All fish entered for competition for club prizes must be weighed in and recorded and the tackle must be exhibited when the fish is weighed in . Someone other than the angler must act as weighmaster . All weigh-in scales must be certified for accuracy . Member-owned scales may be certified by SCTC in accordance with certification standards approved by the Tackle committee . Each such scale will be issued a SCTC identifing number, which must be affixed to the scale at the time of weigh-in . Scales so certified every 18 months or less may be used for weight slip submittal for button fish and the Annual Tournament . Scales with only this limited certification cannot be used for club records . All club record fish must be weighed in on land on scales that have been certified within the past 12 months by an authorized government agency or a qualified and accredited scales testing company . At the time of weighing a club record fish if the scale has not been properly certified within 12 months, it should be checked for accuracy as soon as possible . An official report stating the findings of the inspection prior to any adjustment of the scale must be submitted to the Tackle Committee within 30 days from the date of weigh-in .
Scales may not be hand-held during weigh-in, with the following exception: corbina, spotfin croaker and yellowfin croaker weighing 5 lbs . or less and caught from the beach may be weighed in on a hand-held scale that has been certified for accuracy by SCTC . For all other catches, scales that require suspension must be hung from a stationary fixture. In order to qualify for club records, fish must be weighed onshore . All other fish should be weighed onshore if possible but may be weighed at sea under the following conditions only:
1 . The vessel used as weigh station must be at anchor in calm seas .
2 . The weight entered on the weight slip must be the lowest observed weight during a one minute observation period .
During weigh-in, the weight of the sling, platform or rope (if one is used to secure the fish on the scale) must be determined and deducted from the total weight . Only weights indicated by the graduations on the scale will be accepted . Visual fractionalizing of these graduations is not allowed . Any weights that fall between two graduations on the scale must be rounded to the lower of the two .
Any protest relative to the tackle, weigh-in, manner of killing the fish or protest in regard to a violation of the section of the Club rules on “Boat Regulations” must be filed in writing (or postmarked) with the Secretary of the Club within 72 hours after the catch is presented at a Club meeting . (Revised 01/08)