2019 Redfish World Series Rules
RULES, REGULATIONS, COVENANTS, AND PROCEDURES
I. Team, Invitation, and Entry Fee
- Anglers are invited to the RWS as a Team. The designated Captain of the team will be responsible for, and bind his/her partner to, all communication and agreements. After the Official Invitation is extended and payment is confirmed no changes may be made to the members of the Team except in the most extreme of circumstances and only with the approval of the RWS Producer.
- The team entry fee for 2019 is Twenty-Five Hundred Dollars ($2500) and must be paid in full within two weeks of receiving an Official RWS Invitation by email. The email will contain the deadline date and time along with acceptable method(s) for completion of payment. The deadline is irrevocable.
- If the entry fee is delinquent or a check is returned for insufficient funds both team members will be disqualified from RWS competition for the 2019 RWS and their position will be filled from an Alternate List.
- The entry fee is nonrefundable but is transferable should a team have to withdraw or is disqualified for any reason after paying their entry. If a team member withdraws from the field at any time after acceptance of the Official Invitation, both team members will be ineligible to compete in the 2019 RWS subject to provisions as noted above.
II. Off limits, Information Sharing, and Prohibited Technique
- For 2019 there will be no restriction to the number of days anglers may practice up to and including September 24, 2019.
- However, for the Official Practice* period beginning at first light September 16, 2019 and continuing through the conclusion of the 2019 RWS, anglers agree to abide by the following covenants:
- During this period anglers cannot engage in the technique or practice of “burning”, ”rodeoing”, or “corralling” which primarily entails running a boat on plane near shorelines with the specific intent and for the express purposeof locating, catching, or corralling fish. No person may be on any raised platform, with the exception of the helm, when the combustion engine is running.
- During this period anglers cannot share, give, or receive information including,but not limited to, lures, techniques, location of fish, and/or navigational information with any person or persons,including any other RWS participant, except their team partner.
- During this period anglers cannot loan a boat, or be loaned a boat, with navigational equipment on board that is not removable or that does not have the ability to be disabled.
- During this period anglers must either fish alone or with their designated partner only. No other person will be allowed on the boat during this time period except for approved persons such as a cameraman, sponsor representative, or family member provided that the person(s) do not regularly engage in redfish competition events AND have prior approval from the RWS Producer or RWS Tournament Director.
III. Compliance with Applicable Law.
- Anglers participating in any RWS event are required to follow all applicable federal, state, and local regulations and laws. Any violation of such regulations and laws and/or other tournament rules may result in the imposition of a fine, daily weight penalty, fishing time penalty, disqualification from a tournament day, disqualification from the entire tournament, disqualification from all future series events, or any combination thereof as decided by RWS officials.
IV. Modification of Tournament Rules.
- The rules and procedures for the RWS may be modified in the case of oversight or omission of tournament rules or procedures that, in the opinion of the RWS, would need to be added, changed, or omitted in order to ensure fair competition and the safety of all competitors.
V. Extreme Weather.
- In the case of severe weather, the start of any or all days of the RWS event may be delayed and tournament hours lengthened or shortened at the RWS official(s) discretion. Launch decisions will be made by RWS officials with the best information available at the time and with the safety of the competitors at the forefront of all decisions.
- Should any day(s) of competition be cancelled due to extreme weather or the threat of extreme weather, the remedy for the day(s) cancellation will be the following or a variation thereof:
- Day 1 canceled – all anglers fish day 2 with top 12 moving into the Gold Division for days 3 &4 and the remaining 36 entering the Silver division for Day 3 only.
- Day 2 canceled – top 12 from day 1 enter the Gold Division and fish on days 3 & 4 with the remaining 36 entering the Silver Division fishing on Day 3 only.
- Day 3 canceled -Gold Division fish on Day 4 for the Championship. Silver Division also fishes on Day 4 as a one-day shootout.
- Days 1-3 or 1-4 canceled – If at least two days of the RWS cannot take place over the scheduled 4-day period, the event shall be rescheduled at the earliest reasonable date.
