Spring Get Togethet
Lake Fork, Texas
TPAF Team Bass Tournament Rules
The Texas Police Athletic Federation is the guiding body for the Games. The TPAF rules will apply in all cases with the exception of
any local rules/laws.
1. SPORTSMANSHIP - Any contestant who displays poor sportsmanship and/or misconduct and/or violates these rules and/or violates
the state fishing laws or lake rules may be disqualified and/or excluded from membership in Texas Police Athletic Federation. This
includes conduct on and off the water including improper fishing techniques, illegal fishing techniques, misconduct in and around the
host facilities for any event including hotels, casinos, retail establishments, etc. Misconduct is a bad reflection on organized fishing
and the Texas Police Athletic Federation. Misconduct may be deemed as an infraction of our sportsmanship rule and is grounds for
disqualification from any event and/or exclusion from future competition in Texas Police Athletic Federation. Any angler who
engages in improper or illegal fishing techniques, either during a competition or not, may be disqualified from any event and/or
excluded from future competition in Texas Police Athletic Federation Bass Tournament. Texas Police Athletic Federation shall
make the determination as to any sportsmanship, improper fishing techniques and/or misconduct issue.
2. PARTICIPATION AND ELIGIBILITY - you shall meet the eligibility requirements set forth by the Texas Police Athletic Federation
within the general rules (listed on the web site under “Information”). The only exception to that requirement is that “Guests” will not
be allowed to compete in the Bass Tournament. Immediate Family members will be allowed to compete with their eligible sponsor
and must compete in the same boat and on the same team. Immediate Family members are defined as - Someone's spouse,
parents and grandparents, children and grandchildren, brothers and sisters, mother in law and father in law, brothers in law and
sisters in law, daughters in law and sons in law. Adopted, half, and step members are also included in immediate family.
3. BOAT/ENGINE REGULATIONS (TEAM TOURNAMENT) - There is no minimum length or minimum horsepower requirements to
compete in the Texas Police Athletic Federation “Team Bass Tournament”. No internal combustion engine is required. Any propulsion
must be created by a motor or engine that generates propulsion in the water. No airboats or similar vessels may be used. This
restriction is to limit access to water not accessible by “conventional bass boat” style vessels. Horsepower shall not exceed the
horsepower rating for that boat or the U.S. Coast Guard rating plate attached to the boat by the manufacturer. Each boat must contain
all required U.S. Coast Guard safety equipment. Boats must contain a properly aerated or recirculating livewell to maintain alive a
team limit catch of fish. Ice chests with an aerator is acceptable upon approval of the tournament director. Any vessel deemed
“unsuitable” by a Tournament Director will not be allowed to participate in that event. Texas Police Athletic Federation is not
responsible to track or in any way regulate boats used on waters with invasive species. Lake, water district, state & local officials, etc.
are solely responsible for determining launch eligibility of any boating vessel.
4. SAFETY - All boats must meet Coast Guard regulations. The Texas Police Athletic Federation highly suggests that Boat owners
have proper boat insurance. Safe boating shall be observed at all times. During competition, all occupants of the boat are required
to wear a Coast Guard approved life jacket anytime the combustion engine is in operation and in gear. Anyone found operating a
boat in an unsafe manner in the opinion of the Tournament Director may be disqualified. All boats must be equipped with an
emergency ignition shut-off device which must be securely attached to the driver’s body whenever the combustion engine is in
operation. Any non-lanyard shut-off systems must be approved by the tournament director. All boats 16 ft. must have a float
cushion on board. Each contestant is responsible to have proper safety equipment to meet state and local regulations.
5. PERMITTED FISHING METHODS AND TACKLE - All fish must be caught live in a conventional and sporting manner. Trolling,
also referred to as ripping / sweeping or jerking, is prohibited. Cast and retrieve methods of ripping and jerking are legal. Only
artificial lures may be used. No prepared or live bait may be used. Chumming is prohibited. Attractant products may be applied
directly to a lure only. The intentional snagging of fish is strictly prohibited. Landing nets are permitted. Only one “rod and reel”
may be used at a time by a single angler.
