Have you ever wanted to compete in fishing tournaments, but your life just doesn’t line up with the typical events? Maybe you don’t have a boat and are stuck fishing from the bank. Maybe you work weekends or have family obligations. Maybe your health doesn’t let you fish in that nasty weather. Let’s face it. We all have busy and unique lives.
JML Outdoors Satellite Series. You fish where you want and when you want to compete against other anglers from around your state and/or the country. Our week long tournaments will run approximately January 1 to approximately December 31 from Sunday morning at safelight to Saturday evening at dusk in your state every week. With a low $40 per week entry fee you pick when you fish and where you fish as long as you are within the rules of the event.
Membership: $45 per year runs date of purchase to date of purchase. Why the membership? Most tournament circuits keep a portion per entry to cover expenses such as weigh bags, insurance, supplies, etc. This series doesn’t do that. Our judges and administrative costs are paid out of the membership fees. Memberships purchased prior to the first event will not expire until December 31, 2020.
Entry Fee: $40 per week per event and pays back a guaranteed top 2 places no matter number of entries. Once we hit 21 entries per weekly event the payback goes to a 1 place paid per 7 entries. 100% of the entry fee’s collected minus the TournyX fee ($5 per angler) and PayPal fee’s (we withhold $3, more on that below) are paid back to you the angler. Your membership lets you fish any event nationwide.
How it works: You go fish any PUBLICLY ACCESSIBLE body of water (river, lake, park, etc.) during the week of the event(s) you entered. You catch your fish and measure them on an acceptable board (see rules), photograph (see rules) and release the fish. You then upload to TournyX using the TourneyX PRO app. The fish is then judged and accepted or denied by one of our judges. The longest combined length for a five fish limit is the winner. Ties will be broken by big fish (see rules). The software will automatically cull your smallest fish once you reach your limit. TourneyX is free to you the angler, you just have to create an account.
Prize Money: Prize money will be paid back through either PayPal or a check mailed no later than Monday following each weekly event.
Points: Points are awarded for each event starting at 300 points for first, 299 for second, 298 for third, etc. We take your best 10 tournaments throughout the year and award a state AOY and a National AOY.
Angler of the Year (AOY): As you read above we withhold $3 for PayPal fee’s per entry. We round this up to be sure costs are covered and to try to account for any unexpected fee increases. Once we pay the PayPal fee’s the remaining money out of that $3 collected goes into an AOY fund. A portion goes to award the top 5 in each state AOY and the top 10 in National AOY. Any events fished count toward that states AOY and National AOY Point totals. (i.e. You live in Arizona and fish an Arizona event. You earn Arizona AOY points and your points earned also count towards National AOY. The next week you decide to fish a California event. You have now earned points towards a California AOY and have two events counting towards the National AOY.)
We are excited to see where this new series leads and invite you to submit any questions you may have to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will compile a FAQ section out of those questions and add them to the website.