Angler Rules & Regulations

2020 COASTAL BENDER 2ND ANNUAL FISHING TOURNAMENT RULES AND REGULATIONS

All rules stated below will remain in effect for the 2020 Coastal Bender Fishing Tournament. All decisions made by the tournament director and/or tournament officials will be final in all matters. The tournament director and/or the tournament officials can make a change when the safety of a contestant is in question or by a unanimous decision by the tournament committee. Any changes to the rules will be posted on the website, www.gctatx.com and communicated to the tournament members in the pre-tournament meeting before the tournaments and all platforms of social media.. Warnings, penalties and is qualifications will be determined by the tournament officials. A signature on one set of rules and regulations is applicable for any and all GCTA, SMG, American Bank Center, and City of Corpus Christi events and may be used as an acknowledgement for such.

Rules

Each participant (“contestant”) must read and acknowledge the following rules and indicate so by signing an entry form. A “team” shall consist of one angler.

1) Applicable Laws: Federal, State and Local laws shall be obeyed by contestants at all times. Contestants choosing to fish outside of Texas waters shall adhere to the local and state laws of the venue in which the contestant is fishing, including purchasing and possessing a valid fishing license for that state effective for the dates of competition. Violation of any federal, state and/or local laws shall result in the disqualification of the individual and his team from the Coastal Bender Fishing Tournament event, and may disqualify (at the discretion of the event’ officials) the individual and his team from the entire series.

2) Tournament Eligibility: Contestants under 18 years old must fish with their legal guardian, or another adult approved by the minor’s legal guardian. The tournament officials reserve the right to refuse Membership and participation in any event to any individual and/or team at the discretion of the tournament committee.

3) Alcohol & Drugs: "While the use of alcoholic beverages is not prohibited, it is not endorsed by the tournament officials or directors. Participants and spectators who consume or provide alcoholic beverages for use assume any and all liability for said use. Consumption of alcohol to the point of intoxication or belligerence will not be tolerated and will result in immediate disqualification from the tournament. There is zero tolerance to the possession, use or abuse of controlled substances if other than as authorized by prescription. Possession, use or abuse of said substance will result in immediate disqualification from the event and may result in criminal prosecution.)

4) Sportsmanship: Coastal Bender tournament participants are expected to follow the highest standards of sportsmanship, courtesy and ethics. Unsportsmanlike and unethical conduct will result in disqualification (at the tournament committee’s discretion). Please refer to the Federal & Texas Boating Safety Rules.

BAY DIVISION OPEN

2-4 Angler Teams

5) Permitted Tournament Fishing Waters: Bay Fishing Contestants may fish in any inshore public water accessible by boat, or car “Inshore” for this series is defined as the navigable, tide consumable coastal waters, bays, rivers, and wetlands, extending to the inside of the passes to The Gulf of Mexico. Contestants may not fish beyond the furthest point of a pass extending into the Gulf of Mexico. Contestants fishing the bay side may fish from boat, by car are walk ins may fish inland bay shorelines or inland bay piers. Bay fishing Division anglers are not allowed to fish on any beach front or shoreline that is touching the Gulf of Mexico.

  • No fishing is allowed within 300 yards of tournament site.
  • No fishing is allowed within 500 yards of any ferry landing.
  • Contestants shall not fish in any area which has been “closed” by a governmental agency.
  • Participants are not allowed to fish within 150 feet (50 yards) from another tournament angler unless they are invited in to the tournament anglers area. If a tournament angler invites another tournament angler into the inviting tournament anglers 50 yard area, any tournament participant is also allowed within the waived area.
  • The tournament angler in an area first has the right to 150 feet radius of the area.

6) Permitted Fishing Methods: All tournament fish shall be taken by rod, and reel. Prior to and during the tournament, contestants shall not “cork” or otherwise mark fish or schools of fish for identification for the purposes of locating fish during tournament hours. Wade-fishing is allowed. A wade-fisherman must net his own fish.

