OVERVIEW OF THE SKA
The Southern Kingfish Association was founded in 1990 as a sanctioning body for King Mackerel tournaments. It is now the largest sanctioning organization of saltwater fishing tournaments in the world. The SKA sanctions tournaments in ten geographic divisions, throughout the Southeast and west from North Carolina through both coasts of Florida and into the Gulf Coast states all the way to Louisiana. Members fish in divisional competition on the Mercury Tournament Trail in hopes of qualifying for the year end SKA National Championship in November. The National Championship qualifies more than four hundred boats and they compete for cash and prizes. The top place in the National Championship is a boat/motor/trailer package. Prizes are donated by our primary sponsors for the Championship. The honor of being named the SKA’s National Champion is one of the most coveted awards in saltwater sport fishing today. For those with above average skills, there is also the Yamaha Professional Kingfish Tour (YPT). This is a five tournament series throughout the Southeast, with the winner being crowned the SKA’s Top Angler of the Year. Cash prizes are also significant, as is the media attention placed upon the YPT.
MEMBERSHIP IN THE SKA -
The SKA reserves the right to refuse membership entry to any person or persons.
|Professional Kingfish Tour Captain
|Family Competition Membership
|Family Competition Renewal
|Each Additional Family Member
You must be a Competition Member of the SKA to win any SKA sponsored prizes. Competition membership runs from January 1 to December 31.
Once SKA accepts your membership, no refunds will be issued.
A Competition Family may consist of a husband, wife, or child under the age of 22 still residing at home. The membership includes any two (2) members, i.e. father and son, husband and wife, etc. Additional memberships can be purchased for $30 for additional family members.
Competition Members are entitled to the following: The right to compete in any number of the Divisions, and Lady Angler, Junior Angler or Senior Angler Divisions if qualified. Primary memberships include eleven issues of Angler magazine, the official publication of the SKA, two SKA decals, one SKA embroidered full color patch. You will also receive a personalized membership card with your name and membership number, free Classified Ads published on the SKA's web site and in Angler magazine, access number for the SKA website forum, and discounted marine insurance available through NBOA Marine Insurance Agency, Inc. New SKA memberships will receive a certificate suitable for framing.
Associate Members are NOT entitled to compete for points in Divisional competition or allowed entry to fish in the National Championship. They will however, receive all of the above mentioned benefits listed under Competition Membership and will also receive eleven issues of Angler magazine.
PROFESSIONAL KINGFISH TOUR MEMBERSHIP:
Professional Memberships are eligible for those that were Competition members in 2010 and fished a minimum of two tournaments (see FISHING THE YAMAHA PRO TOUR). This membership is for captains only. Crew fishing on a Pro Tour boat must be SKA Competition members.
RESPONSIBILITY OF MEMBERS:
By registering as a member of the Southern Kingfish Association, LLC., and fishing a SKA Sanctioned Tournament or a SKA produced tournament, the member consents to the use, without payment or restrictions, of any photographs, and his or her name, in which the member, their crew and/or boat appears for any purpose whatsoever. The member further releases the Southern Kingfish Association, LLC., its officers, directors, employees, committee members, sponsors, sanctioned tournament personnel, from any liability for libel, slander, loss, damage, negligence, injury and/or death suffered by any member, family, crew, boat and/or other person which may occur during the term of membership. Any member, or members who threaten or pursue any form of litigation against the Southern Kingfish Association, LLC, or any of the SKA Sanctioned Tournaments, will be permanently expelled from the organization and its Sanctioned Tournaments. It is the responsibility of every member to read the Membership Rules, Code of Conduct, Angling Rules, Tournament Rules, and Mercury Tournament Trail Division Rules and practice same in SKA sanctioned events they fish. By joining the SKA, every person agrees to abide by the rules set forth in the Membership Rules, Code of Conduct, Angling Rules, Tournament Rules, and Mercury Tournament Trail Division Rules, whether they have read them or not. Furthermore, member agrees that all decisions on disputes and/or protests are final and cannot be judged by any court or other authority.