BENNING BASS CLUB TOURNAMENT RULES
EFFECTIVE 20 May 2015
a. The purpose of these rules is to prescribe the procedures that will govern all club tournaments.
b. These rules are not subject to protest or change.
c. Interpretation of these rules shall be left exclusively to the Tournament Committee, and their decisions shall be final in all matters.
a. Tournament Schedule will be determined by the Tournament Director & his/her committee.
b. The Tournament Director will provide to the Executive Committee, for approval a tentative schedule of dates the monthly tournaments that will be held from Jan through Dec.
c. The location of the monthly tournaments will be determined by the Tournament Director, approved by the Executive Committee, and published by the Tournament Director.
d. The Tournament Director will determine the check-in, start, and weigh-in time, type of tournament, launch site and the size limit. This information will be disseminated to the members at the regular club meeting prior to the tournament date (s).
e. The Tournament Director will present next year’s Tournament schedule to the General Membership NLT the December meeting.
f. The Tournament Director or his/her direct representative will act as the official time keeper at all tournaments, and will announce the time prior to the start of the first boat and check in all competing boats at the end of the tournament.
a. Members will register for the monthly tournament at the club meeting preceding the tournament or prior to the launch of the tournament.
b. Members who are unable to attend the club meeting may notify any member, in advance of the meeting, to act as his/her proxy and be included in the drawings and pairings.
c. The Tournament Director will handle other late entries on a case by case basis.
IV. TOURNAMENT PAIRING AND START ORDER:
a. All boater and no-boaters names will be placed in separate containers.
b. All boaters will be drawn prior to any no-boaters being drawn. The 1st boater drawn will be first, the 2nd boater drawn will start second, 3rd drawn will start third, and this will continue until no more boaters are available.
c. Upon the boaters starting order being determined, all boaters names will be put back into the container. The no-boaters name will then be drawn out and then a boaters name. Whatever boater the no-boater draws will be his/hers starting order. For example, if no-boater draws John Doe which is boater #7, then that no-boater will fish from John Doe’s boat in the #7 spot. This will cause the starting order to have a random draw, spreading the no-boaters throughout the field.
- 1) No-boater will fish with the boater drawn. There will be no redraws. If the no-boater or boater does not want to fish with the drawn partner they can withdraw from the tournament.
d. The raffle will be drawn, the winner will move to the number one starting position. If the winner of the raffle is a no-boater he will stay partnered with his boater and that boat will move to the number one starting position. Everyone else in the starting position will move down one position.
e. On a 2-day tournament, the process will be repeated for the second day. It is up to the Tournament Director to commence the second day drawing at the meeting or at the ramp after the first days weigh-in.
f. After the draw is complete the lone boaters can have three options:
- 1) The lone boater can request to fish a guest (see rule IV f1).
- 2) The lone boater can fish with any (any order) other lone boater in the club. If this option is chosen, there is still a two time limit for any member to fish with any other member in the club per calendar year. Whosever boat the two lone boaters decide to fish out of will be the boater and they will assume that persons position in the starting order.
- 3) The lone boater may choose to fish by himself.
f. A member can only fish a guest if there are enough boaters for all non-boaters to fish with prior to the tournament draw. Members may request to fish with a guest for no more then, and not consecutively, two times per calendar year. Once the member has fished with a guest two times, he must go through the pairing sequence. If at that point the member still has not been paired with a non-boater, he may request to fish a guest.
- 1) If a member wants to fish a guest, he’ll bring it up to the tournament director prior to the draw. Once a member has reserved a guest slot during the official draw one of their two authorized guest slots will be cashed in – regardless if their planned guest fishes that tournament or not.
- 2) If the member has officially requested to fish a guest, he will be skipped in the pairing process (if it is one of the two allocated times). If all other lone boaters are paired and a late registration is received, the guest will be bumped.
- 3) If the member has gone through the drawing and then request to fish a guest, the member that registers late will automatically be paired with the next available boat, this could include bumping the guest of that member. However; all attempts will be made to match him with a lone boater. All guests will be locked into position at 1900 the night prior to the tournament. This does not take into consideration that a broke boat on a two day tournament will still precede over all guests.
- 4) Guests will not be allowed to win any money from a tournament held by the BBC and are not allowed to fish from their own boats. All boats entered in a BBC conducted tournament will be that of an active member.
g. The starting order will be reversed the second day of a two day tournament.
h. The same two members will not be paired as partners more than twice during a calendar year unless deemed in the best interest of the club by the Tournament Director.
