These are the 2011 rules and will remain in
force until the next rule review meeting in January 2012
The rules of tournament fishing
will stand as written. Changes or amendments will be made only
by majority vote at a regular January monthly meeting.
PROTEST - A protest must be
lodged prior to or during weigh-in at a club tournament to a
member of the league of officers. The officers must rule on the
protest within thirty (30) minutes after the official weigh-in
time. There must be at least three officers present to make a
decision. If necessary, tournament committeemen will be used.
The club will have a tournament
committee consisting of a Tournament Director and two (2)
elected club members. Or the tournament director may appoint a
All fees must be paid prior to
the tournament, preferably at the monthly meeting before a
scheduled tournament. There will be no refunds after a drawing
IF YOU SIGN UP, YOU MUST PAY FOR THE TOURNAMENT.
A late pay fee of $5.00 for not paying at the meeting
when you sign up for the tournament. Late pay fee money goes to
the General Fund.
Members wishing to fish a
tournament will sign up at the regular monthly meeting prior to
the tournament. An impartial draw will be used to determine
fishing partners. Partners will be responsible for deciding
which boat they will use to fish out of. When boaters are
paired together in the regular tournament drawing they will have
the option of fishing alone from their own boat. In the case of
a late sign-up with an even number of fishermen in the drawing
the late sign-up will be paired with the first person of the
paired boaters or the first person the tournament director can
contact. The tournament director will have final approval on
all pairings. Members may sign up late by calling the
tournament director no later than the Friday before the
tournament. He will be assigned a partner at this time if there
is an odd man. There will be a late sign-up fee of
$10.00. Late sign-up money will go to the TOC.
If there is an odd man left after
the drawing, or a contestant fails to show up at the tournament
for the start, a person may fish the tournament alone from his
boat. If there is a re-pairing of partners due to a no-show, the
highest launch position will be used to assign the pairing.
Partners for a tournament should
be at the start site together thirty (30) minutes prior to
launch. Once the tournament begins, they must stay in sight of a
club member until the end of the days fishing and the official
weigh-in is over.
If a person is late for the
start, he will not be penalized. He must locate another member
fishing the tournament to have his live well checked before he
can begin fishing.
On all waters, the start will be
staggered and the last boat drawn will start each boat as the
The tournament director has the
official time. His watch starts and ends the tournament.
It is prohibited for any constant
to accept fish from anyone. Only fish personally caught using
authorized equipment and methods qualify for weight in. It is
prohibited for any contestant to offer his fish to any other
constant. Any infraction of this rule will constitute
disqualification of all parties involved at the tournament where
the infraction took place.
TYPES OF TACKLE Only casting,
spinning, fly or spin casting tackle may be used. Only one rod may
be used at a time. No more than two lures can be rigged to a
rod. More than one rod may be rigged and ready to use.
TYPES OF BAIT Only artificial
lures may be used. No live or prepared bait can be used in
tournaments. Pork rinds, chucks, strips, etc. are permitted.
Trolling of lures is prohibited.
Depth finders, LCRs, compass,
and temperature gauges, GPS and other electronic equipment use are permitted.
FISHING AREAS Fishing is
permitted anyplace in the tournament waters which are reachable
by boat. The boat cannot be carried over land to other waters.
Fishing is only allowed from the boat. Contestants are not
permitted to leave the boat with rod and reel during the fishing
tournament. Fish must be landed by a contestant from within the
Areas off limits during
tournaments will be determined by prevailing state law and any
areas as designated by the tournament director.
Electric fishing motors are
permitted for moving the boat into and during fishing positions.
Each contestant must wear a life
saving device during take off and anytime the boat is underway,
when the boat is operating at or near capacity, or when water
conditions threaten. Boat owner can insist on a device to be
worn when any of the above conditions exist.
Each member is responsible for
his gear needed for a tournament, including a life jacket.
BOAT OPERATION Partners must
discuss a schedule of boat operation prior to the morning take
All boats must stay in the water
during fishing hours. Trailering of boats from one fishing
location to another is not permitted.
If there is a serious problem
with the boat or motor, high winds, or any type of condition
that is a threat to the life and safety of the contestants, you
may return by whatever means are available, as long as you stay
in sight of a club member. The club officers can rule on the
validity of such a transfer.
SCORING Scoring is by pounds to
the nearest 1/100th (0.01) pound. Winners will be
determined by total weight caught during the tournament. Only
Largemouth, Small Mouth, and Kentucky bass will be counted.
Total weight is the weight of all fish caught minus any
penalty deductions incurred. Deductions will be made for
dead fish, late weigh-in, or short fish. The adjusted total
weight will determine tournament placing and total weight for
angler of the year award.
SIZE Contestants are
responsible to weigh in fish only of legal length. The official
bump board will determine if the fish is of legal length.
