TOURNAMENT RULES

Season Pre-payment for Premium Membership

This year we will again allow anglers to prepay their entire season at $440.00 per person, to include annual membership ($40/person) and $400/person for entry fees for all 8 regular season events and the Chickamauga fish off.  The Family Day tournament entry fees are doubled for that one event.  All members who prepay will be able to draw a number to determine their launch number.  This number will be locked for that specific team for the entire year.  Anglers who decide not to pre-pay will be able to pay the morning of the tournament. 

Chickamauga Fish Off

The one-day fish off tournament will be held on Saturday, October 23, 2020, at Soddy Creek Boat Ramp.  The fish off will guarantee $2000 for first place.

*Additional places will be paid however will be determined based on 2020 participation*

*QUALIFICATION FOR FISH OFF: 

            You MUST fish one(1) event to be eligible for the fish off for 2021

 

RULES

  1. A maximum of two contestants per boat.  Kids under 18 pay no membership but must be accompanied by a responsible adult. 

  2. Only artificial baits may be used. (NO SNAGGING BASS)

  3. No Trolling.

  4. All boats are required to be in the water 15 minutes prior to blast off.  For safety reasons we require that all anglers wear the proper life jacket while the gas engine is running and to use sportsman like conduct during fishing and boating operations.

  5. A limit of five bass may be weighed per boat.  All Largemouth bass must be a minimum of 15 inches long, Kentucky or Spotted bass must be a minimum of 12 inches long and Smallmouth Bass will be measured in accordance to the rules and regulations of the lake we are fishing that day. (Smallmouth Bass on Center Hill Lake and Cordell Hull Lake must be a minimum of 18 inches long.  (Dale Hollow Lake. All smallmouth bass between 16 and 21 inches must be released, except 1 fish under 16 inches and one fish over 21 inches per angler may be kept.)

  6. Short fish brought to scales for weighing will not be weighed and a 1-pound penalty per short bass will be deducted from total weight.  IT IS THE ANGLER’S RESPONSIBILTY TO ASK FOR A “COURTESY MEASURE” OF A FISH IN QUESTION.  All culling must be done on the lake and no angler/team should have more than five bass in their possession at any time.  Any angler bringing more than five bass to the weigh in will result in the disqualification of the anglers’ entire bag of bass.

  7. Only one dead bass may be weighed and there will be a one-pound penalty for weighing a dead bass.  (Dead bass cannot be weighed as a Big Bass).  It is the responsibility of each angler to keep their fish healthy and alive.  The tournament director or assistants will not be held responsible for fish that are brought to the scales that are dead.  We ask that each angler pay attention to the length of the line at weigh ins and that no more than 8 bags of fish be standing in line to weigh at any given point.  All dead fish must NOT be thrown back into the lake but be taken care of in sportsman like conduct.  Each angler is required to have proper measuring equipment in your boat to measure your fish prior to bringing them to the scales.  All culling must be done on the lake and no anglers should have more than five bass in their possession at any time.  Any angler bringing more than five bass to the weigh in will result in the disqualification of the anglers’ entire bag of bass.

  8. Launch chip must be returned to the weigh-in platform prior to weighing fish.  Competitors who arrive at the weigh-in late, will be penalized 1 pound per minute, up to five minutes.  After five minutes, their catch will be disqualified.    

  9. The Tournament Director will use his own discretion in making decisions due to weather or any other emergency situations.  The director has the right to administer to any tournament participant a polygraph test as condition for awarding prize money.  A contestant may refuse, but then cannot receive prize money.

  10. NO ALCOHOL OR DRUG USE ALLOWED!