Rules & Regulations

Rules & Regulations

Tenth Annual Young Texans Against Cancer San Antonio Chapter Bay Bash


  • General.  The “Tournament,” as referred to herein, shall be the Seventh Annual Young Texans Against Cancer San Antonio Chapter Bay Bash.  “YTAC,” as referred to herein, shall mean the Young Texans Against Cancer San Antonio Chapter. All decisions made by the Tournament directors will be final in all matters. The Tournament directors may modify these rules and regulations (these “Rules“) when the safety of a contestant is in question or by a unanimous decision by the Tournament directors. The Tournament directors shall use reasonable efforts to ensure prompt notice of any change to the Rules is given to the contestants.  Any contestant found to be in violation of any Tournament Rules will be subject to disqualification from this Tournament. Tournament directors have the right to refuse any entry. Read the following rules prior to signing of entry form.
  • Applicable Laws.  Federal, State and Local laws are to be obeyed by contestants at all times. Violation of any federal, state and/or local laws will result in the disqualification of the individual and the team the individual belongs to from the Tournament. All anglers must carry a valid Texas fishing license with a saltwater stamp
  • Team and Entry Fees.  The Tournament shall feature two divisions: (a) an Unguided Team Division; and (b) a Guided Division.  Each team, guided or unguided, may consist of 1 to 4 members, at your discretion. Only one team per boat. Each person in the boat is considered a team member, with the exception of one volunteer “boat skipper” per boat, should you chose to have one, or the guide should your team be participating in the Guided Division.  With the exception of the one volunteer “boat skipper,” or a guide, as applicable, non-contestants are not allowed in paid contestants’ boats anytime during official Tournament hours. All team members must leave and return to the dock in the same boat. No sharing or pooling of fish with other teams is allowed. The entry fee for the Tournament is $350.00 per four-person team (plus upgrades available for Sponsorships).  Teams must have the entire Tournament entry fee paid in full at on or prior to Friday, May 25, 2018. Teams registering late must pay a $50 Late Registration Fee. Teams may also register at the Check-in/Mixer, Friday, June 1, 2018, but will be subject to the Late Registration Fee and may not receive the full team package included with early registration (shirts, hats, etc.). All entry fees and deposits are non-refundable.
  • Tournament Eligibility.  The Tournament is open to men and women.  In order to participate in the Tournament, contestants under 18 years old must fish with at least one legal guardian as a teammate.  No professionals are allowed to compete in this Tournament unless guiding a team in the Guided Division. This year, a guide in the Guided division will be permitted to fish with their team and will be eligible to participate in the fish pots.  However, Guided teams will not be eligible to compete in the Unguided Competition Auction.  If a person has acted as a professional in the last 12 months, that person is not eligible.  The Tournament reserves the right to refuse membership and participation in any event to an individual and/or team at the discretion of the Tournament directors.  All teams must provide a valid email address when registering for the Tournament. Communication to the registered email address shall constitute notice delivered regarding Tournament matters.  
  • Sportsmanship. Tournament participants are expected to follow the highest standards of sportsmanship, courtesy and ethics. Un-sportsmanlike and unethical conduct will result in disqualification (at the discretion of the Tournament directors).
  • Tackle and Equipment. Artificial lures or live or dead bait may be used. Only one rod and reel may be used at any one time per angler. All fish must be caught on rod and reel.
  • Permitted Tournament Fishing Waters. Contestants may launch their boats from anywhere they choose and may fish inshore public water accessible by boat or by wading but limited to those waters consisting of all Texas coastal waters north of the Port Mansfield Cut, to the north boundary of Matagorda Bay.  Boats must stay inshore and are not permitted in offshore waters.
  • Participants are not allowed to fish within 150 feet (50 yards) of another anchored boat.
  • Wade-fisherman must remain within 500 yards of their boat.
  • If a fishing area is in question, the boat anchored first has the right to the area.  
  • An anchored boat has the first right to the area within 150 feet of the anchored boat. An anchored boat is a boat held in a stable position by a line attached to an anchor, a weight, push pole, power pole, etc. with the trolling motor in the up position, if applicable.  
  • Wade Fishing is Permitted.  Wade fishing is permitted in the Tournament. Participants may not leave the boat to net a fish hooked while in the boat. Teams may have participants fishing out of the boat while another teammate is wade fishing (fishing is defined in this instance as casting and retrieving).
  • Check-In.  Check-in times will be between 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. central/standard time on the evening of Friday, June 1, 2018, at Island Moorings Marina, at 3500 Island Moorings Parkway, Port Aransas, Texas 78373.  Contestants who do not check in at the official check-in area within the appointed time will be penalized at the rate of one ounce per minute which will be deducted from the total weight including any weight to be counted toward any big fish award. Any contestant more than twenty (20) minutes late will be disqualified. Teams which are not able to check in due to equipment failure or other unforeseen circumstances are responsible for contacting a Tournament director before the official check-in time is over. Only one team member need check in for the entire team, although all team members are encouraged to check in to retrieve the team package including hats, Tournament shirts and other information.  Teams may check in by phone or have another team check them in by proxy.
  • Competition Auction and Fish Pots.  A first and second place fish pot for trout, redfish and flounder will be held during registration and until 8:30 p.m. on Friday, June 1, 2018 at Island Moorings Marina. The entry fees to participate are $75 per person for each first place fish pot and $25 per person for each second place fish pot. Each team will only be allowed to use the three fish on their final stringer for the fish pot contest. A total of 75% of the proceeds from each pot will be released as prize money to the respective winners (with 25% of the pot reserved for YTAC).  Guided and Unguided participants will both be eligible to compete in the same fish pots.


