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2019 Marine South / Barnes Store Bass Fishing Club Tournament
- Additional “Bonus Dollars” Sponsors:
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The following rules shall apply to the 2018 Marine South /Barnes Store Bass Fishing Tournament. Interpretation and enforcement of these rules shall be left exclusively to the Tournament Director or his/her designee at the tournament. In the event of a rule violation, the Tournament Director may impose such sanctions as deemed appropriate by them, including without limitation, disqualification, forfeiture of prizes, entry fee and prohibition from participation in subsequent tournaments. The decision of the Tournament Director, or his/her designee, shall be final in all matters. Rules may be amended from time to time at the discretion of the Tournament Director and changes will be posted on Marine South’s Facebook page.
- Penalties may include the following:
- Loss of one or more fish in question.
- Loss of catch for the day
- Disqualification from the tournament in question
- Disqualification from future events.
- Any different or additional penalties determined by the Tournament Director.
·Each competitor agrees to report to the Tournament Director immediately any violation or infraction of any tournament rules. Failure to report violations, or suggestions to another competitor that they violate these rules, or false verification of weigh-in forms, may be cause for disqualification.
PARTICIPANTS AND ELIGIBILITY
- This is a buddy club (only 2 people per boat).
·Bring your own partner. All participants must be in compliance with all Local, State, and Federal fishing requirements and guidelines.
·Participants under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult 18 years of age or older and along with their parent or legal guardian they must sign a copy of the rules at Marine South Boat store at 1656 N Hwy 27 Carrollton Ga. 30117 (770- 832-3330) You may also sign up at a “Home Lake” on the day of a home tournament 1 hour prior to an event, (Home Lakes are West Point and Wedowee).
- Boat operators must be a minimum of 16 years of age.
- In special approved circumstances a child 12 and under may ride in the boat with the team.
- It is the responsibility of each competitor to insure they are properly registered and paid up prior to the event. Competitors must sign in, in person, at the tournament site at least 20 minutes prior to the start of the tournament. Any competitor that fails to sign in prior to 20 minutes the start of the tournament may be disqualified from that tournament.
·Should a team disband during the year, the member signed up as team captain will retain that teams standing. If the other member rejoins with a new partner, they will be required to start from scratch.
- Substitutions, if needed, will be allowed. Substitutions on away lakes must be previously approved by the Marine South Tournament committee. Classic team members must be in place no later than the sixth (6th) tournament. If you don't have a partner named for the Classic by the 6th tournament, you will have to fish alone. No exceptions!
HOME tournament (West Point Lake and Lake Wedowee are “HOME” Lakes).
- $80.00 entry fee per tournament must be paid prior to blast-off. Boats will be required to get a boat # card at sign in the morning of the tournament.
- $55 will go to tournament payout, $10 to big fish (100% to largest fish), $15 to Classic Pot. Boats will go out in flights of
40. You must ride by the blast-off position and show your boat # card. If you have paid for a tournament and don't make that tournament, the entry fee will roll to the next tournament.
- Safety is paramount and anglers must recognize that; Fishing from an open boat in itself is inherently dangerous, and as a result Marine South Barnes Store Bass Fishing Club seeks to limit those hazards with reasonable safety rules.
- Safe boat conduct and speed limits must be observed at all times by competitors. During official practice and competition, competitors must wear a US Coast Guard- approved chest-type life preserver and must be worn at all times while the combustion engine is in gear. This life preserver must also be strapped, snapped or zippered securely and maintained in that condition until the combustion engine is no longer in gear. Violation of this rule shall be reason for disqualification. “Fanny Pack” preservers are not allowed. In the event a boat is being towed, all anglers in the towed boat must wear a life
- Tournament officials may delay, shorten, restrict tournament waters or cancel the start of an official tournament day because of bad weather or other factors that would endanger the safety of the competitors.
·When boating in low visibility situations (fog, heavy rain, etc.), competitors must operate their boats at a safe speed and in a safe manner as determined by tournament officials.
·In the event of an emergency, competitors should call 911 immediately and then notify tournament officials. Competitors are allowed to leave the boat and seek safe shelter in bad weather when danger may be imminent, at which time all fishing must cease.
