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2019 Rudy’s Pro Series Rules and Regulations

All rules stated below will remain in effect for the 2019 Pro Redfish Series (the “SERIES”). All decisions made by the tournament director and/or tournament officials will be final in all matters. The tournament director and/or the tournament officials can make a change when the safety of a contestant is in question or by a unanimous decision by the tournament committee. Any changes to the rules will be posted on the website www.redfishseries.com and communicated to the tournament members in the pre-tournament meeting before the tournaments. Warnings, penalties and disqualifications will be determined by the tournament officials. A signature on one set of rules and regulations is applicable for any and all SERIES events and may be used as an acknowledgement for such. Each participant (“contestant”) must read and acknowledge the following rules and indicate so by signing an entry form. A “team” shall consist of two contestants.

1) Applicable Laws: Federal, State and Local laws shall be obeyed by contestants at all times. Contestants choosing to fish outside of Texas waters shall adhere to the local and state laws of the venue in which the contestant is fishing, including purchasing and possessing a valid fishing license for that state effective for the dates of competition. Violation of any federal, state and/or local laws (including harboring fish in nets, crab traps, cages, boxes, or other holding device) shall result in the automatic disqualification of the individual and his team from the SERIES event, and may disqualify (at the discretion of the SERIES’ officials) the individual and his team from the entire series.

2) Tournament Eligibility: In order to participate in the SERIES, both team members must be members in good standing with the Rudy’s Redfish Series and/or it’s assigns. Contestants under 18 years old must fish with their legal guardian as their teammate, or another adult approved by the minor’s legal guardian. The SERIES reserves the right to refuse membership and participation in any event to any individual and/or team at the discretion of the tournament committee. Each team may designate an alternate participant for use in the event of a teammates absence, provided however, that the alternate is designated on or before the first Series event. Only one alternate may be used for the entire Series; however, the alternate may be used for more than one Series event.

3) Alcoholic Beverages and Illegal Drugs: Consumption of any alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs during tournament hours is prohibited and shall result in disqualification. Alcoholic beverages and illegal drugs may not be in the possession of any team member or on board a participating boat during the hours of tournament competition.

4) Sportsmanship: SERIES participants are expected to follow the highest standards of sportsmanship, courtesy and ethics. Unsportsmanlike and unethical conduct will result in disqualification (at the tournament committee’s discretion). Please refer to the Texas Boating Safety Rules. This includes, but is not limited to, cutting off or impeding other tournament boats, waking or traveling through an occupied area at excessive rates of speed, flats or other waters that are occupied by other tournament anglers, etc.

5) Permitted Tournament Fishing Waters: Contestants may fish in any inshore public water accessible by boat. “Inshore” for this series is defined as the navigable, tide consumable coastal waters, bays, rivers, and wetlands, extending to the inside of the passes to The Gulf of Mexico. This rule does not preclude anglers from traversing the Gulf to get to an inshore fishing location. Contestants may not fish in ANY private water not equally accessible to all other anglers, or in any body of water owned or controlled by a third party who will not permit every public angler, including non-tournament anglers, access to the area. A warning by the water area owner to exit the area is a violation of this rule whether the angler is cited/ticketed/arrested or not, and the Contestant is subject to automatic disqualification of the day’s weight and/or the tournament event in this instance.

  • No fishing is allowed within a 300 yard radius of tournament site.
  • No fishing is allowed within a 500 yard radius of any ferry landing.
  • Contestants shall not fish in any area which has been “closed” by a governmental agency or other third party owner/operator.
  • Participants are not allowed to fish within a 150 feet (50 yards) radius of another anchored boat unless they are invited in by the anchored boat. An anchored boat is a boat held in a stable position by an anchor, a weight, push pole, PowerPole, Talon, Stake It Stick, or other “anchoring” mechanism with the trolling motor in the up position. If anchored boat invites another team into the inviting team’s 50 yard area, any tournament participant is also allowed within the waived area.
  • The boat anchored in an area first has the right to 150 feet radius of the area.
  • If the boat does not have a trolling motor the definition of anchored still applies.

6) Permitted Fishing Methods: All tournament fish shall be taken by rod, reel, and artificial tackle, only. Only one rod and reel may be used at any one time per angler. NO LIVE OR DEAD NATURAL CREATURE, OR ITS PARTS, SECRETIONS, BODILY FLUIDS OR DERIVATIVE IS ALLOWED TO BE USED AS BAIT. Prior to and during the tournament, contestants shall not “cork” or otherwise mark fish or schools of fish by artificial means for identification for the purposes of locating fish during tournament hours. Wade Fishing is NOT Allowed. Each day of the contest, Contestants must leave from and return to the official checkpoint, and fish the entire contest in the team’s boat. While fishing during tournament hours, participants may not leave the boat to net or “land” a fish. Contestants may exit their boats while refueling, and/or in the case of an emergency or other necessary non-fishing purpose. During pre fishing or tournament hours there will be no chumming or baiting or loading spots (anglers cannot go bait a pond hoping fish will stay around till tournament day).

