Tournament Equipment/Conduct

BOATS AND MOTORS

  • All boats must be a minimum of fourteen (14) feet in length.
  • No barges, houseboats, or similar cumbersome craft will be allowed.
  • All boats, motors and their equipment must meet U.S. Coast Guard standards.
  • The Tournament Director reserves the right to disallow the use of any boat, motor and/or equipment deemed unsafe, inappropriate or unsuitable.
  • All boats equipped with an emergency kill switch mechanism must have the kill switch tether securely attached to the operator whenever the boat is on plane.
  • Boat Numbers must be affixed to right and left cowls of the main combustion engine so that they are clearly and plainly visible.

TACKLE AND EQUIPMENT

  • Only artificial lures, manufactured baits, pork rind, and commercially available liquid attractants may be used by competitors. Landing nets may be used.
  • No live bait, frozen or freeze-dried bait of any kind may be used or possessed by any Competitor at any time during the Tournament.
  • The use, in live wells, of commercially available fish care chemicals is permitted.
  • The use of underwater cameras is not allowed during the tournament. If such equipment is found in a competitors boat during boat checks or during tournament fishing hours the offending team will be immediately disqualified.

BOAT NUMBERS AND ANGLER KITS

  • Boat numbers and angler kits will be available to registered teams during the Parade of Boats as well as prior to the Rules Meeting.

LIVE RELEASE OF FISH

  • Fixed aerated live-wells with functioning recirculating system and capable of supporting life are mandatory and every effort must be made to keep Bass alive. The Tournament Director reserves the right to disallow the use of any live well.
  • Under no circumstances can a fish be purposely altered.
  • Any fish mauled, mashed, frozen, stringered, injected with water or other fluids, containing foreign matter to add weight or showing white gills or soft flesh, will result in disqualification of the Team.
  • Under no circumstances are dead fish to be released. See 10- h and i.

DAILY LAUNCHING AND MORNING EQUIPMENT INSPECTIONS

  • Boats will be launched from only the Roche landing and Shorewood landing with designated areas for Competitor’s vehicles and trailers.
  • Teams are required to have their equipment ready and on the water thirty (30) minutes prior to the scheduled departure time of their flight. Late arrivals will be penalized and leave at the end of the next available flight.
  • Boat inspections will take place each morning at the Roche landing and Shorewood landing commencing one and one half hours prior to flight departure time.
  • Boats will be inspected for, but not limited to: Boat Numbers properly affixed; Day Two starting position numbers properly affixed; operation of live well; kill switch operation; no live, dead, frozen, or freeze-dried bait, no underwater cameras and required safety equipment.
  • Teams must have all tackle boxes, hatches and live wells open for easy inspection prior to the arrival of the Tournament Officials.
  • Upon completion of the daily morning inspection, each Competitor must sign the inspection and declaration form prior to departure from the dock.
  • Failure to report for daily boat inspection will result in disqualification of that day’s catch.

FLIGHTS AND TRICKLE STARTS

  • The flights will be as follows: Odd even split decided by team one and two by coin toss at the rules meeting. The winner of the coin toss will choose either the lake or river as their starting point. The looser of the coin toss will select the starting time of the flight. Flight starting times are 8:00 a.m. and 8:45 a.m.
    Flight times are 8:00 a.m. and 8:15 a.m., and 8:45 a.m. and 9:00 a.m.
  • The Official Starter will release teams, by flight, using a trickle start.
  • On Day One Teams will be started in order of their registration (except those who have been penalized). They will be called and released every few seconds using a signal flag, number board and bullhorn. Each Team must officially acknowledge being called by waving to the Official Starter. Teams will idle past the starter boat and only commence acceleration when waved on by the Official Starter.
  • Any Team starting or attempting to start out of order will be held by the Official Starter until the balance of the flight has departed.
  • Starting position on Day Two will be determined by the net weight ranking achieved on Day One.
  • Flight departure schedules and return times will be posted prominently at Shorewood landing and Pat Roche Landing. Flight Return Schedule for Day One and Day Two
    The flight leaving at 8:00 a.m. will return at 4:00 p.m.
    The flight leaving at 8:15 a.m. will return at 4:15 p.m.
    The flight leaving at 8:45 a.m. will return at 4:45 p.m.
    The flight leaving at 9:00 a.m. will return at 5:00 p.m.
    Lake take off will take place at Bowman Landing.
    River take off will take place at Shorewood Landing.

