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Sharks of May

Sharks in MAY – Florida Land Based Shark Tournament

Here is all the info you will need to know to enter!

Buy your Ticket HERE

We will Host a Facebook Live Video at 6:00pm Saturday May 4th That Will explain in depth the rules of the Tournament.

The Tournament will end Friday May 31st at 6:00pm

Entry Fee: $20 per person.

This is a Single Angler Tournament. You Can fish with a Team, but entries will be per angler.

Winner –

Longest Shark any Species

ALL SHARKS MUST BE RELEASED UNHARMED! Any violators of this rule are automatically disqualified!

Rules

It is the responsibility of every participating angler to know, understand and abide by these tournament rules during this competition. Any participant who deliberately violates these rules will immediately be disqualified. Disqualification results in total forfeit of any and all prizes. Only registered competitors are eligible for points and any potential qualifying prizes. The safety of all anglers and their teammates is their responsibility, and should be the first consideration in all aspects of this competition. All winners and participating anglers may be asked to take and pass a polygraph test at the tournament committee’s discretion. If a participant refuses to submit to a polygraph test for any reason, then any potential winnings will automatically be forfeited. Any intentional cheating, harassing of other anglers or any other conduct determined by the tournament staff to be outside the spirit of good sportsmanship will not be tolerated and is grounds for immediate disqualification and permanent ejection from the tournament. All dates and times stated will be based upon the Eastern Standard Timezone.

EXTREME CAUTION AND CARE SHOULD BE EXERCISED AT ALL TIMES!!

During any activity involved with this sport or related competition, the safety of the angler and all others is of the utmost importance and should take precedence over any attempt to catch, handle or release any wild animal including sharks. Additionally, proper care and handling should also be exercised to avoid any injury to a fish. The Sharks in MAY, it’s officers, committee members, general members, and/or assigns assume no responsibility for risk of injury or death that might occur as a result of attempting to capture, handle or release any wild animal, anywhere, under any circumstances.

Summary of Rules

The summary of the rules listed below are intended for anglers who have already read and understand the “Official Rules” that are published on this same page, below this summary. This summary is not the complete list of tournament rules.

New Rules for 2019

Tournament will be a Land Based Fishing only tournament.

Bait May be Cast or Dropped by yak with no motors. (Paddle Only)

Teams are required to maintain a clean fishing area. Highly unorganized and/or messy fishing establishments will result in disqualification.

Any form of littering will result in disqualification.

All bait not currently being used must remain in a cooler. Any bait that is tossed in the ocean without a hook in it will be considered a form of chumming and will result in disqualification. Any unwanted bait must be discarded at a designated cleaning station that permits carcasses to be thrown in the water.

Foul hooked sharks will not qualify for points and must be immediately released.

Any species that requires a harvest tag / permit by the FWC is prohibited to be used as bait.

Only one shark rod is permitted per angler. Each angler may also have one additional rod to use as a bait rod.

Circle hooks only for cut bait!

General Rules

The 2019 tournament will take place between Saturday May 4th and Friday May 31st
Entry fee is $20.00 USD per Angler.  Late Registration $30 until May 17th

All submissions to be sent to : Sharksofmay@gmail.com

This is a single Angler Tournament
Fishing will begin on Saturday May 4th at 6pm and will end on Friday May 31st at 6:00pm.
All sharks must be released.
No sharks may be used for bait.
The use of chum is prohibited.
Using a gaff is prohibited.
All participants must possess a Florida fishing license and obey all Florida fishing regulations.
All fish must be caught on rod and reel.
All submissions must be emailed to sharksinmay@gmail.com

Registration

Tickets for the tournament are now available. To purchase a ticket, click here.
All Anglers must purchase a ticket to register for the tournament.
Registration deadline is 6:00pm on Friday May 4th

Late Registration until 6:00pm Friday May 17th

Deadlines

All fishing must cease by 6:00pm on Friday May 31st 2019
All photos and other required documentation of contending fish must be submitted by no later than 5:00pm EST on Saturday June 1st 2019.

Boundaries

The State of Florida
All fishing must take place on Beaches, Jetties, piers, bridges, docks, and other land-based structures. No Boats.

Team Rules

Anglers under the age of 18 must have a parent and/or legal guardian’s consent to enter the tournament, and their parent and/or legal guardian are required to be present at the anglers meeting.

Prize – Longest Shark- Any Species – 100% of all Entry Fees.

The Angler that releases the Longest sharks wins!
Includes all species
Required Measurements:
Fork Length
Required Photos:
Angler fighting the shark with the rod and reel (rod tip must be visible in photo).
Angler behind the shark holding the Special Item in front of the dorsal fin.
A wide shot photograph of the fork length measurement.

