ENTRY FEES: Every contestant will be required to pay an entry fee. No one will be allowed to fish a C.A.S.T. tournament free in exchange for promotional or other considerations. Entry fee for regional tournaments is $140.00 per tournament, annual TOP SIX Invitational is $150.00, and the C.A.S.T. Classic Championship is $175.00. If joining after the conclusion of the first tournament in a region, required payment will be membership dues of $50.00 plus entry fees for the next two consecutive tournaments ($140.00 + $140.00) for a total of $330.00. There will be NO EXCEPTIONS.We increased entry fees 40%, however, that 40% increase is being 100% included in the payout!! This jumps C.A.S.T.'s return a significant amount at the boat ramp in all regions!!! We know many people fish C.A.S.T. more as a social and fun tournament event but winning is always the goal and should leave winners with more than they spent! We heard our members and former members who were in favor of increased opportunity to win larger payouts and made it possible!TOURNAMENT POINTS: Points are awarded as 100 for 1st Place, 99 for 2nd Place, etc. All contestants not weighing a fish will receive 10 points less than the last place couple who weighed at least one fish. Couples may pay an additional membership fee in any region(s) for purposes of receiving qualifying points for end of season championship events. Combined tournaments of two or more regions will award points based on where couples finish in their respective region. Example, South and North regions fish together as a combined tournament. If 1st thru 3rd place are North couples and 4th place is a South couple, 1st thru 3rd receive 100, 99, 98 points respectively in the North Region, and 4th place, the South couple receives 100 points for finishing first in the South Region. End of year ties will be broken by total weight for the year.This will make qualifying for the post-season elite & championship tournaments more competitive and help all couples remain in the running throughout the year.
CLASSIC CHAMPIONSHIP: Teams qualifying for the Classic tournament must have a minimum of 300 points or pay entry fees for all six tournaments in a region. Points do not transfer from region to region.
The new scoring system provides more opportunity for couples to qualify for the annual C.A.S.T. Classic. Easier qualification mandated an increase of just 50 points to qualify. We changed from 250 to 300 points which isn’t substantial under the new scoring system. Couples will still automatically qualify if they fish all six tournaments on their respective schedule.
C.A.S.T. will continue doing our best to be the leader in competitive couples fishing while keeping true to our mission statement of FELLOWSHIP, FUN & FISHING, in that order! If you haven't fished C.A.S.T. lately you should checkout the 2016 schedules below to find the region nearest you. (More regional schedules will be posted soon!)
Until Later... God Bless and Good Fishin'!
John & Grace Watts