1 JULY 13-18, 2015 JIM KING PARK AND BOAT RAMP AT SISTERS CREEK
3 Schedule of Events: 35th Annual Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament & Festival July 13-18, 2015 Jim King Park and Boat Ramp at Sisters Creek Park Monday, July 13 Tuesday, July 14 Wednesday, July 15 Thursday, July 16 Final registration for Jr. Angler Offshore & Captain s meeting Jr. Angler Tournament Sponsored by Summit Contracting Group Jr Angler Dock Fishing 8am-11am Sponsored by Duval Dealers & Academy Sports -Lunch served for the Dock participants Final registration for General Tournament General Tournament Captain s Meeting General Tournament Day 1 fishing begins Friday, July 17 Saturday, July 18 General Tournament Day 2 Fishing Final registration for Redfish Tournament Redfish Captain s Meeting Redfish Tournament Sponsored by C&L Marine Division Jr. Angler Seminar Kids Zone Awards Ceremonies Live Music All Day, Every Day FREE ADMISSION & FREE PARKING Food Festival Boat Show Liars Tent Exhibitors Boatique Merchandise Schedules Subject to Change Visit for details 2015 Greater Jacksonville Kingfish TournamenT - July 13-18
4 Welcome Competitors On behalf of Visit Jacksonville and the City of Jacksonville, it is my pleasure to welcome you to our beautiful City for the 35th Annual Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament. This tournament engages hundreds of sportsmen each year in one of the most anticipated outdoor events in Jacksonville, and we are proud to see the tradition continue. We consider it a privilege to be the home of one of the largest kingfish tournament in the country and we hope Jacksonville makes a wonderful impression on you! For more than three decades the Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament and Jacksonville Marine Charities, Inc. have donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to First Coast communities. Thousands of local residents, sponsors and volunteers have dedicated themselves to this week s success. I am confident that this familyfriendly event will prove to be a memorable experience for both the anglers and spectators alike. Jacksonville is a natural water wonderland, home to the largest urban park system in the nation, 22 miles of relaxing beaches, and the most shoreline of any city in Florida. All of our natural beauty highlights a vibrant city with exciting festivals, a delicious culinary revival, and a nationally recognized Art scene. To learn about all the exciting events happening in Jacksonville during your visit, as well as a list of unique sites to explore and dining/nightlife options go to We know you are going to have a great time, and good luck this week! Sincerely, Paul Astleford, President & CEO, Visit Jacksonville We would like to thank Guy Harvey, Vaughn Cochran, Beth Soles and 121 Financial Credit Union for their contributions to our new logos and art for the GJKT and JMC Greater Jacksonville Kingfish TournamenT - July 13-18
5 2015 Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament Board of Directors Jim Suber, Chairman of the Board Robert Brindle, Vice Chairman Sandy Lancaster, Treasurer Inez Higginbotham, Secretary Howard Collins Rita Contos Chuck Darner Carl DiSalvo Robert Gipson Steve Hould, Attorney of Record Rick Ryals Steve Thompson Dave Workman, Jr. ADVISORS: Donald Pittman 2015 Greater Jacksonville Vice Chair and Committee Chairmen Tournament Chairman: Fred Holmes Executive Director: Roger Walker Vice Chairman Administration: Fran Beach Boutique: Pam Cown Jr. Angler: Timothy Altman Registration: Cindy White Tokens: Marilyn Ratliff 121 Financial Credit Union Volunteers: Gay Septon Vice Chairman Site: Dave Gill Vice Chair Emeritus, Signage: Charlie Smith Liar s Tent: Barbara Sparks Signage: Warren Smith Site: Cooper Stout Security & Parking: Barry Lancaster Vice Chairmain Water Activities: Jon Vanatta Communications: Jim Rosenberger CO/CI Fernandina: Jim Wilson CO/CI Mayport: Cal Ray CO/CI St Augustine: Dick Leatherman Priority Boats: John LaForge Weighmaster: Jeff Johnson Redfish Tournament: Jim Wilson Vice Chairman Technology: Larry Rouse Check-In Certification: Liz Dallas
