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Mercury Tournament Trail and Division Rules

OVERVIEW: This is a team competition in which the team’s captain receives one (1) point per pound for their largest King Mackerel weighed in per tournament. SKA must have the make, model, power, and boat name of the team. This is a boat/team effort. The boat you register at the start of the season is the boat you must fish throughout the year in that division. The name of the boat is the same all year, as you cannot change names in mid-season. If you sell your boat, you will be allowed to transfer points to the new boat, providing that you remain within the same boat class., i.e. if you begin the year in the Small Boat Class, garner points, then purchase a boat 28 feet or larger, you will NOT be allowed to transfer points between the Small Boat Class and the Open Classes. Putting your current boat up for sale and fishing on another vessel does NOT qualify as a reason to carry over points to another boat. You may not substitute a boat for one that is already declared as a SKA tournament boat, furthermore you may not substitute a boat in order to allow your SKA declared vessel to fish in a non-SKA tournament. There are two exceptions: one is a licensed boat dealer fishing a company-owned demonstration boat. The MSO of the boat must be in the dealer’s name and the name given the boat at the start of the season must remain the same. The other pertains to breakdowns. See paragraph 7 of Sanctioned Tournament and SKA Produced Tournament Rules. All substitutions qualifying under these exceptions must be approved by SKA Director of Operations prior to tournament registration.

New 2015 Chartered and/or rented vessels will not be allowed to compete in SKA sanctioned and SKA Professional Tour events. Substitution vessels will be allowed in the event of breakdowns or if the manufacturer of a new vessel is not complete at the time of tournament.

WHO CAN BE CAPTAIN: Members who register as captain or co-captain must be at least 16 years of age and must have had their sixteenth birthday prior to January 1 of that season. It is highly recommended that if you register as captain with the SKA that you also register as captain with the sanctioned tournament’s officials in order to eliminate any confusion in scorekeeping. Once a captain is determined, it cannot be changed within that season. SKA recommends designating a co-captain at the beginning of the season in the case that a captain cannot be onboard for an event.

SMALL BOAT CLASS: This is a class for boats whose manufacturer lists the Length Overall (LOA) as 27’11” or less. The SKA may physically measure any boat to determine its length and will assist any member in determining the length. Horsepower will not exceed the manufacturer’s recommendation for that boat for it to be allowed to compete in the Small Boat Class. The boat cannot exceed 27' 11" LOA regardless of the manufacturer’s size claim. If your boat length falls within the Small Boat Class guidelines, you will be automatically placed in the Small Boat Class upon registration of your boat with the SKA. You may choose to fish the Open Class in a Small Boat (27’11” LOA or less). However, SKA must have your written authorization on file to change classification; this must be done before you fish your first tournament of the season. You must declare your boat category on the $10 SKA Points Form for each tournament you enter. This will determine which category you qualify to fish in the National Championship. NOTE: If you are in the process of selling your Small Boat Class boat and moving to Open Class, it is recommended that you declare Open Class at the beginning of the season. You may not switch between Small Boat and Open Class within a season. Once you declare a Class it cannot be changed.

SINGLE ENGINE CLASS: Open only to boats with 1 (one) outboard motor. No inboards or inboard/outboards (I/O’s) will be permitted to participate. Maximum horsepower not to exceed 300hp. Anglers within this Class are eligible for Lady, Junior and Senior Primary Prizes.

If your vessel qualifies for Single Engine Class, you will be automatically placed in the Single Engine Class upon registration of your boat with the SKA. You may choose to fish the Small Boat (27’11” LOA or less) or Open Class, however SKA must have your written authorization on file to change classification. This must be done before you fish your first tournament of the season. You must declare your boat category on the $10 SKA Points Form for each tournament you enter. This will determine which category you qualify to fish in the National Championship. NOTE: If you are in the process of selling your Single Engine Class boat and moving to Small Boat or Open Class, it is recommended that you declare your desired Class at the beginning of the season.

MERCURY TOURNAMENT TRAIL DIVISIONS AND POINTS: There are nine (9) divisions in the SKA. A team’s best three fished events (within their division) counts towards the team’s score. SKA only allows one qualifying fish weight per event for points. For teams that fish more than three events within their division, their lowest weighing fish points are dropped - keeping only the highest weighing fish for points.

