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2020 FISHING RULES

Published 11/21/2019

PDF version can be found here.

Below you will find the rules that will govern the fishing year. The J.O.S.F.C. Fishing Committee has developed and compiled these rules to provide club members a fair and equal opportunity to participate in all our events. It is our hope that you will participate in our many contests and find these rules equitable and safe. GOOD LUCK AND GOOD FISHING.

I. GENERAL CONTEST INFORMATION

J.O.S.F.C. FISHING BOARDS

For the “Annual Contests”, the largest of fish of each species will be tracked on the Club Boards by Men’s, Ladies, both Junior Anglers, Light Tackle, Inshore, Inshore Junior Angler, Blue Water, and Unlimited divisions.  The current year and ends at 8:30 p.m. on the night of the second club meeting in September. The fishing year starts at 12:01 a.m. the following morning. Both men & women may post fish to the Light Tackle, Inshore, Bluewater, and Unlimited Boards. All awards will be determined by the current sitting Board of Directors and awarded to the individual winner at the end of the year banquet.

WEEKLY BOARD CONTESTS

The contest opens at each club meeting at 8:31 p.m. and closes the following meeting at 8:30 p.m.

  1. Entries must be delivered in person or by proxy to the Fishing Committee or to a current Board member within a period of time not exceed the next regular club meeting.
  2. Each week a $5 Fish Slip will be awarded to any angler who replaces an existing entry on the club boards. The Angler need not be present to accept the Fish Slip and tell the tale of their catch. Any new entry must outweigh the old entry by at least 1/4 pound (4 ounces). All entries must weigh at least 1 pound (except for the Junior Angler Boards). One certificate per angler per week will be issued regardless of number of slots won by that angler that week.  At the end of the year any uncollected Fish Slips will be voided and discarded.
  3. A sailfish pin will be awarded to any angler for releasing their first billfish after joining the club.
  4. In order to win any board, the angler must participate in a minimum of 3 club tournaments, with the exception of the Junior Angler’s Boards. Tournament participation, for one of the three required, may be fulfilled by performing the duties of Check-out (including breakfast), Check-in (including lunch) or weighmaster.
  5. All General Fishing Rules apply.

CAPTAIN OF THE YEAR and INSHORE CAPTAIN OF THE YEAR

  1. To be eligible for Captain of the Year you must be a member of the J.O.S.F.C. and fish at least 3 club tournaments.
  2. Captains will receive points toward this award based on the final place standings among the top ten (10) boats in the regularly scheduled club tournaments listed in section III, General Tournament Information. Points will be awarded as follows: 1st place = 10 points; 2nd place = 9 points; 3rd place = 8 points; etc. through 10th place.
  3. Captains will receive 10 participation points for fishing the following Tournaments:
    1. Ladies Tournament
    2. Junior Angler Tournament.
  4. The Captain of the Year will be the captain who accumulates the highest number of points for the fishing year. They will have their name added to a perpetual plaque and be presented an award at the end-of-year banquet.
  5. If 6 or more club tournaments are cancelled due to weather or lack of participation, the Captain of the Year will be determined by the most points won for the tournaments fished.
  6. If a person wins Captain of the Year and wins another board, they would only receive the Captain of the Year award and receive a plaque for the second board that they won.
  7. Second and third place on the Captain of the Year board will receive awards.
  8. The captain listed on the Tournament entry form will be the individual who receives the points.  They must be aboard and in control of the vessel.
  9. In case of a tie for Captain of the Year, the winner will be determined by which Captain placed the highest in any club tournament. In case of a tie in the highest place, it would roll over to the second highest, and so on.
  10. Final awards will be determined by the current J.O.S.F.C. Board of Directors and awarded to the Captain of the Year at the Banquet.
  11. Captains must choose either the Offshore series or the Inshore series when declaring for their first tournament.
  12. All General Fishing Rules apply.

MALE AND FEMALE ANGLER OF THE YEAR

  1. The contest will be open to any male adult member who is 16 years old or older (if a 16-year-old chooses to pay for an Individual Membership, they are then qualified for this board).
  2. An award will be given to the angler releasing the most Sailfish.
  3. The Angler of the Year will be the angler who holds the largest number of angler slots on the Men’s or Ladies’ Board at the close of the contest. They will be presented an “end of the year” award. In the case of a tie, the angler with the heaviest single fish wins.
  4. All General Fishing Rules apply.
ELIGIBLE SPECIES Amberjack, African Pompano, B-Liner, Barracuda, Blackfin Tuna, Bluefish, Bonita, Cobia, Dolphin, Grouper, Jack Crevalle, King Mackerel, Red Snapper, Mutton Snapper, Mangrove Snapper, Red Porgy (Pinky ), Porgy, Sailfish, Sea Bass, Sheepshead, Flounder, Yellowfin Tuna, Spanish Mackerel, Triggerfish, Wahoo, and Tarpon.  Photographic evidence (with date & time) must be provided for Tarpon as they are a Catch & Release fish. Also due to difficulty measuring them each angler may catch and turn in a fish slip for each one. At the end of the fishing year, the angler with the highest total number of Tarpon will get credit for that ONE (1) slot on the board.