VI. Insurance and Registration.
- Current liability insurance and boat registration is required for each participant in the RWS. It is the angler’s responsibility to maintain this coverage and ensure registration is up to date. Any boat not complying with state, federal and local laws governing equipment requirements, registration numbers, decals, and their proper display, cannot be used in competition. If such a boat is placed in competition either intentionally or unknowingly, the angler’s catch using that boat for the day(s) it was used will be disqualified regardless of reason.
VII. Creel Limit, Size, and Possession
- The RWS has a unique progressive bag limit in place. (See Format)
- All Day 1 and Day 2 participants will bring fish of 27 inches or less to the scales. (See Format)
- The Gold Division (Day 3 & Day 4) will bring fish of 27 inches or less to the scales. (See Format)
- The Silver Division (Day 3 only) will be allowed to bring in two (2) fish up to 28 inches and one (1) fish under 27 inches.
- If a fish dies while being held in captivity on your boat or in your possession, that fish cannot be returned to the water and culled.
- Anglers will weigh in the designated number and size fish each day of the competition and may have as many legal fish on board the boat at any given time throughout the tournament day as allowed by law. However, anglers must possess only the creel limit for that day’s competition when they enter the final no wake zone to return to the launch for weigh-in.
- Any team entering the final no wake zone or returning to the launch with more fish on board than the number specified for that day will have that day’s total weight disqualified. (Exception can occur under rule 12)
VIII. Tournament Schedule of Events.
- Wednesday September 25, 2019. This is RWS Parish Day. Anglers will be expected to attend various events around the parish to promote goodwill and sportsmanship. On this day, no angler can be on the water for any reason other than emergency repairs and then only with prior permission from, and possible accompaniment by, RWS Producer or Tournament Director or their designee.
- Wednesday September 25, 2019. Captain’s Meeting. Attendance is mandatory and will take place at 5 PM at a location TBD.
- Blastoff will be at 7AM for all anglers on Day 1&2 of the RWS unless delayed by weather or other unavoidable instance. On Days 3 & 4 the Gold Division will blastoff at 7 AM. On Day 3 of the RWS the Silver Division will blastoff at 7:30 AM.
- Anglers will launch according to computer generated random draw on Day 1 of the event and in reverse order on Day 2. Gold and Silver Divisions will launch in order of standing.
- Return times will be announced prior to the event. Failing to return to official check point and checking in with the RWS time official by the appointed time will result in disqualification for that day and a zero-weight recorded.
- Anglers cannot return to tournament waters any time after any day’s weigh in prior to the next day’s launch except in the case of wet slip dockage or mechanical issues in which case an angler must have permission from RWS Producer or Tournament Director.
Alcoholic Beverages and Drugs.
- Any angler consuming or carrying alcoholic beverages or drugs (other than their own current prescriptions) on the boat during tournament hours (which begins at first light and ends at conclusion of weigh in) will have that day’s weight disqualified.
- Anglers that consume any alcohol prior to a requested truth verification test on the day in which the test is being administered will be disqualified from the tournament and the team will forfeit any winnings or expected winnings.
X. Bait and Tackle.
- Only artificial lures may be used.
- Bait attractants – only artificially produced or commercially available and sold bait attractants may be used.
- Only one rod at a time may be used per angler.
- A cast must be fully retrieved before another cast can be made by the same angler.
- All redfish must be caught alive in a conventional sporting manner and in compliance with all federal, state and local laws.
- Trolling as a method of fishing is prohibited. Anglers must cast, flip, or pitch their lure to the fish they catch.
- No snagging off fish and no netting or scooping of distressed, unhooked, surface fish is allowed.
- No multi lure rigs allowed.
XI. Anglers Must Remain in Boat.
- All angling must be conducted from the boat.
- Anglers cannot leave the boat to cast to, catch, or land a fish.
- Angler(s) may leave the boat and seek safe shelter in bad weather when danger may be imminent but must continue to follow all tournament rules and procedures during this period.
- Anglers 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.
- No jumping berms, dykes, land masses or any object blocking entrance to any waterway, either man made or natural.
XII. Mechanical Break Downs.
Anglers experiencing boat or engine trouble have the following remedies:
- RWS Anglers can only board the boat of another competitor fishing the RWS, except in the case of an extreme medical emergency or where imminent danger, i.e. boat sinking, boat on fire, etc.
