Tournament Rules


Tournament Date August 3rd, 2019

Entry Fee $50 per angler or $100 per team. 2 angler max per team.

60 Boat Maximum.

Tournament entry reservation can be made by registering here. You may also email

Entry fee, shirt payment (optional) and Waiver/Release of Liability forms MUST be submitted at or before the Captain’s Meeting.

You may download the Waiver/Release of Liability form here.

Once 60 boats have been registered, all further reservations will be placed on a waiting pool. In the event of a team withdrawing themselves from the tournament, the waiting pool will be used to select new entries at discretion of the tournament director.

Tournament director has the sole discretion and authority to remove or deny any team applications.

A limited number of extra Tournament Shirts may be available for $20 each.

Captain’s Meeting

August 1st, 2019
7:00 PM
Lincoln’s Beard Brewing Co.
7360 SW 41st St, Miami, FL 33155

Tournament Location

Flamingo Marina, Everglades National Park. Teams must trailer to and depart from either of the Flamingo Marina ramps.

Fishing Hours

Lines In 6:30 AM
Lines Out There will be no lines out time. All Anglers must turn in their scorecards at Exit One Taproom in Florida City no later than 5:30PM Teams that have not turned in scorecards by 5:30PM, will be automatically be disqualified.


Tarpon, Snook, Redfish, Spotted Seatrout.


1st Place Team
2nd Place Team
3rd Place Team
Top Female Angler
Top Junior Angler
Top Kayak Angler
Top Fly Angler
Largest Snook
Largest Tarpon (Photo Determination, See Below )
Largest Redfish
Largest Trout

General Rules

The 1st Place Team shall be the team that accumulates the most total inches of eligible fish. Only the largest fish caught in each of the eligible fish categories per boat/team shall be used in calculating the total inches. The 2nd and 3rd Place Teams shall be the teams that accumulate the second and third most total points, respectively, of eligible fish in accordance with the above rules.

*In the event of an overall team total points tie, the winner will be the team that catches the last entered species, first.

Top Female Angler shall be the individual woman that accumulates the most total inches of eligible fish as described above. Said angler shall cast, hook, and reel in the eligible fish without the assistance from anyone else in the boat.

Top Junior Angler shall be the individual under the age of 16 that accumulates the most total inches of eligible fish as described above. Said angler shall cast, hook, and reel in the eligible fish without the assistance from anyone else in the boat.

Top Kayak/Canoe shall be the individual or team, participating in the tournament solely out of a paddle craft, that accumulates the most total inches of eligible fish as described above.

Top Fly Angler shall be the individual that accumulates the most total inches of fly-caught eligible fish as described above. Said angler shall cast, hook, and reel in the eligible fish without the assistance from anyone else in the boat.

The Largest of Each Species Awards shall be awarded to the individuals who catch the single largest fish of each species (Tarpon, Snook, Redfish, Spotted Seatrout.). Largest Tarpon will be determined via photographic determination described below, as removing any 40”+ Tarpon from the water is illegal in the State of Florida. In the event of a tie for individual largest of each species awards, the person that catches the specific species first, shall be the winner.

At the discretion of the tournament committee, additional categories may be added.

The length of an eligible fish shall be calculated in ½ inch increments, rounded down to the closest inch or ½ inch.
“Pinched Tail” (aka Total Length) must be used to measure all species. Fingers may be in the photographs, but should be minimized and should not impact the committee’s ability to determine the size of the fish. Fingers should only be used to stabilize the fish and pinch the tail during the photographing process. A size confirmation cannot be made if fingers, hands, or other items obstruct the view of the nose and tail of the fish against the measuring device.

Each fish entered must meet minimum size requirements in accordance with Florida State laws except for Tarpon and Snook – the minimum length on Snook for points is 22 inches, and Tarpon have no minimum size for points.

The state minimum size for Redfish is 18 inches.
The state minimum size for Spotted Seatrout is 15 inches.

The maximum size allowed to be entered for scoring Tarpon is 36 inches. Tarpon between 36 and 40 inches may be photographed within the boat, but will only count for 36 inches. Tarpon over 40 inches must remain in the water, and will count for 36 inches.

It is very important to make sure that the measuring device and secret item are present in the photograph to determine validity and approximate size.