 

OFFSHORE LIGHT TACKLE ANGLER OF THE YEAR

  1. The contest is open to any club member.
  2. Awards will be given to the anglers of the largest of each species on the Light Tackle Board.
  3. An award will be given to the angler releasing the most Sailfish on light tackle.
  4. The Light Tackle Angler of the Year will be the club member who holds the largest number of angler slots on the Light Tackle Board at the close of the contest. They will be presented an “end of the year” award. In the case of a tie, the angler with the heaviest single fish wins.
  5. The club will recognize ONLY 8-pound class line, which must break at or below 8.81 lbs. (4 kg.). Backing is allowed and may be tied in line with the 8lb test line used on the reel providing that the 8lb line is one continuous section of at least 100 yards in length. The leader shall be limited to 15 feet. The combined length of double line and leader shall not exceed 20 feet. A 15-foot sample of line from the reel that the fish was caught on must be included with the fish entry form for testing purposes.
  6. All General Fishing Rules apply, except that the eastern boundary is 100 miles from shore (79° 27′ W).
ELIGIBLE SPECIES Amberjack, African Pompano, B-Liner, Barracuda, Blackfin Tuna, Bluefish, Bonita, Cobia, Dolphin, Grouper, Jack Crevalle, King Mackerel, Red Snapper, Mutton Snapper, Mangrove Snapper, Red Porgy (Pinky), Porgy, Sailfish, Sea Bass, Sheepshead, Flounder, Yellowfin Tuna, Spanish Mackerel, Triggerfish, Wahoo and Tarpon.  Photographic evidence (with date & time) must be provided for Tarpon as they are a Catch & Release fish. Also due to difficulty measuring them each angler may catch and turn in a fish slip for each one. At the end of the fishing year, the angler with the highest total number of Tarpon will get credit for that ONE (1) slot on the board.

 

BLUE WATER ANGLER OF THE YEAR

  1. The contest is open to any club member.
  2. Awards will be given to the anglers of the largest of each species on the Blue Water Board.
  3. An award will be given to the angler releasing the most Billfish.
  4. The Blue Water Angler of the Year will be the club member who holds the most angler slots on the Blue Water Board at the close of the contest. They will be presented an “end of the year” award. In the case of a tie, the angler with the heaviest single fish wins. In case of a further tie, which involves billfish, it will be determined by the angler with the earliest release.
  5. Release points (Billfish only): A release of a Blue Marlin will count as a 200-pound fish, a White Marlin will count as a 100-pound fish, and a Sailfish is a 50 pound fish.
  6. All General Fishing Rules apply, except the area of fishing is limited to the waters east of the current J.O.S.F.C. Chart out to 100 miles offshore (079° 27′ W), using the current north and south boundaries as the limits in the Blue Water Division.
ELIGIBLE SPECIES Blackfin Tuna, Blue Marlin, Dolphin, Swordfish, Sailfish, Wahoo, White Marlin, Yellowfin Tuna, Barracuda, Bonita and Kingfish.

 

UNLIMITED ANGLER OF THE YEAR

  1. The contest is open to any club member.
  2. The Unlimited Angler of the Year will be the club member who holds the most angler slots on the Unlimited Board at the close of the contest. They will be presented an “end of the year” award. In the case of a tie, the angler with the heaviest single fish wins.
  3. All General Fishing Rules apply, except the area of fishing is limited to the waters east of the current J.O.S.F.C. chart out to 100 miles offshore (079° 27′ W), using the current north and south chart boundaries as the limits.
ELIGIBLE SPECIES Africa Pompano, Amberjack, B-Liner, Cobia, Grouper, Sea Bass, Red Snapper, Mutton Snapper, Mangrove Snapper, Red Porgy, Porgy and Triggerfish.

 

INSHORE ANGLER OF THE YEAR

  1. The contest is open to any club member.
  2. The Inshore Angler of the Year will be determined by the club member who holds the most angler slots on the Inshore Board at the close of the contest. They will be presented an “end of the year” award. In the case of a tie, the angler with the heaviest single fish wins.
  3. All General Fishing Rules apply, except the area of fishing is limited to all Inshore waters, including the area around the Jetties that extends up to 200 yards north and south and out to the first set of buoys past the tip of the Johns River Jetties. The north and south inshore boundaries are the same as on the current J.O.S.F.C. Chart. The western boundary is 100 yards South of the Shands Bridge.
ELIGIBLE SPECIES Black Drum, Bluefish, Croaker, Flounder, Pompano, Red Bass, Sheepshead, Speckled Trout, Striped Bass, Weakfish, Whiting, Snook and Tarpon. Photographic evidence (with date & time) must be provided for Tarpon as they are a Catch & Release fish.  Also due to difficulty measuring them each angler may catch and turn in a fish slip for each one. At the end of the fishing year, the angler with the highest total number of Tarpon will get credit for that ONE (1) slot on the board.