6. PERMITTED FISHING WATERS - 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 or the service area for any gas pump, operational or nonoperational. Marina’s may have additional areas off limits near gas docks due to fuel lines in the water. All angling must be
conducted from the boat. At no time may a contestant leave the boat to land a fish or to make the boat more accessible to fishing
waters. No contestants are permitted to leave their boat in an effort to propel or float their boat to fishing waters they could not
otherwise reach, however, the use of push poles is permitted. The boat must remain in the tournament waters during the
tournament day. Contestants must leave and return to the official check-in by boat. Each angler is responsible to comply with the
7. ENCROACHMENT - A “25 yard rule” is in effect at all times during competition. No angler’s boat may move within 25 yards of
another contestant’s boat at any time for the purpose of fishing without the consent of all anglers involved. A boat moving from one
area to another may infringe upon this zone as long and the parties that are moving do not fish and do not intentionally disrupt the
area. Judging distance is very difficult on the water. As a general rule of sportsmanship all anglers should give all others enough
room to make a reasonable cast to fish an area. Exception: In the case of fishing docks or piers, no anglers boat shall “tie up,” or
“protect” more than a single dock at one time regardless of the distance involved.
8. EQUIPMENT FAILURE OR EMERGENCY - In the event of equipment failure or emergency, contestant’s boat may be towed to the
check-in. If it is necessary to transfer fish to another boat, it must be another contestant’s boat. At least one member of the team
must accompany the fish to the weigh-in site.
TPAF Team Bass Tournament Rules
9. FISHING HOURS AND LATE PENALTY - Official fishing hours will be announced at tournament sign-up prior to each event. All
contestants must check in at the weigh-in site. Contestants who are not at the official check-in area at the appointed time may be
disqualified. DON’T BE LATE!
10. LIVE FISH - Contestants shall make every effort to keep all fish alive through the use of a properly aerated livewell. A 1/2 lb penalty
will be deducted from the total weight for each dead fish presented for weigh-in. The Tournament Director or a designee will make
all judgements of fish mortality. Culling of dead fish is prohibited and may result in disqualification.
11. SCORING TEAM TOURNAMENT- Scoring will be determined by the total weight of each teams catch. The limit shall be five (5)
fish per two angler team, five (5) fish for an angler fishing alone. Once a tournament limit has been reached, any angler landing a
legal additional fish that will be kept must stop fishing until a fish is culled to bring the number of fish on board to the tournament
limit. The partner may complete their cast during the culling process. Teams presenting more fish than the stated tournament limit
will lose their entire weight for that day. Bass will be measured laying down, mouth closed / tail fanned, on a FLAT board. The
Tournament Director will have the official board for measuring each day. This is the only board that will be used in determining
length. Bass presented for weigh-in which fail to measure the prescribed minimum length limit shall be removed from the catch and
a penalty of one (1) pound will be deducted from the remaining weight. Each team’s catch must be presented in a weigh-in bag
containing water and their fish to weigh in. The official penalty for “dead fish” is .50 lbs per dead fish. All ties will be broken by the
team weighing the heaviest bass at that event.
Team Definition: A team may be one single angler or two anglers. The Tournament Director will assign a Team ID number to
each team. That team ID number will not change throughout the event. In order to compete in a Texas Police Athletic Federation
Bass Tournament, a team must meet the qualification criteria outlined in these rules.
12. OFFICIAL BOATS - Officials may be on the water during tournament hours and can approach, photograph or observe any
contestant’s boat. Each contestant is requested to cooperate with all reasonable requests.
13. WAIVER AND RELEASE - Each contestant must sign a waiver / release form prior to competing in the Bass Tournament.
14. PRETOURNAMENT PRACTICE (PRE-FISHING) – The chosen lake to be fished will become off limits at 8pm the evening prior to
the start of the official tournament.
15. NO ALCOHOL - No alcoholic beverages are allowed during tournament hours. No alcoholic beverages are allowed in any
Bass Tournament Schedule
The Bass Tournament will consist of two separate one day tournaments and an overall tournament
Day 1 Team Tournament (Gold,silver,Bronze)– Safe Light - 3pm
Day 2 Team Tournament (Gold,silver,Bronze) – Safe Light -3pm
Overall (Gold,silver,Bronze) – both day 1 and day 2 weight added together for an Overall weight
(You must compete both days to be eligible for the overall medals)
There will be a “Big Bass” medal (Gold Only) each day and an Overall “Big Bass”
“Door Prizes” will be given out when available and all anglers are asked to try and gather something from their local shops!