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  • West Bay Big Trout Tournament & Fundraiser

    2023 Big Trout Tournament & Fundraiser

    January 21, 2023

    Benefiting the Sea Center - Lake Jackson

    West End Marina & Restaurants
    21706 Burnet Dr.
    Galveston, TX 77554
    (SEA ISLE Subdivision)

    Noon - 5PM

    Title Sponsor - Hookset Marine Gear

    Event Flyer

    Online Registration

    Facebook Event Page

    Rules & Regulations
    1. All Federal and State rules and regulations will apply. Violations will result in disqualification of the entire team.
    2. $80 / per Angler
    3. A maximum of three (3) anglers per team. No exceptions. Single Entries allowed.
    4. All paid participants will receive a FishWestEnd Hat, please check in during the weigh-in to receive it.
    5A. You can launch anywhere & anytime you want at 6:00 AM the day of the tournament. You must stay within the stated boundaries during tournament hours.
    5B. You may not leave a “no-wake zone” or walk-in until 6:00AM CST January 21, 2023. You can launch your boat & stage before 6:00 AM.
    6. Guides allowed.
    7. Wade fishing is permitted within sight of other team member (200 yard max).
    8. Fishing hours will begin at 6:30 a.m. January 21, 2023 and contestants must be in weigh-in line by 4:00 p.m. Weigh-in will begin at 2:30 p.m. Weigh-in at West End Restaurant & Sand Bar (Sea Isle)
    9. Live, Artificial or Dead Bait may be used. All fish must be caught on a rod and reel.
    10. All anglers must have a valid fishing license with saltwater endorsement with them at weigh-in. If you are asked and cannot produce a valid license, your entire team will be immediately disqualified, no exceptions!
    11. No fish may be accepted from or given to another team.
    12. No communication between tournament anglers. Contacting outside sources by phone or radio for purposes of finding fish is strictly forbidden. This includes using any social media applications (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter etc.).
    13. Boat, Wade or Kayak fishing is all permitted within the stated boundaries.
    14. Heaviest trout stringer will win (max of 3 trout per team, only 1 trout may be over 25”)
    15. Boundaries: http://goo.gl/maps/NmhMu
    16. All participants will be subject to polygraph testing.
    17. Anglers must be in the weigh in line no later than 4:00 p.m., unless you are standing in line, the weigh in will close at 4:00 p.m.
    18. All fish weighed in must be within the regulations of TPWD. Any undersized or over-sized fish that are turned in for weighing that are not within regulations will disqualify the team.
    19. In case of a tie, weigh in time will determine the winner.
    20. Live Trout weighed-in & will receive a half pound (1/2) pound bonus added to the weight of each fish (max of 1.5 LBS for 3 live trout). There is no penalty for bringing in dead trout.
    21. All Weigh Master’s rulings are FINAL.
    22. Sponsors and organizers are not responsible for any accident or injury, nor loss, damage, or theft to any property.
    23. Cash payout to the top 5 teams (see below) ** Can be expanded if we have a good turnout **
    24. Side Pot: (Optional) - $20/ angler “Big Trout” the heaviest trout will win – 60% / 30% /10% cash payout. In the event of a tie earlier weighed fish will win. No bonus for live / dead.
    25. Side Pot - If one team member elects to do side pot, all members must be entered - no exceptions
    26. Kayak Anglers - You are allowed to exceed the max distance stated in Rule #7 only to take a fish back to a truck or shoreline to place it in a live well. You must immediately return to within the 200 yard range of your partner once completed.
    27. Awards: 1st – 5th place teams will receive checks, a team plaque & fishing gear (1st & 2nd).
    28. Fish from your stringer can be used in side pot.
    29. You may only approach the weigh table with at most 3 trout per team for the main division.
    30. Raffle, Auction & Awards: 4:45 PM, January 21, 2023 at West End Restaurant & Sand Bar 21706 Burnet Dr Galveston, TX 77554 (Sea Isle)

    Payout scale based on 100 anglers as follows:

    1st Place

    2nd Place

    3rd Place

    4th Place

    5th Place
    We are West End Anglers, a saltwater tribe!

  • #2
    would it be possible to turn this event into a catch,measure lenght,photo,and release tourment.it might help old west bay to produce more trout over 25".since we have had the last couple of freezes that cost the lost a lot of grass i have only seen two mega trout while poling the flats in the last two years.


    • #3
      I don't hang around the weigh table, but I know a lot of the fish are weighed in live and released right there at the dock. If I remember correctly, in most tournaments we give a bonus for weighing in live fish.
      From 1970-1997, true heaven on Earth existed on the banks of Bayou Cook. "Hey Dad, Thanks for buying the Camp."