2016 Causeway Classic Rules

1. PARTICIPATION AND ELIGIBILITY: Participation is open to anyone. Minors are eligible to participate with a parent or legal guardian signature on the release form. A completed entry form, waiver, and entry fee must be received no later than the published entry date. All participants represent that they are physically and mentally competent and fit and able to participate. By entering, all participants agree to assume all risks of personal injury, death, and damage to or loss of property and further agree to indemnify The Salvation Army, including the officers, members, agents, and sponsors of said entities, harmless from and against any and all claims, liabilities, and causes of action resulting directly or indirectly from participation.

2. REGISTRATION: All participants must submit a completed and signed registration form no later than 12:00 Noon, on April 29th in order to be eligible to compete. A registration form must be submitted for each angler participating in the tournament. By registering for the tournament, participants agree that they may be subject to a polygraph. Registration forms may be submitted in the following ways:

  • – By mail at: Causeway Classic, 1009 Dauphin Street, Mobile AL 36604
    – Online:
    – Email:
    – In Person at: (through April 29,, 2016)
    — The Salvation Army – 1009 Dauphin Street, Mobile, AL
    — Fowl River Marina – Thursday April 28, 2016 (6-7:30 p.m.)
    – Captain’s Meeting: Fowl River Marina (Pelican Reef) – Thursday, April 28, 2016 at 6:00 P.M.

3.  MANDATORY CAPTAIN’S MEETING: A mandatory Captain’s meeting will be held at Fowl River Marina, Thursday April 28th at 6 p.m. Registration will be taken until 7:30 p.m. One member from the boat must be in attendance. If no contestants from a participating boat are able to attend the Captain’s Meeting, they must pre-arrange eligibility with the Tournament Director. Contact Trey Bryant at if you have any questions.

4.  FISHING TIMES: Fishing will commence at 5:00 a.m. on April 30, 2016 and will continue through weigh in ending at 4:00 p.m.

5.  PERMITTED FISHING METHODS: Fishermen must use conventional rod and reel tackle or fly rod. Bait may include natural bait or artificial bait.

6.  FISHING LOCATIONS: Legal fishing area/waters: Mobile Bay and all adjacent waters east to the Florida state line and west to the Mississippi state line.

7.  WEIGH IN: Weigh in will be from 2:00 to 4:00 P.M. Fishermen in line at the weigh-in station at 4:00 p.m. will be allowed to weigh their catch. Official time will be kept by the Tournament Director at the weigh station. All fish must comply with applicable fishing regulations and anglers must possess an appropriate fishing license. All fish submitted for weigh-in must be fresh and caught on the tournament day and may be subject to testing by Torrymeter. The weigh Master and Tournament Director will make decisions on accepting fish. Any attempt to enter fraudulent catch, tamper with catch, or to hamper or threaten any tournament official will result in disqualification. Fish will be weighed in the order in which they are checked in. Participants must bring all fish to be entered at one time and may not leave to obtain other fish or substitute fish. Weighed fish will be notched to indicate the fish has been weighed in. The largest fish will be determined by weight. In the event of a tie, the first fish entered will be considered the winner.

8.  Anglers Category: There will be three categories – 1. Amateur; 2. Professional; and 3. Youth (14 and under). Amateur is defined as any and all others except youths. Professional is defined as – Any licensed guide: i.e. anyone holding a U.S.C.G. Captain’s License as a “Six Pack” or “Charter Boat Captain,” and all members of his/her crew or charter, including ANY and ALL persons on board his/her vessel at ANY time during the day, Saturday, April 30, 2015, with the sole exception of a youth fishing with a charter boat captain.

9.  PRIZE PER DIVISION: Participants may only win one prize per division. A “division” is considered: 1. Trout on a 2 fish creel; 2. Combo – Trout and Slot Red Fish; 3. “Mystery Fish” announced at the Captains Meeting. Prizes will be given out as follows


Trout on a 2 Fish Creel – 1st, 2nd and 3rd

Slot Red Fish & Trout



Trout on a 2 Fish Creel – 1st, 2nd and 3rd

Slot Red Fish & Trout



Trout (one fish) – 1st, 2nd and 3rd



Mystery Fish1st Place


  • All angler categories are eligible to participate in the Mystery Fish category – First Place ONLY – not by angler category.
    Slot Red Fish – is defined as a red fish from and including 16” to and including 26”.

10.  NO SWAPPING FISH: Anglers may only weigh fish that are caught by the angler. Tournament participants may not trade or transfer fish between anglers. This is an “angler” tournament. Not a “boat tournament”. Keeping track of each fish caught is the “angler’s” responsibility!

11.  SPORTSMANSHIP: All contestants are required to follow high standards of sportsmanship, courtesy, and conservation. Any use of drugs, participation in criminal activities, or other conduct reflecting unfavorably upon our efforts to promote safety, sportsmanship, fair competition, and/or compliance with tournament rules are grounds for immediate disqualification and return of any prizes awarded.

12.  COMMUNICATIONS: The use of mobile communications (cell, FM, VHF) is allowed and encouraged. A common frequency will be assigned for the use of the tournament staff and participants to
enhance safety and will be announced at the Captain’s Meeting. Need a VHF radio and to announce frequency at the Captain’s Meeting.

13.  SAFETY: Safe boating must be observed at all times. During competition each contestant is required to comply with US Coast Guard and State regulations including the possession of a PFD and sounding device. Vessels or kayak’s launching prior to sunrise or in low visibility must comply with all Coast Guard requirements.
In the event of inclement weather or small craft advisory, the Tournament Committee retains the right to postpone the tournament.

14.  OTHER: During competition contestants may not obtain or receive assistance including but not limited to following a non-competitor’s boat, placing of markers by a non-competitor, being towed or riding motorized vessels, or receiving electronic, voice, or data communications from non-competitors.

15.  PROTEST: All protests must be made in writing and delivered to a tournament official within 30 minutes of the fish being entered. The tournament director(s) are the final authority in all considerations.

16.  RELEASE OF LIABILITY AND COVENANT NOT TO SUE: A waiver, release of liability, and covenant not to sue are part of the entry form. All contestants must take responsibility for themselves while participating in event activities.

17.  RULE CHANGES: RULE INTERPRETATION AND/OR CHANGES is exclusively left to the Tournament Director. The decisions of the Tournament Director are final in all matters and are not subject to appeal.