Under the leadership of the Tournament Director, it is the responsibility of each participant to police his own adherence to the Tournament Rules. The Tournament Director, prior to the start of the tournament will ask all participants to synchronize their watches and announce the weigh-in time.
Weigh-in is announced by the tournament director prior to the start of each tournament; any member arriving back at the dock after the official weigh-in time is automatically disqualified from that days weigh-in.
A participant is considered ON TIME for the weigh-in if he or his boating partner is on the dock and attempting to retrieve the boat for the weigh-in. If the boater is giving assistance to another boater in distress the boater giving assistance will NOT be considered late for the weigh-in.
A disqualification shall result in the forfeiture of all points as outlined in section: A 1, 2, and 3 and section: B. 1, 2, and 3
A. One day tournament:
1. Tournament points
2. Fishing points
3. Shirt and Hat points
B. Two day tournament
1. Tournament points for the day of Disqualification
2. Fishing Points for the day of Disqualification
No boat will leave prior to the official start of the tournament. The Tournament Director will use his own judgement to determine safe daylight. At that point, it becomes the responsibility of each boater to judge for himself whether or not safe conditions exist and to act accordingly.
1. In order to receive credit for fishing a club tournament, a member must be in good standing, tournament fees paid and actually fish the tournament, (Defined as launching boat and having boat number called out). Members who pay their fees and do not fish the tournament WILL NOT receive tournament points, nor credit for the tournament as one of the previous 6 tournaments fished to qualify for the fish-off or to vote. However, the $5.00 contribution paid toward the fish-off pot will count towards the fish-off.
2. There is a tournament entry fee. One Fourth of this fee will be placed in a "fish-off pot".
3. Normally there will be one monthly club tournament. The Tournament Director will have the authority to reschedule or delay the tournament due to emergencies, severe weather, etc. The future of the rescheduled tournament will be decided at a special club meeting or the next regularly scheduled meeting.
a. Summer season tournaments shall have a weigh in time of 1:00p.m. for the months of June, July and August. All two day tournaments will have a weigh in at 1:00p.m. on the second day.
4. Tournament sites will be selected by a committee chaired by the Tournament Director, and comprised of the newly elected E-Board. Tournaments will include 8 one day tournaments and 4 two day tournaments (one of which will be the "Fish Off"). These sites will be published in the November newsletter for the following year. All members are encouraged to submit their suggestions for tournament sites prior to the November meeting.
5. Partners will be chosen by random draw conducted by the Tournament Director.
a. Members not present at the meeting will be placed in the Non-Boater category.
b. It is each man's responsibility to notify both the Tournament Director and his partner if he is unable to participate, giving as much advance notice as possible.
c. Each boat will contain two contestants. However, a club member will be allowed to fish alone if pairing of two club members would not allow a potential member to fish his guest tournament, or an odd number of participants exists.
d. When there are more non-boaters than boaters, the Tournament Director can, at his discretion, place a member not attending the meeting in the boater category. This should only be used after polling the non-boaters present to see if any of those who own boats wish to change from a non-boater to a boater. If after polling members who have boats and still the number of non-boaters are more than the present boaters, the Tournament Director shall be permitted to allow a member (not in attendance at the meeting) to become a boater. If there are more than one boater not present at the meeting and it is known that they are willing to take their boat, that boater vacancy will be chosen by random draw.
e. After all the non-boaters have been accommodated in the tournament draw any remaining boaters will have the option to be solo boaters. If there are any boaters remaining who wish to not be a solo boater then they will be drawn as a non-boater with another boater. The club will NOT be responsible for any tournament expenses of "ANY" who opt to be solo boaters. Any boater opting to fish solo will NOT be permitted to bring a guest, however he may be assigned a partner in accordance with rule 6.
6. In the event an open seat exists on a tournament boat and a member in good standing finds he can fish after the regular meeting, he can do so only as a nonboater and in the one seat available. Once this seat is filled by the Tournament Director the tournament will be closed to all.
a. A boater who is not paired during the club meeting may invite a guest to fish with him in the upcoming tournament. The single boater must contact the Tournament Director to insure no member has claimed the seat in accordance with rule 6. Once the single boater has declared his intentions the tournament will be closed to all. Once seated, it is expected that the guest will share the boater's expenses and the club will no longer be responsible for any reimbursements. The guest may only participate in the big fish pot.
7. A minimum of two boats and four members are required to start a tournament.
8. Prior to the start , partners should resolve a schedule that permits equal time at the Trolling motor. The contestant who is operating the Trolling motor shall have the privilege of selecting the route to be fished. However, in the event that one contestant elects not to operate the Trolling motor, and such election is satisfactory with his partner, the contestant who waived his right to operate the Trolling motor will have the right to select areas to be fished.
9. All boats must be operated in a safe manner. Contestants must wear a coast guard approved life jacket while the combustion engine is being operated above idle speed. All boats must have an operational "kill switch" . All safety equipment required by the Coast Guard, State and local regulation will be adhered to. Any infractions will result in disqualification of the offender.
10. No contestant will be allowed to fish within 50 yards of another club boat unless permission is obtained from the fisherman occupying the area in question. No fishing will be allowed in water prohibited by county, state, or federal regulations. All fishing must be conducted from the boat and contestants will not be allowed to portage boats.
11. A maximum of two rods may be used. Only casting, spinning or spincasting tackle may be used in conjunction with artificial lures or live bait. Other tackle such as flyrods or cane poles may be used during tournament hours for the purpose of catching live bait only. Any bass taken with this tackle must be released.