7) Checkpoints and Inspection: Each tournament event will have designated checkpoints. Each boat must go through a checkpoint in the morning in a pre-selected order. The checkout point and times will be communicated to the teams at the pre-tournament (“captain’s”) meeting. All tournament boats must be inspected by a tournament official at the official tournament site before they are released to fish. Flight numbers will be drawn by each team at the mandatory registration the day before each tournament begins. Once a flight number is drawn, it may not be changed, traded or sold to another team. It is the contestant’s responsibility to know his flight number, official tournament time and check-in time. Failure to go through the checkpoint will result in disqualification. Every boat must go through the checkpoint at the conclusion of the day’s fishing regardless of if the team has fish to weigh in. Once a boat has checked in, that team will not be allowed to return to fish during the day’s competition and that team’s day of fishing shall cease. Check-in times will be between 2:00 PM and 4:00 PM. Contestants who are not at the official checkpoint area at the appointed time will be penalized at the rate of one-half (1/2) pound, per minute, which will be deducted from the team’s total day’s weight. Any contestant more than fifteen (15) minutes late will be disqualified from that day’s weight entry. Teams who are not able to check in due to equipment failure or other unforeseen circumstances are responsible for contacting the tournament director before the official check-in is over in order to determine an acceptable solution.

8) Polygraphs: By signature on the official tournament entry form, each contestant agrees to submit to a polygraph test and be bound by its interpreted results and conclusions. The first place team in each event, and any other team as chosen by the Series’ directors, shall be subject to a polygraph examination and will not receive any award until the test has been administered and determined to be non- deceptive. Polygraph tests may be issued at the discretion of the tournament director/committee for any reason, and each contestant hereby acknowledges and consents to the examination. The results and interpretations of the polygraph are final and each contestant hereby knowingly, intelligently and voluntarily waives any review of said test result, including any judicial process seeking to overturn, amend or otherwise negate the finding of the test administrator.

9) Insurance and Liability: Each boat entered into any SERIES event shall have a minimum of $100,000.00 liability insurance coverage to be maintained throughout the entirety of the series or for every event fished. It is the responsibility of the boat owner to carry liability insurance covering the vessel. The SERIES will not issue liability coverage for its events. A current copy of the team’s insurance policy and each member’s signed DECLARATION, WAIVER, RELEASE, AND HOLD HARMLESS AGREEMENT shall be given to SERIES administrator before a team may compete in any SERIES event. All tournament participants are required to sign a waiver absolving all tournament officials, officers, participants, sponsors and co-sponsors from any responsibility for damage or personal injury sustained as a result of the contestant’s participation in the tournament or its related activities; however, the language of the waiver is incorporated herein for all purposes, and the contestant’s signature on this form shall constitute an alternate release in the instance the member fails to sign the official DECLARATION, WAIVER, RELEASE, AND HOLD HARMLESS AGREEMENT.

10) Pre-Tournament “Captain’s” Meeting: Tournament Registration for the SERIES will be the Wednesday evening before the tournament date between 5:30 PM and 7:00 PM. A pre- tournament meeting will be held following registration at 7:00 PM. At least one member of each team shall attend the Pre-Tournament meeting. Participants may be excused from the Thursday night meeting if arrangements are made with the SERIES office. Participants must have written documentation from the SERIES office and present it upon registration if the participant is excused from the Wednesday meeting. If a contestant fails to attend the registration and pre- tournament meeting without written permission from the SERIES office, a one (1) pound, per fish, per day penalty, will be assessed against the team’s fish at weigh-in, both days.

11) Communication: There shall be no information, whatsoever, whether obtained by paying a third party, or “volunteered”/free of charge, which is garnered from a non- tournament participant inside of 10-days prior to the Series event and through the event’s conclusion. This includes, but is not limited to, information obtained via social media, magazines, newspaper, blogs, text, phone, face-to- face, onboard or “guided” trips, websites, and/or other periodical sources. Participants may not use drones, helicopters or other aerial surveillance to locate and target fish; this rule does not prohibit the use of Google Earth or similar charting/mapping tools. During Tournament Hours: No communication regarding or pertaining to fishing between competing teams. No communication whatsoever regarding fishing will be allowed from outside and during tournament via face-to-face, hand signals, multi- media methods, social networking, cell phone, radio, pager, computer, e-tablet, or any other method or device intended to communicate a thought or idea, and/or in the event of an emergency, including equipment or mechanical failure. If a team has an emergency, a mechanical problem, or needs immediate assistance, teams may contact local authorities, emergency services, the Coast Guard or the tournament director. Teams must notify the tournament director immediately if these circumstances exist.

12) Entry Fees, Tournament Registration: All contestants shall be a member of the SERIES. The entry fee for each event is $3,000.00, per two-person team. Teams must have 100% of the ENTIRE TOUR entry and membership fees ($9300.00) paid, in-full, by the registration of the first Series event; deposits and payments having previously been collected. THERE WILL BE NO LATE SIGN-UPS. All entry fees and deposits are non-refundable, and are in consideration for insuring a team’s entry/participation in the Series, and for protecting calculation of projected winnings.

