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2017 QUALIFYING PRO BASS TOURNAMENTS
OFFICIAL RULES AND REGULATIONS
PREFACE-RULES: These rules will remain unchanged during Pro 2017 Qualifying Bass Tournaments. Interpretation and enforcement of the following rules and regulations will be left exclusively to the Tournament Director. Decisions of the Tournament Director and Tournament Officials shall be final in all matters. PROTESTS MUST BE MADE IN WRITING WITHIN 15 MINUTES OF THE OFFICIAL CLOSE OF WEIGH-IN SCALES. Rules are in effect during practice and competition days of each 2017 Pro Bass Tournament
ELIGIBILITY: In order to maintain the highest standards associated with the sport of professional bass fishing, participation in this tournament will be by application only. Any Angler whose application has been accepted that is 16 years of age or older during the tournament year (those under 18 must have a parent or guardian signature on a permission letter. No one under 16 years old is allowed to compete.) who is a current member of Webb Outdoors, and paid the appropriate entry fee by the deadline date is eligible. Webb Outdoors reserves the right to discontinue acceptance of the applications prior to the deadline date and also reserves the right to extend the deadline date. Proof of age is the responsibility of the potential competitor.
- No angler that meets any of the following criteria is eligible to fish the Pro Tournaments:
- No Guides
- No one winning over $10,000 in tournaments over the past 5 years (Draw prizes, Co-Angler or Team Winnings and Big Bass Event Winnings are excluded)
- No one with 2 or more career Central Pro Am Pro Division victories in the last 10 years
- No one that has been banned by any circuit for a rules violation can fish a Webb Outdoors tournament
- No competitor that has been convicted of a felony within the last 36 months is allowed to fish any Webb OutdoorsTournament. Any angler who has failed a quality assurance test (i.e. polygraph) in any previous event in any circuit is not eligible to fish any Webb Outdoors Tournament. Webb Outdoors reserves the right to refuse entry of any angler for any reason. The decision of the Tournament Director is final concerning angler eligibility. Any potential competitor, who, in the judgment of the Tournament Director, is handicapped in such a manner to unfairly hinder other competitors or endanger the safety and well being of himself or other competitors shall not be eligible,. For specific requirements concerning Pro eligibility, entrants must contact Webb Outdoors Tournament Officials.
ENTRY FEE AND DEADLINE: The entry fee for Webb Outdoors Pro 2017 Pro Bass Tournaments will be $175.00 for Pro Entrants ($15.00 of entry fee will go toward championship fund, $20.00 to Big Bass and $5 to Lie Detector Fee). Completed and signed entry forms and entry fees must be received at Pro Tournament Offices prior to the deadline date for the tournament. The deadline date shall be 30 minutes prior to each Pro Bass Qualifying Tournament Event.
Angler Buy-In: Pro anglers can “Buy-In” for one (1) qualifying events per season. If an angler is unable to attend a qualifying event but would like to receive “show-up” points they are allowed to “Buy-In” to only one (1) events per season. Anglers must notify the Webb Outdoors Office they intend to “Buy- In” and pay the full entry for the event a minimum of twenty-four (24) hours prior to the qualifying tournament that they are buying into. The angler’s entry fee will be distributed to the tournament winners as if the angler attended the event and did not weigh-in fish. Anglers buying into an event will receive “show up” points only. An angler must still qualify for the championship based on points earned throughout the season or by fishing the remaining two events, a “Buy-in” only earns “show-up” points and credit for attending a qualifying event.
Webb Outdoors reserves the right to discontinue acceptance of the applications prior to the deadline date and also reserves the right to extend the deadline date.
DEPOSITS: Deposits of $25.00 will be accepted. Balance of entry fee must be received by Webb Outdoors no later than the deadline date. Deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable regardless of date of cancellation. Any balance of the entry fee paid in excess of the deposit, will only be refunded or transferred if proper notification is made to Webb Outdoors Tournament Office on or before the entry deadline date. ALL MONIES OR FREE ENTRIES HELD ON ACCOUNT MUST BE USED BY THE END OF THE CURRENT SEASON OR IT IS FORFEITED.
