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RULES AND PROCEDURES

1. Tournament Rules and Procedures.

  • The following is the rules, procedures, formats and notes for any and all Headturners3, LLC. fishing tournaments including but not limited to the 2022 Elite Redfish Series tournament competitions consisting of the Elite Team and Elite Solo Tours. Additional event location, information, rules and procedures may be added or modified due to geographic, environmental, sponsor and or other tour considerations.

2. Health and Compliance with Applicable Law.

  • Participants in a Elite Redfish Series event must be in good physical health and not be on or have had prescribed for them any medication for blackouts, seizures, fainting or other serious medical conditions that could place them, their teammates, fellow competitors and/or the tour in any danger. All anglers must follow applicable federal, state and local regulations, laws and tournament rules. Any violation of such regulations and laws and/or other tournament rules may result in a penalty including but not limited to and any combination of the following. Daily weight penalty, dead fish(s) penalty, fishing time penalty, disqualification from a tournament day, disqualification from the entire tournament, points deductions, disqualification from all future series events, or any combination thereof as decided by Elite Redfish Series officials.

3. Eligibility Requirements.

  • Headturners3, LLC. and the Elite Redfish Series ownership and officials reserve the right to deny entry to and/or remove from any event or the entire series any event any angler, person, participant and/or competitor or their equipment for any reason ownership and/or officials deem necessary in order to produce a safe, honest, fair and professional event with a focus on creating a level playing field for all. Any breach of the letter and/or spirit of the rules and procedures designed by ownership and officials for that purpose will be grounds for removal from an event and possible expulsion from the tour. Any participant(s) being removed from any competition will not be refunded any fees previously paid and will forfeit their right to winnings, awards or prizes previously won or anticipated.  Anglers who for any reason cannot take and pass a polygraph test or have previously refused or failed a polygraph test with any other organization will not be eligible to compete and can be removed for no reason once such conditions are confirmed to the tour and its officials.

4. Insurance, Registration and Fishing License.

  • State required insurance, titling, registration and all other state required coverages and documents must be enforce and current prior to use in all Elite Redfish Series events. A liability insurance policy of at least $100,000.00 must be enforce for any vessel/operator prior to its use in an Elite Redfish Series competition. It is the angler’s responsibility to maintain insurance coverage and ensure all registrations and fishing licenses required by state, federal and local law are up to date for each competitor(s) in all Elite Redfish Series events.
  • A vessel not complying with state, federal and local laws governing equipment, registration, decals and their proper display, cannot be used in competition. If a vessel is placed in competition either intentionally or unknowingly, the angler’s catch for the day(s) such vessel was used will be d.q.’d..
  • Participant(s) must have a current, legal fishing license for the state in which they are fishing or transporting fish through.

5. Alcohol, Drugs and Communication.

  • Participant(s) cannot consume or possess alcohol or drugs (other than their own current prescriptions except any medication for conditions listed in point 2 above) during tournament hours.
  • Participant(s) cannot consume alcoholic beverage prior to a tournament day’s conclusion and prior to taking a polygraph or other truth verification test in a Elite Redfish Series tournament. Participant(s) being polygraphed will be notified immediately following the weigh in and should be close to the stage as conclusion of weigh in approaches.
  • The use of mobile communication devices such as cellular telephones, marine radios, walkie-talkies, CBs, pagers or any electronic device able to communicate any information pertaining to fishing or navigation with anyone other than their tournament partner is prohibited. Lock information, family emergencies and work related calls may take place as long as no discussions pertaining to fishing information relevant to the tournament or tournament waters at which event is being held on or near is discussed. Anglers can contact anyone at anytime by any means when a emergency issue arises. Texting while operating your boat above idle is prohibited.

6. Anglers Remain in Boat.

  • All angling must be conducted from inside the boat. No wading.
  • Participant(s) cannot leave the boat to cast to, catch or land a fish.
  • Participant(s) may and should leave the boat and seek safe shelter in bad weather where danger may be imminent but must continue to follow all tournament rules and procedures during this period.
  • Participant(s) may leave their boat to pull it out of an area where tides have gone out but cannot leave their boat to gain access to any area and must wait on water levels to rise enough to allow entry without dragging bottom or jumping berm.

