The Catfish Conference Team (creator of the largest event dedicated to Catfish and Crappie Fishing in the Nation) is pleased to present this top tournament trails in the Nation and select other noteworthy shows.
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SeaArk Boats was established in 1992
SeaArk Boats has been in business since 1992 and joined the Correct Craft team in early 2016. Our team is comprised of over 150 men and women who know the importance of a well-built product — working together to create boats that will last a lifetime and provide families with many happy memories. All of our team members are part of our family and all are treated as such. We love working together to enrich our story and yours.
Originally owned by the McClendon family, SeaArk has a long tradition of building quality constructed all-welded aluminum boats. Currently, under the direction of company President Steve Henderson, SeaArk focuses on building over-built style boats in order to live up to our slogan “Built for a Lifetime”.
SeaArk is well known for creating the World’s Largest Jon Boat in 1994 at 24 feet long and 72” wide. It has since upped the ante by creating a 26-foot jon boat.
In addition to toting the title of World’s Largest Jon Boat, SeaArk Boats can also claim the title of the #1 Catfishing Boat. Since its introduction in 2009, the ProCat Series has been a top choice for cat fishermen all across the country. Designed specifically for the tournament angler the SeaArk ProCat can be seen more than any other boat on the catfish tournament scene.
Sticking with the over-built style, SeaArk also has models available for bass, crappie, mud, bay, duck, and non-specific species. It also has a large lineup in the tunnel/jet tunnel and inboard market. There really isn’t anything a SeaArk can’t be used for.
Allowing a semi-custom experience when purchasing and designing your boat is another added plus to owning a SeaArk. With a wide array of options and accessories, this makes it possible to fit the need of the customer exactly.
Choosing SeaArk is choosing quality workmanship, personal customer service, and one of the best warranties offered in the aluminum boat industry.
Tournament Location: Decatur, Alabama. Exact Address: Ingalls Harbor, 450 Ridge Marina Road, Decatur, Alabama 35010
Tournament Date: 04/23/2021
Entry fee: Unknown – by invitation only
Captains Meeting: To be updated soon
Tournment Hours: to be updated soon
Click here (the link will send you back to SeaArk Boats’s site to download the PDF)
1. RULE CHANGES: The following rules
will remain unchanged throughout the event unless State or local laws are in conflict. Interpretation and enforcement of these rules shall be left exclusively to the Tournament Committee. In the event of a rule violation, the Tournament Committee may impose
such sanctions as they deem appropriate, including, without limitation, disqualification, forfeiture of prizes, entry fee and prohibition from participation in subsequent tournaments. The decision of the Tournament Committee shall be final in all matters. It is at the Committee’s discretion to make a change where safety of the contestants is a concern. All Tournament, Federal, State and local laws must be obeyed during tournament hours regardless of chip or weigh-in status. It is the contestant’s responsibility to know these rules.
2. PARTICIPANTS AND ELIGIBILITY: This is a team event. A Team will consist of two persons with one exception: A Third person may accompany the team provided the third person is under 16 years of age, or 65 years of age or older. The six (6) rod rule will still apply. To fish YOUR name must be on the registration.
3. OFFICIAL BOAT: This is a SeaArk Boats Owner’s Tournament. You must fish from a SeaArk Boat, the verified boat owner must be on the boat during the tournament and present at weigh in. A copy of the boat registration must be presented at the Captains dinner.
4. SPORTSMANSHIP: All contestants
are expected to follow high standards
of sportsmanship, courtesy, safety and conservation. Any contestant who displays poor sportsmanship, violates these rules or any state or local laws, or brings unfavorable publicity to the sport of cat fishing will be disqualified.
5. SAFETY: Boating safety must be observed at all times. All boats must be in compliance with Alabama state law including a working kill switch and USCG approved chest type life preservers. Life preservers and kill switches must be worn and used correctly when the combustible engine is operative.
