Salt Life/BOTE SUP & Kayak Fishing Tournament Complete Rules

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Where: South Pavilion at Cocoa Beach Country Club  

5000 Tom Warriner Blvd., Cocoa Beach, FL 32931

Follow the signs to event parking located in front of the pavilion. There will be a marked-off area set aside for unloading purposes only. Use this area to unload your paddle craft and gear. Please do not park in the paddle craft unloading area. Everyone will be launching from and returning to the same launch point directly adjacent to the pavilion.


Check In Time: 5:00am

Check in will begin promptly at 5:00am under the pavilion. Feel free to show up even earlier to drop off and rig your paddle craft. At check in, each angler will be given the official tournament ruler and assigned a raffle number based on your check in time. For example, if you are the fifth person to check in you will be assigned the raffle number 5, the 6th person, the raffle number 6 and so on. Your raffle number will determine your launch time as well as act as your raffle ticket for the main raffle. There will be a staged start. The staged start times, return times, and correlating raffle numbers are as follows:

Numbers: 1- 25      Launch Time: 6:45am    Return Time: 12:00pm

Numbers: 26 – 50    Launch Time: 6:48am    Return Time: 12:03pm

Numbers: 51 – 75    Launch Time: 6:51am    Return Time: 12:06pm

Numbers: 76 – 100    Launch Time: 6:54am    Return Time: 12:09pm

Numbers: 101 -125   Launch Time: 6:57am    Return Time: 12:12pm


Captain’s Meeting: 6:30am – March 14

At 6:30am there will be a short review of the rules and a quick Q&A session before the first launch time at 6:45am. All paddle crafts will be inspected before launching. Anglers must have their own SUP, kayak, or canoe for this tournament. No rentals available.  NO MOTORS of any kind are allowed (electric, gas, propane, etc).



Before launching, all paddle crafts will be subject to search for anything prohibited in the tournament, including but not limited to: motors/engines, stashed fish, illegal nets, spearguns, etc. All anglers will launch from the same location which is located directly adjacent to the Cocoa Beach Country Club pavilion. Each angler will hand in their raffle number (assigned at check in) to a tournament volunteer before launching. Anglers will then launch their paddle crafts in the water and paddle into the designated staging area (marked off by floating buoys). An air horn will signal the start of fishing. A group of 25 anglers will launch every 3 minutes until all anglers have launched. In the event an angler is late or unable to arrive by the start of the tournament, they WILL BE ALLOWED TO CHECK IN LATE and begin fishing immediately but must return to the launch point no later than 12:12pm.



All anglers must return to the original launch point by their designated return time under their own power. Failure to return to the original launch point by the designated time will result in a disqualification from all fishing categories. Upon return, anglers must check in with a tournament volunteer to record their return time and to reclaim their raffle number. Anglers can then verify their catches with the tournament director or one of the designated volunteers. Upon verification, catches will be posted to the species specific leaderboards, which will be updated in real time.


Measuring and Fish Documentation

All fish must be measured using the official tournament ruler, distributed during the check in process. The tournament ruler may be taped to measuring or bump boards, as long as the integrity of the ruler is not compromised. Duct tape will be provided on site to aid in this process. The fish and the ruler must be lying flat with the head of the fish in line with the beginning of the ruler and the tail lying flat (not pinched). The picture documenting the catch must clearly show the paddle craft, official ruler, and the fish. The overall length measurement of the fish must be clearly visible. There is no minimum length requirement to enter any fish category. The tournament director will make the final ruling on any dispute or interpretation of the rules. Each angler may only enter one trout, one redfish, one sheepshead, one black drum, one snook and one catfish. However, multiple categories can be won by a single angler. In the event of a tie, the angler who returned to the launch location and checked in first would place higher.


Fishing/Tournament Territory

There is no limit/boundary to the fishing or tournament territory as long as you launch from and return to the original launch point. No help or relocation is allowed from any motorized boat, vessel, vehicle or engine.  There will be a rescue boat on site in the event that an angler cannot return to the launch point on their own. Failure to return back to the original launch point on your own results in a disqualification from all fishing categories.