V. LATE REGISTRATION AND PAIRING:
a. After the registration and drawing for partners is completed, any member wanting to fish in the tournament will contact the Tournament Director only. The Tournament Director will pair the member with the first boater without a partner (refer to IV h).
b. Any member that does not enter the registration and drawing, either in person or by proxy at the club meeting proceeding the tournament, will not be permitted to use his/her boat during the tournament unless deemed in the best interest of the club by the Tournament Director.
VI. TOURNAMENT ENTRY FEES:
a. The tournament entry fees are $20 for one day and $40 for two-day, payable at the meeting prior to the tournament draw. If you pay after the tournament draw, there will be an additional $5.00 late fee.
b. Any member who has not paid their entry fee prior to the start of the tournament will not be awarded any points and will not compete.
VII. NO SHOWS FOR TOURNAMENT (EXCUSED):
a. If a member(s) has registered and cannot fish for any reason, it is his/her responsibility to notify the Tournament Director and his/her partner. Contact must be made with the Tournament Director NLT 1900 the day prior to the tournament.
b. The Tournament Director will make appropriate changes in the tournament pairings as deemed necessary.
VIII. NO SHOWS FOR TOURNAMENT (UNEXCUSED):
a. If a boater does not show for the tournament, the boater will receive a WARNING from the President and his/her no-boater partner has the following options:
- 1) Does not fish and receives 75 points (NO REFUND).
- 2) Does not fish, request the entry fee be applied to another tournament and receives 0 points.
- 3) The Tournament Director assigns the no-boater (s) to a boater without a partner in order of drawing. The Tournament Director may assign the no-boater(s) to a boater that is willing to fish three in a boat.
b. If a no-boater partner does not show for the tournament, the no-boater will receive a WARNING from the President and his/her boater partner may fish the tournament alone.
c. Entry fees are not refundable.
IX. LATE (EXCUSED):
a. This applies only to boaters and no-boaters that know in advance that they will be late for the start of the tournament.
- 1) Any boater that is aware of circumstances that may cause them to be late for the start of the tournament must inform the Tournament Director and make appropriate arrangements with his/her partner if applicable.
- 2) Any boater permitted to start late will, conduct a safety inspection of his/her boat. The boater will then upon locating a club member have the safety inspection verified and may then start fishing.
- 3) The boater(s) will have the same weigh-in time as the other contestants.
b. This applies only to no-boaters that know in advance that they will be late for the start of the tournament.
- 1) Any no-boater that is aware of circumstances that may cause them to be late for the start of the tournament must inform the Tournament Director and make appropriate arrangements with his/her boater partner.
- 2) Any no-boater permitted to start late will meet his/her boater partner at a predetermined time and location. The no-boater may start fishing and will have the same weigh-in time as the other contestants.
X. LATE (UNEXCUSED):
a. Any boater(s) not present at the start time and does not have a no-boater partner; the rules in (IX a2 and 3) apply.
b. If boater and no-boater partner arrives late together and does not start with the rest of the members NO WARNING is given and rules (IX a2 and 3) applies.
c. Any contestant who is not present at the start time will incur the following penalties unless being late was caused by an incident beyond the contestant’s control. Offenses will be counted on a calendar year basis. The tournament director/committee will impose the following punishment for repeat offenders.
- First Offense—Warning
- Second Offense—forfeit 50% of points for participation and fish caught for that day.
- Third Offense—Forfeit all points for that tournament.
d. At ooze off, if a boat number is called and the boat is not at the start point, that boat number will be called again, if that boat is not at the start point the boat will be passed. The next boat in the order will be called. The boat that was passed will ooze off last.
a. Safe boating and fishing conduct must be observed at all times by all members.
b. A safety inspection will be conducted on each boat prior to the start of the tournament utilizing the safety checklist provided by the club. The inspection will be conducted by a member of the tournament committee or any member of the club and the results of the inspection reported to the Tournament Director, prior to the start of the tournament.
c. Any boat that does not pass the safety inspection will not be used in the tournament until the safety violation is repaired. In the case of burned out bow or stern light, the boater will remain at the launch site until it is light enough that lights are not required.
d. Each contestant is required to wear a Coast Guard approved chest type personal floatation device (PFD) any time the combustion engine is operating. The use of “Fanny Pack” type PFD’s are prohibited. The PFD must be zipped, strapped or snapped securely and remain so until the combustion engine is stopped. The boat operator must have the kill switch attached to his/her person when the combustion engine is operating. The non-boater partner has the right to demand safe and sane boat operation.
e. Alcoholic beverages in boats or the consumption of alcoholic beverage during the tournaments are forbidden.
f. All boats must have a BIA/USCG rating plate attached and the horsepower is within that specified rating.