7) Tackle and Equipment: All tournament fish shall be taken by rod, reel, and any bait as long as it follows state and federal laws, Contestants shall not “harass" Fish prior to and during the tournament, contestants shall not "cork" or otherwise mark fish or schools of fish for identification for the purposes of locating fish during tournament hours. bait can be used by a tournament angler. Only one rod and reel may be used at any one time per angler.

8) Bay Division Fish: All fish will follow Texas and Federal Laws on each species. Each tournament angler is allowed to bring 2 of each species listed below up to scales 1 of your trout can be over 25 inches. After tournament angler brings fish to scales anglers will not be allowed to return to vehicle to retrieve other fish. Listed below are categories for weight and documentation.

Open Bay Stringer

Speckled Trout: 15in. minimum length
Red Drum: 20in. minimum and up to 28in. (Legal slot red)

There will be side pots for fish not on stringer weight also in each division.

Side pots not on stringer stringer:
Flounder
Black Drum

Accumulated stringer weight will make Grand Champion per division

No altered or mutilated fish will be accepted. all species of fish will be inspected for alterations in size, length and weight. Any altered fish shall result in the disqualification of the team weighing the altered fish, and may result in a perpetual ban from the Coastal Bender Fishing Tournament. Plus will be turned in to local Texas Parks & Wildlife Agency.

9) Checkpoints: Official DROP A LINE times will be announced at the captains meeting and on Facebook on the Coastal Bender page the night before event (safe light anglers). Official time will be made at captains meeting which is mandatory for 1 team member. It is the contestant’s responsibility to know his, official tournament time and check-in time. Once an angler has checked in, that angler will not be allowed to return to fish during the day’s competition and that angler’s day of fishing shall cease. Check-in times will be between 2:00 PM and 4:00 PM for bay divisions. Contestants who are not at the official checkpoint area at the appointed time will be penalized at the rate of one-half (1/2) pound, per minute, which will be deducted from the team’s total day’s weight. Any contestant more than fifteen (15) minutes late will be disqualified from that day’s weight entry. Teams who are not able to check in due to equipment failure or other unforeseen circumstances are responsible for contacting the tournament director before the official check-in is over in order to determine an acceptable solution.

Pro Artificial Division

10) Permitted Tournament Fishing Waters: Bay Fishing Contestants may fish in any inshore public water accessible by boat, or car “Inshore” for this series is defined as the navigable, tide consumable coastal waters, bays, rivers, and wetlands, extending to the inside of the passes to The Gulf of Mexico. Contestants may not fish beyond the furthest point of a pass extending into the Gulf of Mexico. Contestants fishing the bay side may fish from boat, by car are walk ins may fish inland bay shorelines or inland bay piers. Bay fishing Division anglers are not allowed to fish on any beach front or shoreline that is touching the Gulf of Mexico.

  • No fishing is allowed within 300 yards of tournament site.
  • No fishing is allowed within 500 yards of any ferry landing.
  • Contestants shall not fish in any area which has been “closed” by a governmental agency.
  • Participants are not allowed to fish within 150 feet (50 yards) from another tournament angler unless they are invited into the tournament anglers area. If a tournament angler invites another tournament angler into the inviting tournament anglers 50 yard area, any tournament participant is also allowed within the waived area.
  • The tournament angler in an area first has the right to 150 feet radius of the area.

11) Permitted Fishing Methods: All tournament fish shall be taken by rod, and reel. Prior to and during the tournament, contestants shall not “cork” or otherwise mark fish or schools of fish for identification for the purposes of locating fish during tournament hours. Wade-fishing is allowed. A wade-fisherman must net his own fish.

12) Tackle and Equipment: All tournament fish shall be taken by rod, reel, and caught using artificial bait only. Contestants shall not “harass" Fish prior to and during the tournament, contestants shall not "cork" or otherwise mark fish or schools of fish for identification for the purposes of locating fish during tournament hours. bait can be used by a tournament angler. Only one rod and reel may be used at any one time per angler.