- RWS Angler’s boats experiencing mechanical failure may be towed in by any one.
- RWS angler(s) forced to board the boat of a non-RWS angler may have their catch for the day disqualified depending on circumstance.
- RWS angler(s) boarding the boat of another RWS team and transferring their catch must keep the fish separate and well-marked. Both RWS teams can no longer scout or fish and must proceed immediately to launch location.
- Anglers needing or receiving any assistance from anyone should communicate to a RWS official, the boat number(s) of the assisting boat and the time(s) aid was requested, performed, begun, and completed.
XIII. Private Waters.
- RWS anglers or guest on their boat may not participate in any of the following to navigate, fish, practice, or compete.
- Lift, unlock or pass through gates, chains, booms or other canal or river objects (not including lock systems between public waters) normally closed and used to restrict boat traffic in what is known, or should be known, to be private waters and not open to all anglers equally.
- Any water without obvious vessel restricting objects could still be private and anglers must leave and not return during practice or any days of tournament competition if asked to leave. Returning to the same waters after being asked to leave, even if by alternate routes, during practice or the event will result in disqualification.
- Anglers may not navigate nor fish any waters where a membership, lease, or agreeement is required to be paid unless that membership is made available to RWS officials and all RWS anglers equally for the period beginning August 01 of the year of the RWS event and continuing through the completion of the event.
- Anglers are not permitted to cast/fish within 100 yards of a competitor’s boat (not separated by land or jetties but in same body of water) which is anchored (an anchored boat is a boat held in a stable position by a power-pole, talon, line attached to a weight, or other device used for keeping a vessel in place and/or tethered and stationary and has the trolling motor in the stowed position. If the boat does not have a trolling motor, the definition of “anchored” still applies to stationary boats held in place by the manner herein described.
XIV. Live Fish, Measuring, and Weighing.
- Every effort must be made to keep redfish alive.
- A penalty of 0.50 pounds will be assessed per dead fish presented to fish bumper for measuring. Counting of fish for being alive or dead will be determined at time of measuring of fish except in the circumstance of an unavoidable delay.
- No culling of dead fish allowed.
- RWS fish bumper and/or RWS officials reserve the right to refuse any redfish deemed to have been altered, (accidentally or intentionally) and/or damaged sufficiently to make determining the exact length of the fish inconclusive. Fish with abnormal, severely damaged (healed over or not) or deformed tails will not be accepted, regardless of length. Fish with most of its tail (especially the top portion) intact, normal in appearance, and having no fresh cuts, bleeding, or damage and appears to be a “normal” tail may be accepted at the discretion of the RWS officials.
- Angler(s) can take a picture during competition and submit it via text to a RWS official for ruling on the overall condition of the fish including the tail and head area. Whether the damage to a fish or its tail rendering it unacceptable was done by the angler presenting it or not has no bearing on the decision to accept or deny the fish.
- Each fish will only be measured with its head to the left of the RWS measuring official and the fish’s belly facing the RWS measuring official’s belly. Fish will be measured on this side only. A fish going over the line very slightly may be removed from the board and allowed to “rest” while other fish in the creel are measured. The “over” fish will then be measured again but only for this one additional measurement. If the fish is deemed to be over on the second measurement it will be disqualified. In the case that there are no other fish remaining in the creel at the time the “over” fish is measured, the “over” fish will be “rested” for a minimum of thirty seconds and then re-measured.
- Re-weighs of a limit of fish are executed exclusively by the weigh master (not at the request of any angler) and based solely on his judgment of conditions when the automatic scales rendered their final, computer-controlled weight.
- RWS Anglers will use only RWS provided forms of transport to fish bumper and/or tanks.
- In the event of a delay by the RWS in opening the weigh scales at the designated time, the RWS will make every effort to check angler’s fish for live or dead prior to being presented to fish measuring official.
- Dead fish may be kept separate from live fish but only with water or an ice substitute.
