Lake Woodlands Weekly Jackpot Rules and Standards
Last updated by Mark Chiles
**(Specific rules may be changed across different events posted in the group; changes will be addressed in the tournament posting)** ## **Group Summary** We are a local group of primarily kayak anglers (of all skill levels) that participate in weekly tournaments around the greater Houston area. The mission is to provide people with an opportunity to compete, gain information about local fishing tips and techniques, and support their local community. We have evolved from 3-fish Thursday night solo derbies to hosting a variety of formats to suit different people’s fishing styles. Every tournament will come with its own instructions however feel free to reach out with any questions, comments, or concerns. Table of Contents: 1. Registration, Entry Fees and Payout Scale 2. Watercraft and Propulsion 3. Eligible Species 4. Tackle, Equipment, and Fishing Methods 5. Photo Standards and Scoring 6. Safety ##### **1. Registration, Entry Fees and Payout Scale** The registration process will be different and explained for every event. Your payment will be your registration, it may be paid electronically or in person at the ramp. Tournament fees will not be refunded after the event has started. We are a small group so the tournament director typically fishes the event and has the opportunity to win and be paid. In the event a TD is in the money, other long-term group members in the group will help check to make sure everything is done and judged fairly. Each jackpot tournament is generally a $20 entry fee, unless otherwise specified, with a $10 Big Bass side pot. Each trail tournament is generally a $40 entry fee, with a $10 Big Bass side pot. Depending on the event, payment will either be required to be electronic (Venmo or Paypal) or in cash at the tournament location. These are on a tournament-specific basis and will be explained at the time of the tournament announcement.<br /> Our general rule for competition payouts is to pay out 1 place for every 5 anglers. That means if there are 5 competitors, only 1st place will be paid out. If there are 6-10 competitors, places 1st and 2nd will be paid out and so. **Payout Scale:** * Top 2: 60%, 40% * Top 3: 50%, 30%, 20% * Top 4: 47%, 25%, 17%, 11% * Top 5: 45%, 25%, 15%, 10%, 5% Please note that when using cash, we may only have change to the nearest $5-$10. In those instances, we will round the payouts to the best outcome possible. Big Bass is a winner-take-all pot to be awarded to the angler with the biggest bass caught during competition and having bought in to the Big Bass Pot. ##### **2. Watercraft and Propulsion** Kayaks and Boats 16’ or under ARE allowed. Electric trolling motors ARE allowed. Gas motors are NOT allowed to be used and vessels with gas motors attached CANNOT compete. Using a gas motorized vessel to pull you anywhere other than in an emergency situation is NOT permitted. **NOTE:** there may be exceptions to this rule on a case-by-case, tournament-by-tournament basis, as determined by the Tournament Director. ##### **3. Eligible Species** Unless specified as a tournament for a different species these are “Black Bass” only competitions. Meaning the common black bass species - Largemouth, Spotted or Kentucky, Guadalupe, and Smallmouth. ##### **4. Tackle, Equipment, and Fishing Methods** All bass must be caught on rod, reel, line, and hook with artificial lures ONLY. Live bait and prepared bait are not allowed. No traps, snares, set lines, or other methods of fishing other than rod, reel and line are allowed. Fish must be caught live. Snatching or snagging fish is NOT allowed. Trolling is allowed if it is the ONE rod and reel that you are actively using. ##### **5. Photo Standards and Scoring** Fish are scored to the 1/4”. The length scored is rounded down from the last covered 1/4” mark on the board. For example, if the fish’s length is between 16” and 16 ¼”, the score would be 16”. The tail has to clearly touch, or surpass, a line to count. MUST use a bump board (board with a fence) to measure fish. We recommend using Ketch and Hog Trough (with lines marked) Boards for easier scoring. ALL boards are subject to being checked. Unique Identifier Codes will be given out for each tournament, The Code must be visible in pictures to qualify. ##### Fish must be facing left on board, left side of the fish visible, dorsal fin at the top of the photo. Mouth MUST be completely closed with lips touching the board’s fence. The picture must be taken over the fish as best as possible. Your hands CANNOT cover the fish’s face or tail. Putting fingers under gills to hold fish down is NOT allowed. ##### Unless