Southern Region Freshwater - 2021 Jim Dolan Memorial Kayak Fishing Tournament


Saturday, September 11, 2021 to Sunday, October 10, 2021


2021 Jim Dolan Memorial Tournament Southern Region Rules



  1. All fish entered must be caught in public waterways (i.e., hooked, fought, and landed) from a kayak in the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas. Fishing must be done without the aid of a professional guide or powerboat (mothership). Rule Update - A maximum of 3hp internal combustion engine or electrical propulsion is permitted on your kayak. All fishing must use methods deemed legal by the state in which they were caught. Only one fishing rod may be used at one time.

  2. Photographs with a digital camera or smartphone, providing evidence of the fish size with total length using iAngler Tournament.

    • Photo must be the whole fish taken from directly above the fish, with the mouth closed. Any fish submitted with mouth open will result in a 1” penalty.
    • If any of the pictures are blurry due to operator or climate they will be disqualified. It will be up to the tournament committee if accepted.
    • Fish must be facing to the left on the measuring board with dorsal fin to the top.
    • You are allowed to have one hand in the picture to pinch the tail to get the overall length.



  3. Only approved measuring boards are the Hawg Trough and Ketch Boards. Measuring boards increments must be clearly marked (no “fat marks”).

  4. The fish and measuring device should be on a flat surface. Having a measuring trough to assist is mandatory and makes taking good pictures much easier. No laying measuring tape on top of fish, it must be under the fish. Fish bigger than the measuring board will need to be measured with a tape measure UNDER the fish and the entire fish MUST be visible in the photo. Judging of fish will be at the discretion tournament and assistant tournament directors. All Decisions are final. (Remember this is a fundraiser for a great cause).

  5. Dates to enter fish will begin Saturday, September 11, 2021, and end at 4:00 PM CST Sunday, October 10, 2021.

  6. The Jim Dolan Memorial Tournament covers the following species:

    Fresh Water Species
    Black Bass Only – Large Mouth, Small Mouth, Spotted Bass – The participants longest 5 bass will be scored, and the longest 5 fish stringer will be the winner.
    Saltwater Species
    Redfish- 6 points per inch
    Sea Trout- 8.5 points per inch
    Flounder - 12 points per inch


  7. Freshwater - The longest 5 fish will be used. Saltwater - log as many fish as possible and the overall combined points will be used.

  8. Anglers may enter both freshwater and saltwater if they wish or enter only one category. They do not have to enter both.

  9. No out of season, undersized or oversized fish may be entered. This includes proper measurement for all fish that have a minimum size. For fish that have a minimum inch or max size they need to be measured with an attempt to keep the mouth closed. Fish that appear short will be disqualified. If your fish is borderline short, measure properly with mouth closed so there is evidence the fish is legal.

  10. The Jim Dolan Memorial Tournament Southern Region marker must be visible in every picture submitted.

  11. All local water rules must be always followed. Please refer to your State Fish and Wildlife/Game handbook for all size limits and any further questions regarding species qualifications.

  12. Prizes will be awarded to the top three overall finishers for each tournament. Prizes to be determined.

  13. Any questions about rules please email Laura Armbruster at events@heroesonthewater.org.