Holiday Hook-Up : Benefiting Hook Spit Junior Anglers

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GCTA will be hosting the 1st Annual Holiday Hook-Up fishing tournament to help support The Hook Spit Junior Anglers Association (HSJAA).

HSJAA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization promoting youth fishing programs on the Texas Gulf Coast. Formed in 2015, HSJAA has given out more than $200,000 in scholarship monies through the fishing tournaments and camps held annually from Galveston to Corpus. In 2019 HSJAA will be holding more than 10 fishing tournaments paying out $7500 per tournament for anglers 17 and under attending grade school, and 3 fishing camps for students ages 12 to 17. With the growing number of events and payouts for 2019, HSJAA needs your support to achieve their goal of reaching more of our youth to give them events to keep them focused on the great outdoors and the sport of fishing by putting down the X-Box and picking up the Tackle Box!

Calcutta Information:

  • All teams registered in the tournament will be auctioned off.
  • All teams must be paid participants in Holiday Hook-Up tournament in order for their boat to be entered in the Calcutta. Teams must be signed up by no later than 6:00 pm at the captains meetings.
  • Calcutta will be split and pay for both "Open" and "Artificial" divisions.
  • Bidding for the Calcutta will start off at $100.
  • A team is allowed to be on themselves in order to have the opportunity to hold full Calcutta winnings for their teams. If your team's boat is purchased by another bidder, your team will have the option to buy back 1/2 your boat from the highest bidder (Highest bigger must agree to sell 1/2 the boat back to the team/teams they have won the bid on.)
  • Dinner, drinks, and live entertainment will be provided to all tournament participants.
  • Non-fishing contestants are welcome to join Friday's festivities. Ther will be $50 minimum donation for all non-contestants. (Includes dinner, drinks, and live entertainment.)
  • Teams will be auctioned off randomly.
  • Auctioneer hast last say/call of who won a big on a team.
  • Payout for Calcutta will be as follows:

Open Bait Division:

1st Place - 40% of open division auction

2nd Place - 20% of open division auction

3rd Place - 10% of open division auction

Artificial Bait Division:

1st Place - 40% of open division auction

2nd Place - 20% of open division auction

3rd Place - 10% of open division auction

All remaining Calcutta will be donated to HSJAA

Captains Meeting:

Location: Bluff's Landing Marina

Time: 5:00pm

Calcutta: 6:30pm - 7:00pm

Dinner and Entertainment to follow

Tournament Information:

Location: Bluff's Landing Marina

Date: December 1, 2018

Launch: Safe Light (Announced at Captains Meeting)

Weigh In: 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Entry Information:

Teams: 2 - 4 Man Teams

Includes: Tournament Entry, Dinner, Drinks, and Live Entertainment at the Captains Meeting.

Divisions: 

  • Open Bait - $250
  • Artificial Bait - $250

Stringer: 3 Trout (1 over 25") and 2 Slot Redfish

Big Red Pot: $50

Big Trout Pot: $50

Big Fish Pots are 100% Payout

Registration will be online. If you register at the captains meeting there will be a $50 registration fee.

Rules and Regulations

All rules stated below will remain in effect for the 2018 HSJAA Holiday Hookup Event. 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 and disqualifications will be determined by the tournament officials. A signature on one set of rules and regulations is applicable for any and all GCTA 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 two to four contestants.

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 GCTA event, and may disqualify (at the discretion of the GCTA’ officials) the individual and his team from the entire series.

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

3) Sportsmanship: GCTA 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 Texas Boating Safety Rules.

4) 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. Contestants shall not fish in any area which has been "closed" by a governmental agency. Wade fishing is allowed, must remain within 300 yards of the boat. 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 with the trolling motor in the up position. 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.