13) Pro Division Fish: All fish will follow Texas and Federal Laws on each species. Each tournament team is allowed to bring 3 20-28 inch (legal slot redfish) to scales. After tournament angler brings fish to scales anglers will not be allowed to bring other fish to scales besides fish going in stringer or fish pots.

Pro Division Stringer:

3 legal slot Redfish Stringer
Red Drum: 20in. minimum and up to 28in. (Legal slot red)

Fish pots not to be included in stringer:
Trout Flounder

Accumulated stringer weight will make Grand Champion

No altered or mutilated fish will be accepted. all species of fish will be inspected for alterations in size, length and weight. Any altered fish shall result in the disqualification of the team weighing the altered fish, and may result in a perpetual ban from the Coastal Bender Fishing Tournament. Plus will be turned in to local Texas Parks & Wildlife Agency.

Kayak Bay Division

1 Single Angler Team

14) Permitted Tournament Fishing Waters: Contestants may fish in any inshore public water accessible by boat. "Inshore" for this series is defined as the navigable, tide consumable coastal waters, bays, rivers, and wetlands. Kayaks must be launched at a public launch accessible to the general public. You may not launch from private property (including your personal water front property), or any other place that requires "special permission". This is an inshore tournament only, you may not fish the surf, jetties or any beach front. Contestants may not fish areas designated as private or “off limits" by federal, state and/or local law. Off limit areas include all FEDERALLY PROTECTED AREAS. If you drag, float, or are around a weir, dam or barrier to gain access to an off limit area, you will be disqualified. You may drag over public land in a marsh lake area to access the same public areas.

No fishing is allowed within 300 yards of tournament site. No fishing is allowed within 500 yards of any ferry landing. No ferrying kayaks to spots with other vessels.

Contestants shall not fish in any area which has been "closed" by a governmental agency. Wade fishing is allowed, but all contestants must stay tethered to boat while wading. Teams must stay within eyesight of one another. PFD’s must be worn at all times during tournament hours. Participants are not allowed to fish within 150 feet (50 yards) of another anchored boat or wade fisherman unless they are invited in by the team. An anchored boat is a boat held in a stable position by an anchor, a weight, push pole, Power Pole, or other "anchoring" mechanism. If a team invites another team into the inviting team’s 50 yard area, any tournament participant is also allowed within the waived area. Range finder and picture of boat behind range finder best way to bring this sort of protest to light. The boat anchored in an area first has the right to 150 feet radius of the area. If the boat does not have a trolling motor the definition of anchored still applies.

    15) Permitted Fishing Methods: All tournament fish shall be taken by rod, reel, and artificial tackle, only. Contestants shall not “harass" Fish prior to and during the tournament, contestants shall not "cork" or otherwise mark fish or schools of fish for identification for the purposes of locating fish during tournament hours. Wade-fishing is allowed as long as angler stays tethered to Kayak.

    16) Checkpoints: Official DROP A LINE times will be announced at the captains meeting and on Facebook on the Coastal Bender page the night before event (safe light anglers) . Official time will be made at captains meeting which is mandatory for 1 team member. It is the contestant’s responsibility to know his, official tournament time and check-in time. Once an angler has checked in, that angler will not be allowed to return to fish during the day’s competition and that anglers day of fishing shall cease. Check-in times will be between 2:00 PM and 4:00 PM. Contestants who are not at the official checkpoint area at the appointed time will be penalized at the rate of one-half (1/2) pound, per minute, which will be deducted from the team’s total day’s weight. Any contestant more than fifteen (15) minutes late will be disqualified from that day’s weight entry. Teams who are not able to check in due to equipment failure or other unforeseen circumstances are responsible for contacting the tournament director before the official check-in is over in order to determine an acceptable solution.

