Sothern Kingfish Association Angling Rules
OVERVIEW: The Southern Kingfish Association is considerably lenient in regards to the Angling Rules, especially when compared to the
standards set by the International Game Fish Association. Anglers are not out to set world records in tournament competition, and by
allowing certain types of tackle and equipment, SKA allows them to increase their chances of boating a tournament winning King Mackerel.
All SKA anglers should keep in mind that if they are interested in setting a world record, they need to modify their tackle and equipment to
conform to IGFA rules. Otherwise, during any SKA sanctioned tournament, the following set of Angling RuIes shall apply to all SKA members.
A. LINE: Monofilament, multifilament, braided and lead core multifilament lines may be used. Fluorocarbon line may also be used. Wire
lines are prohibited.
B. LEADER: The use of a leader is not required, but if one is used it must meet the following specifications: Single strand, multistrand
and braided wire leaders are acceptable. Fluorocarbon leaders may also be used. There is no length restriction on the leader or shock leader.
There are no requirements on the strength of the leader or shock leader.
C. ROD: Rods must comply with sporting ethics and customs. Considerable latitude is allowed in the choice of a rod, but rods giving the
angler an unfair advantage will be disqualified. The rule is intended to eliminate the use of unconventional rods. There are no restrictions on
the length of the rod or type of material in its manufacture.
D. REELS: Reels must comply with sporting ethics and customs. Power driven reels of any kind are prohibited. This includes motor,
hydraulic or electrically driven reels and any device which gives the angler an unfair advantage. Special consideration for physically impaired
members will be given upon request. This rule does NOT apply to power driven kite reels providing the fishing line is attached via a release
clip so the fish is not fought on the power driven reel. It also does NOT apply to power driven downriggers, providing the fishing line is
attached via a release clip so the fish is not fought using the power driven downrigger. Ratchet handle reels are prohibited. Reels designed
to be cranked with both hands at the same time are prohibited.
E. BAIT HOOKS, AND LURES: Considerable latitude shall be granted concerning bait fishing and the selection of hooks and lures. It
is, however, the overall intent of the SKA to prevent any angler from attempting to / or obtaining an unfair advantage over any type of fish,
or other anglers. Any angler who uses illegal methods in capturing fish, including bait fish, may be subject to disqualification and/or
expulsion by the tournament committee and the SKA. Bait may be taken by any legal means, including the use of a cast net of legal size.
Artificial lures, skirts and trailing materials may be used in the capture of bait or Kingfish providing such skirt, lure or trailer is attached to a
qualified rod, reel and line. Teasers such as jig heads or skirts may be used in front of live bait rigs or attached to the front of any ribbonfish
or eel. There will be a maximum of five (5) hooks allowed per rig. Each hook may be of a single, double or treble design, but will be limited
to five hooks. This is primarily in the case of ribbonfish or silver eels. Anglers are encouraged to use as few a number of hooks as possible in
order to increase the chances of survival for any kings released. This is especially important when pre fishing, where most fish will be
released anyway.? For all SKA Professional events and SKA produced events, pre-caught or bought bait must be on the participating boat
prior to check out. Bait pens may be kept at locations other than with a vessel at a marina or a home dock, however, no bait from these
pens can be removed after check out nor can a team stop on their way to the weigh in dock and put bait in a pen. The only exception to this
rule in on Florida’s west coast. If red tide becomes significant to the point that bait cannot be kept alive in a given area, other arrangements
would be announced at the Captain’s Meeting or if possible within three days of the event.
F. OTHER EQUIPMENT: Gaffs and nets used to boat or land a fish must not exceed an overall length of 12 feet. Flying or detachable
head gaffs are not allowed. All gaffs must be equipped with a single hook. Harpoon or lance attachments are prohibited. Floats are
prohibited with the exception of any flotation device attached to the line or leader for the sole purpose of regulating the depth of the bait.
The flotation device must not in any way hamper the fighting ability of the fish. Entangling devices, either with or without a hook, are
prohibited and may not be used for any purpose including baiting, hooking, fighting or landing the fish. Outriggers, downriggers, and kites
are permitted, providing that the actual fishing line is attached to the device by a snap, clip, rubber band or other release device so the line
is released upon the strike and the fish is fought unencumbered on an allowed rod, reel and line.