JUNIOR ANGLER OF THE YEAR

  1. The club will recognize two Junior Anglers of the Year based on age. We will award a Junior Angler in the age group of 11 and under and a Junior Angler in the age group of 12 to 17. Anglers who are 17 years of age on 1 October of the current fishing year will be considered a Junior angler for the entire season unless they have purchased an individual membership
  2. The Junior Angler of the Year will be the angler who holds the most angler slots on the Junior Angler Board at the close of the contest. They will be presented an “end of the year” award. In the case of a tie, the angler with the heaviest single fish wins. This rule will apply to both Junior Angler Boards. Junior Anglers will be allowed to enter on their boards fish caught in blue water same as the Adult “Blue water Board”.
  3. All General Fishing Rules apply, except:
    1. Assistance may be given as needed in the 11 and under category.
    2. Junior anglers may fish from land or structures.

 

ELIGIBLE SPECIES Amberjack, African Pompano, B-Liner, Barracuda, Blackfin Tuna, Bluefish, Bonita, Cobia, Dolphin, Grouper, Jack Crevalle, King Mackerel, Red Snapper, Mutton Snapper, Mangrove Snapper, Red Porgy (Pinky), Porgy, Sailfish, Sea Bass, Sheepshead, Flounder, Yellowfin Tuna, Spanish Mackerel, Triggerfish, Wahoo and Tarpon.  Photographic evidence (with date & time) must be provided for Tarpon as they are a Catch & Release fish. Also due to difficulty measuring them each angler may catch and turn in a fish slip for each one. At the end of the fishing year, the angler with the highest total number of Tarpon will get credit for that ONE (1) slot on the board.

 

INSHORE JUNIOR ANGLER OF THE YEAR

  1. The Contest is open to any club member, 17 and under.
  2. The Junior Inshore Angler of the Year will be determined by the club member who holds the most angler slots on the Inshore Board at the close of the contest. They will be presented an “end of the year” award. In the case of a tie, the angler with the heaviest single fish wins.
  3. All General Fishing Rules apply, except the area of fishing is limited to all Inshore waters, including the area around the Jetties that extends up to 200 yards North and South and out to the first set of buoys past the tip of the St. Johns River Jetties. The north and south inshore boundaries are the same as on the current J.O.S.F.C. Chart. The western boundary is 100 yards south of the Shands Bridge.
ELIGIBLE SPECIES Black Drum, Bluefish, Croaker, Flounder, Pompano, Red Bass, Sheepshead, Speckled Trout, Striped Bass, Weakfish, Whiting, Snook and Tarpon. Photographic evidence (with date & time) must be provided for Tarpon as they are a Catch & Release fish.  Also due to difficulty measuring them each angler may catch and turn in a fish slip for each one. At the end of the fishing year, the angler with the highest total number of Tarpon will get credit for that ONE (1) slot on the board.

 

