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Reminder: The weigh-in for the 2024 GOFC Spring Tournament will be held on Saturday, June 8th in Chiefland

Register at:

https://gofc.us/tourney-stats/tournament-registration/

What is it?

The annual GOFC Spring Tournament is often referred to as the "Big 10 Tournament" because all 10 of the club's main target species may be entered in the tournament. This year Gag grouper will not be in season, but any grouper species that can be legally harvested may be entered including Red Grouper.

This year cash prizes will be awarded for the three largest fish in each of the 10 species categories. The angler that enters fish in the most categories will be named the Master Angler and will receive a special plaque at the next annual awards banquet.

This tournament is free and open to all club members in good standing. All individuals participating in the tournament do so at their own risk and must have a current waiver of liability on file with GOFC. All captains must register for the tournament using the link above no later than 7:30 pm the night before the tournament.

Non-member guests are invited to participate in the tournament with the following strictly enforced requirements:

  1. Participating guests must complete a waiver of liability via the GOFC website no later than 7:30 pm the night before the tournament. The waiver of liability can be found on this page: https://gofc.us/join-now/
  2. Participating guests must be included in the list of passengers submitted by the captain when they register their boat.
  3. Participating guests must pay a $25 tournament fee in cash to the Tournament Director at the official weigh in. The payer will be responsible for providing correct change.

When is it?

Date: Saturday, June 8th
Start Time: Safelight
Weigh in: 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm at Bett's Big T Restaurant in Chiefland
Weather Dates: Sunday, June 9th

The Tournament Director will monitor the marine weather forecast and make the go/no-go decision the evening before the tournament. The decision will be announced via email no later than 7:00 pm that night. Individual captains must also monitor the forecasts and make their own determination regarding their vessel's sea worthiness given the expected conditions.

Anyone who registers for the tournament but ends up either not going out or decides to skip the weigh-in is asked to call or text Tournament Director, John Patrick, at (352) 464-0825 so we can be sure that everyone makes it back to shore safely.

Anglers must be standing in line to have their fish weighed by 6:30 pm to be eligible. The cut-off time will be strictly enforced, so please don't wait until the last minute to start heading in.

Members are encouraged to stick around and patronize Bett's Big T Restaurant to thank them for them hosting the weigh-in.

Where is it?

Contestants may depart from any port in the Club's home waters. The weigh in will be held at Bett's Big T Restaurant in Chiefland.

Bett's Big T Restaurant
2525 N Young Boulevard
Chiefland, Florida


Tournament Details

Tournament Director: John Patrick (352) 464-0825

Prizes will be awarded as follows:

Master Angler Award: Awarded to the angler who enters fish in the most categories. The Master Angler will receive a special plaque at the next annual awards banquet.
Heaviest Redfish
1st Place: $75
2nd Place: $50
3rd Place: $25
Heaviest Seatrout
1st Place: $75
2nd Place: $50
3rd Place: $25
Heaviest Flounder
1st Place: $75
2nd Place: $25

LONGEST Amberjack
1st Place: $75
2nd Place: $50
3rd Place: $25
Heaviest Spanish Mackerel
1st Place: $75
2nd Place: $50
3rd Place: $25
Heaviest Grouper
(no gags!)
1st Place: $75
2nd Place: $50
3rd Place: $25
Heaviest King Mackerel
1st Place: $75
2nd Place: $50
3rd Place: $25
Heaviest Cobia
1st Place: $75
2nd Place: $50
3rd Place: $25
Heaviest Sheepshead
1st Place: $75
2nd Place: $50
3rd Place: $25
Heaviest Bluefish
1st Place: $75
2nd Place: $50
3rd Place: $25
Only one prize will be awarded per angler in each species category. Ties for the heaviest fish will be decided by time of entry with the earliest entry prevailing. Ties for the Master Angler award will be decided using the Ellett Award scoring system. Interpretation of the tournament rules shall be at the sole discretion of the Tournament Director.

Official Club Rules: https://gofc.us/rules/