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FRIENDS FOR HOPE

7th ANNUAL BAY FISHING TOURNAMENT OFFICIAL RULES 2017

All entrants must have registration form on file by 9pm Friday, June 2rd, 2017 at the Captain’s Meeting.

  • Anglers will receive their boat number and an overview of the rules. No registration on day of tournament.
  • All live and artificial bait is allowed. All fish must be taken by rod and reel.
  • Entrants must have a valid 2017 Texas Fishing License and Saltwater Stamp.
  • Each person in the boat MUST BE entered in the tournament, (Max 4 people per boat).
  • One pole per angler. You can have more than one rod and reel on the boat, but you cannot fish with more than one at a time.
  • No fish pooling is permitted between teams. Only fish caught by team members on the weigh in date are eligible for official weigh in. Pooling of fish will result in disqualification.
  • Wading is permitted but within sight of the boat.
  • Fishing hours are from 6:00am – 4:00pm Saturday, June 3th, 2017. Boats can leave the docks at 5:30AM.
  • No check in on day of tournament required to start fishing.
  • Weigh in will be at Louie’s Backyard from 2pm – 4:00pm. You must be in line ready to weigh in by
  • 4:00pm. NO EXCEPTIONS.
  • Fish must be fresh and in edible condition. No mutilated fish will be accepted.
  • Our scales and ruler will be the only official measuring device.
  • Winning fish will be determined by weight. Ties will be broken by length, (lengths will be measured
  • according to the current Texas Parks and Wildlife Department regulations and procedures).
  • Anglers will weigh in one species of each redfish and trout. The fish brought in to weigh is final.
  • No substitutions of fish other than the one brought in.
  • Oversized Redfish will DISQUALIFY entrant from that species (Over 28 inches) as per The State of Texas Requirements
  • Trout must not be over 25 inches. NO TROUT OVER 25 INCHES WILL BE ACCEPTED. Any trout over 25 inches will be DISQUALIFY entrant from that species.
  • All anglers weighing in fish will need to sign weigh cards. Anglers assume the responsibility of meeting
  • rules and requirements
  • All weighed fish will be marked by removing a pectoral fin.
  • Only one fish per species will be weighed in per angler
  • Tournament Director’s watch will be used for Official Time. There will be an announcement made at the
  • Captain’s Meeting at 7:30pm, Friday June 2rd, 2017.
  • All anglers, including minors agree to take a polygraph test if required by a Friends for Hope member or
  • the Friends for Hope weigh master. Failure to take or pass a polygraph test will result in disqualification
  • from this tournament and all future tournaments. If the angler is a minor, a parent or legal guardian shall
  • agree for the minor to submit to such polygraph testing.
  • Any protest must be brought to the attention of the tournament director prior to 5:00 PM on June 4, 2017.
  • All decisions of The Weight Master and Friends for Hope board are final.
  • Friends for Hope reserves the right to refuse entry into the tournament.