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Kayak Rules and Procedures

Rules of participation for 2017 Elite Kayak Series are in probation period and will become final at first event… 

Having acquainted myself with the rules and requirements in this document. I have completed review of this entire document and have paid the initial payment(s) due to secure my spot in the Headturners3, LLC Elite Redfish Kayak Tournament Series, 2017.

In signing this agreement, I hereby agree to be bound by and comply with all tournament rules, payment schedules, late fines and regulations. I expressly assume all risks associated with the tournament series and I hereby release Headturners3, LLC, the Elite Series, its parent, affiliated and subsidiary companies, the hosts, sponsors and tournament series officials from all claims of death, injury and/or property damage incurred by me in connection with my participation in this tournament series.

I certify that I now have or will obtain prior to any Headturners3, LLC Elite Kayak Series event, any registrations or liability insurance requirements required by state, local or federal law. 

I hereby agree to waive my rights of privacy or publicity with regard to the programs of the Elite Series in which I appear and consent to Headturners3, LLC (and its parent, affiliated and subsidiary companies, its owners, directors, employees and agents and those acting under their permission or upon their authority), copyrighting, distributing, televising, publishing and using in any way the audio and visual portions of any television videotape, film and photographs or pictures of me or of interviews, scenes or other sequences in which I may be included, and any reproduction thereof, anywhere at any time through any medium or media for advertising, promotion, trade, television programming or other lawful purpose whatsoever; and I shall not be entitled to receive any royalties or other compensation in connection with such use.

Content Rights.

Headturners3, LLC holds the content rights to the Elite Series tournaments it owns and operates. However, Headturners3, LLC grants certain exceptions, including the following content rights, to the participants of The Elite Series:

  • Anglers may use up to 10 minutes of video, shot by the angler during a tournament, for promotional or marketing purposes, and in social media.

  • Still photos taken by an angler during a tournament may be posted to social media and the angler’s website.

  • Anglers may send photos, videos and updates to info@htseries.com for exposure on www.theredfishseries.com and it’s social media pages.

  • In social media, anglers may use the Elite Kayak Series hashtag #elitekayakseries to amplify and spread your post to our broader audience. HeadTurners3, LLC reserves the right to revoke these exceptions, and the angler must remove the tournament-related content, if HeadTurners3, LLC in its discretion believes the content is inappropriate or in any way violates other Elite Kayak Series rules. The Elite Kayak Series wants to help promote both your brand and the sport of professional kayak redfishing through its multimedia assets. If there are stories written about you or by you appearing on eliteredfishseries.com, HeadTurners3, LLC grants permission to link to these stories, and any others on our website, from your website or social media pages. Please do credit the Elite Kayak Series anytime content such as pictures or stories are copied from our website or social media pages.

  • Anglers may not solicit from any video production crew member or staff member of Headturners3, LLC or the Elite Kayak Series for individual purchase, loan or gifting of video or still images shot at an Elite Series event. Anglers may request usage of portions of the video and still images shot at an Elite Series event from HeadTurners3, LLC.

Uniforms and Jerseys.

Anglers are encouraged to wear their own clothing, which may bear patches, logos and other signage promoting the angler’s sponsors. HeadTurners3, LLC may, however, restrict the use of patches, logos, signage etc. that promote or advertise products which are, in HeadTurners3, LLC sole judgment, in poor taste. Elite Kayak Series anglers are encouraged to wear uniform/jersey or tournament shirts during weigh in. Elite Redfish Series sponsors or angler’s sponsors T shirts, I.E. frogg toggs, IconX, Power-pole and other Series sponsor jerseys or shirts including an anglers equipment sponsor may be worn if a tournament jersey is not available to Series angler.


This tournament participation agreement is made by and between Headturners3, LLC. and it’s participants (referred to in this Agreement as “angler” or “anglers”).

Welcome to the 2017 Elite Kayak Series. Interpretation of these rules and procedures will be left exclusively to series officials. Decisions on violations and/or penalties for violations are solely the decision of Elite Kayak Series officials and as such are final in all matters and are not subject to appeal.