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7 GJKT Returns to their Heritage Returning to our Heritage a family-oriented anyone-canwin type of tournament. Back by popular demand, we are returning to our Thursday and Friday two-day format. Welcome to the 2015 Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament. Hi, my name is Fred Holmes, 2015 GJKT Tournament Chairman. I m pleased to announce the return of our original format of the two-day Thursday Friday General Tournament. Our Jr. Angler & Kids Dock tournament will be Tuesday, July 14th. I m also pleased to announce the second annual Down at the Dock Tournament in partnership with The Down Syndrome Association of Jacksonville to be held July 8th. Last year s event was a great success and we are predicting 2015 to be even bigger and better. Contender is back! We are very happy to announce the return of the Contenders. This year our 1st place winner will receive the all new Contender 22 ft. Sport with a custom T-top provided by Pelagic Fabrications, 250 HP Mercury motor and a trailer. This model not only comes standard with forward and aft seating, but also has a step down console. The 22 Sport is built with the fisherman in mind as well with a 26 gallon transom livewell, 3 large fish boxes, and plenty of insulated storage. This truly is the perfect package for the angler who wants it all. On behalf of the GJKT, I would like to thank all of our Sponsors and Vendors. Without them this tournament would not be possible. They provide the financial support and prizes for the tournament winners. Take a moment to look at the last page of this program; you will find a list of community minded establishments that deserve your business. Please don t forget to mention the Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament when you do. As always I would like to thank our Board of Directors, Operating Committee, and all the Volunteers for their dedication and countless hours of work that make this tournament a success. I would like to thank Jacksonville Marine Charities for their commitment in providing an outstanding fishing tournament. Their dedication toward marine life, fish habitats, public access, facilities and education, make North East Florida a premier fishing destination. As an avid fisherman I appreciate all they do. To all the Captains, Crew, Jr. Anglers, and Dock Tournament fishermen: Good luck and be safe. Fred Holmes 2015 Tournament Chairman In Recognition and Appreciation Of Their Outstanding Contributions To The Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament We Honor Our Past Tournament Chairmen 1981 Don Brewer 1982 Don Brewer 1983 Don Brewer 1984 Andy Crawford 1985 Andy Crawford 1986 Edward A. Nimnicht II 1987 Edward A. Nimnicht II 1988 Donald D. Pitman 1989 Charles C. Appleby 1990 Charles W. Hamaker 1991 John A. Sheddan 1992 Carol Pitman 1993 Bob Gipson 1994 John Patrich 1995 Toni Crawford 1996 John Frazier 1997 Jim Ingalls 1998 Kenny Sherwood 1999 Tom Fulmer 2000 William Whitaker 2001 Susie Slappey 2002 Jesse Kinghorn 2003 Howard Collins 2004 Carl DiSalvo 2005 Bob Brindle 2006 Peggy Collins 2007 Jeffrey Royer 2008 Sandy Lancaster 2009 Inez Higginbotham 2010 Charlie Nabywaniec 2011 Jim Suber 2012 Rita Contos 2013 Tom Andersen 2014 Chuck Darner 2015 Greater Jacksonville Kingfish TournamenT - July 13-18
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9 Jacksonville Marine Charities Jacksonville Marine Charities, Inc. is committed to providing an outstanding fishing tournament, the Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament, which will promote and encourage marine conservation; create, preserve, and maintain fishing habitats, both natural and artificial; promote public access to such facilities; and foster education with regard to marine science and research. Jacksonville Marine Charities, Inc., the 501 c(3) organization behind the Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament, evolved through the success of the GJKT and utilizes its proceeds to support marine science research, preservation, and education. Over the past 34 years, Jacksonville Marine Charities, Inc. has donated over $650,000 to the First Coast Community. JMC is proud to support a variety of marine-focused charitable programs within the community including: Jacksonville University s Marine Science Research Institute Promotion of marine conservation and preservation of fishing habitats. Development of Sisters Creek Park as the permanent site of the Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament. Renovation of Helen Cooper Floyd Little Jetties Park. Support for Jacksonville Offshore Fishing Club s Reef Projects, St. Johns Riverkeeper, and Safe Harbor Boys Home. The Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament & Festival itself, however, remains Jacksonville Marine Charities greatest gift to the First Coast community. JMC created an artificial reef, manned the safety boat for tournament and donated fish cleaning tables to Mayport & Sisters Creek Park
