2018 TBO Trifecta Challenge – Rules/Format:

>>> Updated Rules & Clarifications – read entire list please…

TBO Trifecta Challenge is a KAYAK fishing competition. There will be no assistance from boats in any way, other than safety concerns. There will be no mother-shipping, no sharing/buying of bait from a boat, towing to spots, etc. Stand-up paddle boards will be allowed, as will kayaks with electric motors, but there will not be any separate prizes/divisions for those anglers. Electric motors are unquestionably allowed for any disabled or physically handicapped individuals. To keep competition even and fair at all times, we discourage the use of electric motors for other anglers. Absolutely no combustion/outboard engines will be allowed on kayaks during the Trifecta.

TBO Trifecta Challenge is open to all anglers 18yrs or older. Minors may participate if accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

All anglers are required to have either a Connecticut saltwater fishing license, CT All-waters fishing license, or a saltwater fishing license from a reciprocal state. Licenses are available here: . It is the angler’s responsibility to ensure they are fishing legally during the TBO Trifecta, and the Committee is in no way responsible for any tickets, fines, or other infractions that may occur for improper licensing.

TBO Trifecta fishing is open to all Connecticut waters and only Connecticut waters. (Due to state permit issues, fishing in neighboring states is not allowed)

TBO Trifecta Challenge encourages Catch-Photo-Release. Legally, fish may be kept according to CT DEEP Regulations, but TBO strongly encourages quick and safe release of fish, SPECIFICALLY AND ESPECIALLY striped bass. Striped Bass that are harvested/kept by an angler will not be accepted for Trifecta submissions. Fluke and Bluefish and other species may be kept (in accordance with CT DEEP regulations) but catch-photo-release in encouraged. Video submissions may be accepted in place of photographs, but are strongly discouraged (Videos are very difficult to accurately verify). All digital evidence of fish caught are subject to review by tournament committee. Photographic evidence was a challenge for some participants last year, we will discuss suggestions, requirements, and advice at the Captain’s Meeting.

*** Submission guidelines & instructions will be discussed at the Captain’s Meeting

Photos of fish submitted must be sent to tournament committee as soon as possible following the catch. If an angler is for some reason unable to immediately send digital photos via email, the angler should at a minimum contact the tournament committee stating the type of fish, approximate size, and time caught. By submitting an entry in the Tournament, the Tournament Committee is granted the right to use any and all photos and/or information for publicity purposes.

All fish must be caught with rod and reel, following all CT DEEP legal methods from a kayak. Fish must be hooked, fought, and landed from a kayak. Beaching of kayak in order to take proper photos is allowed, but the fish must first be fought and landed before beaching kayak. From the moment a fish strikes or takes a bait or lure, the individual angler must hook, fight, and land/ boat the fish without the aid of any other person – except that another person may grasp the leader and net the fish. NO SNAGGING, GAFFING, SEINING, “YO-YOING,” OR SPEARING OF A FISH IS ALLOWED IN THIS TOURNAMENT. Striped bass, fluke, and bluefish taken while engaged in commercial fishing are not allowed to be entered into the Tournament.

In the event of any ties (if two anglers submit fish that appear to be the same size) the TIME submitted will be the tie breaker. For example, if two anglers are tied but both submit Striped Bass that appear to be 46″, the angler that submitted his/her fish FIRST will win the tie breaker. If two anglers are tied for their cumulative Trifecta TOTAL, the angler with the larger Striped Bass will win the tie.

Tournament Committee reserves the right to disqualify submitted fish if photo/video evidence does not clearly show the entire fish, the tournament identifier, and the measuring tape.

*** All registered anglers are required to wear a PFD and observe Coast Guard and Connecticut Boating laws. The use of VHF radios, whistles, safety flags/lights, and the buddy system is STRONGLY recommended.

>>>Regardless of the Connecticut laws, all anglers are required to wear life jackets during the TBO Trifecta. If any angler submits a photo and is obviously not wearing a PFD, the Committee reserves the right to disqualify the angler.

Captain’s Meeting will be held at Three Belles Outfitters prior to the start of the Trifecta, on Friday, July 20th @ 5pm. Fishing is open following the conclusion of the Captain’s Meeting. Awards Ceremony held at Three Belles Outfitters after completion of tournament fishing.

All registered anglers will be required to fill out & sign a participation & liability waiver prior to competing. Angler’s who fail to sign and return waiver will be disqualified. Waivers will be handed out for review and signing at Captain’s Meeting.

Tournament Identifiers will be handed out with Captain’s Bags at the Captain’s Meeting. If you are unable to attend the Captain’s Meeting at the designated time, you must make arrangements to pick up your Captain’s Bag from TBO before you’ll be able to submit any fish. Captain’s Bags and Tournament Identifiers WILL NOT be handed out FOR ANY REASON before the Captain’s Meeting.

Awards – four “podium” spots will be awarded.
Grand Prize Winner (angler with the greatest total combined length of their largest individual Striped Bass, Bluefish, and Fluke) and Three Silver Awards (awarded to the three anglers with the largest fish of each of the Trifecta fish species: Largest Striped Bass, Largest Bluefish, & Largest Fluke)

>>> Due to recent reports that Bluefish are few in numbers and have been hard to find, the Committee has decided to allow for a slight rule addendum. These will be discussed in further at the Captain’s Meeting for clarification…

>>> In order to win the “Grand Prize” an angler must submit three eligible species completing the “Trifecta”. In previous years these three species have been Striped Bass, Bluefish, and Fluke. For the 2018 Trifecta, the Committee is also allowing the submission of Black Sea Bass and Weakfish in order to complete an anglers Trifecta. Black Sea Bass and Weakfish will NOT be eligible for individual species prizes, they are only eligible to complete an anglers Three-Species-Trifecta.

>>> To reiterate, there are now FIVE species that may be submitted in order to complete an angler’s “Trifecta.” Striped Bass, Bluefish, Fluke, Black Sea Bass, and Weakfish. The angler who submits three of those species caught, with the greatest total inches combined between their three fish, will be awarded the Grand Prize Winner. *** In the event that no angler successfully submits an eligible Three-Species-Trifecta, the Grand Prize award will then be raffled off to anglers at random.

For the purposes of the TBO Trifecta, any angler that qualifies for more than one of the top four awards, will only be awarded ONE of those prizes. In the event that an angler “wins” more than one of those awards, the Tournament Committee will privately request that the angler choose one or the other award to be accepted. The other award will then be given to the next runner-up.

A large number of other prizes will be awarded, and will be updated here as they are determined for certain. There will be prizes for “Largest Trash Fish”, “Largest Sea Robin”, and various other awards. Anglers are encouraged to take photos of all fish caught.