Kapuskasing River Walleye Tournament Rules

Last updated July 27, 2017.

Entry fee will be $300.00.00 per team

Tournament Director reserves the right to reject any registrations

NO Refunds apply at any time. No refunds will be made nor will credit be extended for any cancellations.

Disqualification from a tournament for any reason will result in forfeiture of entry fee.

No refunds or credits are extended to teams that choose not to fish due to inclement weather or unforeseen circumstances.

Rules Meeting will be held at 7:00pm Friday Aug. 11, 2017 at the Kapuskasing Sports Palace. All teams must register and attend the rules meeting. If any team fails to register on Friday night, that team will not be allowed to fish.

The Format of the tournament is a 2 person team per boat for 2 days, total combined weight of 12 fish catch and live release on Aug 12 to Aug. 13, 2017.

Fishing hours are from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Saturday, and 8:00 am to 3:00pm Sunday. Teams can only start fishing once they have passed the start/finish line.

Fishing Boundaries are from the Start/Finish Line north to Mattagami “100 foot narrows” and south to the mouth of the Groundhog River. All boundaries will be clearly marked and the map and will be available for viewing at the hall. All hazardous areas/zones will also be marked on this map.

NOTE hazards and rocks will not be marked on the water and each angler/team is responsible for their own safety and safe navigation.

Registration will open at the Kapuskasing Sports Palace at 5:00 pm Friday Aug. 11, 2017.

Participation:

  1. Each team must complete, sign, and submit an official KRWT entry form along with payment.
  2. Teams must enter as a 2 person team per boat on the entry form.
  3. All participants under the age of 18 will require their parents/guardian signed consent.
  4. All Tournament, Federal, Provincial Fisheries and Boating Regulations must be followed or you will be disqualified
  5. No fishing is permitted within 20 feet of another competitor’s boat
  6. PERSONAL FLOATATION DEVICES MUST BE WORN BY ALL PARTICIPANTS WHILE TRAVELLING AT SPEEDS GREATER THEN TROLLING SPEED. If caught, you will be disqualified.
  7. Once a team’s boat is inspected, under no circumstances will a competitor’s boat pull alongside another competitor’s boat at anytime
  8. No Alcoholic beverages or any illegal drugs may be consumed during the tournament fishing hours.
  9. A no wake zone will exist only at the end of each day beginning ½ hour before finish time. This zone is from the start/finish line to the Weigh Station. No wake means off plane.
  10. Participants may not leave their boats during the tournament except with an official or at the weigh in site.
  11. Every boat must have an operating livewell and or operating aerator.
  12.  NO under water camera or any other similar devices can be used during the tournament hours.
  13. The use, in livewells, of commercially available fish care chemicals is permitted.

Inspection and Weigh in site:

  1. All boats will be inspected at the Weigh Station.
  2. All fish will be weighed in at the Weigh Station.
  3. Full and complete Starting and Weigh in procedures will be explained in detail at the rules meeting.
  4. If you leave the tournament and do not have fish to weight in, it is your responsibility to inform the weight station that you are leaving.

Weighing Fish:

  1. ONLY Walleye qualify for weigh in
  2. The Weigh Station will be open at 8:30am each day.
  3. All boats must be in the staging area and off plane no later than 4:00pm on Saturday and 3:00pm on Sunday.
  4. Any Team that has not crossed the designated buoys by the appointed return time will not be able to weigh any fish they might possess.
  5. The max number of walleye in your boat is 6.
  6. Each team will be allowed to weigh in only 2 walleye over 46cm and 4 under 46cm or 6 under 46cm.
  7. Teams can only have 6 walleye in their livewell/aerated cooler while traveling at speeds greater than trolling.
  8. One member from each team must verify the weighed fish and sign the weigh in form.
  9. Any dead fish will not be weighed and will count as a fish for that day. A dead fish is a fish that is “belly up” in the livewell at the time of inspection.
  10. Prior to going to the weight station, and after your fish have been deemed alive or “good”, they become the Tournament’s responsibility.
  11. All fish must be kept in livewell or aerated coolers to keep fish as fresh as possible for live release. Any fish mauled, mashed, frozen, stringered, injected with water or other fluids, containing foreign matter to add weight or show white gills, soft flesh or eyes (as per tournament official) will result in immediate Disqualification from the tournament.
  12. The Decision of the Weigh Master is FINAL.

 Tie Breakers:

  1. The winner of a tie for the grand aggregate prize will be determined by the team with the heaviest weight of Day 1.
  2. Any other prize money ties will be determined by the team with the heaviest weight of Day 1.
  3. Ties for prizes will be determined by the team with the heaviest weight of Day 1.

Protests

  1. Any Participant has the right to lodge a protest against another participant.
  2. A protest form will be available from the Tournament Director (TD) and must be completed and presented to the TD within 1 hour of the posting of the weights.
  3. A $100.00 protest fee must accompany the form. The fee will be returned if the protest is found to be valid.

Additional Notes

  1. All teams are subject to official inspection during the tournament and agree to an inspection at any time.
  2. No other boats may come in contact with participant boat with the exception of an official staff boat.
  3. No fishing information may be given to participants during tournament fishing hours by anyone in any fashion. Use of cell phones, CB’s or VHF radios are prohibited unless for emergency purposes.
  4. In the event of a thunderstorm, lightning and /or severe weather, participants may pull in to the nearest shoreline until
  5. it is safe to continue. The TD may delay the start or change the hours of the event due to the weather.

Tournament integrity policy and safety

Participants will conduct themselves in a true sportsmanlike, courteous, safe and ethical manner at all times maintaining professional demeanor in public and in communication with tournament officials. Any unfavorable conduct, speech or action by a contestant could be grounds for disqualification or rejection of an entry application. Every participant is expected to participate in the marshalling of the field in order to maintain the highest integrity to the competition. Any incidents observed during the tournament hours should be reported to the tournament officials on an incident report for further investigation. Incident reports carry no fee and are appropriate for communicating issues that would require warnings but not necessarily lead to disqualification. If a team feels an incident has progressed to the point of needing protest they should move to that level of official reporting.

ANY violation of the above described rules will result in immediate disqualification.

Spirit of the rule

It is the intention of the organizers to provide an honest sportsmanlike event. All rules have “Loopholes”. In the interest of good sportsmanship, contestants are reminded that “the spirit of the rule” will prevail in all judgment cases and the decision of the TD are final.