March 16th - Matagorda Harbor / Captains Meeting: Poco Playa Restaurant
April 13th - Sabine Pass / SALT Club, 900 T.B. Ellison Pkwy, Port Arthur, TX
June 22nd - Galveston Yacht Basin
July 27th - Aransas Bay Boat House
Launch: Safelight | Weigh In: 2pm - 6pm
Individual Registration: $100
Team Registration: $200
Registration Fee: $10 Online / $15 At Captains Meeting
Big Fish Side Pot: $20
2019 Rudy's Yak Attack Redfish Series Rules and Regulations
All rules stated below will remain in effect for the 2019 Yak Attack Redfish Series. 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. Warnings, penalties
1) Applicable Laws: Federal, State
2) Tournament Eligibility: Contestants under 18 years old must fish with their legal guardian as their
3) Alcoholic Beverages and Illegal Drugs: Consumption of any alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs during tournament hours is prohibited and will result in disqualification. Alcoholic beverages and illegal drugs may not be in the possession of any team member or on board a participating boat during the hours of tournament competition.
4) Sportsmanship: GCTA participants are expected to follow the highest standards of sportsmanship, courtesy
5) 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
- No fishing is allowed within 300 yards of
- 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, PowerPole, 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.
6) 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.
7) Checkpoints: Official DROP A LINE times will be announced at the captains meeting and on Facebook on the GCTA page the night before event (safe light anglers) . Official time will be made at captains meeting which is mandatory for 1 team member. Once a team has checked in, that team 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 2:00 PM and 6:00 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.
8) Polygraphs: 1st. place and 1 other teams will be drawn out of top 15 teams. 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. The first place team in each event shall be subject to a polygraph examination and will not receive any award until the test has been administered and determined to be non-deceptive. 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.
9) Liability : 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 an alternate release in the instance the member fails to sign the official DECLARATION, WAIVER, RELEASE, AND HOLD HARMLESS AGREEMENT.
10) Pre-Tournament "Captain’s" Meeting: Tournament Registration for the Yak Attack Redfish Series online sign up @ WWW.GCTATX.com. Also registration will be the Friday evening before the tournament date between 5:30 PM and 7:00 PM. A pre-tournament meeting will be held following registration at 7:00 PM. At least one member of each team shall attend the Pre-Tournament meeting. Participants may be excused from the Friday night meeting if arrangements are made with the GCTA office 30 min. prior to the event. Contact info for text or messenger is 361-510-8708. If a contestant fails to attend the registration and pre-tournament meeting without permission from the GCTA office, a one (1) pound, per fish, per day penalty, will be assessed against the team’s fish at weigh-in.
11) Communication: No communication via multi-media methods, social networking, cell phone, e-tablet, laptop, radio, pager or any other device will be allowed from outside sources or tournament participants during tournament hours that will give a team or contestant any advantage from data or information regarding fishing the event. If a team has an emergency, a mechanical problem, or needs immediate assistance, teams may contact local authorities, emergency services, the Coast Guard or the tournament director. Teams must notify the tournament director immediately if these circumstances exist.
12) Entry Fees, Tournament Registration and Identification: A team which will consist of 2 Kayakers for a total of $200.00 per team entry, However if a kayaker wishes to enter solo he is allowed at the entry at $100.00 per individual. The two-man team will consist two individuals and one alternate that can be used at any tournament throughout the year including the championship.(you must declare your team mate at the registration time during the captains meeting). Fishing individually you will not be allowed to fish with anyone or accept help from anyone who is not registered to fish this tournament series. There will be a $20.00 side pot for biggest Redfish of the Event.
13) Boat Regulations:. Each boat must have all required U.S. Coast Guard safety equipment. Plus any safety equipment the state requires for kayakers. No motors will be allowed everything is to be self propelled. The use of a motorized vessel is prohibited to ferry kayaks to fishing grounds. All kayakers must be self propelled.
14) Safety: Safe boating will be observed at all times. Each contestant is required to properly wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved, personal floatation device anytime time you are fishing in the series period. 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, an alternate date will be published on the GCTA website, WWW.GCTATX.com
15) TACKLE AND EQUIPMENT: All fish must be caught by rod and reel using artificial lures only. Chumming and/or the use of live or dead bait is strictly prohibited. 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 Yak Attack Series. All teams must depart from the same location on the day of the event.
16) Fish: A kayak Attack Redfish Series teams weight may consist of Two (2) red drum (redfish), measuring no less than 20 inches, and no more than 28 inches in length.A team may retain its Texas state limit in the act of culling. Teams must keep (retain) any dead fish. Contestants are responsible for keeping their redfish alive. Any dead fish tendered for weight will be assessed a 1/4 lb. penalty per dead fish. No altered, mutilated or iced fish will be accepted ( if teams fish is dead for weight clear any access ice). Redfish will be inspected for alterations in size, length and weight. Any altered fish shall result in the disqualification of the team weighing in altered fish, and may result in perpetual band from any GCTA events (death penalty sanctions)
17) Scoring: Tournament standings, auxiliary awards and final winners shall be determined by the total weight of each team’s catch during the tournament consisting of two (2) redfish, measured in pounds and 100th of a pound. Only redfish at least 20 inches in length, but less than or equal to 28 inches in length may be weighed-in. All redfish must be brought to the weigh station in a live weigh-in tournament bag provided by the GCTA Fish may not be brought to weigh in on a stringer or in a basket. Redfish shall be weighed with the equipment provided by the GCTA.
18) Ties: If two or more teams have identical weight in the tournament, it will be considered a tie. In the event of a tie, the prize money from the consecutive places will be combined and split between the teams. For example, if two teams tie for fourth place, the amounts designated to fourth place AND fifth place will be combined, divided by two, then distributed to the teams, equally.
19) Protest Procedure: All protests must be submitted in writing, along with a $100.00 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.
20) Permission to be filmed for Television: All participants agree to be filmed, photographed, taped, interviewed, quoted or otherwise revealed, without compensation, by the GCTA 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 GCTA organizers. Each contestant, by his signature affixed below, hereby gives the 2019 Kayak StuffGCTA, 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.