Please read all official
tournament rules and regulations prior to signing entry form
and/or participating in the tournament (s).
The following items will be checked when contestants weigh in,
during boat checks. Violation of any rules regarding the
following items will be cause for immediate disqualification: Fishing
License - Boat Registration - Kill Switch - Horsepower Rating -
will be held regardless of weather. Should conditions threaten
safety, please use caution.
decisions of the Tournament Director are FINAL.
protest must be submitted to the Tournament Director in writing
within 15 minutes of the designated weigh in.
all announcements concerning emergencies and hourly
results will be broadcast over the
OFFICIAL radio station. Bring a portable radio in your boat.
All State & Federal penal code laws
shall apply at all times.
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 $1,000 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
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.
Each person in boat must be a paid
contestant of official tournament and abide by all tournament rules
No one other than paid contestants or
tournament officials are permitted in a competitors boat during
Any contestant found to be in
violation of any tournament rules and regulations will be subject to
disqualification from this tournament and all future tournaments.
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 and regulations.
Any person who has been disqualified
from any prior tournament may be subject to being refused entry into
Tournament officials have the right to
refuse ANY ENTRY.
Participants under 18 years of age
must be accompanied by a parent or adult with written parental
REGISTRATION AND ENTRY FEE:
Entry form with complete entry fee must be received before fishing.
NO REFUND OR SUBSTITUTION OF ENTRY FEES FOR ANY REASON.
All registration lines will close at times listed on “How &
Where To Enter” page.
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):
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
Boat operator must show proof of valid
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.
No boat shall have a motor of higher
horsepower than the approved Coast Guard maximum.
PERMITTED FISHING AREAS & HOURS:
All bass caught during tournament
hours each tournament day (6am-2pm) may only be weighed in during
official tournament weigh in hours (7am-2pm) on that day.
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.
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
No fishing within 50 yards of a marina
TACKLE AND EQUIPMENT:
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
Bank fishing is permissible.
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:
Sportsmanship, courtesy, safety and
conservation are expected from every participant.
All bass weighed in will become the
property of the Tournament and will be released back into the lake
each tournament day alive if possible.
All contestants shall be required to
bring their boat and respective partner (s) with them to the weigh-in
site when weighing in bass.
Trailering is permissible.
No bass on ice. Bass must be alive to
be weighed in.
All bass brought to weigh in station
must be in weigh in bag with water.
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.
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.
Any artificially weighed or preserved
bass will be disqualified and that contestant will be subject to
prosecution under federal laws.
Any questionable entry will be subject
to inspection by a marine biologist or similarly qualified expert of
the applicable State’s Parks & Wildlife Dept.
Minimum length of bass to be weighed
in is 14 inches on Lake Sam Rayburn & Toledo Bend, 15 inches on
Lake Guntersville. Chickamauga Lake, the minimum length of
Largemouth to be weighed in is 15 inches, Smallmouth 18 inches (limited to 1 per
day) and Spotted Bass is 12 inches.
Lake Fork is a slot lake and the length limit is posted on the Texas Parks
& Wildlife Dept website. Official measuring board is the CHECK-IT-STIK
Only Largemouth, Smallmouth and
Kentucky Spotted Bass (Black Bass) will be weighed in
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 hour.
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
Contestants are to be attentive to
litter and should make every effort to maintain their trash in their
boat and dispose of it properly.
Each contestant, by signing the
entry form and/or participation in the tournament, agrees to submit
to a polygraph examination.
Polygraph test will be given on a
random basis and must be passed.
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
Any 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.
Any 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.
* The above mentioned rules
are for your own safety *
For additional information or rule
verification please contact Sealy Outdoors
Regular Office Hours are Monday - Friday, 9 AM - 5 PM (CST)
Office hours are subject to change during tournament events