g. Before a boater can fish his/her boat in a club tournament he/she must have $300,000.00 of insurance or $100.000.00 of watercraft liability insurance with a 1 million dollar umbrella Liability Policy covering the boat and operator required by the GBCF. Copies of boater member insurance policies verifying required insurance will be provided to the tournament director to keep on file. It is each member’s responsibility to keep up to date copies of their insurance on file with the tournament director. Failure to do so will result in a member not being able to compete in club tournaments until their proof of insurance is updated.
h. It is the responsibility of every club member to obey all the boating laws of the state in which the club tournament is being held.
i. Failure to comply with these rules will result in disqualification: no points awarded for the tournament and forfeiture of all entry fees.
a. All members will display a high standard of sportsmanship, courtesy and conservation at all times.
b. Courtesy must be afforded to all personnel on the tournament waters especially non-members with regard to angling and boating.
c. Contestants will not litter the tournament waters. All litter will be retained and properly disposed of at the conclusion of the tournament.
d. A member or guest will not offer any bass caught by him/her, to be counted on the score of another member.
e. Any act by a member that reflects unfavorably upon the club shall be reason for immediate disqualification, no points awarded for the tournament, and forfeiture of all entry fees.
f. Any contestant, who operates the boat in such a manner as to handicap or back seat their partner is considered not practicing good sportsmanship and rule (XII e), will apply.
XIII. TACKLE AND EQUIPMENT:
a. Only artificial lures may be used. No live bait or pre-packed bait will be permitted with the exception of pork strips or rinds.
b. Only bait casting, spin-casting or spinning casting may be used. All other types are prohibited.
c. Only one rod and reel combination is permitted (8-foot maximum length from butt of handle to rod tip)“in use” at any given time. All other types prohibited. “In use” is defined as a rod and reel with an artificial lure attached which was cast out. Lures that are hung on structure of any type are considered “in use”. The lure must be removed from the structure or the line broken off before another rod and reel combination is used.
d. Legal rods and reels combinations may be in the boat and ready for use.
e. All bass must be caught live and in a conventional sporting manner. Anyone guilty of snatching or snagging visible fish will have their day’s catch disqualified. When visually fishing for bedding bass, all bass must be hooked inside the mouth and must be verified by your partner before being unhooked to be counted as a legal fish.
f. Gaffs may not be used to boat bass or be permitted in the boat at any time.
g. Every member must have their own weigh-in bag for tournaments.
XIV. BOAT TYPE, EQUIPMENT, OPERATION, AND EXPENSES:
a. Boat with stick steering, pontoon, or other cumbersome craft is forbidden for use during a club tournament.
b. All boats must be equipped with bilge pump and safety equipment as specified by any local, state, or federal laws.
c. All boats must be equipped with a live well and aeration system. Live wells and aerators will be checked to ensure they are operating properly.
d. A discussion must be held between the partners to schedule equal time to fish their selected water and operation of the trolling motor. Distance traveled to the fishing locations must be considered so as not to deprive either contestant fishing time.
e. If a contestant waives their right to operate the trolling motor they will.
f. The no-boater partner will reimburse the boater partner a minimum of $30 per tournament day or practice day for boater expenses.
g. The boater and no-boater may decide on a lesser amount of the minimum if that amount is mutually agreeable between both parties.
h. Transportation costs to and from the tournament launch site will also be negotiated and considered between the two partners.
XV. PERMITTED FISHING LOCATIONS:
a. Fishing is not permitted within 50 Yards of another member’s boat, regardless if the member’s boat is anchored or maneuvering. An anchored boat is a boat that has the trolling motor in the stored position and the boat is held in place by an anchor line.
b. Fishing is not permitted within 50 Yards of any gas pump dock.
c. Ensure you obey the 100 feet rule around all manmade objects, unless at an idle.
d. All angling must be done from the boat (trolling is not allowed). No contestant may exit the boat to land a bass or fish any water not accessible by water.
e. Trailering from the launch site is prohibited unless authorized by the Tournament Director.
f. The Tournament Director may designate other areas as being “OFF LIMITS” to fishing.
g. Fishing will be only on the lake or waters described in the tournament letters. There will be no “lock thru” unless authorized by the Tournament Director.
