 19 plan: 2021 El Cheapo Sheepshead Tournament
Date of Event:  March 6, 2021
Location: Mayport boat ramp, 4870 Ocean St, Mayport, FL
If conditions improve, we would like to host the event as formally planned.  However, due to Covid-19 the safety guidelines that will be put in place for the 2021 El Cheapo Sheepshead Tournament are as follows:
Follow CDC Guidelines
Mask will be required to all volunteers
All participants to have masks
Covid-19 safety tent with sanitizers and mask available
Hand sanitizing stations will be available throughout the event.
Sponsor tables (if any) will be spaced out to adhere to social distancing guidelines.  (6 ft apart)
To prevent gathering crowds and overcrowding the following will be in place
No captains meeting March 5, 2021.
Bucket pick up/ registration only on March 5, 2021
Separate tents for day of registration & pre-registration
Pick up extended hours from 4 pm till 8 pm to less crowds
Weigh-in Lines/ Lines:
2 weigh-in lines day of tournament
Lines separated by 6+ feet apart
Inside lines, marked with dots 6 ft apart as indicated
Tournament check in/ out will be done by cell phone & VHF radio
Additional restrooms/ facilities will be made available and distant to prevent lines and crowd gathering
Public not permitted inside the Club house.
Award Ceremony to be hosted outside.  
Public to use social distancing protocols
 
ENTRY FEE / REGISTRATION: Entry fee is $100.00 per entry until 2/21/21 and $120.00 per entry thereafter. Entry fee for the kayak tournament is $50.00 per entry until 2/21/21 and $70.00 after. Online registration closes at midnght March 4th, all registration closes at 6:59 a.m. on the morning of the tournament.
 
• TOURNAMENT WITHIN A TOURNAMENT: There is an optional entry fee of $20.00 per captain or kayak angler.  Captains who choose to pay the optional fee will fish a “tournament within a tournament”.  They will compete for the optional entry fee purse only with other Captains who paid the optional entry fee.  All entry fees go toward the purse and will be divided among the top 3 Captains that paid the optional entry fee with 50% to 1st place, 30% to 2nd place, and 20 % to 3rd place. 
 
• CAPTAIN’S MEETING will be held at 7:30 Friday, March 5, 2021 (registrations will be accepted beginning at 5:30 p.m.) at the J.O.S.F.C. clubhouse at 4870 Ocean Street, Mayport, FL 
 
• FISHING RULES: A fishing license is required for all participants.  Eligible fish are: Sheepshead (Archosargus probatocephalus).  All fish must meet current FL state size requirements.  Only one fish per registered Captain, Kayak Angler, Jr. Angler and Lady Angler may be weighed in.  All fish must be caught on rod and reel, from a boat or kayak.  You must stay in your vessel. The tournament will be an open launch format, there will not be a check out or check in but we will be monitoring VHF 78.  Fishing begins at safe light, generally around 7:00 a.m.  Weigh-in opens at 1:00 p.m., and closes at 4:00 p.m.  You must be STANDING IN LINE by 4:00 p.m. All participants must comply with Coast Guard regulations and instructions. 
 
• TOURNAMENT COMMITTEE will be available during the tournament on VHF 78
 
• TOURNAMENT WEATHER CALL will be made at the Captain’s Meeting.  The Tournament Committee reserves the right to cancel or modify the tournament due to unsafe conditions.  If there is a small craft advisory or warning the tournament will be restricted to the river system meaning you may not enter the ocean from any inlet. Four hours of fishing will constitute a tournament day.  Weather date for the tournament shall be Sunday, March 7th
 
• WEIGHING-IN:  All fish submitted for weigh-in must be in fresh, edible condition, and caught that tournament day.  Fish cannot be in frozen condition.  No mutilated fish will be weighed.  All decisions regarding mutilation will be made by the weigh-master.  All fish submitted for weigh-in will be returned to the Captains.
 
• PROTEST: All protests must be in writing within 15 minutes of the close of weigh-in, accompanied by a $100.00 CASH deposit.  Digital photographic evidence is strongly suggested.  If protest is upheld, deposit will be refunded.  The Tournament Committee will review all protests and their decision shall be final.  All entrants agree to submit to a polygraph at the request of the Tournament.  The results of the polygraph will be considered by the Rules Committee, along with any relevant information, which in their sole discretion will determine whether the entrant will be disqualified.  Failure to submit to such an examination will result in disqualification of the entrant. 
 
• PARTICIPANTS enter the tournament at their own risk.  The Jacksonville Offshore Sport Fishing Club (J.O.S.F.C.), “El Cheapo” Sheepshead Tournament, its officials or members shall not be liable for and hereby disclaim any liability for any and all losses, damages or injuries of any kind suffered by any participants, entrants, anglers, their guests and companions, boat captains, vessels, and equipment which may occur during the tournament, including the weigh-in location at the JOSFC facility. 
 
• TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR and or fishing committee reserves the right to refuse entry into the tournament for cause at the discretion of the tournament director and or committee. 
 
• JUNIOR ANGLERS (age 16 and under) and LADY ANGLERS (age 17 and up), for an additional fee will be competing for a separate prize structure, but must follow the same rules as stated above.  Each Junior/Lady Angler must be fishing with a registered captain in the general tournament and must be on their entry form. Their fish will ONLY count towards their respective division. Juniors and ladies should hook and fight their own fish unless safety dictates helping, especially with the juniors.
 
• KAYAK ANGLERS will be competing for a separate prize structure and only against each other but must follow the same rules as stated above.  Each Kayak Angler will be considered an entrant in the kayak division only and must complete his/her own kayak entry form.  If you wish to compete for the general prize structure you must enter as a captain and will not be considered in the kayak division. If you wish to compete in both the general tournament and the kayak tournament you must pay for and enter both, however you may not use the same fish for both. You must weigh a separate fish for each. Prizes based on 20 or more entries.
 
BY ENTERING YOU AGREE TO THE FOLLOWING:
 
I certify that I agree to comply with the El Cheapo Sheepshead Tournament Rules.
In consideration for the acceptance of my entry in the El Cheapo Sheepshead 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 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 also agree that if I am one of the top three (3) winners, I and my crew will submit to a polygraph at the discretion of the tournament committee.
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
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