Contestants may use the official bump board prior to weigh-in to
check size. Once the fish has been turned over to the
committeeman and placed on the scales, the contestant is liable
for judgment by the tournament committee. Any fish deemed short
will not be counted, and one pound will be deducted from total
weight for every fish that is short. The tournament director
will have the final decision. Contestants from first or second
out boat are responsible for bumping fish prior to weigh in.
Any contestant who brings more
than the daily limit of fish to the scales will be disqualified
and none of his fish will count that day for score.
Any fish that appears to have
been mashed or disfigured in any way by a contestant will become
subject to disqualification for score by the tournament
One half pound (0.500) will be
deducted for each dead fish that is brought to the scales, with
a maximum of two dead fish allowed at weigh - in. Any fisherman
that brings more than two dead fish to the weigh - in will be
disqualified from the tournament. The officers who weigh the
fish will determine live fish. They will call live fish, total
weight of stringer, and weight of largest fish on stringer, if
applicable. Gills must move for fish to be considered alive.
MEASUREMENT Total length is
measured from the tip of the snout to the end of the tail, with
the fish laid flat on the bump board, mouth closed and tail
lobes pressed together.
LATE WEIGH-IN PENALTY
Contestant who are late to the check-in site will be penalized
two (2) percent of total actual pounds for each minute they are
late. The maximum late penalty is fifty (50) percent of weight.
Contestants checked in thirty (30) minutes or more from official
deadline will lose all credit for pounds of fish and fish
point(s) that for that day. Boat and motor problems will not be
a valid excuse for late arrivals during any tournament.
All fish will be weighed on the
same scale for official record. The club will provide the
official scales. The scales will be set up at the edge of the
water at the start ramp area. Only weight measured from
the official scales will be counted for daily total.
TIES If two more contestants
have the same final total weight, placing will be lumped
together and split equally between the tied constants.
POINTS Points will be awarded
as follows: The club uses a fifty (50) point step down system:
descending point system
Participation 10 points
33. Limits on the number of
fish will be one (1) fish below the lake or river limit.
State law or local rules and regulations supersedes club rules.
34. TOURNAMENT of CHAMPIONS
(TOC) will consist of members who fished at least four (4)
regular club tournaments, and the top 20 point leaders who
paid to fish a minimum of three (3) tournaments. If in good
faith a member has paid his entry fee at or before tournament
sign-up and was unable to attend because of an unforeseen
emergency, the elected officials may rule that an unforeseen
emergency prevented the member from fishing the tournament and
can qualify the individual to fish the TOC. Only Club
members may attend the TOC. There will be no refund, nor will
there be any participation points awarded. It will be the
members responsibility to contact an elected official before
the next regular meeting to receive an emergency ruling.
The will be no cost to a member to fish the TOC if he has
fished all the scheduled tournaments throughout the year. Any
member who has not fished all scheduled tournaments must pay
$5.00 for each tournament he missed to fish the TOC even if he
35. A tournament director
will be responsible for securing the permits for all waters.
Also, the tournament director will decide what waters and
when the TOC will be held.
36. OPERATING COST The
no-boat person will be responsible for paying the entry fee of
the boater $25.00.
37. Tie at the end of the
year will be determined by total weight of the year?? Ties at
the TOC will be determined by boat position at the start of the
38. Constants between the
ages of sixteen and eighteen must have written consent of their
parent or legal guardian to compete in a club tournament. No one
under sixteen (16) will be allowed.
39. LAKE SCHEDULE At or
before the March meeting members will vote on fishing areas and
40. Contestants are not
allowed to fish within fifty (50) feet perimeter of an anchored
boat. Trolling motor must be up.
41. ENTRY FEE Tournament
entry fee is $25.00. $17.00 is paid back to the tournament,
$3.00 to big fish (1st 60%, 2nd 40%), and
$5.00 for the TOC fund. Payback may be reduced if club is
supplying a fee entry.
42. PAY BACK SCHEDULE
PAY BACK SCHEDULE TOC
6th, 7th and 8th will be paid $25.00
TROPHIES First thru fifth place
for the year, big fish of point tournaments (season), $50.00
Angler of the Year (Bylaw rule #9), Sportsman of the Year award
(Bylaw rule #10), and a Plaque for 1st place TOC.
Participants must follow all
state laws and local lake rules and regulations when fishing in
a tournament. If there is a concern on this rule it must be
brought up at the tournament and then the tournament director
will call a meeting with the officers and make a ruling.
46. During weigh in at all
tournaments, both non-boaters from boat #1 and boat #2 are
responsible for bumping fish and helping the tournament director
during the weigh in process.
47. Once a tournament is
scheduled and drawn and time & lake set, it can not be changed
unless conditions occur that makes it unsafe to fish, the
schedule can be switched with another scheduled lake or river
with majority approval.
48. All rules for motors must be observed, any
one found having a motor on their boat that is over powered or a
motor with a wrong crowling will be disqualified. ( example
a 15 HP motor with a 9.9 decals.) if a lake or body of water
states 10HP anyone using a motor larger than that will be
49. All tournament waters are
off limits to everyone from the Monday before the tournament
until tournament day.