Shark @ the Moon 2021 Tournament Rules

July 9th - July 11th

It is the responsibility of every participating angler to know, understand and abide by these tournament rules during this competition. Any participant who deliberately violates these rules will immediately be disqualified. Disqualification results in total forfeit of any and all prizes. Only registered competitors are eligible for any potential qualifying prizes. The safety of all anglers and their teammates is their responsibility and should be the first consideration in all aspects of this competition. Any intentional cheating, harassing of other anglers or any other conduct determined by the tournament staff to be outside the spirit of good sportsmanship will not be tolerated and is grounds for immediate disqualification and permanent ejection from the tournament. All dates and times stated will be based upon the Central Standard Time zone.

 

Summary of Rules for 2021

CATCH-PHOTO-RELEASE

-Photo rules are below, borrowed with permission from Sharkathon.com

-You must not have lines in the water between 12pm and 5:59pm on July 9th.

-All catches must be caught on rod and reel.

-All TPWD, State and Local laws and regulations apply

-Land based only: Fishing rod and reel must remain on the land when fishing

-Boundaries – Sabine Pass to Matagorda. No state or Federal parks. I.e Galveston State Park, Padre Island National Seashore is off limits

-Chumming Allowed

-All catches must be successfully caught and released.

-Participants may ONLY get help landing and releasing their shark, angler must fight his/her own shark.

-Assisting taking the rod off the tower/deck/platform to ground is allowed without cranking the reel.

-Only anglers registered in the shark division are allowed to deploy their own bait or other anglers in the shark division's baits.

-Jet skis, zodiacs, RC boats and drones will be allowed.

-Fishing will only be allowed from the beach. No piers, jetties or bays.

-Catch, tag (if possible), measure, PHOTO and RELEASE.

-Date and Time on the Camera must be set correctly. Please remove any existing photos prior to the event.

-Tournament participants can only place once in any given division.

-Any participants who are disqualified forfeit their entry fee. The entire entry fee will be donated to the beneficiary of the tournament.

2021 Take a Bite Out of Cancer Catch & Measurement Photo Rules

 You the angler must prove to Take a Bite Out of Cancer the measurement of your catch via required digital photographs as defined within these rules and examples given on the example page. Please read and understand these rules & requirements, failure to have pictures verifying the submitted length of your catch can result in disqualification.

SHARK SUBMISSIONS REQUIRE THREE PICTURES PER SHARK

#1 SHARK PHOTO: (Angler Photo) Angler posing with entire shark visible, lying straight, Take a Bite Out of Cancer ruler held correctly, and taken from correct angle. Please refer to detailed definition below for further details.  

#2 SHARK PHOTO: (Total Length Photo) Using the 120 inch ruler a photo containing the tip of the tail & a legible and verifiable total length measurement. Please refer to SHARK PHOTO #2 on example page & detailed definition below for further details.  

#3 SHARK PHOTO: (Fork Length Photo) Using the 120 inch ruler a photo containing the fork of the tail & a legible and verifiable fork length measurement. Please refer to detailed definition below for further details. 

 

NON-SHARK SUBMISSIONS REQUIRE TWO PICTURES PER CATCH

#1 NON-SHARK PHOTO: (Angler Photo) Angler posing with entire catch visible, lying straight, Take a Bite Out of Cancer ruler held correctly, and taken from correct angle.  Please refer to detailed definition below for further details.

#2 NON-SHARK PHOTO: (Measurement Photo) Photo containing a legible and verifiable total length measurement of your catch with the correct ruler visible and not covered up. Please refer to  detailed definition below for further details.

 

 ATTENTION: Take multiples of each required photo and review them to ensure that an adequate picture has been taken, discuss the process with person taking photographs in advance so they understand procedures.


