2021 Fish For Education Tournament Rules
The following rules will remain in effect with COVID-19 restrictions and social distancing for the 2021 Fish for Education Tournament. Interpretation of the rules will be defined and enforced exclusively by the Tournament Director. Each participant agrees to report all rule violations to the Tournament Director immediately. A rule violation can result in sanctions deemed appropriate by the Tournament Director, including 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 and preserve QISD Education Foundation's integrity and its 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 all events to any team or person at the Tournament Director and officials’ discretion.
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 must use extreme caution while operating the boat. Do not run on planes in any unfamiliar areas and allow ample time to navigate the lake. Lake Tawakoni does not have marked boat lanes. Do not assume areas are clear to run on a plane when no visible obstructions can be seen.
Participants and captains must register and pay the cash entry fee before participating in this Tournament. The entry fee will be $175 Early /$200 morning of tournament 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: 7:00 am until 2:00 pm unless otherwise specified for this tournament. Each Team must check-in by 2:00 pm!. 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 30 minutes past the 2:00 pm check-in time, the scales will be closed. All participants, especially underage participants, and captains must check-in regardless of having the 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 the 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 Check It Stick 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 2020-2021 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 is 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 before or during the tournament. The use of alcoholic beverages is restricted during weigh-in and is not consumed at the tournament site until all polygraphs are given, place positions are calculated, and the award ceremony has been completed. We will maintain a family-friendly environment. Profanity, heckling, and aggressive gestures will not be tolerated, and every participant and captain will expect sportsmanlike conduct.
All boat participants must be team members and enter the tournament or be an approved boat captain for underage participants. Underage participants cannot drive the boat with the combustion engine. They must fish with an adult (at least 21years old) participant or have an approved adult (at least 21 years old) captain who will operate the boat 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 device securely attached to the driver when the big motor is running. No trolling of lures with the big motor. All participants must use safe boating practices. Any boat used in the tournament must meet all coast guard regulations, have the required safety equipment, have a rating plate, and not exceed the established horsepower rating. Underage 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 the boat to land a fish. Participants are required to keep both feet on their boat’s deck surface while fishing or landing a fish. A participant may leave the boat at a recognized facility to take a restroom break or 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 before the published tournament end time.
Fishing is allowed only on Tawakoni Lake. Any waters not directly connected to the lake or blocked by a dam or levee that are not accessible by boat are off-limits. You can cast under walkways 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 Two Mile Bridge West Public Boat Ramp and Docks 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 the 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 a 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 setups as they deem necessary. Each Participant may only use one rod and reel at a time. A rod and reel setup must be completely reeled in with the lure out of the water before another rod and reel setup can be used to continue fishing.
Lake Tawakoni will be off-limits to Fishing and Lake Touring starting on Friday, May 28, 2021, until the start of the tournament on Saturday, May 29, 2021. A team may only get on the lake with his boat no earlier than 4:00 am on Saturday, May 29, 2021, and can leave the Two Mile Bridge West Public Boat Ramp by trailering to an alternate launch location or by launching at the Two Mile Bridge Public Ramp area once registration is completed but must not start fishing until 7:00 am. 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 they have completely registered & have their live well checked. (Have your live well open when you proceed to registration) The official time will be regulated by an electronic device 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 shotgun start, and contestants must idle beyond the launch areas and allow any boat near them to clear 100 feet distance before taking off. The Tournament Director has allowed trailering as a result of safety concerns.
Early Registration must be received in the mail or delivered to Tiffony Upchurch Chapman at 401 Richmond Ave., Quinlan, TX 75474 by Thursday, May 27, 2021. If mailing, please allow at least one week to help ensure entry is received on time. ($175 Per Team)
Late Registration will be from 6:00 am until 7:00 am on Saturday, May 29, 2021, at the Two Mile Bridge West Public Boat Ramp on the morning of the tournament only. ($200 Per Team)
The award ceremony will commence with social distancing immediately after the weigh-in is completed.
ADDED COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS AND SOCIAL DISTANCING GUIDELINES!
Safety will be a top priority to ensure 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, please wear a mask, buff, or other face covering. Please note that all surfaces will be disinfected before and after each tournament.
REGISTRATION: Only one team member at a time will be allowed at the trailer registration table! One team member must bring a completed entry form and cash up to the registration table. Please bring exact change. All forms and cash will be disinfected. A table with clean entry forms and clean pens will be available in front of the Prestige Ford Rad Rides tow vehicle. One person at a time at the table. Take the form back to your vehicle to fill it out, as others may need to get a form. You can pre-print an entry form online, have it filled out completely, and present it at the registration table.
WHEN REGISTRATION IS COMPLETE: Launch your boat and leave the marina/ramp area. Do not group up or get near anyone! You cannot start fishing until 7 AM!
WEIGH-IN PROCEDURE: 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 2:00 pm. Pull your boat out, and then get your fish ready for weigh-in. Please coordinate with fellow fishermen so that participants are 6' apart in the weigh-in line. The time allowed to enter the line has been extended to 2:30 PM. When it is your turn to weigh in, tell the tournament director your team number and place your weigh-in bag in the sink next to the scale. To weigh in a Big Bass, take that specific bass out of the bag, place it in the sink next to your bag, and then step back from the sink. The director will weigh, measure, and record your weight. Once complete, the director will move in front of the stage to photo participants with a catch. Place catch in bag and exit stage. Release, catch back into the lake, and please do not group up! Maintain the recommended 6 feet social distancing guidelines.