II. GENERAL FISHING RULES

  1. Sport fishing is fun. Only you can keep it that way by observing and following the rules.
  2. Fishing entries will be limited to the area of the current J.O.S.F.C. chart with the exceptions:
    1. The northern boundary will be the N 31° 00’ line.
    2. The southern boundary will be the N 29° 30’ line.
  3. All J.O.S.F.C. tournaments will be open to all club members.
  4. Any fish caught by a non-member can be claimed by a member Captain for tournament purposes only, provided: 
    1. The boat is not on a commercial trip (a commercial trip is defined as a trip where any fish are sold). 
    2. The Captain is not on a charter trip (a charter trip is defined as one where the Captain is hired for the trip).
  5. NO fish shall be eligible for any board or tournament that are caught on a private charter where ANY fish are sold.
  6. The Captain and Crew of any vessel are not eligible to weigh fish if the vessel was hired the day the fish were caught, but the angler that hired the boat is eligible to weigh his fish.
  7. All fish must be caught on a rod and reel to qualify. All electric and commercial rigs are prohibited unless approved exceptions for handicapped or disabled club anglers.
  8. All anglers must fight their fish from strike to the gaff.
  9. The Board that a fish is to be entered on (Light Tackle, Men’s, Blue Water, Unlimited, etc.) must be indicated on the entry form. There will be only one award per member, per specific fish in any one contest (annual, weekly, etc.). There will be duplicate awards for ties on weekly contests.
  10. All fish must be weighed on a State certified scale or a personal handheld digital scale.  However:
    1. Personal scales may be used to weigh fish for the fishing boards only.
    2. Fish weighed on personal scales are ineligible for club records.
  11. We strongly encourage weighing onboard and releasing any fish that you would not normally keep in the spirit of conserving our fish stocks.
  12. Due to the inadequate fishing season, Red Snapper may be weighed onboard and released any time of year.
  13. Fish entries must be registered with the Fishing Director within a period not to exceed the next regular club meeting. Please remember – THIS IS AN HONOR CLUB.
  14. Fish slips must be submitted in pounds and ounces, not decimals, and should be rounded to the nearest ounce.
  15. The club President, Vice President and Fishing Director will act as a Protest Committee with the Tournament Director acting as an alternate. All protests must be in writing and turned in by the next scheduled meeting. The individual filing the protest will be afforded the opportunity to appear before the committee at the next regular scheduled Board Meeting to present their protest. In the event of a protest that involves another club member, both club members will be afforded the opportunity to present their position to the protest committee. They will not be allowed to witness the deliberation. The Protest Committee reserves the right to interpret the rules, to postpone, cancel, or hold any contest or tournament it deems necessary in the interest of the club. All protests must be resolved within two weeks. All decisions are final.
  16. Fishing entries will be limited to the area of the current J.O.S.F.C Chart. For safety reasons, the eastern boundary of the J.O.S.F.C. Chart will be 3 nautical miles east of the BR flag, or a longitude of 80°46’ 65” W. The only exceptions are for the Unlimited and Blue Water boards for which the eastern boundary will be 100 miles offshore (079° 27′ W).
  17. Special awards for outstanding catches will be awarded at the discretion of the Fishing Director.
  18. Any fish, which is decomposed and/or mutilated, so as to impair its fighting ability, shall not be qualified for entry.
  19. Anyone who receives a ticket or citation for an illegal fish will be disqualified from entering fish from that trip on any of the club boards. This includes being over the bag limit or having a fish that is either over or undersized.
  20. One person cannot win two club boards of any combination.  In the event that somebody places first on multiple boards, they will be awarded the first place prize for the first board in this order and a plaque for the other(s):
    1. Captain of the Year / Inshore Captain Of The Year
    2. Bluewater
    3. Unlimited
    4. Mens / Ladies
    5. Inshore
    6. Light Tackle 
  21. If the person in first place on a board is ineligible to win the prize due to winning multiple boards, the person in second place will be awarded the prize. 
  22. The “end of the year” winner of any given board (except all Junior Angler Boards) must occupy at least 2 slots on that board to win that board. If this condition is not met, no award will be given for that board in this particular year.
  23. On the 1st of January at 12:01 a.m., any member who has not paid their membership dues will have all rights suspended, including fishing board entries. Any current fish posted on a board will be removed permanently. On the date when the members’ dues are paid their privileges will be reinstated, but fish that were removed from the boards will not be restored.
  24. All fish brought to the scale during a tournament must be caught in accordance with the rules for that tournament. All members are afforded the opportunity to catch fish for their table during any tournament using their preferred method.
  25. Charter captains who are hired for the days of the tournaments, cannot earn points toward Captain of the Year on those days. All boats must be registered prior to entering the ocean

III. GENERAL TOURNAMENT INFORMATION

The following tournaments will be held this year, and rules for these tournaments will be posted and made available at least 2 weeks prior to the date of the tournament. They may also be found at Section VI (Specific Tournament Rules)

All J.O.S.F.C. “Points” Tournaments are open to any boat carrying at least one club member and may be fished without an entry fee. The winners of each tournament will be determined by the points schedule listed in each Tournament’s rules. Plaques or gift certificates will be awarded and, when applicable, points toward Captain of the Year based on total points scored.

J.O.S.F.C. TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

Offshore

Inshore

January Light Tackle Redfish
February Sheepshead Tune-up Sheepshead Tune-up
March Non-Live Bait River
April Unlimited Trolling Shrimp Only
May May Trolling Trout
June Junior Junior
July Kingfish Tune-up Roulette
August Ladies Ladies
September Bottom Flounder

 