G. ANGLING REGULATIONS: A harness may be attached to the rod and reel, but not to a fighting chair. The harness may be
replaced or adjusted by a person other than the angler. The angler may pass the rod to another angler during anytime in the fight and for
any reason. This is primarily in the case of junior anglers who may tire easily. The use of a rod belt or gimbal is allowed. The angling and
equipment regulations will apply throughout a sanctioned tournament.
H. ANY OF THE FOLLOWING MAY DISQUALIFY A CATCH: Failure to comply with any local, state, federal, tournament or
SKA angling regulations. Hand lining or using a handline or rope attached in any manner to the angler’s line or leader for the purpose of
holding or lifting a fish. Shooting, harpooning, or lancing any fish during any stage of the catch. Using a boat or other device to beach or
drive a fish into shallow water in order to deprive the fish of its normal ability to swim. Intentionally foul hooking a fish. Using a size or type
of bait that is illegal to possess. Attaching the angler’s line or leader to any part of the boat or other object for the purpose of holding or
lifting the fish. Mutilation of the fish prior to landing or boating the catch, caused by sharks, barracuda, any other fish, mammals, or
propellers that hampers the fish’s natural fighting and swimming ability. Injuries caused by line or leader, gaff marks, old healed scars or
regeneration deformities are not disqualifying injuries.
I. GENERAL TOURNAMENT RULES: Any King Mackerel caught and presented at a tournament scale for tournament participation
must be fit for human consumption. Please ice your catch. Any fish kept improperly after capture, may be disqualified by the weigh master
and/or SKA management. If a tournament does not collect your catch, you are responsible for disposing of the fish in an appropriate
manner. All King Mackerel must be off loaded at the end of each fishing day. Any boat found possessing King Mackerel in weighable
condition prior to any check out will be subject to disqualification.
In the event of identical weights, the first fish weighed in shall break the tie. In a two day, two fish aggregate event, the tie will be broken
on the basis of the team’s largest fish of the two weighed in. In the event that the largest fish tie in weight, the winner will be determined by
the first of the largest fish weighed in. No altering of a fish’s weight in any way is allowed, i.e. stuffing the fish, chemical treatment or
injection of any substance, etc.
No boat shall make landfall, congregate with another boat, and/or pass anything between boats or land after checkout or before weigh in
each day. Any boat receiving assistance is disqualified for that day only. Any boat rendering assistance will not be disqualified but notifying
the tournament committee, committee boat, or another tournament participant, is recommended. The boat rendering assistance must still
make any time schedules and/ or weigh in hours. In the event of a no checkout tournament, the above shall apply at the tournament’s
designated time for lines in the water. After checkout (or once fishing hours have started in the case of a no-checkout tournament), no boats
are to pass, throw, float, airlift or otherwise transfer ANY object to any other boat, whether it be a gallon of oil, bait, cigarette lighter, engine
parts, tools, etc. during tournament competition hours. This form of congregation is reserved for dire emergencies at sea, such as onboard
fire, sinking or danger of sinking, medical emergencies, etc. and required by Maritime Law. If any team knowingly weighs or attempts to
weigh a fish after receiving assistance from any other vessel, they will be disqualified from the SKA by SKA management upon protest from
any other team, member.
Law enforcement officials may board tournament vessels without penalty to the team at any time during a tournament. However, receipt of
a citation from any law enforcement official during tournament hours will cause that team to be disqualified from that day’s fishing only. All
Captain’s should, at all time, keep boat registration, proof of insurance, and any other boat ownership information in a zip lock plastic bag in
a safe dry place on the vessel.
SKA officials and/or tournament representatives reserve the right to inspect all boats entered in competition at any time.
SKA tournament participants agree that by entering a tournament, all rule protests and management decisions are final within the time
frame allowed by SKA rules and not subject to any further interpretation and/or litigation.
Any tournament official, tournament sponsor, SKA executive and/or employee entering a tournament, in compliance with the tournament
rules and SKA rules, is eligible for any and all prizes.