·Competitors are expected to follow high standards of sportsmanship, courtesy, safety, and conservation. Any infraction of these fundamental sporting principles may be deemed cause for disqualification.
·Use of alcohol or drugs (other than over-the-counter, or prescribed by a physician) by any competitor, during the tournament will not be tolerated and will be grounds for automatic disqualification.
·Alcoholic beverages will not be allowed in the boats during the official competition or in the weigh-in area while weigh- ins are being conducted.
- Maximum courtesy must be practiced at all times, especially with regard to boating and angling in the vicinity of non- competitors who may be on tournament waters. Any act of a competitor which reflects unfavorably upon efforts to promote fisheries conservation, clean waters, and courtesy, may be reason for disqualification.
- We ask that our members use respect and courtesy on the water. If a boat receives numerous complaints the situation will be reviewed for action by the Tournament Director.
ANGLER CODE OF CONDUCT
·Anglers participating in this tournament shall observe this code of conduct and the applicable rules for this event. Anglers shall, at all times, conduct themselves in a professional manner that demonstrates integrity, honor, and respect toward fellow competitors, tournament staff, and the general public.
TACKLE AND EQUIPMENT
- The use of a landing net is allowed. The use of grippers in landing bass is prohibited. Only artificial lures may be used. No “live bait” or “prepared bait” will be permitted during practice and competition, with the exception of pork strips or rinds. Only one casting, spin casting or spinning rod (8 foot maximum length from butt of handle to rod tip) and reel may be used at any one time. Competitors are allowed to share baits and tackle with one another at any time. All bass must be caught live and in a conventional sporting manner. When visually fishing for bedding bass, bass must be hooked inside the mouth and must be verified by your partner before being unhooked to have a bass counted as a legal fish all. No competitor my intentionally snag or foul hook a bass to be counted in their daily catch. Anyone guilty of snatching or snagging visible fish will have their catch disqualified.
BOAT AND MOTOR
- During official practice and competition all boats must be equipped with an operational and approved type of ignition kill switch and single lanyard. Lanyard must be attached to the driver's body any time the combustion engine is in gear and driver must be in the driver's seat in full control of the boat. Fishing boats that are less than 16 feet in length may be used. Any raised platforms or decks cannot be higher than the gunnels of the boat. Fishing while standing on the outboard motor or boat seats is not allowed. An electric trolling motor may be used for slow maneuvering; however, trolling as a method of fishing is prohibited. NO EXCEPTIONS. All bladder tanks and any other type of auxiliary gas tanks that are not installed by the boat manufacturer are prohibited. Boats that do not have factory-installed gas tanks are restricted to a maximum of 18 gallons of gasoline in tanks, properly secured or strapped, and meet U.S. Coast Guard regulations. No portable gas tanks or containers capable of holding gasoline can be placed anywhere on tournament waters or shoreline for use by any tournament competitor.
·Prior to the start of the tournament, each boat will be given an inspection check by a tournament official. Boaters will be given a launch numbered card which must be displayed upon request of tournament officials and must remain with the boat until turned in at the check-in.
PERMITTIED FISHING LOCATIONS
·Tournament waters and off-limits areas shall be established by the Tournament Director for each tournament. Specifically, any water within boundaries posted “Off-Limits” or “No Fishing” by state or federal agencies as well as the live-bass-release area established by the Tournament Director will be OFF-LIMITS and announced at the Tournament Briefing. Only that water open to all public fishing will be considered tournament waters. All angling must be done from the boat.
COMPETITORS MUST REMAIN IN BOAT
- Competitors must leave from and return to the official checkpoints by boat and must not depart the boat to land fish or to make the boat more accessible to fishing waters. Boats must remain in tournament waters during tournament hours. Competitors must remain together in the boat and in insight of each other and each partners catch, except in case of dire emergency or with permission from the Tournament Director. In such an emergency or with the permission from the Tournament Director, competitors may be removed from their boat. If an emergency occurs, competitors must call 911 then contact a Tournament Director, at which time both competitors must cease fishing, their catch verified by a tournament official to insure their catch is counted in the tournament. If after the emergency situation has been resolved, tournament officials may allow competitors to resume fishing. Trailering boats during tournament hours is prohibited, except at the direction of tournament officials. Competitors may not shift the majority of their weight outside the boat and onto a dock or other object outside the boat for the purpose of landing a bass or accessing a fishing spot. Competitors are allowed to leave the boat to retrieve a lure. All fishing by that competitor must cease until the competitor is back in the boat. Only then may another cast be made. In the event of a needed restroom break, or refueling, contestants are allowed to leave the boat, at which time all fishing must cease until the partners are back together in the boat.