7. Mechanical Failures.

  • During official practice and days of competition a certified mechanic may temporarily ride along for the purpose of determining and remedying a mechanical issue, however no navigational, tournament or any related information beyond the mechanical problem being diagnosed can be discussed.
  • It is the participant’s responsibility to notify a tour official by phone of a mechanical issue, mechanic’s name and duration of time he/she is expected to be on board prior to boarding of a participant’s boat during official practice or competition.
  • If a Participant(s) has GPS/graph issues any day of the event, they must borrow, rent or purchase any navigational device from a retail dealer with a store front business or a onsite tournament support representative. Borrowed and/or newly purchased units must be free of existing weigh points and marks prior to use.
  • Participant(s) experiencing mechanical failure may be towed in by any one from any where at any time but can only board the boat of another participant fishing the same event, except in case of an emergency.
  • Participant(s) must tag or mark and keep their fish from separate from another participant’s fish whose boat they have boarded.
  • Participant(s) having to board another participant’s boat for any reason will signal the end to both participants day of fishing.

8. Tournament Waters, Off Limits and Receiving Information.

  • Each team and/or solo tour event will have specific, defined tournament water boundaries.
  • 30 days prior to Monday the week of an Elite team or solo tournament participants, their families and/or affiliates cannot take part in arial scouting personally or receive information from anyone flying in manned or unmanned vehicles including but not limited to airplanes, helicopters or any drone type devices over waters within 100 miles in all directions of official launch point and or any areas above official tournament waters as announced.
  • 30 days prior to Monday the week of an Elite team or solo tournament participants, their families and/or affiliates may not hire a professional guide paid by cash or barter in an attempt to gain local knowledge pertaining to redfish movement, locations, lures, techniques and or navigation on waters within 100 miles in all directions of launch point and or any waters within the tournament water boundaries.
  • 14 days prior to Monday the week of an Elite team or solo tournament participant(s) may not seek information from a professional guide, commercial angler or anybody that could be considered by the tour a professional and/or expert capable of offering significant help on the tournament waters as designated by the tour and not registered and competing in the same tournament on the Elite Redfish Tour. See rule 11 pertaining to super teams in the same event.
  • 14 days prior to Monday the week of an Elite team and/or solo tournament participant(s) may not visit private websites, Facebook pages and/or any other online group or page that requires approval or acceptance prior to viewing. Public websites, fan pages on Facebook, public Instagram accounts accessible to the public without prior approvals or acceptance is permitted. Facebook “friends” on personal FB must be approved and therefore information cannot be sought, received or disseminated to or from these or similar sites or pages.
  • 7 days prior to Monday the week of an Elite team and or solo tournament all entry and administration fees must be paid and collected by tour.
  • If a Elite team or solo tour event participant(s) is pre fishing and/or competing in another tour’s event within the boundaries of an Elite Redfish team and or solo event the weekend and or week leading up to the start of the official practice period of an Elite event they can’t return to those waters for any reason during official practice or day(s) of competition on the Elite Team and Solo tour events.
  • Monday the week of the Elite tournament participants can practice on official tournament waters as much as they desire. There is no off limit days to being on the water for practice prior to the afternoon preceding the first day of competition (usually a Thursday) when they must be off the water by 4:00 PM local time.
  • Beginning Monday the week of an Elite team tournament teams can practice separately but cannot have anyone on their boat that is not a registered and paid participant and member or alternate of a team registered and paid for the same event. Immediate family member, son, daughter, wife or husband, mom or dad not being a tournament angler capable of offering significant help may act as a safety marshal and ride along but cannot scout, fish, cast, pitch or flip. The same procedures for ride along is in effect for solo tournament participants as of Monday the week of the tournament.
  • Monday the week of the Elite tournament and all days of competition participants, their partners, families and/or affiliates cannot be on any water they know or should reasonably be expected to know is not open to all participants equally for public boating and fishing. This includes any waters that may be owned or leased by a participant in an Elite tournament. If a participant is fishing any water during official practice and/or days of competition it must be water open to public boating and fishing equally to all participants in the field.
  • Monday the week of the Elite tournament and all days of competition participants may not return to any body of water once the water is deemed private and asked to leave for current and future Elite team and or solo tour events and must notify their team member of the request to leave the body of water it affects.
  • During official practice and throughout all days of competition, no participant can scout or fish from, ride along in or for any reason be in a non-sanctioned boat. I.E. airboats, tower boats, duck boats, etc.. and may not shadow guides or any angler or person fishing or navigating from the same.
  • During official practice and throughout all days of competition, no participant or anyone on a paid participants boat can be on any platform, standard ladder or other device that places their feet at a point higher than 5′ off of the front deck, 5’ above the 20” max height riser box or 5’ above the back deck when a poling type platform is in use. See approved equipment here.

