|Anyone entering this Tournament is required to abide by these Tournament
Rules. Disqualifications will be determined by three members of the
Tournament Committee. Any protest must state the rule violated and be
received by the Tournament Director within 30 minutes following the 4:00 pm
Check-in Deadline. Participants are responsible for knowing, understanding,
and abiding by these Rules. Questions and comments concerning any Rule
may be directed to the Tournament Director. In all Tournament matters, the
decisions are final. Prior to the Tournament, email any questions through this
web page (www.babesonbaffin.com).
Ladies Only- This is a woman only fishing tournament.
Team – A team is limited to 4 women with one guide / driver who can be a
male. All team members must be listed on the registration form and have paid
the applicable entry fee. A guide / driver who is not a team member does not
pay the entry fee. No deckhands or spectators are allowed on a boat.
Release – Each team member, as well as the guide / driver, must sign a
Tournament Release prior to the Tournament Start Time. If the team
member is a minor, a parent or legal guardian must sign a Release on behalf
of the minor.
Tournament Start Time - Fishing (hooks in the water) begins at official sunrise
on Saturday, October 12th. Time of official sunrise on Saturday, October 12,
2013 is 7:05 a.m.
Tackle - Live or artificial bait allowed only in Divisions 1 and 3.
One Pole per Angler – A team member can have more than one rod and reel
on the boat, but she cannot fish with more than one pole at a time.
Assistance – A team member may be assisted with baiting a hook, casting, and
netting, but the individual member must “set the hook” and reel the fish to the
boat or net herself.
Boat Fishing Only – A team may fish from two boats which could result in two
male drivers, but the boats must remain in sight of one another. Wade fishing,
which begins and ends at the boat, is permitted. No jetty, surf, dock, or pier
fishing is allowed.
Boundaries – The fishing boundaries are between the southern shoreline of
Baffin Bay and a line extended perpendicular to the far eastern shoreline at
Marker 12 just south of Point Penascal to the northern boundary of Copano
Bay, St. Charles Bay, Dunham Bay, Carlos Reef, and Spalding Bight. A team
may launch from anywhere between these boundaries.
Eligible Fish - Eligible Fish are legal size Trout, Redfish, and Black Drum
only. No over-sized fish will be judged. Winners are determined by length. In
the event of a length tie, weight prevails. Measurements of the Tournament
Weigh Master are final.
Weigh-in Deadline and Visual or Walk-Up Check-in – Check-in and weigh-in
begins no earlier than 1:00 pm; the penalty-free Check-in Deadline is 4:00
pm. A visual check-in is offered to prevent a long measurement/weigh-in line
and promote the weigh-in and donation of live fish. This allows teams to
remain in their boats with their catch kept in an aerated livewell or cooler until
weigh-in. Therefore, during Friday’s check-in, each team will be assigned a
team number. When arriving at the marina for weigh-in, each boat can
visually check in with a Dock Master (who will be stationed onshore at the
marina entrance near Buoy 3) by visually displaying the team number card to
the Dock Master. Each team should ensure it gets a confirmation
acknowledgement from a Dock Master. After check-in confirmation is
received, a team should proceed to the weigh-in / measurement area near the
Pavilion with their fish. If a team has not checked in with a Dock Master by
4:00 pm, the team will be penalized at the rate of 1) ½ inch for each full minute
late deducted from the cumulative Team Stringer length and from the length of
any individual fish award contender, and, 2) ½ ounce for each full minute late
deducted from the weight of any individual fish contender for a cash pot. Any
team that has not checked in with a Dock Master by 4:15 pm will be
automatically disqualified, no exceptions. Each team must be respectful of
other teams who are off loading their catch; this includes not tying off in the
area designated for weigh-in. Boats must be removed from the measurement
area immediately following weigh-in. If a team or an individual team member
is asked to move a boat or leave the area and it doesn’t, the team risks
disqualification. A team that chooses to walk-up instead of using the visual
boat check-in process should ensure they are checked in with a Dock Master
before getting into the measurement line. All deadlines remain applicable for
a walk-up check-in. After the Weigh Master measures and weighs all Eligible
Fish, a team member or their guide must approve the figures on the team
scorecard with her / his signature.
Live Weigh-in and Donation Bonus – Each live and donated fish presented at
weigh-in will receive a ½ inch bonus added to the cumulative Team Stringer
length and to the length of any individual fish award contender, and, ½ ounce
added to the weight of any individual fish contender for a cash pot. At weigh-
in, Texas Parks and Wildlife will be on-site to take all donated fish to the
Redfish – A legal Redfish (Red Drum) must be at least 20” and not greater
than 28”. If you catch one smaller than 20” by law you are required to release
it. You cannot weigh-in a Redfish over 28” as no tagged redfish will be
accepted. Your team must decide which Redfish to weigh in prior to
approaching the Weigh Master.
Trout – A legal Trout (Spotted Seatrout) must be at least 15”. If you catch
one smaller than 15” by law you are required to release it. You cannot weigh-
in a Trout over 25”. Your team must decide which Trout to weigh in prior to
approaching the Weigh Master.
Black Drum – A legal Drum (Black Drum) must be at least 14” and not
greater than 30”. If you catch one smaller than 14” by law you are required to
release it. You cannot weigh-in a Drum over 30”. Your team must decide
which Drum to weigh in prior to approaching the Weigh Master.
Team Stringer - A maximum Team Stringer of Eligible Fish consists of one
Trout, one Redfish, and one Black Drum. No more than these three fish can
be presented to the Weigh Master as the Team Stringer. If a team has a
second Redfish eligible for Most Spots, present that fish separately to the
Weigh Master. Fish bags are not provided by the tournament.
Fishing License – All Texas Parks and Wildlife Rules and Regulations apply.
You must have a valid/current fishing license with a saltwater stamp from
Texas Parks and Wildlife to fish in this tournament. You must fish the
tournament by the TPW rules. Citations for not observing the rules disqualify
the team from the Tournament.
Polygraph - All entrants are subject to polygraph testing. Failure to take
and/or pass the test will result in disqualification. Results of the polygraph are
final. The individual taking the test may be a team member or the guide/boat
driver. If the angler is a minor, a parent or legal guardian shall agree for the
minor to submit to such polygraph testing.
Sportsmanship – Any angler, who displays poor sportsmanship, violates any
Tournament Rule, or any state or local game laws may be disqualified without
refund or recourse. In addition, any act of an angler, verbal or physical, that
reflects unfavorably upon CCA’s effort to promote conservation, fishing, clean
waters, courtesy, and safety may be reason for disqualification from this and
all future CCA tournaments.
Natural Disaster - In the event of a natural disaster or severe inclement
weather, the Tournament may be postponed and rescheduled for a later date.
Refunds - A full refund will be given for a full team cancellation or withdrawal.
No refund will be given for the cancellation or withdrawal of an individual team
member(s). No refunds will be given if the Tournament is postponed and
rescheduled for another date.