Anyone caught breaking the rules of this tournament will be disqualified from the tournament.
All persons 18 years or older are eligible to enter. Anglers under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Promoters, organizers and agents are not responsible for death, injury, damage liability, theft, fire or loss to any entrants. Each entrant, upon signing an entry form will in effect be signing a waiver.
a) Each contestant will be in possession of a valid Saskatchewan fishing license.
b) Each contestant will be required to have a Canadian approved floatation device and will be urged to wear it at all times when in the boat.
c) All contestants are required to observe Canadian rules and regulations.
d) All teams must use live wells. These live wells must be aerated to retain live fish.
e) Thermometers, oxygen meters, etc. are allowed
f) All contests will be required to follow any and all COVID restrictions that are in place at the time of this tournament
E) TOURNAMENT BOUNDARIES:
a) All waters from the Francois-Finlay dam boundary to the mouth of the Saskatchewan River opening into Tobin Lake. This will be clearly marked by flags approximately 2 Km past Eagle’s Nest.
b) A numerical trickle start will begin at the new bridge.
F) REQUIRED ACTIVITIES:
a) All contestants are urged to co-operate with members of the press for interviews and photographs.
b) at least one contest must Register for the tournament and pick up and review the rules package on Friday night
a) Any contestant has the right to make a protest against another contestant. A protest form will be available from the derby committee. Any protest must be filed within 1 hour following the fishing day.
b) A $100 protest fee will be required to accompany any formal protest. The fee will be refunded if the protest is found to be valid by the protest committee.
c) Any contestant involved in a protest must be on call for 3 hours following the fishing day.
a) All prizes will be based on the total measurement of four legal
fish per team. 3 FISH UNDER 55cm AND 1 FISH OVER 70cm
b) Prizes will be awarded on a team basis.
c) In case of a tie, team with the largest fish caught will break the tie.
d) Payout of prizes is based on 110 team field.
I) OFFICIAL MEASURE BOAT:
a) The measure boats will be staged throughout the fishing day on the water. All measure boats will be clearly identifiable with a flag and a light. All measurements will be done at the designated measure boats.
b) Each team will be responsible for their catch. Under NO CIRCUMSTANCES may anyone other than the female contestants handle or touch the catch until landed.
c) Each team will initial each catch measured.
d) An unloading area will be designated immediately in front of the docking area and will be for bathroom purposes only.
e) Any fish deemed to be un-releasable by measure officials will be subject to a penalty, and will measure as 0cm and will count as one of your measurable fish. If that fish is over 70cm it will count as your measurable big fish.
f) no prize money can be collected for an un-releasable big fish.
g) All fin weights must be removed before measurement or that fish will count as 0cm
J) FISHING HOURS AND STARTING:
a) Boat launch starts at 6:45 am.
b) The fishing day will begin for the first flight at 7:30 am with two other flights to follow.
c) Eight hours of fishing time is allowed. Contestants who return late will be penalized 5% of the total measurement and be disqualified from any large walleye prize
d) All boats will be marked after being checked.
e) All contestants must pass the check in point at the end of the day at their designated time or be disqualified
K) BOAT IDENTIFICATION & SECURITY:
a) All contestants boats will be identified with a numbered decal. The team decal must be placed on the passenger left side of the boat. Team numbers will be assigned when applicants are notified of their acceptance into the tournament.
b) All previous tournament decals MUST be removed prior to launch.
c) If an emergency exists, measure officials are clearly marked for easy identification.
d) Boats may be inspected before and during the derby. Derby officials will be checking boats at the launching area.
e) All equipment and belongings must be in the boat prior to inspection.
a) Only walleye, sauger and saugeye will be measured.
b) Only those fish caught on a hook and line in a normal manner will be accepted.
c) Each fisherman will be allowed to have only one line in the water at a time. Spare rods and equipment may be carried in the boat.
d) Live bait (Sask. Purchased), artificial bait and lures are allowed.
e) All measurements will be pinch tail measurements and will be measured belly to belly, with the nose of the fish to the left side of the ruler, and be measured to the mm
f) No fish 55-70 cm, inclusive will be measured. If measured, it will be marked as 0 cm and count as one big fish in the total.
g) A contestant must not leave the boat to land, untangle equipment or for any other reason during the fishing day (other than at the dock for the washroom).
h) No more than 3 fish may be in your live well at one time
i) only one over 70cm fish can be in your boat at one time but any fish over 70cm may be presented for measurement, only the top one will count.
j) Tobin Lake is a “BARBLESS HOOKS ONLY” lake.
k) Any team not abiding by the Saskatchewan Angling Regulations will be disqualified.
a) The committee will retain dead fish.