    17) TACKLE AND EQUIPMENT: Artificial lures only can be used by a tournament angler. Only one rod and reel may be used at any one time per angler. kayak, canoe, hybrid kayak, paddle or peddle craft only…no motors. All kayaks must be physically launched. You may not ferry your kayak (the use of a motorized vehicle or boat to transport your kayak on water or land once launched.) You are allowed to do a one way. This is parking a vehicle at your starting point and working your way to your other vehicle at your takeout spot. You are not allowed to do a one way unless you are fishing with another registered angler in the Coastal Bender Event.

    18) Fish: All fish will follow Texas and Federal Laws on each species. Each tournament angler is allowed to bring 2 redfish 20-28 inch (legal slot fish each species listed below up to scales. After tournament angler brings fish to scales anglers will not be allowed to return to vehicle to retrieve other fish. Listed below are categories for weight and documentation.

    Kayak stringer: 2 legal slot Redfish
    2 Red Drum: 20in. minimum and up to 28in. (Legal slot red)

    Accumulated weight will make Grand Champion

    No altered or mutilated fish will be accepted. all species of fish will be inspected for alterations in size, length and weight. Any altered fish shall result in the disqualification of the team weighing the altered fish, and may result in a perpetual ban from the Coastal Bender Fishing Tournament. Plus will be turned in to local Texas Parks & Wildlife Agency.

    OFFSHORE DIVISION

    4-6 Person Teams

    19) Permitted Tournament Fishing Waters: All anglers and boats participating in the Coastal Benders Offshore division must observe and obey all State and Federal fishing regulations also no angler is allowed to enter the water unless it is only for emergency repairs to bottom of hull or transom. Gulf of Mexico is your permitted fishing waters for this Coastal Bender event.

    20) Permitted Fishing Methods: All tournament fish shall be taken by manual rod, and reel. Prior to and during the tournament, contestants shall not “cork” or otherwise mark fish or schools of fish for identification for the purposes of locating fish during tournament hours. During Coastal Benders event any bait can be used live or dead as long as it follows State & Federal Law guidelines. Anglers will be allowed to catch bait while waiting for their designated time to break the jetty system they are leaving from.

    21) Communication: Tournament officials will be on standby on a designated channel which channel will be discussed at captains meeting. Contact Numbers : Geoff Austin 361-510-8708 or Brigitte Austin 361-249-8707.

    22) Tackle and Equipment: Any bait can be used by a tournament angler. All rods and reel used by contestants in the Offshore division of the Coastal Bender event must be manual, nothing electric.

    23) Offshore Division Fish: All fish will follow Texas and Federal Laws on each species. Each tournament angler is allowed to bring 1 of each species listed below up to scales. After tournament angler brings fish to scales anglers will not be allowed to return to vehicle to retrieve other fish. Listed below are categories for weight and documentation.

    Offshore Division Stringer
    KingFish: 27in. minimum length
    Red Snapper: 16in. minimum length
    Cobia/Ling: 40in. minimum length
    Amber Jack: 38in. minimum length (if state & Federal Law have season open )

    Accumulated weights of above species will make up stringer weight.

    Side pots that will not be included in stringer weight.
    Wahoo
    Dorado/Mahi Grouper

    24) General information: All contestants must have a Texas fishing license and appropriate federal permits, if needed. Weigh station will open at 2:00-4:00 pm for all Bay Divisions & 4:00-6:00pm Offshore weigh in Saturday. All fish must be in edible condition. A Coastal Bender Official must weigh and measure all tournament fish entries.

    Gaff hook marks are not considered mutilation. Firearms, Bang sticks, Spear Guns, or Harpoons may not be used on any fish. Contestants may fish aboard any vessel as long as all tournament rules are followed. This includes private boats, charter boats, and party (head) boats. NOTE: Fish which have a minimum or maximum size limit will be disqualified if, in the judge’s opinion, the head or tail has been altered or damaged and cannot be measured or weighed accurately. All fish must be caught on a single rod and reel using bait and hooks or lures and hooks. Coastal Benders encourages all contestants to practice catch and release with fish that are not in contention for a trophy. Coastal bender Officials decisions will be final in all cases and all contestants are subject to a polygraph test if deemed necessary by Coastal Bender Officials.

