Bass Limit: This will be a five (5) fish-limit tournament (Per team or when fishing alone) Exceptions: State laws will prevail when fishing on any body of water (size and limit). Directors discretion on spotted bass for size limit and species. Anyone bringing in more than five fish will have their sack culled to the five-fish limit starting with the big fish first. All culling must be done on the water before trailering boat.
Sportsmanship: All contestants are required to follow high standards of sportsmanship, courtesy and conservation. You may not fish closer than 50 yards to another competitor unless given permission. Each participant agrees to report to the Director immediately any violation or infraction of the Rules. Failure to report violations, suggestions that another Participant violated these Rules, or false verification of documents, may be cause for disqualification.
No Live Bait: Only artificial lures can be used in all tournaments. The use of pork rine is permitted.
Trolling/Long Linning: Anyone found to be doing this will be disqualified. You may not use your big motor to fish this technique. All long lining must be done with your trolling motor.
Short Fish Penalties: All fish brought to weigh-in must be of legal size determined by the Directors or by state law for that body of water fished, Penalty is loss of short fish and your largest fish. (Use Golden Rule)
Dead Fish: (1/2 lb penalty for each dead fish weighed). No culling of dead fish.
Mangled Fish: Fish that appear to be altered or mangled will only be weighed at the discretion of local director.
Late Weigh-In: There will be a deduction of 1 lb. per minute off your total weight for every minute late to weigh in. After 10 minutes, your team is disqualified.
Alcoholic beverages or drug use: The use of alcoholic beverages or Illegal drugs during tournament hours. (Including before and after weigh-in)
Registration: There will be registration at the tournament site the morning of the tournament; blast-off time will be set by local director. By arriving early to ramp, and getting signed up and in the water, we will save time at the ramp.
Blast Off: Blast off position will be determined by draw or registration. There will be no Shot-Gun starts.
Boat Inspection: All live wells will be checked by directors either prior to the start of tournament or during blast off.
Safety: During all tournaments, contestants will wear their life jackets, zipped and kill swtich connected any time when boat is in motion. During foul weather you may take closest shelter. During any emergency you must return to tournament site if possible. You may not leave your boat during tournament hours except during an emergency. If you must leave the boat for any reason other than emergency, you must notify the Tournament Director before doing so.
Catch and Release: 100% catch and release. All live fish must be returned to the water that they were taken from.
Cheating: Any angler caught cheating in any tournament will be immediately disqualified and banned from entering any future events. Tournament directors reserve the right to report any incident of cheating to law enforcement and/or other tournament organizations. We will cooperate with local law enforcement, park rangers and fish/wildlife officers during tournaments. If any participant is found to be in violation of local, state or federal law during tournament hours, he/she/they will immediately be disqualified and unable to compete in future tournaments.
State Law: It is each angler/member responsibility to have read and understand the official rules including all applicable state laws. This will include each state law and/or regulation regarding the use of “Alabama Rigs”