TOURNAMENT RULES

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  1. Rule Changes: Decisions of the Tournament Director are final and are not subject to appeal. Interpretation of these rules will be left exclusively to the Tournament Director. Protests must be made in writing prior to the official closing of the scales at each tournament.
  2. Participation/Eligibility: All Angler Nation Tournaments are open only to members of Angler Nation Team Trail Series.  Membership fee is $60 per person and must be paid before the start of the second event. All entrants must sign a one-time waiver. Any person entering an Angler Nation Tournament under the age of 18 must also have the signature of their parent or legal guardian in the provided space on the waiver form. Each team is permitted a maximum of four (4) members, to be named on the membership form prior to the first tournament entered. Members can only be on one team.  All contestants are required to have a valid fishing license. Jack-potting events will not be allowed. Participation at the discretion of the Director.
  3. Pre-Tournament Practice: All Angler Nation Tournaments will have no off-limits period prior to the tournament day that begins at 12:00am.
  4. Registration/Pre-Tournament Meeting: Entries may be mailed if postmarked one week prior to the pre-tournament meeting.  Checks will be accepted at the tournament meeting, however, cash is preferred. If paying late at the ramp the day of the tournament, payment must be in cash. Those teams entering at the ramp will be placed at the end of the field, but will weigh in with the first flight. The pre-tournament meeting is non-mandatory; however teams are responsible for any late announcements made.
  5. Fees: One day events are $100 per team and the Classic two day event is $150 per team. A $35 fee will be assessed on all returned checks. Any contestant with a returned check on file (un-paid) will not be allowed to enter an event, without first paying for that returned check (and fee) in cash prior to the current event. Entry fees are non-refundable, but are transferable as a credit to the next event if acknowledged before take-off positions are established by the tournament director.
  6. Safety: Safe boating must be observed at all times. Each contestant is required to wear a fastened, U.S. Coast Guard approved, personal flotation device anytime the boat is on plane. All boats must be equipped with an emergency ignition shut-off device, which must be securely attached to the driver's body any time the boat is on plane. Tournament days may be shortened or canceled due to unsafe weather or any conditions that would endanger the safety of the competitors. The decision to shorten or cancel tournament days will be determined by the Tournament Director.
  7. Permitted Fishing Methods: All bass must be caught alive in a conventional sporting manner. Only artificial lures may be used with the exception of pork trailers. Only one fishing rod per angler may be used at any one time. Additional rods may be in the boat and ready for use; however each cast and retrieve must be completed before another cast or rod is used. Trolling with the combustion engine as a method of fishing is prohibited. Sharing fish with other teams or individuals will result in immediate disqualification for all parties involved. 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.
  8. Sportsmanship and Conduct: All contestants are required to follow high standards of sportsmanship, courtesy, conservation and to conduct themselves in a manner that will be a credit to themselves, to Angler Nation Tournaments, sponsors, the sport of fishing and Angler Nation Tournament’s efforts to promote that sport. Examples of conduct not complying with those standards include, but are not limited to, the following: 1) Consumption and/or possession of alcoholic beverages or any mind-altering substance during tournament hours, 2) Abuse of, or addiction to, mind altering substances, 3) Any other words, conduct or actions reflecting unfavorably on Angler Nation Tournaments or the sponsors of those tournaments or reflecting unfavorably upon efforts to promote safety, sportsmanship, fair competition and compliance with tournament rules. If conduct does not comply with the standards set forth, Angler Nation Tournaments, and its director shall have the right to refuse any application, or to deny a confirmed application, by returning the entry fee of a previously accepted application, or disqualify a contestant. Angler Nation Tournaments reserves the right to refuse entry to anyone.
  9. Boat Operation: During hours of competition, contestants may not receive assistance from non-competitors, follow a non-competitor's boat, participate in the practice of "hole sitting", or the placing of markers by non-competitors. The use of mobile communication devices such as cellular phones, marine radios, walkie-talkies, CBs, etc., to communicate fishing information during tournament hours is strictly prohibited.
  10. Boat and Horsepower Regulation: Each boat must have all required U.S. Coast Guard safety equipment. Boats must contain a properly aerated live well with space to maintain alive a limit catch of bass. Maximum horsepower for all outboards used in tournament competition may not exceed the horsepower limitations as displayed on the manufactures rating plate. By signing the entry form, each contestant agrees to submit their boat and/or motor to an inspection. Falsifying information on entry forms or altering the horsepower numbers on the motor or rating plate will be cause for disqualification from the tournament and may result in future ineligibility to enter any Angler Nation Tournaments.
