SSI Sharkin
Rules

1.
All Sharks, rays (over 24in wide), guitar fish, redfish (above or below legal size) and toadfish must be photographed, measured and released unharmed. Scalefish and blue crabs must be photographed and measured, but may be harvested. Sharks must be over three feet long to count as a catch towards the total and over 4.5 feet to count towards the per species big shark category.
2.
Obey all state, county and federal laws. A GA Fishing License is required to fish in state waters. The DNR may view dated photos of catches posted to the SSI page and check to be sure that anglers were legally licensed at that time, so we strongly suggest you have your fishing license before the tournament starts.
3.
Catches must be made from any PUBLIC saltwater shored based fishing area on the Georgia coast.
4.
Only one pole per each category at one time may be fished. In other words, one float rod, one pup shark pole and one game fish rod.
5.
Sharks over ten feet long should not be brought up onto pier, docks or bridges. No gaffs. Tail ropes may be used on the beach.
6.
Catches may only be claimed by one registered member. Members may not count catches on rods other than their own, unless fishing as a proxy for someone with a disability.
7.
Catches must be reported within 24 hours.
8.
Sharkers may enter at any date but only catches made after registration will be counted.
9.
Baits may only be deployed by balloon or casting from the pier. Kayaks will be only be allowed to run lines out from the beach as long as it is legal and does not interfere with other fishermen or beachgoers and the paddler uses lights, reflectors and a life vest. We recommend extreme caution when kayaking out from the beach due to the swift tides in Georgia.
10.
This tournament depends on the honesty and integrity of its participants. The money is being raised for a good cause and the purpose is to promote conservation, camaraderie and sportsmanship. There will be no polygraph testing, team rivalry or favoritism. In the event of a legitimate dispute filed by several members, a decision will be deferred to an independent objective mediator.

FAQ

1. Can I enter or host another shark tournament during this one?
SSI Sharkin is the first and only catch and release shark tournament on St. Simons. If you are interested in a tournament here, please lend us your support. The island is a small place and there are only a few resources to support this charity or places to fish for those in it.
2. Can I use pup sharks for bait?
Sharks may not be used for bait including adult Atlantic sharpnose. Catches made from pups will be disqualified.
3. Does this tournament have teams?
Only one and we are all it! SSI Sharkers. The island is a small place and much of the shark fishing takes place from the pier. Fishing from the pier requires the cooperation of all anglers in order to land a catch. Fishing from the beach also requires help. The purpose of the tournament is to bring everyone together and have fun, not divide into groups against each other.
4. How and where can I get shark tags? Who operates the program? Do sharks have to be tagged to count in the tournament?
The tagging program is a division of the National Marine Fisheries Service, so it is part of the federal government. We strongly encourage everyone to tag their sharks prior to release, but it is not required. If you wish to tag and need the initial tagging kit, visit http://nefsc.noaa.gov/nefsc/Narragansett/sharks/ and call 877-826-2612 to request tags. If it goes to voicemail, leave your name and address clearly along with your tag request.
5. How do I know this will be fair? What happens if someone cheats?
This tournament depends on the honesty and integrity of its participants. The money is being raised for a good cause and the purpose is to promote conservation, camaraderie and sportsmanship. Members may file a dispute and a decision will be deferred to an independent objective mediator.
6. How does the voting for the best sharker/grand prize work? What happens if there is a tie for this category or others?
The winner of this tournament will be the best sharker. In our opinion the best sharker is much more than simply a lucky or skilled fisherman who can catch one really big fish or the most fish. If you know someone who makes sharking better for everyone else and deserves to win, remember them when you vote. Those votes either in one round or a run off will decide who the best sharker is. Each member will have a unique login connected to his or her email allowing one vote to be cast on the site. The voting will be open for the last week of the tournament with the results published on November 1. In the event of a run off, a final voting will be held. If there is a tie for some of the other categories, the winner will be the one whose photo of the catch has the most likes on Facebook. This will encourage everyone to take good photos for their submissions.
7. Is legal harvest allowed in this tournament?
The only fish that may be kept are trout, flounder, legal size redfish, spanish, whiting, croaker and sheepshead. Blue crabs and one claw from stone crabs may also be taken. Any sharks or rays that are not released, may not be counted in the tournament.
8. Is there a rod limit?
Only one pole per each category at one time may be fished. In other words, one float rod, one pup shark pole and one game fish rod.
9. Where can I fish in the tournament? Sea Island? Jekyll? Private docks?
The tournament is open for all saltwater shored based public fishing areas on the Georgia coast. From Tybee Island to Cumberland. The most important inclusion is that of Jekyll Island. Sea Island is not allowed because it is private. All public beaches, piers, docks and bridges are fair game.
10. Why are there so many categories?
Given that the tournament stretches the entire summer, we wanted to give as many opportunities to win as possible. Some categories such as toadfish and blue crab, keep things interesting for tourists who may fish as well as locals. We just want everyone to have fun and feel like not only is their fee going towards a tournament, but they also have a good chance at winning.
11. Why no women or kid's category? Do you have special accomodations for the disabled?
Fishing is a sport of chance and skill. Women and children have no disadvantage and need no special category to win. Everyone has a fair shot. We welcome a diverse group and have had many disabled sharkers over the years who are vital parts of our community. The pier is fully handicapped accessible. If you have a disablity which prevents you from physically reeling in the fish yourself, you may still enter the tournament with a proxy. Just remember that the catch counts only to one registered member.