Fishing for Autism

Fishing for Autism

Third Annual Fishing for Autism Bass Tournament

Our Annual Fishing for Autism Bass Tournament was August 27-28, 2016. Many thanks to our sponsors and participants!

Hosted by Donnie Feagle and Handi House of Lake City
benefiting Little Star

Ellie Ray’s RV Boat Ramp on the Santa Fe River
3349 NW 110th St., Branford, FL 32008

Online registration is CLOSED for the year.

First prize: $5,000!

Additional Details:

  • Top 15 participants will go on to compete on Sunday
  • Pre-registration deadline is August 24.
  • Pre-registration cost is $100 per boat (2 person teams).
  • Day of registration is $125 CASH ONLY


  • FIRST PRIZE = $5,000!!
  • All guaranteed money
  • 100% payback on Big Bass Pot ($10 of every entry goes to the big bass pot)
  • Door prizes
  • Raffle drawings

1st = $5000          2nd = $2000       3rd = $1250

4th = $650           5th = $500          6th = $300

7th = $225            8th = $200          9th = $175

10th = $150         11th – 15th = $125/each

Tournament Rules

  1. Open to all individuals, male or female, 18 years or older. Under 18 may participate with a parent or guardian. Driver of boat must be 18 years of age or older.
  2. Any boat 14ft. or longer is allowed. Factory installed live wells are required. Live wells will be inspected prior to launch.
  3. Tournament hours will be from 6AM until 3PM.
  4. Starting positions will be determined by order entries are received. No entries will be accepted by mail post marked after August 25, 2016. Entries will be accepted at the ramp – CASH ONLY.
  5. Safe boating conduct must be observed at all times. Each competitor is required to wear a Coast Guard approved life vest, securely fastened at all times, while boat is being propelled by combustion engine.
  6. Each contestant is expected to follow high standards of sportsmanship, courtesy and conversation. No boat may fish within 50 yards of another competitor, provided he is anchored with his trolling motor up.
  7. Only artificial baits may be used. No live or cut bait is permitted. All bass must be caught alive in a legal and sporting manner. Only one fishing line allowed in water per angler at any given time.
  8. All participants are required to abide by all State laws and game regulations.
  9. A limit of 5 bass, Largemouth or Suwannee Bass, may be weighed in. Scoring will be determined by pounds and ounces. Length will be measured with the mouth closed on a golden rule. Any short fish (below 12 inches) brought to the scale will lead to the disqualification of the participant’s largest fish. There will be NO COURTESY CHECKS. A 4oz. penalty will be assessed for each dead fish brought back to the scale. CULLING OF DEAD FISH IS PROHIBITED – NO CULLING AT THE RAMP.
  10. Weigh-in will be on a first come, first serve basis and fish will be released after they are weighed.
  11. Competitors must check-in prior to weighing in fish.
  12. Competitors who are not at the check-in area at weigh-in will be penalized at a rate of one pound per minute up to 10 minutes, at which time they will be disqualified. Weigh-in time will be 3:00pm.
  13. One Big Bass Pot will be paid.
  14. Competitors shall remain with their partners in the boat at all times during the tournament. In case of breakdown, one partner may return with fish by another tournament boat, while the partner is permitted to stay with the disabled boat.
  15. Any protest must be submitted in writing to the tournament director before the close of the weigh-in. Once the awards presentation begins, all results of the contest are considered fair and final.
  16. Interpretation of these rules will be left exclusively to the tournament director.
  17. A polygraph test may be required of anyone accused of acquired fish illegally; if competitor does not pass polygraph test then they are not eligible for prizes and/or money. Any expense involved with polygraph test will be the protester’s responsibility.
  18. Alcoholic beverages will not be permitted during tournament hours, weigh-in and award ceremony.
  19. All decisions by Tournament Director are final.