2018-Rules

IMPORTANT RULES

  • Hawg Trough measuring device is mandatory requirement.  No exceptions. 
  • All tournaments are 5 fish limits unless stated otherwise at weigh ins.
  • See CPR requirements for photo requirements. Fish’s mouth can be open or closed. 

Entry Fees/Payouts

Entry Fees

  • Each tournament will have a $30 entry fee.
  • There will be a $10 big bass side pot that is optional. Winner will take all of Big Bass pot.

Payouts

Payouts for each event will be based on the number of anglers that participate and can be changed at any time by tournament director. Please see the payout structure here. 

Payouts if nobody catches a fish.

  • All anglers that show up to weigh ins will split the entire pot evenly to the nearest dollar.  

Payouts if only one person catches a fish.

  • The Angler that catches the fish gets entire pot for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th place.

Payouts if only two Anglers catch fish.

  • 1st place gets the 1st place pot. 2nd gets the 2nd place spot. 3rd, 4th and 5th place pot is split 50/50 between 1st and 2nd place. 

Ties

  • If 2 positions are in a tie then the tiebreaker will be biggest fish. If all of their fish are identical in length then the pots are added together and split. For example if the tie is for 2nd and 3rd the two pots will be added together and split equally.

General Rules

  • Life Jacket must be worn at all times during tournaments.
    • If photo evidence is provided to the tournament director of an angler in their kayak without their life jacket (PFD) on it is an immediate disqualification. There are exceptions like if you are taking off a layer of clothes you can temporary remove your life jacket. IF YOU’RE IN YOUR KAYAK YOU BETTER HAVE YOUR LIFE JACKET ON!
  • You will be given an identifier at the captain’s meeting. That identifier can be written on your hand or on a piece of paper. Whatever you prefer.
  • All Anglers must agree and sign Liability Waiver prior to event.
  • Attendance of the Captain’s meeting is required. If you can not make it get with the Tournament Director to work something out.
  • All anglers will launch at the same time unless otherwise noted for Road Runner events.
  • There will be a zero tolerance for Drug and Alcohol use. If you are under the influence of drugs or alcohol at any time during an event you will be disqualified immediately.  
  • Texas Fishing License Required at all events. Get one here.

Approved Watercraft and propulsion requirements

  • Kayaks and canoes are the only craft allowed. No aluminum flat bottom boats.
  • One person per watercraft unless approved by tournament director before tournament day.
  • Trolling motor are allowed. However you can not use them to troll with lure in the water. 

Baits/Lures/Tactics

  • Artificial lures/baits only. NO LIVE OR DEAD BAIT ALLOWED.
  • Two rods allowed in use at any given time.
  • Rod and Reel and Fly fishing is the only acceptable ways to land fish. No trot-lines or jugs.
  • No downriggers allowed but trolling is permitted by human power only. Only one rod is allowed at a time if trolling.

Practice and Lake Off Limits

No guide services 30 days prior to tournament date. You may not pay for guide services on the lake 1 month prior to the tournament day.

Inclement weather policy

  • Tournament director has the right to postpone or cancel the event due to inclement weather or inclement weather forecasted for tournament day.

Catch Photo Release (CPR) Requirements

Camera Requirements

  • Camera phones are allowed. You must bring cable for tournament director to look at photos on laptop.
  • GoPro Cameras are not allowed.

Catch Photo Release photo requirements

  • Fishes head must be to the left and belly down. Entire fish must be in the photo. If the tail is not in the photo the fish will not be scored.
  • This is an open or closed mouth tournament series. Make sure the lip of the fish is clearly touching the board. 
  • Overhead photos only. Photos taken at angles will not be scored or penalized accordingly per the tournament directors discretion.
  • Measurement marking must be clearly visible.
  • Identifier given at Captains Meeting must be identifiable in every photo.
  • No clips or fish grips can be in the fishes mouth while picture is taken. Fish will not be scored if the pic includes a fish with clip or fish grips in the fishes mouth in the picture.

Fish Species Allowed

  • Largemouth Bass
  • Spotted Bass
  • Smallmouth Bass

Other CPR requirements

  • Fish can not be on stringers. You can leave hook in mouth during picture as long as it does not interfere with picture of fishes lip touching the inches marker on board.
    • Fish can be kept however deemed necessary if you think it is a ShareLunker of over 13 pounds and you plan on taking it to the TPWD. See details here for ShareLunker

Scoring

  • Fish must be a minimum of 12 inches.
  • Each angler’s 5 longest scorable fish will be added together for your final score.
    • Inches will be used and rounded down to the nearest ¼ inch
  • Angler with the most total inches will be declared winner. Second total inches will be second and so on. See rules for tiebreakers above.