- All lures, hooks, jig heads, etc. must be removed from fish prior to the final weight being recorded. To keep the fish alive anglers may wait until the fish has been counted live or dead to remove hook or jig. Failure to notify official and having a fish weighed with a hook, lure, jig or other object in its mouth may incur a penalty equal to a dead fish penalty.
XV. Safety, Boats, Motors and Accessories.
- Safe boat conduct must always be observed by competitors. During all days of competition, each boat must always adhere to Coast Guard operating regulations and have all required safety equipment on board. The Coast Guard requires that Inflatable PFDs be worn at all times unless there is an equal number of non-inflatable Coast Guard approved PFD’s on board.
- When boating in low visibility situations (i.e. fog, heavy rain, etc) during both practice and competition, competitors must operate their boats at a safe speed and in a safe manner.
- Only a single engine outboard powered boat can be used in official practice or competition. No air boats, pump driven, or multiple engine boats allowed for official practice or competition. No drones, helicopters, planes or other aerial device may be used during official practice and competition. All boats used in competition must be seaworthy and powered sufficiently to be considered safe for operation in all weather conditions that may arise.
- RWS strongly recommends the use of a kill switch attached to the pilot of the boat at all times the combustion engine is running.
- Fuel may be carried only in factory installed (built-in) fuel tanks or coast guard approved portable containers following all applicable state, federal and local laws.
XVI. Protest and Truth Detection.
- Any Protest must be submitted, in writing, with a $100 nonrefundable payment per protest within 15 minutes of the closing of the weigh scales. The decision of the RWS Producer will be final in all protest matters.
- Acts not officially protested within 15 minutes after the final angler has weighed in for that day will not be heard. Protest must be made in writing and in the presence of RWS official(s) and competitor being protested.
- RWS acts as a broker when hiring the truth detection administrator and has no influence on procedures, type of test, the amount of time taken, nor the results of the testing.
- All truth detection results are final and not contestable by any RWS competitor or their proxy.
- Any claim or disagreement with truth detection results or the administration of the test must be settled between RWS angler(s) being tested and the person and/or company administering the truth detection test. RWS, LLC, its parent, affiliated, and subsidiary companies, the hosts, sponsors and tournament series officials are not involved in nor in any way responsible for the results of, or methods used, in any truth detection test given.
- Anglers are bound by the prevailing statues and regulations of the state of Louisiana. RWS anglers are responsible for research of fishing and boating regulations, including proper registrations and insurance of vessel used in event, fishing licenses, size limits of catch, private waters, idle and no wake zones, etc.
- No one by any means can attempt to manipulate the length of any fish by any means whatsoever. Over-icing, oxygen shock, dropping of fish on nose, manipulation of the tail of the fish, adding weight by any means whatsoever, and similar practices if at any time are discovered, or reported to and verified, by the RWS will result in immediate disqualification of the team from the current and all future RWS events.
- Holding, Detaining, or Stocking fish during practice or competition – Fish may not be penned, detained, or held by line, hook, cage, barrel, box, net, fence, placement in small bodies of water with blocked entrance or no entrance, or any other means of preventing fish from freely swimming with full and complete access to the entire waterway prior to being fairly caught during competition and held in a livewell for weigh in that day.
- Angler(s) proved to be displaying poor sportsmanship or violating game or boating laws or the letter and spirit of these sportsmanship rules will be subject to penalty determined on a case by case basis.
- Anglers cannot purposely attempt to hurt another angler’s opportunity to catch fish. Any act or action deemed to be intentionally made in an attempt to displace, scatter or intentionally hurt fish or fishing in an area is strictly prohibited and will result in disqualification from the current and all future RWS events.
- RWS angler(s) receiving a ticket for any reason will result in disqualification of the day’s catch for the day that the ticket was issued. Failure to disclose receiving a citation/ticket to RWS officials will result in immediate disqualification from the entire event with all awards being forfeited.
XVIII. Angler Code of Conduct:
- All anglers are expected to practice, compete, and comport themselves in an honorable manner and to continually use their best efforts to demonstrate professionalism, ethical behavior, sportsmanship, and integrity in support of the sport of professional redfishing and the values of the RWS.
* “Official Practice” added August 06, 2019