Nationals Rules and Registration

Qualifying Team Captains;  the 2016 Mercury National Championship, online Registration Forms are available here! Official invitations will be mailed to team Captains as Divisions close. 

* Please note, all registration forms and entry fees are due to the SKA by Thursday November 3, 2016 and are to be completed by the team captain only - NO EXCEPTIONS


* Divisions 1, 3, 6 and 9 may pay entry fee at Nationals, CASH ONLY. 


The top 25 boats in the Open Class, top 25 boats in the Small Boat Class and the top 25 boats in the Single Engine Class at the end of that division’s season will be invited to compete in the SKA’s National Championship and will receive an invitation to that effect*. Only SKA current year Competition Members will be allowed to compete. Captains can either fish with their original team or may pick their crews from the general competition member rank and file of the SKA. All members of a National Championship crew must be current SKA Competition members and have fished in at least two SKA sanctioned tournaments as such during the season in which they qualified for the Championship. SKA Corporate Partners and members of the press are the only exceptions and must be approved by the SKA management prior to fishing.

Note to Captains: Make sure throughout the season that any crew that you would like to attend the National Championship are current SKA Competition members.  Any boat qualifying in more than one division will go to the Nationals based on their highest Divisional finish and will be pulled from any lower Divisional finishes, allowing other boats to move up. The boat, however, still gets credit for where they finish for the record books.

Any ties in Divisional competition will be broken by the size of the largest fish of the three that count toward the boat’s points. The boat with the larger fish will break the tie. In the event of identical big fish weights, the size of the second largest fish will break the tie, and if needed, the third largest fish. Any and all ties in divisional competition will be broken. There will be no co-winners or equal placing in the divisions. Small Boat Class boats are competing for their own set of prizes in the Nationals, and are unable to win any prizes in any other Class (and vice versa). Single Engine Class boats are competing for their own set of prizes in the Nationals, and are unable to win any prizes in any other Class (and vice versa).

Past National Champions and past Anglers of the Year are automatically qualified for the Championship and will be purged from any divisional qualifying finishes, allowing other boats to move up. (Must use the name of boat used for Championship wins or Angler of the Year title). If boats that have qualified for the Nationals do not attend, SKA does not go down the qualifying list. Past Champions and Anglers of the Year must fish a minimum of two sanctioned events during the calendar year to be eligible for participation in the Championship. Past National Champions do not have to fish in the class they won in, as long as they fish the minimum required 2 sanctioned events in that class. If the past champion remains in the same class, the Captain may choose to bring another boat (other than the one originally qualified in) to the Championship, however, it must conform to the class they won the title in. If the Captain elects not to attend the National Championship, so as not to penalize the co-captain and team members, they can elect to use the qualifying position. They must use the boat name that the captain won the title in for at least 2 sanctioned events during the current season. The past National Champion Captain must notify SKA of this change and receive approval to transfer the qualifying position. 

All other Official SKA Rules and Regulations apply.

*Top 35 boats in divisions with 73 or more boats in a particular class.