Comments

  • Jawbreaker | Jun 6,2016

    Is a flatstalker legal

    • yakinjunkie | Jun 7,2016

      Yes as long as it does not have a gas engine a flatstalker is legal.

  • Karl | Feb 22,2017

    Can we obtain a vehicle pass the day of the tournament

    • yakinjunkie | Mar 6,2017

      All vehicle pass and day passes are your responsibility and not sold by tournament director. What tournament are you referring to?

  • dfentress1 | Mar 7,2017

    Do we all have to launch from the same location?

    Thanks,
    D

  • Darren | Mar 7,2017

    If you are referring to OH Ivie, yes there is a 24 hour pay station on Concho side by boat ramp. I was there 3/4/17 and payed there. It is $5.00 fee for access for 24 hour time period. Hope this helps!

  • Payton Brown | Mar 26,2017

    Is there an age limit for entry? (15)

  • AG1986 | Apr 4,2017

    Can anyone fish these tournaments? Is there anywhere else locally to get a hawg trough since Cabelas is out of stock?

    • yakinjunkie | Apr 5,2017

      Yes anybody can fish the tournaments. There is nobody local that has them. I do have an extra you can borrow if your looking to come fish Alan Henry this weekend. Shoot me an email at codystewart@gmail.com

    • gary young | Mar 23,2018

      austin kayak has them i ordered yesterday and it arrived today

  • halfginger | May 23,2017

    I am wanting to get into this tournament series and have never fished them before. I have a Hobie 17T, so would I need to get approved to fish with two people in my kayak?

    • yakinjunkie | May 23,2017

      Generally speaking 2 people per kayak is not allowed. This is to keep the playing field as level as possible. @halfginger I will email you directly to see the circumstances and go from there.

  • Mike | Sep 5,2017

    I have a Fish Cat pontoon kick boat but NO motor. would this be an approved watercraft

  • stacy | Feb 7,2018

    i do not have facebook do i just show up and pay for tourney at that time. on march 3rd . i have been looking for kayak fishing tourneys since ive gotten my yak glad i was pointed to this one..

    • Valerie Grant | Feb 12,2018

      Yes Stacy, you can register and pay the morning of the tournament. Registration will be at 5am at the Kennedy recreation area.

  • Jake | Feb 28,2018

    Is this a club thing or can I just show up and enter the tournament the day of?

    • Cody Stewart | Feb 28,2018

      Just show up and fish.

  • Imnok Saenz | Feb 28,2018

    Do I have to call ahead of time to reserve a camp site?

    • Valerie | Mar 1,2018

      I am not sure about that Imnok, I do know there is camping at three boat ramps. Wouldn’t hurt to call ahead.

  • Marshal Lange | Mar 1,2018

    I registered on Tuesday February 27th for the Ivie tournament and never got an email confirmation.

    • Valerie | Mar 1,2018

      Marshal, We had an issue with the form through the facebook app, sorry about that. Preregistration is closed now but you can still register at the captains meeting the morning of the tournament. See ya there.

  • Don Turner | Mar 4,2018

    Hey, my friend Larry Fisseler lost his paddle up Elm Creek Saturday while fishing the O.H. Ivie tournament. Did anyone happen to pick it up??

    • Cody Stewart | Mar 5,2018

      Not that I have heard of. You might call the Elm Creek Marina and give them your contact info in case somebody turns it in.

  • Justin | Jul 5,2018

    Can I use an UltraSkiff 360 in the tournament?

    • Valerie | Jul 6,2018

      We only allow kayaks and canoes, the 360 boat isn’t allowed.

  • Philip Wolfmueller | Sep 12,2018

    I would like information about your club…I’m interested in participating next year for sure. I have an online fly fishing internet retail business and I recently moved to Midland to work for an oil service company…this looks like a blast!

    • Valerie | Nov 26,2018

      Hey Philip! Everything you need should be here and on Facebook, search West Texas Kayak Fishing Tournament Series for tournament updates. There is also a social page on Facebook Kayak Anglers of West Texas that you can join, it’s more of a place for general discussion, and I know there are a few guys who like to fly fish in that group. We look forward to having you out at some of our events!

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