Carolina Surf Casters Association


Tournament Rules

  1. Casting will  be double handed.
  2. Casting Method: all casts will be recorded as to distance with no distinction for types of cast, such as OTG, backcast, pendulum, etc.    
  3. Rods: no restriction upon length or material. 
  4. Guides: There shall be not less than 3 guides plus tip ring on rods and the running line shall be threaded through each guide when casting. 
  5. Reels: Any reel may be used, as long as it possible to fish with that reel. 
  6. Lines & Leader: They must be of general circular section, parallel throughout, and be of basic monofilament construction. 
    (a). Running Line:  To be minimum of 0.35mm for 175gr & 200gr & 8oz; 0.31mm for 150gr; 0.28mm for 125gr; 0.25mm for 50gr, 75gr, & 100gr. 
    (b). Casting Leader:  To be high visibility/fluorescent of the following minimum: 0.75mm for 150gr, 175gr, 200gr and 8oz and minimum 0.65mm for 50gr, 75gr, 100gr & 125gr, There must be at minimum 8 complete turns on the reel when ready to cast.
  7. Competition Casting Weights: (100gr, 125gr, 150gr, 175gr) - Only weights supplied by the CSCA are to be used. The weights are to be fixed to leader via a split oval. No excessive polishing of weights supplied at the tournament will be allowed. Weights will be returned at the end of casting. A cast will be declared void unless these conditions are adhered to. 
    (a). Non-Competition Casting Weights: (50gr, 75gr & 200gr) - Distances attained while using these will not count towards the casters overall position, aggregate score, or to their points total. 
  8. Casting Court:  A 30 degree "V" shaped court extended as necessary. Measurement of casts will be by an electronic device with +/- 1 foot of accuracy at 1000 feet.  A steel tape may be used to measure a cast from the center of the base, when measuring a potential record cast. If surveying equipment is available on the day of the cast, that method may be substituted. No one is permitted on the court except casters, judges and measuring personnel. Any Court change will be at the decision of the presiding judge. 
  9. Casting: Casting shall be from directly behind an 8 ft. board set at 90 degrees to the center line of the court. No competitor may pass this board while in the action of casting or until their lead has landed. The line must remain unbroken after the cast has been made until the weight has come to rest. 
    (a). In making a cast it shall not be permitted to use a power stroke of more than 360 degrees or any cast that in the opinion of the tournament director is deemed dangerous. Once power stroke has begun the cast for that round is done.
    (b). Casts shall be recorded on a chart at the end of the casting lane (where line and leads will be checked before casting).  Crack offs will be noted. Caster must then retrieve lead and report back to a judge. 
  10. Judging: Casting court judges shall check diameter of running line & leader, and that there are sufficient turns of leader on the spool.  At the completion of the cast the running line may again be measured. Random checks will be made.
  11. Casts will be recorded in feet and portion thereof.
  12. Records:  In the case of records being broken, the running line shall be measured at a minimum of every 10 meters and at either side of any knots, and will only be ratified if all rules are adhered to and the cast is measured in the presence of at least 2 officers or  members who are not personally involved in the cast.
  13. Decisions of the presiding CSCA tournament director are final.
  14. It is a rule of entry to a tournament that anyone experiencing a crack-off shall endeavor to retrieve the lead and line. It is important that you keep up with your lead.  Failure to do so may result in disqualification.  At the end of the day's casting if there are any unaccounted for crack-offs, all competitors will line up across the field and walk down to look for them.  Not returning a competitors crackoff when found, will be dealt with by management swiftly and decisively.
  15. Casting Divisions:  (1) Ladies 18 and above (2) Men 18 and above  (3) Juniors 17 and below (4) Seniors 60 and above, Super Senior 70 and above. 8oz - Open to all. 
  16. The following additional rules apply to the 8 oz category; 
     1. Drum fishing (Heaver) rods to be used. No limit on length
    2. High Reel position only.
    3. Reel Minimum size as follows: 6500/656/Daiwa 20. Needs to hold approx. 275 yards of .35mm line.
    4. Line. High vis mono with minimum diameter of .35mm
    5. Shock-leader. High vis mono with minimum diameter of .75mm
    6. Casting Style. Either a Hatteras style cast or a layback style groundcast NOT to exceed 220 degrees of rod rotation to target centerline. NO PENDULUM OR FULL TOURNAMENT STYLE (270 DEGREES) GROUNDCASTS ALLOWED FOR 8OZ.
    7. All sinkers to be provided by the CSCA.
  17. Membership: Shall run from January 1st to December 31st.

  18.  Entries: All entries must approved by CSCA.  Guest casters may cast at the discretion of CSCA after payment of a fee, reflective of the day's activities.

  19. Rules: Can only be amended by the management of CSCA.

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