13) Boat, Motor and Horsepower Regulations: All boats shall be a minimum of 15 feet in length and be equipped with a minimum of 25 hp motor. Teams may only use one boat during each day of the event, unless otherwise approved by the Series directors. Teams may not have a second or more boat(s) “stashed” along the intended route of travel for the event fishing day. Each boat must have all required U.S. Coast Guard safety equipment. In addition, each boat must have a properly aerated live-well, which is one that is reasonably likely to sustain the life of two redfish under the circumstances. The Tournament Director shall have the sole responsibility for determining whether aeration and capacity is adequate. Live wells will be inspected upon checkout on the morning of the tournament. ALL BOATS MUST BE EQUIPPED WITH AN OPERABLE IGNITION KILL SWITCH. The kill switch device must be attached to the driver's body anytime the combustion engine is operating. Anytime the combustion engine is operating and in gear, there must be a driver in the driver's seat in full control of the boat. Any fuel tanks that are not installed by the boat manufacturer are prohibited (this includes Jerry Jugs, portable fuel canisters, etc.). Any additional fuel used during the tournament day must be purchased on that day at a fueling facility open to the public, and added directly to the boat from the fueling pump at the facility.

14) Safety: Safe boating will be observed at all times. Each contestant is required to properly wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved, fully functional personal floatation device anytime the combustion engine is engaged. Tournament days may be shortened or canceled due to unsafe weather or water conditions. The decision to shorten or to cancel will be left totally to the discretion of the tournament director/committee. A 4-hour period shall constitute a day of fishing. It is the competitor’s responsibility to communicate with the Tournament Director if cancellation of the event is suspected. Cancellations will be communicated via VHF radios on a channel decided at the Pre- Tournament Meeting. If conditions are not safe on the tournament day, the SERIES reserves the right to reschedule the tournament or combine the event into one day on the following day (Saturday). If conditions are not favorable the following day (Saturday), an alternate date will be published on the SERIES website, www.redfishseries.com.

15) Fish: A team’s weight will consist of TWO (2) red drum (“redfish”), per day, measuring no less than 20 inches, and no more than 28 inches in length, each, in Texas Tournaments; no less than 16 inches, and no more than 27 inches in length, each, in Louisiana tournaments. A team must retain ONLY two (2) redfish in live wells at any given time. Live fish must be culled on the spot; teams must keep (retain) dead fish. Anglers may not resume fishing till fish have been culled. Contestants are responsible for keeping their redfish alive. Any dead fish tendered for weight will be assessed an 1/2 lb. penalty. No altered, mutilated or iced fish will be accepted. Redfish will be inspected for alterations in size, length and weight. Any altered fish shall result in the disqualification of the team weighing the altered fish, and may result in a perpetual ban from the SERIES (“death penalty” sanctions)

16) Scoring: Tournament standings, auxiliary awards and final winners shall be determined by the total weight of four (4) redfish over the two-day period, measured in pounds and 100th of a pound of each team’s catch during the tournament. Only Redfish/Red Drum between 20 inches and 28 inches (16-27 inches in Louisiana) may be weighed. Fish may not be brought to weigh-in on a stringer or in a basket. Redfish shall be weighed with the equipment provided by the SERIES.

17) Ties: If two or more teams have identical weight in the tournament, it will be considered a tie. In the event of a tie, the prize money from the consecutive places will be combined and split between the teams. For example, if two teams tie for fourth place, the amounts designated to fourth place AND fifth place will be combined, divided by two, then distributed to the teams, equally.

18) Points: All teams fishing the SERIES will receive points (with the exception of disqualified teams). The first place team will receive 100 points, per event; the second place team will receive 99 points, per event, etc. Teams weighing in no fish will receive 20 points less than the last team to weigh-in fish. Team points will remain with the team captain in the event of a team "break-up". The Team of the Year race is determined by total team points at the end of the season. Therefore, each team must designate a team captain at the beginning of the series.

19) Protest Procedure: All protests must be submitted, in writing, along with a $500 cash deposit. Protests must be submitted to the tournament director no later than 15 minutes following the weigh-in of the last fish. All decisions will be made by the tournament director and committee, and are final. If the protest is upheld, the cash deposit will be returned to the person submitting the protest. The protester agrees that by filing a protest, he may be subject to a polygraph test.

20) Permission to be filmed for Television or other media: All participants agree to be filmed, photographed, taped, interviewed, quoted or otherwise revealed, without compensation, by the SERIES or its assigns. This includes but is not limited to the official photographers, writers, hosts, or sponsors of this event under the conditions authorized by the SERIES organizers. Each contestant, by his signature affixed below, hereby gives the SERIES, and its assigns, the right to use (without compensation) the contestant’s name, picture, likeness, quotes, and biographical information, whether audio or visual, before, during and after the period of an individual or team participation in an event. Video and media excitations : all anglers must wear a fishing jersey for video and photo ops, filmed and photographed by our production crew, this includes on stage presence and all video on boat by production co. To be included all head shots and interviews must be wearing a jersey. You are Professional Anglers being filmed for TV. We expect to look the part. You can fish in whatever attire makes you comfortable when not in front of camera or film crew.

