2021 TAWAKONI MARINA TEAM CRAPPIE TOURNAMENT RULES
The following rules will remain in effect with COVID-19 restrictions and social distancing for the 2021 Tawakoni Marina Team Crappie Tournament. Interpretation of the rules will be defined and enforced exclusively by the Tournament Director. Each participant agrees to immediately report any and all rule violations to the Tournament Director. A rule violation can result in sanctions deemed appropriate by the Tournament Director including to but not limited to disqualifications, forfeiture of prizes, and prohibition from participation in any and or all Tawakoni Marina Tournaments. Decisions of the Tournament Director are final in all matters and are not subject to appeal, and are not reviewable in any court of law. Tournament Director reserves the right to make needed changes to these rules to ensure the safety and welfare of the participants and or the public, also to preserve the integrity of this Fishing Tournament. It is the responsibility of every participant to read and understand the rules. All participants will be required to sign an affidavit that the rules have been read, understood, and that the participant accepts all the rules. The Tournament Director reserves the right to place an observer in the boat of any participant at any time.
Participation is open to all amateur anglers in good standing. Anyone who has guided for any type of fish on any lake in the past twelve months is not eligible to participate. This is an amateur only Crappie Tournament no professional Anglers will be allowed to compete. (Definition of a Pro: Anyone who has fished as a Professional Angler or fished in the pro division in a National Crappie Trail) The Tournament Director reserves the right to refuse participation for any reason in any and all events to any team or person at the discretion of the Tournament Director.
All participants must have a valid State Fishing License and must obey all Federal, State, and Lake specific regulations.
A team will consist of one or two participant anglers only.
Running lights must be illuminated until safe light or until fog has lifted.
Participants must register, and pay the cash entry fee prior to fishing in this Team Crappie Tournament event. Participants asked to submit to truth verification testing must take the polygraph test when asked and pass the test to qualify for prizes.
Tournament fishing hours are 7:00am until 2:30pm, unless otherwise specified for a specific tournament. Each Team must have their number placed in the official number collection bucket by 2:30pm to qualify for weigh-in. The official bucket will be at the weigh in site and removed at 2:30pm sharp! No exceptions. One Team Participant must be in the weigh-in line by 3:00pm. Weigh-in will continue until all contestants in line have been weighed. If no one is in the official weigh in line and it is 3:00pm the scales will be closed.
Teams may weigh-in only 7 Crappie. One of the seven Crappie can be weighed for the Biggest Crappie Prize. A boat used during the Tournament must be equipped with a properly aerated live well. Do not enter weigh-in line with more than seven fish. (No Culling in Line) A team can only bring seven “Crappie” fish to the weigh-in line. All fish will be measured on an official Check It Stick measuring board on its side with mouth closed; the tail fin will be squeezed together and or turned in a way to obtain the maximum overall length as described in the 2021-2022 Texas Parks and Wildlife Outdoor Annual Hunting and fishing Regulations. All Crappie must be at least 10 inches in length to qualify for weigh in.
- This is a catch and release tournament. The use of Sure-Life catch and release formulas are recommended. All live fish will be released back into the lake or Catch & Release Tank. All participants must do everything they can to preserve the resource.
- Participants are not allowed to in any way to alter the length or weight of a fish. Any fish turned in for weigh-in will be examined by any means necessary to deem any presented fish as unaltered.
- Fish must be brought to weigh-in a tournament weigh-in bag. (Seven Crappie Only!)
- A 1/2 lb. (.50) Penalty will be assessed for each dead fish to include a dead Biggest Crappie. (No iced or Frozen Crappie) Crappie only qualify for weigh-in.
No alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs will be allowed during the tournament. Participants must be of sound mind and not be under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs immediately prior to or during the tournament. The use of alcoholic beverages is restricted during all ceremonies and are not to be consumed at the tournament site. We will maintain a family friendly environment. Profanity, heckling, and aggressive gestures will not be tolerated and sportsmanlike conduct will be expected by every participant.