Winners, or any anglers may be requested to submit to and pass a polygraph test and/or sign an affidavit prior to being presented any prize.
This must be done in a timely fashion. Failure to submit to a polygraph test automatically revokes all claims to any prizes won. All members
of any SKA team entering and participating in an SKA sanctioned or produced event agrees that all polygraph results are final and agree that
the subject of the polygraph will not be challenged beyond the posting of the results.
Hooks must be removed from all fish prior to bringing fish to the scales. It is for the safety of the weigh master and fish handlers. It is the
weigh master’s discretion whether you need to remove embedded hooks or not before weighing. No fish less than 10 (ten) pounds will count
toward a team’s score, regardless of fork length. Such fish may be entered into Divisional tournament competition, provided that they meet
the tournament’s minimum size length requirements, but no fish less than 10.00 pounds will be count toward a team’s overall divisional
All boats are responsible for getting their fish to the weigh station under their own power and on the boat that caught the fish. Transferring
fish to another boat for any reason will cause immediate disqualification and/or expulsion from the SKA. Fish must be turned in on the same
day they are caught. Fish to be weighed in must be accompanied by a member of the boat’s crew, who will stay with the fish to verify the
weight and sign any weigh ticket.
Captains and crews are responsible for following any local, state, and federal fishing and boating laws. No tournament fishing is allowed in
foreign waters at any time.
SKA sanctioned Tournaments or SKA produced events, plus the SKA reserve the right to refuse entry to any person or persons.
Participants in tournaments should have a working VHF radio and scan VHF channeI 16 along with the tournament channel to keep abreast
of any marine warnings or dangerous weather conditions. We encourage tournament participants to heed any weather warning’s as safety is
paramount. It is also suggested that all vessels carry the prescribed Coast Guard approved flotation devices for all people on board (it’s the
law) plus an approved epirb, and an approved fire extinguisher.
Payment of the entry fee into a tournament constitutes a representation by each entrant that they have read and understood the
tournament rules and will abide by such rules and the decisions of tournament committees and their directors plus SKA management.
ALL TOURNAMENTS ARE CAPTAIN’S CHOICE EVENTS!
It is up to the discretion of the participating captain to determine whether their craft is seaworthy for the existing conditions. The captain is
responsible for the safety and conduct of their crew both on and off the ocean. In events produced by the SKA, SKA Angling Rules shall
apply and the Membership and Code of Conduct Rules shall apply at all times. The SKA Tournament Director has the right to enforce any
and all rules and their penalties without a formal written protest from other contestants.
J. PROTESTS: In SKA sanctioned tournament’s, the tournament rules concerning protests must be followed by all SKA participants. The
decisions of the tournament director(s) and tournament rules committee are final. Should the tournament director or rules committee elect
to disqualify a team or fish, the SKA will uphold their ruling without question or hesitation. Based upon the circumstances and severity of the
disqualification, SKA management may, at their discretion, choose to disqualify that team for that season, or may even choose to revoke that
team’s membership in the organization for a time period of their choice. The SKA will not become involved in tournament protests or
disputes at any time. In tournaments managed and produced by the SKA, the SKA Angling, Membership, and Code of Conduct Rules shall
apply at all times. Tournament protests must be made within one hour after the last fish is weighed in, and must be accompanied by a $200
cash deposit. If the protest is upheld, the deposit will be returned. Otherwise, the deposit becomes property of the SKA. The decision to
uphold or deny the protest will be made within one hour after the protest, and any and all decisions will be final. SKA Management reserves
all rights to address any and all situations that may arise at any time during the course of the year.
Southern Kingfish Association Membership Rules and Code of Conduct
Code of Conduct
Tournament Trail Rules
$10 Registration Form
Qualifying for the Nationals
Lady, Junior & Senior Divisions
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
twelve 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 Texas. Members fish in divisional competition on the Mercury Tournament Trail in hopes of qualifying for the SKA’s year
end National Championship in November. The National Championship qualifies more than four hundred boats and they compete for cash and
prizes. The top places in the Nationals are boat/motor/trailer packages. 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 Professional Kingfish Tour. 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 Pro Tour.
MEMBERSHIP IN THE SKA - The SKA reserves the right to refuse Association entry to any person or persons.
