When

Saturday March 4, 2017 from 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM EST
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Where

JOSFC Clubhouse at the Mayport Boat Ramp 
4870 Ocean Street
Jacksonville, FL 32233
 

 
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Contact

Trina Polkey 
Jacksonville Offshore Sport Fishing Club 
904-828-9444 
josfcmedia@gmail.com 

 

 

2017 El Cheapo Sheepshead Tournament 

Through the tremendous support of our anglers and sponsors, the El Cheapo has become the “Largest Sheepshead Tournament in the World” and one of the largest fishing tournaments in the United States!

 

2017 EL CHEAPO SHEEPSHEAD TOURNAMENT RULES
 
ENTRY FEE / REGISTRATION: Entry Fee is $80.00 PER BOAT prior to February 20, 2017 and $100.00 PER BOAT THEREAFTER.  Registration closes at 6:59 a.m. on the morning of the tournament.
 
• TOURNAMENT WITHIN A TOURNAMENT: There is an optional entry fee of $20.00 per boat.  Captains who choose to pay the optional fee will fish a “tournament within a tournament”.  They will compete for the optional entry fee purse only with other Captains who paid the optional entry fee.  All entry fees go toward the purse and will be divided among the top 3 Captains that paid the optional entry fee with 50% to 1st place, 30% to 2nd place, and 20 % to 3rd place.
 
• MANDATORY CAPTAIN’S MEETING will be held at 7:30 Friday, March 3rd, 2017 (on-site registrations will be accepted beginning at 5:30 p.m.) at the J.O.S.F.C. clubhouse at 4870 Ocean Street, Mayport, FL
 
• FISHING RULES: A fishing license is required for all participants.  Eligible fish are: Sheepshead (Archosargus probatocephalus).  All fish must meet current FL state size requirements.  Only one fish per registered entry, and one fish per registered Jr. Angler and one fish per registered Lady Angler may be weighed in.  All fish must be caught on rod and reel, from a boat.  Check-out will be conducted from the JOSFC clubhouse beginning at 6:30 a.m. Saturday, March 4th, 2017.  You may check out either in person or by cell phone or text message (number to be given at Captain’s Meeting) or on VHF 78.  Fishing begins at 7:00 a.m.  Weigh-in opens at 1:00 p.m., and closes at 4:00 p.m.  You must be STANDING IN LINE by 4:00 p.m.  ALL REGISTERED ENTRANTS MUST CHECK BACK IN with the Tournament Director either in person or by cell phone or text message or on VHF 78 whether weighing fish or not.  All participants must comply with Coast Guard regulations and instructions.
 
• TOURNAMENT COMMITTEE BOATS will be available during the tournament on VHF 78 or can be reached by phone to the Tournament.
 
• TOURNAMENT WEATHER CALL will be made at the Captain’s Meeting.  The Tournament Committee reserves the right to cancel the tournament due to unsafe conditions.  Four hours of fishing will constitute a tournament day.  Weather date for the tournament shall be Sunday, March 5th.
 
• WEIGHING-IN:  All fish submitted for weigh-in must be in fresh, edible condition, and caught that tournament day.  Fish cannot be in frozen condition.  No mutilated fish will be weighed.  All decisions regarding mutilation will be made by the weigh-master.  All fish submitted for weigh-in become property of the tournament.
 
• PROTEST: All protests must be in writing within 15 minutes of the close of weigh-in, accompanied by a $100.00 CASH deposit.  Digital photographic evidence is strongly suggested.  If protest is upheld, deposit will be refunded.  The Tournament Committee will review all protests and their decision shall be final.  All entrants agree to submit to a polygraph at the request of the Tournament.  The results of the polygraph will be considered by the Rules Committee, along with any relevant information, which in their sole discretion will determine whether the entrant will be disqualified.  Failure to submit to such an examination will result in disqualification of the entrant.
 
• PARTICIPANTS enter the tournament at their own risk.  The Jacksonville Offshore Sport Fishing Club (J.O.S.F.C.), “El Cheapo” Sheepshead Tournament, its officials or members shall not be liable for and hereby disclaim any liability for any and all losses, damages or injuries of any kind suffered by any participants, entrants, anglers, their guests and companions, boat captains, vessels, and equipment which may occur during the tournament, including the weigh-in location at the JOSFC facility.
 
• TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR and or fishing committee reserves the right to refuse entry into the tournament for cause at the discretion of the tournament director and or committee.
 
• JUNIOR ANGLERS (age 16 and under) and LADY ANGLERS (age 17 and up), for a fee of $10.00 each will be competing for a separate prize structure, but must follow the same rules as stated above.  Each Junior/Lady Angler must be fishing with a registered captain in the general tournament and must complete his/her own entry form.
 
• KAYAK ANGLERS will be competing for a separate prize structure, for a fee of $10.00 each will be competing for a separate prize structure, but must follow the same rules as stated above.  Each Kayak Angler will be considered an entrant in the general tournament and must complete his/her own general entry form.  Prizes based on 20 or more entries.