Photos

Blurry or pixelated photos will not be accepted!
The entire tape measure must be visible! Hands and other objects cannot be blocking the tape measure.
All photos and other required documentation of contending fish must be submitted by no later than 5:00pm EST on Saturday June 1st 2019

All submissions to be sent to : Sharksofmay@gmail.com

Official Rules

The following (entire page) are not the complete rules for the Sharks of MAY Tournament and everything written below is subject to change. All content listed in these rules, which is written under a bold heading is categorized according to the clear “common sense” definition of that word and every angler and/or participant/contestant is subject to how these rules are written and must abide by them. It is the responsibility of every participating angler to know, understand and abide by these tournament rules during this competition. Any participant who deliberately violates these rules will immediately be disqualified.

Honor System

All guidelines regarding claims for points or world records submissions are referenced herein. As with other organized sporting events and organizations, the integrity of the Sharks of MAY Tournament relies upon all participant’s respect for sportsmanship, honesty and integrity when competing in this tournament or submitting claims. It is the tournament organizer’s sincere intent to operate based on a confidence and trust that those virtues, at a minimum, will be held in high regard and exercised at all times by all participants and competitors.

Disqualifications

Each infraction of the tournament rules that results in a disqualification will be penalized towards the accused individual as a “strike”. Each strike will result in a one year suspension from participating in the tournament. If an individual and/or team accumulate three or more strikes, their actions will result in a lifetime ban from the tournament. If stated, some infractions may immediately result in a lifetime ban from the tournament. Any infraction will result in the forfeit of any prizes for any category and tournament entry fees. Every infraction will result in the entire team being disqualified. Any participant that publicly (this includes social media) slanders the Sharks of MAY or it’s tournament officials will receive a lifetime ban from all future events. Any and all protests must follow the Official Tournament Protest Rules.

Catch & Release Format

Since this is a catch & release tournament, the healthy release of all captured sharks is important. If an angler intentionally kills or injuries a shark, their team will be disqualified from the tournament. The use of gaffs is prohibited and will result in immediate disqualification and a lifetime ban from all future Sharks of MAY events. No sharks may be used as bait.

Dead sharks will not qualify for any points and may result in disqualification. Disqualification will not apply if a shark dies after being released; however that catch will be forfeited.

If an expired tournament shark is reported, the Sharks of MAY staff will make a thorough investigation. Any unsuccessful release will be labeled as a dead shark. If any evidence is found that an angler intentionally submitted a shark and was fully aware that the shark had an unsuccessful release, their actions will result in an immediate disqualification. If an angler submits a shark and is unaware that the shark had an unsuccessful release, they will not be disqualified, but their catch will be forfeited.

Anglers are encouraged to land their fish as quickly as possible, and to maintain landed fish in enough water (as little as a few inches) to aid in the support of their body weight during the required documentation procedure that includes the: measuring and photographing of all fish as quickly and safely as possible, prior to release. Whenever possible, avoid dragging an entire shark’s body weight onto dry sand. All species must be quickly released and anglers are asked to follow FWC Saltwater Fish Handling Guidelines in this process.

Any species that is not intended to be retained for use must be immediately released. If you see any wildlife violations, please call the FWC Wildlife Alert Hotline: 1-888-404-3922.
Registration

Tickets for the tournament are now available. To purchase a ticket, click here. All Anglers must purchase a ticket to register for the tournament. Registration deadline is Saturday May 4th at 6:00pm.  Late Registration deadline is 6:00pm Friday May 17th.

Tournament Schedule

Anglers Meeting

The anglers meeting and/or captains meeting will take place on Saturday May 4th at 6:00pm on Facebook Live.

Fishing

Around the clock, 24-hour, tournament regulation fishing will commence with on Saturday May 4th at 6:00pm. Tournament regulation fishing will officially end with ‘Lines Out’ on Friday May 31st at 6:00pm EST. Competing anglers may choose when to participate within these dates.

Awards Ceremony

The awards ceremony will be held on Sunday June 2nd On Facebook Live.

FWC & County Fishing Restrictions

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Committee (FWC) does not restrict fishing for sharks anywhere on a statewide basis. You have the right to fish (refer to Florida Status Chapter 379.104!

According to Chapter 379.105 of the Florida Statutes, it’s a violation to prevent an angler from lawful fishing. If you are being harassed unlawfully by either local authorities or private citizens, please call the FWC Wildlife Alert Hotline: 1-888-404-3922.
Gear & Bait Restrictions

This is a Land Based Fishing tournament.

Only circle hooks are permitted when using cut bait.

Any species that requires a harvest tag / permit by the FWC is prohibited to be used as bait.

Anglers must keep a minimum distance of 100yds away from a guarded public beach area (public beach swimming area with a lifeguard on duty) between sunrise and sunset. If in any situation a registered team in the Sharks of MAY is intentionally fishing within 100yds of a guarded public beach area between sunrise and sunset, they will be disqualified!