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11 35 Years in the Making by Rick Ryals 35 years? Can it really be 35 years since Roger Walker cut in front of me in the checkout line at the first Natural Light Kingfish Tournament? Can it be 35 years since Jolting Joe Frazier won the first ever VIP? (I still think it was rigged. They wouldn t let us chum fish, because all the big wigs were fishing on the big trolling boats). Yes it has indeed been 35 years since Gene Leary, Don Brewer, John Lowe, Dave Workman Sr.and Walt Murr were part of a steering committee for an idea they could have never dreamed would blossom into one of the most significant events in sport fishing history. I wonder if a young Bob Gipson, working the dock as a volunteer could have imagined the hours he would invest in the Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament over the next 35 yrs? Surely a lesser man would have cut and run away. Names like Wimpy Sutton, John Campbell, Mike Youngblood, and Butch Garvin, (who has never missed a day of fishing it) were all in the original checkout line. We all knew we would win it all some year, and whereas as most of us have never finished first, none of us regret a single day we spent in that checkout line. What we couldn t imagine was how the tournament would change our lives. How many lifelong friendships have been built in those 35 tournaments? Will anybody ever forget Capt. Fred Morrow unloading his monster fish out of the 16ft Little Yvonne. If there had been no GJKT would there have been an SKA? Without SKA would Fountain, and Donzi ever have gotten into the fishing business? Would there be such a thing as a Shimano Speedmaster? I guess we ll never know, but this much I do know. We each have our own memories. My stepson may have put it as well as anyone. After watching his Mom jump up and down screaming at the top of her lungs when her big money fish hit the deck he said, Mom, many years in the future when we lay you in the ground I won t cry. I ll just picture you jumping up and down on that fish box. Here s to another 35 years.
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13 Down at the Dock Fishing Derby Jacksonville Marine Charities and The Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament are proud to announce our continued partnership with the Down Syndrome Association of Jacksonville, Inc. Together we have created an event for their members to participate in-the Down at The Dock Fishing Derby on July 8, This fishing derby gives individuals the opportunity to experience the excitement of fishing and the chance to enjoy the wonderful outdoor environment that we have in N. Fla. The derby includes lunch, then fishing on the docks at Sisters Creek Park. The GJKT and JMC once again look forward to this event as we continue to serve our community. We support the DSAJ and hope you will too. The Down Syndrome Association of Jacksonville Inc. was established in 1989 as a non-profit to serve families with individuals who have Down syndrome. Since that time they have grown from meeting at kitchen tables to hosting events and activities on a weekly basis throughout the community. They are committed to helping people with Down syndrome achieve their full potential, while working to create a community that is educated, supportive, and inclusive of individuals with Down syndrome. The DSAJ also serves all ages-from birth through adult. They currently serve five counties and partner with twelve agencies that serve families by way of Speech Therapy, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Computer Tutoring. Outside of services, they offer many programs, including a wellness/fitness program that offers basketball, soccer, cheerleading and weight management. The DSAJ provides many educational opportunities for families, educators and medical professionals. Monthly socials for each age group are a definite plus for members. It not only offers fun and relationship building but also respite for the caregiver. The DSAJ supports the On-Campus Transition Program at UNF as well as summer camp at North Florida School of Special Education. We are pleased to partner with the GJKT in this event. Hotdog lunch 11:00; Fishing 12:00-1:30. To learn more about the DSAJ visit or you may contact Greater Jacksonville Kingfish TournamenT - July 13-18
