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WEST TEXAS BASS TRAIL 2023 #14581503 12/31/22 06:26 PM
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The 2023 season is approaching fast!! The 2023 Schedule and rule changes have been posted. I am looking forward to an exciting second year!!! You can find the rules other information on the Facebook page @ West Texas Bass Trail 2.0 If you have any questions about the trail feel free to reach out to Todd Mayes @ 254-631-1852

WTBT 2023 Tournament Schedule

Jan 21st Hubbard Creek Bridge Ramp
Feb 18th Possum Kingdom South D & D
Mar 18th Brownwood Dam Ramp
April 15th O H Ivie Elm Creek Park
May 20th Ft. Phantom FM 600 Ramp
June 17th Stamford Stamford Marina

West Texas Bass Trail
2023 Rules
PARTICIPANT AND ELIGIBILITY
• Teams may consist of one or two anglers per boat; only registered contestants may be in the boat during official tournament hours.
• Any contestant under the age of 18 must have the signature of their parent or legal guardian.
• If you have ever been disqualified from a fishing trail or have failed a polygraph you are not eligible to participate in any WTBT events.
• The WEST TEXAS BASS TRAIL reserves the right to refuse entry of a contestant for any reason.

ENTRY FEES AND MEMBERSHIP
• $240.00 entry fee for each tournament, Big Bass included.
• $40.00 yearly membership for each contestant must be paid before 1st tournament that the contestant participates in.
• Championship Entry is $300.00
TOURNAMENT PAYOUT
• $100.00 of each entry will go to first place. The remaining places will pay 1 (One) place for every 10 (Ten) teams plus one additional place. Example: 30 teams would pay 4 (Four) places, etc.
• $20.00 from each entry will go to the BIG BASS pot. Only one BIG BASS will be paid for each tournament. $20.00 from each entry during the regular season will be carried over to the championship.
• In the event of a tie, prize money is added together and split evenly between the involved teams. The team that weighed in the biggest bass will be awarded the higher place in the tournament standings.
TEAMS
• Teams will consist of 1 (One) or 2 (Two) contestants only. Each team is allowed one substitute that can be used 2 (TWO) times during the regular season and/or Championship.
• Substitutes must be declared at the first tournament that a team enters during the season.
• Championship teams will consist of regular season team members or one team member and that team’s substitute.
• No member may be added to a team once the season has started. Adding a team member will constitute a new team and all previously accumulated points will not be carried over from the initial team.
• Single-member teams are permitted if one team member cannot make the tournament, and a substitute was not declared at the start of the season.
• Guides are permitted as part of a team if they haven't provided guide services for any form of compensation on the tournament lake within the previous 30 days.
• Any contestant under the age of 17 must be accompanied by an adult partner. The minor’s guardian must sign the registration and release form.
• Only registered contestants are allowed in the boat during tournament hours.
AOY STANDINGS AND QUALIFICATIONS
• Teams that fish all 6 tournaments automatically qualify for the Championship.
• Teams that fish 4 tournaments and finish in the top 50% in points, will qualify for the Championship and Angler of the Year race.
• AOY standings will be calculated by total weight plus the total attendance points awarded for each tournament. The 1st place team will be awarded their tournament weight to the 100th of a pound plus attendance points, 2nd place will receive their tournament weight to the 100th of a pound plus attendance points, and so on.
• 10 (TEN) Attendance points will be awarded to all teams that have paid their entry fee prior to the start of each tournament.
• Total combined weight from all tournaments fished and the total attendance points during the season will be used to determine AOY standings. In the event of a tie in AOY points
• The AOY team will receive free regular-season tournament entries for the following season.
SPORTSMANSHIP AND CONDUCT
• All participants are expected to always exhibit good sportsmanship. Poor sportsmanship of any kind will not be tolerated.
• No culling of dead fish. Only 5 fish are allowed in the boat except for the purpose of culling.
• No fishing within 25 yards of another contestant that is anchored, with a rope and weight in the water, or secured in place with a rope to an object with the trolling motor in the stowed position. Unless there is a mutual agreement between teams.
• Fishing in areas marked as off-limits is to be observed.
• No alcohol or non-prescribed narcotics are allowed anytime during tournament hours. Contestants that violate this rule will be disqualified.
• Contestants shall not leave the boat to land a fish.
PERMITTED FISHING METHODS
• Each contestant may only use 1 rod at a time. No more than 1 line in the water at a time per angler. A cast must be completed before another rod may be used by the same angler.
• Only artificial bait may be used. Pork rind trailers are acceptable. No live or cut bait allowed.
• Trolling with the big motor is not permitted.
• No video equipment may be used to locate and/or catch fish during tournament hours.
• All fish must be caught in a sporting manner. Fish caught while sight fishing must be hooked inside the mouth. Snagging fish is not permitted.
OFF-LIMITS PERIOD
• The tournament lake is off limits starting at 12:01 AM the Monday before the tournament, through the start of each tournament. This applies to all regular contestants and team substitutes.
TOURNAMENT REGISTRATION
• Tournament registration will begin around 5:00 AM the day of the tournament. Registration will be at the official take-off and weigh-in location.
• Cash entries only on the morning of the tournament.
• Boat numbers will be drawn at registration the morning of the tournament and called out at safe light. Weigh-in times will be regulated by flights when there are more than 20 teams.
• Boats may be inspected during/at registration.
• Contestants may launch their boats from any ramp on the tournament lake but must take off from the official take-off site.
SAFETY
• All Texas Parks and Wildlife rules must be followed during tournament hours.
• Lifejackets with the kill switch attached to the boat must be worn anytime the big motor is in gear.
• Tournament hours may be altered at the discretion of the tournament director.
• The tournament director may allow trailering for inclement weather.
WEIGH-IN
• Every attempt shall be made to ensure the survival of each team’s catch. Fish shall be brought to the weigh-in line in an acceptable weigh-in bag with enough water to promote the live release of the team’s catch.
• All bass must be a minimum of 14” in length (Mouth closed and the tail pinched to achieve max length) State regulations for each lake must be followed.
• A one (1) pound penalty per dead fish will be assessed for any fish not alive when presented to the scales and weighed as part of a limit.
• Contestants may be subject to polygraph upon request. Refusing to take a polygraph is an automatic disqualification from the event and trail. Disqualification from a tournament will result in the team forfeiting their weight for the tournament. The team will receive
credit for attending the tournament and receive attendance points.
• If a team is late to weigh in, the team may still weigh their fish but will incur a 1-pound penalty for each minute past the team’s weigh-in deadline, a maximum of 15 pounds. The team will receive their tournament weight plus attendance points minus their late
penalty.
PROTESTS
• All protests must be in writing and picture/video form within 10 minutes of the close of the weigh-in.
• All decisions made by the tournament director are final.
CHAMPIONSHIP
• The Championship lake will be determined by a blind draw from the previously fished tournament lakes at the last tournament or another lake at the discretion of the tournament director.
• Championship entry fee will be $300.00 for each qualified team. The championship payout will be based on the number of entered teams plus $20.00 from each entry paid during the regular season that was carried over.
• One place for Big Bass will be paid at the Championship. $30.00 from each Championship entry will go to the Big Bass pot.
• The Championship is 100% payback.
• The Championship will have the same off-limits period as the regular season.
RELEASE OF LIABILITY
• Upon entering the West Texas Bass Trail, contestants release West Texas Bass Trail from liability for accidents, losses, thefts, etc.


