No pre-fishing in tournament waters – 2 days prior to the tournament
All contestants who by provincial regulation are required to purchase a license, must have a sport fishing license. Anglers cannot compete in the tournament with a conservation fishing license.
Eligibility – Maximum two people per team, the captain should be 18 years of age but can be 16 with a valid Pleasure Craft Operator’s Licence and signed permission of a parent or guardian. The other contestant must be capable to fish on his/her own without assistance.
Nobody else other than the competitors are allowed to be in the boat.
Headquarters are located at the Cache Bay Hall, 55 Cache Street, Cache Bay, Ontario.
Northern Pike is the only type of fish admissible. No other species of fish are permitted in your boat or your live wells at any time during the competition. Every effort must be made to keep the fish alive. Fish should be measured as soon as possible.
If the fish is dead, is expected to die, or there is damage to the eyes, gills or any other injuries, you will not get the extra 10 points for live release. A ruling by the official measuring the fish is final.
Live wells must hold a volume of 46 liters or 10 gallons and have the capacity for water exchange and be mechanically aerated at all times when fish are being held.
Measurement i): Only Northern Pike with no minimum length ii): A maximum of 5 fish per team, 3 fish cannot be greater than 61 centimeters iii): Only 2 fish can be greater than 61 centimeters but cannot be greater than 86 centimeters iv): Measurement will be from the tip of the mouth to the tip of the pinched tail v): The fish can be checked and measured throughout the day or upon your return.
Scoring i): Fish measurements will be rounded up to the next millimetre on a point scoring system utilizing the first decimal place. i.e., 1.1 centimeters = 1.1 points Scoring ii): A 10-point bonus will be for recorded for each fish released alive
Artificial lures only, no live or pickled bait. Scent and pork rind will be allowed.
A minimum of 100 feet must be maintained between competitors at all times during the tournament. Competitors are not allowed to go to shore unless permission is given to do so, and no fishing is allowed within 300 feet of the main dock or a measuring station.
All laws in regards to boating, fishing and lifesaving equipment must be adhered to and will be enforced. Life jackets must be worn at departure time and at any time when travelling faster than a trolling speed. No alcoholic beverages or cannabis products allowed on any boat at any time during the tournament hours.
All boats must be inspected by a tournament official at the start of the day. Boats are subject to inspections at all times during tournament hours. Each team will be assigned an identification tag and 2 numbered stickers that must be affixed on both sides of the boat so that they are visible to all.
Departure and re-entry time: • First heat- Departure 8:00AM – Return 3:30PM • Second heat- Departure 8:30AM – Return 4:00PM
Procedure for boat inspections: In the morning all boats will approach the checking area with all live wells, tackle boxes, lunch boxes/bag and or coolers open and ready for inspections, participants will remain in your boat. An official will ask for the name of the team captain and the boat number, which was assigned during the online registration process. The official will deliver your numbered tag and a bag of tournament related items to you after inspecting the boat. Contestants fishing on the east side of the bay come to the east side of the blast off area, the same goes for contestants fishing on the west side of the bay, people fishing in the south remain in the middle. For your own safety we recommend a distance between boats of at least 4 meters.
Re-entry Procedure: At day’s end, two bundles of white jugs, these also serve as the departure or blast off line, will be anchored offshore from the northern shoreline of Cache Bay. Boats must be inside these buoys before re-entry time as officials will be monitoring your time of re-entry.
Measuring station: The main Cache Bay dock will be the only measuring station available during the day. The identification tags must be shown EVERY time you measure a fish and returned to an official at checkout time.
Tournament boundaries- All rivers and creeks are out of bounds. All boats must remain inside the boundaries. (No participant may fish inside the boundaries two days prior to the tournament.) Volunteers will be monitoring the area.
All ties will be determined by the team with the largest fish.
Scores will be posted as soon as possible on Saturday night. Contestants will have one hour to report any discrepancies. After one-hour scores will be taken as correct.
Decisions of the tournament officials are final. NO APPEAL
Any infractions of the above rules will result in disqualification with no refund of entry fee.
Although unlikely, if necessary and at the discretion of the Sturgeon Falls Rod & Gun Club, tournament days may be shortened, postponed, or cancelled due to unsafe weather.
If you observe any violation of tournament rules, inform an official immediately with a description of the violation. the boat number and description.
Due to our tournament popularity, demand, and limited tournament spots, all refund requests shall be subject to a $25.00 processing fee except in the two following situations. First, there will be no charge for substitution of a team member when all of the following information is provided with the requested change: Name, Mailing address, Telephone and E-mail. Second, if both members of the team are replaced then they must fill out the team replacement registration form on the website www.piketournament.ca and pay the entry fee. Once the replacement team’s information and payment is received the original entry’s payment will be refunded in full.