Citrus County Bassmasters Tournament Rules

Eligibility:

Club tournaments are open to all club members in good standing.  To be in good standing all club fees and dues must be paid, prior to all fishing any given tournament.

Format:

  1. Club tournaments shall be individual competition, with two divisions, boaters/non-boaters divisions. New and existing non-boater members and rules will be granddfathered for 1 season (2016).  New rules regarding payout, fishing rules, pairings, will be in place for start of the 2017 season or sooner as well as all members needing to be member of BASS Nation.
  2. Non-boaters may not fish with the same boater in consecutive tournaments. 
    1. An equal balance of Boater pairings with non-Boaters will be maintained throughout the fishing season. I.E., No Boater will have a second non-Boater until all Boaters have had a non-Boater; no Boater will be paired 3 times until all Boaters have been paired twice, etc.
  1. At Club Classic, No Boater will be paired with non-Boater two days, until all Boaters have been paired at least once.
  1. Boaters will have sole discretion as to the operation of the boat which includes where to fish.  Boaters and non-boaters are encouraged to discuss boat operation and use of a landing net before blast off.
  2. Tournaments will be from safe light to 3:00 PM.  Safe light will be at the discretion of the Tournament Director.
  3. Club single day tournaments shall be conducted within a 75 mile radius of Dunnellon, FL.
  4. The lake/ramp will be set for the year prior to the new season  by the tournament director.  He may make changes to annual schedule upon preparation of same.
  5. There shall be NO off limits periods prior to club tournaments.
  6. If you are late for a tournament it shall be your responsibility to find the Tournament Director to get your waiver and have your live wells checked BEFORE you start fishing.
  7. For the tournament year 2016 it will run from January thru November.  (11 tournaments)  For the following Tournaments will be held the third weekend of the month, with an (exception at no time shall a club tournament conflict with a Florida BASS Nation tournament.)
  8. Annual Classic tournament will be held in February or March of each year to be determined by majority vote 8th tournament of the year. The boaters vote shall count 2 to each non boater vote.
  9. You must have fished 6 of the 11 scheduled tournaments to qualify to fish the classic and then buy into 2 additional  tournaments in order to fish the classic.

Sportsmanship

  1. All members of the Dunnellon/Nature Coast behave in such a manner as to bring credit and good reputation to the club at all times.
  2. Contestants shall not fish with-in 50ft. of another contestant’s anchored boat.
  3. The snagging of fish is prohibited.
  4. All angling must be done from a boat and no competitor may leave the boat during tournament hours for any reason except in an emergency or to get gas.  At no time ma a contestant leave the boat to land a fish or to make a boat more accessible to fishing waters. In the event of a needed restroom break, contestants are allowed to leave the boat, but all fishing must cease until both anglers are back in the boat.

Equipment:

  1. All boats used in club tournaments must have the following:
  1. Working kill switch.
  2. Working Navigation Lights
  3. Working live well or wells large enough to support two limits of fish.  If boat has only one live well, some type of marking devise must be used to keep fish separate.
  4. Minimum boat length shall be 16 ft. and minimum (25hp) motor.
  1. Each contestant must have their own Coast Guard approved PFD.
  2. Only artificial lures may be used, with the exception of pork trailers.
  3. No rod shall be longer than 8ft.
  4. Only one rod may be used a time; however contestants can have any number or rods rigged of use.
  5. Non-boaters should strive to bring only that gear which is needed for the day.

Tournament Fees:

  1. Tournament fees are $20.00 if said tournament is fished for both boater and non-boaters.  If entering the Progressive pot an additional $5.00 is required.  Payable at the tournament location.

Boaters Compensation:

  1. Non-boaters will be required to compensate the boater for expenses, a minimum of $20.

Payouts:

  1. Boater and Non-Boater Payout
    1. 15 or less
      1. 1st. place 50% of collected fees
      2. 2nd. Place 25% of collected fees
      3. Lunker 25% of collected fees
    1. 16 or more
      1. 1st place 45% of collected fees
      2. 2nd place 20% of collected fees
      3. 3rd place 10% of collected fees
      4. Lunker 25% of collected fees

When necessary tournament director with agreement of effected party’s may change payout schedule.