1. Compliance with Applicable Law.

All anglers participating in an Elite Kayak Series event are required to follow applicable federal, state and local regulations and laws. Any violation of such regulations and laws and/or other tournament rules may result in the imposition of a fine, daily weight penalty, fishing time penalty, disqualification from a tournament day, disqualification from the entire tournament, points deductions, disqualification from all future series events, or any combination thereof as decided by series officials.

2. Modification of Tournament Rules.

The rules and procedures for the Elite Series may be modified up and until the first event of the season. After such time these rules shall remain unchanged for the remainder of the tournament season, during the same calendar year.

3. Eligibility Requirements.

The series reserves the right to deny entry into this series to any angler, person or participant for any reason. Anglers failing or failing to take a requested truth detection test from any tournament or tournament trail or being banned from competition by another tournament or trail may be ineligible to compete in any or all Elite Series events.

4. Entry Fee and Credit Card Procedures.

  • All fees, membership and entry to compete in the 2017 tournament season in a single division of 3 events are 1,650.00 per angler. A 3.5% additional charge will be added to all payments made by means other than check. A 10% svc charge will be applied to any check(s) and the amount for which they were written should they fail to clear when deposited.
  • Payment in full of 1,650.00 is required to compete, garner points and receive paybacks or awards in any or both divisions.
  • A total of 1,500.00 in entry and 150.00 membership fee is to be paid accordingly:
    • 250.00 to secure spot in 2017 field.
    • 1000.00 payment for divisional tour stops #1 and #3 must be pre paid for April 13.
    • 400.00 payment for divisional tour stop #2 must be paid by May 26. 
    • Any angler failing to pay for the 2nd event will forfeit their spot in the 3rd event and all future events without refund or exchange of any entry fees paid.
  • Only points accrued from a full division of events will count toward divisional championship bonus cash, prizes and/or 2018 entry fees.

5. Off limits to Information. 

There will be no restriction to the number of days or what days of practice and angler fishing the Elite Series can participate in prior to the first day of competition. However for a period of 14 days prior to the first day of competition anglers:

  • Can not seek information pertaining to fishing, navigation, techniques, equipment and/or other information from anyone who is not paid member and participant of the Elite Kayak Series. This includes but is not limited to personal or 3rd party exchanges of information made in person, by phone, email, texting, private websites and/or forums. “private” is any forum or social media outlet where an person submits his/her name and/or information and then awaits an approval or acceptance such as face book friends. Note: The Elite Kayak Series appreciates and works together with several other Kayak tours and will make every attempt to create exemptions to the off limits rules in order to allow competitors to fish another Kayak tournament during the off limits period. These exemptions will be done on a case by case basis and will be posted publicly as a Elite Kayak Series supported event.

  • Can not hire guides nor experts paid by cash or barter in exchange for any information, including but not limited to lures, techniques, location of fish and/or inquiries navigational in nature.

  • Can not borrow electronic navigational equipment with existing weigh points or tracks.

6. Tournament Field and Divisional Winners.

  • 50 angler max field per division.
  • Head to head competition with 1 angler teams.

  • Each series event is a 2 day tournament with possible weather exceptions. (see 7)

  • Anglers weigh in a maximum of 2 fish per day of red drum. (red fish)

  • Each series event will pay minimum paybacks of 1 in 5, meaning 1 check will be awarded for each 5 anglers competing. I.E. 35 boat field will produce 7 places paid while a 34 boat field will produce 6. Paybacks will be minimum 80% of entry fees at each event, 10% toward divisional bonus cash, prizes and/or 2018 entry fees.

  • Each Series Tour Stop will pay back cash amounts according to the number of entrants in the series with the divisional points champion (after 3 events) winning bonus cash, prizes and/or 2018 entry fees.

  • Series event winner will receive 200 points toward divisional championship, 2nd place will receive 190 points, 3rd place 180 points, 4th place 170 points and 5th place 160 points. Each place of finish from 6th down having weighed at least 1 fish during an event will receive 150 points. Note: anglers failing to weigh in at least 1 fish during an event will receive 0 points.

7. Extreme Weather.

In the case of severe weather the start of any or all days of an Elite Series event may be delayed and tournament hours lengthened or shortened at the series official(s) discretion.

