HSJAA is excited to announce the return of the Matagorda Mayhem Fishing Tournament. The 2018 and 2019 Matagorda Mayhem were among the largest turnout HSJAA has had to date at any of our tournaments so we decided to do it again in 2020!
This is a teamed event for the Junior Artificial Divisions and individual effort for the Youth Artificial Divisions. The anglers will fish for a two trout and two redfish stringer for a cash payout of over $7500! Don’t miss this series, its gonna be a good one!
Registration will ONLY be online.
Registration will CLOSE Friday before the event at Midnight
Divisions and Entry Fees:
Junior Artificial Non-Guided (Team or Individual) - $75
Junior Artificial Guided (Team or Individual) - $75
Junior Open Bait - $20
Youth Open Bait - $20
Junior Artificial Non-Guided - (2) Slot Redfish 20" to 28" and (2) Trout 15 - 25" (One can be over 25")
Junior Artificial Guided - (2) Slot Redfish 20" to 28" and (2) Trout 15 - 25" (One can be over 25")
Junior Open Bait - (2) Slot Redfish 20" to 28" and (2) Trout 15 - 25" (One can be over 25")
Youth Open Bait - (1) Slot Redfish 20" to 28" and (1) Trout 15 - 25" (One can be over 25")
Payouts Per Division:
Junior Artificial Non-Guided - $3250
Junior Artificial Guided - $3250
Junior Open Bait - $500
Youth Open Bait - $500
Rules and Regulations
The rules stated below will remain in effect for the 2020 Matagorda Mayhem 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.HSJAA.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 MATAGORDA MAYHEM SERIES events and may be used as an acknowledgment for such.
Each participant ("contestant") must read and acknowledge the following rules and indicate so by signing an entry form. A "team" shall consist of two contestants in the Junior Division ages 13 to 17 (AN JUNIOR INDIVIDUAL MAY FISH AS A TEAM) ( A YOUTH MAY FISH WITH A QUILIFIYING JUNIOR AS A TEAM IN THIS DIVISION) and “Individual” will be an individual effort for the Youth Division ages 12 and under and 13 to 17 in the Junior Open Division. (A Junior Division Team may fish with another Junior Division Team or with no more than two Youth Division Individuals on the same boat. The Youth Division may fish with multiple anglers in their same division from the same boat).
Guided Division: Guided is defined by the boat captain (guide, parent, family friend, or other type of chaperon over the age of 21 controlling the boat) being a licensed captain, a fishing guide for hire or a Tournament angler who has won over $5000 in total winning in the last 24 months.
Non-Guided Division: Non-Guided would be any captain (parent, family friend, or other type of chaperon over the age of 21 controlling the boat) that does not meet the criteria in the above Guided Division.
This is a trailered event, teams may launch from any marina of their choice. You may not launch the boat before safelight (30 minutes before sunrise) this means your prop cannot touch the water before safelight!
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 MATAGORDA MAYHEM SERIES event and may disqualify (at the discretion of the SERIES’ officials) the individual and his team from the entire series.
2) Tournament Eligibility: Contestants must be 17 years or younger and attending grade school and passing all classes to fish the series. All anglers must fish with their legal guardian and or another adult approved by the minor’s legal guardian. The HSJAA MATAGORDA MAYHEM SERIES reserves the right to refuse participation in any event to any individual and/or team at the discretion of the tournament committee.
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: MATAGORDA MAYHEM SERIES 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.
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. • - No fishing is allowed within 300 yards of tournament site. • - No fishing is allowed within 500 yards of any ferry landing. • - Contestants shall not fish in any area which has been "closed" by a governmental agency. • - Wade fishing is allowed, but both contestants 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, Power Pole, 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.
6) Permitted Fishing Methods: All tournament fish shall be taken by rod, reel, and artificial tackle, only. All anglers must hook and reel in all fish brought to the scales. Guardians or Captains may cast the line and net the fish for the angler but MUST NOT assist in reeling or touch the line in anyway. Guardians, Captains, or any other person(s) on the boat besides the registered tournament angler(s) may not fish during tournament hours. Contestants may fish from a boat, pier, shoreline, kayak, canoe, etc. anywhere that is in the standards of legal waterways set by TP&W and may not fish from any private waters of any kind. 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/Individuals who wade-fish must remain within a 300-yard radius of the team’s/individual’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. Both team members must be in the boat before the combustion engine is started.
7) Checkpoints: This is a trailed event, teams may launch from any marina or boat ramp of their choice. The launch time will be 30 minutes before sunrise (safelight). You can confirm this by searching the internet for the tournament days sunrise time. Official launch times will be announced on Facebook the night before event. Once a team has checked in to the weigh station, 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.
