***RULES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE UP UNTIL THE CAPTAIN’S PARTY

Please be advised – read the rules in their entirety. Captain’s are responsible to understanding all of the rules.

By participating in the Monster Kingfish Tournament you and your team agree to the rules stated below:

TOURNAMENT COMMUNICATIONS:
1. Announcements regarding weather & other important tournament information will be communicated to team captains via posting on the Monster Facebook Event Page and the Monster page on Angler Armory.com
2.Tournament Officials will also operate on Channel 68 for any communications that need to be directed from or to teams on tournament day.

REGISTRATION:
1. All teams must fill out an application form & pay entry fee in order to participate in the Monster Kingfish Tournament
2. Teams must be entered into the main kingfish division in order to enter into any calcuttas.

ENTRY FEES:
1. EARLY REGISTRATION – $350 entry fee if registered between August 1, 2022 and October 1, 2022
2. $395 entry fee if registered between October 2, 2022 and October 26, 2022
3. Checks will be accepted by mail up until October 15th. After October 15th only credit card or cash will be accepted.
4. If paying by check, print and mail registration form along with check to:
Angler Armory Inc
14181 83rd Place
Seminole, FL 33776
5. If paying by check or cash, please make sure to include 7% sales tax on both the main entry and all calcuttas. Registrations will not be considered complete without 7% sales tax included.
6. 5 teams that registered & paid during Early Registration will be randomly drawn to receive a free entry into the Fall Monster Tournament. (Main entry fee only)
Winning teams will receive a reimbursement check for their main entry fee – Winners will be drawn live on Facebook on October 2, 2022.

PARTICIPATION:
1. A Florida saltwater fishing license is required for each team member except from a boat which has a valid recreational vessel saltwater fishing license or any FL Resident 65 years or older, or anyone excluded by FL law. License not required when fishing with a charter captain. Go to www.myfwc.com to obtain current Florida fishing regulations.
2. By participating in the Monster Kingfish Tournament, all teams registered give permission for Angler Armory Inc and it’s sponsors to use video and/or photographs that are taken of them during the tournament Captain’s Party and Weigh In for promotional purposes on social media and their websites.

CAPTAIN’S PARTY: 
1. The Captain’s Party is not mandatory.
2. The Captain’s Party will take place from 6pm to 10pm Wednesday, October 26th at OCC Roadhouse located at 10575 49th St N. Clearwater, FL
3. A “Captain’s Only” rules meeting will take place at 7pm in the lobby of Bert’s Harley Davidson, which is located next door to OCC Roadhouse. We ask that only the captain or one team member attend this meeting. The rules meeting will last approximately 30 minutes.

POINT SYSTEM:
1. Only one kingfish can be weighed in for the main division.
2. 1 point per 1lb for the kingfish division
3. If all team members are current Angler Armory Members on tournament day, the team may weigh in a separate fish for Angler Armory’s Closest to 20.22lb free entry contest.
4. Only one spanish mackerel can be weighed in for the spanish mackerel division.
5. 1 point per 1lb for the spanish mackerel division.

BOATS:
1.Tournament competitors may fish by motorized boat, by kayak or on land within the designated boundaries.
2.All boats must carry a Coast Guard approved flotation device for each person on their vessel plus all other safety devices required by the Coast Guard. Go to http://myfwc.com for current Coast Guard regulations.

BOUNDARIES:

North: 27.58.000 (Clearwater Pass Sea Buoy)
West: 82.54.000 (Approximately 5 Miles West of Johns Pass Sea Buoy)
South: 27.26.000 (Longboat Pass Sea Buoy)
East: As Far East within Tampa Bay as you care to go.

**If a fish is hooked and takes a team outside the boundaries, the team is allowed to continue fighting the fish outside the boundaries but must immediately return to inside the boundaries as soon as the fish is gaffed and in boat.

WEATHER:
1. Alternate fishing date will be announced if weather or another Act of God should affect fishing conditions. Teams will be advised after Friday’s 4pm weather advisory if the tournament will be postponed. The make up date will be Sunday, October 30th so please plan accordingly. If the tournament is postponed until Sunday no refunds will be given. If Sunday is not fishable and the tournament is postponed to another weekend then teams can request a full refund if they are unable to fish.
2. It is the discretion of the Team Captain to determine if their craft is seaworthy for the existing conditions.
3. The captain has the choice whether or not to compete in the Monster Kingfish Tournament.

TOURNAMENT FISHING:
1. There is no check out for this tournament.
2. Lines in the water at 6:30am
3. Bait fishing is allowed prior to 6:30am
4. Hand held rods & reels only
5. No more than 4 kingfish rods may be fishing at one time
6. No gaffs longer than 10 feet unless fishing by land on a pier.
7. The tournament encourages release of all fish not intended to be weighed in at tournament.
8. Fish weighed in at the tournament become the property of Angler Armory Inc. Proceeds from the sale of the fish will be donated to charity. (CLICK HERE to see the list of charities Angler Armory donates to)
9. Lines out of the water at 5:00pm. All fish must be caught and in boat no later than 5:00:00pm.

