Fishing Rodeo - Official Rodeo Rules
Shark Bounty rules
2016 Rodeo Rules
1. Points are awarded for the top three fish in each category each day. Men and Women compete
separately, King Fisherman and Queen Fisherette are selected by Points
entered daily, and overall for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in all 24 categories.

2. All contestants must register before they enter a fish for prizes. Individual registration is FREE
on site.
3. All competitive fishing shall begin at 12:01am on the first day, and ends at 4pm on the final
day. Scales will open daily at 12:00pm. All fish must be checked by the Weigh Master before 6:
00p.m. daily (Scale closes), except by 4p.m. on the final day (Scale closes).

4. Contestants may fish from any port or pier and transport their catches by any means of
transportation, but under no circumstances will frozen or fish that have been frozen (Quick
Freeze), harpooned, loaded, shot (Except for Shark), improperly gaffed, gutted, cast / gill /
shrimp netted, caged, box / slat trapped or mutilated be accepted for entry.
Fish entered in any other Rodeo or Tournament will not be eligible for Rodeo competition.

5. All decisions of the Weigh Master will be final. The condition of all fish and rules of the Rodeo
to ensure sportsmanship is preserved is entirely subject to the Weigh Master’s decision.

6. Fish entries for prize competition will be accepted up until weighing deadline each day. Fish
may be held over from one day to the next day if they are late getting to the Weigh Master. Fish
held over must be kept in good condition and are subject to Weigh Master inspection.

7. All fish entered for prize competition will remain on public display throughout the day and all
fish entries into the Rodeo become the property of the Rodeo.

8. Fresh water fish may be taken from any rivers, streams, lakes, bayous or ponds.

9. Saltwater fish may be taken from anywhere in the Mississippi Sound or the Gulf of Mexico.

10. All Saltwater and Freshwater entries must comply with the Mississippi’s (State Fishing
Regulations) and Federal Regulations.

11. In the event of a tie, the first fish in will be declared the winner.

12. Participants enter at their own risk. Neither the tournament, nor any person connected with
the tournament, shall be liable for any loss, damage, negligence, harm or injury to anyone for
any reason.

Shark Bounty:  Largest State Record Breaking Tiger Shark by the Close of Scales July 4, 2016
Wins $20,000.00
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RULE 1. Fish must be hooked, fought, and brought to net or gaff by the applicant with no help from any person, except that another person may operate the net or gaff. Catches on handlines or
other non-sporting equipment will not be considered.
RULE 2. a. Conventional Records: Fish must be legally caught in a sporting manner on rod, reel and line or pole and line, and hooked with any legal hook or lure. b. Fly Fishing Records: Fish
must be legally caught on a rod, reel, and line using conventional fly fishing tackle. The lure used must be a recognized type of artificial fly. Treble hooks are prohibited. The use of any other type
of lure or natural bait, either singulal'1yor attached to the fly is prohibited. The fly used must be submitted with the application.
RULE 3. Two (2) color photographs should be submitted with each application: a. One (1)of angler and fish b. One (1)showing a clear, close-up side view of the fish. Photos become the
property of the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources.
Fish MUST be weighed on certified scales or scales legal for trade, i.e. grocery store scales, etc. The weighing must take place in the presence of two (2) witnesses other than the
applicant, who MUST sign the application form or a separate statement attesting that they witnessed the OFFICIAL weight. NO provision for weight loss will be allowed. The actual weight of
the fish AT THE TIME OF WEIGHING will be the OFFICIAL WEIGHT. It is also desirable to include signature(s} on the application form of the witness(es), if any, to the actual catching of
the fish. Witnesses to the weight and catch MUST NOT be the same persons. Rodeo entries are considered valid and acceptable weights.
Length of the fish must be measured in a straight line from the tip of the snout to the tip of the tail AND from the tip of the snout to the fork of the tail (see diagram on reverse side). .
RULE 6. Girth of the fish will be measured around the thickest portion of the body (see diagram).
RULE 7. Applications for saltwater species MUST be positively identified AND verified by a Professional Fisheries Biologist and/or a Rodeo Weighmaster.
RULE 8.Only fish caught in Mississippi waters or fish caught in adjacent waters and landed in a Mississippi port will be considered.
RULE 9. A valid MS fishing license is required for all state record applications.
RULE 10. The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources reserves the right to further check fish identification or verification of witnesses and to refuse any application that is questionable. It
will be considered "Just Cause"for disqualification of current application and any previous records established by anyone who knowingly falsifies a Record Application. If the rules are not clear,
PLEASE re-read them. All rules will be strictly adhered to! The decision of the Mississippi Commission on Marine Resources will be final
Notice : Fishermen will be subject to a polygraph at insurance company's descretion.