9. Extreme Weather.

Small craft advisories (A Small Craft Advisory means that wind speeds of 21-33 knots are expected to produce hazardous conditions to small craft vessels) at time of launch and or forecasted by NOAA or similar reputable organizations to include official tournament waters during a day(s) of competition will immediately execute a no go for that day. Launch may be delayed if small craft advisory forecasted to be lifted. “The National Weather Service does not specifically identify what constitutes a “small craft”, although the United States Coast Guard informally assigns the designation to boats with a total length of less than 33 feet”.

Should any day(s) of a Team or Solo tour event be cancelled due to extreme weather or the eminent threat of extreme weather the tournament results will be deemed official by the standings after any day of completed competition or in the manner described.

  • Day 1 canceled, all fish day 2 in a 1 day tournament to determine place of finish.
  • Day 2 canceled, tournament results from day 1 are final and will determine place of finish.
  • Days 1 and 2 canceled, the day immediately following day 2 (normally a Sunday) will be a 1 day tournament to determine place of finish.
  • 3 Day National Championship to mirror procedures for fowl weather.
  • If no days of a Elite team and/or solo tour event can take place, the event will be rescheduled.

10. Entry Administration Fees and Paybacks. 

  • Tournament entry fees will range from 650.00 – 1500.00 depending on the event and tournament criteria. Paybacks will be adjusted accordingly but will remain 100% of entry fees.
  • Administration fees are 250.00 per angler annually, however a Team or Solo Tour angler can fish 1 event on the Elite Redfish Series without paying an administration fee but will not receive team of the year points nor promotional boat giveaway ticket for the event they are fishing as a non-member. Read More Here.
  • Optional dedicated angler program DAP membership upgrade for 250.00. Read More Here.
  • Teams and Solo Tour anglers launch on day 1 by random draw and on subsequent days according to standings.
  • Payment in full must be made by Monday 7 days prior to Monday the week of the tournament.
  • A small svc fee equal to what the tour is charged will be added to all fees paid by electronic means. I.E. credit card, paypal, square, etc.. Administration and all entry fees are non-refundable, non-transferable… Tournament(s) dates and/or locations changed due to acts of God, I.E. weather, storms, etc. are beyond the control of the tour and will be rescheduled with all entry fees paid being transferred only to the replacement tournament.
  • Administration fees for either or both tours allow for the team captain or solo tour pro to request and receive a promotional pdf packet showing the tour’s digital and broadcast impressions as well as social media numbers and other promotional features of the tour to assist team or pro in gaining sponsorships.
  • All fees paid by check must be received by Monday, the week of the tournament.
  • Optional Big Red side pot will be offered at 500.00 per entry for all team(s) or solo tour anglers, silver or gold entry fees. The tour will pay 100% of the pot to the team captain or solo tour pro with the heaviest single redfish of the tournament. Winner take all!
  • Team Tour and Solo Tour paybacks are 100% of collected entry fees and pay 1 spot for each 5 teams entered. 1-5 = 1 check, 6-10 2nd check, 11-15 3rd check, etc..
  • Team Tour payments and Team of the Year awards, Payments and prizes are made only in the name of the team captain as registered.
  • Team of the Year (2 anglers) and top 2 Solo Tour anglers in points qualify for 2022 Yamaha Bassmaster Redfish Cup Championship.
  • Any promotional entry fees, awards or gifts promised in addition to the posted paybacks are only good for current tournament season and do not have a cash value or carry over to the next tournament season.