Junior Division Release Agreement

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Having fully acquainted myself with the rules and guidelines, I and my parents or legal guardians, have completed this event wavier and release application and submit it for my participation into all SMTA events. In agreeing at time of online registration, and by my\our presence at the event, I\We hereby agree to be bound by and comply with all event rules and safety regulations. I\We expressly assume all risks associated with the events and I\We hereby release The SpeckMasters Tournament Association, LLC (SMTA), their parent, and affiliate companies, their licensees and affiliates, and all their respective officers, directors, agents, employees, and stockholders, the tournament hosts, sponsors and tournament officials from all claims of death, injury and\or property damage incurred in connection with any of their events that I attend. I hereby wave my rights of privacy or publicity with regard to the unconditional right to use my name, voice, photographic likeness, video and biographical information and fishing tips and instructions in connection with any reproduction of same, video\audio productions and\or articles and press releases by SMTA, their parent or affiliate companies, and those acting under their permission, anywhere at any time, through any medium or media. I\We shall not be entitled to receive any royalties or other compensation in connection with such use. I\We further understand and agree that the officials reserve the right to reject my application for any reason. 

Terms and Conditions

IN CONSIDERATION OF BEING ALLOWED TO ENTER THE SPECKMASTERS TOURNAMENT, EACH ENTRANT HEREBY AGREES TO RELEASE, INDEMNIFY AND HOLD HARMLESS SPECKMASTERS TOURNAMENT ASSOCIATION, LLC, ITS MANAGERS, MEMBERS, EMPLOYEES, AND REPRESENTATIVES, THE TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR, ANY AND ALL COMMITTEE PERSONS, THE TOURNAMENT SPONSORS AND WEIGH-IN STATION OWNERS AND THEIR RESPECTIVE OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES AND REPRESENTATIVES (THE “INDEMNIFIED PARTIES”) FROM ANY AND ALL LIABILITY, CLAIMS OR DAMAGES OF ANY KIND OR CHARACTER, ARISING OUT OF OR IN ANY MANNER WHATSOEVER CONNECTED WITH THE SPECKMASTERS TOURNAMENT INCLUDING ITS PLANNING, OPERATION OR CONDUCT AND INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO CLAIMS FOR PERSONAL INJURY, WRONGFUL DEATH, SURVIVAL DAMAGES, ECONOMIC LOSS, PROPERTY DAMAGES OR CLAIMS RELATING IN ANY WAY TO THE AWARDING OF PRIZES IN THE TOURNAMENT. EACH ENTRANT EXPRESSLY INTENDS TO INDEMNIFY EACH OF THE INDEMNIFIED PARTIES FROM THE CONSEQUENCES OF THEIR OWN NEGLIGENT CONDUCT, WHETHER SOLE NEGLIGENCE OR CONTRIBUTING NEGLIGENCE, GROSS NEGLIGENCE, OUTRAGEOUS MISCONDUCT, STRICT LIABILITY, COMMISSION OF TORT, BREACH OF CONTRACT, AND BREACH OF WARRANTY. THE PARENT OR GUARDIAN OF ANY MINOR ENTERING IN, REGISTERING FOR OR FISHING IN THE SPECKMASTERS TOURNAMENT DOES FURTHER CONTRACT AND AGREE THAT THIS RELEASE AND HOLD HARMLESS AGREEMENT SHALL BE BINDING UPON ANY MINOR ENTERING THE TOURNAMENT. EACH ENTRANT ACKNOWLEDGES THAT IF HE OR SHE IS WINNER, HE OR SHE WILL BE REQUIRED TO EXECUTE AN ADDITIONAL RELEASE, INDEMNITY AND HOLD HARMLESS UPON RECEIPT OF PRIZE.

 

    • 1. All tournaments are artificial lures only. Speckled Trout must be caught with rod and reel and/or fly rod and reel only.

    • 2. No fish pooling. This tournament is an individual effort competition. Violation will result in disqualification from the series in all or part.

    • 3. This will be a live weigh in event or events and each individual is responsible for the well-being of their fish. In the event of a dead fish, each dead fish will result in a 4 oz. or quarter pound deduction or penalty for each dead fish. In the event of a dead fish, fish must be iced and kept in fresh, edible conditions. Intentional killing of fish to be iced for manipulating length will not be tolerated and will result in disqualification and could lead to prosecution of violator. Only one trout over 25 inches will be allowed per day for weigh in. Minimum length for Speckled Trout is 16 inches. Three trout per day will be weighed for a 6 fish total combined weight for a 2 day tournament. Absolutely no culling of dead fish.

    • 4. All participants must have a valid fishing license during tournament hours. Each participant must have a valid photo ID available at weigh master’s request.

    • 5. All participants must read, acknowledge, and sign a disclaimer form releasing Speckmasters from any and all liability arising from the organization, promotion, and staging of these events. All participants must comply and obey all Texas Parks and Wildlife and U.S. Coastguard rules, regulations, and game laws.