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17 Previous Winners Over the Years we ve had a good rotation of winners (with Ross Vilardo winning twice) and varying size fish being brought in from various size boats. Here s an example of what it takes to be on top for the past 20 years 2012 Steven Elliott Eddie McGowan Russell Stuart Benjamin Hinson Michael Crabtree James Croft Chris Stephens Bill Rew Paul Dozier Scott Routh (no record) 2002 Tom Rady 55.2 RECORD 2001 Mr. Woodard Ross Vilardo (& 1983) Sandy Smith Bian Bushloper Jack Conrad Rick Raleigh Fred Morrow INNAUGURAL YEAR 1981 Paul Hanson brought in the tournament record of 55.2 lbs Past Winners Aggregate 2014 Lee Way 72.0 Shootout 2013 Clayton Kirby 66.6 Shootout 2012 Toney Altieri Bob Johnson Jerry Carter Greg Simmons Ryan Rodeffer Scott Senecal Robert Holmquist Richard Geiger Trip Fletcher Clyde Keen Richard Darlington David Murphy Frank Strickland Matt Pitman David Ward David Hamilton No Records 1995 Robbie Sabiston Greater Jacksonville Kingfish TournamenT - July 13-18
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20 Junior Angler Offshore Tournament Tuesday, July 14, Jim King Park and Boat Ramp at Sisters Creek Presented by Summit Contracting Group and Atlantic Coast Marine The Jr. Angler Offshore Tournament, established in 1991, promotes the participation of youthful fishermen in a sporting event which encourages conservation of marine life and awareness of the necessity to protect our natural resources. 25 PRIZE PLACES!! This year, we will be awarding a 13 Gheenoe boat, motor and trailer to 1 lucky Jr. Angler by a random drawing of all of the Jr. Anglers who weigh a fish in the Jr. Angler Offshore Tournament. (Must be present to win. Drawing to be held Saturday Awards Day ). The Dock Fishing Tournament, for those kids unable to go out on a boat is a huge success. Again there will be a hot dog lunch served. Fishing is on the docks and pier located right at the Marina. 5 PRIZE PLACES!! The GJKT, in association with Fish Florida is proud to announce the continuation of the junior angler seminar program in An all-kids seminar will be held on Saturday of Tournament Week. The seminar is approximately 45 minutes in length. The first 100 Junior Anglers participating in the seminar will receive a complimentary rod and reel courtesy of Fish Florida. Junior Angler Kingfish Tournament Jr. Angler Captain s Meeting: Monday, July 13, at 6:30 PM Jr. Angler Offshore Tournament: Tuesday, July 14, 7:30-3:30 PM Dock Tournament: Tuesday, July 14, 8AM - 11AM Jr. Angler Awards Ceremony: Saturday, July 18, at 4:30 PM REGISTRATION: Registration Fee $10.00 Registration ends at 7:30 PM on Monday, July Greater Jacksonville Kingfish TournamenT - July 13-18
21 JUNIOR ANGLER TOURNAMENT RULES & PROCEDURES PURPOSE: To encourage the participation of youthful fishermen in a sporting event, which encourages conservation of marine life and awareness of the necessity to protect our natural resources. PRIZES: Prizes will be awarded up to 25 places. RULES: All General Tournament rules, except as modified below, apply to the Jr. Angler Tournament. In the spirit of competition, it is the intent of the Tournament to have the Jr. Angler strike and fight the fish to the boat. However, since safety and a fun experience for our Jr. Anglers are of paramount concern, adult assistance to Jr. Anglers is not considered a violation of Tournament rules if personal safety, damage or loss of equipment are involved. AGE: Jr. Anglers must be 15 years of age or younger as of the Jr. Angler Tournament date. There is no minimum age limit. Proof of age may be required to claim a prize. WEIGHING-IN FISH: The weigh-in dock opens at 1:30 PM. The Jr. Anglers are competing for LARGEST (weight) KINGFISH (Scomberomorus Cavalla) ONLY. All Jr. Angler Tournament participants must were a personal floatation device and shoes when presenting their fish for weigh-in. Jr. Anglers should be escorted by an adult through the entire weigh-in process. Jr. Anglers will receive a weigh-in slip as receipt for official weight. All kingfish must meet the minimum size required by law. REGISTRATION: This is an angler registration tournament. Your boat must be registered in the General Tournament to participate in the Jr. Angler Tournament. Registration fees are non-refundable. All participating anglers will be assigned a Tournament Number Card, which must be displayed during Check Out and Check In. CHECK OUT & CHECK IN: The General Tournament Procedures regarding Check Out and Check In apply to the Jr. Angler Tournament. All boats must check out from St Johns River Inlet. Check Out for the Jr. Angler Tournament will commence at 7:30 AM. ALL BOATS WEIGHING FISH MUST ENTER AND CHECK-IN THROUGH THE ST JOHNS RIVER INLET. The Check Out/Check In procedure is a mandatory safety measure and is in keeping with the Tournament s Marine Permit issued by the U.S. Coast Guard. FISHING: Hours of fishing are 7:30 AM until 3:30 PM. If you INTEND TO WEIGH FISH, you must be checked in and west of the St Johns River Check-In boat no later than 3:30 PM There will be no weather day.
