Gene Doyle Fishing Tournament Format

Read below to find out how the tournament is organized and scored.

Tournament Format and Scoring

For more information, you can also call co-chairs Mary Payne (239)398-5219 or Rebecca Vaccariello (518)461-4050.

The Gene Doyle Fishing Tournament is a backcountry catch and release tournament targeting Snook, Redfish (Red Drum) and Trout (Spotted Sea Trout). Trophies are awarded for Grand Champion (greatest number of points) Largest Snook, Largest Redfish and Largest Trout in each of four divisions. Trophies are also awarded for the Tournament’s Most Unusual Catch, Best Photograph, Top Female Angler (Open and Guided Divisions), Grand Champion Small Fry (Open and Guided) and Trash Can Slam.

Points for all Individual Anglers, Youth and Adult Divisions, will be awarded for a successful catch and release as outlined in the rules. Points can be attained as follows:

  • 10 points per inch on Day #1. 
  • 15 points per inch on Day #2.

For entering three fish of the same species, 100 bonus points will be awarded on Day #1 and 150 bonus points on Day #2. If an angler enters three fish in each of the three species (3 Snook, 3 Redfish and 3 Trout) 200 additional bonus points are awarded on Day #1 (for a total bonus of 500 points) and 300 points on Day #2 (for total bonus points of 750).

The Grand Champion is determined by the largest number of points:

In the Youth Divisions, the Champion is determined by an individual angler’s points.

In the Adult Divisions the Champion is determined by team points.

In the Adult Team Divisions, Rule 24 applies except as follows:

A team may enter four fish of each species.

The team must enter four fish of a species to receive bonus points for closing out a species.

At least one of the four fish entered in each species must have been caught by each team member and the first 4 fish photographed are the ones scored. (No team member can enter more than three fish of a species.)

All divisions including the Adult Team Divisions compete individually for largest fish trophies. Any youth angler fishing in an Adult Team Division will compete for largest fish trophies in the Youth Division.

2010 Team Rule Update: Youth fishing as part of an Adult Team will be eligible for Youth Grand Champion only if the Adult Team is not eligible for the Adult Grand Champion.

2012 Rules Update:  The Largest Fish is an individual competition in both the adult and youth divisions.  A youth angler fishing as a member of an adult team competes for the youth division largest fish. 

The Trash Can Slam Trophy will be awarded to the angler catching a Jack Crevalle, Ladyfish and Catfish all on the same day with the greatest total number of inches for the three fish.

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Documents and Contact

Scholarship Application
Contact Us

Fishing Tournament Co-Chairs

Mary Payne (239)398-5219

Rebecca Vaccariello (518)461-4050


Fishing Tournament

The 23rd Annual Gene Doyle Backcountry Release Fishing Tournament will be held May 1, 2 & 3, 2020.

Friday, May 1, 2020
7 pm – Anglers’ and Captains’ Meetings and Kickoff Party @ Sunshine Ace Hardware – downtown Store

Saturday, May 2, 2020
7 am – 2:30 pm – Fishing Day 1 from respective launch sites

Sunday, May 3, 2020
7 am – 2:30 pm – Fishing Day 2 from respective launch sites
 6pm – Awards Banquet @ Naples Sailing & Yacht Club, 896 River Point Dr., Naples

Adventure Scholarship

Application Deadline: Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Finalist Interviews: Thursday, March 7, 2019

Winners Announced: Friday, March 8, 2019

Tournament Chair 
John Paulich

Tournament Headquarters
Phone: (239) 776-9400

Tournament Info

Scholarship Info

The Foundation

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