1. All decisions
of the Tournament Director are FINAL.
2. All protests must
be submitted to the Tournament Director in writing within 15
minutes of the designated weigh in.
1. Any and all announcements
concerning emergencies and hourly results will be broadcast over
the OFFICIAL radio station. Bring a portable radio in your boat.
1. All State & Federal penal code laws
shall apply at all times.
2. All State, Coast Guard, Federal
Parks & Wildlife regulations shall apply at all times.
This tournament is designed primarily for amateurs, therefore,
anyone who has fished 5 or more tournaments within the past 12
months of this tournament with an entry fee over $750 or anyone
who has provided guide service for pay within the past 90 days
of this official tournament lake, will not be eligible to
compete in this tournament.
4. Contestants must have proof
of a valid fishing license for said tournament lake on their
person during tournament hours unless exempt. License must be
presented at time of weigh-in.
5. Each person in boat must
be a paid contestant of official tournament and abide by all
tournament rules and regulations.
6. No one other than paid
contestants or tournament officials are permitted in a
competitors boat during tournament hours.
7. Any contestant
found to be in violation of any tournament rules and regulations
will be subject to disqualification from this tournament and all
8. All bass caught by contestants
fishing together will be disqualified if any of the said
contestants are found to be in violation of any tournament rules
9. Any person who has been disqualified
from any prior tournament may be subject to being refused entry
10. Tournament officials have the right to
refuse ANY ENTRY.
11. Participants under 18 years of age
must be accompanied by a parent or adult with written parental
REGISTRATION AND ENTRY FEE:
1. Entry form with complete entry fee must be received before fishing.
2. NO REFUND OR SUBSTITUTION OF ENTRY FEES FOR ANY REASON.
3. All registration lines will close at times listed on “How
& Where To Enter” page.
1. No alcoholic beverages are to be
consumed by tournament contestant nor are alcoholic beverages
allowed in contestants' boat during official tournament hours,
unless tournament contestant is finished fishing/has had their
boat inspection and polygraph for that tournament day.
SAFETY (THE FOLLOWING IS MANDATORY):
1. All boats must be equipped with
some type of emergency ignition cut-off device (kill switch) on
any remote steered outboard while main engine is in use.
Ignition cut-off device (kill switch) must be attached to boat
operator at all times while main engine is in use. Kill switch
must operate properly. When the kill switch is activated; the
outboard main engine must stop running immediately. However,
kill switches are not required with hand operated engines unless
equipped with one when manufactured.
2. Boat operator must
show proof of valid registration.
3. US Coast Guard approved
life jackets are required for each person in boat. Life jackets
must be worn and fastened while main engine is in use.
boat shall have a motor of higher horsepower than the approved
Coast Guard maximum.
PERMITTED FISHING AREAS & HOURS:
1. All bass caught during tournament hours each tournament day
(6am-2pm) may only be weighed in during official tournament
weigh in hours (6am-2pm) on that day.
2. No fishing is
allowed during official “Off Limits” which begins at 8pm prior
to each tournament day and ends at 6am of each tournament day.
3. Contestants may leave from any launch site on official
Tournament Lake. No casting until 6am official clock. Official
start-stop times will be determined by Official Radio Station.
4. No fishing within 50 yards of a marina gas pump.
TACKLE AND EQUIPMENT:
1. All bass must be caught on
artificial bait by casting. No trolling with big motor.
Contestant may use only one rod at any one time. Other rods may
be in the boat for substitute purposes.
2. Bank fishing is
3. No electronic tracking devices (implanted
microchips) may be used to locate fish for tournament purposes
(Depth finders and graph charts are the only exception).
WEIGH IN SPORTSMANSHIP AND CONSERVATION:
1. Sportsmanship, courtesy, safety and
conservation are expected from every participant.
bass weighed in will become the property of the Tournament and
will be released back into the lake each tournament day alive if
3. All contestants shall be required to bring
their boat and respective partner(s) with them to the weigh-in
site when weighing in bass.
4. Trailering is permissible.
5. No bass on ice. Bass must be alive to be weighed in.
6. All bass brought to weigh in station must be in weigh in bag
7. No contestant may weigh in more than one bass
per tournament hour. Only one bass per weigh-in bag is allowed.
Bass entered in the Big Bass of the Hour contest do not carry
forward from hour to hour. Your biggest bass is registered into
the final overall standings.
8. Bass must be weighed in by
the contestant who originally caught the bass and it must be in
said contestant’s physical possession in the weigh-in line.
9. Any artificially weighed or preserved bass will be
disqualified and that contestant will be subject to prosecution
under federal laws.
10. Any questionable entry will be
subject to inspection by a marine biologist or similarly
qualified expert of the applicable State’s Parks & Wildlife
11. Minimum length of bass to be weighed in is 14
inches on lakes, Sam Rayburn, Toledo Bend and 15 inches on Lake
Guntersville and Kentucky Lake, 13 inches on Lake Ouachita, AR. Lake Fork is a slot lake and
minimum length will be announced @ registration points. Official
measuring board is the CHECK-IT-STIK
12. Only Largemouth,
Smallmouth and Kentucky Spotted Bass (Black Bass) will be
weighed in with the exception of Lake Ouachita, AR where
Smallmouth are not permitted.
13. No contestant may have more than three bass
in possession at any time during official Tournament hours. One
bass only is allowed to be weighed in during any Tournament
14. This is a mandatory catch and release program
during Official Tournament hours. When tournament is officially
over each day all bass must be released back into tournament
15. Contestants are to be attentive to litter and
should make every effort to maintain their trash in their boat
and dispose of it properly.
1. Each contestant, by signing the entry form and/or
participation in the tournament, agrees to submit to a polygraph
2. Polygraph test will be given on a random
basis and must be passed.
3. There will be random polygraph
tests given after the conclusion of each official tournament
hour as soon as that hour has elapsed. All contestants who have
placed during said hour, their respective partners and boats, if
any must remain at the official Tournament site until said
hourly winners are declared official. If not present,
contestants will automatically be disqualified.
contestant determined by the polygraph examination or other
Tournament officials to be intoxicated or on any type of illegal
drugs at the time said contestant is required to take the
polygraph examination, or in violation of Tournament rules, will
be disqualified from this and all future Tournaments.
contestant found to be in possession of any illegal substance
will be subject to disqualification and prosecution.
All contestants, by entering this
Tournament, hereby agree to allow their boats to be boarded and
inspected by Tournament officials at any time during said
Tournament, and checked for items to include, but not limited
to, their boat registration, Coast Guard horsepower rating
plate, and boat contents to include live well, rod boxes, closed
storage compartments, tackle boxes, life jackets, PFD's and
safety equipment. Refer to checklist above.