FOA Fishing Invitational

Rules + Application

Register your team for our fishing invitational.

2019 FOURCHON OILMANS FISHING INVITATIONAL APPLICATION

Please complete the form below to submit your application for invitation to the tournament.











I Accept My Nomination*

I hereby accept the terms of abiding to the FOA rules should my application be accepted to the Fourchon Oilman's Association Inc.'s Fishing Tournament

By accepting this nomination I agree to abide by all rules and codes set forth by the Association and understand that failure to do so could result in the disqualification of my entry to all further Fourchon Oilman's Association Inc.'s invitational events. All participants need to be over 21 years of age. I also understand that my membership does not immediately qualify me for all future Fourchon Oilman's Fishing Tournament events as they are determined by the board and are by Invitation only.

2019 FISHING TOURNAMENT RULES

LA 1 EXPRESS TOLL BRIDGE

As a reminder to all, please remember to purchase your Geaux Pass before heading to Fourchon. You can purchase your pass at the Customer Service Center in Golden Meadow on Hwy 3235 or you can pay the Toll Collector at the booth located at the beginning of the expressway. For rates, go to geauxpass.com

 

PARKING

Parking will be available for everyone at designated areas. Signs will be posted. Also there will be a drop off area in front of the tent for guest.

 

REGISTRATION

Will begin at 1pm on the Thursday of the event. We encourage you to check in your teams early to avoid long lines. . Please be able to indicate your 6 anglers & 4 guests so name badges can be made accordingly.  If for some reason you cannot check in your team on Thursday, registration will be open on both Friday & Saturday.

 

NOTE: Everyone, anglers, guest, sponsors and volunteers, will need proper credentials to enter the tent. Security will be checking everyone at the door each night. Credentials will be given out when you come to register/check in your team. If you do not have it when you enter, you will be asked to leave.

 

CAPTAIN’S MEETING

The Board members of the FOA will host a Captains Meeting on Thursday evening about 7pm. An announcement will be made at that time, directing you where to meet. Meeting should last no more than 20-30 minutes. It is MANDATORY THAT ONE MEMBER FROM EACH TEAM attend.

 

DRESS CODE

Attire should be neat, clean and presentable. Shorts, jeans, t-shirts, fishing shirts & pants are ok. Shoes are a must for everyone. NO bathing suits will be allowed.

 

WEIGH SCALES & FISHING HOURS

Fishing will begin no earlier than ½ hour before sunrise on Friday of the tournament and ends on Saturday @ 6pm, when scales close. You must be in line to check in & weigh your catch by a Wildlife & Fisheries’ weigh-master person before 6pm to qualify for awards & prizes.
At the time of scale closing, any anglers with any captures to be registered MUST BE either:

  • In-line on the dock at the weigh-in station, if arriving by land; or
  • On the East side of the ‘No Wake Sign” in the Flotation Canal just west of the weigh-in station (in visual site), if arriving by water.

 

FOOD & DRINKS

No outside food and drinks will be allowed under the tent or surrounding areas where the rodeo event is being held. Our designated 1st-class catering provider will provide all catering. You will be treated to the finest and freshest local foods, seafood and delicacies that southern Louisiana has to offer.

 

SMOKING AREA

Please note that there will be NO smoking inside the tented area. IF you must smoke, please step outside into the designated courtyard.

 

FIRST AID

If any first aid treatment or medical attention is needed, please contact a Board or staff member who will be able to direct you to the medical attendant.

 

SECURITY

Lafourche Parish deputies and Harbor Patrol will be on site if any issues come up that need attention. Remember that credentials will be checked at the door and no one will be allowed to enter for any reason without them. Should something occur that needs security assistance, please contact a Board or staff member who will be able to direct you to a Security officer.

 

AWARDS & PRIZES

Each night, badge-numbers will be drawn for door prizes. This year, the FOA has decided that for each fishing team, each of the 6 Anglers, the 4 non-competing guests, and Elite Sponsors’ guests will be eligible for both the regular nightly door prizes and the barrel-drawn nightly Grand Prize for which you must be present to win.

 

The list of winners will be displayed on a scrolling board throughout the night. For Thursday & Friday night, if an angler’s number is pulled and he or she is not present, the door prize will be held until 7:45pm Saturday for claiming. Any door prize not claimed at that point will will be reserved by FOA for following year’s door prizes.

 

For the Grand Prize drawing on each night, the person drawn must be present to claim the prize. He must then show his Rodeo badge and picture ID for confirmation to claim the prize.

On behalf of the Fourchon Oilman’s Association Board, we THANK YOU for your participation and continued support! We wish everyone good luck fishing!