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23 SHOESTRING BUDGET? Captain Steve Thompson of the Sea Snake Triple engine 35 foot plus boat, to the tune of 200 thousand or more.check! Three dozen blue runners and three dozen goggle eyes, another 700 bucks.check! A complete set of top of the line matching rods and reels.another 3 grand.check! Finishing 15th in a local king tourney, winning a few hundred bucks and a bilge pump.priceless! But hey!!...i m in the money boys! And that s the name of the game. From the perspective of the regular Joe, who wants to fish a few tourneys a year, that is exactly what he perceives that it takes to compete. But does it have to be this way? The answer is simple. Absolutely Not! And especially not in the Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament! The beauty of this tournament is that it coincides with the annual migration patterns of the Atlantic stock of kingfish. And during the summer, anytime from mid May through August, when the water is warm enough for the kings to stick around, we all have a great chance of catching a tournament class kingfish, at most anyplace we decide to fish. So let s back up a little bit. I have been fishing the kingfish tournament scene for well over 25 years. And during this time, I too was the regular Joe, who once thought that the opening scenario was the status quo if I ever wanted to win anything in the tournament circuit. And for the most part I was unsponsored, and with a budding family and other priorities, I was pretty much forced to fish on a shoe string budget. Eventually I found out that the kingfish really didn t care what boat I was in, or how many engines I had behind me, or how far I could run. And as the small successes accumulated, so too did my confidence. So this is for the regular guy, we ll call him Joe Fisherman, for simplicity s sake. As was mentioned before, kingfish can be caught anywhere from the mouth of the inlet, on out to 200 foot depths, and that means that most any sea worthy vessel can, and does, go after these fish during the mostly calm summer days, we have here in Jacksonville. Everyone has heard about the tournament winner that Fred Morrow caught at the tips of the north rocks, and the tournament winner another year that the Rew Crew won along the beach, just a couple of years ago, Bob Johnson on his Traveler won the aggregate, with two nice fish, also right off the beach. What do these teams have in common? They won in small boats with very little overhead, with very short runs to their fishing grounds. But they did their homework and had a plan, and went straight to where they were going to fish. Because let s face it, the small boater isn t going to run all over the ocean chasing fish that have already been caught and are taking a nice ice bath in someone s fish bag! And those are not the only examples, this same scenario takes place every year in tournaments up and down the Atlantic coast. Another way to fish on a budget is to not get caught up in the latest and greatest gear. Sure you need quality equipment, but one can find good used reels from friends, who are upgrading, or from yard sales or even at swap meets at your local offshore club. For years I had a set of Penn 320 GTI s that served me well, I won a good bit of money with those old reels! And only recently a neighbor friend had a set of Shimano speed masters, that he let me have for a song and a dance, and that s how I upgraded my reels. As far as rods go, if you know what feel you like on your rods, you can find off name rods at sidewalk tent sales at your local tackle store, that perform as well as a custom rod, for a fraction of the cost! Then get on the mailing list at the same store and fill your yard sale treasures for 1 cent a yard with quality fishing line. Can t beat that with a stick! I don t know who said this, but the latest and greatest gotta-have tackle captures more fishermen, than it does fish!! How true is that statement. To avoid buying that expensive bait, become proficient with a cast net! Kings get fat and happy on a steady diet of pogies, or menhaden found along our beaches. You need a heavy fast sinking net to have all the bait you want for a day s fishing. No pogies, you say? Don t worry, many kingfish over the years, have fallen to other baits than just a pogy. A pound of shrimp on tournament day could very well be a day saver. Because all up and down the beach there is a smorgasbord, of fishes that a kingfish will readily eat.that can be caught on fresh shrimp. Whiting, and croakers are great king baits, as well as blue runners and bluefish. Ribbonfish can also be caught, but are best caught a few days before and brined so they are easily trolled