Professional Kingfish Tour Captain $140
Competition Member $70
Family Competition Membership $90
Associate Member $40
Competition Renewal $65
Family Competition Renewal $85
Each Additional Family Member $30
You must be a Competition Member of the SKA to win any SKA sponsored prizes. Competition membership runs from January 1 to December 31.
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 other family members.
Competition Members are entitled to the following: The right to compete in any of the Divisions, Lady Angler, Junior Angler or Senior Angler
Divisions. All memberships include eleven issues of Angler magazine, the official publication of the SKA. Two SKA decals. One SKA
embroidered full color patch. SKA membership certificate suitable for framing. Personalized membership card with your name and
membership number. Free Classified Ads published on the SKA’s web site and in Angler magazine. Subscription to Salt Water Sportsman
magazine. Access number for the SKA website forum. Discount marine insurance available through Charter Lakes Marine Insurance.
ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP: ASSOCIATE MEMBERS are NOT entitled to compete in divisional competition or entry into the National
Championship. They will also receive SKA decals and a membership card identifying them as Associate members plus patches.
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP: Professional Memberships are available by invitation thru qualifiying only (see FISHING THE PRO TOUR).
RESPONSIBILITY OF MEMBERS: By registering as a member of the Southern Kingfish Association, LLC., 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, committee members
and sponsors 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. will be permanently expelled from the organization. It is the responsibility of every
member to read the membership rules, angling rules, and the code of conduct, and practice same in SKA sanctioned events they fish unless
there are specific rules for an individual event that differ from SKA rules. They would take precedence. In SKA produced events, SKA rules
and code of conduct apply at all times. By joining the SKA every person agrees to abide by the rules set forth in the membership rules, code
of conduct, and angling 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.
CODE OF CONDUCT: Each person joining the SKA is expected to conduct her-/himself in a manner that reflects the wholesomeness
and image of the organization. While the tournaments are highly competitive in nature, good sportsmanship is and will be paramount at all
times. Members are expected to be role models, as this is a family organization. At no time shall any boat captain or crew make verbal or
written contracts that effect the splitting or receiving a percentage of a tournament prize or purse and / or TWT monies with another team
or boat entered into the same event or tournament trail itself. Failure to conform will result in the immediate forfeiture of all points for the
season for all boats involved. Captains are responsible for the safety and conduct of their crew and / or team members during all aspects of
an event. Demeaning the SKA, SKA sponsors, or another member’s character or heritage will not be tolerated and can result in expulsion
from the organization. Any member putting the welfare of the general membership at risk with sponsors or potential sponsors will be
expelled from the SKA immediately by SKA managers.
UNDERSTANDING THE RULES: It is the responsibility of all SKA members to familiarize themselves with all the rules and
regulations of this association and to abide by said rules and regulations. Members also agree by joining the association that all decisions of
the Board of Directors and / or SKA management are final.
DISQUALIFICATION: Any angler or captain being disqualified from a sanctioned or SKA produced tournament because of a rule
violation, regardless of the severity of the violation, will not receive points for that day of the disqualification. If a member is disqualified
from the entire tournament, the member will not receive any points gained during that event. Members are also subject to expulsion
depending upon the severity of the violation, subject to the discretion of the management of the SKA. Anyone expelled from the SKA will
also forfeit any points already awarded prior to the infraction which caused the expulsion. Members also agree to abide by any and all
tournament rules and the decisions of the sanctioned tournament rules committees and directors when joining the SKA.
TOURNAMENT PARTICIPATION:All SKA members participating in a sanctioned event understand that the SKA does not get
involved in tournament disputes. The SKA are guests of the event and will act accordingly. All decisions made by sanctioned tournaments,
their rules committees, and directors are final. If a member believes he/she has been slighted by an event, the member(s) should contact
the SKA in writing, explaining the problem to SKA management. The matter will be taken under advisement. Our recourse for flagrant
violations is cancellation of the SKA sanction for the following season(s). Any member issuing a worthless check, stopping payment on a
check, or credit card that does not clear, made out to a sanctioned tournament, the SKA, or cash, will have points frozen until the matter is
resolved. If the practice persists, the SKA will automatically suspend membership privileges. Captains are responsible for their crews and/or
teammates at all times. Any protests will be addressed through the team captain only.
