How It Works
In order to compete, you must first register on the site to receive a verification code*. Tournament registration deadlines are listed on our site. The catch that is entered must be caught by the registrant.
Three winners will be chosen from each tournament. Winners are to be ranked in order by length of the fish, and the winners will be validated by AAC staff. In the event of a tie, the earliest entry will be deemed the winner. Winners will be determined by AAC, and all decisions are final.
Winners will be announced within 24 hours after the end of each tournament, and prize packages will be mailed out within five business days after the end of the challenge. Winners will be announced on the official AAC website: www.anglerchallenge.com.
AAC reserves the right to reject any entry and if AAC needs additional information or photos, participants are required to provide it in order to maintain eligibility. AAC reserves the right to cancel a challenge at any time.
*The AAC challenge verification code is a random, computer-generated number that is assigned to each angler who enters and pays to compete in a challenge. The code is an eight-digit number that must be visible in one of the two required photos that each angler must submit in order to participate. AAC will use the numbers to validate the catch. The challenge verification code will be emailed to you on the first day of the tournament.
There are two challenges – largemouth bass and spotted sea trout. Each challenge has a $25 entry fee.
Anglers can participate in one or more of the challenges, but additional entry fees apply.
Any U.S. citizen who is at least 18 years of age can participate in the American Angler Challenge. Persons and family members employed by GAFF or any of its affiliated companies are not eligible to win. AAC reserves the right to reject any entry that is not in the best interest of AAC.
The winning fish will be selected by length of the fish – not the weight. All fish must be alive when caught, and anglers must abide by all state rules and regulations. Only fish caught using conventional methods are eligible. Fish caught in private ponds, fishing preserves, fish hatchery waters, fish culture stations, aquariums, or fish and pay lakes are not eligible. If a fish appears to not be properly handled, the angler will be disqualified from the challenge.
All anglers can enter multiple challenges for each of the three species; the entry fees vary, dependent on how many tournaments entered. Each angler may submit one fish for each challenge for which he or she is registered.
AAC will only accept entries from anglers using a valid measuring device.
One of the two submitted photos must include the measuring tape, and the photo must clearly show the measuring tape below the fish.
All photos must be taken with a minimum of a four megapixel digital camera. Picture resolution must be set to the highest setting available on the camera. All submitted pictures must be in JPEG format and high quality. If the photo is not high quality, AAC reserves the right to disqualify the entry. The photo must be the original shot; do not submit copies of the original photo. No photo editing is allowed; if the photo has been manipulated in any way, the participating angler will be disqualified from the current and all future tournaments.
Each angler must take two photos of his or her catch, each from a different angle, using the above-described digital camera. All pictures uploaded to AAC's website by an individual angler must be taken with the same camera. The pictured fish must be visible from tip to tail. If any part of the fish is cut out of the photo, the hidden portion will not be counted in the total length of the fish. Length is measured from the most forward point of the head to the farthest tip of the tail. The fish must be shown laying on its side. Tail pinching is allowed.
The first photo should be taken as follows:
The fish should be shown laying flat on a hard surface, with the measuring tape directly below. The measuring tape must clearly show the length of the fish. Write the challenge verification code on a piece of paper, and make sure it is legible. This paper should be clearly displayed above your fish. The photo should be taken from above the fish.
The second photo should be taken as follows:
The photo should be a close-up of the angler holding the fish in a horizontal (preferred) or vertical position in front of his or her chest. The angler must be facing the camera.
When you are ready to submit your photos, login to your member account. You must enter information into all fields to qualify. Once this is done, you can upload your photos. If you are entering more than one tournament, you may submit one entry per challenge.