SPORTSMANSHIP AND COURTESY

  • It is strictly prohibited for any Competitor to give, offer, accept or suggest the exchange of any weighable fish to, from or with any other Competitor.
  • No team will be allowed to fish within 50 yards of another team during the tournament. Passing within 50 yards in channels is permitted while not fishing.
  • Competitors are permitted to carry a cellular phone for emergency use only. Non-emergency use of a cellular phone during tournament hours will result in the disqualification of that day’s catch.

SAFETY

  • All Competitors must practice safe boating at all times during practice and tournament fishing.
  • Every competitor must wear a fully secured Coast Guard approved life jacket or floatation device while traveling from one location to another at other then trolling or drifting speed, and where so equipped tethered kill switches must be attached to the driver’s body.
  • No alcoholic beverages or illicit drugs may be possessed or consumed by the Competitors during tournament fishing hours up to and including the weighing of their catch.
  • In the event of a thunderstorm, lightning, or severe weather, teams may pull onto the nearest shoreline until it is safe to continue fishing. Competitors may not leave their boats during the tournament except if severe weather forces them ashore.
  • Every Team, whether weighing fish or not, must, at the end of each day, report to the Official Tournament Check-In Station. The Penalty for failing to report at the end of Day One will be a two (2) hour delayed start on the following day. The penalty for failing to report on Day Two will be immediate forfeiture of any prizes won up to that point plus the automatic placement as the last boat out in the next Tournament entered.

MECHANICAL BREAKDOWN OR EMERGENCIES

  • In the case of an emergency or mechanical breakdown, Cellular phones, CB’s, and VHF Marine radios may be used for safety reasons and in the case of breakdown. Cell phone calls can be placed only to the Tournament Command Center unless previously approved by the Tournament Operations Director. Anglers will be advised of the Command Center phone number at the Rules Meeting. IN THE EVENT OF BREAKDOWN ANGLERS MAY ALSO USE AN ONSHORE PHONE TO REACH THE TOURNAMENT COMMAND CENTRE IF OTHER COMMUNICATION METHODS ARE ABSENT OR FAIL TO WORK.
  • Committee patrol boats are prohibited from towing any Competitors boat during tournament fishing hours.
  • In the event of mechanical breakdown the fish from the disabled boat may be transferred to another competitor’s boat provided they are accompanied by a member of the disabled team and they are kept in a separate live well.

ON THE WATER

  • Competitors are personally responsible for knowing all Tournament Rules, as well as the current Minnesota Sport Fishing Regulations. Remember to make sure you follow all Ontario fishing and boating regulations as well as US and Canadian Customs and Immigration laws, U.S. and Canadian Coast Guard regulations. Penalty: Teams found to have violated federal or state fishing and boating regulations during the tournament may be disqualified when this information is confirmed by tournament officials. This judgment could also apply to eligibility to participate in future tournaments.
  • Competitors are not allowed to toss or pass any item(s) to another boat or to receive any item(s) from another boat.
  • All Teams and their equipment are subject to inspection at any time during the Tournament. Committee patrol boats may come alongside, following proper identification, and if necessary, board to check for adherence to all Tournament Rules. No other boat may come in contact with a Competitor’s boat at any time.
  • No fishing information may be given to or exchanged with Competitors during the Tournament fishing hours by Tournament or Non-Tournament anglers.
  • Competitors are expected to cooperate as much as possible with official video and still photography personnel.

If you have specific questions, please contact Dave Peterson at dcrs@midco.net

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