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2019 TLA Fall Showdown Online Tournament

Official rules

October 11 - November 30, 2019

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Please read the rules completely, including the directions for measuring and submitting fish.

All participants must be paid members of Texas Lady Anglers (TLA)


Prizes: Cash prize pay-out will be based on the number of entrants.  Prizes awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place will be decided on:

  • The longest stringer of 3 fish with one redfish, one speckled trout, and one flounder


All entrants will compete against each other for the length of the tournament.  Submissions will be made by digital photographs by emailing to:   This is the only acceptable email for submissions.

Upgrades are permitted and encouraged throughout the tournament period.   For example, if you catch a 15-inch trout at the beginning of the tournament, you can submit it.  If you catch a 17-inch inch trout a few days later, submit it and you get an upgrade.  If you catch a 22-inch trout on the last day of the tournament, submit it.  Your final score for trout will be 22 inches.  


Federal, State and Local Laws; Eligibility; and Sportsmanship.

 All contestants are required to follow all applicable Federal, State and Local recreational fishing and boating regulations and laws.  Any violation of such rules or the rules of the tournament may result in disqualification from the tournament and / or future events.

Contestants must have a valid Texas fishing license with a saltwater stamp.

Safe boating will be observed at all times.  Any vessel used during this tournament is required to carry safety equipment required to meet United States Coast Guard regulations.  Participants should know the proper use of all safety equipment.

Catch, photo and release is encouraged.  It is mandatory for all undersized fish.


Permitted Fishing Locations and Methods

Contestants may fish anywhere, on any waters, except areas designated as "off limits" or "no fishing" by local, state, federal officials.  Private launch sites are permitted.  Contestants may fish by any means: boat, kayak, wade, pier, bank or surf.  Live bait, dead bait or artificial bait/lures may be used.  All fish must be caught by rod and reel.  No gigging is allowed.


Tournament Entry Fees & Registration Dates

The entry fee to the tournament is $35.   It is non-refundable and is non-transferable.

Registration will remain open until Wednesday, October 11th.  Payment must be received by October 11th.  No late entries will be accepted.  Texas Lady Anglers has the right to accept or deny any entry into the event.

The tournament will run from 12:01am October 11th thru 11:59 pm November 30th.


Accepted fish

This is a 3 fish tournament that will consist of:  

  • 1 Redfish (20”- 28” max),

  • 1 Speckled trout* (15”-25”)

  • 1 Flounder (min 14”)    

*Upper limits imposed by the State of Texas are the upper limits for this tournament, except trout since 1 trout per day over 25” is allowed.

Fish size must be a minimum of legal limits.  No undersized fish will be accepted. 



Contestants will submit digital photographs meeting tournament requirements.  For this tournament, the combined length of your longest redfish, trout, and flounder will determine your score.  At the end of the tournament, the contestants with the highest scores will be the winners.  


Updates to the leaderboard will be posted weekly.


Photograph submissions

You do not have to have all 3 fish to submit.  Submissions must be made within 48 hours of catching.

All fish pictures must be submitted on a SILVER Check-it Stik. No other measuring device will be accepted.

Make sure the photo is clear. You should take several pictures to make sure you have an acceptable photo.  Make sure at least 2-3 numbers are visible past the tail.  Include the designated item (see #7). We will zoom in on the photo best we can and make all efforts to read your submission. We will not make guesses. If your photo is not readable, we cannot accept it.

Submit one fish photo per email to .   Include (YOUR NAME) and “redfish”, “trout”, or “flounder” in the subject line of your email.

Subject line example: “Patti Polensky Redfish”

This is the only acceptable email address to send the pictures. Send full size photos only. DO NOT RESIZE PHOTOS DOWN.

The tournament record keeper will resize the pictures and post winners on the Texas Lady Angler Facebook page once the size measurement has been officially documented.   The participant must retain all original photographs (not resized) for review upon request by the Tournament Committee.

All full-size photos must be submitted by email to by 11:59pm on November 30th.


Designated item

At the start of the tournament, you will receive a “designated item.” The designated item is to be included in the photograph which will function to ensure that the catch was made during the time period of the tournament. This item must be included in ALL photographs.  The designated item MUST reside in the same picture as your fish.