11. Tournaments and Season Overview.  See Full Document Here

TEAM TOUR

  • Elite Team Tour tournaments allow a maximum field size of 50 teams.
  • A team consist of 2 anglers and 1 pre announced alternate may be used anytime the regular team member cannot make the event.. No super teams permitted. I.E. multiple teams working together to share fishing information, locations, purses, etc.. Pooling of prizes and awards between multiple teams is prohibited.
  • The same 2 anglers that start a tournament must finish the tournament together and in tact. After the tournament has started If 1 participant has to withdraw the team cannot continue as a 1 angler team or use an alternate to continue.
  • At the time of this documents preparation 3 Team Tour tournament are scheduled to be produced. In each tournament 2 anglers per boat will compete in a 2 day aggregate weight competition and are allowed to weigh in 2 redfish per day that measure within state laws and guidelines for overall length. The tour may set a overall length for a particular tournament(s) and will post the size limits 30 days prior to tournament.
  • Should additional tournament be added teams will use their best 3 finishes of the season for Team of the Year points race.
  • Dead fish carry a 0.75 pound penalty and cannot be culled nor iced but may be kept separate from other fish. If a dead fish happens to be the big fish of the bag and the participant is entered in the Brecknell Big Red Challenge, the 0.75 pound penalty will be deducted from the big fish’s weight.
  • Checking for fish live or dead takes place no sooner than 1 hour prior to scales opening for weighing. I.E. if scales open at 3 pm teams can get their fish checked for live or dead beginning at 2 pm and continuing until 2:45 for all non trailered weigh ins but could end sooner on trailered weigh in events.
  • 2 day total weight minus penalties determine place of finish. (see #9 for possible weather exception)
  • Team Tour individual tournament ties will be broken by the heaviest single day limit (big bag) of the tournament over the 2 days.

SOLO TOUR

  • Elite Solo Tour events allow a maximum field size of 50 anglers.
  • Solo Tour competitors are not permitted to work together to share fishing information, locations, purses, etc.. Pooling of prizes and awards with other participants in prohibited.
  • The Tour may embed a marshal / observer to ride along and/or cameraman on any boat at any time. Elite Solo Tour pros are expected to treat any observer(s) on their boat in a professional manner. Refusing a spot to a marshal or cameraman will result in d.q. from the event. If an marshal or cameraman is not available for each boat they will be randomly drawn and assigned to boats.
  • At the time of this documents preparation 3 Solo Tour tournament are scheduled to be produced. In each regular season tournament 1 angler per boat will compete in a 2 day aggregate weight competition state guidelines will dictate size and creel limit for each event published 30 days prior to Monday the week of the tournament.
  • Should additional tournaments be added solo tour pros will use their best 3 finishes of the season including championship for Angler of the Year points race.
  • 2 day total weight minus penalties determine place of finish in regular season tournaments. (see #9 for possible weather exception)
  • To qualify for the national championship solo tour anglers must compete in 3 Elite events. National Championship counts for double points.
  • All anglers competing in 3 events regardless of their finish in those events will fish day 1 of the national championship. The top 10 anglers after day 1’s  weigh in will compete on day 2 and the top 5 anglers after 2 days will compete on day 3’s final round. All weights for day 3 of the national championship will be reset to zero.
  • Solo Tour Angler of the Year wins a 22′ bay boat, 200 Yamaha and tandem axle McClain Trailer. Winner pays all taxes, fees, set up and delivery cost associated with providing the grand prize.
  • Dead fish carry a 0.75 pound penalty and cannot be culled nor iced but may be kept separate from other fish. If a dead fish happens to be the big fish of the bag and the participant is entered in the Brecknell Big Red Challenge, the 0.75 pound penalty will be deducted from the big fish’s weight.
  • Checking for fish live or dead takes place 1 hour prior to scales opening for weighing. I.E. if scales open at 3 pm anglers can get their fish checked at 2 pm.
  • Solo Tour individual tournament ties will be broken by the heaviest limit (big bag) of the tournament over the 2 days.