Teams may fish in as many divisions as desired, but their points are not transferable between divisions. Upon registration, teams must declare their desired division. Points garnered will remain with that boat/team within their declared division. Captain or co-captain must be an SKA Competition member and one or both must be onboard in order to receive points in their division. Individual team members are not required to be on board for every tournament during the season. The captain and the boat receive points, and points remain with the boat throughout the season. A captain switching teams may NOT carry his points from one boat to another. The points remain with the boat.

SKA MEMBER REGISTRATION AND POINTS FORM ($10 FORM): Each team must register with the SKA and complete the $10 SKA Points Form prior to or during tournament registration hours. SKA Member Registration and $10 SKA Points Form are also available to complete online at FishSKA.com. If completing forms online, information must be submitted by 11:59pm, the night of the Captain’s Meeting. It is recommended that you print and maintain copies of all online registrations.

It is imperative that SKA Member registration and SKA Points Form ($10 Form) are completed in full, by designated deadlines. Failure to do so will result in the team’s points not counting for that tournament. There will be no exceptions.

An SKA representative will be on-site and available during the hours of tournament registration. Members registering on-site will receive a copy for their records.

CHANGES TO SKA POINTS FORM ($10 FORM): Teams must notify SKA Representative of any changes to crew listed on the SKA Points Form ($10 Form) before the last fish is weighed at the event.

LADY ANGLER AWARDS: The Lady Angler’s best three fished events within her division. The Top Lady Angler in each division will receive a plaque engraved with her name, boat name, division, and year. Lady Angler must be aboard the boat to receive points, but does not have to be the angler of the fish. SKA rewards them for participating with the team only. Lady Anglers must remain with one team in a division in order to garner points throughout the season. The Lady Angler cannot qualify for points on another boat within her division, but may qualify for points within other divisions. Boat switching for Lady Angler in a division is not allowed unless falling under approved breakdown substitution rules. Lady Anglers must be clearly and properly marked on the SKA Points Form ($10 Form) to be eligible for points. This must be done for each event they fish. In the event a Lady Angler is indicated but does not fish, it is the responsibility of the team captain to notify the SKA representative before the last fish is weighed at the event, so the SKA Points Form ($10 Form) can be corrected. Anyone violating the honor system will not be awarded points for that event.

There will be one Top Lady Angler per division. There will be one Lady Angler of the Year award. Lady Anglers must be at least 16 years of age. Ties are broken by the weight of the largest of the three fish counted for scoring. In the event that the largest fish also tie, the winner will be determined by the second largest fish weighed in. Lady Anglers fishing in Division 7 (upper Gulf) have a 39 point handicap meaning their highest three-fish aggregate will be reduced by 39 points. The Pro Tour ladies are not eligible for Top Lady Angler of the Year honors. This is for Divisional participants only.

JUNIOR ANGLER AWARDS: The Junior Angler’s best three fished events within their division. The top (3) Junior Anglers in each division will receive a plaque engraved with their name, boat name, division and year. A Junior Angler’s sixteenth (16th) birthday must not fall prior to January 1 of that calendar year in order to be eligible for competition in the Junior Angler class. There will be (3) Top Junior Anglers of the Year. Junior Anglers must be aboard the boat to receive points, but do not have to be the angler of the fish. SKA rewards them for participation as part of the fishing team. Junior Anglers must remain with one team in a division in order to garner points throughout the season. The Junior Angler cannot get points on multiple boats throughout a single division but may switch to a different boat in a different division. Boat switching in a division is not allowed with the exception of approved breakdown substitution. Junior Anglers must be clearly and properly marked on the SKA Points Form ($10 Form) to be eligible for points (must be done at each event they fish.) In the event a Junior Angler is indicated but does not fish, it is the responsibility of the team captain to notify the SKA representative prior to the last fish weighed, so the SKA Points Form ($10 Form) can be corrected. Anyone violating the honor system will not be awarded points for that event. Ties are broken by the weight of the largest of the three fish counted for scoring. In the event that the largest fish also tie, the winner will be determined by the second largest fish weighed in. Junior Anglers fishing in Division 7 (upper Gulf) have a 39 point handicap. (Their highest three-fish aggregate will be reduced by 39 points). The Pro Tour juniors are not eligible for Top Junior Angler of the Year. This is for Divisional participants only.