XVI. SIZE AND LIMIT OF CATCH:
a. The Tournament Director, prior to each tournament, will determine the size limit for a legal bass imposed by the State and inform the club.
b. The tournament limit will be five (5) bass per angler per day. Only Largemouth, Smallmouth, Spotted, Shoal or Red Eye Bass will be weighed.
c. When an angler catches their 6th bass, a bass must be culled immediately before another cast is made.
d. Dead fish “WILL NOT” be put back in the water or culled. If a club member witnesses this act a 2 pound penalty will be enforced at weigh-in.
e. If a member presents a bass that does not meet the State standards for a legal catch, the Tournaments Committee will remove the illegal bass from the members daily catch and assess a one (1) pound penalty.
f. If a member presents more than (5) bass or the lake limit for weigh-in, the Tournament Committee will cull down to (5) bass or the lake limit. (STARTING WITH THE LARGEST BASS).
g. Any member may request the clubs measuring board to check any bass that he/she suspect may not qualify as a legal bass prior to presenting the fish for weigh-in. Only personnel from the Tournament Committee will be allowed to handle any bass during weigh-in to determine if the bass is legal.
h. All bass measurements will be made on a flat measuring board.
i. Bass will be measured with mouth closed and by fanning the tail.
j. Contestants who present bass for weigh-in, which fail to measure the LAKE SIZE LIMIT’S shall accrue penalties at the rate of 1 pound for each such bass and the lost of that bass.
k. Anyone attempting to alter a fish will be subject to disqualification. Any bass that appears to have been mangled, mashed, mauled or otherwise altered will be weighed and credited only at the discretion of tournament officials.
a. Members are expected to keep their bass alive by use of a properly aerated live well.
b. For boats without separate live wells, markers such as bread ties, safety pins, etc. will be used to identify each members catch. The clipping off of any fin or physical marking the bass or altering the anatomy of any bass after it is removed from its natural habitat will be disqualified.
c. All bass presented for weigh-in must be given to a member of the Tournament Committee in their own weigh-in bag with water.
d. Each member will take each individual fish out of weigh-in bag with water by hand and give it to a tournament committee member, they will be measured and then weighed and then dumped back into the weigh-in bag with water to be taken back to its natural habitat.
e. All bass will be turned over to a member of the Tournament Committee for weigh-in. The member is forbidden from handling the bass again unless directed by the Tournament Committee. Members of the Tournament Committee will direct the angler to return the bass back to its natural habitat or retain the bass for later use.
f. Any bass retained by the Tournament Committee for later use becomes the property of any member of the club. The Tournament Director will designate one member of the club to maintain custody and prepare the bass for later use.
g. Dead fish or those that obviously cannot survive if returned to its natural habitat will be returned to the competitor who caught them. When a fish fry is scheduled, any member may retain these fish for the fish fry.
h. A member that expresses a desire to retain possession of a bass that they consider a “Lunker” must obtain permission from the Tournament Director or Committee members.
a. The scoring for the club will be based on a points system.
b. A member will receive points as follows:
- 1) For attendance at regularly scheduled monthly meetings, 15 points.
- 2) For attending any “special meeting” called by the President, 30 points.
- 3) For any meeting missed while conducting business associated with the Georgia Bass Chapter Federation, 15 points.
- 4) If a member is representing the club at a Georgia BASS Chapter Federation event that coincides with a club tournament, that member will be awarded 299 points for the club tournament.
- 5) For participating in a club tournament members will receive points based on their order of finish by the weight of bass weighed in. Starting with 300 points for first place and descending downward at 5 point increments by order of finish. Participants who do not weigh in fish will receive 75 points for tournament participation.
c. A member will receive penalty’s as follows.
- 1) For each dead bass presented for weigh-in, minus 0.25 of a pound.
- 2) For being late for weigh-in time, minus 1 pound per minute late up to a maximum of 15 minutes. After 15 minutes the entire weight for that days catch is forfeited. The participant will receive 75 points for the tournament. Boat, motor, or weather difficulties will not be an excuse for tardiness. However, the only exception would be rendering assistance to endangered persons and the Tournament Committee would make that determination based upon the merits of the incident.
d. Weight received minus any penalty will determine contestant placement and total amount of points awarded for the tournament.
e. All ties for tournaments and the end of the year will be decided by:
- 1) Most bass weighed in.
- 2) Most bass weighed in alive.
- 3) Person with the largest fish.
- 4) Coin toss conducted by a member of the Tournament Committee.
f. Largest fish ties: Split award and divided equally between the tied contest-ants.
g. In-case of boat breakdown, one of the contestants in that boat may bag up both anglers catch and return to the weigh-in site in another boat in order to make weigh-in time. One contestant may stay with the disabled boat. This is while his/her partner weighs in the fish. In the case of a lone boater, the boater may bag up his catch and hand the bag over to another contestant who will bring it in for weigh-in. The boater may stay with his boat.
a. Any grievance must be voiced to the Tournament Director prior to departure from the tournament site.
The Tournament Director or his designated representative may make any temporary changes to these rules if it is in the best interests of the club. An example of a temporary change would be to allow two members to fish together the third time because one partner did not show for the tournament. Another example would be to allow a no-boater to use his/her boat (XI g) because of not enough boats.