N) “SPIRIT OF THE RULE”:
All rules have “loopholes” It is the intention of the organizers to provide an honest, sportswoman like derby. In the interest of good sportsmanship contestants are reminded the “Spirit of the Rule” will prevail in all judgement cases.
- Pick up of Registration packages will be on Friday August 13th, from 5-7 in the CO-OP parking lot, behind the C-Store.
- For those that purchased 50/50 tickets, they will be stapled to the rules.
- There will be a printed copy of the rules in your registration. Please review these carefully! There have been some minor changes, including a change in the boundary, which now includes south of the marina to the Francois Finlay Dam. All questions pertaining to rules can be asked at registration.
- The Friday night supper is still cancelled, as well as Saturday results.
- We will be doing a Facebook live to announce winners, posting results to Facebook and also calling the winners, in case there is someone without Facebook.
- Prize money will be e-transferred.
- We still have some t-shirts for sale, and 50/50 tickets. We are accepting etransfer prior to registration or, if there are still tickets available, cash at registration. The 50/50 draw will be done on Saturday after the tournament with a Facebook live.
- The Dam Smokehouse will be offering a lunch order. They will hand out the lunches Saturday morning at the top of the hill. Faron is working on an order form, it will be posted to Facebook so you can place preorders.
- Flights will be posted next week.
First we would like to give recognition to our 2019 winners Heather West & Deb Jeffers, with their first place win they receive free entry into this years tournament!
This email is to provide information for the August 14th, 2021 Ladies Fish for Freedom tournament.
With the need to restrict the amount of personal interaction there will be a new registration format. The registration form will go live on the website on May 1, 2021. All registrations will be completed and submitted through the website. All registration fees will be by e-transfer only and registrants will be placed into their flights, and will be given team numbers, when payment has been received, NOT when the registration is submitted. If you do not send your fee, you will not be entered into the tournament.
This will be the new format going into future years. You will no longer get an email with your registration form, or as a reminder to register. The form will go live every year on May 1, and will stay active until the date of the tournament OR when the tournament becomes full. You will also find any information about the tournament on the Website. The rules will be read aloud and posted to Facebook and a printable copy will also be available on the website. A copy of the rules will also be given out in the registration package… Please read these carefully!!! It is the responsibility of the fisherwomen and captains to familiarize themselves with the rules, and to show up prepared to follow all rules outlined. There have been a few changes and additions to the rules, and any questions pertaining to the rules or to the tournament can be sent to this email, or through the Website.
There will NOT be a Friday night rules meeting/supper or Saturday results and prize presentation.
Registration packages will be distributed on the Friday night, August 13th, by a drive through/pick up process, location and times for this is yet to be determined. Results will be uploaded to both Facebook and to the website, after they are finalized, but the exact process has not been decided. With so many things uncertain with COVID restrictions, at this point those details can not be finalized. These decisions will be made closer to the tournament date, and will be posted to our Website and to our Facebook page.
We would also like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that this tournament is a fundraiser. There are NO paid volunteers, and there is no personal income created. All of those that volunteer are doing so with the intent to raise money for the TWIN LAKES TRAIL BLAZERS CLUB. We have attached a short newsletter about The Trail Blazers Club, which gives a summary of what the club has been up to. We feel it is important to outline what this club provides to our community. In the past, a small portion of the proceeds from this tournament have also gone to a women’s charity. All of these past donations can be found on our website and Facebook page. But the main purpose of this tournament is to raise funds for the Trail Blazers Club.
We are really excited to be able to host this tournament! We look forward to seeing all of you in August!
Josie FitzPatrick and Quentin Salmond
Online Registration page: fishforfreedom.ca/registration/