8) Polygraphs: A polygraph will be performed for each tournament held by HSJAA. The tournament director will have the 1st place winner in each division draw a numbered chip. The Captain (guide, parent, family friend, or other type of chaperon over the age of 21 controlling the boat) of the team or individual that draws the highest number must submit to a polygraph test the week following the day the tournament is held. By signature on the official tournament entry form, each contestant and Captain, Parent or Guardian agrees to submit to a polygraph test and be bound by its interpreted results and conclusions. All awards will be awarded to the team or individual the day of the tournament. If the polygraph is found deceptive, it is the responsibility of the Captain, Parent or Guardian to reimburse the tournament series (HSJAA) for all prizes awarded and the cost of the polygraph test. 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) Insurance and Liability: Each boat entered into any MATAGORDA MAYHEM SERIES 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. The MATAGORDA MAYHEM SERIES 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 MATAGORDA MAYHEM 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.
10) Pre-Tournament "Captain’s" Meeting: There will be no required captain’s meeting for the SERIES however we will be on sight the evening prior to the tournament if you must register in person. Tournament Registration for the SERIES will be the online and must be done by midnight the day before the tournament.
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: The entry fee for each event is $75.00 per, two-person team in the Junior Artificial Division and $20 for the Individual Youth and Junior Open Division. All entry fees are non-refundable and are in consideration for holding a team’s/individual’s spot and calculation of projected winnings for tournament officials.
13) Boat, Motor and Horsepower Regulations: Each boat must have all required U.S. Coast Guard safety equipment. ALL BOATS MUST BE EQUIPPED WITH AN OPERABLE IGNITION KILL SWITCH. The kill switch device must be attached to the driver's body anytime the combustion engine is operating. 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. Any fuel tanks that are not installed by the boat manufacturer are prohibited. Fuel may be carried only in factory installed (built-in) fuel tanks. Any additional fuel used during the tournament day must be purchased from a retail facility open to the public.
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 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 MATAGORDA MAYHEM SERIES 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 MATAGORDA MAYHEM SERIES website, WWW.HSJAA.COM.
15) Tackle and Equipment: Only artificial lures may be used in the Junior artificial division No live bait, dead bait or prepared bait will be permitted. In the Youth Open bait division artificial, live bait, dead bait or prepared bait will be permitted. Only one rod and reel may be used at any one time per angler.
16) Fish: JUNIOR ARTIFICIAL DIVISION: team’s tournament weight will consist of TWO red drum ("redfish"), measuring no less than 20 inches and no more than 28 inches, in length, each and TWO trout measuring 15 to 25 inches in length (ONE TROUT MAY BE OVER 25”). Live fish may be culled; teams must keep (retain) dead fish. Contestants are responsible for keeping their REDFISH AND TROUT alive. Any dead fish tendered for weight will be assessed a half-pound penalty. No altered, mutilated or iced fish will be accepted. REDFISH AND TROUT 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 MATAGORDA MAYHEM SERIES. JUNIOR OPEN DIVISION: individuals tournament weight will consist of TWO red drum ("redfish"), measuring no less than 20 inches and no more than 28 inches, in length, each and TWO trout measuring a minimum of 15” (ONE TROUT MAY BE OVER 25”). Live fish may be culled; teams must keep (retain) dead fish. Contestants are responsible for keeping their REDFISH AND TROUT alive. Any dead fish tendered for weight will be assessed a half-pound penalty. No altered, mutilated or iced fish will be accepted. REDFISH AND TROUT 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 MATAGORDA MAYHEM SERIES. YOUTH OPEN DIVISION: individuals tournament weight will consist of ONE red drum ("redfish"), measuring no less than 20 inches and no more than 28 inches, in length, each and ONE trout measuring a minimum of 15” (TROUT MAY BE OVER 25”). Live fish may be culled; teams must keep (retain) dead fish. Contestants are responsible for keeping their REDFISH AND TROUT alive. Any dead fish tendered for weight will be assessed a half-pound penalty. No altered, mutilated or iced fish will be accepted. REDFISH AND TROUT 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 MATAGORDA MAYHEM SERIES.
17) Scoring: Tournament standings, auxiliary awards and final winners shall be determined by the total weight of each team’s catch during the tournament measured in pounds and 100th of a pound. All fish must be brought to the weigh station in a live weigh-in tournament bag provided by the MATAGORDA MAYHEM SERIES. Fish may not be brought to weigh-in on a stringer or in a basket. Fish shall be weighed with the equipment provided by the SERIES.
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 $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. 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. The Captain (guide, parent, family friend, or other type of chaperon over the age of 21 controlling the boat) of the individual angler or team fishing the tournament may be polygraphed if there is a protest submitted. The Captain or parents of the anglers will be responsible for paying the polygraph fees. If the polygraph result in the team or individual being disqualified from the tournament. It is the Captain or Parents financial responsibility to reimburse the tournament for prizes paid to the team or individual fishing the tournament. All decisions will be made by the tournament director and committee and are final
20) Permission to be filmed for Television: All participants agree to be filmed, photographed, taped, interviewed, quoted or otherwise revealed, without compensation, by the MATAGORDA MAYHEM SERIES 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 MATAGORDA MAYHEM SERIES organizers. Each contestant, by his signature affixed below, hereby gives the MATAGORDA MAYHEM SERIES, 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.
Remember Folks, this is all about the kids!