John DuPont 574-870-7817
Andy Buss 574-993-3028
Kevin Stroup 574-304-9855
Rules & Expectation
1. One member must be a veteran. All armed forces qualify.
2. There will be a mandatory meeting 20 minutes prior to take off. One member must be present.
3. Boat order will be determined by random draw for first 40 entrants, after which, teams will be numbered by order of registration. Any team who registers during or after the pre-tournament meeting will not draw for a number. They will be deemed the call boat.
4. Livewells must be inspected before take off. All boats must pass by the Take Off Boat with their livewells open for inspection.
5. Five-fish limit: smallmouth, largemouth, and spotted are legal. The state enforced slot limit will be enforce; thus, any combination of 5 fish is allowed, but no more than 4 fish over 15 inches may be weighed.
6. Dead fish weighed will result in ¼ pound penalty from total weight. A dead fish cannot be weighed for a team's big fish. Note: state laws prohibit returning dead fish to water.
7. Weighing in a short fish will result in the loss of that fish as well the loss of big bass. A courtesy bump is available.
8. Any team coming to the weigh-in with more than 5 bass will be disqualified. Culling must be done on the water, during tournament hours.
9. Check-in time will be announced at the pre-tournament meeting. THERE WILL BE NO GRACE TIME. IF YOU ARE LATE, YOU WILL BE DISQUALIFIED.
10. Safety, good sportsmanship, and courtesy will be expected and enforced. Failure to comply may result in disqualification.
11. The tournament costs $60. Payback will be 1 team for every 5 teams participating with a maximum of 10 paid spots.
12. $10 of each entry is placed into the big bass pot. The big bass money will pay back two spots: 80% and 20% respectively.
13. In the event of a tie, big bass will break the tie. If big bass is also a tie, teams will split evenly.
14. Trolling is not allowed.
15. Only artificial baits may be used with only a single rod at any one time. Umbrella rigs are allowed per state laws.
16. All State and Federal rules/laws will be strictly enforced: this includes boating laws.
17. Life Jackets are required and must be worn anytime the gas engine is running.
18. All boats must have an aerated livewell in working order.
19. All boat owners must have sufficient liability insurance to cover any accident.
20. Unless worked out with tournament directors in advance, teams must be present to claim their prize and/or cash.
21. All alcoholic beverages and drugs are prohibited at all times.
22. Tournament “hours” begin the moment a team arrives and does not end until the last prize has been handed out.
23. Failure to comply with any rule may result in disqualification.
24. All protests must be given to the Tournament Directors in writing within 5 minutes of weigh-in scales being closed. Rule interpretation will be determined by the Tournament Directors and their decisions are final.