OFF LIMITS/PRACTICE/COMPETITION PERIODS: THERE WILL BE NO OFF LIMITS PERIOD. Competitors must know and observe the official times and dates. During competition, tournament anglers may not participate in the practice of “hole sitting”, follow a non-competitor’s boat to fishing locations or use pre-set buoys for determining fishing areas. Violations of these rules will result in immediate disqualification from the tournament. Proof of boater’s liability insurance in the amount of $100,000.00 must be received by Webb Outdoors prior to the first day of competition. No entrant may operate a boat on tournament waters during tournament days unless boater’s liability insurance ($100,000.00) has been verified by Webb Outdoors Tournament Officials.
REGISTRATION: There will be no pre-tournament meeting. Anglers can register by noon the day before the tournament either Online or over the phone. After noon the day before the tournament anglers can register at the Late Entry Location (See Rule #15) NO PHONE OR ONLINE ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER NOON THE DAY BEFORE THE TOURNAMENT.
SAFETY: Safe boating conduct must be observed at all times by Pro tournament competitors. Each contestant is required to wear a coast-guard approved life preserver, fully strapped, snapped or zipped securely anytime the combustion engine is operated above an idle while fishing any Webb Outdoors tournaments. Violation of this rule will be grounds for disqualification. The Tournament Director has the right to cancel or delay the start of an official tournament day, or alter previously scheduled tournament day return times because of bad weather or any other factor that would endanger the safety of the competitors.
SPORTSMANSHIP: The professional bass fisherman and the tournament they are associated with are under extreme scrutiny from the general public, conservation groups, local fishermen, and state and federal agencies. Therefore all contestants are required to follow high standards of sportsmanship, fisherman courtesy, safety and conservation. Examples of conduct to include but not be limited to the following: Conservation, care and courtesy must be observed at all times by all contestants. No alcoholic beverages may be allowed in the boat or used by the competitors during practice, during tournament hours or until a competitor’s fish have been weighed in. No stimulants, depressants or other drugs (other than those purchased over the counter or prescribed by a physician) shall be used by any competitor during tournament hours and the weigh-in. In no way shall a contestant allow a bass caught by him to be weighed in by anyone else. Violation of this rule will disqualify both parties for present and future tournaments held by Webb Outdoors. Any competitor not practicing the highest standards of care, courtesy, and conservation will be subject to disqualification. Any competitor violating any rule will be disqualified.
TACKLE AND EQUIPMENT: Only artificial lures may be used. No “live bait” or “prepared bait” will be permitted, with the exception of pork strips, rinds, etc…
- Umbrella Rigs (i.e. Alabama Rig) can be used during competition in any Pro Tournament.
- Only ONE casting, spin-casting or spinning rod (10 foot maximum length from butt of handle to rod tip) and reel may be used at any one time. All other types prohibited. Other rigs as specified above may be in boat ready for use, however, only ONE is permitted in use at any given time. Each cast must be completed before another rod and reel may be used. All bass must be caught live and in a conventional sporting manner. Gaffs may not be used nor be permitted in the boat at any time. Landing nets may be used during Pro Tournaments. Contestants may not use electronic “bugging” devices or chemicals during practice, tournament days or 30 days prior to competition days on the tournament waters. CONTESTANTS MAY NOT USE UNDERWATER CAMERAS DURING PRACTICE OR TOURNAMENT DAYS. Snagging or snatching bass on spawning beds is prohibited.