ELIGIBILITY

Any Person that is directly employed by a drilling, exploration, production, or service company to the oilfield industry, or their direct family member, (wife, son, daughter) is eligible to participate. All Team Captains must be directly employed by a drilling, exploration, production, or service company of the oilfield industry.  *Guests do not have to meet criteria.

 

SAFETY

Safe boating practices must be in effect at all times. Drunkenness on the part of any contestant will not be tolerated. Please observe Coast Guard regulations concerning boat capacities.

 

FISHING RULES

  • Mandatory TEAM Captains meeting which will be held under tent on Thursday evening at 7pm (release cards and wristbands will be given out)
  • All TEAM Captains must be present.
  • State and federal laws to apply for all categories
  • Only one place per person per category
  • Tackle:
    • Artificial
    • Cut-Bait
    • Live-Bait
  • Trolling is permitted
  • Tiebreakers decided by first fish weighed
  • For a Billfish release to qualify the swivel must touch the tip of the rod, or the mate must touch the leader
  • Must present video/picture of colored wrist band with release fish. Each release MUST have band in video/pic
  • Anglers fishing from Atlantic HMS permitted vessels and participating in Atlantic billfish tournaments must use only non-offset circle hooks when deploying natural bait or natural bait/artificial lure combinations. Billfish tournament anglers may only deploy “J”-hooks with the use of artificial lures.
  • All fish are to be registered at the official weigh station
  • All participants weighing in fish must present FOA ID badge to weigh in fish; and government ID, if requested
  • Fish that are obtained by any other means will not be eligible for competition
  • Fishing area will extend to all Louisiana coastal, adjacent Federal waters and inside waters, which are accessible to all rodeo participants
  • Fishing will begin on Friday 1/2 hour before sunrise and close on Saturday at 6:00pm.
    • Friday Scale Times: 2:00pm – 8:00pm-MUST HAVE  ID BADGE TO WEIGH FISH IN
    • Saturday Scale Times: 2:00pm – 6:00pm-MUST HAVE ID BADGE TO WEIGH FISH IN
      • At the time of scale closing, any anglers with any captures to be registered MUST BE either:
        • In-line on the dock at the weigh-in station, if arriving by land; or
        • On the East side of the ‘No Wake Sign” in the Flotation Canal just west of the weigh-in station (in visual site), if arriving by water.
    • ALSO HAVE ANOTHER FORM OF ID AVAILABLE IF ASKED FOR VERIFICATION
  • Weights of the fish shall be determined in pounds (to nearest hundredth). Weighting devices shall be approved by the weigh-master. Fish shall not be weighed except in the presence of the weigh-master and the anglers registration ticket and number
  • The rodeo weigh-master is the supreme judge and all decisions are final. He/She decides how many fish an angler can weigh.
  • Trophies and prizes will be given to 1st-3rd place, trophies will be given to 4th and 5th.

 

INSHORE DIVISION

Points will be accumulated by the 6 anglers per fishing team. No company will combine multiple teams for points.

 

OFFSHORE DIVISION

Points will be accumulated by the 6 anglers per fishing team. No company will combine multiple teams for points.

For Tarpon Catch & Release:  Places will be decided by most points. 100-Points for each valid catch. For a catch to be valid, anglers are required to video/picture the catch with wristband and (at a minimum) touch the leader within 3-feet of fish. Tie-breakers will be decided by earliest first-tarpon caught.

 

BLUE WATER DIVISON

Points will be accumulated by the 6 anglers per fishing team. No company can combine multiple teams for points.

 

RELEASE DIVISON

This is considered a boat award for blue water division only.

Points will be given to the boat only. No company will combine teams for additional points. Ties are broken by the time method. The angler who reaches the high score first shall win. Need to document actual time of billfish release on release card. Each boat will be given colored wrist bands. Each release must have video/picture of wrist band and releasing of fish. Each released fish must have different color wrist band viewable in video/picture to be a legal release to acquire points. Anglers fishing from Atlantic HMS permitted vessels and participating in Atlantic billfish tournaments must use only non-offset circle hooks when deploying natural bait or natural bait/artificial lure combinations. Billfish tournament anglers may only deploy “J”-hooks with the use of artificial lures.

 

JIMMY DAVIS AWARD

This will be given to the angler who has the most combined points in all divisions. Tiebreaker will be heaviest fish weighed.

 

TEAM AWARD

This will be given to the team who has the most combined points in all divisions. No team will be able to combine multiple teams for this award. Tiebreaker will be heaviest fish weighed.

*Points for 1st thru 5th place are listed by each place under categories*

On behalf of the Fourchon Oilman’s Association Board, we THANK YOU for your participation and continued support! We wish everyone good luck fishing!

(985) 291-4688

PO Box 1270
Cut Off, LA 70345