specified on the event posting we do not have a minimum fish size requirement. ##### In the event of a tie, out of the competitors in the tie, the competitor with the single longest scored fish will win. In an event of a Big Bass tie, out of the competitors that tied, the second biggest fish will win (and so on and so on if necessary). ##### Failure to follow these rules could lead to a disqualification of a catch or a deduction in sizing. Open mouth deduction and nose not touching deduction start at (0.5”), can be raised or disqualified depending on severity. No identifier shown, Nose/ Tail being covered or out of the picture, dead fish will be disqualified. Most of our pictures are shown in person or posted through the Facebook group. If there is ever an issue or dispute regarding pictures submitted, pictures may be subject to check on the angler’s phone to confirm the size, date/times, and location of fish caught. ##### Please see below for some good examples of photo submissions: ##### **!(https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/3AdaKkPdcdujGhF-o0BE0nLEw5dtp36Srv5765vScJM-8-Zce76N2a5TUDoZrSzsXkuodnqoF_km4uZGLnTD2SRgx3kSHIPbHXNvMSEOmZPHlzbeyU760scrmOFBbJW0RPPZqc0E =432x324)** **!(https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/DY8d1GBGzegoMDNj91oxzjD3mOEQ2khiMKB9jsvNFazqfiS1HE23bjyFJQ6sJkrYT8ruA8XHhcndhxQKgYQA3udCO2L8pdTLsZpRxT7N8jme_bPFn3bbq5gpcQIn_GJT4LNliAy2 =432x324)** ##### **6. Safety** MUST have all required Coast Guard safety equipment specific to your vessel; PFD (if in a kayak, worn AT ALL TIMES), 360 light at night or early morning while still dark (green/ red lights for boats), whistle/ sound device, etc.) All laws regarding the body of water you are on must be followed at all times. ## **WAIVER AND RELEASE OF LIABILITY AGREEMENT** ##### In consideration of being allowed to participate in any way in the Event and its related competition and activities, I, the undersigned (or registrant), being at least 18 years of age, acknowledge, appreciate, and agree that: 1. I affirm that my participation, in any Event, is voluntary and declare that I am physically fit and capable to participate in such; and ##### 2. I acknowledge that kayak fishing participation and competition involves certain inherent dangers and hazards; that the risk of injury from the activities involved in this event is significant, including the potential for permanent paralysis and death, and while particular skills, physical fitness, equipment, and personal discipline may reduce this risk, the risk of serious injury does exist; and ##### 3. I KNOWINGLY AND FREELY ASSUME ALL SUCH RISKS, both known and unknown, EVEN IF ARISING FROM THE NEGLIGENCE OF THE RELEASEES or others, and assume full responsibility for my participation; and ##### 4. I willingly agree to comply with the stated and customary Terms and Conditions for Participation. If, however, I observe any unusual significant hazard during my presence or participation, I will remove myself from participation and immediately bring such to the attention of Event Staff or Tournament Directors; and ##### 5. In full recognition and appreciation of the dangers and risks inherent in such activities, I, for myself and on behalf of my heirs, executors, administrators and assigns, personal representatives and next of kin, HEREBY RELEASE, INDEMNIFY, AND HOLD HARMLESS ALL TOURNAMENT STAFF AND ORGANIZERS and its owners, officers, managers, officials, volunteer event staff, agents and/or employees, other participants, sponsoring agencies, sponsors, advertisers, event service and technology providers (including but not limited to TourneyX), and, if applicable, owners and lessors of premises used for the activity (“Releasees”), with respect to any and all injury, disability, death, or loss or damage to person or property, whether arising from the negligence of the releasees or otherwise, to the fullest extent permitted by law, and I hereby waive, release, and forever discharge Releasees from and against any and all claims, demands, actions, or causes of action, for costs, loss, expenses, or damages to personal property, or personal injury, or death, which may result from my participation in the Event. ##### I HAVE READ THIS RELEASE OF LIABILITY AND ASSUMPTION OF RISK AGREEMENT, FULLY UNDERSTAND ITS TERMS, UNDERSTAND THAT I HAVE GIVEN UP SUBSTANTIAL RIGHTS BY SIGNING IT, AND SIGN IT FREELY AND VOLUNTARILY WITHOUT ANY INDUCEMENT. ##### By registering for this event via TourneyX, Fishing Chaos, Facebook, iAngler, or any other tournament management platform, you are acknowledging that you read the Waiver And Release Of Liability Agreement and agree to its terms and condition.