MERCURY SCHOLARSHIP: The top SKA Junior Competition Angler in all SKA Sanctioned Tournaments fishing a Mercury powered boat will win a $500 scholarship certificate redeemable when the junior enters college. The boat the junior is fishing on must be registered to the captain fishing the tournament. If the captain substitutes his boat and uses a Mercury powered boat, and his regular boat is not Mercury powered, the scholarship will not be awarded. See Mercury Junior Angler rules for further information.

LONNIE BROADWELL SENIOR ANGLER AWARDS: The Senior Angler’s best three fished events within his/her division. The top Senior Angler in each division will receive a plaque engraved with his or her name, boat name, division, and year. The Senior Angler’s 55th birthday must fall prior to January 1 in the calendar year of competition. The Lonnie Broadwell Senior Angler of the Year award will be awarded to the divisional winner in the Senior Angler category with the highest three fish aggregate point total. Senior Anglers must be aboard the boat to receive points, but do not have to be the angler of the fish. SKA rewards them for participation as part of the fishing team. Senior Anglers must remain with one team in a division in order to garner points throughout the season. The Senior Angler cannot get points on multiple boats throughout a single division but may switch to a different boat in a different division. Boat switching in a division is not allowed with the exception of approved breakdown substitution. Senior Anglers must be clearly and properly marked on the SKA Points Form ($10 Form) to be eligible for points (must be done at each event they fish.) In the event a Senior Angler is indicated but does not fish, it is the responsibility of the team captain to notify the SKA representative prior to the last fished weighed, so the SKA Points Form ($10 Form) can be corrected. Anyone violating the honor system will not be awarded points for that event. Ties are broken by the weight of the largest of the three fish counted for scoring. In the event that the largest fish also tie, the winner will be determined by the second largest fish weighed in. Senior Anglers fishing in Division 7 (upper Gulf) have a 39 point handicap. (Their highest three-fish aggregate will be reduced by 39 points). The Pro Tour seniors are not eligible for the Lonnie Broadwell Senior Angler of the Year award. This is for Divisional participants only.

QUALIFYING FOR THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP: The top 25 boats in the Open Class, top 20 boats in the Small Boat Class and the top 20 boats in the Single Engine Class at the end of that division’s season will be invited to compete in the SKA’s National Championship and will receive an invitation to that effect. Only SKA current year Competition Members will be allowed to compete. Captains can either fish with their original team or may pick their crews from the general competition member rank and file of the SKA. All members of a National Championship crew must be current SKA Competition members and have fished in at least two SKA sanctioned tournaments as such during the season in which they qualified for the Championship. SKA Corporate Partners and members of the press are the only exceptions and must be approved by the SKA management prior to fishing. Note to Captains: Make sure throughout the season that any crew that you would like to attend the National Championship are current SKA Competition members. Any boat that qualifies in the Pro Class is automatically pulled out from any Divisional qualifying position. Any boat qualifying in more than one division will go to the Nationals based on their highest Divisional finish and will be pulled from any lower Divisional finishes, allowing other boats to move up. The boat, however, still gets credit for where they finish for the record books. Any ties in Divisional competition will be broken by the size of the largest fish of the three that count toward the boat’s points. The boat with the larger fish will break the tie. In the event of identical big fish weights, the size of the second largest fish will break the tie, and if needed, the third largest fish. Any and all ties in divisional competition will be broken. There will be no co-winners or equal placing in the divisions. Small Boat Class boats are competing for their own set of prizes in the Nationals, and are unable to win any prizes in any other Class (and vice versa). Single Engine Class boats are competing for their own set of prizes in the Nationals, and are unable to win any prizes in any other Class (and vice versa). Past National Champions and past Anglers of the Year are automatically qualified for the Championship and will be purged from any divisional qualifying finishes, allowing other boats to move up. (Must use the name of boat used for Championship wins or Angler of the Year title). If boats that have qualified for the Nationals do not attend, SKA does not go down the qualifying list. Past Champions and Anglers of the Year must renew their Competition memberships prior to April 1 of the current year and must fish a minimum of two events during the calendar year to be eligible for participation in the Championship. They can participate in either division they choose. Past National Champions do not have to fish in the division they won in. A Qualifying Captain may choose to bring another boat (other than the one he or she qualified in) to the Championship, however, it must conform to the class they qualified in. If the Captain elects not to attend the Championship, so as not to penalize the co-captain and/or team members, they can elect to use the qualifying position. SKA must be notified of this change, but have to use the boat name that the captain qualified in.

Rev. 01/15




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