Official 2020 Fish For A Cure Rules
Official 2020 Fish For A Cure Rules
The following rules are in effect for the 2020 Fish For A Cure 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 Victory Fishing 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. Victory Fishing Events 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 Victory Fishing Events. 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 everyone with one exception. Anyone who has guided for Largemouth, Smallmouth, or Spotted Bass on Lake Ray Hubbard in the past six months is not eligible to participate. Anyone who has been disqualified from a Victory Fishing Event or other Fishing organization that has resulted from an unexplained rule violation that questions the honesty, integrity, Character, or eligibility of a participant will be left to the tournament director’s sole and absolute discretion. Victory Fishing Events 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. 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. Participants must register, and pay the cash entry fee prior to fishing in Fish For A Cure. You may register on line or in person on the morning of the event.
Tournament fishing hours are 7:00am until 3:00pm. Participants must be in line to weigh their fish by 4:00pm. No exceptions. 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 4:00pm the scales will be closed. ALL participants MUST check in the morning of the tournament. Live wells will be checked at registration/check in and a ribbon will be tied on your trolling motor to indicate your live well has been checked. This ribbon must remain on your trolling motor until the end of the event. Once you have registered or checked in and gone through live well check, you are free to launch your boat at Chandlers or you may trailer to a ramp of your choice. You are allowed to go to your starting spot. No lines in the water until 7:00am!
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 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 2019-2020 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 live fish will be released back into the lake. All participants must do everything they can to preserve the resource.
- Participants are not allowed to have more than five fish in their live well at any time. If a sixth fish is caught, one of the team members must immediately cull the smallest fish before he/she can start fishing again. Their partner can fish as long as one team member is in the act of culling.
- Participants are not allowed to in any way to alter the length of a fish.
- Tail clipping will not be allowed and 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.
- A 1 lb. Penalty will be assessed for each dead fish on Ray Hubbard
- Black Bass, Kentucky Spotted Bass, and Small Mouth Bass 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, have a rating plate, and not exceeding the established horsepower rating.
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 the navigatable waters of Ray Hubbard Lake. Navigatable waters are those waters not seperated by land, a dam, or embankment and that can be accessed from the main lake area of Ray Hubbard 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 any area!) If you get stuck on a sandbar, stump, or underwater obstruction "LEAVING" any navigatable area and you must get out to dislodge the boat you must wear your life jacket and report this occurence to the tournament director prior to the published tournament end time. 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 on plane in narrow areas. All bridges are considered no wake zones whether posted or not.
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 Ray Hubbard will be off limits to fishing from midnight the day of tournament until the start of the tournament. 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.
Life jackets must be worn when the combustion motor is running and in gear. The driver MUST have the kill switch engaged.
If a legal participant witnesses what he/she perceives to be a violation of the rules, they have up to 15 minutes after weigh in has concluded to file a protest. That person will be interviewed by the Tournament Director. After the protesting participant has given their statement, the Tournament Director will interview the participant being protested. After hearing both sides of the protest, the Tournament Director will make a ruling. All rulings are final. If a protest is not filed within 15 minutes of the end of weigh in, the matter will not be considered.
All ties will be broken by adding places and splitting equally. On Lake Ray Hubbard all Bass must be at least 14 inches in length to qualify for weigh in. A one or two participant team entry will be $150. Big Bass is a separate pot. $20.00 entry and 100% payback. Six places will be paid out with a guaranteed $1.000.00 to the winning team. Big Bass will pay out one place, winner take all. All payouts will be done by check at the conclusion of weigh in. Raffle Tickets are available from registration to end of weigh in. Cost is $5.00 each, or 5 for $20.00
When teams arrive to Chandlers in the morning, they will be met by RHBC members in masks. The boat will have the live wells checked and a pink ribbon tied on the trolling motor to indicate the boat has been certified for participation.
Participants will proceed to registration near the launch ramp. One Team Member only will be allowed up to register their team for competition. Participants must have a mask or face covering. RHBC Members will be there to keep participants the correct distance apart. They will register and be encouraged to buy raffle tickets. Those doing registration will be masked.
Once registration is complete the teams will either trailer to another ramp or launch there at Chandlers. RHBC Members will be there to assist and help park vehicles so they are organized efficiently.
Weigh in will begin at 3:00. Teams may start coming in earlier than that. RHBC Members will ensure competitors stay 6 feet apart in line leading up to the weigh-in stage. We will coordinate with all competitors so that no more than 5 people are in the weigh-in line at any time.
When it is a team’s turn to weigh-in they will 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, they will take that specific bass out of the bag and place it in the tub next to the bag, then they will step back from the tub. The Tournament Director will weigh, measure, and record the weight.
They will then be moved to the side away from the stage where pictures will be taken (masks will be removed for pictures)
After weighing in, teams will be encouraged to return to their boats. However, if competitors wish to watch weigh in, RHBC Members will make sure people are keeping their distance and be encouraged to wear face covering.