TEAM AND ANGLER OF THE YEAR POINTS

  • Teams and/or solo tour member participants receive a base of 400 points per tournament as long as they weigh at least 1 fish during the competition. Should a team and/or solo tour pro fail to weigh at least 1 fish but traveled to and competed in the tournament will receive 300 show up points. FLEXpay non membership teams receive 0 points regardless of finish. Read more on FLEXpay here.
  • Qualifying member participants receive 1 additional point for each participant in the tournament. I.E. a tournament with 25 teams and/or 25 solo tour competitors the winning team and/or solo tour pro receives 425 points, 2nd place would receive 424, 3rd 423, etc.. Teams and/or Solo tournament participants are rewarded based on the number of competitors in a tournament. I.E. a team or solo tour event with just 10 competitors would net 1st place 410 points, 2nd 409 points, 3rd 408, etc.. designated “super tournaments” count for double points and double boat giveaway tickets.
  • Team of the Year and Solo Tour Angler of the Year ties will be broken by the biggest 3 fish limit weighed in during the season.
  • Team of the Year advance to the Bassmaster Redfish Cup Championship tournament.
  • Team of the Year points follow the captain of the team and do not apply to team mate or alternate.
  • Only current Elite Redfish Series MEMBERS receive points and promotional boat giveaway tickets.

12. Safety, Boats, Motors and Platforms.

  • As of Monday the week of a tournament (the start of official practice) and continuing through it’s conclusion each participant(s) and their on board guest or fellow competitor are encouraged to always wear a Coast Guard-approved manual or inflatable life preserver any time the combustion engine is operating in gear. During tournament days this is a mandatory requirement anytime the outboard motor is powered on and in gear.
  • Boats used in practice and/or competition beginning Monday the week of any Elite Redfish Series event must have engine kill switch installed and attached to the driver anytime the combustion engines on and in gear.
  • During official practice (Monday-Thursday week of event) and competition days (Friday-Saturday may be extended or shortened due to weather) boats must fall within a normal inshore or freshwater category. I.E. bass boats, bay boats, flats boats, skiffs, etc. and be normal in appearance to the fishing industry throughout the country.  A factory manufactured riser box installed as part of the original build not greater than 20″ in height from the lowest deck point will be allowed. Airboats, off shore boats, kayaks, tower boats, etc. cannot be used during official practice and/or competition and shadowing any non approved tournament rigs or guides during official practice and/or competition is a violation of the rules and subject to penalty.
  • During official practice through the tournament’s conclusion all boats must be powered by a single outboard engine manufactured by companies like Yamaha, Mercury, Honda, Suzuki, etc.. Air cooled engines like used in duck hunting (Vanguard, long tails and similar) are not allowed. Outboard jet drive lower units on traditional style outboards, like shown are allowed.
  • Anglers must compete from the same boat , except in the case of mechanical or structural failure that they used during official practice period. (Monday-Thursday week of the event)
  • Casting platforms will be allowed but restricted to 5’ or less in height and must include a safety handrail(s). Note: While it is still recommended 36″ and shorter casting platforms do not have to have a safety handrail. Starting the outboard and/or operating under power, even at an idle can not take place with any person on a casting platform. Read more Here.
  • Additional fuel may be purchased from a public marina during normal business hours and open to the general public equally. Only fuel carried in factory installed (built-in) fuel tanks allowed. No portable fuel containers allowed.
  • A boat’s engine used during official practice or competition periods cannot exceed the coastguard HP rated tag for that vessel and cannot be operated at any time during official practice and/or days of competition at a speed above 60 mph.
  • When boating in low visibility situations i.e. fog, heavy rain, during both practice and competition, anglers must operate their boats at a safe speed and in a safe manner. Failing to do so and being reported will result in penalty.

13. Tackle and Techniques. 

To View Boat, Motor, Casting Platforms and other equipment regulations Read more Here.

  • Participant(s) must cast, flip or pitch their lure to the fish they catch.
  • Only artificial lures may be used and only artificially produced bait attractants.
  • No live or dead bait allowed or paste made from actual fish or bait products may be used. Berkley Gulp is the only attractant allowed in Elite Redfish Series boat and kayak events.
  • Only one rod at a time may be used per angler.
  • A cast must be fully retrieved by a angler before that same angler may make another cast.
  • All redfish must be caught alive in a conventional sporting manner.
  • No snagging of fish, netting of fish or scooping of distressed surface fish is allowed.
  • No multi lure rigs allowed.
  • Trolling as a method of fishing is prohibited.
  • Participant(s) must obey all local, state and federal laws in regards to boating, equipment and fishing.

