Rules and Regulations

  1.  Participation and Eligibility: Participation is open to anglers EXCEPT GUIDES minors must be fishing with a legal boat operator. Any person entering this event under the age of 18 must have the signature of their parent or legal guardian in the provided space on the official entry form. NO GUIDES ALLOWED
  2. Federal, State and Local Laws: All contestants must have a valid fishing license and are required to obey all local, state, and federal laws and regulations. If you are fishing a lake/reservoir that is split with Texas, you must have a Texas, or the shared state license required by the state.
  3. Off limits and Information: Lake/reservoir Falcon and Amistad will be off limits on the Mexico side. No private lakes/ponds are allowed.
  4. Safety: Safe boating must be always observed. Each Contestant must follow all Texas Parks & Wildlife and U.S. Coast Guard Regulations. Use good judgement on unsafe weather days, you will have more days to fish this is a yearlong fishing tournament. Remember Safety First.
  5. Permitted Fishing Methods: Only artificial lures may be used, only one fishing rod per angler may be used at any one time. Additional rods may be in the boat and ready for use. Trolling is only allowed with the trolling motor.
  6. Boat and Horsepower Regulation: Each boat must have all required U.S. Coast Guard safety equipment. 
  7. Permitted Fishing Locations: Contestants may fish anywhere on tournament waters accessible by boat, all Texas Public Lakes/Reservoirs/Rivers/Bayous.  Except areas designated as “off limits”, ‘no boats’, ‘keep out’, ‘restricted’ or “no fishing” (or similar language or markings intended to restrict public access) by state or federal officials. Bank fishing is permissible only in Texas Public Lakes/Reservoirs/Rivers/Bayous.
  8. Fish: Only Largemouth, Spotted, Red Eye or Smallmouth Bass (collectively, ‘Bass’) are accepted species. This is a Big Bass Tournament
  9. Weigh Stations: Must weigh fish at certified scales, a list of certified scales can be found at and TPWD recognition program/Share lunker program and Larger well-known bass tournaments that have certified scales that can be verified. Example of well-known bass tournaments (Bass Champs, High school tournaments)
  10. Live Fish: Every effort must be made to keep bass alive using a properly aerated live well. The use of chemical in live well additives which promote the healthy return of bass to their natural habitat are recommended.
  11. Ties: In the event of a tie for one of the places being paid, or overall winner. The tie breaker will be earliest, Date and time of the fish weighed in for the tie. 
  12. Polygraph: Polygraph exams will be administered randomly. Failure to pass the examination will result in disqualification.
  13. Refunds: All entries are final. No refunds are given.