TIFT CARES To Launch in 2013

Posted on Jul 1, 2013 in News

catch-a-redfish-typeThe Texas International Fishing Tournament (TIFT) will launch its TIFT Catch a Redfish Educational Scholarship (CARES) at the 74th event July 31-Aug. 4 in Port Isabel/South Padre Island.

The year long program will be open to all junior anglers registered in TIFT who are 16 years of age or younger. Tagged redfish will be released in the Laguna Madre Bay and any junior angler who catches one of the first five tagged fish will receive a $10,000 scholarship. Fishing for the event will be open from Aug. 2, 2013 through July 6, 2014. Any junior angler registered in the 74th TIFT is automatically registered in the TIFT CARES.

“The purpose of this new program is to invest in the future of TIFT,” says TIFT President Charles Kennedy, Jr. “We feel this is a wonderful complement to our existing annual scholarship program and encourages the family fishing experiences that have kept our tournament growing.”

For more information, visit www.tift.org or call (956) 943-8438.


1.  To be eligible in the 2013-2014 TIFT CARES the junior angler must have been registered in the 2013 TIFT Tournament as a bay or offshore junior angler. Once a junior angler is registered in TIFT, they are automatically registered for the TIFT CARES .

There is no additional cost to enter the 2013-2014 TIFT CARES .

2. Participants and their fish must comply with State of Texas Rules and Regulations and   TIFT rules along with signing and agreeing to be bound by the Release, Hold Harmless and Indemnity Agreement along with the Polygraph Authorization included with the Tournament registration form.

3.  If requested by TIFT, participants including the junior angler, the parents or legal guardians of the junior angler and witnesses to the catch agree to submit to a polygraph test by a polygraph examiner of TIFT’s choosing.  Polygraph tests are to be taken at a time and place decided by the TIFT Executive Board.  Failure to take and/or to pass the polygraph SHALL result in disqualification.  All travel expenses are to be paid by entrant. 

4.  The TIFT JUNIOR DIVISION – TIFT CARES will begin at the official TIFT start time on August 2, 2013 and end at 5:00 p.m. on July 6, 2014.  Only the first five tagged fish caught during this one year period will be eligible.

 5. All tagged fish must have been hooked and caught by the junior contestant with a rod, hook, and line. Assistance by another person netting the fish is permitted.

6.  A winning fish must have an official Tift tag in place and meet current Texas Parks and Wildlife legal slot limit. Prior to the start of the 2013 TIFT Tournament tagged redfish within the Texas Parks and Wildlife legal slot limit will be released into the Laguna Madre between the Brownsville ship Channel and Port Mansfield.  The tags placed on the redfish will be identified as a TIFT tag and have a phone number and serial number. Contestants should promptly call (956) 943-TIFT and report the catch of the tagged fish within 24 hours. Arrangements will then be made to meet the angler and their parents or guardian to verify the catch and certify that it is within the Texas Parks and Wildlife legal slot limit. To be eligible, each tagged redfish being claimed for a prize must have the tag still identifiable, intact and completely attached to the fish.

7.  Payment of the $10,000.00 college scholarship will only be made to an accredited college or university to be attended by the winning junior angler. The junior angler or their parents/guardians cannot assign the prize to any other person. If the junior angler chooses not to attend an accredited college or university there will be no prize money awarded.

8.  Each child who submits a fish for entry must have a parent/guardian or adult sponsor who can verify this specific catch.

9.  All decisions regarding this event and the awarding of prizes shall be at the sole discretion of the TIFT Executive Board.

10.  Prize winners are responsible for payment of any applicable taxes, if any.