  11. Permitted Fishing Locations: Contestants may fish anywhere on tournament waters accessible by boat from the host ramp, except areas designated as "off limits" or "no fishing" by state or federal officials or within 50 yards of a competitor's boat , or within 20 yards of a non-anchored competitor's boat unless otherwise agreed upon by the other tournament angler.
  12. Off-Limit Areas: Will be established and announced at each pre-tournament meeting. Contestants fishing inside the established off-limits area will be immediately disqualified. Contestants' boats must remain in the tournament waters during the event.
  13. Trailering: This is a trailering club, only if you prepay, then you may put in at any ramp that is accessible by water from the host ramp. If you do not prepay, you must check-in the morning of the event and launch from the host ramp only. If trailering, you are allowed to unload and load only one time for each event. Trailering restrictions may be modified for “Special” night events where multiple weigh-ins are required by permit authorities.
  14. Official Checkpoints: There will be only one official checkpoint at the weigh-in. It is the sole responsibility of each contestant to arrive at the designated check-in location on time, regardless of what they are told. It is the angler's responsibility to verify their provided flight time.
  15. Scoring: Will be determined by the pounds and hundredths of pounds of each angler's catch during the tournament. Only Largemouth, Spotted, or Smallmouth Bass are accepted species. The limit will be five bass per contestant boat. Any team who possesses more than the tournament limit, (except while in the act of culling) will have their catch for that day disqualified. Official length limits will be the legal limit for that lake which the event is being held. Bass presented for weigh-in, which fail to measure the prescribed length limit, or determined by the tournament director to be dead, will result in the loss of Big Fish, and that particular fish. Each contestant's catch must be presented in an official Angler Nation Series weigh-in bag and verified by the acceptance of the weigh-slip. The Golden-Rule measuring board is the official measuring board of Angler Nation Series Tournaments.  Angler of the Year will be calculated using the total points acquired for a team using their 5 best finishes of the year.
  16. Live Fish Only: Every effort must be made to keep bass alive through the use of a properly aerated live well. The use of chemical live well additives which promote the healthy return of bass to their natural habitat are recommended. NO DEAD FISH can be presented for weigh-in. This will help insure the care of bass in a team’s live-well is most important. A dead fish will be determined by the tournament director which will be final with no appeal.
  17. Late Penalty: Contestants who are not officially checked-in at the appointed time will be assessed a one pound per minute penalty from the total weight. Any contestant more than 10 minutes late will be disqualified. In the event of a mechanical breakdown, a contestant may return to the check-in location with their catch by receiving a ride from another registered contestant or tournament official only. The contestants must return to the official check-in location by their assigned check-in time to avoid late penalty.
  18. Closing of the Scales: Scales will close 20 minutes after the last flight is due in. Due to certain weigh-in locations this time may be lengthened or shortened at the tournament director’s sole discretion. Any change to the above stated official scale closing time policy will be announced. It is the angler’s responsibility to verify the official scale closing time and to be in the weigh-in line by that time.
  19. Ties: All ties will be decided by 1) total number of fish caught, 2) big fish, 3) then a coin toss. All ties will be resolved by splitting that place and the next place's money. Every team has the option to weigh a big bass in their catch regardless of its size.
  20. Payout Definition: All payout checks will be made payable to the registered team captain. Teams will be responsible for handling the division of monies won and payment concerning 1099’s. Checks must be cashed within 90 days of issuance and will be considered void after the 90 days has expired
  21. Polygraph: By signature on the entry/waiver form, contestants agree to a test by a qualified polygraph examiner. Refusal to or failure of a polygraph test will result in the disqualification of the failing team. Those contestants finishing in first, second, big bass, and a random top 10 team must be present at the conclusion of the weigh-in for the polygraph examination. Any contestant scheduled for a polygraph test, and not present, will have their winning held until a test has been administered. Any additional polygraph will be at the contestants own expense of $250.00.  Should a contestant fail multiple polygraphs it is the sole discretion of the tournament director to ban the member from future participation. No refund will be paid to contestants that have pre-paid events should they be banned.
  22. Substitutions: Each team is allowed to register, as members of their team, up to (2) substitutes per season.  The substitutes must have the Tournament Director’s approval in advance.  Should a substitute be needed for an event the team will be charged a one-time $60.00 membership fee that will go directly to the two day championship event payback.  If a substitute is required for the two day championship, that person must have fished at least (1) current regular season events to be considered eligible.
  23. Restricting, Seeding or Baiting: No restricting bass by any method which disallows natural movement throughout the entire impoundment. Seeding bass from one impoundment to the tournament impoundment, or any coordinated effort in the use of live bait, in baiting holes for the means of attracting or maintaining bass is prohibited. The act of moving bass from one area of the lake to another confined area of the same lake is not permitted.
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