BOAT, MOTOR, AND HORSEPOWER: Each boat must have all the required U.S. Coast Guard safety equipment. All boats must be equipped with an ignition “kill switch” device which must be attached to the driver anytime the combustion engine is above idle speed while practicing for or while fishing any Pro tournament. Each boat is required to have an operational bilge pump and a properly aerated livewell adequate to maintain a limit of bass. No boat may exceed the horsepower limitations set by the U.S. Coast Guard in their ruling of November 1, 1972. Each boat must display a maximum horsepower rating plate attached to the boat by the manufacturer. Changing, altering or falsifying information on rating plates, motor cowling or rating numbers on motor is strictly prohibited. All bladder tanks and any other type of auxiliary gas tanks that are not installed by the boat manufacturers are prohibited. By his signature on the entry form, each angler agrees to submit the boat and motor used in the tournament to a complete inspection by the tournament committee, factory trained personnel, and/or U. S. Coast Guard personnel. Trailering of boats during tournament hours is prohibited unless approved by Tournament Officials. Tournament hours are over when a competitor’s fish have been weighed in. Electric trolling motors may be used for maneuvering but, trolling as a method of fishing is prohibited. Houseboats, barges, or other cumbersome crafts will not be allowed. Boats with stick steering present greater than normal safety hazards and may not be used in Webb Outdoors Pro Tournaments. The boater may bring his own boat, rent a boat at the tournament site, or borrow a boat provided any boat being used meets the rules and requirements specified for the tournament. Refusal to submit to an inspection or a violation on any of the rules in this section will be cause for disqualification.
PERMITTED FISHING LOCATIONS: Fishing on the tournament waters is permitted anywhere except: within 50 yards of another competitor’s boat which was first anchored or secured in a fixed position (with the trolling motor out of the water), unless that competitor specifically allows any and all tournament boats the right to fish within 50-yard radius claimed by him or within any area designated by state or federal agencies as a “no fishing” area or within the buoyed areas of the take-off cove. Corps of Engineer lakes in the White River Chain have specific off limits in and around “Concession Areas” (Marinas) detailed maps of these areas are available on the Webb Outdoors website. Fishing within these areas is cause for disqualification. Other specific off limits shall be addressed prior to take-off.
SPECIAL SITUATIONS: Contestants must not depart the boat to land fish or to make the boat more accessible to fishing waters. No competitor may depart from the boat except in the case of a dire emergency or a restroom break. In such an emergency, a competitor may be moved from their boat to another boat operated by other competitor or a rescue boat. Anglers may call Sea Tow to either be towed in or transported to the weigh in. Competitors must call a tournament official prior to switching boats. It is the responsibility of the anglers to keep their fish separated and in water during transport to the tournament weigh-in site. Anglers involved in any special situation must notify an official tournament staff member upon their arrival to weigh-in.
SCORING/POSSESSION: Largemouth bass, Kentucky (spotted) bass, Meanmouth bass and Smallmouth bass will be counted. There will be a five (5) fish limit. The official length limit for bass will be determined by the Tournament Director and will be announced at takeoff. Normally, the length limit will be the longest state or lake limit covering the tournament waters. Bass shall be measured on a flat board with mouth closed. There will be a courtesy bump station provided for anglers in to use at the weigh in area.
- Short Fish: Any bass brought to weigh in that do not meet state minimum length will result in disqualification of the anglers catch for that day. No short fish may be brought to the weigh in, possessing a short fish is a violation of state regulation and will result in disqualification of that day’s catch.At no time during tournament hours shall a Pro contestant possess more than a 5-fish limit. Contestants must stop fishing and cull down to their limit before continuing to fish.
BOAT NUMBERS / FLIGHTS: There are no Boat Numbers or Flights in the Webb Outdoors Pro Tournaments
LATE ENTRY: Anglers can enter the tournament the morning of the event in person only. A tournament official will accept entries the morning of the event from 5:00am until official start time of the tournament at the First Baptist Church Ministry Center in Kimberling City. Anglers entering in person must have proof of insurance or they will not be allowed to enter the event.
- Anglers can launch at anytime but cannot run on pad prior to 30 minutes before the official start time of the tournament.
- Anglers must launch and load from the same ramp. An angler can trailer to another area but they must load at the same ramp they launched from. An angler CANNOT have someone launch them from one ramp and meet them at another ramp to load later in the day (the only exception is in the case of breakdown or emergency that is approved by the tournament director).
- Any angler running on plane in dense fog will be disqualified.
- Running lights must be left on until an angler makes his first cast of the morning. In the case of dense fog running lights must be left on until fog clears.
