Kayak Series

Welcome to the Rudy’s Pro Kayak Series we here at GCTA have had two years of Kayak events. We listen to what our anglers want a high entry with high payout out series for the best of the best in the Kayak Anglers field. So here we go, Rudy’s Pro Kayak Series.

This is an exciting new series designed specifically for Kayak Anglers featuring three stops across the Texas Gulf Coast where anglers will compete to bring two red drum to the scales. This is sure to be an exciting tournament series for years to come. With the entry at each stop being $500.00 with a total of $1500.00 buy-in for teams and $250.00 with a total of $750.00 buy-in for individuals. The Rudy's Pro Kayak Series will have the highest payout in a kayak series that anglers have ever seen and with Sponsors like Rudy’s BBQ and Roy’s Bait and Tackle you know we will have great food and some unreal prize packages. 

So if you want to fish against the best in the kayak world get signed up because this will be the most serious kayak series on the Texas Gulf Coast. Plus we here at GCTA are excited to offer such a high-end event for our growing kayak family. 

Get signed up, and we look forward to seeing all of our Kayak Anglers in 2020 at The Rudy’s Pro Kayak Series!

1st Stop

April 18th - 19th

Galveston, Texas

Galveston Yacht Basin

2nd Stop

May 23rd - 24th

Aransas Pass, Texas

Redfish Bay Boathouse

3rd Stop

June 6th - 7th

Matagorda, Texas

Matagorda Harbor

2020 Rudy's Pro Kayak Series Rules and Regulations

All rules stated below will remain in effect for the 2020 PRO Kayak Attack 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 an unanimous decision by the tournament committee. Any changes to the rules will be posted on the website WWW.GCTATX.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 Gulf Coast Tournament Association events and may be used as an acknowledgment for such. Each participant ("contestant") must read and acknowledge the following rules and indicate so by signing an entry form.

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 GCTA 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 Gulf Coast Tournament Association 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: GCTA 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. Kayaks must be launched at a public launch accessible to the general public. You may not launch from private property (including your personal water front property), or any other place that requires "special permission". This is an inshore tournament only, you may not fish the surf, jetty's or any beach front. Contestants may not fish areas designated as private or “off limits" by federal, state and/or local law. Off limit areas include all FEDERALLY PROTECTED AREAS. No fishing is allowed within 300 yards of tournament site.

  • • No fishing is allowed within 500 yards of any ferry landing.
  • • No ferrying kayaks to spots with other vessels.
  • • Contestants shall not fish in any area which has been "closed" by a governmental agency.

PFD's must be worn at all times during tournament hours. Participants are not allowed to fish within 150 feet (50 yards) of another anchored boat or wade fisherman unless they are invited in by the team. An anchored boat is a boat held in a stable position by an anchor, a weight, push pole, PowerPole, or other "anchoring" mechanism. If a team invites another team into the inviting team’s 50 yard area, any tournament participant is also allowed within the waived area. Range finder and picture of boat behind range finder best way to bring this sort of protest to light. 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 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.

7) Checkpoints: Official DROP A LINE times will be announced at the captains meeting and on Facebook on the GCTA page the night before event (safe light anglers) . Official time will be made at captains meeting which is mandatory for ALL anglers participating in the event. Once a contestant has checked in, that contestant will not be allowed to return to fish during the day’s competition and that contestants 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: 1st. place will be tested at every event. 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 contestant in each event shall be subject to a polygraph examination. 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) Liability : 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 Rudy’s PRO Kayak Series online sign up @ WWW.GCTATX.COM. Also registration will be end the Friday evening before the tournament at Midnight and registration at the captains meeting will be between 5:30 PM and 7:00 PM. A pre-tournament meeting will be held following registration at 7:00 PM. All contestants shall attend the Pre-Tournament meeting. Contact info for text or messenger is 361-510-8708. If a contestant fails to attend the registration and pre-tournament meeting without permission from the GCTA 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. 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: An angler will compete in each stop for a total of $250.00 per individual and $500.00 per team per stop.

13) Boat Regulations:. Each boat must have all required U.S. Coast Guard safety equipment. Plus any safety equipment the state requires for kayakers. No motors will be allowed everything is to be self propelled. The use of a motorized vessel is prohibited to ferry kayaks to fishing grounds. All kayakers must be self propelled.

14) Safety: Safe boating will be observed at all times. Each contestant is required to properly wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved, personal flotation device anytime time you are fishing in the series period. 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 GCTA reserves the right to reschedule the tournament on the following day (Sunday). If conditions are not favorable the following day, an alternate date will be published on the REDFISHSERIES website, WWW.GCTATX.COM

15) TACKLE AND EQUIPMENT: All fish must be caught by rod and reel using artificial lures only. Chumming and/or the use of live or dead bait is strictly prohibited. Kayak, canoe, hybrid kayak, paddle or peddle craft only…no motors. All kayaks must be physically launched. You may not ferry your kayak (the use of a motorized vehicle or boat to transport your kayak on water or land once launched.) You are allowed to do a one way. This is parking a vehicle at your starting point and working your way to your other vehicle at your takeout spot. You are not allowed to do a one way unless you are fishing with another registered angler in the Kayak Attack Series.

16) Fish: A Rudy's Pro Kayak Series contestants weight may consist of Two (2) red drum (redfish) per day in the two day tournament at each stop, measuring no less than 20 inches, and no more than 28 inches in length. A contestant may retain its Texas state limit in the act of culling. Contestants must keep (retain) any dead fish. Contestants are responsible for keeping their redfish alive. Any dead fish tendered for weight will be assessed a 1/2 lb. penalty per dead fish. No altered, mutilated or iced fish will be accepted ( if teams fish is dead for weight clear any access ice). Redfish will be inspected for alterations in size, length and weight.

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 per day, measured in pounds and 100th 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 GCTA 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 GCTA.

18) Ties: If two or more individual 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) Protest Procedure: All protests must be submitted in writing, along with a $100.00 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: All participants agree to be filmed, photographed, taped, interviewed, quoted or otherwise revealed, without compensation, by the GCTA 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 GCTA organizers. Each contestant, by his signature affixed below, hereby gives the 2020 Rudy's PRO Kayak Series and GCTA, 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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