JOE’S PLACE FRIDAY NIGHT FISHING TOURNAMENT RULES 2017
1. REGISTRATION: A $40.00 tournament fee will be collected from each boat fishing the tournament. Tournaments will start promptly at 7:30 PM and will last until 12:00 AM (Midnight). An Entry chip will be issued to contestants as they register for each tournament. The Entry chip must be turned in no later than 12:00 AM, NO Exceptions! Entry chips turned in at 12:00:01AM will be considered late and contestants will be disqualified from that tournament. All boats MUST register for the tournament prior to the start of each tournament. Registration cut off time will be at 7:15 PM.
2. HONOR SYSTEM: Competitors may launch at the ramp of their choice but must proceed to the designated launch site. Under no circumstances will they start fishing prior to the designated start time. Weigh-ins will be at a designated location as determined by the tournament Director or Committee members. For all intended purposes, tournaments starts and weigh-ins will be held at JOE’S PLACE.
3. BOATS: Each boat is subject to a safety inspection by the Director or committee member. If at any time the boat is deemed unsafe or not in compliance with the Texas Boating laws, the boat will not be used for that tournament. All boats MUST have a working live well to help with fish care. Stringers and fish baskets will not be accepted as a means of keeping fish. The Tournament Director or a Committee Member may come aboard your boat at any time during the tournament to determine any rule violation(s).
4. SAFETY: Life vests must be worn and fastened when the outboard engine is in use. Running/navigational lights will be on at dusk and must stay on at all times there after regardless of motor running. Any person deemed intoxicated or under the influence of drugs by a tournament official will be disqualified from the tournament. The tournament Director or Committee member will start the tournament in boat flights of five boats, 1-5, 6-10, 11-15, etc.
5. SPORTSMANSHIP: No fishing is permitted within 100 feet of any other boat fishing in the tournament without that boats permission. Unsportsmanlike conduct may result in disqualification as determined by the Tournament Director or Tournament Officials.
6. ANGLING RULES:
a. Only largemouth bass, spotted bass, smallmouth bass, and Guadalupe bass will be scored. Minimum length for all listed species is 14 inches.
b. All bass must be caught on artificial bait. Pork rind may be used.
c. No trolling is allowed utilizing the big engine.
d. Only one rod and reel may be in use at any given time.
e. Participants must fish from their boat.
f. No underwater cameras may be used during the tournament.
g. No more than 5 fish may be in the livewell at any time. When culling, contestants MUST release their 6th fish prior to making their next cast. Failure to do so WILL result in disqualification. No culling of dead fish will be permitted.
a. All bass will be scored by weight. This weight will be used for awarding 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place and big bass for each tournament depending on the number of entries of each tournament. Only bass caught by the contestant on tournament waters during tournament times are legal for scoring.
b. No iced, frozen, or fish with pale gills will be weighed. There will be a 1/2 pound penalty imposed per dead fish at weigh-in. For big bass, only live fish will be used to determine big bass.
c. The "Golden Rule" Measuring Board" is the standard measuring board that will be used to determine the fish legal length.
d. Contestants will be penalized 1 pound for each fish that is less than the minimum length, up to ¼ inch or less under legal length. Any fish that is more than ¼ inch short will result in the contestant(s) being disqualified.
e. All members must weigh in on the same scale except in an emergency at the discretion of the Tournament Director or designated tournament official.
10. LIVE RELEASE: All live fish will be returned to the tournament waters, exceptions can be made for a trophy catch by the Tournament Director or Tournament Committee.
11. PROTESTS: Protests on any rules violations must be submitted to the Director, or committee members, in writing, within 15 minutes of weigh-in.
12. TEAMS: Teams consist of two adults; children (14 and under) may be included on the team as a third angler. Adults are responsible for their children, and tournament directors are not liable for any incidents involving either minors or any other participants.