A Competition auction will also be held at 8:30 p.m. on Friday, June 1, 2018 at Island Moorings Marina, with entry being $50, and bids starting at $51. If a team wins the bidding on another team’s boat, the team associated with the purchased boat will have the option of buying half of their boat back from the bidder.  Winning bidders on the boat which wins best stringer, second place stringer and third place stringer will receive 45%, 20% and 10% of the total Competition Auction pot respectively (with 25% being reserved for YTAC). The Competition auction will be held for Unguided participants.  IF there are over 10 boats in the Guided division, a separate Competition Auction will be held for the Guided participants.


  • Fishing Hours.  Only fish landed after 6:30am on the day of the Tournament will be eligible for Tournament weigh-in.
  • Weigh-In.  The official clock will be posted at the weigh station and monitored by the weigh-master. It will be your responsibility to keep up with the official time.  Weigh-in shall begin Saturday, June 2, 2018, at 3:30 p.m. and shall terminate at 4:30 p.m. that day. The weigh station shall be at the Island Moorings Yacht Club and Marina.   To weigh their catch, a team member must be in the weigh-in line by 4:30 p.m. that day—not in a boat or on the boat ramp. No exceptions will be granted. All fish must be ready to be weighed when you approach the weigh station. Fish to be weighed in need not be alive.  Fish must be free from dirt and debris and removed from their stringer. No gilled or mutilated fish will be weighed. Tournament official will make all determinations in this regard. A trimmed tail is a mutilated fish. It is your team’s responsibility to cull your catch.  The weigh team will not cull any fish. EACH TEAM WILL BE PERMITTED TO TURN IN A SINGLE STRINGER WITH ONE LEGAL FISH OF EACH SPECIES, TROUT, REDFISH, AND FLOUNDER. NO OVERSIZED REDFISH (>28”) WILL BE ACCEPTED BY THE WEIGHMASTER
  • Scoring and Awards.  Tournament standings, auxiliary awards and final winners shall be determined as follows, in the event of tie in weight, length will determine the winner:
  • Big Redfish Award.  By the total weight of one redfish measured in pounds and ounces. Only redfish/red drum between 20 inches and 28 inches may be weighed-in.   
  • Big Trout Award.  By the total weight of one speckled sea trout measured in pounds and ounces. Only trout over 18 inches may be weighed-in.   
  • Big Flounder Award.  By the total weight of one flounder measured in pounds and ounces.
  • Awards.  Each team is eligible to win only one award.  For example, if the Best Stringer contains the heaviest redfish or heaviest trout, the team will win the award of Best Stringer only.  The teams with the next heaviest trout, redfish, or flounder would win the Best Trout, Best Redfish and Best Flounder Awards applicable toward the fish pots.  
  • Protest Procedure.   All protests must be submitted in writing to a Tournament director no later than 30 minutes following the weigh-in of the last fish.  All decisions will be made by the Tournament directors and are final. No warranties are made with regard to the limitation of ridicule or other verbal abuse protestors may be subject to in the event of the filing of an unwarranted protest.
  • Communication During Tournament Hours.  No communication will be allowed between anglers or from outside sources during Tournament hours. Purchasing of information and/or hiring of services from local experts or guides will not be permitted within seven (7) days prior to the Tournament. No communication is allowed via word of mouth, cell phone, radio, pager or any other electrical device during competition hours. If a team has an emergency, a mechanical problem, or needs immediate assistance, teams may contact local authorities, emergency services, the Coast Guard, a Tournament director or another team. Teams must notify a Tournament director immediately if these circumstances exist.
  • Alcoholic Beverages and Illegal Drugs. Heavy consumption of any alcoholic beverages during the Tournament is prohibited.  Any use of or consumption of illegal drugs during Tournament is strictly prohibited and will result in disqualification.
  • Boat, Motor and Horsepower Regulations. Each boat must have all required U.S. Coast Guard safety equipment. 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.  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.  Although this is a “rain or shine” tournament, the Tournament 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 directors.  A four (4) hour period shall constitute a day of fishing. It is the competitor’s responsibility to communicate with a Tournament director if cancellation of the event is suspected. Cancellations will be communicated via email in the event of cancellation prior to the date of the Tournament.  If conditions are not safe on the Tournament day, the Tournament directors reserve the right to hold the Tournament the following day (Sunday). If conditions are not favorable the following day (Sunday), an alternate date will be circulated to the contestants via email.
  • Polygraphs.  By signature on the official Tournament entry form, each contestant agrees to submit to a polygraph test and abide by its conclusion. Polygraph tests will be issued at the discretion of the Tournament directors if any rules or regulations are in question. The results of the polygraph are final and cannot be reviewed by a court of law.
  • Waiver and Release.  It is anticipated that each team will be required to execute a release and waiver agreement, releasing the Young Texans Against Cancer and its officers, directors, sponsors and committee members from any responsibility for damage or personal injury sustained as a result of their participation in the Tournament or its related activities before a team may be checked in and compete in the Tournament.  
  • Permission to be Filmed and/or Photographed.  By participation in the Tournament, each contestant agrees to be filmed, photographed, taped, quoted or otherwise mentioned (without compensation) by YTAC on the YTAC website or in other YTAC literature, for the purpose of promoting YTAC or the Tournament in the future.  This includes but is not limited to official photographers, writers, hosts, or sponsors of this event under the conditions authorized by YTAC. Each contestant, by participating, gives YTAC the right to use (without compensation) their name, picture, likeness, quotes, and biographical information, whether audio or visual, before, during and after the period of individual or team participation in the Tournament.


The Tournament directors, Brian Vita, Brodie Lowrey, Brad Johnson and YTAC thank you for your support and encourage you to participate in this great event.