    • 6. Anglers entered in tournament may fish out of same boat, but will not break up or drop off to other areas more than one half (1/2) mile of their boat. *All anglers fishing together must be paid tournament participants. Amateurs may hire guides but the guide must be entered in the pro division of the tournament.*

    • 7. Any participant cited for any violation of our game laws during tournament hours will be disqualified.

    • 8. Cell phone use, texting, facebooking, and any other networking during tournament hours for exchange of fishing information anglers, whether in tournament or not, will result in disqualification. Cell phones may be used for emergency purposes or to check in with family members or tournament officials only. No exceptions.

    • 9. No participant may participate in non-tournament boats or angler’s holes sitting or blocking areas for participants gain or advantage over other tournament anglers.

    • 10. No other tournament boat may impede the wade or drift of another tournament boat or wade fisherman within 100 yards without the consent or permission of that particular contestant. The tournament committee will rule on such cases of misconduct and could result in permanent disqualification from the tournament series.

    • 11. Any angler that has been disqualified or failed a polygraph from another tournament will not be allowed to fish the Speckmaster Tournament Series. Speckmasters will not tolerate unsportsman-like conduct in any form or fashion. Sportsman-like conduct shall be a high priority for Speckmaster members and contestants.

  • 12. Galveston boundaries: the entire Galveston Bay Complex and the contiguous beach front out 1 nautical mile including GELVESTON JETTIES from San Luis Pass to Rollover Pass including Christmas Bay, Chocolate Bay, Bastrop Bay, West Galveston Bay, East Bay, Intracoastal Waterway and adjoining lakes within the beach front boundaries. Other waters included are: upper and lower Galveston Bay, Campbell Bay, Trinity Bay, and all adjoining upper bays to the San Jacinto River, Trinity River and marsh included up to I-10. All boats must launch within boundaries and no fishing outside of listed boundaries.

Weigh Station Procedures:

    • 13. All participants will weigh in not more than 3 Speckled Trout per day. 16 inch minimum and not more than 1 fish over 25 inches. In case of a tie in weight, the earliest weigh in time will determine the winner. Fish are weighed once. All fish must be caught the same day during tournament hours.

    • 14. All entrants must be checked in and receive their weigh bag and wristband, and no more than 3 fish by the posted deadline or you will be disqualified for that event. The decision of the tournament director is final.

    • 15. All live fish will be released at tournament site by tournament officials. All dead fish will be altered by weighmaster and returned to participant.

Safety/Weather:

    • 16. All boats must be in accordance of all safety standards enforced by State and Federal enforcement agencies.

    • 17. All participants are required to wear approved PFD’s when boat is in gear and mobile. Boat drivers are required to wear kill switch lanyard when boat is in gear and mobile.

    • 18. In the event of dangerous weather, cancellation of all or part of the event will be at the sole discretion of the tournament director.

Awards/Protests:

    • 19. Participants will be awarded cash and prizes. Big Trout Side Pot will be 100% payback to the biggest 3 trout in tournament. Trout Pot will pay 60% to first, 25% to second, and 15% of pot to third place contestant.

    • 20. All contestants will be subject to a polygraph exam. Winners will be polygraphed and 2 randomly drawn contestants will be polygraphed at each event. Failure or refusal will result in disqualification from the tournament and all other events.

Fishing Hours:

    • Saturday: 30 Minutes before sunrise to 5:00pm; Weigh Station opens at 4:00pm; Deadline is 5:00pm

    • Sunday: 30 Minutes before sunrise to 4:00pm; Weigh Station opens at 2:00pm

    • *Anglers may leave preferred launch site at 30 minutes before sunrise within said boundaries.

Tournament Waters include:

  • The entire Galveston Bay Complex which includes the following: Christmas Bay, Chocolate Bay, Bastrop Bay, West Bay, East Bay. Upper and Lower Galveston Bay. Dickinson Bay. Clear Lake, Trinity Bay, Tabbs Bay, San Jacinto Bay, Crystal Bay, Black Duck Bay, Burnett Bay, including San Jacinto River and Trinity River and all adjoining lakes and waterways and the contiguous beachfront from San Luis Pass to Rollover Pass.

 

ANY CONTROVERSY OR CLAIM ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO THE TOURNAMENT SHALL BE SETTLED BY BINDING ARBITRATION CONDUCTED IN HOUSTON, HARRIS COUNTY, TX, IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE COMMERCIAL ARBITRATION RULES OF THE AMERICAN ARBITRATION ASSOCIATON AND JUDGMENT UPON THE AWARD RENDERED MAY BE ENTERED IN ANY COURT HAVING JURISDICTION THEREOF.

 

SHOULD LITIGATION OR ARBITRATION RESULT BETWEEN A PARTICIPANT AND SPECKMASTERS TOURNAMENT ASSOCIATION, LLC , IT IS AGREED THAT THE PREVAILING PARTY IN SUCH LITIGATION OR ARBITRATION SHALL BE ENTITLED TO RECOVER REASONABLE ATTORNEY FEES AND COSTS.