There is no maximum size for points on Snook, Redfish or Spotted Seatrout.


A digital camera with accessible files, whether it be part of a cellular phone or a standalone unit, is MANDATORY for competing in the FFT. Each fish (Tarpon, Snook, Redfish, and Seatrout) entered on a scorecard must be photographed with your digital camera at the time the fish is caught. The fish shall be under the control of at least one team member during photographing. The photograph must clearly show the secret item, the head of the fish against the end of the official measuring device, the entire fish, and the total length of the fish, evident by the location of the tip of the tail on the measuring device.

The secret item and official measuring device will be available for pickup Saturday morning at the Fish Cleaning Station located next to the Buttonwood Canal Boat Ramp.



Please contact the tournament director with concerns regarding violations of any of the rules listed herein.

Additional / IGFA Rules

An angler must hook, fight and bring the fish to the boat unaided by any other person. Another registered angler on the vessel can only assist with the netting of the fish . Gaffing, snagging, etc. shall not be permitted. All IGFA rules shall apply, except leader length, line test and gaffing, as specifically stated herein. It is the responsibility of each angler to know, understand and abide by the IGFA and these rules. Maximum Landing Net Length: 8 Feet No fishing will occur inside the Florida Bay (outside) ramp harbor and adjoining No-Wake Zone, as posted by NPS. The No-Fishing Zone, for the sake of this tournament, will start at the mouth of the harbor, where the No-Wake Zone begins, and extend inward toward the boat ramp. Casting into the Outside Ramp No-Fishing Zone described above will not be allowed. No fishing will occur inside the Buttonwood Canal (inside) ramp harbor, marina store harbor, and adjoining No-Wake Zone, as posted by NPS. The No-Fishing Zone, for the sake of this tournament, will be designated as anywhere within eyesight of the Buttonwood Canal boat ramp dock. Casting into the Inside Ramp No-Fishing Zone will not be allowed. No Motor Zone (NMZ) access, for the sake of the tournament, will only be allowed through the use of a single, unassisted vessel. Utilizing two vessels in conjunction, including (but not limited to) using a skiff to tow transport a canoe/kayak to access an NMZ during the tournament, will not be allowed.

ENP Special Use Permit Specific Rules

Unmanned aircraft (drone) use is prohibited within Everglades and Dry Tortugas National Parks.

The permit holder and employees shall be knowledgeable of the park’s wildlife, habitats, protective status (i.e. endangered species), and federal laws and regulations pertaining to wildlife. The permit holder shall assure that the participants do not disturb, touch, feed, harass, molest, or injure any wildlife, nests, or habitats. The permit holder shall assure that the participants stay on designated trails and in open areas only. Any clearing of vegetation is strictly prohibited. All park rules and regulations are in effect.

Any fish caught in park waters must be released in park waters immediately after being photographed. Culling is not allowed.

Refer to the Everglades website at for more information on fishing regulations and boating information.

If participants are guides, or if participants are utilizing guides, those guides must have a current Commercial Use Authorization with Everglades National Park and said document must be on vessel.

Participants 16 years and older are required to have a Florida saltwater and freshwater fishing license.

Participants must be aware of wildlife in the water and observe wake zones.

Participants must not use prohibited fishing gear such as seines, nets, spears. Dip nets, cast nets (10’) or less and landing nets are allowed.

Permit must be held by the person named on front page of permit. Permit must be given to participants that may enter the park.


Hold Harmless

Only those who have submitted a signed Waiver/Liability Form will be allowed to fish the tournament. The Waiver/Liability Form is available here.

All anglers will fish at their own risk. All anglers agree, by paying their entry fee, to indemnify and hold harmless all members of the tournament committee, Sponsors and their agents and employees from any and all liability, loss or damage they may suffer arising out of this fishing tournament. All entrants participate in the tournament at their own risk. The Friendly Flamingo Tournament, Tournament Staff, Tournament Sponsors, Tournament Venues, and all other persons directly or indirectly connected with the operation of the tournament are exempt from any liability for loss, damage, injury, negligence, or harm to any entrant, their companions or other participants, boat captains, crew members, vessels, or equipment which may occur during the tournament.

In order to participate in the event, every participant  MUST adhere to the rules detailed above and complete the Waiver/Liability Release Form available here.

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