POINTS TOURNAMENT RULES
- All competitors are expected to follow the highest standards of
Sportsmanship, Courtesy, Safety, and Conservation. Any infraction
of these principles may be cause for disqualification. NO POINTS
WILL BE AWARDED FOR ANY DISQUALIFICATION.
- Only artificial lures may be used (pork baits are O.K.) and trolling
is not allowed.
- Only largemouth and smallmouth bass will be weighed. In
a draw event, no angler may be in possession of more than a legal
limit of bass. Culling must take place immediately after catching
the next bass over that legal limit, and all must be at least 12"
in length (measured closed mouth and tail fanned). A penalty of
one pound plus loss of fish will be assessed for each short fish.
- All boats must have a suitable aerated container to keep a tournament
limit of bass alive. A four ounce penalty will be deducted for each
dead fish weighed. Culling of dead fish is not allowed.
- Transporting fish through a lock or other barrier is not allowed.
- There will be an Official Checkpoint for boat check and check-in
for every tournament. Contestants must leave and return to it by
boat, and contestants must remain in the boat during tournament
hours except for emergency situations.
- Every boat must be checked for adherence to the rules before you
- A one pound penalty will be assessed for each minute you are late
to check-in, loss of that day's catch after fifteen (15) minutes
late. Neither contestant in a boat, stopping to help another contestant,
will be penalized for being late to the check-in. All fishing ceases
- Each contestant may use only one rod at a time.
- There will be no fishing within 25 yards of: another tournament
boat that is at anchor; an active marina gas pump; or the Official
- In all draw tournaments, each contestant has the right to fish
his/her selected waters for 50% of the tournament hours, including
travel time. Operation of the combustion engine and/or trolling
motor is at the discretion of the boat owner.
- Cutting ahead of another competitor fishing a shoreline will not
be tolerated (see rule #1).
- All contestants must have a U.S. Coast Guard approved flotation
device in the boat at all times and it must be worn and securely
fastened whenever the combustion motor is running. The use of a
"kill" switch is mandatory whenever the boat is so equipped.
- Anyone caught adding to or altering a fish in any manner will
- No drugs and/or alcohol shall be consumed or allowed in the boat
during tournament hours. Being "under the influence" is
prohibited and will result in disqualification.
- In case of a tie, cash prizes will be combined and split. Coin
toss determines plaques.
- The Tournament Director's decision is final at the event. A formal
written appeal must be filed with the Tournament Director within
10 minutes of his final decision. Any and all complaints against
another contestant must be filed before the end of the weigh-in.
No complaints will be heard or acted upon thereafter.
- The weigh-in will begin approximately 15 minutes after tournament
hours. You are expected to check in. Call or tell another contestant
if you cannot make the weigh-in or expect to be more than one-half
hour late. Failure to notify the Tournament Director by some
appropriate means will be cause for disqualification.
- Every contestant is responsible for his/her own insurance coverage.
- The non-boater is expected to offer a minimum of $20.00 to the
boater at each tournament to help with expenses.
This page was last updated on:
July 6, 2012