2021   Tournament Rules  PHOTO RELEASE 


THANK YOU for your support in helping individuals with Spinal Cord Injuries have a chance for a better Quality of Life after Injury. Your participation is very much appreciated! We hope you will continue to help us raise awareness about the possibilities for an improved adaptive life and for HOPE of Recovery. We hope you enjoy our tournaments, tell your friends about us, support our amazing Sponsors and will continue to return year after year helping to make it possible for us to award Quality of Life scholarships for those paralyzed individuals who struggle with daily adversities related to their injuries.  You ARE making a DIFFERENCE! THANK YOU!!!!!!



The rules may be changed through the Captain’s Meeting. Registration can be done online UNTIL March 26, 2021 at midnight. You may register in person at the Captains Meeting on  Friday March 26, 2021 from 6-9pm. If you cannot make Registration by 9pm, please come as soon as you can and text us at 813-743-2827 of your expected arrival time. 

Teams will consist of up to 4 people. Kayak Division will consist of single person entries using non motorized kayaks, paddle boards, one person flotation, wade or shore anglers. Each single entry must pay separately and fish from own vessel. If your team (or individual angler) has not signed the waiver by the Captains Meeting, you will NOT be allowed to participate. All boats/teams/individual entries must be paid and registered prior to the starting fishing times.​

If your team is fishing with a hired Guide, you must compete in the Guided division. If you are fishing with more than 4 anglers, you must compete in the Guided division. Guided Division may consist of  5+ anglers & a Guide/deckhand. Hired Guides and Deckhands are not to reel fish to boat with the exception of disabled anglers.​

No refund of entry fees unless the tournament is canceled by the tournament committee. All efforts will be made to reschedule in the event of inclement weather.​

Overall Division Fishing can start at 12:01 am Saturday, March 27, 2021. Kayak Division will start at 6:00am. All divisions must be back to the Magnuson Resort Beach at 3:00pm. 3:01 Late arrivals are disqualified. Guided and Adaptive Division Fishing starts at 8:00am. No lines in the water prior to this time. A Member of your TEAM MUST have checked into the Weigh In Station by a Tighten The Drag Foundation Tournament Volunteer by 3:00pm Saturday,  March 27, 2021.  (NO EXCEPTIONS) and receive a wristband. Weigh in will be open at 2pm. Official check in will confirm that you met the 3PM deadline (Weighmaster time clock). Shallow anchor boat parking will be on the beach in front of the Cove. If coming by car, please park in time to get to the weigh in line before 3pm. IF YOU HAVE NOT TURNED IN YOUR BOAT CARD BY 3PM, THE FISH/TEAM WILL BE DISQUALIFIED. NO EXCEPTIONS.​

Photo Release ONLY Snook-Redfish-Trout (Digital Photos Only)

All DIGITAL photos must have your assigned Boat # card attached to your ruler clearly in the photo taken on the CheckIt Stik Tighten The Drag Foundation Official Tournament Ruler and must be taken on the date of  03/27/21 during the hours for your Division. Date must be displayed on picture or attached to the file the photo is in. If there are any unclear photos or it is missing the tournament piece, the fish will be disqualified. Anglers must provide a camera with a BLANK SD card or CELL PHONES with tournament photos must be readily available in a separate ALBUM or folder. Time does not allow us to go through multiple photos or folders to find your pictures. ANGLERS MUST PROVIDE THEIR OWN CABLE EQUIPMENT TO SYNC TO COMPUTERS other than APPLE IPHONE.  It is your responsibility to ensure that we can view your photos.  The tournament committee will not provide any special equipment to view the photos. All photos turned in for judging will become the property of the tournament and may be used for any purpose. A crew member must accompany the fish (photos) during the weigh-in. ONE FISH PER CATEGORY PER TEAM MAY BE WEIGHED IN with exception of REDFISH. You may provide two photos, one for largest (Slam) & one for Most Spots.

Pictures must be taken with the nose of the fish, facing left, flush against the tournament ruler corner with a pinched tail. Pictures need to include the ENTIRE fish and CLEARLY show the overall length as well as the provided tournament boat number and tournament ruler. Any photos of fish that are unclear or do not clearly show the fish on the measuring ruler provided with the tournament boat # card in the photo will be disqualified as determined by the tournament Weighmaster.

In the event of a TIE in length, the winner will be awarded to the team that REGISTERED their team first. Photos may be brought to the weigh in by boat or vehicle.​

BOUNDARIES: Cedar Key, FL to Boca Grande, FL.

Winning anglers may be required to submit to and pass a polygraph test AND / OR allow Tournament Directors to view the boats GPS Tract of the day(s) if in question. Should the angler fail or decline either test, the tournament committee reserves the right to forfeit all winnings awarded to angler/boat in question.

If you wish to PROTEST in any division for any reason, there will be a $500 cash non-refundable fee to pay for the cost of the polygraph test. Protest must be presented no later than 15 minutes after the announcement of the winners. Decision of the tournament committee will be final. If a team is under protest and found to be in violation of the rules, their entire team will be disqualified from the event and each angler of the team will be subject to review for entry into future events.​

Any lady angler or junior angler wishing to participate in their respective divisions must be noted on Registration Form completed at Capts Party. Please be sure to tell Weighmaster which divisions your anglers fished in. Junior Anglers must give their correct age and Tight Liners may be required to show proof of ID if questionable.

​Two or more boats coming in physical contact during fishing hours in any manner will be disqualified. Sportsmanlike conduct is expected at all times on the water and at “before and after” events. Your team will be banned from future competition in our family friendly event if there is an incident.​

Anglers may leave their vessel to wade fish but may not come into contact with any other vessel or angler with the exception of an angler from their own team. Individual  entries may not have contact with any other vessel or angler during the tournament. 

