GENERAL: The tournament Director will establish the dates, times and
locations of all tournaments in June of each year and distribute that
information to the membership.
Tournament permits will be submitted by July of each year to the
Department of Fish and Wildlife.
contestant must practice safe boating and are required to have a Coast
Guard approved personal flotation device (PFD). This
PFD must be worn any time
the combustion engine is operating. Consumption of
alcoholic beverages or drugs on the part of any contestant during tournament
hours will not be allowed and will result in immediate disqualification.
BASIC BOAT EQUIPMENT: Every boat must have all required
Coast Guard safety equipment. Each boat shall have a contest
banner displayed on the engine cowling during contest hours.
It is the responsibility of all contestants to comply with the above
TACKLE AND EQUIPMENT:
With the exception of pork baits, only
artificial lures are allowed during tournaments. Absolutely
no live baits will be permitted. Only one rod
and reel combination are allowed in use at any one time.
Trolling with the outboard engine is prohibited.
PERMITTED FISHING LOCATIONS:
Contestants may fish anywhere accessible by boat except areas
designated as “off limits” or “no fishing” by the tournament
director, local, state or federal officials.
There will be a twenty-five yard buffer zone between all
contestants’ boats. If
a contestant wishes to fish and/or pass within that twenty-five yard
zone they must obtain permission from the other boat operator. Once permission is granted to fish within that twenty-five
yard zone no other contestant may be denied.
There will also be a fifty-yard zone around an anchored boat.
Contestants may not leave the boat to land fish.
Contestants may not fish from shore, docks, float tubes, etc. during
Contestants must leave and return to the official area specified
with the tournament hours. Contestants ( boater and non boater ) that are not at the
official area at the appointed time shall be penalized at the rate
of one pound per minute.
Any contestant fifteen minutes or more late shall lose all weight
for the day.
Only largemouth and smallmouth bass
will be weighed. There will be no
minimum size except for size limit regulations at the Jamboree. The limit shall be five fish. Contestants
must immediately cull a fish upon boating a sixth fish.
In the event of a breakdown or unusual
circumstance another contestant may transport contestants and/or fish and the fish legally
weighed. All uninjured bass must be released
after the weigh in.
Tournament standings will be
determined by the weight in pounds and tenths of pounds for each contestants catch, less
any applied penalties. A penalty of .4 pounds
per dead fish shall be deducted from the total weight.
Points for Angler of the Year will be awarded as follows:
First place - 50 points, Second place – 49 points, etc.
Contestants that participate but weigh no fish will be awarded one point
less than the points earned by the
angler with the lowest weight. In cases of ties, the contestant with the biggest
fish ( less any applied penalties ) will be determined the winner of the tie. Ties at the end the year will be determined by the
highest total weight for the year,
if still tied then the biggest fish of the year. The highest total point score for a given year will be used to determine final
TBF NATIONAL SEMI FINALS: Prior to the annual TBF
National Semi Finals
( usually after the September club tournament ) a Angler and Co Angler will be chosen to represent the club by taking
the two highest finishing anglers wishing to fish the TBF Semi
Finals ( the highest as the Angler ).
In view of the large expense of operating and maintaining a bass
boat, it is required that the non boater share the expense of gas
and oil for the competition day.
It is both the boaters and non
boaters responsibility to have a discussion concerning sharing expenses
prior to a tournament.
mandatory that the boat owner carry proof of $100,000 watercraft
liability insurance covering himself and his passengers.
Participants agree to absolve all tournament sponsors, officials and
co-sponsors from any responsibility for any damage or personal
injury sustained as a result of their participation in the
tournament or related activities.
SPORTSMANSHIP: Any contestant, who displays poor sportsmanship, violates any tournament, state or lake fishing laws
will be disqualified
from the tournament.