- There will be only one “official point” for check-out in the morning and check-in in the afternoon and will be designated at the tournament briefing. Boats will go out in flights of 40. At the time of check-out, all competitors and their boats shall be in full conformity with all rules set forth by the Tournament Director. At check-in, all boats shall identify themselves by means of the numbers described in Rule 11 and all fishing must cease. Partners must stay together through the weigh-in process. Live wells will be checked prior to blast off. No trolling or live bait will be permitted.
- Weigh in 5 fish per tournament. Short fish weighed in will cost the team their biggest fish. No culling of dead fish. No culling at the ramp. All fish will be released back into the lake.
- Tournaments will pay 1 in 5 places. Short fish weighed in will cost the team their biggest fish. No culling of dead fish. No culling at the ramp. All fish will be released back into the lake. No fish will be taken from the lake during a club tournament with the exception of the big fish taken for mounting purposes.12” spots will only be allowed on West Point, Wedowee and Eufaula. The only criteria for identifying spots will be the tooth patch on the tongue. (Tournament Director or their designated party)
- There will be a .2 lb penalty deducted for each dead fish weighed in.
- Placing bass on a stringer is prohibited, however culling tags or clips may be used. In the event of a mechanical failure (boat is inoperable) anglers may have their catch counted by one of the following methods ONLY: 1) Boat is towed to the weigh-in site by another boat; 2) One partner may take both anglers catches (clearly marked) and board another competitors’ boat only for a ride to weigh-in. Competitors must not allow any bass caught by them to be counted on the score of another competitor. Mechanical failures do not extend established weigh-in times.
- Tournaments will be from safe daylight to 3:00 p.m. E.S.T. Boats must be inside ramp buoys by 3:00 p.m. Anyone late for weigh in will be disqualified and will not be allowed to weigh in any fish.
- Teams must fish a minimum of eight (8) tournaments to qualify for the Classic. Classic will pay 100% of the accumulated funds, less $50 which will be added to the big fish pot. Big Fish pot will be paid 100% for the single biggest fish overall. Classic will pay 1 in 5 places. Blast off for the Classic on the first day will be how you finished for the year and blast off for the second day will be the order you finished the first day.
CATCH AND RELEASE
·CULLING OF DEAD BASS IS PROHIBITED. For each legal dead bass presented to weigh-in officials, a penalty of 4 ounces (.25 pounds) per dead fish will be assessed and deducted from the day’s total weight. Competitors are allowed to ice a dead fish that is part of their daily catch. In the event the anglers' big fish is dead, a penalty of 4 ounces (.25 pounds) will be deducted from the big fish total weight. The Tournament Director will have sole authority for assessing dead fish penalties. SMALL DIP NETS FOR CULLING PURPOSES ARE ENCOURAGED. Placing bass on a stringer is prohibited, however culling tags or clips may be used..
·Competitors who are not in the official checkpoint area as described in Rule 14 at the appointed time shall be disqualified for that event. There shall be no excuses for tardiness, and in no case, will a competitor be allowed to make up “lost time”. After proper recognition at the check-in point, competitors will be allowed ample time to proceed to the weigh-in site, however, all fishing must cease upon check-in. Exact starting and check-in times will be announced at the Tournament Briefing.
- Ties will be broken using the following criteria:
- Largest number of legal fished weighed.
- Largest number of legal live fish weighed. c)
Largest bass weighed
- If the tie is not broken by applying the foregoing procedures, the tie will remain a tie with any applicable prizes equally split.
WAIVER AND RELEASE
o As a condition of participation in this tournament, competitors must execute a waiver, release of liability and a name and likeness release.
- Should a team disband during the year, the member signed up as team captain will retain that teams standing. If the other member rejoins with a new partner, they will be required to start from scratch.