Once an angler is hooked up, they must fight the fish without assistance from another individual. Should an angler choose to leader, tail rope, or otherwise land their own fish, they may temporarily hand off their rod. Should the fish take another run, causing the fight to resume, the angler must then retrieve their rod and continue fighting the fish. Anglers may be assisted by others in landing a fish using acceptable means, such as leadering or tail roping. However, the angler must remain on the rod at all times unless using the option(s) previously mentioned. Anglers may also be assisted with tagging, measuring, hook removal (at the angler’s discretion), photographing, and releasing fish. If an angler is hooked up prior to ‘Lines out’ and continues to fight the fish after that time, it will still qualify for potential points, if landed and documented.

Participating anglers are to be respectful of other beach goers and are to show good sportsmanship to non-participants. Fishing at night and early morning is recommended.

Florida Fishing Laws

All participants fishing in the Sharks of MAY Tournament must abide by Florida State Laws. All anglers fishing in the tournament (both Florida natives and out of state participants) are required to have the proper fishing licenses required by the FWC (Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Committee). Anglers under the age of 16 are not required to have a fishing license. Failure to have proper licenses will result in immediate disqualification of the entire team and will be reported to the FWC by the tournament committee. Any angler cited by the FWC or any other law enforcement personnel for breaking any state laws will be immediately disqualified from the tournament. It is the responsibility of every angler to understand and abide by the laws and requirements of the FWC.

The use of chum in this tournament is prohibited. Any angler caught chumming during any period of the tournament will immediately be disqualified.

All bait not currently being used must remain in a cooler at all times! No bait may be placed or deposited on the beach (Florida Statutes 379.2421). Any bait that is tossed in the ocean without a hook in it will be considered a form of chumming and will result in disqualification. Any unwanted bait must be discarded at a designated cleaning station that permits carcasses to be thrown in the water.
Littering

Teams are required to maintain a clean fishing area. Highly unorganized and/or messy fishing establishments will result in disqualification. Any form of intentional littering will result in disqualification and will be reported to local authorities. All littering protests will be evaluated by the tournament committee before any disqualification penalties are issued.

Junior Anglers

Anglers under the age of 18 must have a parent and/or legal guardian’s consent to enter the tournament, and their parent and/or legal guardian are required to be present at the anglers meeting. Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a legal adult at all times!

Qualifying Species

The minimum fork length measurement for any qualifying shark species is 4ft (48 inches).

Measurements
General
All measurements must be made with a clearly marked  measuring tape.  All measurements will be rounded off to the nearest 1/8th of an inch. Final measurements may be adjusted by tournament organizers at their discretion based upon the measurement photos submitted.

Anglers are prohibited to stretch or extend a shark’s tail for any measurement.

Scoring will be determined by the measurements and photos submitted. Each entry is subject to review by the tournament committee. Foul hooked sharks will not qualify for points and must be immediately released.

Longest Shark Released.

Awarded to the team that released the Longest qualifying shark. Requirements for qualifying species are described in the “Qualifying Species” header above.

Required Measurement

Fork Length

Required Photos

Angler fighting the shark with the rod and reel (rod tip must be visible in photo).
Angler behind the shark holding the Special Item in front of the dorsal fin.
A wide shot photograph of the fork length measurement.

Tie-Breaking Procedure

If two or more teams are tied, the final ranking of each team will be determined in the following order:

Final tie-breaker goes to the entry that was received first. This time will be generated by the tournament submission application.

All anglers fishing in the Sharks of MAY are required to take photographs of each shark they decide to submit for points. Blurry or pixelated photos will not be accepted! Any photographs submitted from a third party website (Photobucket, Flickr, etc…) will not qualify! No photo editing software is permitted. If any photograph is submitted by any angler that has been edited in any photo editing software, that fish will be disqualified. In all cases, photographs should be taken of the fish lying on a flat surface. The fish should be broadside to the camera with the applied tag clearly visible, and no other visible part of the fish obscured.

If additional photos or footage of the catch and release exist, they may also be submitted. These photos can be submitted at any time.

Fighting Photo

Angler fighting/”reeling in” the fish with the rod and reel. The entire body of the angler and the entire fishing rod must be visible in the photo.
Fork Length – Wide Shot
Diagram of showing the fork length measurements

A wide-shot photograph of the fork length measurement. The entire shark, from the tip of the snout to tip of the bottom lobe of the caudal fin (tail) must be clearly visible! The entire tape measure must be visible! Hands and other objects cannot be blocking the tape measure. The tape measure should not block the “fork” in the tail!
Fork measurement of the shark
Angler with Catch

All submissions to be sent to : Sharksofmay@gmail.com

The tournament committee will not determine any circumstance due to the weather and/or climate. If any portion of the tournament is fished and an angler or anglers release a qualifying shark, then prizes will be awarded. No entry fees will be refunded to any angler due to weather and/or climate circumstances.
Protests

Any decisions made by the tournament committee are final!