Bayou Outkast February Sheepshead Shakedown
DATES: All of February 2021
SPECIES: 5 Sheepshead (no minimum size)
Longest total bag of 5 fish wins
APPROVED MEASURING DEVICES:
The Hawg Trough – LINES MUST BE TRACED with a marker
Ketch Boards – Only the models that are 32” or shorter (plastic or metal) will be accepted. If you have the 48" board, fish max out at the 24" hinge.
Check-it Stik Kayak Elite Series – This specific model only will be accepted
If you have a different board model, you must first reach out to Dan Rodbell for approval if you wish to use it.
REGISTRATION & TOURNAMENT IDENTIFIER:
The tournament officially begins on February 1st, but registration for new anglers is open until 11:59PM on February 7th.
CATCH, PHOTO, SUBMIT (CPS) FORMAT: Bayou Outkast is running this tournament as a “catch, photo, submit” (CPS) tournament on the TourneyX Pro app. As compared to “CPR” tournaments, there is no requirement for the angler to “release” their fish back into the water. However, anglers are required to follow the strictest interpretation of Louisiana law regarding the keeping of fish as it relates to size and creel limit for all species..
BOUNDARIES: Anglers may launch from anywhere in Louisiana
PHOTO SUBMISSION RULES / INFO: “TourneyX Pro” is the official app and tournament scoring method for Bayou Outkast CPS Tournaments. It is available for Apple iOS and Android operating system smartphones. Make sure to download the PRO version as it is the only one that works. The 3-digit tournament identifier code will be released on Facebook and emailed to anglers on Sunday January 31st at 8pm. For more information on how to use the TourneyX Pro APP please visit https://tourneyx.com/app/help/ for information on the app, as well as the TourneyX Youtube page for some of their video tutorials.
The following photo submission rules are as follows:
– The fish must be on a tournament approved measuring device and the body/base of the tail centered between the rails, and alive.
– Anglers may cull smaller fish by submitting new fish
– A fish that the tournament directors suspect might have been out of the water too long (overnight) may be rejected. Examples of issues that may result in a disqualified fish are faded color, no slime coat, shriveled tail, etc.
– The fish must be facing to the left with the tail to the right and the belly of the fish facing the angler.
– The fish must be submitted at 0.25” incremental measurements
– If the tail is not obviously touching or crossing a measurement line, it will be rounded down to the next lower quarter inch length.
– The nose must be pressed up against the post of the measuring device. Please ensure that shadows do not obscure the nose and post. If the judge cannot see that the nose is clearly up against the post, the angler will face a 0.5” length deduction
– There may be no lures or fish retaining tools in the fish's mouth for the picture or the angler will face a 0.5” length reduction. This reduction may be inclusive or in addition to the open mouth penalty at the judge's discretion
– The mouth, eye, and tail must be visible for the picture to be accepted, with the tail flat on the measuring board. Only the angler's hand may obscure the body of the fish, either to hold the fish down or pinch the tail, but not both.
– Pictures will only be accepted if they include original metadata which contains date/time and GPS coordinates. Only the tournament director will have access to metadata information. The Judge has access to city/state/zip code information, but exact GPS coordinates are only reviewed by the tournament director in the event of a valid location based protest.
– The 3-digit tournament identifier code must be visible in the picture (written on a card or the back of your hand). If written on a card, it may be placed on the back of your hand, or next to the fish, BUT not on the fish. In the event that the identifier is obscured, it is up to the judge's discretion to decide if enough of the identifier is visible to prove that it is correct and the fish was caught during the tournament window.
– If the judge deems your picture to be inauthentic or otherwise too problematic to accept, it will be rejected. Appeals may be made to the tournament directors as described below in the protests section.
– Following completion of the tournament and awards ceremony, anglers may make a formal written request that their entry is deleted from TourneyX to the tournament directors. Doing so will delete all of the fish pictures, metadata, GPS, and statistics from the angler's TourneyX account. This means these pictures/metadata/GPS will no longer be accessible to anyone including the tournament directors. This is a permanent irreversible decision. Making this request will not disqualify the angler from qualifying for awards in the tournament.