14. Live Fish, Limits and Penalties.

  • Participant(s) may not intentionally attempt to manipulate the weight or length of any redfish.
  • All fish will be inspected for tails and noses that are normal in appearance to the untrained eye, I.E. anyone watching the event, live stream or TV show. Each fish will be measured with the Elite hands off measuring system. Each fish will only be measured with it’s head to the left and tail to the right of the fish bumper, no flipping of fish or measuring a 2nd side will be done. The perfect tail pincher will always be slid to a point ½” less than the allowed size (length) limit announced prior to a particular event. I.E. 28” limit the perfect tail pincher will be slid to 27.5” as it has been since we created this measuring system back in 2012.
  • No attempt can be made to alter the length or weight of any fish and could possibly carry 1 count of felony fraud, per competitor in the field if an competitor or associate is found to have added weight in any way to a fish or altered the length of a fish by even slightly trimming or pinching off “hairs” at the end of the tail to help it measure or dropped the fish intentionally on its nose to flatten. Icing a fish and or shocking it with too much oxygen just prior to having the fish measured is also prohibited. ANY attempt to manipulate the weight or length of a fish will result immediately in expulsion from the tour and possible criminal prosecution.
  • A 0.75 pound penalty will be assessed for each dead fish.
  • No culling of dead fish permitted.
  • Dead fish may be kept separate from live fish but only with water and/or an ice substitute, frozen water bottles, Arctic Ice, etc.
  • It is the Participant(s) responsibility to keep control of their fish from their live well till it reaches the stage for weighing, any loss of control or intermixing of any fish with other Participant(s) fish while catching a ride with another competitor(s) during a mechanical issue, getting fish ready for weigh in at boat or at tour staging tanks, etc. may result in all fish affected without control of the angler being deemed un-weighable.
  • The length of all redfish must measure within minimum and maximum “slot” sizes as set forth by the state in which the fish was caught and must maintain a legal size limit for any waters where the fish is transported through or to. Some Elite tournament(s) may offer a kicker/oversized fish as allowed by the state where the tournament is taking place.

    Regardless of what an angler did or didn’t do a fish must have a tail that is normal in appearance to the untrained eye to be weighed and counted. Fish like this or similar would not be counted.

  • The Check it Stik Official Elite Measuring System will be used for the official measuring standard. All measuring will take place with the fish’s head facing left and the tail to the right only, no flipping or measuring 2nd side of fish. The Elite perfect pincher will be placed on a fish’s tail and slid to a point 1/2″ short of the announced size (length) limit for a redfish for that event.
  • Only team members or a solo tour participant can be inside the 10′ x 10′ measuring tent or designated area when a fish is being measured.
  • Tour representatives reserve the right to refuse any red fish for measuring and/or weighing deemed by representatives to have a damaged tail or nose/head area sufficiently to make determining the exact length of the fish’s overall length non conclusive using official tour Check It Stik Elite measuring system. Redfish with abnormal, severely damaged and/or deformed tails or noses and in the opinion of the tour not normal in its appearance to a healthy, non damaged redfish will not be accepted, regardless of fish’s length and whether or not the damaged area happened naturally and has healed over.
  • The protocol used in determining a fish’s condition to be within the rules specified will ultimately be determined by the fish’s head and tail being considered by the tour to be normal in appearance and undamaged. Whether or not a participant(s) is responsible for the damage does is not one of the protocols used, a fish has to be an acceptable tournament fish in good condition to count.
  • Participant(s) are encouraged to take a picture and submit via text to tournament director for ruling during tournament day on a fish’s overall condition and whether or not that fish would be approved or denied if presented in the same condition of picture submitted.
  • Failure to notify official and having a fish weighed with a hook, lure, jig or other object in its mouth may incur dead fish penalty.
  • Re weighs of a team and/or solo tour participant(s) catch are only executed by the weigh master (not at the request of any angler) and based solely on his judgment of conditions when the weigh scales automatically lock in and render the final locked weight.

