Salmon-A-Rama 2016 : Contest Rules

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General Rules 2016

  1. SALMON-A-RAMA has Shore, Boat, Kayak and Youth Divisions.
  2. All fish must be caught by hook and line, by an individual possessing a valid SALMON-A-RAMA ticket for the Division to be entered, at the time that the fish is caught. All fish must be caught between 12:01 AM CST on July 9, 2016 and 11:00 AM CST on July 7, 2016. No fishing of eligible species is allowed by any participant 3 hours prior to the official start of the contest.
  3. All SALMON-A-RAMA tickets purchased after 12:00 AM on Saturday, July 9, 2016 must be purchased at an official SALMON-A-RAMA weigh-in location or online, and shall include a $5.00 late fee. In addition, such tickets will be stamped with the time and date of purchase. NO FISH will be eligible for registration on the ticket within 24 hours of the time indicated on the ticket.
  4. SALMON-A-RAMA contestants must comply with State, Federal, Local, and other pertinent fishing and boating laws and regulations.
    1. Any contestant issued a citation for violation of any fishing or boating laws during the tournament will have their violation reviewed by the tournament committee and based on their decision could be disqualified. No refunds will be made.
  5. All fish entered must be caught in the waters of Lake Michigan or its tributaries up to the first bridge crossing the tributary. There are no city or state boundaries.
  6. All fish must be registered at a designated SALMON-A-RAMA weigh-in station (refer to SALMON-A-RAMA website for up to date locations and weigh-in times).
    1. All fish will be weighed on certified scales by tournament officials or by tournament authorized personnel.
    2. Designated remote weigh-in sites will close two hours before tournament headquarters on the final day (9 AM CST / 10 AM EST).
    3. The Tournament Headquarters (Racine) which will be open during the following times:
      • July 9 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM - 10:00 PM
      • July 10 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM and 3:00 PM - 10:00 PM
      • July 11-17 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM and 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
      • July 16 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
      • July 17 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM (contest ending time)
    4. The hours all designated remote weigh-in sites will be posted on the SALMON-A-RAMA calendar.
  7. In case of a tie by weight, the first fish registered will be awarded the prize.
  8. At the discretion of the tournament officials, the three largest fish in each division and category may be displayed during the week of the contest and must be available for this purpose. Division leading fish outside the area will be kept by the official weigh-in site which the fish was weighed at.
  9. The contestant upon purchasing a SALMON-A-RAMA ticket agrees to the following:
    1. To abide by all rules established by the SALMON-A-RAMA committee.
    2. Salmon Unlimited of Wisconsin is not responsible for any injuries, damages or theft. Each person fishes the derby at their own risk and shall hold nobody but themselves liable for personal injuries or property damage.
    3. To take a polygraph test at the discretion of tournament officials.
  10. Any person wishing to protest any fish or fisherman registered in any division for a violation of any contest rule or unsportsmanlike conduct, must submit the protest in writing plus a $500 cash, protest fee to a Tournament Official in person at an official weigh in station. The protest must state the rule violated and facts known to the protester. All protests must be submitted either within 24 hours of the time the protested fish was registered or by 12:00 PM on the last day, whichever is earlier. Tournament Officials will review all protests. If the protest is found valid, the fee will be returned. If a protest is denied, the $500 protest fee will be forfeited.
  11. The overall Grand Prize fish must be saved at the respective weigh-in station and brought to Tournament Headquarters for display at the SALMON-A-RAMA award ceremony at the discretion of the committee.
  12. If a person possesses both a Shore AND a Boat registration and catches fish in accordance with the rules of the Shore division, that fish may be entered in either the Shore or the Boat Division, but not both. The participant must declare which division the fish is being entered in at the time the fish is registered and prior to it being weighed. The declaration cannot be changed once the fish is weighed-in.
  13. Daily prizes may be awarded for the largest fish by weight in each category on a daily basis.
  14. All eligible fish must be kept fresh (never frozen) and weighed in within 24 hours.
  15. Anglers are allowed to weigh only 5 salmon or trout (2 lake trout) per day regardless of the state(s) they are fishing in. Anglers are only allowed to weigh 5 perch per day regardless of the state they are fishing in.
  16. The $20,000 grand prize will be awarded to the largest fish registered from either the Shore or Boat Division.
  17. All anglers that enter a fish must be able to provide a witness to their catch. In the event that a witness is not present, the angler will be subject to a polygraph test.

Boat Division

  1. Boat Division participants are eligible to be on the top ten leader board more than once for each eligible species.
  2. The following species are eligible in the Boat Division: Chinook Salmon, Coho Salmon, Brown Trout, Lake Trout and Rainbow (Steelhead) Trout.
  3. Everyone on a boat age 6 and over must be registered in SALMON-A-RAMA.

Boat Division Master Angler Award

  1. Anglers must legally catch all Boat Division eligible fish species to be qualified (Lake Trout, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Chinook Salmon and Coho Salmon).
  2. If no one angler catches all of the eligible species, the Boat Master Angler Award will not be awarded.
  3. Prizes will be awarded to the top three anglers that catch the largest total accumulated weight of the 5 eligible Boat Division species over the duration of the tournament.
  4. In case of a tie, the angler that weighs in first will be awarded the prize.