 

Points

Speck Masters Points System:

  • 1st Place - 100
  • 2nd Place - 80
  • 3rd Place - 75
  • 4th Place - 70
  • 5th Place - 65
  • 6th Place - 60
  • 7th Place - 55
  • 8th Place - 50
  • 9th Place - 45
  • 10th Place - 40
  • 11th down - 20 (Must weigh in at least 1 fish)

Big Fish Points:

  • Big Fish 1st Place - 30
  • Big Fish 2nd Place - 20
  • Big Fish 3rd Place - 10
  • Speck over 8 pounds - 50

Must Fish All 4 Events - 100

 

Top Points Leaders from Pro and Am

Divisions will be invited to fish the Championship Tournament November

 

Rules and Regulations

2016-17 REDFISH RIVALRY SERIES RULES AND REGULATIONS

All rules stated below will remain in effect for the 2016 Redfish Rivalry Series (“REDFISH RIVALRY”). All decisions made by the tournament director and/or tournament officials will be final in all matters. The tournament director and/or the tournament officials can make a change when the safety of a contestant is in question or by a unanimous decision by the tournament committee. Any changes to the rules will be posted on the website

www.refishrivalry.com

and communicated to the tournament members in the pre- tournament meeting before the tournaments. Warnings, penalties and disqualifications will be determined by the tournament officials. A signature on one set of rules and regulations is applicable for any and all REDFISH RIVALRY events and may be used as an acknowledgement for such.


RULES

Each participant (“contestant”) must read and acknowledge the following rules and indicate so by signing an entry form. A “team” shall consist of two contestants.

1) Applicable Laws: Federal, State and Local laws shall be obeyed by contestants at all times. Contestants choosing to fish outside of Texas waters shall adhere to the local and state laws of the venue in which the contestant is fishing, including purchasing and possessing a valid fishing license for that state effective for the dates of competition. Violation of any federal, state and/or local laws shall result in the disqualification of the individual and his team from the REDFISH RIVALRY event, and may disqualify (at the discretion of the SERIES’ officials) the individual and his team from the entire series.

2) Tournament Eligibility: Contestants under 18 years old must fish with their legal guardian as their teammate, or another adult approved by the minor’s legal guardian. The REDFISH RIVALRY reserves the right to refuse membership and participation in any event to any individual and/or team at the discretion of the tournament committee.

3) Alcoholic Beverages and Illegal Drugs: Consumption of any alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs during tournament hours is prohibited and will result in disqualification. Alcoholic beverages and illegal drugs may not be in the possession of any team member or on board a participating boat during the hours of tournament competition.

4) Sportsmanship: REDFISH RIVALRY participants are expected to follow the highest standards of sportsmanship, courtesy and ethics. Unsportsmanlike and unethical conduct will result in disqualification (at the tournament committee’s discretion). Please refer to the Texas Boating Safety Rules.

5) Permitted Tournament Fishing Waters: Contestants may fish in any inshore public water accessible by boat. “Inshore” for this series is defined as the navigable, tide consumable coastal waters, bays, rivers, and wetlands, extending to the inside of the passes to The Gulf of Mexico. Contestants may not fish beyond the furthest point of a pass extending into the Gulf of Mexico.

  • No fishing is allowed within 300 yards of tournament site.
  • No fishing is allowed within 500 yards of any ferry landing.
  • Contestants shall not fish in any area which has been “closed” by a governmental agency.
  • Wade fishing is allowed, but both contestants must remain within 300 yards of the boat.
  • Participants are not allowed to fish within 150 feet (50 yards) of another anchored boat or wade fisherman unless they are invited in by that team. An anchored boat is a boat held in a stable position by an anchor, a weight, push pole, PowerPole, or other “anchoring” mechanism with the trolling motor in the up position. If a team invites another team into the inviting team’s 50 yard area, any tournament participant is also allowed within the waived area.
  • The boat anchored in an area first has the right to 150 feet radius of the area.
  • If the boat does not have a trolling motor the definition of anchored still applies.

6) Permitted Fishing Methods: All tournament fish shall be taken by rod, reel, and artificial tackle, only. Contestants shall not “harass” fish, to include such antics as “burning” or corralling of schools with a boat. Prior to and during the tournament, contestants shall not “cork” or otherwise mark fish or schools of fish for identification for the purposes of locating fish during tournament hours. Wade-fishing is allowed. Teams who wade-fish must remain within a 300 yard radius of the team’s boat. However, contestants may not leave the boat to net a fish hooked while the contestant or his partner is in the boat. A wade-fisherman must net his own fish. Teams shall not have one participant fishing from the boat with the other teammate wade-fishing; both teammates must be fishing in the same manner. Both team members must be in the boat before the combustion engine is started.

