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Equipment Guidelines

2023… Official practice and tournament days. Official practice begins the Monday prior to Monday the week of the tournament. Click here for rules_procedures page.

Yes: All boats must be safe and seaworthy inshore boats with a single engine. Bay boats, skiffs, flats, etc. as well as typical inshore boats with an OEM factory designed, built and installed riser box no taller than 20″ tall.

No: 3rd party installed customized navigational platforms and supports, multiple outboards, inboard engines, long tails, air cooled motors, tower  boats, airboats or similar. Kayaks, canoes or other non or under powered vessels. Boats that can be operated from a position where the driver stands at a point greater than the allowed 20″ riser box.

Yes: All boats must be powered by a single 2 or 4 stroke outboard engine. Outboard Jet drive lower units will be allowed as shown or similar to Yamaha Jet Drive here..

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Yes: Casting platforms with at least 1 handrail and a maximum casting platform height of 5′ may be used. Anglers using a fishing platform can not have their feet higher than a point 5′ off the front deck or riser box. 5′ does not include the safety hand rail that is in addition to the elevated platform height. If a casting platform is mounted to the gunnels of the boat the height still must not exceed 5′ including gunnel height. As shown in each example photo and illustration the boats used as standard for these requirements were bay and inshore boats as well as riser box boats made by Tidewater, Haynie, Majek, Shoalwater and others with similar riser box to front fishing decks. Any boat with a lower front deck than the standard boats used in formatting the posted requirements will not allow for taller casting platforms. I.E. if a boat manufacturer builds a boat that has a low profile (6-10 inch tall) front standing deck area the maximum casting tower height will still remain at 5′.

No:  Outboard motor cannot be started or operated even at idle with anyone on a casting platform. No standing on safety handrail, a bimini or other material top (designed and intended for shade) for any reason. If at any point a participant(s) stands at a point higher than the 5′ maximum allowed while on the water during official practice and competition periods they will be disqualified. A load bearing hard bimini type top above 5′ capable of holding a participant’s weight is not allowed.

No:  Ladders allowed. No casting platforms above 3′ off deck without at least 1 hand/safety rail allowed.

Yes: All boats must have working aeration system for livewells. Large cooler(s) capable of holding sustaining a minimum of 3 redfish with water circulating pumps or direct oxygen infusion systems will be allowed.

No:  Stringers, ropes or clips used to keep redfish over the side of the boat.

Yes: All boats, motors and equipment used during days of official practice and competition are subject to inspection by tour officials to ensure all specifications and requirements are met.

No:  Run What Ya Brung

 

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STANDARD STEP LADDER NO

PLATFORM LADDER YES MUST BE STRAPPED

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