IV. GENERAL TOURNAMENT RULES

  1. Sport fishing is fun. Only you can keep it that way by observing and following the rules.
  2. J.O.S.F.C. encourages conservation; consequently, some rules are designed to prevent the killing of species that one might not normally try to catch.
  3. All boats fishing MUST be registered prior to the start of the tournament. NO REGISTRATIONS VIA VHF radio. Boats may depart and enter the ocean using any of the inlets on the current J.O.S.F.C. chart. The Tournament Director or their designate will be the official timekeeper.
  4. Fishing will be limited to the area of the current J.O.S.F.C chart. For safety reasons, the eastern boundary of the J.O.S.F.C. chart will be 3 nautical miles east of the BR flag, or a longitude of 80° 46’ 65” W (except Non-Live, Unlimited Trolling and May Trolling tournaments).
  5. All boats MUST CHECK OUT and CHECK BACK IN with the Tournament Director either in person, via VHF 78, by phone or by filling out the check out / in sheet at the clubhouse.  If you do not check back in, we will have the U.S. Coast Guard out looking for you! If you are going to fish a tournament but want to leave late, you may also check OUT and IN on the sheet posted on the clubhouse door.  
  6. Three (3) boats must be present or checked out no later than 30 minutes after the start time of that tournament for any tournament to be held.
  7. In the event the tournament is postponed, it will be fished on the scheduled weather date.
  8. There is NO lines out time for ANY tournament. You simply must be back and in the weigh-in line before weigh-in closes at specified time on day of tournament.
  9. Anyone who receives a ticket or citation for an illegal fish will be disqualified from the tournament. This includes being over the bag limit or having a fish that is over or under the size limit.
  10. Any fish that is decomposed and/or mutilated, so as to impair its fighting ability, will be disqualified for entry.
  11. All fish must be of legal size according to Florida fishing rules, except for a billfish that was released. Anyone weighing in an illegal fish will be disqualified. Any billfish brought to the dock will score 1/2 point per pound in all tournaments where billfish are eligible species. 
  12. Any fish with exposed hooks at weigh-in will be disqualified.
  13. During all Tournaments each participating vessel must have at least one J.O.S.F.C. member on board. The captain will act as observer and see that the crew knows and obeys the rules.
  14. All boats must display a club burgee (J.O.S.F.C. pennant) always when fishing club tournaments.
  15. A non-member captain may participate in any tournament upon applying for membership by paying the membership fee online the night before the tournament and producing the receipt that the fee has been paid. This will be applied towards the purchase of a J.O.S.F.C. burgee and also includes the $25 Application Fee.
  16. Tournament results will be presented at regular J.O.S.F.C. meetings within 30 days of the tournament.
  17. All General Fishing Rules will apply.
  18. All fishermen need to stay in the boat during club tournaments. No divers or land based fishing may take place, except as specified in the rules for the Junior Angler Tournament.
  19. During club tournaments, Captain of the year points will be based on the aggregate weight as outlined by each individual tournament’s eligible species.
  20. This is an honor club.  Due to the high cost of gas, if during any tournament you wish to fish for some fish to eat you may. For example, during a trolling tournament, if you wish to bottom fish for some fish to take home to eat, you may do so.  You are just expected to ONLY weigh fish caught while trolling as per the tournament rules.
  21. All boats must have a fixed mounted WORKING VHF radio for all offshore tournaments.
  22. Maximum number of lines in the water shall be 6.
  23. A boat may win only one place. 
  24. The Tournament Director must enforce the rules as written, but will make a note of any controversial rules which should be discussed at the next rules meeting.
  25. There is no check out time for any tournament – leave when you want.  However, fishing starts at first safe light.
  26. The Tournament Director will create the tournament schedule at the start of the year, taking care to avoid other large area tournaments and boat shows where possible and for which the dates have been published.  Once published, the tournament schedule WILL NOT CHANGE except for weather.

V. TOURNAMENT WEATHER RULES

  1. Each Captain is responsible for the safety and seaworthiness of their boat and always has the sole responsibility to determine if conditions are safe for their boat and crew.
  2. At 3 p.m. on the day prior to the tournament, if the conditions are expected to be unsafe, the tournament will be postponed to the weather date or canceled, whichever is applicable. Every registered Captain will be phoned, a note will be on the clubhouse door, and it will be posted on the club website the night before.
  3. The Tournament Director can call a tournament prior to the start if conditions appear to be unsafe to fish the day of the tournament. All captains present at the start time and the tournament director can decide to postpone or cancel by a majority vote.
  4. There will be NO Tournaments fished if, on the day of the tournament, NOAA is calling for SMALL CRAFT WARNINGS.
  5. If on the Tournament day, NOAA is calling for any conditions better than those in Rule 3, the decision to fish or not to fish will be made by the Tournament Director, and this decision will be broadcast on VHF-78 at 6:00 a.m., except Unlimited, Fall Bottom and Non-Live (5:00 a.m.).
  6. The Tournament Director or the majority of boat captains shall have the right to terminate the fishing day if it appears that the weather conditions or seas may become unsafe.
  7. If a Tournament is called prior to 12:01 p.m., there is no tournament that day and it will be moved to the weather day.
  8. If a tournament is called after 12:01 p.m., fishing is to stop at the time of the call. The tournament will be considered official and all boats should return to port.

VI. SPECIFIC TOURNAMENT RULES

COMMON TOURNAMENTS

The following tournaments are fished as part of both the Inshore and Offshore tournament series.

SHEEPSHEAD TOURNAMENT

  1. General Tournament Rules apply except for boundaries.
  2. Inshore Tournament Boundaries apply.
  3. Tournament Weather Rules apply.
  4. No restrictions on the type of bait used.
  5. A maximum of 3 fish may be weighed per boat.
ELIGIBLE SPECIES Sheepshead.
SCORING All eligible species will count at one point per pound. The boat with the highest points for the THREE FISH AGGREGATE will be the tournament winner. Second place through tenth place will also be based on each boat’s aggregate (up to 3 fish) and will be ranked according to weight. 
TIME The weigh station will open from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

JUNIOR ANGLER TOURNAMENT

  1. General Tournament Rules apply.
  2. Tournament Weather Rules apply.
  3. If on the weather date the weather is still bad the tournament will be held as a RIVER TOURNAMENT with the River Tournament rules.
  4. No restrictions on the type of bait used.
  5. A maximum of 3 fish may be weighed per junior angler.
  6. Flsh Slips will be given to the First, Second and Third place anglers in the amount of $30, $20 and $10 respectively.
  7. All boats must have at least one junior angler onboard to receive COY points.
  8. Anglers may also fish from bridges, piers and the beach.  
  9. All participating capta
ELIGIBLE SPECIES Offshore: African Pompano, *Amberjack, *Barracuda, Blackfin Tuna, Black Drum, B-Liner, Blue Marlin, Bluefish, *Bonita, Cobia, Croaker, Dolphin, Flounder, Grouper, *Jack Crevalle, King Mackerel, Pompano, Red Bass, Red Porgy, Porgy, Sailfish, Sea Bass, Sheepshead, Snapper, Spanish Mackerel, Speckled Trout, Striped Bass, Triggerfish, Weakfish, Whiting, Wahoo. 

