CHIPOLA AREA HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
LABOR DAY FISHING TOURNAMENT

Saturday, September 4th, 2021
Safe Light until 3:00 PM
Lake Seminole at Sneads Park
2399 Legion Road, Sneads FL 32460

An image featuring the Chipola Area Habitat for Humanity Logo surrounded by a scene of a fisherman on a lake a sunset attempting to land a largemouth bass, which is chasing a topwater plug

Chipola Area Habitat for Humanity is hosting a Labor Day fishing tournament. This inaugural event, which will take place in Jackson County on Lake Seminole in Sneads, FL, will serve as a healthy, exciting outdoor experience for the entire family. It will also provide outdoor sporting enthusiasts with a unique opportunity to help Chipola Habitat achieve the vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Funds raised during the event will help build homes and change lives.  

With a 60/40 event payback to 1 in 5 boats, tournament participants will have the opportunity to win an array of prizes, including a grand prize of $2000.

Complete and mail the registration form to: Chipola Area Habitat for Humanity, PO Box 6114, Marianna FL 32447, or bring it to: Chipola Area Habitat for Humanity, 4736 Highway 90, Marianna, FL 32446.

2021 TOURNAMENT RULES

PARTICIPANTS AND ELIGIBILITY: Participation is open to all ages. Captains must be at least 18 years of age. Participants under the age of 18 years must be partnered with an adult and the adult partner must assume liability in all matters.

All participants should familiarize themselves with FS 327.395 (Florida Boating License Requirements; https://www.flhsmv.gov/motor-vehicles-tags-titles/vessels/boating-safety-education/) prior to operating a gas‐powered motor. If a participant fails to comply with Florida freshwater licensing requirements, that participant and their team member will automatically be disqualified.

All participants must have a valid and current Florida freshwater fishing license, if applicable.

Participants over the age of 65 must have valid I.D with date of birth in their possession.

PRE-ENTRY: Boat numbers for launch sequence are determined as entry monies are received. Pre-registration is available online at www.ChipolaHabitat.org, by mail to: Chipola Area Habitat for Humanity, PO Box 6114, Marianna FL 32447, or in person at Chipola Area Habitat for Humanity, 4736 Highway 90, Marianna, FL 32446.

ENTRY: Registration can be completed at the ramp. Registration fees paid at the ramp must be made in cash or by check. The tournament director has the right to reject any tournament entry.

FEES: Entry fees are $150.00 per boat.

PAYBACK: The payback to the field will be 60% of the remaining balance. One place will be paid for every five boats entered.

TEAM MEMBERS: Each boat is limited to two (2) team members; a Captain and a Partner. A Captain may fish alone.

QUALIFYING FISH: A limit of fish will be five (5) largemouth black bass with no minimum length.

PENALTIES: Competitors who present a bass for weigh‐in that is determined to be dead shall accrue a penalty of .250 of a pound or 4 ounces from their total weight. If the dead fish is also the big fish the same penalty will be given towards the big fish pot. Any bass that appears to have been taken unlawfully, mangled, mashed, mauled or snatch hooked will be weighed at the discretion of the tournament director or assistant director. Bass must not be placed on a stringer or on ice at any time. A dead fish may not be culled. At the discretion of the tournament director, any dead fish may become the property of the tournament.

Competitors who are not in the official check in area, which is determined by the tournament director, within the time allowed, shall be penalized one pound per minute from their big fish, and aggregate total. After fifteen (15) minutes have elapsed, the daily catch will be disqualified. Any team submitting more than five (5) fish to the scale will be penalized by having the entire day’s catch disqualified. All protests must be sworn to in writing and accompanied by a $200 deposit prior to the issuance of awards at any tournament. Deposit maybe refunded pending outcome of polygraph and determination of a rules violation.

LEGAL METHOD OF TAKING BASS: Only artificial lures may be used. No live bait, prepared bait, cast nets, bread, or baiting pellets, will be permitted on or within tournament boats except for pork stripes, rinds or other baits similar to such baits.  Only one (1) casting, spinning, or spin casting rod and reel combination may be used at any one time, others may be in boat, but only one rod per team member can be in use at any one time. The rod may not exceed eight (8) eight feet in overall length.

All bass must be caught live and in a conventional sporting manner during tournament hours. Intentional foul hooking of bass will not be permitted. Trolling is not permitted. Dip nets are permitted for their lawful intended use; however, may not exceed 60 inches in length when fully expanded. Any violation of this section will result in immediate disqualification. No fish may be taken from any water designated by state or local authorities as closed or off limits and / or properly marked private canals.

SPORTMANSHIP: All persons participating within the tournament must display only the highest form of sportsmanship and fairness. Any intentional actions conducted by any party to include retaliation of any previous action may lead up to and include verbal warning, written warning, disqualification of daily creel, and possibly the revocation of future opportunities to participate in any Chipola Area Habitat for Humanity tournament. All disciplinary actions taken by the director are final. All participants are subject to being asked to submit to an examination to determine the truth in any instance the director deems necessary. Refusal to or not making oneself readily available to submit to such examination will result in a disqualification. Such examination may or may not be on the date of the tournament. No protest will be received once the rewards ceremony has commenced.

BOATING SAFETY: All boats must meet all U.S. Coast Guard requirements. All boaters will abide by all Federal, State, and Local laws governing the operation of a vessel. Boats must be equipped with operable ignition kill switch. The safety kill lanyard must be affixed to the driver of the boat during those times in which the gas engine is in operation. Each competitor is required to wear an U.S. Coast Guard approved personal floatation device during times the gas engine is in operation. Each boat must be equipped with an operable live well capable of maintaining a limit of fish alive during tournament hours.

No beverages containing alcohol will be allowed on any boat associated with the tournament during tournament hours. No person who has the appearance of being under the influence of an intoxicant will be permitted to occupy any vessel associated with the tournament. Any violation of the above safety rules will be grounds for immediate disqualification. No canoes, kayaks, airboats, or pontoon boats allowed. No fishing from an elevated platform during tournament hours.

RELEASE: In consideration of being permitted to register and participate in Chipola Area Habitat for Humanity Labor Day Fishing Tournament (“Tournament”) held at Sneads Park, Sneads, Florida, tournament participants (Releasors), for themselves, their personal representatives, executors, heirs, next of kin, successors and assigns, hereby release and forever discharge Chipola Area Habitat for Humanity, and weigh master, and all of their officers, directors, employees, independent contractors, and all sponsors, contributors, participants, volunteers, producers and their agents, representatives, successors and assigns, from all liabilities, claims, actions, suits, demands, costs and expenses for bodily injury, death and property damage which Releasors may have against them arising out of or in any way connected with our participation in the Tournament, including but without limited to, all risks, known or unknown, anticipated or unanticipated, without regard to whether they are inherent in participating in a fishing tournament. We understand that this Release is unconditional, full and general, and that it includes all claims, whether caused by the gross or simple negligence, action or inaction of any of the released parties.

Releasors hereby further release the released parties from all claims whatsoever on account of first aid, treatment or services rendered to them in connection with participation in the Tournament. This Release is intended to be as broad and inclusive as permitted by the laws of the State of Florida, and if any portion of this Release is held invalid, it is agreed that the balance shall continue in full legal force and effect. Releasors understand and agree that fishing and boating are potentially hazardous activities that could result in injury to person or property or death. Releasors have carefully read this entire Release and fully understand the contents of it.

Releasors hereby authorize the use of their name and/or likeness as well as that of the boat, free of further consideration, for promotion and advertising purposes in any media form and reproduction, including but not limited to, radio, television, internet, newspaper, brochure, and video.