ENTRY FEES/AWARDS: The entry fee is $10 per participant. This is the basic entry to keep it cheap and accessible to all anglers
$4 of each entry is paid out to the top finisher. In the event of a tie, largest fish(s) win
$6 of each entry covers TourneyX platform and processing fees.
$25 optional Kingpin Calcutta: This pot is for anglers looking to put more skin in the game. It is paid out to the top 3 calcutta finishers. In the event of a tie, the angler that has the longest individual fish(s) wins.
PADDLE/PEDAL CRAFT ONLY: This event allows human powered craft only. Trolling motors, sails, gas engines, and “mother ships,” are not allowed. Your pedal or paddle craft must be human powered and includes tandem kayaks, canoes, pirogues, and paddleboards. A participant is allowed to wade fish or fish from the bank but ONLY if they remain within 100 feet of their LAUNCHED paddle craft. Launched is defined as your paddle/pedal craft being off of your vehicle/trailer and that a portion of the craft is in fishable waters.
WATER COURTESY / ENCROACHMENT: Do your best not to disturb someone else's fishing area, by encroachment, or noise. An angler officially establishes his/her fishing area by having their craft anchored in place. If you come upon an angler in an egress area, as quietly as you can, ask which side he or she would like you to cross at. A good rule of thumb is that if you can both cast to a common point you're too close. Respect others and use the golden rule.
PROTESTS: All protests must be written and submitted electronically by 9am on March 1st. The tournament director is the final authority on deciding the merits/outcomes of a protest.
CHEATING/FOUL PLAY: All anglers are encouraged to report violations. Cheating and contest fraud in a fishing tournament is a crime in the state of Louisiana. Bayou Outkast will enforce a zero tolerance policy with regard to cheating.
RELEASE OF LIABILITY AND COVENANT NOT TO SUE: A waiver, release of liability, and covenant not to sue are part of the entry form. It is required that all contestants take responsibility for themselves while participating in event activities. Please DO NOT let your competitive nature push you into doing dangerous things. By signing up for this tournament, you agree to obey tournament director safety instructions, and hold Bayou Outkast harmless for any harm/injury out of the tournament director's control. You must agree to the Waiver to participate. BE SAFE, BE SEEN, AND WEAR YOUR PFD!
DEPTH FINDERS: Depth finders / fish finders are allowed.
BAITS: Live, dead, and artificial baits are allowed. Commercially produced scented baits and attractants are also allowed.
COMMUNICATION: Cell or electronic communication “to and from” non-tournament anglers during tournament hours will not be allowed except if it is not fishing related (Example: your wife, work, etc.).
PFD REQUIREMENT: You must properly wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved PFD while afloat in your watercraft during all Bayou Outkast events. Failure to comply with this rule during competition could result in disqualification from the tournament. Disqualification will be determined by the Tournament Director based on investigation of any specific incident.
PARTICIPATION AND ELIGIBILITY: Participation is open to anyone 18 years of age or older. Minors are eligible to participate with a parent or legal guardian. That parent or guardian, not Bayou Outkast, is responsible for the safety and well-being of that minor. All participants represent that they are physically and mentally competent and fit and able to participate. By entering, all participants agree to assume ALL risks of personal injury, death, and damage to or loss of property and further agree to indemnify and hold Bayou Outkast harmless from and against any and all claims, liabilities, and causes of action resulting directly or indirectly from participation.
LEGAL FISH: Each participant must catch their own fish. You may not give fish to another participant. You may not net a fish for another (adult) participant. Youths should hook and retrieve their own catch. A parent/guardian may net fish for them and may handle the fish once it is netted.
DRONE/UAS USAGE: Tournament participants are not allowed to use unmanned aircraft systems (drones) to scout for Sheepshead on days in which they are fishing.