 

Inshore:  *Black Drum, Croaker, Flounder, Pompano, Red Bass, Sheepshead, Speckled Trout, Striped Bass, Weakfish, Whiting.

 

Species marked with an * are limited to one fish weighed per species. 

SCORING A release of a Sailfish will count as a 50 pound fish. Photographic evidence must be provided at weigh-in. Any Billfish brought to the dock and weighed will count as 1/2 point per pound of fish. All other eligible species will count as one point per pound. The angler with the highest points for the THREE FISH AGGREGATE in each age group will be the tournament winner. Second place through tenth place will also be based on each angler’s AGGREGATE (up to 3 fish) and will be ranked according to weight.

All participating captains with a junior angler onboard will receive 10 points towards Captain of the Year.

TIME The weigh station will be open from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

LADIES TOURNAMENT

  1. General Tournament Rules apply.
  2. Tournament Weather Rules apply.
  3. If on the weather date the weather is still bad the tournament will be held as a RIVER TOURNAMENT with the River Tournament rules.
  4. No restrictions on the type of bait used.
  5. A maximum of 3 fish may be weighed per female angler.
  6. All boats must have at least one female angler onboard to receive COY points. 
ELIGIBLE SPECIES Offshore: African Pompano *Amberjack, *Barracuda, Blackfin Tuna, B-Liner, Blue Marlin, Bluefish, *Bonita, Cobia, Dolphin, Grouper, *Jack Crevalle, King Mackerel, Red Porgy, Porgy, Snapper, Sailfish, Sea Bass, Spanish Mackerel, Triggerfish, Wahoo. 

 

Inshore:  *Black Drum, Croaker, Flounder, Pompano, Red Bass, Sheepshead, Speckled Trout, Striped Bass, Weakfish, Whiting.

 

Species marked with an * are limited to one fish weighed per species. 

SCORING A release of a Sailfish will count as a 50 pound fish. Photographic evidence must be provided at weigh-in. Any Billfish brought to the dock and weighed will count as 1/2 point per pound of fish. All other eligible species will count at one point per pound. The angler with the highest points for the THREE FISH AGGREGATE in each age group will be the tournament winner. Second place through tenth place will also be based on each angler’s AGGREGATE (up to 3 fish) and will be ranked according to weight.

All participating captains with a female angler onboard will receive 10 points towards Captain of the Year.

TIME The weigh station will be open from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

 

INSHORE TOURNAMENTS

All Inshore fishing rules set by the FWC will be observed by all club and non-club members. Any rule violations will be subject to immediate disqualification.  It is up to the angler to know the FWC rules before any species tournament.

INSHORE TOURNAMENT BOUNDARIES: Fishing will be limited to all inshore waters, including the area around the jetties that extends up to 200 yards north and south and out to the first set of buoys past the tip of the St. Johns River jetties.  The north and south inshore boundaries are the same as the current J.O.S.F.C. chart. The western boundary is 100 yards south of the Shands Bridge. Any boat that fishes outside of the boundaries will be disqualified.

REDFISH TOURNAMENT

  1. General Tournament Rules apply except for boundaries.
  2. Inshore Tournament Boundaries apply.
  3. Tournament Weather Rules apply.
  4. No restrictions on the type of bait used.
  5. The maximum of -2- fish may be weighed per boat. 
ELIGIBLE SPECIES Redfish between 18” and 27” total length.
SCORING All eligible species will count at one point per pound. The boat with the highest points for the TWO FISH AGGREGATE will be the tournament winner. Second place through tenth place will also be based on each boat’s aggregate (up to 2 fish) and will be ranked according to weight. 
TIME The weigh station will be open from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

 

RIVER TOURNAMENT

  1. General Tournament Rules apply except for boundaries.
  2. Inshore Tournament Boundaries apply.
  3. Tournament Weather Rules apply.
  4. No restrictions on the type of bait used.
  5. A maximum of 3 fish may be weighed per boat.
  6. Black Drum shall be “Catch & Release” only. The formula for the weight shall be (L X G2) ÷ 800.  Remember to measure from the tip of the LOWER jaw to the FORK of the tail. Photographic evidence of the measurements must be provided to the weighmaster at weigh-in.  If you wish to keep a black drum to eat, do not bring it to the weighmaster. Keep it on ice and follow the measurement rule.
ELIGIBLE SPECIES *Black Drum, Croaker, Flounder, Pompano, Red Bass, Sheepshead, Speckled Trout, Striped Bass, Weakfish, Whiting and Snook. Species marked with an * are limited to one fish per species. 
SCORING All eligible species will count at one point per pound. The boat with the highest points for the THREE FISH AGGREGATE will be the tournament winner. Second place through tenth place will also be based on each boat’s aggregate (up to 3 fish) and will be ranked according to weight. 
TIME The weigh station will open from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

