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Tommy Taylor Memorial Fishing Tournament


Saturday, April 2, 2016 at 3:00:am


Saturday, April 2, 2016 at 11:00:am


One time event


Cane Creek Park
5213 Harkey Road   |   Waxhaw,  NC

Join us for the Fall Crappie Tournament on October 22, 2016! Registration forms will be available by Labor Day.

1st Annual Tommy Taylor Memorial Tournament April 2, 2016 7:00am -3:00pm Gates will open at 6:00 am for pre - registered participants Deadline for $50.00 early entry is March 21, 2016 at 5:00 pm. After that time, entry fee will be $60.00 if the field is still open. Maximum 30 boats. Free Tournament t -shirt to teams registered by March 21, 2016. For more information contact Jared Steele or David Paschal @ 704 -843 -3919.

Official Rules and Regulations: 1. Each boat must have two participants to enter tournament. No one will be allowed to fish alone. 2. Safety: Safe boating conduct must be observed at all times by participants. Special caution and safety must be observed on morning start. Boats and safety equipment will be subject to inspection by the Wildlife Commission Officers. 3. Fishing Conditions: The tournament will be held regardless of weather conditions. All fishing must be done from a boat. 4. Fishing Regulations: All NC Inland Fishing Regulations shall apply. 5. Boats & Motors: There shall be no restrictions on the size or type boat nor the size of the motor, with the stipulation that all crafts must be judged seaworthy by the Tournament Rules Committee. 6. Boat Identification: Each contestant will report to the official starter on the morning of the tournament and receive an official identification number which must accompany them at weigh-in. 7. Tournament Headquarters: Cane Creek Park Day Use Area Boat Ramp 8. Permitted Fishing Location: Fishing is permitted anywhere on the lake with exception that there will be no fishing allowed within 50 feet of another contestant's anchored boat, marked swim area or pedal boat area. 9. Tournament Fishing Hours: Fishing shall commence with the starter’s signal at 7:00 am or shortly thereafter and will end at 3:00 pm. There will be a penalty of eight (8) ounces per minute past 3:00 pm and disqualification after fifteen (15) minutes. Rules (continued): 10. Protests: Any contestant wishing to protest the catch of a fellow contestant must do so in writing to the Tournament Rules Committee within twenty (20) minutes of the weigh-in time. The decision of the Committee in such cases shall be final. 11. Ties: In the event of ties, the tie will be broken by means acceptable to the tournament officials. 12. Sportsmanship: Sportsmanship, safety, courtesy and conservation is expected from each contestant. Any violation of fundamental sporting principles may be deemed cause for disqualification as any infraction of any other rule or regulation listed herein. 13. Life jackets will be worn on take-off . 14. No Alcoholic Beverages Allowed!! 15. Livewells will be checked during brief meeting prior to tournament start. 16. No Refunds! 17. Occupants of all boats must be entered in the tournament. 18. Limit 5 fish per boat. Minimum 16 inches in length. Any fish under 16 inches in length at weigh-in will be penalized 2 oz. per undersized fish. Waiver and Release: Each participant acknowledges that he or she understands and agrees to assume all risk of damage or injury which could result from participation in the fishing tournament. Each participant, by signing the Official Application Form, agrees to release the County of Union; tournament sponsors; tournament officials; the officers, directors, board members, employees, agents, and representatives of each; and all other participants (collectively, the "Released Parties") from any and all possible damages, injury, or losses of any kind arising out of the participant's participation in the fishing tournament. Each participant further agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Released Parties from and against any and all losses, penalties, damages, or liabilities of every kind and character arising out of any and all claims or causes of action of every kind in connection with the fishing tournament that are due to the negligence of the participant.

Cash Prizes will be based on a “Full Field” of Thirty (30) teams entered in the tournament: 1st place team: 25% field or $375 maximum 2nd place team: 15% field or $225maximum

Tom always enjoyed fishing. He loved everything about it: the peace and quiet of the water, God’s beauty all around, the rush of reeling in that 5 pound largemouth bass, the collection of an arsenal of tackle boxes and lures, and even frying up the fish for his family. He could often be found waiting outside the gates of Cane Creek long before they opened, ready to hook his biggest catch yet. Tommy snagged a log in Cane Creek with a new, fancy , expensive lure; it was really stuck! He was bound and determined that he was not cutting the line. He worked and worked, becoming madder by the minute. Then, without warning, he dove into the lake, followed his line, and a few minutes later surfaced with his precious lure and big grin. Talk about dedication! A few excerpts from a poem by Tommy: I fish because I love to; I love the environment where bass are found, which are invariably beautiful….I thus escape; because in a world where most men seem to spend their lives doing things they hate, my fishing is at once an endless source of delight and an act of small rebellion….Only on the water I can find solitude without loneliness….And, finally not because I regard fishing as being so terribly important, but because I suspect that so many of the other concerns of men are equally unimportant— and not nearly so much fun. We love you Tommy!