Rules & Regulations

The Waterman Fly Fishing Tournment

Weigh-In Procedure

Redfish photos (with measuring tape, tournament placard, team number and daily code word visible) and Calcutta Snook (with tournament placard, team number and daily code word visible) must be sent by email to thewaterman@tampawaterkeeper.org within 15 minutes of lines out on each tournament day (4:15pm on Day 1 and 3:15pm on Day 2). 

The weigh-in email should have a subject line as follows: 
“Waterman Weigh In – Team Name and Team Number – Day 1”

 

The weigh-in email should follow the following format in the body of the email:

 

  • Team Name and Team Number, Day 1 

  • Redfish #1: (length)

  • Redfish #2: (length)

  • Angler Name - Calcutta Snook: (length)

 

Emails received after 4:15pm on Day 1 will be disqualified. 

Emails received after 3:15pm on Day 2 will be disqualified. 


Each team will receive a response email indicating that their weigh-in was received timely with the length of each fish weighed in as determined by tournament officials. 

If a weigh in email is disqualified, but the team indicates that the weigh in email was sent before the cutoff time, the tournament committee will review the team member’s email “sent” folder and that “sent” time will control. 

Tournament anglers are encouraged to not wait until the last minute to send weigh in emails. Tournament anglers are also encouraged to consider and plan for the risk of not having sufficient cellular reception to send weigh-in emails based upon their location. 

Only two weigh-in Redfish photos and one Snook may be submitted by email per tournament day. If more than two redfish photos are sent, tournament officials will only score the first two photos received. Please do not send more than two redfish photos and one Snook photo per day. 

Anglers are required to have their weigh in photos available for inspection at the Awards Ceremony/Dinner, if necessary.

SOCAIL MEDIA:

After sending the weigh in email, we ask that each Team post their weigh-in photos and individual photos of the angler holding the fish on their social media accounts with hashtags #tampabaywaterkeeper and #thewaterman prior to the Awards Banquet.
 

Scoring

Highest combination of two longest redfish caught between Day 1 and Day 2. 

  • Example A: Team X weighs in a 25” redfish and a 20” redfish on Day #1. On Day #2, Team X weighs in a 30” redfish and a 21” redfish on Day #2. Team X’s total score is the combination of its two biggest redfish = 55”.

  • Example B: Team X weighs in no fish on Day #1. On Day #2, Team X weighs in a 30” redfish and a 28” redfish. Team X’s total score is = 58”
     

Winners

First Place/Grand Champion:
Highest combination of two longest redfish between Day #1 and Day #2 

Second Place:
Second highest combination of two longest redfish between Day #1 and Day #2 

Third Place:
Third highest combination of two longest redfish between Day #1 and Day #2 

Tie Breaker: 
In the event of a tie for 1st, 2nd or 3rd place the tie breaker will be a casting completion of distance and accuracy. 

Each team will select on angler from the team who will perform one (1) distance cast and one (1) accuracy cast. One (1) point will be awarded for each foot of distance. One (1) point will be deducted from the distance score for every inch between the fly and the target on the accuracy cast (distance 60ft). Each angler will have one practice cast for distance and one practice cast for accuracy. Practice cast does not count toward the score. Highest score wins the tie breaker. Each angler will use the same rod, reel and line for the tie breaker which will be supplied by the tournament officials.
 

Prizes

First Place: Original Artwork + Cash (amount to be determined based upon # of tournament entries) 

Second Place: Prize + Cash (amount to be determined based upon # of tournament entries) 

Third Place: Prize + Cash (amount to be determined based upon # of tournament entries)