Release Rally

Return 'Em Right - July Release Rally

What: Return ‘Em Right is hosting a FREE virtual release rally to encourage anglers to use descending devices to release reef fish suffering from barotrauma. Anglers who submit videos using descending devices will be awarded raffle entries for a chance to win prizes during the month of July. 
When: July 1-31, 2024
Where: Virtual, but fishing in the Gulf of Mexico is encouraged. 
  • Anglers must record and submit a continuous, unedited video releasing an eligible reef fish species* with a descending device to be awarded a raffle entry. The video may be GoPro, cell phone or other camera shot from the surface. Underwater footage is not required or encouraged. EXAMPLE VIDEO.
  • One entry allowed per week (Sunday to Saturday) during the month of July (5 maximum).
  • Anglers must submit the video and catch information via an entry form. Contact info@returnemright.org for questions about or issues with the form.
  • Anglers must abide by all local and federal fishing regulations
Eligible Species:
  • Red snapper, red grouper, gag grouper, black grouper, mutton snapper, hogfish.
  • *Exceptions to eligible species list may be made for other reef fish species exhibiting visible signs of barotrauma*
How to Enter: 
  1. Record video releasing an eligible species on a descending device in the month of July 2024. 
  2. Submit video and catch info via entry form (one per week).
  3. Wait for the announcement of raffle winners in August! 4 winners will be selected.
  • (1) 39-hour overnight fishing trip at Hubbard’s Marina – $500 value (travel not included)
  • (1) Bajio Calda Sunglasses with Return ‘Em Right shirt, hat and koozie – $250 value
  • (1) Engel cooler pack with Return ‘Em Right Shirt, hat and koozie – $200 value
  • (1) Shimano Torium Conventional Jigging Combo – $300 value


  • Anglers are not encouraged to target fish in deep water with the sole intent to release them. Post-release survival is never a guarantee even under ideal conditions.
  • Return ‘Em Right reserves the right to disqualify any entries if evidence of improper handling, release or a violation of rules is determined. 
  • Return ‘Em Right is not liable for any damages or injuries that may occur while fishing. 
  • Must be 18+ years of age to enter and agree to all rules of the release rally. 
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