Photo by Greg LaPolla
We’ve tried to make the rules as simple as possible…but you know how that goes! To get a general idea of how the event works, go to the “How It Works” page, then return here to see the details.
The rules are intended to make sure everyone has a fair, fun, and above all, SAFE event. If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
- Participants can register online before the event at https://iAnglerTournament.com/riptide-rendezvous-2017, or on the day of the event at the Event Desk located in the covered table area near the park entrance
- There is no charge to register for the event. However, you must supply one “surf appropriate” fly when you check in (see “Flies” below). If you do not provide a fly, you are required to pay $10.00, and a fly will be supplied on your behalf
- You must have a valid California saltwater fishing license in possession
- You must accept the liability waiver on the website or sign a waiver on-site prior to participation
- Check-in begins at 6am. You have to turn in your fly at this time
- Each angler shall provide their own fly rod, reel and line.
- Only conventional fly rods and reels are allowed. Fishing a fly using a float, casting bubble or sinker on conventional gear is not allowed
- Leaders and tippets can be of any strength or length
- Each angler must wear some form of eye protection while fishing. Sun glasses, prescription glasses or safety glasses are all acceptable
- Each participating angler is to provide ONE saltwater fly pattern. If you do not provide a fly, you are required to pay $10.00, and a fly will be supplied on your behalf
- Only flies tied on single point hooks, in sizes: #6, #4 or #2s will be accepted. Double- or treble-hooked files are NOT allowed
- The fly must be designed to be fished subsurface. No surface flies (poppers, crease flies, sliders or dry files) will be accepted.
- Each fly will be inspected and deemed fishable before it will be accepted. If the fly you supply does not meet requirements, a substitute fly will be entered on your behalf at no charge
- Riptide Rendezvous is a FLY FISHING ONLY event! Flies must be fished on a conventional fly rod and reel
- All flies submitted at check-in will be logged, placed in an envelope, and thrown into a bag.
- Each angler will be given ONE randomly assigned fly from the bag prior to fishing
- All contestants must use only their assigned fly for the entire tournament time window
- A lost fly terminates your tournament session! No exceptions!
- If a fly falls apart due to poor construction, a Beach Spotter (see below) will provide a replacement fly
- All fish caught prior to a lost fly will be counted towards your final score.
- “Lines-In” (start of fishing) is 7:30am. “Lines-Out” (end of fishing) is 9:30am.
- Prior to Lines-In, all anglers must attend a brief meeting at the registration desk to review the rules, safety protocols, and any last-minute changes
- After the meeting, anglers will have approximately 15-20 minutes to walk to a starting position on the beach.
- Anglers must fish within the tournament area, which will be marked with orange traffic cones
- An airhorn blast will signal official Lines-in, and anglers may begin fishing
- A second airhorn blast will signal Lines-Out, and all anglers must stop fishing immediately. Any fish hooked before Lines-Out will count, even if landed after Lines-Out
- ALL FISH MUST BE FAIRLY CAUGHT & NOT FOUL HOOKED! Foul hooked fish will not count
- “Beach Spotters” will be stationed at intervals within the tournament area, and can be identified by their bright yellow measuring boards.
- When an angler catches a fish, the angler will take the fish to a Beach Spotter for scoring
- Beach Spotters are responsible for measuring fish and recording the angler’s catch using the official measuring board and the required iAngler Tournament system. All catches must be recorded by a Beach Spotter to be official!
- Beach Spotters are responsible for providing replacements for flies that become unfishable due to poor construction
- Damaged leaders can be only be retied by the angler in the presence of a Beach Spotter
- If you lose your fly, you are done competing in the tournament. You can continue fishing with a different fly, but nothing you catch after losing your one fly will be counted
- At Lines-Out, anglers should return to the area near the Event Desk for the remainder of the activities
- Anglers must maintain a safe distance from each other to avoid hitting each other with their casts or tangling lines.
- For extra safety, Beach Spotters will watch for bystanders, and ensure that anglers maintain a safe distance from neighboring anglers and other beach-goers.
- Beach Spotters will have whistles to warn anglers of safety issues. Whistles will be used ONLY in an extreme situation
- If a whistle is blown it means you are either in an unsafe situation, crowding another angler, or there is a beach-goer endangered by your back cast. You must stop casting immediately.
- Anglers that have their flies in the water may continue to retrieve the fly, but may not cast again until instructed by the Beach Spotter
- Any angler disregarding a blown whistle may be immediately disqualified, at the discretion of a spotter.
- First Fish caught
- Any species
- Based on time recorded by the Beach Spotter
- Biggest Boney Fish
- Examples: perch; corbina; halibut; calico-, sand-, or spotted bay bass; white seabass; yellowfin or spotfin croaker
- Based on length (to the nearest inch), measured from tip of nose to tail fork or middle of tail fin
- Biggest Cartilaginous Fish
- Examples: leopard sharks, guitarfish, rays
- Based on length (to the nearest inch), measured from tip of nose to base of tail
- Most Fish (all species count)
Prizes will be awarded to the winning angler in each category, and the person supplying the fly used by the winning angler