 

DETAILED DEFINITIONS OF ANGLER PHOTOS

#1 SHARK PHOTO: (Angler Photo) 1 photo required showing the angler posing with the shark looking at the camera. The Take a Bite Out of Cancer ruler must be held straight, visible and legible within the photo. The Take a Bite Out of Cancer ruler must be held straight along the length of the shark, in front of and near or touching the dorsal fin, shark tag visible if applicable. The entire Shark must be straight, visible and clean within the photo. Do not hold tail, take photo perpendicular to the length of the shark. Refer to Shark Photo #1 on example page for visual example. Refer to Photo Angle Example #1 & #2 on example page for visual example of proper positioning of the shark, angler and photographer. Fork length reported by the angler must be verifiable in PHOTO #1 for it to qualify. Fork lengths are verified via software using the Take a Bite Out of Cancer ruler to scale the photograph and verify the measurement.

#1 NON-SHARK PHOTO: (Angler Photo) 1 photo required showing the angler posing with the catch looking at the camera. The entire catch must be straight, visible and clean within the photo. The Take a Bite Out of Cancer ruler must be straight, visible and legible within the photo. Refer to Non-Shark Angler Photo #1 on example page. Take photo perpendicular to the length of the catch. Refer to Photo Angle Example #1 & #2 on example page for visual example of proper positioning of the catch, angler and photographer.

#1 STINGRAY PHOTO: (Angler Photo) 1 photo required showing the angler in a safe position away from tail of ray. The entire Take a Bite Out of Cancer ruler must be straight, visible and legible within the photo. The Take a Bite Out of Cancer ruler must held over the width of the ray to represent the measurement from wingtip to wingtip. 

DETAILED DEFINITIONS OF MEASUREMENT PHOTOS

This photo or photos must show a legible length visible on the ruler or tape measure and verify the length that is submitted on the catch-log. These photos do not require the angler to be in the photo, these photos are proof of length submitted.

#2 SHARK PHOTO: (Total Length Photo) 1 photo required showing the tip of the tail & the 120” ruler visible and legible. The total length represented within this photo must match the length reported by the angler on the catch-log & must be visible & verifiable in SHARK PHOTO #2 for it to qualify.  Sharks are measured in a straight line with tape measure held tight above the shark, Do not follow curvature of shark with the tape measure. 

#3 SHARK PHOTO: (Fork Length Photo) 1 photo required showing the fork length & the 120” ruler visible and legible. The fork length represented within this photo must match the length reported by the angler on the catch-log & must be visible & verifiable in SHARK PHOTO #3 for it to qualify. Fork lengths are verified via software using the Take a Bite Out of Cancer ruler to scale the photograph and verify the measurement. 

#2 NON-SHARK PHOTO: 1 photo required. If catch is less than 48” Take a Bite Out of Cancer ruler is to be used, if longer than 48” then the provided 120” ruler must be used. The catch must be straight, visible, & clean. The ruler used must be straight, visible and legible. The total length of the catch represented within this photo must match the length on the catch-log. Fish lengths are measured in a straight line from tip of closed jaw, or tip of nose (whichever is longer and applies to species of fish),  to tip of tail. DO NOT extend lower jaw and take measurement from there. 

#2 RAYS PHOTO: 1 photo required showing wingtip to wingtip measurement utilizing Take a Bite Out of Cancer ruler, if longer than 48” then the provided 120” ruler must be used. Always keep tail away from angler. The ray’s outline must be visible. The ruler used must be straight, visible and legible. The total length from wingtip to wingtip represented within this photo must match the length on the catch-log. 

 

Correct method of using the 120” ruler to measure sharks

·  Hold ruler tight just above body of shark in a straight line, do not follow contours of shark.

·  Total length is measured in a straight line from the tip of snout to the longest length of tail.

·  Fork length is measured in a straight line from the tip of snout to the inside of tail as shown above.

·  Girth is measured around the thickest part of the shark between pectoral and dorsal fins.

For more Tournament Info Contact: NICK FULLER 832-764-9128

Award Ceremony Location: Surfside Beach Access 5

Judging will begin at 6 pm sharp