5) Permitted Fishing Methods: All tournament fish shall be taken by rod, reel, and artificial tackle, only. Contestants shall not "harass" fish, to include such antics as "burning" or corralling of schools with a boat. 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. Teams who wade-fish must remain within a 300 yard radius of the team’s boat. However, contestants may not leave the boat to net a fish hooked while the contestant or his partner is in the boat. A wade-fisherman must net his own fish. Teams shall not have one participant fishing from the boat with the other teammate wade-fishing; both teammates must be fishing in the same manner. All team members must be in the boat before the combustion engine is started.

6) Checkpoints: Official launch 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. Failure to go through the checkpoint will result in disqualification. 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 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.

7) Polygraphs: Polygraphs will be done upon every event of the GCTA 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.

8) Insurance and Liability: Each boat entered into any GCTA event shall have insurance coverage on your boat throughout the entirety of the series or for every event fished. It is the responsibility of the boat owner to carry liability insurance covering the vessel.GCTA will not issue liability coverage for its events. A current copy of the team’s insurance policy and each member’s signed DECLARATION, WAIVER, RELEASE, AND HOLD HARMLESS AGREEMENT shall be given to REDFISH SERIES before a team may compete in any REDFISH RIVALRY SERIES 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 an alternate release in the instance the member fails to sign the official DECLARATION, WAIVER, RELEASE, AND HOLD HARMLESS AGREEMENT.

9) Pre-Tournament "Captain’s" Meeting: Tournament Registration for the Holiday Hook Up will be the Friday evening before the tournament date between 5:00 PM and 6:30 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. Participants must have written documentation from the GCTA office and present it upon registration if the participant is excused from the Friday meeting. If a contestant fails to attend the registration and pre-tournament meeting without written 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.

10) Communication: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.

11) Entry Fees: $250.00 per team which may consist of 2-4 total fisherman. All entries will benefit HSJAA 100%.All entry fees are non-refundable, and are in consideration for holding a team’s spot and calculation of projected winnings for tournament officials.

12) Boat, Motor and Horsepower Regulations:. Each boat must have all required U.S. Coast Guard safety equipment.All state and federal laws must be followed at all times

13) 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 the combustion engine is engaged. 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, WWW.GCTATX.COM.

14) Tackle and Equipment: Only artificial lures may be used in the Artificial only division. No live bait, dead bait or prepared bait will be permitted in the artificial division. OPEN DIVISION can use any bait period. Only one rod and reel may be used at any one time per angler.

15) Fish: A teams stringer will consist of 3 speckled trout and 2 red drum (“redfish”), the speckled trout side of stringer will consist of 2 trout that measure a minimum of 15 inches in length and no more than 25 inches and a third fish may be over 25 inches ( 2 under and 1 over) and 2 redfish measuring no less than 20 inches and no more than 28 inches.. No team will be allowed to bring more than 3 trout and 2 redfish up to the GCTA scales. BIG TROUT pot & Big RED pot will come out of each teams stringer that is brought to scale. All 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 GCTA.

16) 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.

17) Protest Procedure: All protests must be submitted in writing, along with a $200.00 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.

18) 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 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.

Calcutta Rules and Regulations

  • All teams registered in the tournament will be auctioned off.
  • All teams must be paid participants in Holiday Hook-Up tournament in order for their boat to be entered in the Calcutta. Teams must be signed up by no later than 6:00pm at the captains meeting.
  • Calcutta will be split and pay for both "Open" and "Artificial" divisions.
  • Bidding for the Calcutta will start at $100.
  • A team is allowed to bid on themselves in order to have the opportunity to hold full Calcutta winnings for their teams. If your teams' boat is purchased by another bidder, your team will have the option to buy back 1/2 your boat from the highest bidder (Highest bidder must agree to sell 1/2 the boat back to the team/teams they have won the bid on.)
  • Dinner, Drinks, and Live Entertainment will be provided to all tournament participants.
  • Non-Fishing contestants are welcome to join Friday's festivities. Therw will be $50 minimum donation for all non-contestants. (Includes dinner, drinks, and live entertainment.)
  • Teams will be auctioned off randomly.
  • Auctioneer has last say/call of who won a bid on a team.

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