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Panhandle Flyfishers Annual Champions Tournament 2009

Panhandle Flyfishers Annual Champions Tournament 2009

Panhandle Flyfishers, in an effort to promote sportsmanship and competition among its members, is sponsoring a year long tournament that will run from the day following our annual Christmas party to midnight of the third Thursday in November of each year.  Awards shall be held in conjunction with the Club Christmas Party in December.

The tournament shall be open to all members in good standing.

All legal entries must be caught on a fly rod using a fly in compliance with IGFA rules.

Since one of the objectives is to recognize the most skilled fisherman, awards shall be given for distinct species of fish that all of our members have the opportunity to fish for with some frequency.  With this in mind, the major categories shall be broken down as follows:

  • Open Ocean
    Pelagic game fish such as Dolphin and Cobia
  • Beach and Near Shore
    Migratory game fish such as Pompano, Spanish Mackerel, etc.
  • Bays and Estuaries
    Game fish species such as Speckled Trout and Redfish
  • Fresh Water
    Fresh water game fish

Approved Species within Categories

  • Open Ocean
    King Mackerel
    Jack Crevalle
    Tuna other than Bonita

  • Beach and Near Shore
    Spanish Mackerel
    Blue Fish  
  • Bays and Estuaries
    Speckled Trout
  • Fresh Water
    Large Mouth Bass

Method of Measurements
All measurements shall be taken with a ruler issued to each club member.  The measurements shall be taken in accordance with the regulations specified by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.  (i. e. some species shall be measured as overall length, others shall be measured to the fork in the tail.)  All fish submitted must meet the minimum legal length requirement as determined by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission regulations.  A photo of the fish next to the ruler such that the length of the fish may be determined, from the photo, shall be submitted to the tournament committee.

While photos are preferred, the submission may be electronic as long as it is in one of the approved file formats, .jpg and .gif.  All electronic submissions shall be submitted to the Club Secretary (Dennis Curley) no later than 12:00 midnight Central Standard Time on the third Thursday in November.  As with the regular photos, it is the responsibility of the submitting member to see that the photo is in a state such that the size, species, length, ruler number and date code can reasonably be determined.  Problems in transmission, printing, timing, etc., are the responsibility of the entrant.  It is suggested if submitting via email, you contact Dennis Curley by phone at 850-585-4180 to verify receipt. 

 The deadline for turning in an entry shall be the third Thursday in November.  Photos may be submitted throughout the year and a member may submit more that one photo in each category.

All fish submitted for entry in this tournament must have been caught within the tournament boundary area as defined in this subsection.
For the purposes of this tournament, the boundary area shall be defined as follows:

  • The northern boundary shall be Florida’s lateral border with the State of Alabama.
  • The western boundary shall be the Perdido River and its tributaries within the state of Florida.  This is Florida’s longitudinal border with the State of Alabama.
  • The eastern boundary shall be the Apalachicola River and its tributaries within the state of  Florida.
  • The southern boundary shall be Florida’s seaward boundary in the Gulf of Mexico.  At the time of this writing, this boundary is 3 marine leagues or 9 nautical miles into the Gulf of Mexico.

Fish caught on commercially guided trips are not eligible.

The Awards Ceremony shall be at the Club’s annual Christmas Party held in December of each year.  Awards shall be in the form of traveling plaques for each species of fish listed in this document.  These plaques shall provide an area to place engraved nameplates with the name of each year’s winner, the year and the length of the winning fish.

All members in good standing are automatically eligible for participation in the tournament.  New members shall receive a numbered ruler at the time they join the club.  This ruler shall remain with the member for the life of his/her membership.  All current members shall receive a numbered ruler at the time that this tournament is approved by the club membership.  The rulers shall contain a date code that shall be changed each year as a means of validation.  These rulers shall also be used for the Spring and Fall tournaments so that there should be no need for a member to carry more than 1 ruler when fishing in these tournaments.
A tournament committee shall be established to keep records of the entries and determine the winners each year.  This committee shall consist of the Secretary, the Treasurer and one member at large.