without blowing out their bellies. When all else fails, a five pound box of fresh cigar minnows will keep you from throwing in the towel. Speaking of cigar minnows, If you like fishing the Party Grounds always have some sabikis on board. These are small feathers on small hooks on a special rig that will catch fresh sardines and cigar minnows on most of the offshore reefs and wrecks. And here s a tip, if you come up to a school of sardines or cigar minnows, and they are swooshing!!, from side to side, well that means that fish are under them feeding, probably kings. And if you jig up some baits and put a couple right back out, to the outside of that school, then that bait will get eaten every time! So Joe Fisherman, don t be intimidated when you sign up to fish this tournament. You have the same chance to catch a tournament winning kingfish, as the next guy. And you do not have to drop big bucks to do so. Just do your homework, pre-fish as much as possible, and come tournament day have a plan and stick to it and I ll see you at the weigh scales! GOOD LUCK
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26 35th Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament 2015 GENERAL TOURNAMENT RULES Registration 1. Registration fees are non-refundable. 2. Payment of the entry fee constitutes a representation by each Captain that the Captain has read and understands the Tournament Rules, Procedures, and that the Captain and crew will abide by such Rules and the decisions of the Tournament s Committees and Tournament personnel. 3. The Tournament reserves the right to deny participation to any Captain or crewmember that violated Tournament rules in any previous tournament. 4. Tournament Number and Official Pennant must be displayed on the boat in a prominent place. Captain s Meetings 5. All Captain s or their authorized representative must attend the Captain s Meetings each Tournament in which they intend to fish. Captains are re-sponsible for being informed of all Tournament Rules and Procedures.. 6. The Tournament Rules Committee may amend the Tournament Rules at any time prior to the end of the appropriate Captain s meeting. Prizes 7. All advertised cash prizes are based upon a minimum of 200 paid entries to the General Tournament and the Tournament reserves the right to adjust the prize structure if there are less or more than 200 paid entries.. Additionally the Tournament awards prizes for Junior Angler Tournament, winnings under the Tournaments within the Tournament and other special awards and prizes. Boating Safety 8. Every boat must meet all Federal, State and Local laws and safety regulations for its size. All captains are responsible to ensure all applicable Federal, State and local fishing laws and regulations are adhered to by all members of their crew. 9. All boats must be equipped with an operating Marine VHF-FM radio of at least 25 watts. Handheld VHF radios are not permitted as the primary ra-dio. All Captains are responsible for monitoring the official Tournament radio channel (CH 78) for Tournament announcements. 10. The use of marine radios during the Tournament must comply with the FCC and USCG regulations. The use of profane or derogatory remarks may result in disqualification. 11. Violation of any statute or marine regulation or directive by a Captain or crew may be grounds for disqualification in the sole discretion of the Tour-nament Rules Committee. Check Out and Check In 12. All boats must leave from an official check out location as designated by the Rules Committee and announced at the Captains Meetings. All vessels must check out with a designated Committee Check-Out Boat or Check-Out location. 13. All boats weighing fish MUST ENTER and check in with the North Side Committee Boat through the St. Johns River inlet, and be west of the North Side Committee Boat by 5:30 p.m. 14. All boats not weighing fish MUST check in with the Committee Boat by phone or VHF radio (CH 78) by 7:00 p.m. Boats checking in after 6:30 p.m. must do so by phone or VHF radio. Fishing 15. No boat may make a landfall or receive or pass anything to or from land or enter any inlet after Check Out before the boat has checked in. In the event any boats come together, regardless of the reason, or anything is passed between boats for any reason after the official start of that day s fishing and before each boat has weighed in, then such boats shall be disqualified for that day of fishing. Exceptions may be granted by the Rules Committee for emergencies. Revised 12 January Hours of fishing are from 6:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. each day, unless terminated by the Tournament s Rules Committee Greater Jacksonville Kingfish TournamenT - July 13-18