Tournament Rules

    1. A tournament fee of $15.00 will be charged for each tournament. A member must pay for the last three club tournaments regardless of whether the member fishes those tournaments.  A member will pay for all other tournaments only if he/she intends to enter those tournaments.
    2. All tournament fees will be distributed to the top tournament finishers as follows:
      1. First place – 50%, Second place – 30%, Third place – 20%
      2. In order to be eligible to collect prize money, all dues and other Monies owed to the club must be paid in full.
    3. There will be a $5.00 per competitor mandatory lunker pool for each tournament which will be collected from each member who fishes a tournament. This $5.00 fee will be assessed for each day of two day tournaments.
    4. Members will declare their intention to fish a tournament at a meeting prior to the tournament. If a member cannot attend the meeting, but intends to fish a tournament for which a draw is to take place at the meeting, he/she may call any Club Officer prior to the meeting.
    5. It is the responsibility of the non-boater partner to communicate with his boater partner at least 48 hours prior to the start of a tournament. Any member who fails to notify his partner within 48 hours of a tournament that he will not fish in the tournament will be fined $25.00 for a one day tournament or $50 for a two day tournament by the club.  The fine will be collected by the club and paid to the canceling member’s boater to cover tournament expenses. If the canceling member is a boater, the fine will be deposited to the club treasury or in case of the rider added to a boat with a rider already on it, the fine will go to the boater with 2 riders on it.
    6. A non-club member may fish a club tournament only if all non-boater club members are paired with partners first. If a non-member competes, they can participate in the lunker pool only. All solo boaters who want to bring a guest, must notify the Tournament Director at least 48 hours before the tournament.
    7. Members will be paired by random draw. No member may fish twice in a row with the same partner.
    8. All tournaments will have a creel limit of five fish per competitor. Each fish must measure at least 12 inches unless state regulations require a larger size. A fish will be measured from tip of mouth to tip of tail with a closed mouth.
    9. Members fishing a club tournament will receive points as follows:
      1. 1st  place = 40 points; 2nd place = 39 points; 3rd place = 38 points and so on.
      2. 10 points will be awarded to any angler who competes and does not weigh in a legal fish or because of a weigh in penalty has a negative weight.
    10. For each legal, dead bass, presented to weigh-in officials, the competitor shall be penalized the following, to be deducted from their daily score: 1 dead fish = 0.25 lb., 2 dead fish = 0.63 lb., 3 dead fish = 1.13 lb., 4 dead fish = 1.75 lb., 5 dead fish = 2.50 lb. The Tournament Director or his designees shall have sole authority for assessing penalty points. Anglers may not cull dead fish.
    11. The club will fish a maximum of 12 tournaments per year but only your best 8 count. If you fish less than 8 tournaments, all your tournaments count. However, if a tournament is cancelled, only your best 7 of 11 will count. If you fish less than 7 tournaments, all your tournaments count and so on.
    12. Club tournament hours will be from safe light to a maximum of 9 hours.
    13. Tiebreakers:
      1. largest number of legal live fish weighed
      2. official weight of largest fish
      3. by means of the Tournament Director
    14. Maximum horsepower for all outboard motorboats used in tournament competition will be 250 HP. Horsepower cannot exceed the limitations set by the U.S. Coast Guard. When required, each boat must have a U.S. Coast Guard horsepower-rating plate attached to the boat by the manufacturer. The horsepower of the outboard engine must not exceed the rating specified on this plate.
    15. Safe boat conduct must be observed at all times by competitors. During the tournament, each competitor must wear a Coast Guard approved chest type life preserver. This preserver must be worn at all times when the combustion engine is operating. This preserver must be strapped, snapped or zippered securely and maintained in that condition until the combustion engine is shut off. Violation of this rule shall be reason for disqualification.
    16. The use of grippers in landing bass is prohibited. Only artificial lures may be used. No “live bait” or “prepared bait” will be permitted during competion, with the exception of pork strips or rinds. Only one casting, spin casting or spinning rod (8 foot maximum length from butt of handle to rod tip) and reel may be used at any one time. Other rigs as specified above may be in boat ready for use; however, only one is permitted in use at any given time. All bass must be caught live and in a conventional sporting manner. Anyone guilty of snatching or snagging visible fish will have his or her catch disqualified. When visually fishing for bedding bass, to be counted as a legal fish all bass must be hooked inside the mouth and must be verified by your partner before being unhooked. Trolling as a method of fishing is prohibited.
    17. The Tournament Director, with the concurrence of present club officers, has the right to delay, shorten or cancel the start of a tournament day because of bad weather or other factors that would endanger the safety of the competitors.
    18. Use of alcohol or drugs (other than those purchased over-the-counter or prescribed by a licensed physician) by any competitor during a tournament will not be tolerated and shall be cause for automatic disqualification.
    19. Maximum courtesy must be practiced at all times, especially with regard to boating and angling in the vicinity of non-competitors who may be on tournament waters. Any act of a competitor which reflects unfavorably upon efforts to promote fisheries conservation, clean waters and courtesy, shall be reason for disqualification.
    20. All competitors are bound by the prevailing stautes and regulations of the various states within which they fish.
    21. For the safety of all competitors, all boats must be equipped with an approved type of operable ignition kill switch. This ignition-kill device must be attached to the driver’s body any time the combustion engine is operating. Any time the combustion engine is operating and in gear there must be a driver in the driver’s seat in full control of the boat.
    22. Every boat must have all required Coast Guard safety equipment as well as a functional bilge pump and livewell space, properly aerated, to adequately maintain alive a limit catch of bass by both competitors using the boat. Boaters must make a back seat available for non-boaters each competition day.
    23. The boater at his discretion may allow the non-boater to operate and fish from the front deck. Non-boaters are only allowed to drive the boat in emergency situations with the exception of loading and unloading from trailers. Any boater, who, in the judgment of the Tournament Director operates the boat in such a manner as to unfairly handicap his non-boater partner, shall be disqualified. At no time may a boater request that the non-boater not fish.
    24. In view of the large expense involved in operating and maintaining a tournament bass boat, it is suggested that the non-boater partner pay 50% of the cost of gas, tolls and ramp fees for the competition day. A non-boater should be prepared to pay at least $30 or half of expenses whichever is higher.
    25. During the competition days, competitors must not depart the boat to land fish or to make the boat more accessible to fishing waters. In the event of a needed restroom break, contestants are allowed to leave the boat upon which all fishing must cease until partners are back together in the boat.
    26. Competitors who are not in the official checkpoint area at the appointed time shall be penalized at the rate of one pound per minute late to be deducted from the total weight of his catch that day, including any weight to be counted toward a “big bass award”. Any competitor more than 15 minutes late shall lose all credit for that day’s catch.
    27. All competitors will launch and take out from the same boat ramp to be determined by the Tournament Director based on the waters fished.
    28. The Tournament Director determines weigh-in procedures at the pre-launch meeting.
    29. The decision of the Tournament Director shall be final in all matters.

Rev. 2/06/2020