OFF-SITE WEIGH-IN / TAKE OFF: There will not be an official take off point for all Central Pro Division tournaments. Anglers may launch anywhere on the tournament waters but cannot start fishing until the official start time of the tournament. Official time will be calibrated with GPS or Cell Phone. Anglers can motor to their first fishing location of the day prior to the official start time but cannot begin fishing until the official starting time. All weigh-ins will be conducted off site at the First Baptist Church, 161 Heaven’s Way, Kimberling City. Anglers must be in the parking lot of the the First Baptist Church by 3:00 PM, any angler arriving after 3:00 PM will be disqualified. ONLY WEBB OUTDOORS WEIGH-IN BAGS MAY BE USED TO BRING FISH TO THE SCALES.
PENALTY POINTS: For each legal dead bass presented to weigh-in officials, the competitor shall be penalized 1.0 pound which will be deducted from the total weight, if an angler’s big bass is dead the 1.0 penalty will be deducted from the big bass. The Tournament Director and his designated appointees shall have sole authority for accessing penalty points.
LATE PENALTY: No Late Check In: Competitors who are not in the official checkpoint area at the appointed time shall lose all credit for that day’s catch. There shall be no excuse for tardiness, and in no case shall a competitor be allowed to make up “lost time”.
TIES: All ties will be broken by earliest angler entry.
CULLING: No culling of dead fish is allowed. An angler must stop fishing and cull down to their limit before making another cast.
QUALITY ASSURANCE TEST: By his or her signature on the entry form and/or participation in this tournament, contestants agree to submit to quality assurance tests if required by the Tournament Director. These may include all or part of the following; polygraph test, urinalysis or blood test. Refusal to submit by anglers will result in immediate disqualification and subsequent disqualification from any future Webb Outdoors Tournaments. If the angler is unsuccessful with any or all of the above tests, that angler’s weight shall be 0.00 pounds. None of the above rules shall prohibit a Webb Outdoors Pro Tournament Official from observing, approaching or boarding any competitor’s boat during official practice periods, or during tournament competition days.
PRO CHAMPIONSHIP AND POINT SYSTEM: There will be four (4) qualifying tournaments. Each angler’s year end point total will be determined by total points earned in all four (4) qualifying tournaments. The entry fee will be $175.00. Those qualifying for the championship will be the top 35 anglers based upon year to date point standings and any angler fishing all four events (or bought into 1 event and fish 3 additional events). Anglers must fish a minimum of three events to qualify for the championship.
- Points shall be awarded in the following manner: 150 points for 1st place descending to 1 point for 150th place. In addition, the contestant’s total weight and 25 show points will be added to his/her point’s award for a final point total. Pro anglers will earn double show points at the final event of the year; 50 show points will be awarded to each Pro angler fishing the final event. Show points are only awarded if contestants are present for takeoff of a given qualifying tournament or if an angler has previously registered for the event as a “Buy In” tournament. Emergency exceptions can only be made with the approval of the Tournament Director.
Championship Off Limits: There are no off limits for the year end championship, BUT championship qualifiers are not allowed to discuss the tournament waters, fishing conditions or patterns with anyone not fishing the championship beginning the Monday prior to the championship. In addition championship qualifiers cannot fish with anyone not qualified for the championship on the championship waters beginning the Monday prior to the championship.
COMMUNICATION DEVICES. The use of mobile communication devices such as cellular phones, marine radios, walkie-talkies, C.B.’s, etc., to communicate fishing locations or fishing information during tournament hours is strictly prohibited.
BONUS AWARD ELIGIBILITY: BONUS AWARDS ARE BASED ON AVAILABILITY AND TOURNAMENT DIRECTORS DISCRETION. VISIT OUR WEBSITE AND LOOK UNDER TOURNAMENT INCENTIVES FOR DETAILS ON BONUS AWARDS AND ELIGIBILITY. IT IS THE ANGLER’S RESPONSIBILITY TO FILL OUT AND SUBMIT ALL PAPERWORK FOR REWARD BONUS PROGRAMS.
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