GEO March 2020 Newsletter – Tournament Rule Changes and Upcoming Events

Hello All Got-Em-On Members!  I hope all is well and everyone is looking forward to spring.
I first want to say thank you to all that made the 2020 Chowder cook-off a huge success.  Congratulations to all the winners and thank you for all that entered.  We had several new members join the club.  Our social events continue to grow and are always a good time.  
Upcoming Event Reminders:
Low Tide Run – Saturday, March 14th  
Please register online at our team name is Got Em On Live Bait Club Slow Trollers.  We currently have 13 people registered to walk or crawl with us to the finish line.  The club has also donated $750 to this event.  
Azalea Festival Social – Saturday, April 4th (Freddie’s Lot on Canal Drive) 11:00am – 4:00pm
Come join us and enjoy music, food, competition and fun.  Best Hat and Best Dessert contest as well as a Corn Hole tournament.  We will also have a meeting to discuss the upcoming tournament season and new rules.  
Disabled Sportsman Tournament – Friday, May 8th (Kure Beach Fishing Pier) 8:00am – Until
Volunteers and Donations Needed!
Mark and Luanne LeBlanc are working hard to make this year’s tournament another successful one.  Please contact Mark or Luanne directly at 910-612-3407 to volunteer for this event.  This event is funded on donations.  Please mail all donations to PO Box 6, Carolina Beach, NC or contact Mark and Luanne. 
Changes for the Upcoming Fishing Season – Team Boat Tournaments –
Now that we know we will have a flounder season, although it will be a short one, this gives us the opportunity to do something new and what we think will make for another awesome year.  
2020 has brought several challenges to the board.  We are trying to accommodate the change in the recreational flounder season and the wishes and recommendations of our members.  We have decided to keep the club points tournaments within the same time frame as prior years. The reduced flounder season has forced us to substitute Red Drum tournaments during our normal June and July dates.  
We have added a fun new twist!  This year we will have team boat point’s tournaments instead of individual anglers. Teams will be allowed to weigh a maximum of 2 fish in each tournament. Your team points will be based on the aggregate weight of your 2 fish or if a team only weighs one fish that weight will be the aggregate weight. A team can consist of 1 person or up to as many allowed on your boat. Each person on the boat will have to sign up and pay the $25 entry.  You will need to designate at the first tournament registration which team boat you will be participating with. Any changes after the first tournament to boat or team members, must be approved by the tournament committee/board.
Changes to How Points are Awarded 
The points will start at 500 and will decrease by 5-point increments per place. 1st 500, 2nd 495, 3rd 490, etc. All teams that sign up and have paid the entry fees but do not weigh a fish in that tournament will receive 50 points less than the last place team that weighed a fish. For example, 10 teams weighed a fish or two, the 10th place team will receive 455 points. The rest of the field that did not weigh a fish will receive 405 points.
Revised Tournament Scheduled
Due to the change in the recreational flounder season the board has decided to adjust our original schedule to allow for 3 Flounder Points tournaments.  Please review the new schedule below.  This will also be posted on the website and new schedules will be printed and available at the Azalea Festival Social.
The five designated Tournaments will be held at Carolina Beach on the following dates:
  • Tournament 1 (2 Largest slot Red Drum – Aggregate Weight) – Sat, June 20th  
  • Tournament 2 (2 Largest slot Red Drum – Aggregate Weight)- Sat, July 18th
  • Tournament 3 (2 Largest Flounder – Aggregate Weight) – Sun, Aug 16th (Flounder Opening Day) 
  • Tournament 4 (2 Largest Flounder – Aggregate Weight) – Sat, Sept 6th 
  • Tournament 5 (2 Largest Flounder – Aggregate Weight) – Sat, Sept 26th (Final Flounder Week)
  • Makeup Tournament Date, if needed – Sat, Oct 10th 


2020 Flounder Points Shoot Out –
In addition to our regular club points tournaments, we are adding a Flounder only shootout style points series that will piggyback on our 3 flounder points tournaments. A team fishing the regular points tournament does not have to participate in this shootout series. If the team decides to enter the shootout It will be $100 per team to enter the series. This will be paid at/or before the first flounder tournament registration. Any team entering the shootout must also be entered in the regular club points tournament. The same one or two flounder weighed for points in the regular club tournament will also be counted for the team’s shootout points. However, for each tournament, the regular tournament and the shootout will be a separate set of points. For example, a team may finish 5st in the regular club points tournament and receive 480 points and finish first in the teams signed up for the shootout and will get 500 points in that series. After the 3rd flounder tournament, the top teams, which will be based on the number of teams entered in the shootout will fish on the following day (Sunday) in the shootout championship. Each of the teams fishing on Sunday will start out even, with no points. The winner and places will be figured solely on the max 2 flounder weighed by a team on that day. All teams that qualify for the final shootout day will check out, prior to fishing, at Carolina Beach, (designation to be determined).  Boat may be boarded prior to checking out. 
The four designated Shootout Tournaments will be held at Carolina Beach on the following dates:
  • Tournament 1 (2 Largest Flounder – Aggregate Weight) – Sun, Aug 16th (Flounder Opening Day) 
  • Tournament 2 (2 Largest Flounder – Aggregate Weight) – Sat, Sept 6th 
  • Tournament 3 (2 Largest Flounder – Aggregate Weight) – Sat, Sept 26th (Final Flounder Week)
  • Shootout (2 Largest Flounder – Aggregate Weight) – Sun, Sept 27th (Final Flounder Week)


I know this is a lot of information, so please do not hesitate to contact one of the Board members if you have any questions.  
Chili Davis 910-470-6970
Jeff Smith910-262-3336
Becky Heffner910-368-7603
Clint Piner910-524-5282
As always, thank you all for letting me serve as your Club President.

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