12. A five fish limit will be allowed each angler per day unless state or local laws restrict limits to less. When a person catches his 6th keeper fish, he must cull a fish before continuing fishing. Penalty for non-compliance is disqualification for that day. Fish must be a minimum of 12 inches long, unless otherwise restricted by state or local laws. The Tournament Director will determine 12 inches with the mouth closed, and pinched tail. Contestants weighing in undersized fish will lose that fish and their largest fish of the day. The decision of the Tournament Director is final. Contestants weighing in dead fish will be penalized 0.2 lb. per dead fish. This penalty will be assessed for both the total tournament weight and lunker weight. In the case of a breakdown, fish may be brought to the scales by the boaters partner provided he can get another club boater to bring him in. If a boater is fishing by themselves and his boat breaks down , his fish may be weighed in by another club boat. Tournament winners and places will be determined by the total weight of the catch less any penalties.
13. There will be a convoy arranged, both to and from the tournament site. After pairing, partners are encouraged to agree on travel and lodging arrangements.
14. The four contestants recording the highest poundage at each tournament will be awarded cash prizes at the next meeting according to the following:
1st place 40% of Tournament Pot.
2nd place 30% of Tournament Pot
3rd place 20% of Tournament Pot
4th place 10% of Tournament Pot
*In the event a place is not filled, any moneys from that place will be carried forward to the next "fish-off pot".
15. Points for each tournament and monthly meeting will count toward the Angler of the Year Award in October. Points will be accrued as follows:
1. 2 points for attending the monthly meeting.
2. 3 points will be awarded to any contestant that fishes a one day tournament, as defined in Tournament Rule 1, regardless if he has to leave early.
3. 6 points will be awarded to any contestant that fishes both days of a two day tournament, as defined in Tournament Rule 1. 3 points will be awarded if the member only fishes one day of the two day tournament.
4. 1 point - To receive shirt and hat points a member must have them on at the weigh in on a 1 day tournament, and on 2 day tournaments members must have them on the first day at the weigh in. Members not fishing the first day but fish the second day can receive the points provided they wear the shirt and hat at the weigh in and notify the tournament director.
5. 15 points for 1st place, 14 for 2nd, 13 for 3rd, 12 for 4th, 11 for 5th, 10 for 6th, 9 for 7th, 8 for 8th, 7 for 9th, 6 for 10th, 5 for 11th, 4 for 12th, 3 for 13th, 2 for 14th, 1 for 15th. Any member with a legal keeper fish will receive one point.
In the event of a tie for a tournament the fisherman who weighs in the largest fish will break the tie, should a tie still exist after this a mere flip of the coin will break the tie. In the event of a tie in the point standings (not the end of the year) the fisherman who are tied will be listed as tied in the standing (if, for example both are tied for 5th place both will be in the 5th place and there will be no 6th place and so on). In the event of a tie at the end of the year, the following tie breaker will be used in order:
1. The individual with the largest number of legal fish weighed in for the year.
2. The individual with the largest number of live fish weighed in during the year.
3. The individual with the heaviest tournament stringer of fish weighed in during the year.
16. Any protest must be filed within 15 minutes of the closing of the scales to the weigh master or any officer present. Protests will be arbitrated by the club officials present, provided none is involved in the protest. All decisions are final.
17. All tournaments shall be live release. Fish will be brought to the weigh master in a bag provided by the angler and given to the weigh master. Fish will be weighed and then returned to the water for release. Fish that show any sign of life will be considered live. Members may keep a lunker for mounting.
18. Nothing can be attached to a fish at the weigh in.
19. Only largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass will be allowed.
20. Partners are expected to share normal tournament expenses, i.e., boat and auto-mobile gas and oil, lodging, and launch fees. This will apply only to a 2 day tournament. On one day tournaments the non-boater will be required to pay $20.00 minimum or half of the expenses whichever is greater. The club will reimburse any member who is required to fish alone due to an odd number of fishermen upon presentation of expenses to the club treasurer.
21. A fishing partner will share expenses whether or not he rides to and from the tournament site with the boater.
22. Members in good standing shall be allowed to bring a guest to one tournament each year. A guest is defined as a non-potential member. The guest name will be included in the draw and will fish as a non-boater. The guest may only participate in the big fish pot. The guest will share the boaters expenses just as our non-boaters do.
23. Should a member or potential member elect to fish in a club tournament as a non-boater and pays the required fees, it is expected that that member will fish and pay one/half of the boater's expenses. These expenses include boat and truck gas, oil, ramp fees, and motel room if necessary. If the non-boating member cannot fish and contacts the Tournament director prior to 9:00 PM on Thursday the non-boater's obligation for half of the expenses is waived and his tournament fees will be returned to include big fish. After 9:00 PM on Thursday, the non-boater is committed to pay one/half of the boater's expenses whether he actually fishes the tournament or not.
24: The Tournament Director, or in his absence, the acting Tournament Director will be guaranteed the use of his boat in all club tournaments. For this privilege, the Tournament Director will be the last boat to blast-off at all tournaments. This rule will be implemented as follows:
a. Prior to the pairing of the general membership, the Tournament Director will be paired with a non-boater by random draw. After this pairing, the rest of the membership will be paired as outlined in tournament rule 5.
b. The provisions of tournament rule 5a. will not apply to the Tournament Director.
25. A "Co-Angler of the Year" Award will be awarded to the Club member with the most points at the end of the season who fished as a non-boater during the entire year.
a. All members in good standing are eligible to participate until they volunteer and draw out as a boater. If during the draw it becomes necessary to force an eligible participant to be a boater in order to prevent someone from getting to fish a tournament, he would still be able to maintain his Co-Angler status.