All fishing and angling methods must comply with current Federal and State regulations. Anglers may not fish in any area that is not open and accessible to the public. 

This is a Captain’s Choice Tournament. It is up to the discretion of the registered captain to determine whether his or her craft is seaworthy for existing sea and weather conditions. The captain is responsible for all members of his/her crew both on and off the water. Your vessel must be insured and Guides must have current insurance and licenses.​

You must catch and reel the fish to boat by hand held, no motorized reels with the exception of disabled anglers who do not have full hand function.  

Live OR artificial bait IS allowed. ​

The tournament committee has the right to refuse entry to any applicant. In the event such refusal occurs, 100% of the applicant’s entry fee will be returned if previously accepted.​

All Registered boats must comply with State and U.S.C.G. safety regulations. All decisions of the Tournament Committee and Weigh Master are final.​

Any Questions: Email: info@tightenthedragfoundation.org or call 813-743-2827 Emergency Text: 813-363-7672 or 813-363-7600 DAY OF EVENT. Rules are posted ONLINE in the event you should lose your copy. www.tightenthedragfoundation.org


There will be a Custom Trophy for EACH First Place Overall team member and guaranteed FIRST PLACE cash prize of $1500 (payable $375 to each team angler) for largest SLAM of Snook-Redfish-Trout in the Overall Division. BONUS CONTINGENCY! GTE $250; Power Pole Captains Cash $250

There will be a recognition plaque and a guaranteed cash prize for second ($700; payable $175 each team member), third place ($400) fourth ($225) and fifth ($175) in the Overall Slam division.  

There will be a Wild Card placement prize/plaque for the 19th Place Overall team in the  Spring 2021 event.

Plaque/Prize will be awarded for largest individual Snook, Redfish and Trout in the BIG FISH category.

Plaque/Prize will be awarded to largest SLAM and runner up in the LADIES Overall division.

Prize/Plaque will be awarded to the top lady angler in the Guided and Adaptive Division. If NO lady angler has a slam, then most total inches will win. Ladies division winners are awarded based on the team results.

Plaque/Prize of 50% of the Entry Fees will be awarded for the largest SLAM in the KAYAK/Single ENTRY division. If NO angler has a slam, then most total inches will win. CONTINGENCY! GTE $250

Plaque/Prize will be awarded for the largest SLAM and the runner up in the JUNIOR Angler divisions (ages 11-16) and largest SLAM and runner up for the Little Reeler division (ages 4-10). There will be a Plaque/Prize for the Top Junior angler of each age group in the Guided/Adaptive Division. If NO Junior angler has a slam, then most total inches will win. Junior angler winners are awarded based on the team results. Ladies and Juniors are not required to have caught the fish (Based on team results).

Plaque/Prize will be awarded for the team with the largest SLAM in the Guided division. If NO angler has a slam then most total inches will win. CONTINGENCY! GTE $250 Winning Captain in the Guided division will receive a plaque and recognition on our website as Top Tournament Captain. 

Plaque/Prize will be awarded for the team with the largest SLAM in the ADAPTIVE division. If NO angler has a slam then most total inches will win. CONTINGENCY! GTE $250 Winning Captain in the Adaptive division will receive a plaque and recognition on our website as Top Tournament Captain for Disabled. 

Prize/Plaque will be awarded to the REDFISH with the MOST SPOTS on one side. TIE is awarded to the angler who registered first. This entry can be a separate entry from your Slam fish.

Prize/Plaque will be awarded to the anglers who have the SLAM of Redfish, Snook or Trout that is closest to 52."

Prize/Plaque will be awarded to the angler who catches a Snook closest to 30".

Plaque/FREE ENTRY  into the next tournament i($250 value) is given to the  Overall TEAM who had the least measurement for a Slam. (Least but NOT Last)

All Teams will be eligible for a random Boat Card Prize Drawing when returning to Weigh In check in. Please place the card from your Boat number (from your Ruler) in the Bait Bucket at Weigh in. 

There will be a "Tournament Within A Tournament" Calcutta option as a side entry among participating teams which will pay back 100% of monies collected.  50% to 1st Place, 30% to 2nd Place and 20% to 3rd Place. 

There will be an Aggregate winner in the Fall tournament for the most total inches fished in both events. To be eligible for Team of the Year, you must have  the same Capt or Co-Capt and have at least one returning team member. All Tournament Winners MUST BE PRESENT at Tournament Awards to receive Winning checks and prizes.   

Mission Statement:

To extend the OPPORTUNITY for recovery and a better quality of life for those who have suffered 

a life changing paralyzing Spinal Cord Injury as a result of a catastrophic accident. 

Spinal Cord Injuries

The average newly injured person with a spinal cord injury will incur 1 million dollars in medical costs in their first year. If you are injured at age 25, your estimated lifetime costs will exceed 5 million dollars.  The average yearly medical costs after the first year can average $50,000-$100,000 depending on the level of injury. 

​ There are approximately 17,500 new spinal cord injuries in the US every year. There are over a half million people living with spinal cord injuries (SCI) in the United States.

Every 38 minutes in our country, a person becomes paralyzed. Vehicle accidents are the leading cause, with Falls being the second leading cause.

Sports related injuries are less than 10% of all spinal cord injuries but of the 10%, diving accidents account for 7%. 

There are over 5.6 million people in the US living with some type of Paralysis caused by Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Cancer,

Spinal Cord Injury, Transverse Myelitis and other nervous system disorders. Roughly 1 in 50 people.



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