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2009 KLO Key Largo Blue Storm Tournament - November 7-8 Here is the second year Key Largo Blue Storm Open Tournament at the top of the Florida Keys

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Old 10-07-2009, 11:42 AM   #1
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Arrow Engage the FINAL CONFLICT for the 2009 Blue Storms - Sign up for the Key Largo Open!

We are now accepting registrations for the 2009 Spear Wars Key Largo Blue Storm Open Tournament.

Go to www.SpearWars.com to register now!

“Spear Wars Blue Storm Tournament Series” is about the spirit of competition in the rapidly growing sport of Spearfishing. The series has raw excitement, danger, and competition. Contestants compete against each other for prizes and trophies in the largest such aggregate scoring contest in the world.

The KLO is the remaining tournament of the three Blue Storm tournament events for 2009 at these dates below.

The Key Largo Open (KLO) is coming up right away at a wonderful venue at the Key Largo Marriott. The weigh-in is under the convention meeting complex where we have the awards and prizes upstair in a first class facility. This location is in relatively easy driving distance for all SBO Classic and PBO contestants.

Keys Blue Storm Open

Thursday, November 5 - Captains' Meeting (November 19)
Saturday, November 7 - Shooting Day (November 21)
Sunday, November 8 - Weigh-in, BBQ and Expo (November 22)

Registration begins TODAY

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Key Largo Marriott Resort
Largo Key Conference Center
103800 Overseas Highway
Key Largo, FL 33037

305-453-0000
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Old 10-08-2009, 07:19 AM   #2
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Re: Engage the FINAL CONFLICT for the 2009 Blue Storms - Sign up for the Key Largo Op

Here are the rules and forms for entry.
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File Type: pdf Legal Waiver Form 2009 KLO.pdf (146.2 KB, 197 views)
File Type: pdf KLO 2009 Rules - FINAL 10-27-09-1.pdf (34.2 KB, 191 views)
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Old 10-08-2009, 08:08 AM   #3
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Re: Engage the FINAL CONFLICT for the 2009 Blue Storms - Sign up for the Key Largo Op

Make sure you read the rules carefully, they have been CHANGED, you can only weigh in ONE grouper now.
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Make sure you read the rules carefully, they have been CHANGED, you can only weigh in ONE grouper now.
Yes, this rule change is VERY Important for everyone to know about. Please see the attached summary of the new laws. The Atlantic side can now only take one gag or black in Federal waters. They can still take reds though but they are usually much smaller. Weighmaster John Biggs and I considered the approach to double the points to make everything consistent with SBO and PBO this year and the overall rankings. But, we decided to go with the more restrictive approach of allowing just one grouper to be weighed in instead of two groupers as in the past Blue Storm events.

We are trying to avoid swinging the advantage to the west coast or other places that can legally get two gags or blacks and not have to rely on reds to get two groupers for KLO purposes. We do not want to have to ask you where you shot them when you weigh in your fish.

Here is the exact changed wording of the rules for this issue:

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Grouper/Scamp* 24” Gag or Black; 20” Red; 20” Scamp **1 Fish Total

The maximum number of fish that a contestant can potentially enter is eight (8).

** this KLO reduction from 2 to 1 in the grouper/scamp category is caused by law changes on the east coast of Florida.

The new Fishing law is as follows:

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FWC Division of Marine Fisheries Management
September 2009 Hot Sheet – Marine Fisheries Management

South Atlantic

Action: Federal Regulation Changes in the South Atlantic
Information: New regulations for all shallow-water grouper species in federal waters of the Atlantic took effect July 29, 2009. These regulations are:

• January through April closed to all commercial and recreational harvest of gag, black grouper, red grouper, scamp, rock hind, red hind, coney, graysby, yellowfin grouper, yellowmouth grouper and tiger grouper

• The grouper aggregate bag limit reduced to 3 groupers

• Reduced bag limit to one gag or one black grouper (combined) within the three grouper aggregate bag limit

Timeline: New grouper regulations in federal waters of the Atlantic took effect on July 29, 2009. Other federal changes to Atlantic grouper regulations are anticipated for sometime in 2010. The FWC will address potential rule changes to become consistent with federal regulations at the September 2009Commission Meeting.
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Old 10-12-2009, 09:04 PM   #5
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Here is the KLO flyer being mailed out with the registration forms. If anyone would like the package snail-mailed to them, please PM your address to me. Thanks, Tony
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Old 10-13-2009, 06:30 AM   #6
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Re: Engage the FINAL CONFLICT for the 2009 Blue Storms - Sign up for the Key Largo Op

good work on the rule change.
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Re: Engage the FINAL CONFLICT for the 2009 Blue Storms - Sign up for the Key Largo Op

Just to clarify, are East Coast red snapper in or out?
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Re: Engage the FINAL CONFLICT for the 2009 Blue Storms - Sign up for the Key Largo Op

With the advent of the new Amberjack closure we are doing some clarification on the rules and will answer any of the questions that have been posed shortly.
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Re: Engage the FINAL CONFLICT for the 2009 Blue Storms - Sign up for the Key Largo Op

What about changing the cobia/aj category to "pelagic". Open it to legal jacks, cobia, scombrid, and dolphin?
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Old 10-20-2009, 12:02 PM   #10
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By adding a sea cucumber category you'd attract more Key West shooters.
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Old 10-20-2009, 12:31 PM   #11
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What about changing the cobia/aj category to "pelagic". Open it to legal jacks, cobia, scombrid, and dolphin?
I am discussing this option as well. Thanks for the suggestion.
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I am discussing this option as well. Thanks for the suggestion.
I think Tony shoud be forward looking and show some leadership in this regard. He should act responsibly and now make the contest based on the two largest grunts. That way he won't have to keep changing the rules every few months as the regulators shut down each recreational fishery....
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I think Tony shoud be forward looking and show some leadership in this regard. He should act responsibly and now make the contest based on the two largest grunts. That way he won't have to keep changing the rules every few months as the regulators shut down each recreational fishery....
Amen to that Jim! We could add lionfish to the score card...the weighmasters would love that, huh!
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is there going to be a largest intact sand dollar category for next years tournament? that is about all we will have left.
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