Inshore Trail Rules


2019 Inshore Trail Rules

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  1. The Inshore Trail is a tournament series made up of five qualifying events and one invite-only Trail
    Championship event.
    2. The Inshore Trail features both a Flounder Division and a Red Drum Division. Boats are allowed to enter
    one or both divisions, and each division is limited to 50 boats.
    3. The entry fee for each division in the Inshore Trail is $300 per boat/team. Inshore Trail teams will still
    need to pay the entry fee to enter each individual event they choose to compete in.
    4. The five tournaments that serve as qualifiers for points towards earning an invitation to the Trail
    Championship are the following: Ocean Isle Inshore Challenge (event #1—one flounder and/or one red
    drum qualifies towards three-fish culls), Topsail Inshore Challenge (event #2—two red drum and/or one
    flounder qualifies towards three-fish culls), Wrightsville Beach Inshore Challenge (event #3—one flounder
    and/or one red drum qualifies towards three-fish culls), Southport Inshore Challenge (two flounder and/or
    one red drum qualifies towards three-fish culls), and Carolina Beach Inshore Challenge (event #5—one
    flounder and/or one red drum qualifies towards three-fish culls).
    5. Inshore Trail boats are subject to all of the rules and any date changes of each individual qualifying event.
    In the event that a qualifying event is cancelled, then there will be no make-up as it relates to points
    (possible qualifying fish). As it relates to qualifying event payouts, the money from the cancelled event
    will be pushed to the Trail Championship.
    6. The top 10 Flounder Division teams with the highest point totals for up to three flounder over the course of
    the five qualifying events will earn an invitation to the Trail Championship. Flounder Division teams can
    earn an automatic invitation to the Trail Championship by winning one of the four Inshore Trail flounder
    payouts during the qualifying events.
    7. The top 10 Red Drum Division teams with the highest point totals for up to three red drum over the course
    of the five qualifying events will earn an invitation to the Trail Championship. Red Drum Division teams
    can earn an automatic invitation to the Trail Championship by winning one of the four Inshore Trail red
    drum payouts during the qualifying events.
    8. The Trail Championship will be held Sunday, September 15, at Inlet Watch Marina (the day after the
    Carolina Beach Inshore Challenge). If necessary, the Inshore Trail reserves the right to schedule the Trail
    Championship on a later weekend. There are no parameters on rescheduling a date.
    9. This is a team competition. The team must designate a captain and a co-captain when registering for the
    Inshore Trail, and the captain and/or co-captain must be on board for any fish to qualify in the individual
    events (and the Trail Championship). Teams are allowed to change boats over the course of the qualifying
    events and Trail Championship, but teams are not allowed to change the captain or co-captain.
    10. Points will be accumulated under the team’s name.
    11. Teams will be awarded points in each individual tournament corresponding to their qualifying flounder
    and/or their qualifying red drum. For example, if a team registered in the Flounder Division weighs a 4.65
    lb. flounder, the team will receive 4.65 points towards the Flounder Division.
    12. In the Topsail Inshore Challenge, a team must be entered in the Flounder TWT for a flounder to count
    towards Inshore Trail points. In the Southport Inshore Challenge, a team must be entered in the Red Drum
    TWT for a red drum to count towards Inshore Trail points.
    13. Participants may fish any or all of the events to qualify for points toward the Trail Championship. Teams
    are not required to fish a minimum number of events.
    14. In the event of a tie at the culmination of the five qualifying events, the tie will be broken by the team’s
    single heaviest fish (individual flounder for Flounder Division and individual red drum for Red Drum
    Division). In the event a tie still exists, the winner will be declared by the team that weighed in their single
    heaviest fish first.
    15. By entering the Inshore Trail, the captain, crew, and team consent that the Inshore Trail may use without
    payment or restrictions any photographs in which he or she appears for any purpose whatsoever, including
    but not limited to resale, advertising, commercial, or promotional material.
    16. Infractions of the individual tournament rules and/or Inshore Trail rules may impact a team’s ability to fish
    the rest of the qualifying events and/or the Trail Championship.
    17. Competitors may be subject to a polygraph test at any time over the course of the Inshore Trail (including
    the conclusion of the Trail Championship), and a failed polygraph will be grounds for immediate
    disqualification from the Inshore Trail.
    18. Any protests regarding Inshore Trail rules shall be accompanied by a $250 cash deposit, and the protest
    must be made within one hour of the close of scales at the Trail Championship. The $250 deposit will be
    returned if the protest is upheld, and the deposit will be forfeited to the Inshore Trail if the protest is not
    upheld.
    19. All rule decisions are left to the Inshore Trail Committee, and all decisions are final.
    20. The Inshore Trail Committee has the right to refuse entry from any applicant.
    21. All captains, crewmembers, and teams are responsible for reading and following all individual tournament
    and Inshore Trail rules.

Questions? Contact Fisherman’s Post at (910) 452-6378 or trail@fishermanspost.com.