We had anglers and sponsors come in from multiple States and all over Florida. All sponsors from the Fall tournament returned along with some new ones. The amount of support we received from sponsors and tournament anglers was overwhelming. We would like to thank everyone involved, and hope to see all of you at the second annual Goodbye Pompano Fall Blast in October.
We have been brainstorming with Panhandle Surf Fishing members, Blake Hunter, and Lost Key Outdoors, and have had a few sleepless nights staring at the ceiling trying to figure out the best way to monitor a beach fishing tournament that spans across 150 miles. Through a collaboration of ideas, this is what we have settled on.
When you register for The Showdown, information will be gathered.
Shirt Size: If you are getting one (More on that will come)
You will be assigned an "Angler Number". This could be a 1 digit number (It won't be a 1 digit number), or a 16 digit number (it won't be a 16 digit number) You will have no idea how many digits are in the number, or what your number is. Don't ask.
At around 11:30 PM on April 21st, I will start texting and emailing your number to you. Now you have your number. If for some reason you do not get your number, and have enterd, contact me right away to correct the issue.
Write the number on your hand. Black Sharpie would be best. And, we are fishing. When a fish is caught that you think is tournament worthy, this is how you should proceed.
Start filimg with your Smart Phone. Not pictures, filming. Video recordings. NOT PHOTOGRAPHS. We need to see that fish flopping. Fresh out of the water. On the SAND. With your number clearly writen on your hand. FILM YOUR HAND TOO. This is a beach fishing tournament. Surf Fishing, Fishing from Shore. Whatever you want to call it. From the SAND. Once you are FILMING, while the fish is FLOPPING, measure it. ON FILM. With the number on your hand clearly visible. At this point, after the fish as been measured, we need a 360 view of your surrondings. Hold the phone out while FILMING, and complete a circle, Filming the area around you.
That's it. You do not need to send this VIDEO to anyone, or anywhere. You will need it at the weigh-in.
If you are concerned about people finding out about your super secret spot that everyone alraedy knows about, don't worry. The only persons that will see this video are Clint from Lost Key Outdoors and I as we are the ones weighing in the fish.
No edited videos will be accepted.
No "technical issues" will be accepted.
No Photos will be accepted.
No "I lost my phone" will be accepted.
No " I got half the video and then my battery died" will be accepted.
If there are boats, kayaks, paddleboards, flotaion devices, cannoes, or any other vessel in your surrondings while filming, we will assume they are yours, and you are using them to catch pompano/whiting "off shore". Your fish will be eliminated from the tournament.
Again, there will be a video out soon to showcase how things should be played out.
I hope this eases the mind.