  • In severe or extreme weather conditions and in an attempt to offer the safest possible launch and return, alternative launch and return location(s) may be instituted. All weather “go or no go” calls will be made solely by series official(s) using the best weather information available to them at the time and location of launch. Should any day(s) of competition be cancelled due to extreme weather or the threat of extreme weather, the remedy for the day(s) cancellation shall be:
  • Day 1 (Saturday) canceled, anglers fish day 2 (Sunday) only to determine place of finish.
  • Day 2 (Sunday) canceled, results from day 1 (Saturday) become final.
  • Days 1 and 2 (Sat-Sun) canceled, prize money and points will forward to next event. 

8. Tournament Schedule of Events.

  • Captain’s meeting will be held the day immediately preceding the first day of competition (always a Friday) for each event and will be held at weigh in location with angler check in from 5:00-5:30 PM local time. 

  • Each series launch will begin with the releasing of the fleet from designated location at 5:30 AM local time.

  • Possible delays may take place due to fog or inclement weather (see 7). Should a fog or weather delay take place the series will attempt to add additional time to the fishing day but will not guarantee that extra time will be added. There is no minimum amount of fishing time required for any day or days of competition to be considered “official”. Only one day of competition in a series event is required for an event winner to be determined.

  • Anglers must launch from locations within the state where the event’s weigh in is taking place.
  • Anglers must return to predetermined official check point prior to 4:00 PM local time. Failing to return to official check point for any reason by the appointed time will result in disqualification for that day and a zero weight recorded. The only exception would be if instructed differently by a series official and or a weather caused adjustment to the length of the tournament day.

  • Anglers can not return to tournament waters any time after any day’s weigh in, prior to the next day’s launch.

9. Insurance and Registration. 

All current liability insurance(s) and state registration(s) are required for each participant in any Elite Kayak Series event(s); it is the angler’s responsibility to maintain this coverage and ensure registration is up to date. Any vessel not complying with state, federal and local laws governing equipment requirements, registration numbers, decals and their proper display, cannot be used in competition. If such a kayak is placed in competition either intentionally or unknowingly, the angler’s catch using that kayak for the day(s) it was used will be disqualified.

10. Communication.

The use of mobile communication devices such as cellular telephones, marine radios, walkie-talkies, CBs, pagers or any electronic device able to communicate any information pertaining to fishing or navigation with anyone outside the field of current Elite Kayak Series anglers during tournament days is strictly prohibited. Lock information, family emergencies and work related calls may take place as long as no discussions pertaining to fishing information relevant to the tournament or tournament waters at which event is being held on or near is discussed. Anglers can contact anyone at anytime by any means when an safety or distress issue arises. 

11. Alcoholic Beverages and Drugs.

Any angler consuming or carrying alcoholic beverages or drugs (other than their own current prescriptions) during tournament hours, including driving to and returning from official “releasing of the fleet” location will be incur penalty(s) as shown in paragraph 1. Anglers that consume any alcohol or drugs prior to a requested truth verification test of the day in which the test is being administered will be disqualified from the tournament and forfeit any winnings or expected winnings as well as points for that event.

12. Live Fish.

Every effort must be made to keep redfish alive. Series anglers can only possess and weigh in red fish in the size and quantity that state and federal game laws allow, per day without the use of special tagging or size permits. Taking or possession of red drum in federal waters is prohibited.

