Deadline For Entries: The deadline for receiving entry fees in the Lowcountry Tarpon Tournament is Thursday Sept 12th at 5:00 PM.
Entry fees received prior to September 1st will be $350 and those received after will be $400.All entry fees are non-refundable, unless the tournament is cancelled on account of weather. They are, however, tax deductable.
Official Hours: The official fishing hours for the Lowcountry Tarpon Tournament are as follows:
Fri: Lines in the water not before 6:00 AM. Lines out of water no later than 5:00 PM
Sat: Lines in the water not before 6:00 AM. Lines out of water no later than 3:00 PM
Fishing Boundary: Fishing is restricted to the waters of Charleston and Georgetown counties.
Catch and Release Tournament: The Lowcountry Tarpon Tournament is strictly a catch and release contest. The winning boat will be determined by the highest total number of tarpon deemed caught and released in accordance with these rules.
A tarpon will be judged caught when either: The connection to leader (knot or swivel) has touched the rod tip or the leader is touched by a registered tournament participant in your boat.
To be eligible, tarpon must be hooked and caught by one person. No other person may touch the rod, reel, or line until the leader is at the boat. At that time another person may touch the leader only for the purpose of releasing the catch. Remove the hook from the fish or cut the leader as close to the tarpon's mouth as possible.
The leader may be no longer than 10 feet from the main line/swivel to the hook.
Natural and artificial bait are permitted.
A maximum of 6 lines are allowed in the water per boat at any given time.
A registered boat may have no more than five (5) people on board during the contest.
Only one (1) hook per line may be used when bait fishing. No trailer hooks are allowed.
For safety purposes, all boats entered must adhere to USCG regulations for their size.
A registered boat may not be replaced after competition begins without permission of the Rules Committee.