15. Polygraph, Protest and Truth Detection.

  • Headturners3, LLC. polygraph test both competitors on a team, in most cases. If only one competitor on a team is going to be polygraphed, due to time or other circumstances, the tour will pick which competitor to test.
  • Angler(s) that feel they cannot take or pass a truth detection test, for any reason can not fish with Elite Redfish Series. Any angler(s) that have failed or refused to take a polygraph test on any tour or in any tournament will not be eligible to compete in a Headturners3, LLC. event. Angler(s) being prosecuted and pleading or refusing to defend in a court of law may not be eligible to compete in a Headturners3, LLC event.
  • A reported violation may be brought to the attention of tour officials at anytime during or after the conclusion of the event and penalty(s) for any violation can be levied at anytime during the season the violation is brought to the attention of tour officials.
  • Should a polygraph or other truth detection test be needed to settle a protest, the angler protesting and the angler being protested may both be required to render to the tour the fee for the polygraph test, with the winning angler being reimbursed the test fee.
  • Should no polygraph test be available the day of the protest, the event will continue as normal, under protest with the results, tournament placement, prizes, points and awards being retained by the tour until a test can be administered to settle dispute.
  • Headturners3, LLC acts as a broker when hiring the truth detection administrator and has no influence on procedures, type of test, the amount of time or the results of the testing and as such all rulings of cause are determined by the testing agent and not by anyone affiliated with Headturners3, LLC and the Elite Redfish Series.
  • All truth detection results are final and not contestable by any Headturners3, LLC participant(s).
  • Headturners3, LLC. and/or the Elite Redfish Series their parent, affiliated and subsidiary companies, the hosts, sponsors and tour officials are not involved in or in any way responsible for the results of or methods used in any truth detection test given.

16. Sportsmanship and Penalties.

  • It is prohibited and against the law to enter any fish in a saltwater fishing tournament that have had the length or weight altered, that were taken unlawfully and/or are fraudulently represented. Participant(s) doing such will be d.q.’d and could be prosecuted.
  • Participant(s) are required to display the highest level of sportsmanship to each other, recreational or commercial anglers, crabbers, etc. sharing the waters. Slow down when passing others fishing, working commercially (crabbing, oysters, etc.) and especially for smaller vessels i.e. kayaks, canoes, jon boats, etc..
  • Participants must at all times extend courtesy and professionalism to the tour and it’s staff, Elite Redfish Series ownership, sponsors and fans.
  • Participant(s) must use common courtesy at all times during official practice and competition. Such acts include but are not limited to, slowing down (idling past if possible) showing courtesy and giving room to anyone anchored or fishing a shoreline or obvious open water area (bay/pond) whether a fellow competitor, commercial fisherman, crabber, oyster harvester and/or a weekend boater or fisherman.
  • Participant(s) proved to be displaying poor sportsmanship or violating fishing, game and/or boating regulations will be penalized.
  • Act(s) or action(s) deemed to be a intentional and unsportsmanlike toward another Participant(s) is prohibited.
  • Participant(s) receiving a non moving ticket for any reason will result in disqualification of the day’s catch for the day that the ticket was issued. Participant(s) receiving a moving violation will be disqualified from the event.
  • Failing to disclose receiving any citation or ticket to tour officials will result in immediate disqualification from the event and may include expulsion from the tour.
  • Participant(s) can not cast pitch or flip within 100 yards of a competitor’s boat (not separated by land or jetties but in same body of water) which is anchored by a traditional anchor and/or anchoring system such as Power Pole or Talon or obviously stationary through use of spot lock electronic system.
  • Participant(s) may not use their vessel to limit passage or access to waters that are outside of the 100 yard stationary rule.
  • Participant(s) knowingly attempting to circumvent state, federal or local law enforcement or similar in an attempt to avoid capture or issuance of a ticket or citation will be disqualified immediately for the remainder of the season.

