2017 MSKFC Women's Only Kayak Bass Tournament
2017 MSKFC Women's Only Kayak Bass Tournament
PARTICIPATION AND ELIGIBILITY
• The tournament is open to all female anglers provided they meet the following requirements and honor all rules and regulations listed herein.
• There are no membership fees or dues, only individual event registration fees and optional side pots.
• Disabled or special medical needs competitors will be allowed to use kayaks or canoes with a maximum of 12V trolling motors or kayaks equipped with special motorized kayak propulsion systems for competitions with prior approval from the tournament director.
• The tournament director reserves the right to seek verification of special medical needs such as a doctor’s note. Please contact the tournament director at least 72 hours in advance of the event if seeking approval to use some kind of motorized propulsion due to medical needs.
• Participants must check in at the designated registration area prior to the captain’s meeting. At registration, participants must confirm registration on I-angler and display a properly prepared Hawg Trough (as outlined below) and a United States Coast Guard approved wearable life jacket (PFD).
• Participants must attend the captain’s meeting held prior to the start of each event.
LIABILITY RELEASE/LICENSE REQUIREMENTS
• All competitors must agree to and sign a liability release prior to start of the event. This will be completed as a part of the online registration process.
• All competitors under the age of 18 must provide a liability release signed by a parent or guardian before the start of the event. Parent or guardian must be present. This will be completed during your online registration.
• All competitors must have a valid Texas Freshwater Fishing License or be exempt under TPWD regulations.
• For current regulations and information on fishing licenses, go to http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/business/licenses/index.phtml
• Only human powered vessels will be allowed (with the exception of those with special medical needs as listed above).
• Kayaks and stand up paddleboards are acceptable.
• No gasoline or electric motor propelled boats, sail boats, airboats, float tubes, or poled boats maybe used.
• Only one person per vessel.
• No pier, shoreline, wade, jug, trot line, hand line, cast or drag net, or bow fishing will be allowed.
All competitors must launch at the Lake Bonham South Boat Ramp.
• Competitors will be released at a specified time from the captain’s meeting. Participants may leave and drive to their preferred launch site once the captains meeting is over. Participants must attend the captains meeting and must return to the designated check-in point at the designated time. If you are running late and have already paid, you will still need to meet with the tournament director before you can launch to go over the rules and have our equipment checked.
• Transporting vessels or competitors via power driven boats (including towing) is strictly prohibited except in the case of an emergency as determined by the tournament director.
PERMITTED FISHING METHODS/BAIT/LURES
• Only artificial baits, lures, and hand-tied flies may be used during these events.
• No live or dead bait may be used.
• Anglers are permitted to use conventional rods and reels and fly rods and reels only.
• The use of downriggers will not be allowed, but trolling under human power is acceptable.
• Anglers may utilize only one rod at a time and may have only one line in the water at a time.
• A lifejacket (PFD) must be worn at all times while on the water. There will be no exceptions to this rule. Violators will be immediately disqualified if spotted not wearing a PFD.
• Competitors must meet all TPWD regulations. For specific information regarding TPWD regulations, go to
• Competitors must meet all US Coast Guard regulations. For specific information regarding USCG regulations, go to http://www.uscgboating.org/
• No competitors are to be within 10 yards of each other while on the water, except in the case of an emergency when assistance may be required.
• All fish should be kept out of the water for as short of time as possible and returned to the water in a healthy condition.
• Any one fish may only be submitted once for scoring.
• Fishing outside of designated event boundaries will result in disqualification.
• Wristbands or identifiers and scorecards will be issued at the designated check-in table. Attendance at the captain’s meeting is mandatory.
• Emergency phone calls will be permitted as necessary and the tournament director must be notified of all emergency situations.
• Family and employment related calls will be allowed.
• There is to be no electronic communication between competing anglers or any electronic communication regarding fishing or the tournament during the competition.
• This rule is in place to prevent the sharing of information that may create an unfair competitive advantage during the competition.
• All fish must be caught within the designated tournament boundaries and within the designated timeframe.
• Only fish from the black bass family (largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, spotted bass, and Guadalupe bass) will qualify for scoring. For more information on identifying these fish, go to https://tpwd.texas.gov/regulations/outdoor-annual/fishing/freshwater-fishing/bass-identification
• All qualifying fish will be documented according to the Catch, Photo, and Release (CPR) principles listed below.
• The Hawg Trough is the only acceptable measuring device for all events.
• Competitors must have and use their own Hawg Trough measuring device (no sharing).
• Your Hawg Trough must be presented for inspection at check-in prior to the captain’s meeting and may be inspected by the tournament director or his or her assistants at any time.
• It is highly recommended that all Hawg Trough raised ¼ inch increments be darkened with a permanent marker so that they are clearly visible in all photographs.
PRACTICE PERIOD/OFF LIMITS
• Fishing within the upcoming tournament boundaries by contestants will not be allowed starting at 7 p.m. on the day prior to the tournament.
• Any angler caught or reported (with proof) fishing within the tournament boundaries during this off limits period will be disqualified and will forfeit his or her entry fee.
