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Kayak Fishing Tournament

July 30 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Join Ranger Cross and show off your fishing skills. Fish Cove Lake on Friday evening, July 30, 2021 in our Kayak Tournament.
This tournament is limited to individuals with personal hard bottom kayaks. No gas motors are permitted but electric trolling motors operated at paddling speed will be allowed.
Participants are limited to individuals ages 16 and up. Participants ages 16 or 17 are required to have a parent/legal guardian sign a release waiver prior to participation.
The cost to register is $20.00 per participant.
To participate in the tournament, you must pre-register and pre-pay via the online link
Prizes will be as follows with a minimum of 20 participants. If additional persons register, prize amounts may change (Prizes also subject to change with less than 20 participants).
1st Place $100 TSP Gift Card and Cove Lake Water Bottle
2nd Place $50 TSP Gift Card and Cove Lake Water Bottle
3rd Place $30 TSP Gift Card and Cove Lake Water Bottle
Biggest Bass $25 TSP Gift Card and Cove Lake Water Bottle
All participants will receive a Cove Lake Water Bottle
Event Rules and Scoring
Participation is open to anyone 18 years of age or older or those younger (16-17) with a parent or legal guardian.
Entry fee must be received in order to officially participate in the event.
Paying an entry fee also means registrant agrees to all rules for event.
All participants must be prepared to present a valid state fishing license at the event.
PFD (must be worn at all times and secured properly – buckles fastened, zippers zipped, etc.).
PFD may be removed for adding or removing clothing (i.e. taking off a sweatshirt), angler must be stationary with no lines in the water.
Only Black Bass, Largemouth, Smallmouth and Spotted Bass are eligible for scoring.
This is a CPR event (catch, photograph, release).
No tournament participant will keep any bass for any reason.
All fish entered must be caught from a kayak or canoe in regulation with TWRA guidelines and in accordance with Cove Lake State Park policy of hard bottom kayaks only. It is the angler’s responsibility to know all regulations.
All fish must be caught on casted or trolled Rod, Reel, Line and Hook with ARTIFICIAL LURES ONLY with one line in the water at a time.
If an angler has caught a bass, a subsequent cast may not be made until that fish has been released freely to the water. That is only 1 bass is allowed to be in possession of the angler for measurement
In the case of multiple catches on the same cast (double catch on lure with multiple hooks, Alabama rig, double fluke rig, etc..) then the angler is allowed to submit all of those catches and is not considered to be in possession of more than 1 bass.
Only hard bottom kayaks or single person canoes are permitted, no inflatables
No gas motors allowed, electric trolling motors are allowing as long as 3mph is not exceeded. Individual will also be required to not exceed speed of other paddlers given conditions on the day of the event.
All participants will launch from a designated launch point or points at a designated time specified prior to each event.
The launch time will be estimated but is subject to change due to conditions such as dense fog or inclement weather. The official time will be announced at the event.
All participants submitting fish must return to designated launch at designated tournament end time
Late check in will be permitted until 10 minutes after designated tournament end time
Penalty of 1” per 5 minutes will be deducted from participant’s total for late check in
11 minutes after the event has ended participants not yet checked in will be disqualified
The measure-in time will be estimated but is subject to change due to conditions such as dense fog or inclement weather. The official time will be announced at the event.
The Hawg Trough and Ketch Board are the only accepted measuring device for tournaments.
Initial scoring will be completed by participants and final scoring will be completed by Tournament Director(s) or pre-determined Judge(s).
We have decided to use the TWRA method of measurement. Please refer to the example below when scoring your fish. According to the Fish and Boat Commission, the total length of a fish is from the mouth to the longest point of the tail. Tails must be centered on the board as shown below. There is no penalty for an un-pinched tail.
Mouth must be closed and touching the bump board. The fish’s length will be determined by the closest 1/4” increment at the end of the longest point of the tail. If the judges determine the mouth/jaw is open beyond the examples below, there will be a 1″ deduction. There is no specific/allowed margin of error and this photo is simply a guideline. Since our rule requires the jaw/mouth to be closed, deliberately leaving the mouth open to gain length will lead to a scenario where the assigned judge will need to determine if a penalty applies. Our recommendation is to avoid putting this decision on the judges. Doing so impacts everyone in the event with a process that takes longer and could lead to a 1” deduction. Don’t lose an inch trying to gain a quarter.
Nothing can cover the fish’s eye or be under the gill plate or fish will be disqualified.
Mouth must be against bump with left side of fish facing up as shown above. Additional examples can be seen below. Any fish measured incorrectly will be disqualified.
The hand of the angler showing the tournament stamp must be present in the photo.
Competitors submitting their catches with incorrect length will not only take away from the live aspect of our event scoring but will annoy others and slow down the scoring process of the event. Please be aware other participants will be able to view your scored fish. Be sure to use common sense and be realistic when scoring your fish. For example, If a mouth is open, please log fish with penalty already applied.
Tournament Director(s) predetermined event Judge(s) will have final say regarding scoring and protests.
Recorded lengths are not final until verified.
Photos that do not meet the requirements listed will not count.
(3) Longest verified lengths will be totaled for your score.
The participant with the highest total score is the winner, next highest is second, etc. (See Tie Breaker section below for a more detailed explanation)
The participant with the single longest fish of the event will be recognized as the “Big Bass” winner.
Fish of similar lengths must be distinguishable between one another, Disqualification of one of the fish will be up to tournament director or predetermined event judge if fish are indistinguishable
Rounding of fish length will be down to the nearest ¼”
A mangled or ‘irregular’ tail will be measured to the longest of the two tail points
Nothing is allowed to be in the fish’s mouth while being photographed besides the fish grips. A deduction of a 1” for fish photographed while “lip gripped” with Boca/Lucid/The Fish Grip or similar tool, as well as a deduction of 1” for open mouth for a total deduction of 2” for fish photographed with Boca/Lucid/The Fish Grip or similar tool. If a tool is used, the mouth must still be touching the bump of the board for the fish to count. Please be sure to take the lure/hook out of the fish’s mouth before taking the photo. This is a danger to you and the fish so please keep them out of their mouth. No stringers are to be used to keep the fish on the board. If the stringer is used, the fish will be disqualified.
Event ties will be broken based off the time an angler’s fish are submitted (time stamp of last fish)
Participants may only use digital cameras or phones for recording scoring of fish (cameras may not be shared by competitors).
Each photo must contain the following:
Left side of fish facing up
Mouth must be touching against Hawg-Trough or Ketch Board
The whole fish, mouth to tail
Measurements clearly visible
Tournament stamped hand
Point of tail touching increment on bump board
Tail centered on board
Photo must be taken overhead, not at an angle
Kayak must be visible
Fishing is our hobby, a pastime, and a passion. We are not retiring or even living off of any prizes. Even if we were, proper behavior or conduct is expected. If someone suspects wrongdoing or cheating they should speak to the tournament director. Bad behavior may result in disqualification and possibly be barred from future tournaments. Cheating will result in disqualification and bar you from future tournaments. The judge’s decision is final. Can they be wrong, it could happen but bad behavior will not justify anything? Bad calls by referees occur in all sports but as we all know, it’s part of the game. As the saying goes, stuff happens.
What is bad behavior?
Physically attacking anyone.
Prolonged arguing beyond the judge’s call.
Attacking people verbally
Participants must not be under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances.
Cheating of any kind will not be tolerated.
Any instance of modifying a Hawg Trough or Ketch Board to make fish appear longer will be considered cheating.
Any instance of measuring another individuals fish will be considered cheating


Cove Lake State Park
110 Cove Lake Lane
Caryville, TN 37714 United States
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