Shore Division

  1. Shore division anglers must access the shore fishing location by foot. Boats, Kayaks or any flotation devices cannot be used to access shore fishing areas or restricted areas.
  2. The shore division Grand Prize fish will be the largest fish caught overall.
  3. Shore division participants are eligible to win the $20,000 grand prize.

Shore Division Master Angler Award

  1. Anglers must legally catch all Shore Division eligible fish species to be qualified (Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Chinook Salmon and Coho Salmon).
  2. If no one angler catches all of the eligible species, the Shore Division Master Angler Award will not be awarded.
  3. The first place prize will be awarded to the angler that catches the largest total accumulated weight of the 4 eligible Shore Division species over the duration of the tournament.
  4. In case of a tie, the angler that weighs in first will be awarded the prize.

InSinkErator Youth Division

  1. Youth division is open for all children ages 6 through 15.
  2. No fish species categories exist. Chinook Salmon, Coho Salmon, Brown Trout, Lake Trout and Rainbow (Steelhead) Trout are eligible to be registered into the Youth Division.
  3. Prizes will be awarded for the top 20 eligible fish caught in the Youth Division.
  4. Youth division anglers are only eligible to be on the leader board once. If a youth division angler registers a fish that weighs more than the Youth's previous entry, the larger fish will be added to the leader board and the smaller fish will be removed from the leader board. This does not apply to daily prizes.
  5. Youths possessing a youth division ticket can fish Shore or on a Boat.
  6. Participants in the Youth Division can purchase a Boat and/or a Shore Division ticket.
  7. Youths possessing a Youth division ticket can only enter a fish in the Youth Division unless they possess a Boat or Shore division ticket. In this case, the participant is only eligible to enter the fish into one division and must choose which division to enter the fish into prior to weighing the fish.

Youth Division JR SLAM

  1. The youth with the 5 heaviest fish entered within the youth division, regardless of species, will be crowned the youth Division Jr. SLAM winner.
  2. If the fish is weighed under a shore or boat division ticket then the fish will not qualify toward the Jr. SLAM.

Youth Master Angler

  1. Anglers must legally catch all eligible fish species to be qualified (Lake Trout, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Chinook Salmon and Coho Salmon).
  2. If no one angler catches all of the eligible species, the Youth Master Angler Award will not be awarded.
  3. Prizes will be awarded to the angler that catches the largest total accumulated weight of the 5 eligible species over the duration of the tournament.
  4. In case of a tie, the angler that weighs in first will be awarded the prize.

Kayak Division

  1. The kayak division is open to all participants, at least 12 years old, possessing a kayak division ticket.
  2. The following species are eligible in the kayak division: Chinook Salmon, Coho Salmon, Brown Trout, Lake Trout and Rainbow (Steelhead) Trout.
  3. A kayak division angler is only eligible to be on the leader board once. If a kayak division angler registers a fish that weighs more than the angler's previous entry in that given category, the larger fish will be added to the leader board and the smaller fish will be removed from the leader board. This does not apply to daily prizes.
  4. This division is only open to kayaks, paddleboards, canoes or any other manually propelled vessels (hereby referred to as "kayak"). The interpretation of a kayak is up to the discretion of tournament officials.
  5. All fishing must be done from a kayak in the water.
  6. No electric or combustion motors or sails are allowed on the kayak.
  7. No assistance can be made from a motorized vessel except in the case of an emergency.
  8. A participating kayak angler must comply with all SALMON-A-RAMA general rules.
  9. Prizes will be awarded to the 5 largest fish caught in the kayak division. All fish species listed in the general SALMON-A-RAMA rules are eligible.
  10. A kayak angler possessing only a kayak division ticket may only enter fish in the kayak division contest.
  11. A kayak angler possessing only a boat division ticket may only enter fish in the boat division.
  12. A kayak angler possessing both a bat division AND a kayak division ticket may enter their fish in either the kayak or boat division, not both. The angler must decide which division to enter the fish into prior to weighing in the fish.
  13. Kayak division participants are NOT eligible to win the $20,000 grand prize.

Perch Division

  1. All participants possessing a SALMON-A-RAMA ticket are eligible for the perch division.
  2. The perch division will be based on the total length (in millimeters) of up to 5 fish. Only 5 perch can be weighed per day.
  3. Prizes will be awarded to the top 5 places in the perch division.

Awarding of Prizes

  1. Prize list will be available on the SALMON-A-RAMA website. Contest prize list is subject to revision as late prizes may be contributed and may be slotted according to policy as set by the prize committee to enhance the prize list.
  2. Prize ceremonies will be held on July 17, starting at approximately 1 PM on the SALMON-A-RAMA grounds.
  3. All prize money will be mailed to each winner within 30 days of the end of the tournament.
  4. The official daily standings will be determined at the end of each day. The SALMON-A-RAMA website (www.salmon-a-rama.com) has the official standings.
  5. Every participant will be eligible for the Super Raffle which will be on the closing Sunday. To be eligible for the Super Raffle, all SALMON-A-RAMA participants must pick up their raffle tickets on July 16-17 at the SALMON-A-RAMA grounds before Sunday at 1 PM. See www.salmon-a-rama.com for more details.