• The tournament director may delay, reschedule, or cancel the event due to inclement weather.
• The first option will be to delay for a timeframe determined by the tournament director.
• The reschedule date for any event is the following day at the same time and at the same place.
• If the tournament is to be delayed for more than one day, the event will take place on the following Saturday.
• If the tournament is rescheduled to take place on another day, entry fees may be refunded or applied to future events.
• No refunds for prepaid entry fees will be given for non-attendance, regardless of the reason.
• Contestants grant Mariner Sails and other event sponsors the unconditional right to use their name, voice, photographic likeness and biographical information in connection with Mariner Sales tournaments, production, promotion, and/or articles and press releases, and shall not be entitled to receive any royalties or other compensation in connection with such use.
• Illegal drug and alcohol use during all competitions is strictly prohibited.
• Any competitor found to be under the influence of illegal drugs or alcohol during competition will be disqualified, will receive a score of zero, and will not have his or her entry fee refunded or applied to future events.
RULES INTERPRETATION and PROTESTS
• All rules are interpreted and enforced by the tournament director.
• Any protests should be registered with the tournament director prior to the announcement of the results.
• Any protests of the results should be made known to the tournament director immediately following the award ceremony.
• The tournament director retains the right to make any changes at any time in order to conduct a safe and fair tournament and his or her decision will be final.
• It is the responsibility of all participants to read and abide by the tournament rules. Ignorance of the rules does will not result in any exceptions.
• This competition is intended to be a competitive and professional event. It is also designed to be lots of fun. That being said, all anglers are required to be good sportsmen throughout the series. Any disorderly conduct, violation of rules, or illegal activity will result in disqualification.
• Any reports of misconduct or violations of the rules will be investigated. Any violations reported and accompanied by adequate proof will result in immediate disqualification.
• ALL participants must have paid the event entry fee and registered on I-Angler prior to the competition.
• The entry fees for each event will be $50 and the optional entry into the big bass pot will be an additional $10.
• Online Registration will end on the Thursday night prior to Tournament.
• This tournament is a benefit tournament for Casting for Recovery..
• 1st - 3rd place will receive cash prizes.
• Big bass payout will be 100% of big bass pot
• The iAngler Tournament App will be used to collect and judge all submissions for these events.
• All contestants are to submit their catch through iAngler’s App on their smart phone.
• If a participant do not have cell service or is using a digital camera, that participant will need to report to the designated check-in point by the appointed time to fill out a handwritten scorecard and have his or her photos confirmed.
• While a universal card reader will be on hand at the check-in, it is highly recommended that participants using a camera bring a USB cord that is compatible with that camera in case technical difficulties arise. It is the participant’s responsibility to make sure that the tournament director can download pictures.
• Caught fish will be scored in this tournament according to catch, photo, and release (CPR) procedures and must include all of the following criteria:
• The whole fish from tip of lip to end of tail must be clearly captured in one single photo.
• The fish must be position on its right side with either the upper or lower lip touching the upright element on the left side of the Hawg Trough.
• The mouth of the fish may be either opened or closed.
• Fish must be left side UP.
• All ¼-inch markings on the Hawg Trough must be clearly visible. It is highly recommended that all raised markings are darkened by participants prior to the tournament with a permanent marker.
• Assigned unique identifier must be clearly visible in the photograph.
• Only one clear overhead shot (not at an angle) capturing all elements described herein per fish will be accepted.
• Fish must be clear of any devices. Fins, tail, head, and eyes cannot be obstructed in photo.
• All criteria must be met or photo will not be scored.
• If participant does not have cell service at the time that the photograph is taken, he or she can and submit the photograph at a later time in an area that has cell service or submit a handwritten scorecard and have photographs verified by the tournament director.
• Only the tournament director and his or her designate assistants will be involved in the judging process.
• Since this will mostly be an online submitted tournament, there will be no late submittals. If cell service is not available within the designated fishing boundaries or if a participant is using a digital camera, it is the participant’s responsibility to report to the designated check-in point early to submit a scorecard and photographs in person.
• Competitor photos will be reviewed and scored by the tournament director and designated his or her designated assistants.
• Photos that do not meet the requirements as provided will be rejected and participants will have the option to resubmit a better picture if available.
• The tournament director and his or her assistants will be solely responsible and retain the right to declare any photo as “unacceptable”.
• Winners will be declared and awards will be announced by the tournament director.
• The tournament will then be declared complete if there are no protests.
• In the case of a protest, the tournament director will make a final decision on whether an adjustment will be made and what effect that will have on any awards given out and the tournament will then be declared complete.
• Each participant will be provided with a unique identifier for the event.
• Participant’s 5 (five) longest verified fish measured in inches and rounded down to the nearest ¼-inch will be totaled for participant’s score.
• Fish shorter than 12 inches in length will not be scored and should not be photographed or recorded.
• In the event of a tie, the following criteria will decide the winner:
• Biggest fish
• 2nd biggest Fish
• 3rd biggest Fish
• And so on until there are no more fish to compare. If a tie still exists, then a coin toss will be the deciding factor.