 

SHRIMP ONLY TOURNAMENT

  1. General Tournament Rules apply except for boundaries.
  2. Inshore Tournament Boundaries apply.
  3. Tournament Weather Rules apply.
  4. The maximum of 3 fish may be weighed per boat.
  5. All fish must be caught on rod and reel using only live or dead shrimp.
ELIGIBLE SPECIES Flounder, Trout, Redfish.  
SCORING All eligible species will count at one point per pound. The boat with the highest points for the THREE FISH AGGREGATE will be the tournament winner. Second place through tenth place will also be based on each boat’s aggregate (up to 3 fish) and will be ranked according to weight. 
TIME The weigh station will be open from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

TROUT TOURNAMENT

  1. General Tournament Rules apply except for boundaries.
  2. Inshore Tournament Boundaries apply.
  3. Tournament Weather Rules apply.
  4. No restrictions on the type of bait used.
  5. The maximum of 3 fish may be weighed per boat.
ELIGIBLE SPECIES All trout species.
SCORING All eligible species will count at one point per pound. The boat with the highest points for the THREE FISH AGGREGATE will be the tournament winner. Second place through tenth place will also be based on each boat’s aggregate (up to 3 fish) and will be ranked according to weight. 
TIME The weigh station will be open from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

ROULETTE TOURNAMENT

  1. General Tournament Rules apply except for boundaries.
  2. Inshore Tournament Boundaries apply.
  3. Tournament Weather Rules apply.
  4. No restrictions on the type of bait used.
  5. The maximum of 3 fish may be weighed per boat. 
ELIGIBLE SPECIES Species will be determined the regular scheduled JOSFC general meeting by the luck of the draw. 3 species will be drawn at the meeting to determine species. 
SCORING One fish per species drawn will be eligible for weigh in. The boat with the highest points for the THREE FISH AGGREGATE will be the tournament winner. Second place through tenth place will also be based on each boat’s aggregate (up to 3 fish) and will be ranked according to weight. 
TIME The weigh station will be open from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

 

FLOUNDER TOURNAMENT

  1. General Tournament Rules apply except for boundaries.
  2. Inshore Tournament Boundaries apply.
  3. Tournament Weather Rules apply.
  4. No restrictions on the type of bait used.
  5. The maximum of 3 fish may be weighed per boat. 
ELIGIBLE SPECIES Flounder
SCORING All eligible species will count at one point per pound. The boat with the highest points for the THREE FISH AGGREGATE will be the tournament winner. Second place through tenth place will also be based on each boat’s aggregate (up to 3 fish) and will be ranked according to weight. 
TIME The weigh station will be open from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

OFFSHORE TOURNAMENTS

LIGHT TACKLE TOURNAMENT

  1. General Tournament Rules apply.
  2. Tournament Weather Rules apply.
  3. No restrictions on the type of bait used.
  4. A maximum of 3 fish may be weighed per boat.
  5. The club will recognize ONLY 8-pound class line, which must break at or below 8.81 lbs. (4 kg.). Backing is allowed and may be tied in line with the 8lb test line used on the reel providing that the 8lb line is one continuous section of at least 100 yards in length. The leader shall be limited to 15 feet. The combined length of double line and leader shall not exceed 20 feet. A 15-foot sample of line from the reel that the fish was caught on must be included with the fish entry form for testing purposes.
ELIGIBLE SPECIES Amberjack, African Pompano, B-Liner, Barracuda, Blackfin Tuna, Bluefish, Bonita, Cobia, Dolphin, Grouper, Jack Crevalle, King Mackerel, Red Snapper, Mutton Snapper, Mangrove Snapper, Red Porgy (Pinky), Porgy, Sailfish, Sea Bass, Flounder, Yellowfin Tuna, Spanish Mackerel, Triggerfish, Wahoo and Tarpon.  Photographic evidence (with date & time) must be provided for Tarpon as they are a Catch & Release fish.
SCORING A release of a sailfish will count as a 50 pound fish. Photographic evidence must be provided at weigh-in. Any billfish brought to the dock and weighed will count as 1/2 point per pound of fish. All other eligible species will count at one point per pound. 

The boat with the highest points for the THREE FISH AGGREGATE will be the tournament winner. Second place through tenth place will also be based on each boat’s AGGREGATE (up to 3 fish) and will be ranked according to weight. 

