13th Annual TKAA Kayak Fish for Charity Tournament

TOURNAMENT DATE: September 23, 2017 TO BENEFIT HEROES ON THE WATER & PROJECT HEALING WATERS www.heroesonthewater.org/home www.projecthealingwaters.org FIRST 125 PAID ENTRIES RECEIVE PREMIUM HOBIE CAPTAIN'S BAGS WITH LOTS OF FREE STUFF! Tournament Headquarters Lakewright Convention Center 6280 Northhampton Blvd., Norfolk, VA (at intersection of I-64 & Northhampton Blvd) Entry Fee: $65.00 per angler on or before Sept 10. $80 per angler after Sept. 10. Youth price is $35 per angler. Catch, Photo and Release Format Open division includes Saltwater Slam, and 4 salt water species divisions. (redfish, speckled trout, flounder, striper) Other divisions include Freshwater (Largemouth Bass & Catfish), Female, Youth, and Fly division. Trophies will be awarded for first, second, and third place. Other divisions may be announced on the website or at the captains meeting. This is a non-profit event and all proceeds will benefit Heroes on the Water & Project Healing Waters. These are two great organizations that use kayak fishing as a means to help rehabilitate our wounded warriors. Men and woman from these groups will participate in our tournament and your support is crucial. There will be lots of great prizes including fishing kayaks and lots of great raffle items including kayak fishing items, tackle, apparel, and much more. The first 125 PAID anglers to register will receive a captains bag with lots of cool stuff as well as an official tournament T-shirt, raffle ticket, and award ceremony banquet ticket. Early registration deadline is Sept. 10th. Must register by Sept. 4 in order to receive tournament t-shirt. Paid TKAA members receive a bonus raffle ticket. (must be a member at time of registration) Extra raffle tickets and as well as tournament t-shirts will be available at the captains meeting. If you need extra banquet tickets for a guest, this must be requested for and paid by Sept. 15 to get an accurate count to the hotel. Target Species are: Red Drum, Speckled Trout, Flounder, Striped Bass, and Largemouth Bass, Catfish. Sponsors and Volunteers We are currently looking for tournament sponsors and volunteers to help with the tournament. Please contact Wayne Bradby at 757-572-5424/wayne@waynebradby.com or Amy Angelopoulos @ tkaa.org@gmail.com Mandatory Captains Meeting Friday evening, Sept. 22, at 7:00 p.m. @ Lake Wright Convention Center 6280 Northhampton Blvd., Norfolk, VA 23502 TKAA is a non-profit sport fishing club, under section 501 (c) (7) of the Internal Revenue Service. NOTE: This registration form will allow you to register with your credit card on the next page. If you wish to send a check, select the Pay in Person option on the next page and send check to: Tidewater Kayak Anglers Association 13th Annual TKAA Tournament 1230 Lake Point Drive. Chesapeake, VA 23320 Please remember that only the first 125 PAID entries will receive the premium captain's bag!

September 23, 2017
September 20, 2017 11:00pm [Eastern Time]
Lake Wright Conference Center
6280 Northhampton Blvd.
Norfolk, VA 23502
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You are agreeing to these terms and conditions by registering for this event. Upon check-in at the tournament, your signature will be required as well.

Participation is open to anyone 18 Years of age or older. Minors are eligible to register and participate with a parent or guardian who also participates in the event. Minors must have the signature of his or her parent or legal guardian on the entry form as applicable to any state, commonwealth, county, or federal regulations or law. The obligation to know these rules falls upon the parent.

A completed entry form and $65 entry fee ($80 after Sept. 10, 2017) must be received on-line no later than the September 20th, 2017.
Payment can also be made at the captain's meeting.

First 125 PAID entries receive premium captains bags. All participants will be required to sign the waiver form at check-in during the captains meeting. Entry fees are not refundable, but may be transferred to another participant provided notification is received by the TKAA Tournament prior to the captains' meeting. Entry fees can not be transferred after the captain's meeting.

Trophies will be awarded for the largest fish in each division. See section 11 for scoring criteria. Winners will be based on the total scores for the longest fish on their camera. Divisions are as follows:
Slam Division-sponsored by Hobie Fishing. Winners will be decided by the cumulative points of the longest fish of 3 fish of the target species. (redfish, flounder, speckled trout)
Individual Species Divisions-
Largest fish in each of the four divisions.
Speckled Trout-sponsored by Appomattox River Company
Redfish- sponsor-TBD
Striper-sponsored by Kokatat
Largemouth bass-Wilderness Systems
Female division-sponsor-TBD
Fly division-sponsored by Ruthless Outdoors
Youth Division-sponsor-TBD

Division winners will not be able to double dip, (e.g. if the biggest trout is part of a winning slam, it cannot win in the other divisions). Female and fly division participants will only be eligible for prizes in that division.

