"Guided Teams" 2021 Michael Shields Memorial - Inshore Open
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2021 Michael Shields Memorial Inshore Open
PLEASE JOIN US FOR THE 13TH ANNUAL MSM TOURNAMENT!
The Michael Shields Memorial Inshore Open is excited to celebrate the 13th Anniversary of this awesome event! The tournament will be held on September 24-25, 2021.
Open to both children and adults, it is the largest inshore fishing tournament along the Treasure Coast.
Please join us in fishing for Snook, Tarpon, Redfish and Trout. Points will be awarded based on the length of each qualifying fish. The fish will be photographed and released, in an effort to conserve the environment for our future anglers.
The Open is named after longtime Martin County resident Michael Shields, who died at the age of 23 from bone cancer. It follows a catch and release format, with separate categories for snook, tarpon, trout, and redfish. The Open is held each Fall to raise critically-needed funds for the programs of Project LIFT. The Guided Division is by Invitation Only. Please contact Juliet at (772) 341-9821 if you would like to request an invite which will be awarded on a first come, first serve basis until guides become unavailable.
Project LIFT’s primary mission is to invest in the lives of at-risk teens ages 14-19. The boy's program offers hope for members struggling with substance abuse, lack of support and academic failures. At no cost to members, the program offers mental health/substance abuse therapy, vocational skills training and mentoring. Licensed therapists and skilled volunteers work to help them replace negative behaviors with self-esteem, skill development and positive goals for the future.
Anglers will fish for Snook, Tarpon, Redfish and Trout, and will be awarded points based on the length of each qualifying fish. The fish will be photographed and released, in an effort to conserve the environment for our future anglers.
Platinum Sponsorship - Two Man Guided Team and Room at River Palm Cottages
$1500 (additional $75 for a third angler)
Gold Sponsorship – Two Man Guided Team, No Room at River Palm Cottages
$1250 (additional $75 for a third angler)
"Logging Your Catch" Instructional Video
4 months 6 days ago
Welcome to iAngler Tournament - Adding Your Photo to the Leaderboard
4 months 6 days ago
Events & Schedule
Hotel Room Check-In (12PM - 7PM)
09/24/2021 12:00 PM
MEET YOUR GUIDE
09/24/2021 07:00 PM
GUIDED TEAMS BEGIN FISHING
09/25/2021 05:00 AM
CATCH/SCORECARD SUBMISSION DEADLINE
09/25/2021 03:00 PM
09/25/2021 03:00 PM
09/25/2021 06:00 PM
Rules and RegulationsClick to Read
These rules are subject to the sole interpretation, application, and discretion of the Tournament Chairman, after consultation with the Rules Committee.
This is a catch and release tournament and does not require that any fish be killed in order for an angler to accumulate points. Each team must come equipped with a digital camera, and will be provided with measuring options at the Captain’s Check-in at 7 pm on September 24, 2021. Teams consist of up to 3 anglers plus the assigned Tournament Guide. The tournament begins with lines in at 5:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 25, 2021.
All Fish complete with a photo must be logged into the Michael Shields Memorial IAngler Tournament Page/App by no later than 3 p.m. on September 25, 2021. Officials from the Rules Committee will be present at River Palm Cottages, between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. September 25, 2021 to assist anglers who need help logging their fish and uploading their photos.
There are no restrictions as to fishing locations, or means of getting there except that the mosquito ditches are out of bounds and all team members must be within either sight or shouting distance of each other and their assigned Tournament Guide without the use of technology. The Guide is considered the captain of the team, and may fish, if the team chooses.
All anglers must abide by all local, State and Federal Rules and licensing restrictions on fishing for game fish with hook and line.
Anglers will target Snook, Tarpon, Redfish and Trout. Each fish will be measured by its Total Length. Total Length is defined as: the distance from the most forward point of the fish’s head to the hindmost point of the tail.