  • A .50 pound penalty will be assessed per dead fish presented to fish bumper for measuring. Counting of fish for being alive or dead will be determined at time of measuring of fish once the early check in period has passed.
  • No culling of dead fish allowed.
  • Elite Kayak Series fish bumper reserves the right to refuse any red fish deemed to have been altered, (accidentally or intentionally) and/or damaged sufficiently to make determining the exact length of the fish’s overall tail non conclusive. Fish with abnormal, severely damaged (healed over or not) or deformed tails will not be accepted, regardless of length. Fish with a majority of it’s tail (especially the top portion) in tact, normal in appearance and having no fresh cuts, bleeding or damage and appears to be a “normal” tail when perfect pincher is applied will be accepted.
  • Each fish will only be measured with its’ head to the left of the Series measuring official and the fish’s belly facing the Series measuring official’s belly. Fish measured on this singular side only.
  • Angler(s) can take a picture and submit via text to tournament official for ruling during tournament on a fish’s overall condition including the tail and head area. Whether or not the damage to a fish or it’s tail rendering it unacceptable was done by the angler presenting it or not has no bearing on the decision to accept or deny the fish.
  • Only state allowed size limits will be used at each event. Anglers must not be in possession of an illegally sized or quantity of fish for the waters they are in, regardless of where the fish were caught.
  • Re weighs of a limit of fish are only executed by the weigh master (not at the request of any angler) and based solely on his judgment of conditions when the automatic scales rendered their final, computer controlled weight.
  • The Series will provide tanks with cool, aerated water for anglers to use while in line to have their fish measured. Series Anglers will use their own weigh bags, water filled coolers or other forms of transport to fish bumper and or tanks.
  • Should the Series delay (and only in the event of a delay by the Series) in opening the weigh scales at designated time, the Series will make every effort to check angler’s fish for live or dead prior to being presented to fish measuring official.
  • Dead fish may be kept separate from live fish but only with water or an ice substitute, i.e. frozen bottles of water, Arctic Ice or similar ice replacement products can (and in some states required by law) be used, no icing of dead fish allowed.
  • All lures, hooks, jig heads, etc. must be removed from fish prior final weight being recorded. In an attempt to keep the fish alive anglers may wait until the fish has been counted live or dead to remove hook or jig. Failure to notify official and having a fish weighed with a hook, lure, jig or other object in it’s mouth may incur a penalty equal to a dead fish penalty or more.
  • Elite Kayak Series anglers may not intentionally attempt to manipulate the weight or length of any redfish by any means.

13. Bait and Tackle. p1331739094

Only artificial lures may be used and only artificially produced bait attractants. No live or dead bait allowed. Only one rod at a time may be used per angler. A cast must be fully retrieved before another cast can be made by the same angler. All redfish must be caught alive in a conventional sporting manner and in compliance with all federal, state and local laws. Trolling as a method of fishing is prohibited. Anglers must cast, flip or pitch their lure to the fish they catch. No snagging off fish, netting of fish or scooping of distressed surface fish is allowed. No multi lure rigs allowed, I.E. Alabama umbrella rig.

14. Tournament and Private Waters.

Elite Kayak Series anglers may not participate in any of the following to navigate, fish, practice or compete.

  • Drive on or across any private access roads or trails, gated or non gated in order to reach their place of launch.
  • Lift, unlock or pass through gates, chains, booms or other canal or river objects (not including lock systems between public waters) normally closed and used to restrict boat traffic in what is known or should be known to be private waters and not open to all anglers equally. Any water without obvious vessel restricting objects could still be private and anglers must leave and not return during practice or any days of tournament competition if asked to leave. Returning to the same waters after being asked to leave, even through alternate routes during practice or the event will result in disqualification.

  • Anglers may not navigate nor fish any waters where a membership is required to be paid unless that membership is made available to Series officials and all Series anglers equally prior to the first day of official practice.

  • Anglers are not permitted to cast/fish within 100 yards of a competitor’s kayak without permission from the angler within the 100 yard buffer zone, unless separated by land or jetties but in same body of water. 
  • Anglers may not “shadow” guides or recreational fishermen known to be using live bait.

  • Anglers cannot have anyone reserve a spot (hole sit) for them.

16. Safety, Boats, Motors and Accessories.

Safe Kayaking conduct must be observed at all times by competitors.

  • Each kayak used in competition must be equipped with all legal equipment as required by law in state where the angler is fishing.
  • Life vest should be worn at all times when on the water. 
  • All kayaks used in competition must have the official Kayak Series sticker affixed in a prominent location.

17. Anglers Must Remain in Boat.

All angling must be conducted from the kayak. Anglers cannot leave their kayak to cast to, catch or land a fish. Angler(s) may leave the kayak to stretch or move locations, etc. and must seek safe shelter in bad weather where danger may be imminent but must continue to follow all tournament rules and procedures during this period. 