Other divisions and/or prizes subject to change and may be announced at the captains meeting or on the TKAA website.


4. MANDATORY CAPTAINS MEETING: All participants must attend the September 22th, 2017 Captains Meeting; special considerations may be made in certain circumstances. The meeting will be held at 7:00 pm at The Lake Wright Conference Center, 6280 Northhampton Blvd., Norfolk, VA.

Launching can begin at safe light That time will be determined at the captains meeting. All entrants wishing to enter fish must return their pictures/camera in to tournament headquarters (Lake Wright Conference Center) between 2:00 and 4:00pm on tournament day. You must be in line by 4pm, no exceptions.

The use of mobile communication is allowed.

All contestants are required to follow high standards of sportsmanship, courtesy and conservation. Intoxication will be cause for immediate disqualification. No alcoholic beverages or the use of illegal drugs is allowed. This rule extends through and includes signing of the check-in form at tournament headquarters. The illegal use of drugs, participation in any criminal activities, or other conduct reflecting unfavorably upon efforts to promote safety, sportsmanship, fair competition and compliance with tournament rules and the law are grounds for disqualification and/or rejection of any applicant from participation. This will also entail the return of any prizes awarded. The TKAA Tournament Committee will seek legal remedy if necessary.

All fish must be caught live via hook and line. The selection of baits is up to the discretion of the participant. To permit safe catch and release, circle hooks are mandatory with all natural or live bait. Note: Live bait must be caught or purchased the morning of the tournament.
To permit safe catch and release, circle hooks must be used with all natural or live bait.
During the hours of competition, contestants may not obtain or receive assistance, including but not limited to following a non-competitor's boat, the placing of markers by any non-competitor, towed by or riding on motorized vessels or electronic, voice or data communication from a non competitor. All participants must have with them a non-motorized vessel like a kayak or canoe. Other non-motorized vessels will be permitted at the discretion of the TKAA Tournament Committee and Director. No electric or combustion engines permitted on the boat during the event. Contestants may leave the boat to stand or to wade while fishing but must within sight of their kayak. Bank or wade fishing while your kayak is on a roof rack or trailer, is prohibited. Kayaks, canoes or committee-approved non-motorized (human powered) craft are the only mode of on-the-water transport allowed.
TANDEMS/SHARING. It is permissible for more than 1 entrant to share the same watercraft. However each paddler must pay and compete as a single angler. They must also have their own camera, their own picture of the vessel at put in on their camera roll, and is scored separately. Fish may NEVER be shared among entrants.

There is absolutely NO FERRYING (i.e. using another vehicle or boat, motorized or not to transport your kayak to a fishing location while on the water.)

Anywhere within a 50-mile radius of the Norfolk, VA, area as shown on the map below. Specific parameters will be discussed at the captains meeting. All participants must use “pubic accessible” launch areas. Using private property will result in disqualification.

The tournament is a catch, photo, and release format. Species division winners will be determined by the length of the longest fish. For the slam division, it is the combined length of the 3 longest fish for target species. (red, trout, and flounder)
For female, fly, and youth divisions, the winner will be the combined length of 3 longest fish for targeted species (red, trout, and flounder) OR, if no slam is recorded, the largest of the targeted species.
At the captains meeting each contestant will be issued an identifier, score sheet, and measuring device for uniformity. Participants must use their own digital cameras, and a card reader will be used to download pictures. For pictures with fish, the identifier must be clearly visible in every picture. If there is no identifier, then the picture is disqualified. Score sheets must also be filled out completely and correctly, failure to do so will result in disqualification. All photos become property of the TKAA. The first photo in memory must be of the angler on the morning of launch with the measuring device. The second photo will be the rigged boat at launch. Fish must be photographed in or on boat, (vessels should be distinguishable in photo) next to provided tape measure with the identifier. The photo must show clearly the length of the fish. Length is determined from the tip of the lower jaw to the natural (un-pinched) tip of the tail. Only Red Drum, Speckled Trout, Flounder, Striped Bass, and Largemouth Bass can be entered for species trophies. Length should be measured to the nearest quarter inch. All species are worth 1-point per inch. Lengths and species identification will be verified and scored by a scoring committee. The scoring committee makes the call and the tournament director is the final authority. In the event of a tie, the angler who returned their photos first, will be the winner.

12. DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY: Participants may only use digital cameras for recording scoring fish. Entrants must bring the storage chip from their camera to check-in or bring the download cable for their camera so that pictures may be retrieved. The following media formats can be handled without a cable at check-in:

a. CompactFlash Type I
b. CompactFlash Type II
c. SD Card
d. miniSD
e. MultiMediaCard
g. Memory Stick
h. Memory Stick PRO
i. Memory Stick Duo
j. Memory Stick PRO Duo
k. SmartMedia
l. xD

A waiver and release of liability statement is part of the entry form. It is required of each contestant that they take responsibility for themselves while participating in any tournament activities.

Rule interpretation will be left exclusively to the TKAA Tournament Committee; all decisions are final in all matters and are not subject to appeal.

Any and all protests must be submitted in writing, 30-minutes before the start time of the captains meeting, or 30-minutes before the official check-in period. Announcements will be made at weigh-in regarding protest procedures during weigh-in All protests will be reviewed by members of the TKAA Weigh-in Committee. All Committee decisions will be final and are not subject to appeal.

STATEMENT OF UNDERSTANDING FOR PARTICIPATION IN ACTIVITIES, TRIPS, MEETINGS, INSTRUCTION, PADDLING, FISHING, WADING in the TIDEWATER KAYAK ANGLERS ASSOCIATION Fishing Tournaments In consideration of my entry being accepted for participation in the TKAA sanctioned events, I do hereby state that I understand that the purpose of signing this document is to exempt and release the Tidewater Kayak Anglers Association (TKAA), its agents, its endorsers and sponsors, administrators, successors, and assigns, including their officers, directors, members, operators, representatives, agents, insurers, successors, and volunteers, from each and every action and claim for damages, in law in admiralty, or in equity, arising from my association, entry or participation in the TKAA event. And hold these entities harmless from any and all liabilities arising as a consequence of the following, or any other acts or omissions on their part, including but not limited to negligence. I understand that there are inherent risks involved with paddle sports, fishing, wading in the water and swimming including but not limited to perils of the sea & or waterways, act of the other participants & adverse sea & weather conditions & I hereby assume such risks. I certify that my physical condition and training are adequate to enable me to compete safely in the TKAA events, and I acknowledge that I am familiar with paddling and the risk associated and I will not hold TKAA or their employees, agents, endorsers or other associated personnel or companies responsible if I am injured as a result of ANY problems (medical, accidental, or otherwise) which occur while paddling, fishing, or other wise participating in the contest. I am also aware of the risks associated with the weather conditions that prevail on water at any time of the year: varying water temperatures, strong currents, choppy waters and marine animals. I also understand that pleasure and fishing craft share the waters and may be a danger. I specifically acknowledge that I am aware of the risks in Boating & Fishing and agree to assume those risks. If I should suffer illness or injury during the event I realize that medical care must be summoned & treatment will be delayed until I can return to shore & or be transported to a proper care facility. I agree in advance to these conditions. I will be present for the Captains meeting and be attentive to any information concerning conditions, which may cause me danger. If there is anything I have been told that I do not understand, I will immediately inform an official representative of the event. I authorize the officials of the event to use their discretion to have me transported to a medical facility and this Waiver and Release of Rights applies fully to such actions. I hereby grant full permission to any and all of the sponsors of this event or their representatives to use any photographs, motion pictures, video tapes, recordings or any other records of this event for any purpose whatever including commercial use. I UNDERSTAND I HAVE A DUTY TO EXERCISE REASONABLE CARE FOR MY OWN SAFETY & I AGREE TO DO SO. I will immediately stop my trip if paddling conditions are worse than those for which I have been trained or for which I have experienced. Neither, TKAA nor its endorsers, employees, sponsors, nor agents have made any representations to me, implied or otherwise, that they can or will perform safe rescue or first aid. In the event I become distressed or call for first aid, I would like assistance and will not hold TKAA their employees, volunteers or other competitors responsible for their actions in attempting the performance of rescue or first aid. I understand I have a duty to inspect the equipment I will be using; I will not hold anyone other than myself responsible for my failure to inspect my equipment prior to paddling. I understand that I am entering this event at my own risk and assume all risk of the hazards and dangers associated with this event. I understand that the event may be cancelled or altered due to weather conditions. I agree to forever discharge and release TKAA, its member(s), endorser(s), agent(s), owner(s), agent(s), volunteer(s), and sponsor(s) from any and all responsibility or liability for any and all injuries or damages. I agree NOT to make a claim against or sue any of the above parties for injuries or damages, whether they arise or result from any NEGLIGENCE, GROSS NEGLIGENCE OR OTHER LIABILITY. I further specifically agree, on behalf of myself, my heirs, & assigns to & indemnify & hold harmless the released parties for any & all causes of action arising as a consequence of any incidents which might occur as a consequence of my participation in any activities with or involving the released parties.

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