Who is eligible to enter Trumped?Participation is open to any United States or Canadian citizen who is at least 18 years old.
What do I need in order to participate?
1. GET YOUR RULER
Request a free Trumped ruler by clicking here.
2. HIT THE WATER
Starting May 10, use the ruler to measure your best catches.
3. POST YOUR FISH
Upload photos to a Trumped leaderboard here.
How do I get the Trumped fishing ruler?
You can get your FREE Trumped ruler by requesting one at trumped.crestliner.com/get_it.
Are fish caught before the start date valid entries?
Any fish caught before the Trumped start date of May 10th are not eligible for Trumped.
What if my fish is longer than the 48?
Photos of fish being measured by longer rulers or tape measures are acceptable. However the fish would still need to be photographed on the Trumped Ruler in addition to the secondary measuring device recording its overall length.
How do I measure and submit fish?
Participants will also submit two (2) photos of their catch according to the following guidelines. This also outllines the correct measuring procedure:
One (1) photo must be submitted that clearly shows the “total length” of the eligible live fish which must be laid flat and parallel with, above or below, an official Trumped Ruler (also affixed to a flat surface) in a way that clearly shows the fish’s total length and clearly displays the length of the Ruler, and measurement marks. The fish’s mouth is to be aligned vertically with the ZERO mark, tail pinched closed with the measurement mark on the Ruler clearly visible next to it. If necessary, length will be rounded up to the nearest 1/16th of an inch for judging.
One (1) photo must be submitted clearly showing the registered entrant holding the same fish as depicted in Photo A in both hands, at chest level. Digitally altered or edited photos will be disqualified. Entries that are incomplete, illegible, or otherwise noncompliant, in whole or in part, will be disqualified.
How often can I enter a catch?
You can enter as many great catches as you want—for the entire tournament—in any and all of the four core species categories. Each catch you submit counts as one entry.
You can also enter any of the mini-competitions as often as you like, as long as it is one entry
How long does the competition run?
The main competition starts and ends:
May 10 - Leaderboard for core species opens
September 9 - Grand Prize Winners Determined
With monthly prizes following this schedule:
June 9 - Prize Winners Determined
July 9 - Prizes Winners Determined
August 9 - Prize Winners Determined
September 9 - Final Monthly Prize Winners Determined
When are the Mini Tournaments?
The three Mini Tournaments occur:
Catfish - June 7-21
Trout - July 12-26
Muskie - August 9-23
Three mini tournament leaderboards will be activated throughout the Trumped tournament: one for Muskie, one for Trout, and one for Catfish. Each mini-tournament will last for two (2) full weeks. Anglers can submit their catch anytime during the two week time period. Prizes will be awarded at the end of the two weeks for the longest fish. Winners will receive a prize with a value equal to or less than $150.
Do the leaderboards start over every month?
Leaderboards begin new every month in the sense that prizes are awarded monthly for longest three fish and most total recorded fish length. The longest fish in each core species category will always stay atop the leaderboard and be awarded prizes as such. Meaning, you could win monthly prizes and the Grand Prize if no angler trumps your fish. See the Trumped Calendar for complete date details.
What happened? My fish was on the leaderboard and then I was disqualified.
All photos are subject to review for the first 72 hours after submission, during which time contest management will review them for eligibility and authenticity. The photo may or may not appear on the leaderboard at this time; appearing on the leaderboard does not guarantee acceptance until 72 hours have passed. Automatic disqualification will occur for the following:
- Fish appears undeniably dead for more than 24 hours.
- Fish is an ineligible species.
- Fish is a hybrid species.
- Inappropriate adult content in the photo.
- Inappropriate conduct, such as causing damage to habitat or littering
- Length is not documented properly. Please review the guidelines
For more details, please review the complete rules.
When do I take a picture of my fish?
Your fish needs to be alive at the time the photo is taken, and within 12 hours of the time that you caught it.
How do you ensure the legitimacy of the photos for tournament verification?
Trumped is an online tournament that encourages the honor system—but the photos will be monitored by a professional marketing firm with training in photo manipulation and editing. Any photos suspected of falsification will be disqualified. The rules must be carefully read and followed in order for your submissions to be properly verified and accepted.
When can I expect my prize?
Please allow 14 business days after each monthly prize drawing day to allow for notification and mailing your prize to the address registered on your account. Potential Grand Prize winners will be required to submit proper identification and other documentation before receiving $5,000 Grand Prize.
How can I win the Grand Prize?
Four $5,000 cash prizes for the longest fish in each core species categories—walleye, pike, bass, crappie—will be awarded at the end of the Trumped contest on September 9, 2013. The longest fish in each of those categories at 10:00 PM September 9, 2013 will receive, upon successful submission of identification and other documentation, a Grand Prize. There are four Grand Prizes available to win.