Fishing Categories & Payout

Trout presented by Pineapples Restaurant/Venue/Rooftop Bar:

1st Place — $500

2nd Place — $300

3rd Place — $150


Redfish presented by Sodium Fishing Gear:

1st Place — $500

2nd Place — $300

3rd Place — $150


Catfish presented by Doug Hambel’s Plumbing:

1st Place — $500

2nd Place – $200


Snook presented by Cabana Shores Tiki Bar & Grille:

1st Place – $250


Black Drum presented by Long Doggers Indialantic:

1st Place – $150


Sheepshead presented by Costa Sunglasses:

1st Place — Costa Sunglasses


Tsunami Bonus presented by Tsunami Fishing Tackle:

(Cash bonus awarded to biggest fish caught using a Tsunami Fishing Tackle rod or reel)

1st Place – $200


Top Fly Angler presented by Skinny Water Culture:

Combined length of personal biggest trout and/or redfish.  No spinning or conventional tackle allowed on paddle craft.  Fly gear only (both species do not have to be caught and angler is also eligible to win traditional categories).

1st Place – $300

2nd Place – $150

3rd Place – $75


Top Woman Angler:

Combined length of personal biggest trout and redfish (not all species have to be caught)

1st Place — $600


Top Junior Angler (age 12 years and under):

Combined length of personal biggest trout and redfish (not all species have to be caught)

1st Place — Yeti Cooler


Overall Champion: Grand Prize for Combined Length of Redfish and Trout:

(Must catch both species of fish to be eligible)

1st Place — $1,000

2nd Place — $600

3rd Place — $400


Fishing Rules

Fishing with live, dead, and artificial bait is permitted. Any aid from motorized or electric vessels/motors is prohibited and will result in immediate disqualification; pedal or paddle power only. Rod and reel fishing only; spearfishing, netting, etc. is not permitted. Wading is allowed but all photos of catches must include the paddle craft, official tournament ruler, and fish.  Multiple anglers are allowed to fish in the same paddle craft, but each individual angler must pay their own separate entry fee.  In multiple angler scenarios, the angler who initially hooks the fish must land it solely on their own without any help or intervention.  Assisting another angler with a catch results in the immediate disqualification of the fish caught.  Interpretation and enforcement of these rules shall be left exclusively to the Tournament Director. In the event of a rule violation, the Tournament Director may impose such sanctions as deemed appropriate, including without limitation, disqualification, forfeiture of prizes, entry fee and prohibition from participation in future tournaments.


Raffle Rules

The raffle prizes are exclusively available to registered entrants only. The raffle number you receive during check in will act as your raffle ticket for the general raffle. For the general raffle, raffle tickets numbered 1-125 (representing a possible 125 angler field) will be randomly drawn, until all raffle prizes have been awarded. You must be present to win and you can only win once. This year there will also be a separate Grand Prize raffle. Each registered angler will receive one complimentary Grand Prize raffle ticket with their entry fee.  Grand Prize raffle tickets will be available for purchase on site the day of the tournament March 14th for $10 a ticket. Bring extra cash to purchase Grand Prize raffle tickets to increase your odds of winning. Grand Prize raffle tickets will also be sold at a discounted package price of 20 tickets for $10 starting February 10th at Strike Zone Fishing in Melbourne and Epic Boardsports in Cocoa Beach. 100% of the money raised from the raffle will be donated to help restore our lagoon system and donated to the Indian River National Estuary Program. Last year we raised $5,000!


Miscellaneous Info

All registered anglers will receive complimentary doughnuts and coffee, pizza, water, tournament t-shirt and swag bag filled with free gear. Anglers 21 years and over will receive a ticket for one free beer donated by Salt Life.


Thank you to the following incredible sponsors: 

BOTE Boards, Skinny Water Culture, Doug Hambel’s Plumbing, Salt Life, Tsunami Fishing Tackle, Costa, Mount This Fish Company, Yeti, Dark Seas, Strike Zone Fishing Melbourne, Ron Jon Surf Shop, Long Doggers, Capt. Alex Hughey, Ashley Weber Art, Mang, Star Rods, Sodium, Cabana Shores Tiki Bar & Grille and Pineapples Rooftop Bar/Restaurant/Venue


For any questions or additional information, contact:

Sean Strahlo — Tournament Director

Cell: (321)604-0462