This event is open to all registered Texas 4-H members, including Clover Kids
What is a Skill-a-thon?
The Virtual Skill-a-thon is comprised of two parts:
- Learn and Earn Educational Opportunities – to provide information in which youth participants and adults can gain knowledge on fishing tips and techniques, both for freshwater and saltwater species. No fee to participate.
- Reel ‘em in Tournament – scheduled dates for 4-H youth to fish at their location with the chance of winning monthly and overall tournament awards and prizes.
Follow the 5 steps below in numerical order to participate in the tournament portion of the skill-a-thon:
Step 1: 4-H Enrollment
- Be enrolled in 4-H as a youth member (3rd – 12th grades) or Clover Kid (K – 2nd grades) for the 2021-2022 year.
- If you are not in 4-H, join by setting up your family profile on 4HOnline at https://texas.4honline.com or contact your local county Extension agent for assistance with enrollment in your county 4-H program.
- Not sure who your county agent is? Click this link to enter your county name and find contact information: https://agrilifeextension.tamu.edu/contact/
Step 2: Event Registration
- Summer Event
- April 1, 2022 – 8:00 a.m. – Registration will open on 4HOnline https://texas.4honline.com
- Select 2022 Texas 4-H Virtual Reel ‘em in – Summer from the event list
- Register and compete as an individual angler (no team entries).
- 4-H youth anglers (grades 3rd – 12th): You may register for either division or both. The entry fee is per 4-H angler per division.
- ➢ Freshwater Division: $50
- ➢ Saltwater Division: $50
- Complete your pre-survey. After you complete the pre-survey you will be given a 5-digit CODE at the end of the survey to enter in 4HOnline. Enter the code given to complete your registration. Use this link or QR code to access the pre-survey: https://agrilife.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_djm648QrDhOJ7kW
- Note: We are unable to issue any refunds once your payment has been submitted.
- Clover Kids participate for bragging rights and a certificate. They will not earn a place on the FishDonkey leaderboard. There is no fee for their participation, however, they must be registered on 4HOnline.
- April 30, 2022 – Due date to register to participate in the spring tournament. Only those registered on 4-H Online by the deadline will be eligible to participate.
Step 3: Download Judging App (Clover Kids – Skip to Step 4)
- After your payment has been accepted in 4HOnline, go to FishDonkey to download the app to your mobile device and/or computer.
- There is no fee for participants to use this app.
- Set up your profile in FishDonkey. Select the Division you choose in 4HOnline (Freshwater and/or Saltwater). If you registered for BOTH divisions, make sure you choose to participate in both.
- Texas 4-H Virtual Reel ‘em in – Freshwater
- Texas 4-H Virtual Reel ‘em in – Saltwater
- When setting up your profile, in the “Street 2” box, list the county of your 4-H club.
- On the app, use the tutorial to practice how to measure and upload pics.
Step 4: Fish the Tournament
- Summer Event
- On June 1, 2022 at 12:00 p.m. the app will open for you to begin uploading your pictures of your fish to be judged and posted to the official leaderboard.
- The summer tournament closes on August 31, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.
- Official placings will be verified and announced on FishDonkey the week of September 4 – 8
- Prizes and certificates will be mailed to your county Extension office the week of September 18th.
Step 5: Complete the Post-Survey
- Use the Post-Survey QR code or click on the link below to complete a short survey to tell us about your skill-a-thon participation experience.
- ➢ May 1 – 31 – spring tournament survey will be open for completion
- ➢ August 1 – 31 – summer tournament survey will be open for completion
- Note: Awards and prizes will only be provided 4-H members in which fee has been received and post-survey completed (a reminder will be sent to you).
- Virtual Texas Reel ’em In Skill-a-thon Rules and Guidelines
- Texas Fishing Regulations
- FishDonkey website
- How to identify freshwater fish species in Texas
- Length limit by species – Freshwater
- How to identify saltwater fish species in Texas
- Length limit by species – Saltwater