Englewood Fishing Club (EFC) Tournament Rules
Englewood Fishing Club tournament rules provide the requirements to enter individual angler catches into competition with other angler’s catches. These rules are intended to provide a level field of competition for monthly tournaments. Tournaments are scheduled and administered by the EFC Executive Board. Participants must be members of EFC in good standing. We expect member honesty, integrity, and cooperation.
Participating anglers shall comply with all fishing laws and regulations including Florida State and Federal requirements.
Angler catches may be entered into any of three divisions:
*Only fish caught from a private boat can be used. No charters or guides are allowed in any of these divisions including the onshore division..
Onshore: Anglers shall only enter fish caught while fishing from land, bridge, pier, dock or other non-boating platform. No boat may be used in any way. An example would be fishing from the shore of an island that is only accessible by boat such as Don Pedro or Cayo Costa and this example is not in the onshore division , but is in either the inshore or offshore division.
Inshore: Anglers shall only enter fish caught using a boat or other watercraft at the shoreline out to the line of demarcation that separates a pass from the Gulf of Mexico. Any angler that uses a boat to access any shoreline and catches a fish while standing on or near the shore must enter that catch into the inshore or offshore category. Any inshore angler fishing a pass and crosses the line of demarcation into the Gulf of Mexico is not fishing the inshore division with one exception. Any inshore angler that hooks a fish on the inshore side of the demarcation line and crosses into offshore water while fighting the fish shall still be fishing inshore. When an inshore angler fishing a pass crosses the demarcation line into the Gulf of Mexico, the angler is now fishing the offshore division.
Offshore: Anglers shall only enter fish caught while fishing the Gulf of Mexico side of the demarcation line with one exception. Any angler that hooks a fish in the Gulf of Mexico and crosses into inshore water while fighting the fish shall be fishing offshore.
Scoring and Entering Tournament Fish
In order to be scored, fish must be on the EFC “Eligible Species List”. The list can be found at the end of these rules. Regardless of size, any fish on the eligible species list may be entered for scoring. For each individual angler, only the largest scored fish per species will count for points. EFC encourages catch and release fishing. Fish that are not legal to keep and legal fish that the angler does not plan to keep may be measured and photographed with a measuring device that shows the actual length of the fish, but shall be released immediately.
Eligible fish shall be entered into the division where they were caught or hooked, onshore, inshore or offshore. Anglers may fish in more than one division but can only score in one division. A significant catch in any division should be submitted for recognition and shared with other members.
Unless otherwise specified by the executive board, all fish shall be measured in inches and photographed with a measuring device that shows the actual length of the fish. Fish are measured from the head to the tail or fork if the fish has a fork. For large fish that cannot be removed from the water legally or safely, a photograph at the side of the boat is sufficient for submittal to the official scorer and measurement is not required. Fish that are not legal to keep and fish that the angler does not plan to keep may be measured and photographed but must be released immediately. After catching, measuring and photographing, fish photos must be submitted to an official scorer before midnight on the last day of the tournament.
Send your electronic fish photo with the measuring device in place to Steve Daniel:
email@example.com or by text to Steve at 863-272-8148. In the title of your email or text specify the length of the fish in inches, the fish species and the division where it was caught (onshore, inshore or offshore). Please send only one fish photo at a time. Wait for a return response that your fish was scored. For each angler, only the largest scored fish per species will count for points. To help avoid confusion, an angler should wait until all fishing for that tournament is complete before submitting an entry and only sending in the largest entry for each species.
Winners of the tournament will be determined by a points system. Points are awarded to each division separately. Points cannot be earned in more than one division in any particular tournament. The EFC executive board will specify the timing and the type of tournament prior to the tournament. Results of the tournament should be announced as soon as possible after the tournament has concluded, but usually by the next newsletter.
For a “standard species” tournament, the angler in each division with the longest fish of each eligible species (snapper, grouper etc.) receives four points, the angler in each division with the second longest fish receives three points and the angler in each division with the third longest fish receives two points. All other anglers with shorter fish receive one point. In the case of a tie in the length of a species, both anglers receive the same points for their fish. Lower places do not move down in the standings. The winners of the tournament are the anglers with the most points in the onshore, inshore and offshore divisions.
For a “featured species” (snook, trout, etc.) tournament, the angler in each division with the longest “featured” fish receives six points, five points for the second longest “featured” fish, four points for the third longest “featured” fish and three points for all other shorter featured fish. In the case of a tie in the length of a “featured” species, both anglers receive the same points for their fish. Lower places do not move down in the standings. In addition to the points earned by the featured species fish, total points earned shall also include all points earned for the standard species fish entered during this tournament. Total points for a “featured species” tournament include points earned for the featured fish species plus the points earned for the standard fish species. The winners of the tournament are the anglers with the most points in the onshore, inshore and offshore divisions.
Englewood Fishing Club Tournament species.
Amberjack: Greater and Lesser
Black Fin Tuna and Little Tunny
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Grouper: Black, Gag, Red and Scamp
Grunt: Bluestriped, Margate, Tomtate and White
Jack Crevalle and Jack-Blue Runner
Mackerel: Cero, Spanish
Porgy: Littlehead, Jolthead and Whitebone
Redfish (Red Drum)
Snapper: Gray (Mangrove), Lane, Mutton, Red, Schoolmaster, Vermillion and Yellowtail
Trout: Sand and Spotted Sea