    No altered or mutilated fish will be accepted. all species of fish will be inspected for alterations in size, length and weight. Any altered fish shall result in the disqualification of the team weighing the altered fish, and may result in a perpetual ban from the Coastal Bender Fishing Tournament. Plus will be turned in to local Texas Parks & Wildlife Agency.

    25) Checkpoints and Inspection: Each tournament will have designated checkpoints. The checkout point and times will be communicated to the angler at the pre-tournament (“captain’s”) meeting. It is the tournament anglers responsibility to know his, official tournament time and check-in time. Failure to go through the checkpoint will result in disqualification. Once a tournament angler has checked in, that angler will not be allowed to return to fish during the day’s competition and that team’s day of fishing shall cease. Check-in times will be between 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM for the offshore Division. Contestants who are not at the official checkpoint area at the appointed time will be penalized at the rate of one- half (1/2) pound, per minute, which will be deducted from the team’s total day’s weight. Any contestant more than fifteen (15) minutes late will be disqualified from that day’s weight entry. Teams who are not able to check in due to equipment failure or other unforeseen circumstances are responsible for contacting the tournament director before the official check-in is over in order to determine an acceptable solution.

    26) Polygraphs: By signature on the official tournament entry form, each contestant agrees to submit to a polygraph test and be bound by its interpreted results and conclusions. Polygraph tests may be issued at the discretion of the tournament director/ committee for any reason, and each contestant hereby acknowledges and consents to the examination. The results and interpretations of the polygraph are final and each contestant hereby knowingly, intelligently and voluntarily waives any review of said test result, including any judicial process seeking to overturn, amend or otherwise negate the finding of the test administrator.

    27) Insurance and Liability: The Coastal Benders event will not issue liability coverage for its events. A current copy of the anglers signed DECLARATION, WAIVER, RELEASE, AND HOLD HARMLESS AGREEMENT shall be given to Coastal Bender tournament staff before a team may compete in any Coastal Benders event. All tournament participants are required to sign a waiver absolving all tournament officials, officers, participants, sponsors and co-sponsors from any responsibility for damage or personal injury sustained as a result of the contestant’s participation in the tournament or its related activities, and the contestant’s signature on this form shall constitute in an alternate release in the instance the member fails to sign the official DECLARATION, WAIVER, RELEASE, AND HOLD HARMLESS AGREEMENT.

    28) Pre-Tournament “Captain’s” Meeting: Late Tournament Registration for the Coastal Bender 2ND Annual fishing tournament will be the Thursday evening before the tournament date between 5:30 PM and 6:30 PM. A pre-tournament meeting will be held following. Live music with Calcutta after welcome speech. Captains Dinner is mandatory for 1 team member. Participants may be excused from the Friday night meeting if arrangements are made with the GCTA or Coastal Bender Tournament office.

    29) Communication: Tournament officials will be on standby on a designated channel at captains meeting. Contact Numbers : Geoff Austin 361-510-8708 or Brigitte Austin 361-249-8707.

    30) Entry Fees, Tournament Registration and Identification:

    Offshore Division 4-6 person team $500.00 <br />Open Bay Division 2-4 person team $200.00 <br />Pro Artificial Division 2 person team $200.00<br />Kayak Bay Division 1 person team $100.00

    Before August 7th will be considered early bird sign up. Sign up after August 7th at midnight you will be charged $50.00 late sign up fee.

    Calcutta will start 8:00 pm at captains meeting.

    Off shore minimum buy in $300.00 per team
    Artificial Pro Division minimum buy in $200.00 per team
    Open Bay Division minimum buy in $100.00 per team

    Entry fee into tournament per angler includes: V.I.P access to all Dinners, concert plus event access while Coastal Benders Event is happening. Roger Creager and Friends will be performing.

