Texas Saltwater Fishing Tournament
Rules by Big3fishing.com
- All decisions of the Tournament Director are final.
- All protests must be registered in writing with the Tournament Director within 15 minutes of the designated weigh-in.
- All announcements concerning emergencies and hourly results will be broadcast via VHF radio (Channel 68).
- All State & Federal penal code laws shall apply at all times.
- All State, Coast Guard, Federal Parks & Wildlife regulations shall apply at all times.
- All contestants must have a valid fishing license and are required to follow all applicable Federal, State and Local regulations and laws.
- Each person in boat must be a paid contestant of official tournament and abide by all tournament rules and regulations.
- Non-contestants are not allowed in paid contestants’ boat anytime during official tournament hours.
- Any contestant found to be in violation of any tournament rules and regulations will be subject to disqualification from this tournament and all future tournaments.
- All fish caught by contestants fishing together will be disqualified if any of the said contestants are found to be in violation of any tournament rules and regulations.
- Any person who has been disqualified from any prior tournament may be subject to being refused entry into tournament.
- Tournament officials have the right to refuse any entry.
- Participants under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or adult with written parental permission.
REGISTRATION AND ENTRY FEE:
- Entry form with complete entry fee must be received before fishing.
- No refund or substitution of entry fees for any reason.
- No alcoholic beverages are to be consumed by tournament contestant nor are alcoholic beverages allowed in contestant’s boat during official tournament hours, unless tournament contestant is finished fishing or has had their boat inspection and polygraph for that tournament day.
- All boats must be equipped with some type of emergency ignition cut-off device (kill switch) on any remote steered outboard while main engine is in use. Ignition cut-off device must be attached to boat operator at all times while main engine is in use. Kill switch must operate properly. The outboard main engine must stop running immediately when the kill switch is activated. Kill switches are not required with hand-operated engines unless equipped with one when manufactured.
- Boat operator must show proof of valid registration.
- US Coast Guard approved life jackets are required for each person in boat. Life jackets must be worn and fastened while main engine is in use.
- No boat shall have a motor of higher horsepower than the approved Coast Guard maximum.
PERMITTED FISHING AREAS & HOURS
- Only fish caught during tournament hours (6:00am – 4:00pm) may be weighed-in during official tournament weigh-in hours (7:00am – 3:00pm) on tournament day.
- Official Off-Limits from fishing begins 8:00pm Friday and ends 6:00am Saturday.
- Contestants may leave from any launch site. No casting until 6:00am official clock.
- Official start-stop times will be determined by VHF (Channel 68).
- No fishing within 50 yards of a marina gas pump.
- No fishing within the confines of the Harborwalk Marina.
TACKLE AND EQUIPMENT
- Contestants may use only one rod at any one time. Other rods may be in the boat for substitute purposes.
- Bank fishing, wade fishing, boat fishing and kayaking are permissible.
- Live/Dead bait and artificial lures may be used.
- No electronic tracking devices (implanted microchips) may be used to locate fish for tournament purposes. Depth finders and graph charts are the only exception.
WEIGH-IN, SPORTSMANSHIP AND CONSERVATION
- Sportsmanship, courtesy, safety and conservation are expected from every participant.
- No boat, without permission, may fish within 50 yards of another boat that has their anchor down or the trolling motor down in the locked position.
- All fish weighed in will become the property of the Tournament and will be released alive if possible.
- Trailering is permissible. There is NO designated launch site for this tournament.
- All efforts should be made to weigh live fish.
- There will be an 8-ounce dead fish penalty. Weigh-master will make official ruling to determine if a fish is dead or alive.
- All fish brought to weigh-in station must be in weigh-in bag with water. Bags will be provided at weigh-in site.
- No contestant may weigh in more than one fish in each category per tournament hour. Only one fish per weigh-in bag is allowed. The number of times you may win separate Big Fish Of The Hour is restricted to twice per day/per division. Fish entered in the Big Fish Of The Hour contest do not carry forward from hour to hour. Your biggest fish in each category is registered into the final overall standings.
- Fish must be weighed in by the contestant who originally caught the fish and it must be in said contestant’s physical possession in the weigh-in line.
- Any artificially weighted or preserved fish will be disqualified and that contestant will be subject to prosecution under federal laws.
- Any questionable entry will be subject to inspection by a marine biologist or similarly qualified expert from the TPWD.
- Official measuring board is the Check-It-Stick.
- Only Speckled Trout, Red Drum (Redfish) and Flounder will be weighed in.
- Only Redfish within the legal TPWD slot may be weighed. Tagged “Bull” Redfish may NOT be weighed.
- Only ONE (1) Speckled Trout over 25 inches may be weighed in by each angler.
- No contestant may have more than the TPWD legal possession limit of fish at any time during official Tournament hours.
- This is a mandatory catch and release program during Official Tournament hours. When tournament is officially over, all fish must be released back into tournament waters.
- Contestants are to be attentive to litter and should make every effort to maintain their trash in their boat and dispose of it properly.
- Each contestant, by signing the entry form and/or participation in the tournament, agrees to submit to a polygraph examination.
- Polygraph tests will be given on a random basis and must be passed.
- Any contestant determined by the polygraph examination or other Tournament officials to be intoxicated or on any type of illegal drugs at the time said contestant is required to take the polygraph examination, or in violation of Tournament rules, will be disqualified from this and all future Tournaments.
- Any contestant found to be in possession of any illegal substance will be subject to disqualification and prosecution.
- All contestants, by entering this Tournament, hereby agree to allow their boats to be boarded and inspected by Tournament officials at any time during said Tournament, and checked for items to include, but not limited to, their boat registration, Coast Guard horsepower rating plate and boat content to include live well, rod boxes, closed storage compartments, tackle boxes, life jackets, PFD’s and safety equipment.