Photographing your fish

The photograph MUST be taken with your fish lying flat on the Check-it Stik with its nosed pressed against the upright “0” inch line and its mouth closed.

Redfish and fish with an under bite may have the mouth open but all others MUST be completely closed.   A “1-inch” penalty will be subtracted from the length of fish submitted with mouth open even if the mouth appears to be opened a tiny amount.

The nose must be pressed against the upright “0” inch line. If the nose is not pressed against the “0” upright on the Check-it Stik then a minimum of 1” penalty will be given.


The full length of the fish must be viewable in the photograph along with the designated item noted above.

It is acceptable and encouraged to pinch the tail or swing the tail down to achieve the longest length possible, but the mouth must remain closed and pressed against the “0” upright.  Do your best to ensure that the measuring device is easily readable in the photographs, free of debris and glare.

It is advised that you take several pictures of each fish, adjusting the angle to make sure you get an acceptable photo. MAKE SURE THE DESIGNATED ITEM/NOTE IS VISIBLE IN THE PICTURE WITH YOUR FISH.


Tie Breakers

Tie Breaker for the longest fish will be determined by earliest time of the submission.



All protests must be submitted via email to . There is no fee to protest.

The protest must be issued within 24 hours that the fish in question is posted. The decision of the tournament committee shall be final. Any tournament participant can file a protest on behalf of any other tournament participant including themselves.

Please feel free to post questions on Facebook or send a private message or email:

By submitting your tournament entry fee - you accept the following: 

In consideration for receiving permission to participate in the fishing tournament sponsored by Texas Lady Anglers, I hereby, on behalf of myself, my minor children, or minors in my care, COVENANT NOT TO SUE AND HEREBY RELEASE AND AGREE TO INDEMNIFY AND HOLD HARMLESS TEXAS LADY ANGLERS ASSOCIATION and its subsidiaries and affiliates (collectively, the “Organization”) and the Organization's leadership, servants, volunteers, and other persons connected with or associated with the Organization (collectively the “Releasees”) from all liability, claims, demands, actions and causes of action whatsoever arising out of or related to any loss, damage, or injury, including death, that may be sustained by me, or any of the property belonging to me or in my possession, custody, or control, WHETHER CAUSED BY THE SOLE OR PARTIAL NEGLIGENCE OF THE RELEASEES, or otherwise, while traveling to or from or participating in the Activity, or while in, on or upon the premises where the Activity is being conducted.


I understand that the Releases do not assess or warranty the boating, fishing or outdoors proficiency of the other participants in the Activity, and the Releasees do not make any warranty or representation of any type, kind or character, whatsoever, as to existing conditions upon the lands I may enter for the Activity.


I am participating in the Activity at my own risk, and I accept land or property in the existing conditions, and recognize that boating, fishing and other outdoor activities are inherently hazardous activities and expose me to dangerous conditions, risks and hazards.


I agree and represent that I will comply with all current regulations, all laws of the State in which the Activity is held, all federal laws, and any other controlling authority’s rules and regulations while participating in the Activity.


I am fully aware of the risks involved and hazards connected with participation in the Activity and I hereby elect to voluntarily participate in the activity with full knowledge that said activity may be hazardous to me and to property owned by me or my family members or in our possession, custody, or control. I VOLUNTARILY ASSUME FULL RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY RISKS OF LOSS, PROPERTY DAMAGE OR PERSONAL INJURY, INCLUDING DEATH, that may be sustained by me, or any loss or damage to property owned by me or my family members or in our possession, custody, or control, as a result of being engaged in such an activity, WHETHER CAUSED BY THE NEGLIGENCE OF RELEASEES OR OTHERWISE. IN SUBMITTING MY ENTRY FEE FOR THIS ACTIVITY, I ACKNOWLEDGE AND REPRESENT THAT I have read the foregoing General Release of Liability and Waiver of Claims, understand it and sign it voluntarily as my own free act and deed; no oral representations, statements, or inducements, apart from the foregoing written agreement, have been made; I am at least eighteen (18) years of age fully competent to execute this General Release of Liability and Waiver of Claims on my behalf; and I execute this General Release of Liability and Waiver of Claims for full, adequate and complete consideration fully intending to be bound by same.

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