    31) Boaters: All boat anglers participating in 2ND Annual Coastal Benders Fishing Tournament must have all required U.S. Coast Guard safety equipment. The kill switch device must be attached to the driver's body anytime the combustion engine is operating on any boat. Anytime the combustion engine is operating and in gear, there must be a driver in the driver's seat in full control of the boat. Any additional fuel used during the tournament day must be purchased from a retail facility open to the public.

    Safety: Safe boating will be observed at all times. Each contestant is required to have a U.S. Coast Guard approved, personal floatation device. Tournament days may be shortened or canceled due to unsafe weather or water conditions. The decision to shorten or to cancel will be left totally to the discretion of the tournament director/ committee. A 4-hour period shall constitute a day of fishing. It is the competitor’s responsibility to communicate with the Tournament Director if cancellation of the event is suspected. Cancellations will be communicated via VHF radios on a channel decided at the Pre- Tournament Meeting. If conditions are not safe on the tournament day, the GCTA reserves the right to reschedule the tournament on the following day (Sunday). If conditions are not favorable the following day (Sunday), an alternate date will be published on the GCTA website plus all platforms of social media.

    32) Scoring & Awards: Tournament standings, auxiliary awards and final winners shall be determined by the total weight of each tournament anglers catch during the tournament, measured in pounds and 100 th of a pound. Fish may not be brought to weigh-in on a stringer or in a basket. Fish shall be weighed with the equipment provided by the GCTA staff member. Grand Champion Awards FOR EACH DIVISION will consist of total string weight of all fish brought to scales from each angler/team weigh in total. Grand Champion, 1st Runner -up. Every angler will have a Grand Champion weight if an angler has just 1 species or all species.

    33) Ties: If two or more anglers have identical weight in the tournament, it will be considered a tie. In the event of a tie, the prize/ pot money from the consecutive places will be combined and split between the teams. For example, if two anglers tie for fourth place, the amounts designated to fourth place AND fifth place will be combined, divided by two, then distributed to the 2 anglers equally.

    34) Protest Procedure: All protests must be submitted in writing, along with a $100 cash deposit. Protests must be submitted to the tournament director no later than 15 minutes following the weigh-in of the last fish. All decisions will be made by the tournament director and committee, and are final. If the protest is upheld, the cash deposit will be returned to the person submitting the protest. The protester agrees that by filing a protest, he may be subject to a polygraph test.

    35) Permission to be filmed and photographed & additional waiver: All participants agree to be filmed, photographed, taped, interviewed, quoted or otherwise revealed, without compensation, by the GCTA, Coastal Benders staff or its assigns. This includes but is not limited to the official photographers, writers, hosts, or sponsors of this event under the conditions authorized by the Coastal Bender Tournament organizers. Each contestant, by his signature affixed below, hereby gives the GCTA, and its assigns, the right to use (without compensation) the contestant’s name, picture, likeness, quotes, and biographical information, whether audio or visual, before, during and after the period of an individual or team participation in an event.

    DECLARATION, WAIVER, RELEASE, AND HOLD HARMLESS AGREEMENT shall be given to Coastal Benders tournament administrator before an angler may compete in any COASTAL BENDERS event. All tournament participants are required to sign a waiver absolving AMERICAN BANK CENTER, SMG MGNT., GCTA, Fox Yacht Sales, CITY OF CORPUS CHRISTI and all tournament officials, officers, participants, sponsors and co- sponsors from any responsibility for damage or personal injury sustained as a result of the contestant’s participation in the tournament or its related activities; however, the language of the waiver is incorporated herein for all purposes, and the contestant’s signature on this form shall constitute an alternate release in the instance the member fails to sign the official. DECLARATION, WAIVER, RELEASE, AND HOLD HARMLESS AGREEMENT.