CONDUCT:
1. The Honor System applies throughout the tournament
2. Anglers may touch land at any time during tournament hours (anglers may go eat lunch, go home and go back out to fish, go get fuel, ice, etc)
No passing of anything between boats during tournament hours. This will result in automatic disqualification from the Monster Kingfish Tournament
3. One angler must hook, fight & bring fish up to point of gaff.
4. There will be no feeding and/or stuffing of any kingfish with any bait fish, fish and/or any foreign objects (ie ice, weights, etc). This will result in immediate disqualification.
5. Hooks, wire, rigs (terminal tackle)and/or any other foreign objects must be removed from kingfish in order to be eligible for competition.
6. All fish entered into the tournaments will be inspected for cheating prior to fish being brought to the scale.
7. Fish will be sliced open after the fish has been weighed to verify there are no foreign objects or stuffing of fish.
8. All participants in Monster Kingfish Tournament must maintain a high level of professionalism at all times.
9. Anglers are expected to be role models, and set a positive example to the recreational angling public.
10. Alcohol is not allowed on stage during the weigh in. If a team member refuses to place their alcoholic beverage on the designated table and brings their alcohol onstage with them, the fish will not be weighed and the team will automatically be disqualifed.

WEIGH IN:
**Please note that the logistics for fish drop off are still being worked out. Additional drop off locations may be added. Please check back for any addition to the rules.

**There will be limited boat/trailer parking at the weigh in site. Parking for boats/trailers will be available in the grass parking lot that is located adjacent the south end of Bert’s Harley Davidson/OCC. 

1. All tournament fish will be weighed in at OCC Roadhouse located at 10575 49th St N Clearwater, FL
2. Teams have three options on where to check in fish: (locations to be announced shortly)
Option 1: OCC ROADHOUSE – check in is from 4:30pm to 6pm. Must be in line and checked in with tournament official no later than 6pm
Option 2: Location TBD – check in is from 4:30pm to 5pm. The check in officials will leave at 5pm to bring fish to OCC Roadhouse weigh in.
Option 3: Location TBD – check in is from 4:30pm to 5pm. The check in officials will leave at 5pm to bring fish to OCC Roadhouse weigh in.
3.  All fish must be in a closed fish bag in order to be accepted by a check in official.
4.  All fish, no matter where they are checked in at will receive a tag and the fish bag will be zip tied closed until the team goes on stage to be weighed in.
5.  One team member will receive a wrist band. The team member with the wrist band must be present in order to check out fish to be weighed in.
5. Weigh in starts at 6pm. Please plan accordingly and give your team enough time to get to weigh in location on time.
6. Tournament officials have the right to inspect any or all boats entered into the series, after check in.
7. Fish being weighed in the tournament will be inspected for all manners of cheating by a tournament official.
8. Fish must be weighed in by a registered team member that fished on the team that day.
9. No rotten or mutilated fish will be allowed to be weighed in.
10. In the event of a tie, the team that checked in first with the Tournament Check In official wins.
11. Results are unofficial until determined by tournament director.
12. All kingfish weighed in at tournament become the property of Angler Armory Inc. Fish are donated to Nachman’s Native Seafood and the proceeds are donated to charity.
13. Kingfish must have a minimum size of 24” fork length
14. Results are unofficial until determined by tournament director.

DISPUTES:
1. Protests must be submitted in writing along with a $500 cash deposit to a tournament official within 10 minutes of the last fish weighed in.
2. The cash deposit will be returned to the contestant submitting the protest if the protest is upheld.
3. If there is a dispute of any kind, the decision of the Tournament Director is final.

TOURNAMENT DISCRETION:
1. The tournament director reserves the right to implement his discretion at any time during the tournament as it may apply to the rules or any other circumstance that should arise during the course of the tournament series.

LIE DETECTOR TEST:
1. Winning team or teams will be selected to participate in a mandatory lie detector test that will take place Sunday, October 30th at 10am. The team/s selected will not receive their check until they satisfactorily pass the lie detector test. If team is called to do a polygraph test and fails to submit to test it will result in disqualification of the entire team for all future Angler Armory tournaments. Refunds of tournament entry fees will not be given for failure of a polygraph test. All decisions of the polygraph examiner will be final.
2. If a team is found guilty of cheating by the Tournament Director, they will automatically be disqualified from the tournament without refund of their entry fee, membership dues or calcutta fees.
3. All decisions made by the tournament director are final.

AWARDS:
1. Awards will take place approximately 60 minutes of the last fish weighed.
2. Awards can only be accepted by a registered team member.
3. Attendance at the award ceremony is mandatory in order to receive checks and/or trophies. If a team does not have a registered member present to receive check then they forfeit their winnings.
4. Checks for the winning teams will be made out to the Captain listed on the registration form unless otherwise noted on registration.
5. Teams will be required to fill out a W9 form for all winnings over $599 before they will receive their check
6. If a team loses their check, they will be charged a $35 fee in order for a new check to be written.

Main Division: 

*$50,000 guaranteed 1st Place Payout. (no minimum boat # required)
*All other awards based on # of entries.
*Biggest kingfish wins. In the event there is a tie the team that checked in with tournament official first wins.

Ladies Division:
The top lady angler award is given to the highest winning team that has a lady angler on its team. The registered lady angler must be on board for tournament.

Youth Division:
The top youth angler award is given to the highest winning team with a youth 15 & under on its team. The registered youth angler must be on board for tournament.

Calcuttas

High Roller: $500
50/30/20 split
Biggest kingfish wins

Low Roller: $200
50/30/20 split
Biggest kingfish wins

No Roller: $100
50/30/20 split
Biggest kingfish wins

Fall/Spring Aggregate: $100
50/30/20 split
Biggest aggregate weight of Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 Monster Tournaments.

Spanish Mackerel: $100
50/30/20 split
Biggest spanish mackerel wins

BONUS PRIZE
Closest to 20.22lbs
$2500 payout, winner takes all
Free Entry for Angler Armory Members
***All anglers on team must be current Angler Armory Members to be eligible for this prize
Can go over or under 20.22lbs.
Can weigh in a separate kingfish for this prize.

 

***10% of all entries are held for administrative tournament costs