17. Participant Code of Conduct.

Anglers are frequently in the public eye and are considered role models by young people; therefore, it is imperative that tournament competitors demonstrate good sportsmanship in fishing. Sportsmanship is defined as fair play, respect for opponents and polite behavior while competing in the event and sport. Below are examples of unacceptable behavior by participant(s) and their families or affiliates in any Elite Redfish Series event will be cause for immediate removal from event and possible expulsion from the tour without refund of entry fees or delivery of expected winnings, prizes and awards. Participant(s) may not engage in the following and similar.

  • Participant(s) shall, at all times, conduct themselves in a professional manner that demonstrates integrity, honor and respect toward fellow competitors, tournament staff, ownership and the general public and does not reflect unfavorably on Headturners3, LLC, the Elite Redfish Series, its members, officers and/or representatives and/or community and product sponsors of Elite Redfish Series, its tours and affiliates.
  • Participant(s) nor partner or affiliate may intentionally interfering with a fellow angler’s ability to compete in a fair and sporting manner. I.E. blocking entrance into a canal or pond, failing to yield to allow access, fishing within 100 yards of an anchored (or power pole down) participant(s) boat not separated by jettie or land mass.
  • Participant(s) nor partner or affiliate may shadow guides, airboats, tower boats or other anglers using equipment not allowed for use in an Elite team and/or solo tour tournament.
  • Heated and loud public disagreements with Elite Redfish Series officials, other competitors, fans and/or volunteers during any day (Mon-Sat) of a Elite team and/or solo tour tournament that can be seen as a public display of unsportsmanlike and unprofessional conduct.
  • Public attacks through media outlets including social media forums like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. on the integrity of Elite Redfish Series calls, rules, decisions and/or ownership, officials.
  • Public attacks through media outlets including social media forums like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. that a participant and/or their affiliates make knowing, or should reasonably know, will harm the reputation of Elite Redfish Series officials, ownership and/or tour sponsors.
  • Public displays of anger and displeasure for reasons related to fishing competition where members of the public, including other anglers, spectators and the media, are present.
  • Publicly questioning or criticizing a tournament officials or official decision, ruling or penalty except through the proper channels.
  • Abuse (physical, verbal, threatening or slanderous) of tournament officials, volunteers, fellow competitors or others connected with a Elite Redfish Series event.
  • Offensive or slanderous comments with racial, cultural or sexual overtones regarding event officials, event personnel or fellow anglers.
  • Any disqualification, suspension or other disciplinary action imposed by any tournament and/or fishing organization may result in disqualification from competition and rejection of an application for participation in a Elite Redfish Series tournament. (ii.) Chemical substance addiction or abuse, conviction of a felony or crimes involving moral turpitude, may be grounds for disqualification from competition and for rejecting any application for participation.
  • Any Participant(s) who violates any of the provisions of the Sportsmanship Rules or the Angler Code of Conduct may be subject to fines, reduction of points, forfeiture of tournament winnings, suspension from competing in individual Elite Redfish Series events, permanent ban from competition or any combination thereof deemed by Elite Redfish Series ownership and officials.

18. Angler Appreciation Boat Drawing.

Dependent and based on the returning of Elite boat/motor/trailer company sponsors Headturners3, LLC. and the Elite Redfish Series will award a new 22′ bay boat with 200 HP outboard and tandem axle trailer to the participant who has his or her number drawn at the 2022 National Championship. All delivery, taxes, licenses and any other fee will be the responsibility of the winner of the prize package.

  1. A team captain or solo tour angler will receive 1 credit (ticket) for each Elite Redfish Series event they fish in 2022 (team or solo).
  2. If a team captain or solo tour angler fishes 3 events in either tour they will receive a bonus credit (ticket). A team or solo tour angler will receive a ticket for each event fished even events that are added to the schedule after the start of the season will count for a ticket per participant.
  3. All participants attending the 2022 National Championship will receive 2 bonus tickets. All tickets will be placed in a hopper, box or other device and a single winner will be drawn for the grand prize.

Note: tickets will only be valid from teams and or anglers that remain in good standing with the tour at seasons end. Anglers or a team having one or both participant(s) on the team being sanctioned for rules or angler code of conduct violations may have as part of their penalty a reduction or invalidation of all credits (tickets). Any team or solo tour angler being disqualified from an event will not receive a credit (ticket) for that event and a team or solo tour angler getting removed from the tour will have all credits (tickets) invalidated.

 

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