Rio Grande Valley Builders Association

2023 Fishing Tournament Entry

Saturday, June 24th @ Jim's Pier on SPI

INFORMATION, RULES, AND REGULATIONS FOR THE 2023 TOURNAMENT

The tournament will be held on Saturday, June 24th.

Teams & divisions: Each team can be comprised of up to 4 participants and each person must be registered. All participants must have a legal fishing license as required by Texas Parks and Wildlife.

Members-only Division: To qualify for this division, at least one of the registered participants must be a current employee of a company that is a member of the RGVBA. Eligibility will be verified by the tournament committee prior to the captains meeting. There are no Pro Anglers allowed in this division.

Open Division: This division is open to the general public and you do not need to be a member of the RGVBA to enter. Pro Anglers ARE allowed in this division. Should a member of the RGVBA choose to hire a Pro Angler to fish in the tournament, they will be placed in the open division. The Pro Angler will also count as one of their team members.


Pro Angler defined: Any previously or currently licensed fishing guide, any commercial fishermen, or any individual who is sponsored by or considered “pro staff” for a boating or fishing company.

Tournament Prize Categories

The members-only division and open division will have separate categories for heaviest red, heaviest trout, and heaviest stringer. The calcutta for redfish with the most spots will be combined between the two. Prize amounts will be determined by the number of boats in each category. 90% of the members-only division entry fees will be paid out. 80% of the open division entry fees will be paid out.

Heaviest Redfish: First and second place prizes will be given out to the teams with the heaviest red. The maximum allowed size will be drawn at the captains meeting.

Heaviest Trout: First and second place prizes will be given out to the teams with the heaviest trout. The maximum allowed size will be drawn at the captains meeting.

Heaviest Stringer: First and second place prizes will be given out to the teams with the heaviest stringer. You will be allowed to enter one redfish, one trout, and one flounder - all within the legal size limits. Two of the three species must be entered to qualify.

Calcutta - Redfish with the Most Spots: First and second place prizes will be given out to the teams who catch a redfish with the most spots within the legal size limit.

Weigh-in Rules:

- Weigh-in will be at Jim’s Pier from 1:00 pm until 3:00 pm on Saturday, June 24th.
- You must weigh in by boat and all team members must be present.
- Yes, you may enter the same fish into more than 1 prize category.
- All decisions by weigh-master will be FINAL.
- The weigh-master reserves the right to cut open and inspect any fish.
- Any team deemmed by the weigh-master to be altering, mutilating, or stuffing fish with items for excess weight will be disqualified from the tournament and reported to Texas Parks and Wildlife Officials.
- You must weigh-in all of your fish at once and may not return with additional/different fish.
- Fish will be ranked by weight, with the heaviest fish winning. In case of a tie in weight, the length of the fish will serve as the tie-breaker. Should the fish be the same length as well, the winner of the tie will be decided by the weigh-in time - the first fish weighed in will win.
- In the members-only division, the individual weighing the fish in must be the registered RGVBA member and must be wearing the ID bracelet provided before the tournament.

General Tournament Rules:

- Fishing can begin at 6am on Saturday, June 24 and you may leave from any location.
- Anyone caught fishing before the 6am start time will be automatically disqualified from the tournament.
- Only registered team members maybe on the boat.
- Any changes in fishing team members must be submitted to the rgvba no later than 8pm on Friday, June 23.

For questions about the tournament: Contact RGVBA board member Paco Vielma @ 956-491-7919 / paco@southpointsystems.com
For sponsorship opportunities: contact the RGVBA office @ 956-686-2932 / info@rgvba.org

Team Information

By signing below, you are verifying that you have read the rules above, understand them, and agree that your team will abide by all rules or be disqualified.

After submitting the entry form, your team fee of $500 will need to be paid to the RGVBA prior to acceptance into the tournament.