TIME The weigh station will be open from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

NON-LIVE BAIT TOURNAMENT

  1. General Tournament Rules apply, except that the eastern boundary will be 100 miles offshore (079° 27′ W).
  2. Tournament Weather Rules apply.
  3. No live bait shall be allowed.  All bait / lures must be onboard before the tournament starts.  Any violation of this rule will result in disqualification.
  4. A maximum of 3 fish may be weighed per boat.
ELIGIBLE SPECIES *Amberjack, *Barracuda, Blackfin Tuna, B-Liner, Blue Marlin, Bluefish, *Bonita, Cobia, Dolphin, Grouper, *Jack Crevalle, King Mackerel, Red Porgy, Porgy, Snapper, Sailfish, Sea Bass, Spanish Mackerel, Swordfish, Triggerfish, Wahoo. Species marked with an * are limited to one fish weighed per species. 
SCORING A release of a sailfish will count as a 50 pound fish. Photographic evidence must be provided at weigh-in. Any billfish brought to the dock and weighed will count as 1/2 point per pound of fish. All other eligible species will count at one point per pound. 

The boat with the highest points for the THREE FISH AGGREGATE will be the tournament winner. Second place through tenth place will also be based on each boat’s AGGREGATE (up to 3 fish) and will be ranked according to weight. 

TIME The weigh station will be open from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

 

UNLIMITED TROLLING TOURNAMENT

  1. General Tournament Rules apply, except the eastern boundary will be 100 miles offshore.
  2. Tournament Weather Rules apply.
  3. No restrictions on the type of bait used.
  4. A maximum of 3 fish may be weighed per boat.
  5. This is a TROLLING tournament.  All fish must be hooked while the boat is under power and moving.
ELIGIBLE SPECIES African Pompano, *Amberjack, *Barracuda, Blackfin Tuna, Blue Marlin, Bluefish, *Bonita, Cobia, Dolphin, *Jack Crevalle, King Mackerel, Sailfish, Spanish Mackerel, Swordfish, Wahoo, White Marlin, Yellowfin Tuna Species marked with an * are limited to one fish weighed per species.
SCORING A release of a Blue Marlin will count as 200 pound fish, a White Marlin as a 100 pound fish, and a Sailfish as a 50 pound fish. Photographic evidence must be provided at weigh-in. Any billfish brought to the dock and weighed will count as 1/2 point per pound of fish. All other eligible species will count at one point per pound. The boat with the highest points for the THREE FISH AGGREGATE will be the tournament winner. Second place through tenth place will also be based on each boat’s AGGREGATE (up to 3 fish) and will be ranked according to weight. 
TIME The weigh station will be open from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

MAY TROLLING TOURNAMENT

  1. General Tournament Rules apply except that the eastern boundary will be 100 miles from shore (079° 27′ W).
  2. Tournament Weather Rules apply.
  3. No restrictions on the type of bait used.
  4. A maximum of 3 fish may be weighed per boat.
  5. This is a TROLLING tournament.  All fish must be hooked while the boat is under power and moving.
ELIGIBLE SPECIES African Pompano, *Amberjack, *Barracuda, Blackfin Tuna, Blue Marlin, Bluefish, *Bonita, Cobia, Dolphin, *Jack Crevalle, King Mackerel, Sailfish, Spanish Mackerel, Wahoo. Species marked with an * are limited to one fish weighed per species. 
SCORING A release of a sailfish will count as a 50 pound fish. Photographic evidence must be provided at weigh-in. Any billfish brought to the dock and weighed will count as 1/2 point per pound of fish. All other eligible species will count at one point per pound. 

The boat with the highest points for the THREE FISH AGGREGATE will be the tournament winner. Second place through tenth place will also be based on each boat’s AGGREGATE (up to 3 fish) and will be ranked according to weight. 

TIME The weigh station will be open from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

 

KINGFISH TUNE-UP TOURNAMENT

  1. General Tournament Rules apply.
  2. Tournament Weather Rules apply.
  3. No restrictions on the type of bait used.
  4. A maximum of 3 fish may be weighed per boat, but only the largest fish will count for the tournament.
ELIGIBLE SPECIES King Mackerel
SCORING All King Mackerel weighed will count at one point per pound. The boat with the highest points for the SINGLE LARGEST KINGFISH will be the tournament winner. Second through tenth place will also be determined on each boat’s SINGLE LARGEST KINGFISH and will be ranked according to weight. 
TIME The weigh station will be open from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

  

BOTTOM TOURNAMENT

  1. General Tournament Rules apply.
  2. Tournament Weather Rules apply.
  3. No restrictions on the type of bait used.
  4. A maximum of 3 fish may be weighed per boat.
ELIGIBLE SPECIES B-Liner, Grouper, Snapper, Sea Bass, Triggerfish, Red Porgy, Porgy.
SCORING Captain’s Division: All eligible species will count at one point per pound. The Boat with the highest points total for the THREE FISH AGGREGATE will be the tournament winner. Second place through tenth place will also be based on each boat’s AGGREGATE (up to 3 fish) and will be ranked according to weight.

 

Angler’s Division: All eligible species will count at one point per pound. The Angler with the LARGEST FISH will be the tournament winner. Second place will go to the Angler with the second largest fish and third place will go the Angler with the third largest fish.  An angler may only win one place.

TIME The weigh station will be open from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

 

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