The 2013 SKA Professional Kingfish Tour will include up to eight days of fishing in any events you choose. Stay at home and fish or travel if you like. We will count your best five-day finishes based on the new point system (see below) based on where you finish in a given event, not on fish weights! On one-day events, it is scored by where you finish in the overall standings. On a two-day event, each day is scored by where you finish each day. In addition, the final event is two days of fishing and will be the Yamaha Professional Kingfish Tour Championship the week of the National Championship, the fifth and sixth of November. It will automatically be an either or event. Catch one fish on Tuesday and move to Wednesday for the second fish, or scale two fish on Tuesday and you’re done. Or you can catch and scale two fish on Wednesday. This will help with the expense part of fishing the event plus the National Championship on Friday and Saturday. The National Championship will also automatically use the same format for the same reason. (Weather could also dictate policy) By electing to fish the Pro Tour you are automatically qualified to fish the SKA Mercury Tournament Trail’s National Championship held in the same week. All captains and crew members, however, must fish a minimum of three days (single or two day events) to be eligible.
A $20 team registration form must be filled out prior to fishing (excludes Championship). That will register you for SKA Division points so you can still fish a Division, and if you win the Division, earn a free entry and lodging stipend to the Mercury Tournament Trail Championship. (See description under SKA rules.)
SKA Professional Kingfish Tour entry fee will be $2,500 paid at the first tournament you declare or by April 1st, 2013. No extensions!
This is the only entry money you will pay except the entry fees for the events you fish.
To be a captain of a Pro team you must have been an SKA competition member for one of the past two years or have fished the Pro Tour in the past. All crew members must be Competition Members if fishing as a Pro boat and if any person found on the boat is not a member, points will not count.
Payout is based on 100 Open Class teams and 20 Small Boat Class teams.
Total points from these events are broken down as follows:
Two-day events team must declare the day and/or days fishing prior to captain's meeting if one or both days will count.
Three-day events such as the Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo and the Jacksonville Fishing Rodeo, only day one and day two will count. (Friday and Saturday) Fish must be weighed on the day the fish is caught. If you declare two days, then break down on day one and can't get repaired for day two you will be allowed to undeclare day two.
Either/Or day events such as the Jolly Mon, Fall Brawl & East Coast Got-Em-On, will be scored by the big fish of the event.
The Small Boat teams will have their own PKT class. If you want your points to go in the Open Class, you must declare this before your first event. Your size boat dictates where you will be placed for points.
All Captains of Pro Teams must register for SKA membership for this year's Tour as a Pro Tour Captain. Crew members must register for Competition Membership. At no time can any person be on board a Pro Tour team without being a Competition Member of the SKA.
If there were more or less participants in both the Open Class or Small Boat Class payouts would be adjusted.
The SKA Professional Kingfish Tour Team of the Year will receive the large loving cup trophy for the Captain at the awards ceremony. Team members will all receive smaller cups after the event. All members of the team will go into the record books and get the recognition they deserve.
The new point system was designed in an attempt to level the playing field between all divisions. The fish weights in the Gulf region are higher than those on the east coast especially north of Florida. Tournament size in the Gulf divisions are much smaller and than those in other areas.AT A GLANCE:
|Kajun Sportsman||25 of 26 boats weighed||41.64# average||96%|
|West Delta||21 of 22 boats weighed||42.84# average||95%|
|Jolly Mon||86 of 176 boats weighed||20.34# average||49%|
|Got-em On||73 of 160 boats weighed||21.27# average||46%|
Most points will be awarded from either the less than 50 scale or the 51-100 scale. The NEW point system does encourage teams to support the larger tournaments. The larger tournaments are where we need Pro team exposure for the SKA and our SKA and team sponsors. With Pro teams running the most expensive rigs, we should be competing at tournaments with higher payouts.
These payouts are based on 61 teams.
Plus trophies to the top three boats, Top Lady, Top Junior, and Top Senior.
Team of the Year:
Plus trophies to all members of the winning team.
Plus a ring to the captain.
Plus trophies to all places and
Overall Lady, Overall Junior, and Overall Senior.
Note: A very special thank you goes out to Jack Bracewell (Eren's Addiction Too), Bob Wiggins (Rock Doc), and Mark Henderson (Liquid Fire) who gave of their time to analyze the 2012 format we used. The purpose was to continue to level the playing field to make it equal for all teams competing. We knew from the start we needed to change it from points for your fish weighed to where you finished in a tournament, then come up with a formula we could use based on the size of the event. I think they did a superior job! Is this perfect? Nothing is ever perfect, however we don't think we'll have much tweaking to do next year. Join me in congratulating these members who have nothing but your interests and the association's interest at heart!
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