Awards:  ***Need discussion and vote on topics within this section

  1. Plaques will be awarded for 1st only or none.
  2. The standard plaque awarded by the club shall be multiple awards that has brass plates for 12 awards.  Your first award will get the plaque with the brass plate.  After the next award you will receive the appropriate brass plates.
  3. At the conclusion of the 11th tournament the club member with the highest point total wins the Angler of the year title.  If two (or more) members are tied in total points, the Member with the highest total weight for the year will win the Angler of the Year title.  The Angler of the Year shall be presented with a trophy and jacket to mark their accomplishment.  Additionally Angler of the year will not be required to pay Club dues during the next club year. 
  4. Angler of the year for each division shall not be required to pay dues for the succeeding year after the win.

Tournament Procedures:

  1. Pairings:  All members must inform the tournament director by Tuesday 8:00 PM the week of the tournament that they will be fishing that weekend’s tournament, e-mail, text, or phone.  Tournament Director than will notify Boater and Non Boater of Boat number and partner by Thursday.
  2. Entry fees will be collected the day of the tournament.
  3. All fish will be brought to the scales in an appropriate bag with water to maintain the fish.  No fish will be removed from the live wells and brought to the scales until the tournament director declares the “Scales Open”.
  4. Each contestant should keep track of their big fish and present it when asked for the director.
  5. To determine legal size the weigh master will place the fish on a Golden Rule; mouth closed and pinch the tail.
  6. Questionable fish; you may ask for a courtesy measurement, it must be asked for prior to weighing, if the fish is short there will be no penalty and the fish will NOT be used for total weight.
  7. Legal fish for weigh in are, Largemouth and Smallmouth, spotted, redeye, Coosa, shoal, and Suwanee bass.
  8. Total weight in pounds to the 100th of an ounce, will determine place of finish and winner of big bass.
  9. Creel Limits and minimum size:  Number of fish and minimum size will be set by the director for each tournament.  He will endeavor to obtain a Black Bass waiver for the tournament.  If waiver is not obtained, it will be a 14” minimum or state law that apply for the lake fishing.
  10. All fish once handed to the weigh master become property of NCBA.
  11. In the event of a boat breakdown and you cannot make weigh in on time; you may have another contestant bring your fish to the scales, provided they are in a separate bag.
  12. Contestants should not leave their boats unless of and emergency.  Such as, to use a bathroom or inclement weather.  You may resume fishing after the emergency has passed.
  13. The use of alcohol or non-prescription drugs is prohibited during tournament hours.  Tournament hours are considered to be from departure from home till after the payout following the weigh in, in addition, all club functions.
  14. Culling of dead fish is prohibited.   You must cull as soon as you catch that fish that exceeds the limit and before you resume fishing.

Safety: 

  1. Life Jackets must be worn and kill switch attached when on plane.
  2. Disable members must wear their PFD at all times.

Penalties:

  1. Short fish….You lose that fish and your largest fish
  2. Dead fish….Deduction of .25 lb. from your total weight
  3. Late to weigh in….Deduction of .25 lb. per minute late up to 5 minutes.  Over 5 minutes late, Disqualified.

Angler of the Year Points System:

  1. Attend a Tournament 5 pts.
  2. 1st place 100 pts
  3. 2nd place 99 pts
  4. 3rd place 98 pts
  5. Continues with 1pt deduction for descending places.
  6. All contestants that do not catch a weighing fish shall receive a value of 5 points less than the last place catching fish.
  7. One (1) point per fish caught.
  8. One (1) point for big fish of the tournament.
  9. One (1) point for a limit of fish.
  10. AOY points will be figured 10 of the 11 monthly tournaments.  (One throw away tournament)

Progressive Big Bass Pot  (Pro Pot)

  1. Entry fee shall be $5. Per tournament, open to both divisions.
  2. Entrants must be current in entry fees to be eligible to win.
  3. New members may join the contest by paying $5. Fee for each month since last pot was won.
  4. To win an entrant must catch and have weighed in by the tournament director, a bass of 8lb. of more.