INDIVIDUAL TOURNAMENT RULES: In an SKA sanctioned tournament, any tournament rule that is in conflict with an existing
SKA rule, replaces the SKA rule for that event only. The King Mackerel size limit rule is the exception. SKA still will not accept any fish under
10 pounds for points even though the tournament may accept it. Otherwise all other SKA rules, Angling rules, Code of Conduct, and the
Conservation rule apply to all SKA members at all times. All local, state, and federal boating and fishing laws must be strictly adhered to at
ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES AND / OR ILLEGAL DRUGS:The consumption of alcoholic beverages during tournaments is strongly
discouraged by the management of the SKA. Anglers and members are expected to practice good sportsmanship and because of the families
fishing with us, are expected to set good examples. Abuse of alcohol or illegal drugs will result in disqualification and/or expulsion from the
organization at the discretion of SKA management. Members smoking or drinking during picture taking will not have their photos used in
VHF RADIO USE: Members are asked to practice common sense when using the VHF radio. Bad language with children possibly
listening, poor sportsmanship, and the demeaning of other anglers on the air can result in points not counting for that event. Frequent abuse
can also result in expulsion from the organization, at the discretion of SKA management and/or the Board of Directors.
CONSERVATION: Each and every member is encouraged to practice and set examples of good conservation. Take only fish that you
intend to weigh and release the rest unharmed to grow and reproduce. No SKA angler shall unnecessarily kill a King Mackerel during a
tournament or while pre-fishing unless said fish is to be weighed or used as table fare. Abuse can result in disqualification from a sanctioned
tournament and/or expulsion from the organization, at the discretion of the SKA management.
TOURNAMENT CANCELLATION: In the event that a sanctioned tournament is canceled due to bad weather or any other reason,
and is rescheduled at a later date during the same year on the date of another sanctioned tournament within the same division, the
rescheduled event will NOT count as a sanctioned event. If two tournaments decide to hold their events jointly, only the tournament that
was originally scheduled for that date will be sanctioned.
MERCURY TOURNAMENT TRAIL DIVISIONS: This is a team competition in which the team’s captain receives one (1) point per
pound for their largest King Mackerel weighed in per tournament. SKA must have the make, model, power and boat name of the team. This
is a boat/team effort. The boat you register at the start of the season is the boat you must fish throughout the year in that division. If you
sell your boat, you will be allowed to transfer points to the new boat, providing that you remain within the same class, i.e. if you begin the
year in the Class of 23, garner points, then purchase a 31 foot boat, you will NOT be allowed to transfer points between the Class of 23 and
the Open Classes. Putting your current boat up for sale and fishing on another vessel does NOT qualify as a reason to carry over points to
another boat. You may not substitute a boat for one that is already in competition in the same division unless that boat forfeits their points
gained at that point in the division. There are two exceptions: one is a licensed boat dealer fishing a company owned demonstrator boat.
The MSO of the boat must be in the dealer’s name and the name given the boat at the start of the season must remain the same. The other
pertains to breakdowns.
BREAKDOWNS: If you start a tournament in your registered boat and you have a breakdown, you will be allowed to switch boats for
the remainder of that event, providing you notify the SKA representative in attendance of your intention to switch boats, and providing that
the sanctioning tournament allows such a substitution, limit two breakdowns per season once you have entered an event. If your boat
breaks down before an event, you will be allowed only one boat substitution per division. Remember that this is a team and machine
contest. The ability to keep your boat in running order is equally important to your success. Exception: In the event your boat cannot be
repaired because of circumstances beyond your control, you must get special approval from the SKA management to change boats for the
remainder of the season or till the problem is resolved. For example, you blow a power head and parts are unavailable for an extended
period of time. You will be required to provide proof of the problem for verification.
WHO CAN BE CAPTAIN: Members who register as captain or co-captain must be at least 16 years of age and must have had their
sixteenth birthday prior to fishing their first sanctioned event of that season. It is highly recommended that if you register as captain with the
SKA that you also register as captain with the sanctioned tournament’s officials in order to eliminate any confusion in score keeping.