6. PERMITTED FISHING WATERS: Lake Wheeler and connecting waters of the Tennessee River System accessible by water. Teams are allowed to lock at own
risk. No weigh-in exceptions will be made due to lock schedule or delays. Fishing within 50 yards of a marina gas pump is prohibited. No fishing within 50 yards of another anchored boat.
7. MEETING: One participant of each team MUST be present at the Captain’s Dinner Meeting Friday, April 23rd, 2021 at 4:00 – 5:00 PM at the Ingalls Harbor Pavilion.
8. LIVE WELL: Live wells are required, stringers or bags are not allowed. Live wells must be of adequate size to care for trophy catfish and must have the ability to pump
in fresh water. The tournament director
will have authority over all live wells and reserves the right to disqualify teams from the tournament with inadequate live wells. If you have any questions please contact the tournament director before the tournament. 9. FISHING HOURS: Boats must be off
of the water by midnight the day before the tournament. Fishing hours will be 6:30 am – 2:30 pm. All boats must check in by 3:30 PM and no later. There will be no exceptions to this rule and will result in disqualification.
10. BOAT LAUNCH: Anglers may launch their boats beginning at 4:30 am after a livewell check. Boats must be launched at Ingalls Harbor. There will be an organized blast off that will begin at 6:30 am. No trailering allowed.
11. BAIT: Any legal or commercial bait will be allowed. No chumming or hole baiting of any kind is allowed.
12. NUMBER OF RODS ALLOWED: All fish weighed must be caught by rod and reel only. A maximum of six (6) rods per boat is allowed to be used at any given time. Any team with a third person is still limited to six rods. You may have extra rod and reels in the boat.
13. SCORING: Blue Catfish, Channel Catfish or Flathead Catfish may be weighed. A team limit of five (5) fish maximum, and fish must be alive to weigh in. Alabama state law limits one (1) catfish over 34 inches per fisherman on the boat at a time. During the tournament two (2) and three (3) member teams may only keep two (2) catfish over
34 inches on the boat and during weigh in. One (1) person teams may only keep one (1) catfish over 34 inches on the boat, but are eligible to weigh in at max two (2) catfish over 34 inches. Fish will be measured
from the front of the mouth to the tip of
the tail with both mouth and tail closed
(in accordance with Alabama State Law). Any boat that exceeds the allowed number of over 34 inch fish will not weigh-in. Tournament staff will not provide guidance or feedback on fish length and whether they’re allowed when proceeding to weigh-in.
14. SNAGGING: No snagging will be allowed.
15. TIES: In the event of a tie the prize money will be combined and split among the two teams.
16. MECHANICAL FAILURE: In the event of a mechanical failure SeaArk tournament staff will attempt to assist with towing anglers to the ramp if possible, but ability to weigh- in is forfeited. Towing by any other means will be allowed without weigh-in forfeiture as long as tournament rules are followed. Fish must remain in the boat they were caught at all times.
17. PROTESTS: All protests must be submitted in writing prior to the weigh in scales closing. Scales will close 15 minutes after the last tournament boat to weigh in. Closure of the scales will be announced.
18. POLYGRAPH: All contestants are subject to a polygraph test. Failure to submit to a polygraph test will result in immediate disqualification.
19. REGISTRATION: Register online
at seaarkboats.com under the upcoming tournament tab. The deadline for registration is March 26th, 2020. Any registrations after this date will be charged a $40 late fee. No refunds will be given for any reason after March 26th, 2021.
20. ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES AND DRUGS: At no time during tournament hours are any alcoholic beverages or drugs other than prescription allowed in the boat or to be consumed while on the water.
21. BOAT DRAWING: To be entered into the drawing teams must present one legal catfish during final weigh in. Participants must be present to win the drawing. In the event of an eligible team not being able to stay, reasons will be discussed on a case by case bases between the tournament committee.
For more information, contact the Tournament Director here:
2021 SeaArk Owners Invitational Catfish Tournament
April 24, 2021
Randee Jo Langley