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Re: WEST TEXAS BASS TRAIL 2023 [Re: NRHFD124] #14582173 01/01/23 01:36 AM
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Re: WEST TEXAS BASS TRAIL 2023 [Re: NRHFD124] #14597704 01/15/23 02:44 PM
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This a reminder that today is the last day to pre-fish for the season opener on Hubbard Creek on 1-21-23, Teams and/or substitutes must be off the water by 12:01 am on Monday 1-16-23. Super excited about the response and buzz around the trail this year and I am looking forward to an exciting year!

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Less than a week away!

Re: WEST TEXAS BASS TRAIL 2023 [Re: NRHFD124] #14600568 01/18/23 12:30 AM
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We are one day closer to the season opener at the Hubbard Creek!!!! There has been a lot of interest this year and have heard from many new teams that are coming to fish!!! Looking like we are going to have a great season!!!

I will be at the ramp around 5 that morning to get set up for registration for those that want to get that out of the way.... As always if you have any questions feel free to give me a call at 254-631-1852

The website is up and running check us out at West Texas Bass Trail Website

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Re: WEST TEXAS BASS TRAIL 2023 [Re: NRHFD124] #14606681 01/24/23 12:26 AM
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The first tournament is the books. We had 31 teams at the first tournament at Hubbard Creek. Congratulations to Austin Hammond and Randy Formby on their winning weight of 17.56. You can click the link below to review the full results. Thank you all our great sponsors and a huge thanks to all the teams! There are exciting things going on with the trail and working on adding additional sponsors for this season. If you know someone that fished our trail ask them what they thought and give us a shot for your tournament fishing fix!!! If you have any question feel free to give me a call 254-631-1852
Todd Mayes

[img]http://www.westtexasbasstrail.com/results[/img]

Re: WEST TEXAS BASS TRAIL 2023 [Re: NRHFD124] #14614351 01/30/23 10:41 PM
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Time is flying by already.....Only a little over 18 days until our next tournament.... Next Tournament is February the 18th at Possum Kingdom South D & D Ramp. Looking forward to seeing all the new faces!!!!! Stay Warm!!!

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