CLASS OF 23: This is a division for boats whose manufacturer classify, advertise, and publish the manufacturer’s length as a 23’11” foot
vessel or less (Cannot exceed 23’11” waterline). The SKA will not physically measure any boat to determine its length. If the manufacturer
classifies its product as something greater than 23’ to 23’11” then the vessel will not be eligible to compete in the Class of 23 regardless of
the boat’s overall length. Horsepower will not exceed the manufacturer’s recommendation for that boat for it to be allowed to compete in the
Class of 23. The boat cannot exceed 23’ 11” waterline length regardless of the manufacturer’s size claim. You will be automatically be placed
in this class upon registration of your boat with the SKA at the first tournament you fish. You may choose to fish the Open Division in a Class
of 23 boat, however, we must have your written authorization on file to change classification in the SKA Corporate Office and this must be
done before you fish your first tournament of the season.
DIVISIONS AND POINTS: There are 12 Divisions in the SKA. A team’s best three fish, one per event, out of the 3 to 5 events in the
division, counts toward the team’s score.
EACH TEAM MUST REGISTER WITH THE SKA AND COMPLETE THE SKA $10.00 REGISTRATION FORM
DURING TOURNAMENT REGISTRATION HOURS. FAILURE TO DO SO WILL RESULT IN THE TEAM’S
POINTS NOT COUNTING FOR THAT TOURNAMENT … THERE WILL BE NO EXCEPTIONS!!
The SKA staff will man a booth, trailer, table or other setup during the hours of tournament registration, and will be located in an area near
the registration. It is the responsibility of the captain to ensure that one team member completes the SKA ($10) Registration Form and turns
it in to the SKA representative, along with the $10 fee, prior to fishing and during the registration hours. You will be given a copy for your
records. Teams may fish in as many divisions as desired, but their points are not transferred between divisions. Points garnered must remain
with that team and within that division. Captain or alternate captain must be an SKA Competition member and one or both must be on board
in order to receive points in the divisions. Individual team members are not required to be on board for every tournament during the season.
The captain and the boat receive points, and points remain with the boat throughout the season. A captain switching teams may NOT carry
his points from one boat to another. The points remain with the boat.
QUALIFYING FOR THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP: The top 20 boats in the Open Class (24 foot and above) and the top 15
boats in the Class of 23 at the end of that division’s season will be invited to compete in the SKA’s National Championship and will receive
invitational letters to that effect. Only SKA current year competition members will be allowed to compete. Captain’s can either fish with their
original team or may pick their crews from the general competition member rank and file of the SKA. All crew/team members must have
fished a minimum of two SKA sanctioned tournaments during the current year season. All members of a National Championship crew must
be SKA Competition members and have fished in at least two tournaments as such during the season in which they qualified for the
Championship. SKA Corporate Partners and members of the press are the only exceptions, and must be approved prior to fishing by the SKA
management. All team members should be SKA Competition members for this reason. Any boat that qualifies in the Pro Division is
automatically pulled out from any Divisional qualifying position. Any boat qualifying in more than one division will go to the Nationals based
on their highest Divisional finish and will be pulled from any lower Divisional finishes, allowing other boats to move up. The boat, however,
still gets credit for where they finish for the record books. Any ties in Divisional competition will be broken by the size of the largest fish of
the three that count toward the boat’s points. The boat with the larger fish will break the tie. In the event of identical big fish weights, the
size of the second largest fish will break the tie, and if needed, the third largest fish. Any and all ties in divisional competition will be broken.
