Originally Posted by railbird
My partner and I worked hard to find fish yesterday and in the last few minutes, we found what we thought to be winners. We had 15+ lbs on our boga (very acurate). This weight would had made us 1st or second based on our measurements.
Unfortunately we were mistaken. There is a new sheriff in town and his name is Randy Mcbride. He is the new tournament director. We had a 25.5" fish dq'd because in Randy's words "he didn't have a perfect tail" therefore, the fish was disqualified. No appeal just dq'd.
My partner and i are holding what we thought might be a winning stringer. I am wearing orange and josh is in blue. Josh is holding the 8# fish we weighed in, I am holding the dq'd fish.
Could someone please help me find the written rule that dq's this fish.
I edited this after I looked at pics and saw it was a red tourney. (The principle is the same.)
You didn't post the terms for winning. I guess tourney types just know this stuff automatically. I assume the tourney is for weight of legal fish, not length except as to qualify as legal or not.
Assuming your info is true*, plus both of these two premises
1. The red was a legal slot fish (at approx 25+", clearly over 20", clearly under 28") regardless of the exact length, perfect tail or otherwise.
2. The tourney is based on weight, not length.
3.The tail and everything about the tail is irrelevant, since the fish obviously makes the slot, and the judge should weigh your fish.
If above is not correct, then why not?
Assuming above is correct, you are surely entitled to some remedy. Moreover, the judge, supposedly a sheriff somewhere, may not be qualified to enforce the law any where, based not only the apparent cognitive deficits, perhaps based on illegal activity.
At a minimum, it makes sense to have him checked out. (This ain't law West of the Pecos.)
Exhaust all intratourney remedies/alternatives.
If that doesn't work:
Hire a lawyer/PI to investigate a link between the judge and the $30K prize winner.
I'll bet other tournament fisherpersons on this board will donate to fund the inquiries.
*If it isn't, then look out.