7) Checkpoints and Inspection: Each tournament will have designated checkpoints. Each boat must go through a checkpoint in the morning in a pre-selected order. The checkout point and times will be communicated to the teams at the pre-tournament (“captain’s”) meeting. All tournament boats must be inspected by a tournament official at the official tournament site before they are released to fish. Flight numbers will be drawn by each team at the mandatory registration the day before each tournament begins. Once a flight number is drawn, it may not be changed, traded or sold to another team. It is the contestant’s responsibility to know his flight number, official tournament time and check-in time. Failure to go through the checkpoint will result in disqualification. Every boat must go through the checkpoint at the conclusion of the day’s fishing regardless of if the team has fish to weigh in. Once a boat has checked in, that team will not be allowed to return to fish during the day’s competition and that team’s day of fishing shall cease. Check-in times will be between 2:00 PM and 4:00 PM. Contestants who are not at the official checkpoint area at the appointed time will be penalized at the rate of one-half (1/2) pound, per minute, which will be deducted from the team’s total day’s weight. Any contestant more than fifteen (15) minutes late will be disqualified from that day’s weight entry. Teams who are not able to check in due to equipment failure or other unforeseen circumstances are responsible for contacting the tournament director before the official check-in is over in order to determine an acceptable solution.

8) Polygraphs: By signature on the official tournament entry form, each contestant agrees to submit to a polygraph test and be bound by its interpreted results and conclusions. The first place team in each event shall be subject to a polygraph examination and will not receive any award until the test has been administered and determined to be non-deceptive. Polygraph tests may be issued at the discretion of the tournament director/committee for any reason, and each contestant hereby acknowledges and consents to the examination. The results and interpretations of the polygraph are final and each contestant hereby knowingly, intelligently and voluntarily waives any review of said test result, including any judicial process seeking to overturn, amend or otherwise negate the finding of the test administrator.

9) Insurance and Liability: Each boat entered in any REDFISH RIVALRY shall have a minimum of $100,000.00 liability insurance coverage to be maintained throughout the entirety of the series or for every event fished. It is the responsibility of the boat owner to carry liability insurance covering the vessel. The REDFISH RIVALRY will not issue liability coverage for its events. A current copy of the team’s insurance policy and each member’s signed DECLARATION, WAIVER, RELEASE, AND HOLD HARMLESS AGREEMENT shall be given to REDFISH RIVALRY before a team may compete in any REDFISH RIVALRY event. All tournament participants are required to sign a waiver absolving all tournament officials, officers, participants, sponsors and co-sponsors from any responsibility for damage or personal injury sustained as a result of the contestant’s participation in the tournament or its related activities, and the contestant’s signature on this form shall constitute an alternate release in the instance the member fails to sign the official DECLARATION, WAIVER, RELEASE, AND HOLD HARMLESS AGREEMENT.

10) Pre-Tournament Captain’s Meeting: Tournament Registration for the REDFISH RIVALRY will be the Friday evening before the tournament date between 5:30 PM and 7:00 PM. A pre-tournament meeting will be held following registration at 7:00 PM. At least one member of each team shall attend the Pre- Tournament meeting. Participants may be excused from the Friday night meeting if arrangements are made with the REDFISH RIVALRY office. Participants must have written documentation from the REDFISH RIVALRY office and present it upon registration if the participant is excused from the Friday meeting. If a contestant fails to attend the registration and pre-tournament meeting without written permission from the REDFISH RIVALRY office, a one (1) pound, per fish, per day penalty, will be assessed against the team’s fish at weigh-in.

11) Communication: No communication via multi-media methods, social networking, cell phone, e-tablet, laptop, radio, pager or any other device will be allowed from outside sources or tournament participants during tournament hours that will give a team or contestant any advantage from data or information regarding fishing the event. Purchasing of information and/or hiring of services from local experts or guides will not be permitted within 7 days prior to the competition. Face-to-face information shared between teams during tournament hours may not be used to give either team an advantage over other teams. If a team has an emergency, a mechanical problem, or needs immediate assistance, teams may contact local authorities, emergency services, the Coast Guard or the tournament director. Teams must notify the tournament director immediately if these circumstances exist

12) Entry Fees, Tournament Registration and Identification: All contestants shall be a member of the REDFISH RIVALRY. All teams shall display an official REDFISH RIVALRY sticker on its boat and a REDFISH RIVALRY patch, if available, on each member’s shirt during tournament hours and weigh-in. The entry fee for each event is $400.00 per, two-person team. A $250.00, non-refundable, deposit is required to secure a team’s spot in the tournament. The deposit is non-transferrable and may not be applied to another tournament. Teams must have 100% of the tournament’s entry fee paid in full 14 days prior to the event date. A late fee of $50.00 will be assessed to teams who pay after the deadline. All entry fees and deposits are non-refundable, and are in consideration for holding a team’s spot and calculation of projected winnings for tournament officials.