There will be no co-winners or equal placing in the divisions. SKA will guarantee that two boats 20 feet or less in length, as determined by
the manufacturer (see Class of 23 rules), will also be invited to the Nationals as part of the Class of 23. If no 20 foot or under boats finish in
the top 15, we will go down the standings to find the highest two finishing 20 foot or under boats. Anyone qualifying in a 20 foot or under
boat may fish in a 23 foot boat in the Nationals in the Class of 23. Class of 23 boats are competing for their own set of prizes in the
Nationals, and are unable to win any prizes in the Open class (and vice versa). Past National Champions and Top Anglers of the Year
(captains and co-captains only, one or the other or both, but must be on same boat, only one qualifies with preference going to the Captain)
and are automatically qualified for the Championship and will be purged from any Divisional qualifying finishes, allowing other boats to move
up. (Must use the name of boat used for Championship wins or Angler of the Year title). If boats that have qualified for the Nationals do not
attend, SKA does not go down the qualifying list. Past Champions and Anglers of the Year must renew their Competition memberships prior
to April 1 of the current year and must fish a minimum of two events during the calendar year on their own boat to be eligible for
participation in the Championship. A Qualifying Captain may choose to bring another boat (other than the one he or she qualified in) to the
Championship however it must conform to the class they qualified in. If the Captain elects not to attend the Championship, so not to
penalize the co-captain and/or team members, they can elect to use the qualifying position. SKA must be notified of this change.
LADY ANGLER DIVISION: Best three (3) fish out of the three to five events in each division. The Top Lady Angler in each Division
will receive a plaque engraved with their name, boat name, division and year. Lady Angler must be aboard the boat to receive points, but
does not have to be the angler on the fish. SKA rewards them for participating with the team only. Lady Anglers must remain with one single
team in a division in order to garner points throughout the division. Boat switching in a division is not allowed with the exception of approved
breakdown substitution. Lady Anglers must be clearly and properly marked on the SKA ($10) Registration Form to be eligible for points
(must be done at each event they fish.) In the event a Lady Angler is indicated but does not fish, it is the responsibility of the team captain
to notify the SKA representative so the SKA ($10) Registration Form can be corrected. Anyone violating the honor system will not be
awarded points for that event. There will be one Top Lady Angler per division. There will be one Lady Angler of the Year award. The Top
Lady Angler of the Year will receive a custom gold and diamond pendant. Lady Anglers must be at least 16 years of age. Ties are broken by
the weight of the largest of the three fish counted for scoring. In the event that the largest fish also tie, the winner will be determined by the
second largest fish weighed in. Lady anglers fishing in Division 7 or 8 (upper Gulf) have a 39 point handicap. (Their highest three fish
aggregate will be reduced by 39 points). The Pro Tour is not eligible for Top Lady Angler of the Year honors. This is for Divisional
JUNIOR ANGLER DIVISION: Best three (3) fish out of the three to five events in each division. The top Junior Angler in each
division will receive a plaque engraved with their name, boat name, division and year. A Junior Angler’s sixteenth (16th) birthday must not
fall prior to May 1 of that calendar year in order to be eligible for competition in the Junior Angler division. There will be one Top Junior
Angler of the Year. Junior anglers must be aboard the boat to receive points, but do not have to be the angler on the fish. SKA rewards them
for participation as part of the fishing team. Junior Anglers must remain with one single team in a division in order to garner points
throughout the division. Boat switching in a division is not allowed with the exception of approved breakdown substitution. Junior Anglers
must be clearly and properly marked on the SKA ($10) Registration Form to be eligible for points (must be done at each event they fish.) . In
the event a Junior Angler is indicated but does not fish, it is the responsibility of the team captain to notify the SKA representative so the
SKA ($10) Registration Form can be corrected. Anyone violating the honor system will not be awarded points for that event. Ties are broken
by the weight of the largest of the three fish counted for scoring. In the event that the largest fish also tie, the winner will be determined by
the second largest fish weighed in. Junior Anglers fishing in Division 7 or 8 (upper Gulf) have a 39 point handicap. (Their highest three fish
aggregate will be reduced by 39 points). The Pro Tour juniors are not eligible for Top Junior Angler of the Year. This is for Divisional
LONNIE BROADWELL SENIOR ANGLER DIVISION: Best three (3) fish out of the three to five events in each division. The
top Senior Angler in each division will receive a plaque engraved with their name, boat name, division and year. The Lonnie Broadwell Senior
Angler of the Year award will be awarded to the divisional winner in the Senior Angler category with the highest three fish point total. Upper
Gulf Seniors must deduct 39 points from their three-fish total for parity among the rest of the divisions. The winner of the Broadwell Award
will receive a trophy with their name, boat name, division, and year engraved upon it. The Senior Angler’s 55th birthday must fall prior to
May 1 in the calendar year of competition. The Senior Angler must be aboard the boat in order to receive points but does not have to be the
angler on the fish. We reward them for participation as part of the fishing team. The Pro Tour is NOT eligible for the Broadwell Senior Angler
of the Year award, this is offered to Divisional winners only. Senior Anglers must remain with one single team in a division in order to garner
points throughout the division. Boat switching in a division is not allowed with the exception of approved breakdown substitution. Ties are
broken by the weight of the largest of the three fish counted for scoring. In the event that the largest fish also tie, the winner will be
determined by the second largest fish weighed in. It is the responsibility of the person registering the team on the $10 form to properly
identify all senior anglers on the team for that person(s) to receive points for the event they are fishing.
