Tournament RULES

Tournament Rules

1… Each contestant is expected to observe the common sense rules of courtesy, safety, sportsmanship and conservation. NO PROFESSIONAL FISHERMAN! If you guide for a LIVING (majority of you income comes from guiding or Bass Tournaments) or Bass fish for a living you will NOT be able to fish this club! This is a club for amateur (weekend warriors) ONLY!

2… Each contestant will be required to wear a chest-type U.S. Coast Guard approved life preserver whenever the boat is on a plane.

3… Only artificial lures are permitted. No live or prepared baits are allowed. Pork strips and rinds may be used.

 4… Bass must be caught alive and in the traditional manner. Fish that appear to have been dead for a very long time, or that appear to have been frozen (white eyed), or that appear to have been caged (red-finned or scarred), will not be counted. This is at the soul desecration of the weigh masters.

 5… Winners shall be determined by total weight, with a maximum of five (5) bass per boat. At no time will contestants have more than the LEGAL limit in their possession. No CULLING/RELEASING at the ramp. A (3) tenths penalty will be assessed for each dead fish. If the fish does not swim upright in the tank after 2-3 attempts, the fish will be counted as dead. The minimum length shall be FOURTEEN INCHES (14”) with mouth closed and tail moving side to side. You are allowed (1) fish PER PERSON over TWENTY-TWO (22”) with mouth closed and tail moving side to side. Any fish turned in that is under fourteen inches, or more than 1 22” fish per person will then ** BE DISQUALIFIED. REMEMBER-MEASURE FISH WITH A CLOSED MOUTH AND PINCHED TAIL. The Golden Rule is the official measure. Any team bringing more than five (5) fish to the scales will be DISQUALIFIED. Do not bring any questionable fish to the scales.

 6… Trolling will not be permitted (line out behind the boat while under either electric or gasoline power or wind moving boat). NO DRAGGING! (Bait must be worked.)

 7… Littering, bad manners or non-sportsman like conduct will be considered grounds for disqualification.

 8… No fishing is permitted within fifty (50) yards of another contestant’s boat. PLEASE use common courtesy. The fifty- (50) yard rule is trolling motor up with anchor out. (or powerpole down)

 9… There will be no off limits. (Except during Classic between day 1 and day 2)

 10… In case of a tie, the team with the most fish or largest fish will win, in that order. If still tied, tournament officials will determine the tiebreaker.

 11… All decisions of the tournament officials will be final and uncontestable.

 12… Breaking any rules may be grounds for disqualification.

 13… Any persons caught fighting, cheating or what the tournament director considers unethical behavior will be ejected from the club with no refunds of any kind! (regardless of how many tournaments you have pre-paid for)

 14… Running lights are required at the start of the tournament. If running lights are not operational, that team will start last at safe light.

 15… If more than (1) 22-inch fish per person is weighed in then new penalty will apply. (THAT TEAM WILL BE **DISQUALIFIED )

16... Each team is allowed no more than 2 alternates for the year. There will be a one time $10 fee for each alternate. After an alternate has fished with a team, they can ONLY fish with that team for the rest of that year. (A person can only be an alternate for 1 team for that year) An alternate can only fish in the Classic if they fished at least one tournament during the regular season. An ORIGINAL team member must fish with an alternate. (Alternates cannot fish with the other alternate).

17... To qualify the to fish the Classic, you must fish at least 7 of the 9 regular season tournaments.

**(Disqualified for that days catch ONLY)

NEW RULES as of 01/01/2012: 

In order to qualify for Points Champions OR “Big Bass for the Year” you must fish at least 7 of the 9 regular tournaments.

NEW RULES as of 01/01/07: 

IN ORDER TO FISH THIS TRAIL, YOU MUST BECOME AN ACTIVE MEMBER! IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE THIS,

YOU MUST JOIN AND FISH AT LEAST 1 OF THE FIRST 2 TOURNAMENTS (JAN. or FEB.)

IF YOU DID NOT JOIN AND FISH EITHER ONE OF THESE TOURNAMENTS,

YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO FISH ANY TOURNAMENTS THE REST OF THE YEAR ON THIS TRAIL.

(NO NEW MEMBERS AFTER THE FEBRUARY TOURNAMENT).

WE WILL ACCEPT PAYMENT AT THE RAMP FOR THE FIRST 2 TOURNAMENTS ONLY, THEREAFTER,

TOURNAMENT FEES MUST BE PAID BY 12:00 NOON FRIDAY PRIOR TO THAT SATURDAY’S TOURNAMENT.

ALL RULE INTERPRETATIONS AND DECISIONS WILL BE MADE BY THE TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR AND IS FINAL