Each angler bucket will include a “Tarpon Card” to be included in all photos submitted to the IAngler App for scoring. Anglers shall use their own measuring device, subject to inspection upon request by the Rules Committee and shall lay the tape measure flat on the boat deck or ground, with the “Tarpon Card” also flat on the boat deck or ground. The fish shall be laid on the boat deck or ground also above the tape and card, so that the tape measure can be clearly seen as well as the entire “Tarpon Card.” DO NOT PULL THE TAPE MEASURE OVER THE FISH OR LAY THE “TARPON TAPE” ON TOP OF THE FISH WITH ONLY ONE EXCEPTION:
ALL TARPON THAT ARE LEFT IN THE WATER BECAUSE THEY ARE TOO BIG TO LAND PURSUANT TO CURRENT LAWS SHALL BE MEASURED BY ROLLING THE FISH ON ITS SIDE AND LAYING THE TARPON TAPE DIRECTLY ON THE TOP SIDE OF THE FISH. THE ENTIRE FISH MUST BE IN THE PHOTOGRAPH AND THE “TARPON TAPE’ MUST BE VISIBLE.
Photographs that do not include the “Tarpon Card” and/or that do not allow the Rules Committee to view the tape measure may be excluded at the sole discretion of the Tournament Chairman. The Committee will utilize all tools at our disposal, including a virtual ruler through the Iangler App to attempt to verify measurements for all fish in contention for a prize. If a fish or measurement is partially obstructed, the Tournament Chairman, after consultation with the Rules Committee has the sole authority to decide whether to exclude a fish in its entirety or give credit for the visible part of the fish.
Snook caught on natural bait will be awarded 2 points per inch. Any tarpon caught on natural bait will be awarded 1 point per inch. All large tarpon must remain in the water at all times during measurement, pursuant to Florida Law. Redfish and Trout caught on natural bait will be awarded 1 point per inch. Additional points will be awarded for catches on artificial baits and for filling the scorecard as set forth in the chart below. Scorecards should reflect the actual length of each fish to the half inch.
Each Team must be registered with the Michael Shields Memorial IAngler Tournament Page/App prior to commencing. Officials from the Rules Committee will be present at River Palm Cottages at 7:00 p.m to assist in registering teams and anglers. Each team should log every fish caught, however only the top three scoring fish will be scored per species. Teams must photograph each scored fish on the team’s digital camera next to the “Tarpon Tape” and tape measure (see measuring above).
After 3 p.m. on Septempber 25, 2021, the rules committee will validate the team’s entries and apply the bonus points where appropriate as set forth below. Any submissions after 3 p.m. may be disqualified or incur a point reduction, at the sole discretion of the tournament chairman after consultation with the rules committee. Any technical difficulties with digital equipment will be dealt with on a case by case basis by the tournament chairman after consultation with the rules committee. In the event of a tie, the Rules Committee will re-measure each fish utilizing the Iangler Tournament measuring device to attempt to ascertain a more precise measurement. If there is still a tie the winner will be the first to log all of their fish. If there is a tie for the largest of a species even after review through the tournament virtual measuring tools, the first fish logged wins. Cheaters will be disqualified and subjected to public stoning, and shall wear a t-shirt that clearly states: I cheated at a charity fishing tournament.
4 species – Tarpon, Snook, Redfish, Trout
SPECIES NATURAL BAIT ARTIFICIAL FULL CARD BONUS
Snook 2 pts per inch 3 pts per inch 3 snook on card, 25 pts
Tarpon 1 pt per inch 2 pts per inch 3 tarpon on card, 50 pts
Redfish 1 pt per inch 2 pts per inch 3 redfish on card, 25 pts
Trout 1 pt per inch 2 pts per inch 3 trout on card, 20 pts
Iron Man Slam - all 4 species caught (at least one of each) 100 pt bonus
First Place Team
Second Place Team
Top Lady Angler (Individual Angler)
Top Junior Angler (15 years or younger)
Mystery Fish – Don’t forget to log all your catches!!!! Best Overall Snook (Individual Angler)
Best Overall Tarpon (Individual Angler)
Best Overall Redfish (Individual Angler)
Best Overall Trout (Individual Angler)
Best Fish Caught on Fly (Individual Angler)