YAMAHA PROFESSIONAL KINGFISH TOUR: The Pro Tour is a prestigious five tournament series with host cities throughout the
Southeast. At stake is the title of SKA’s Top Angler of the Year, the most prestigious and coveted award in the world of saltwater sport
fishing today. The winners have proven themselves to be capable of locating and catching sizable King Mackerel far from home, in unfamiliar
waters and by using varied techniques. Captains must be signed up as Professional members ($140 annually) prior to fishing in the first Pro
Tour event of the season. This enters the boat into Pro competition. Top Angler of the Year honors go to the captain of the boat with the
highest point total of their best seven fish at the end of the five tournament series. The tournaments are aggregate in nature, with the
teams weighing in the biggest single fish during each of the two days of competition. The teams top seven, of a possible ten fish (five
tournaments, two fish per event) will count toward their final score. All boats (teams) who physically fish all five Pro Tournaments will qualify
for the National Championship and will be purged from any divisional finishes.
• Entry fees for Pro events are $1,000 per event. All members of Pro teams must be SKA Competition members during that season. The boat
entered into the Pro season must remain with the team for the entire season and keep the same name. If a boat is sold during the season it
can be replaced, however it must carry the same name. Two boat substitutions may be made in the five-event series and must be done for
mechanical reasons or sale of the boat. Designated Captain must be on board for at least three of the five events. A Co-Captain must be
designated at the beginning of the season. To qualify as co-captain, he or she must fish with the Captain in a minimum three of the five
events, Top Angler of the Year (Captain) will receive a ceremonial gold ring. The Top Angler of the Year (Captain) will also receive a large
gold cup trophy engraved with his/her name, boat name, and year. The Top Angler of the Year Captain is also automatically qualified to fish
in any National Championship event, providing that they renew PRO TOUR Entry fees for Pro events are $1,000 per event. All members of
Pro teams must be SKA Competition members during that season. The boat entered into the Pro season must remain with the team for the
entire season and keep the same name. If a boat is sold during the season it can be replaced, however it must carry the same name. Two
boat substitutions may be made in the five-event series and must be done for mechanical reasons or sale of the boat. Designated Captain
must be on board for at least three of the five events. A Co-Captain must be designated at the beginning of the season. To qualify as co-
captain, he or she must fish with the Captain in a minimum three of the five events, Top Angler of the Year (Captain) will receive a
ceremonial gold ring. The Top Angler of the Year (Captain) will also receive a large gold cup trophy engraved with his/her name, boat name,
and year. The Top Angler of the Year Captain is also automatically qualified to fish in any National Championship event, providing that they
renew to sit out a season can be re-instated any year for the processing fee of $250. No team fishing the Pro Tour may recruit or pay a
guide to assist them in a tournament during the tournament fishing days. Pre-fishing with a guide is allowed. Likewise, teams may not add
members to their team who possess local knowledge or who would create an unfair advantage against the other teams competing. Please
see Angling Rules for additional rules.
POLYGRAPH POLICY: It is the official policy of the SKA to polygraph tournament winners as well as random tournament participants
in the following tournaments: all Pro events, all SKA produced events, and Nationals when deemed necessary or possibly as the result of any
and all protests. Any participant in any SKA event, sanctioned or produced, who refuses to take the test will automatically lose his or her SKA
membership. All members agree that the results of the test will be final and accepted by the participant(s).