13) Boat, Motor and Horsepower Regulations: All boats shall be a minimum of 15 feet in length and be equipped with a minimum of 25 hp motor. Each boat must have all required U.S. Coast Guard safety equipment. In addition, each boat must have a properly aerated livewell, which is one that is reasonably likely to sustain the life of three REDFISH under the circumstances. The Tournament Director shall have the sole responsibility for determining whether aeration and capacity is adequate. Livewells will be inspected upon checkout on the morning of the tournament. ALL BOATS MUST BE EQUIPPED WITH AN OPERABLE IGNITION KILL SWITCH. The kill switch device must be attached to the driver's body anytime the combustion engine is operating. Anytime the combustion engine is operating and in gear, there must be a driver in the driver's seat in full control of the boat. Any fuel tanks that are not installed by the boat manufacturer are prohibited. Fuel may be carried only in factory installed (built-in) fuel tanks. Any additional fuel used during the tournament day must be purchased from a retail facility open to the public.

14) Safety: Safe boating will be observed at all times. Each contestant is required to properly wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved, personal floatation device anytime the combustion engine is engaged. Tournament days may be shortened or canceled due to unsafe weather or water conditions. The decision to shorten or to cancel will be left totally to the discretion of the tournament director/committee. A 4-hour period shall constitute a day of fishing. It is the competitor’s responsibility to communicate with the Tournament Director if cancellation of the event is suspected. Cancellations will be communicated via VHF radios on a channel decided at the Pre-Tournament Meeting. If conditions are not safe on the tournament day, the REDFISH RIVALRY reserves the right to reschedule the tournament on the following day (Sunday). If conditions are not favorable the following day (Sunday), an alternate date will be published on the REDFISH RIVALRY website, www.redfishrivalry.com.

15) Tackle and Equipment: Only artificial lures may be used. No live bait, dead bait or prepared bait will be permitted. Only one rod and reel may be used at any one time per angler.

16) Fish: A team’s tournament weight will consist of TWO red drum (“redfish”), measuring no less than 20 inches and no more than 28 inches, in length, each. Each angler may possess up to three (3) redfish while wading; however, only two (2) redfish may be retained in a team’s boat at any given time. Cumulatively, in no instance may a team possess an amount of redfish over the team’s limit. In other words, the amount of redfish possessed by a team in total, whether on a contestant’s person while wading, or in the team’s boat, may not collectively add up to more than six. (e.g. a team cannot have two fish in a livewell, then go and catch three more redfish, each, and bring them back to the boat for comparison to the ones in the livewell because the team, collectively, would possess 8 redfish.) Live fish may be culled; teams must keep (retain) dead fish. Contestants are responsible for keeping their REDFISH alive. Any dead fish tendered for weight will be assessed an eight-ounce penalty. No altered, mutilated or iced fish will be accepted. REDFISH will be inspected for alterations in size, length and weight. Any altered fish shall result in the disqualification of the team weighing the altered fish, and may result in a perpetual ban from the REDFISH RIVALRY.

17) Scoring: Tournament standings, auxiliary awards and final winners shall be determined by the total weight of each team’s catch during the tournament consisting of two (2) redfish, measured in pounds and 100ths of a pound. Only redfish at least 20 inches in length, but less than or equal to 28 inches in length may be weighed-in. All redfish must be brought to the weigh station in a live weigh-in tournament bag provided by the REDFISH RIVALRY. Fish may not be brought to weigh-in on a stringer or in a basket. Redfish shall be weighed with the equipment provided by the REDFISH RIVALRY.

18) Ties: If two or more teams have identical weight in the tournament, it will be considered a tie. In the event of a tie, the prize money from the consecutive places will be combined and split between the teams. For example, if two teams tie for fourth place, the amounts designated to fourth place AND fifth place will be combined, divided by two, then distributed to the teams, equally.

19) Points: All teams fishing the REDFISH RIVALRY will receive points (with the exception of disqualified teams). The first place team will receive 100 points, per event; the second place team will receive 99 points, per event, etc. Teams weighing in no fish will receive 20 points less than the last team to weigh-in fish. Team points will remain with the team captain in the event of a team "break-up". The Team of the Year race is determined by total team points at the end of the season. Therefore, each team must designate a team captain at the beginning of the series.

20) Tour Rewards Program: To qualify for Tour Rewards, teams must sign-up, and pay the deposits for all of the 2016 tournaments before the first tournament. Teams who are entered will receive an additional bonus added to their winnings. This bonus will not be included on any calcutta or “tournament within the tournament” type wagers.

21) Protest Procedure: All protests must be submitted in writing, along with a $100 cash deposit. Protests must be submitted to the tournament director no later than 15 minutes following the weigh-in of the last fish. All decisions will be made by the tournament director and committee, and are final. If the protest is upheld, the cash deposit will be returned to the person submitting the protest. The protester agrees that by filing a protest, he may be subject to a polygraph test.

22) Permission to be filmed for Television: All participants agree to be filmed, photographed, taped, interviewed, quoted or otherwise revealed, without compensation, by the REDFISH RIVALRY or its assigns. This includes but is not limited to the official photographers, writers, hosts, or sponsors of this event under the conditions authorized by the REDFISH RIVALRY organizers. Each contestant, by his signature affixed below, hereby gives the REDFISH RIVALRY, and its assigns, the right to use (without compensation) the contestant’s name, picture, likeness, quotes, and biographical information, whether audio or visual, before, during and after the period of an individual or team participation in an event.

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