All participants in the boat must be a team member and entered in the tournament. Participants must wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved life vest fastened and or zipped with an emergency shut off devise securely attached to the driver when the big motor is running. No trolling of lures with the big motor. Safe boating practices must be used by all participants. Any boat used in the tournament must meet all coast guard regulations, have the required safety equipment, working running lights, throw able floatation device, horn, have a rating plate, and not exceeding the established horse power rating.
Participants must fish from their entered boat, a Dock, or the Bank. As a safety precaution everyone must have a Life Jacket with them even if they are dock or bank fishing. No wading. (Do not enter or get into the water) Kayaks, Canoe’s, rubber rafts, Styrofoam floats, or inner tubes will not be allowed.
Fishing is allowed only on the navigable waters of the designated Tournament Lake. Navigable waters are those waters not separated by land, a dam, or embankment and can be accessed from the main lake area of the Tournament Lake by the boat used in the tournament under the power of the trolling motor, outboard, or hand assist tools from within the boat. (No getting out of the boat to push a boat into or out of any area!)
The use of mobile communication devices such as cell phones, marine radios, walkie talkies, and citizen band radios to communicate fishing information during tournament hours is strictly prohibited.
No fishing within 50 feet of another entered boat. Having someone hold or sit on a hole in an attempt to allow a participant to gain an unfair advantage will not be tolerated. Be very courteous to all others on the lake. Do not cut anyone off or pass them on plane in narrow areas.
All fish must be caught using fishing rods & reels with artificial baits, live baits, or prepared baits, and spray fish attractants are allowed. Participants may possess as many rod and reel set ups they deem necessary. Each Team may only use eight rods & reels at a time. While using eight rod & reel set ups one must be completely reeled in with the lure/bait out of the water before another rod and reel set up can be added to continue fishing with 8 rods & reels.
Designated Tournament Lake will be off limits to fishing on the Saturday prior from sunset until the start of the tournament on Sunday. A team may only get on the lake with his boat no earlier than the registration start time which is 5:00am on Sunday. Participants using an alternate launch location must immediately proceed to the registration location to register. Once registered Participants can start leaving the launch site to go to their fishing areas. Participants cannot start fishing until 7:00am. The official time will be regulated by an electronic devise showing the official time in our time zone and will be available for comparison at the weigh-in site. These tournaments will not have a shot gun start and contestants must clear the no wake zones and allow any boat near them to clear 100 feet distance before taking off. The Tournament Director reserves the right to implement a numbered start or allow trailering at any time as a result of weather or safety concerns.
All ties will be broken by adding places and splitting equally. Registration will be from 5:00am until 7:00am only.
Description of the Optional Side pot: A separate Pot will accumulate Based on the number of entries and will be paid back at 100% to the highest finishing team or teams that has paid and entered into the optional bonus. 0-20 Side Pot Entries one Place, 21-30 Side Pot Entries two places, 31-40 Side Pot Entries three places, 41-50 Side Pot Entries four places, 51-60 Side Pot Entries five places, & 61+ Side Pot Entries six Places.
ADDED COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS AND SOCIAL DISTANCING GUIDELINES! Safety will be a top priority to make sure we can have a fun and safe environment for everyone. Please do not group up and maintain the recommended 6 feet Covid-19 social distancing guidelines. Although it is not mandatory as a safety precaution you can wear a mask, buff, or other face covering.
WHEN REGISTRATION AND LIVE WELL CHECK IS COMPLETE: Launch your boat and leave marina/ramp area. Do not group up or get near anyone! You cannot start fishing until 7:00AM!
WEIGH-IN PROCEEDURE: Each team will be given a numbered poker chip (they will be easier to disinfect than the paper cards previously used). While maintaining social distancing one team member will turn in the numbered chip by 2:30PM!. (Alarm will be set for 2:30PM and when the alarm sounds the chip return bucket will be removed!) Get your fish ready for weigh-in. Stay 6' apart in line leading up to the weigh-in stage. Line will close at 3:00PM!