Official 2018 Fish for Education Tournament Rules

The following rules will remain in effect for the 2018 Fish for Education 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 Fish for Education Events. 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. QISD Education Foundation 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 QISD Education Foundation and affiliates. It is the responsibility of every participant to read and understand all 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 and official reserves the right to place an observer in the boat of any participant at any time.

Participation is open to all anglers in good standing. QISD Education Foundation reserves the right to refuse membership and participation for any reason in any and all events to any team or person at the discretion of the Tournament Director and officials.

All participants must have a valid State Fishing License and must obey all Federal, State, and Lake specific regulations.

Running lights must be illuminated until safe light and all signs of fog have lifted.

All ties will be broken by adding places and splitting equally.

Lake Tawakoni has many underwater obstructions participants and captains are required to use extreme caution while operating the boat. Do not run on plane in any unfamiliar areas and to allow ample time to navigate the lake. Lake Tawakoni does not have marked boat lanes. Do not assume areas are clear to run on plane when no visible obstructions can be seen.  

Participants and captains must register, and pay the cash entry fee prior to participating in this Tournament. The entry fee will be $150 per team! Under age participants must have a signed and approved official parental letter giving the underage participants explicit permission to compete in this tournament and that they have given explicit permission for the underage participant to be in the boat with a specifically named captain. (Boat captains cannot be changed during the tournament or changed on the official parental permission letter)

Participants or captains asked to submit to truth verification testing must take the polygraph test when asked and pass the test to qualify for cash & prizes.

Tournament fishing hours are from a safe light start until your designated arrival time, unless otherwise specified for this tournament. Each Team must check in by the time listed on their drawn boat flight number card. (The first flight arrival time will be 2:00pm) The official check in station will be at or near the weigh in trailer! You must arrive on time. No exceptions. At least one Team Participant must enter the weigh-in line with their catch. 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 20 minutes past the last check in time the scales will be closed. All participants, especially underage participants and captains must check in regardless of having fish to weigh in or not as a safety precaution.

Teams may weigh-in only 5 fish. One of the five fish can be weighed for the Big Bass 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 five fish. A team can only bring five fish to the weigh-in line. All fish will be measured on an official measuring board on its side with its 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 2017-2018 Texas Parks and Wildlife Outdoor Annual Hunting and fishing Regulations.

·        This is a catch and release tournament. The use of Sure Life catch and release formulas are recommended. All fish will be released back into the lake. All participants must do everything they can to preserve the resource and to keep fish alive.

·         Participants are not allowed to in any way to alter the length 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. (Participants can use their own bag or one of ours)

·        We are very conservative minded and ask that you do everything possible to preserve the resource and a one pound penalty will be assessed for any dead fish. Also to include a penalty of one pound for a dead big Bass entry.

·         On Lake Tawakoni: Black Bass, Kentucky Spotted Bass, and Smallmouth Bass only qualify for weigh-in.

·         All Bass must be at least 14 inches in length to 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 weigh in and are not to be consumed at the tournament site until all polygraphs are given, place positions calculated, and award ceremony has been completed. 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 and captain.

All participants in the boat must be a team member and entered in the tournament or be an approved boat captain for under age participants. Under age participants cannot drive the boat with the combustion engine and must fish with an adult (at least 21years old) participant or have an approved adult (at least 21 years old) captain will operate the boat by using the combustion engine to drive them to fishing locations. Captains are not allowed to assist participants in catching or landing any fish. (Captains cannot fish, must follow all the safety rules, and must refrain from the use of tobacco products during the tournament) Participants and captains 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, have a rating plate, and not exceeding the established horse power rating. Under age participants are not allowed to start, stop, or operate the combustion engine.

Participants must fish from their entered boat. No wading, inner tubes, or dock fishing. Do not leave boat to land a fish. Participants are required to keep both feet on the deck surface of their boat while fishing or landing a fish. A participant may leave the boat at a recognized facility to take a rest room break or to resolve an emergency situation. No fishing will be allowed until the complete team is back in the boat. If a participant leaves the boat for any reason the occurrence must be reported to the Tournament Director prior to the published tournament end time.

Fishing is allowed only on Tawakoni Lake. Any waters not directly connected to the lake or which are blocked by a dam or levy that is not accessible by boat is off limits. You can cast under walk ways, or over cables, but do not enter restricted areas. Do not get out of the boat to access additional fishing areas by pushing or pulling the boat thru shallow water or past obstructions. The area immediately in front of the West Tawakoni boat ramp and dock is off limits to fishing during the event.

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 on artificial lures. No live or prepared bait except pork rinds and spray fish attractants. Participants may possess as many rod and reel set ups they deem necessary. Each Participant may only use one rod and reel at a time. A rod and reel set up must be completely reeled in with the lure out of the water before another rod and reel set up can be used to continue fishing.

Lake Tawakoni will be off limits to Fishing and Lake Touring starting on Friday April 20, 2018 until the start of the tournament on Saturday April 21, 2018. A team may only get on the lake with his boat no earlier than 4:00am on Saturday April 21, 2018 and must stay in the off limits staging area. Participants using an alternate launch location must immediately proceed to the registration location. Participants cannot start to leave the registration area to go to their fishing areas until their number is called and they drive past the start location & have their live well checked. (Have your live well open when you past the start location) 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. This tournament will not have a shot gun start and contestants must idle to the take-off buoy and allow any boat near them to clear 100 feet distance before taking off. This will be a numbered start but the Tournament Director may choose at any time or to allow trailering as a result of weather or safety concerns.

Registration will be from 5:00am until 7:00am on Saturday April 21, 2018 at the West Tawakoni City Park boat ramp the morning of the tournament only. The award ceremony will commence immediately after weigh in.

  • I have known Larry for many years. I have fished the Tuesday Night Working Man’s Tournament on Lake Ray Hubbard, of which he created and has been Tournament director. He runs a reliable and ethical tournament and I am looking forward to fishing in his new events.
    Keith “Doc” Taylor
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