18. Protest and Truth Detection.

Protest must be submitted, in writing with a $100 non refundable payment per protest within 15 minutes of the closing of the weigh in scales. The decision of the series official(s) hearing protest will be final.

  • Acts not officially protested within 15 minutes after the final angler has weighed in will not be heard.
  • Possible exceptions would include a series official, technical equipment made an obvious error in postings or the revelation of a ticketed moving violation given to an angler making a check who failed to notify Series officials. Such will carry necessary action.
  • Should a truth detection test be needed to settle a protest, the angler protesting and the angler being protested must render the fee for the test to the series prior to testing. The winner of truth detector test will receive refund of test fee.
  • Angler(s) filing a protest is subject to a truth detector test to ensure the protesting angler followed each law, rule and procedure.
  • Failure of an Elite Series angler to notify the tour of a ticketed violation will be grounds for penalty without statue of limitation.
  • HeadTurners3, LLC and the Elite Series acts as a broker when hiring the truth detection administrator and has no influence on procedures, type of test, the amount of time or the results of the testing.
  • All truth detection results are final and not contestable by any Series angler.
  • If a truth detection agent is not available at time of protest, event may continue under 
  • Any claim or disagreement with truth detection results or the administration of the test must be settled between Series angler(s) being tested and the person and or company administering the truth detection test. HeadTurners3, LLC, the Elite Series, its parent, affiliated and subsidiary companies, the hosts, sponsors and tournament series officials are not involved in or in any way responsible for the results of or methods used in any truth detection test given.
  • If any Elite Series angler believes they cannot pass a truth detection test for any reason, they can not fish the Elite Series.

20. Sportsmanship.

Elite Series anglers are required to display courtesy, safety and follow all boating and game laws.

  • Anglers are bound by the prevailing statues and regulations of the various states within which they fish, series anglers are responsible for research of fishing and kayaking regulations, including proper registrations of vessel used in event, fishing licenses, size limits of catch, private waters, etc..
  • Angler(s) proved to be displaying poor sportsmanship or violating game, kayaking laws or the letter and spirit of these sportsmanship rules will be subject to penalty.
  • Anglers must obey all local, state and federal laws in regards to harassing fish and wildlife.
  • Anglers cannot purposely attempt to hurt another angler’s opportunity at catching fish. Any act or action deemed to be intentionally made in an attempt to displace, scatter or intentionally hurt fish or fishing in an area is strictly prohibited.
  • An act committed by kayak series angler(s) deemed by series officials to be unsportsmanlike or done in an attempt to gain a significant, unfair advantage or if an angler(s) intentionally commits an unsportsmanlike act toward other angler(s) during a kayak series event not considered conventional in the scope of normal tournament competition may result in penalties.
  • A series angler(s) receiving a ticket for any reason, including moving violations in vehicle after the official “releasing of the fleet” will result in disqualification of the day’s catch for the day that the ticket was issued. Failure to disclose receiving a citation/ticket to Series officials will result in immediate disqualification from the entire event with all awards and points being forfeited for that event. A second failure by a Elite Kayak Series angler to notify Series officials of a citation/ticket received will result in expulsion from tour without refund of entry fees.

Angler Code of Conduct: 

As an angler on the 2017 Headturners3, LLC Elite Series I agree and accept the rules and procedures as described above and willingly agree to compete within the scope and spirit of each. Furthermore, as a professional angler and steward of the outdoors and environment, I shall use my best efforts to demonstrate professionalism, ethical behavior, sportsmanship and integrity in support of the sport of professional redfishing.

I will at all times, during both series practice days as well as each day(s) of competition, be mindful of those with whom I share the water, land and environment and conduct myself accordingly as a guest and visitor in the locations that I practice and compete in.

As an professional angler on the Elite Kayak Series, I understand my actions are scrutinized and should I violate any of the provisions or spirit of the series rules above or the provisions of this Angler Code of Conduct, I may be subject to fines, forfeiture of tournament winnings, suspension from competing in any individual HeadTurners3, LLC event, a permanent ban from competition, or any combination of these sanctions.

I agree and accept the rules and procedures above and by my signature agree to abide by each of them and any variations of the same delivered verbally or through electronic device by Series officials to the field.


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