- Substitutions will be allowed however on away lakes they must be previously approved by the Marine South Tournament committee. Classic team members must be in place no later than the sixth (6th) tournament. If you don't have a partner named for the Classic by the 6th tournament, you will have to fish alone. No exceptions!
- Tournaments will pay 1 in 5 places.
- CLASSIC. Teams must fish a minimum of eight (8) tournaments to qualify for the Classic. Classic will pay 100% of the accumulated funds, less $50 which will be added to the big fish pot. Big Fish pot will be paid 100% biggest
fish. Classic will pay 1 in 5 places. Blast off for the Classic on the first day will be how you finished for the year and blast off for the second day will be the order you finished the first day.
·After each tournament the standings, any club information and location of the next tournament will be posted on Marine South’s Facebook page.
·Tournaments that have to be cancelled/rescheduled due to any unforeseen events will be decided by the Tournament Director.
- The decision of the Tournament Director is final in all situations, as well as our right to refuse membership to anyone we decide would not be an asset to the Club.
- Results of the polygraph examination will be the final decision. Failure to submit to a polygraph test will result in immediate disqualification.
For more information or any questions, call Mike Denney at (770) 832-3330 or Clay Harden at (770) 855-1749 or you can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
18 Liability and Release Form
Marine South LLC 1656 N Hwy 27 Carrollton GA 30117 / Barnes Store 1332 Bankhead Hwy, Carrollton, GA 30116
Participating in the 2018 Marine South / Barnes Store Bass Fishing Club Tournament, I acknowledge and agree to the following:
- I understand the risk of injury, disability, death, loss or damage to person or property from the activities involved in tournament fishing is significant, including the potential for permanent paralysis, illness, injury and death to a person and destruction of equipment. I also understand while complying with particular tournament rules, correct use of equipment, and personal discipline may reduce this risk.
- I have been advised by tournament officials of the contents of this document through my reading it, and have had the opportunity to seek legal counsel with respect to the legal effect of this document prior to signing it.
- I KNOWINGLY AND FREELY ASSUME ALL RISKS REFERRED TO ABOVE, AND ALL OTHER RISKS OF TOURNAMENT PARTICIPATION, BOTH KNOWN AND UNKNOWN, EVEN, WITHOUT LIMITATION, IF ARISING FROM THE NEGLIGENCE OF THE RELEASEES (AS DEFINED BELOW) OR OTHERS, AND ASSUME FULL RESPONSIBILITY FOR RISKS ARISING FROM MY PARTICIPATION IN THE TOURNAMENT.
- I willingly agree to comply with the terms and conditions for participation in this tournament and should I observe any unusual hazard(s) in my presence or during participation which could potentially cause injury or damage to any person, I will remove myself from participation and bring such hazard(s), to the attention of the nearest tournament official immediately.
- I, FOR MYSELF AND ON BEHALF OF MY HEIRS, ASSIGNEES, PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVES AND NEXT OF KIN, HEREBY RELEASE, INDEMNIFY, AND HOLD HARMLESS Marine South and Barnes Store their OFFICIALS, DIRECTORS, SHAREHOLDERS, AGENTS, CONSULTANTS, AND/OR EMPLOYEES OF EACH, OTHER PARTICIPANTS, AND SPONSORING AGENCIES, SPONSORS, ADVERTISERS, AND, IF APPLICABLE, OWNERS AND LESSORS OF PREMISES AND PROPERTY USED TO CONDUCT THE EVENT ("RELEASEES"), WITH RESPECT TO ANY AND ALL INJURY, DISABILITY, DEATH, OR LOSS OR DAMAGE TO PERSON OR PROPERTY, WHICH I SUFFER OR WHICH I AM FOUND
TO HAVE CAUSED IN WHOLE OR IN PART BY MY NEGLIGENCE OR INTENTIONAL MISCONDUCT, WHETHER ARISING FROM THE NEGLIGENCE OF THE RELEASEES, OR OTHERWISE, TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.
- If there are any questions raised by the judges or officials of the tournament as to my veracity in respect to my participation in any tournament, I agree to submit to a polygraph examination and understand that failure to pass the examination will result in disqualification from such tournament and potentially from the tournament at its discretion as provided by the rules of the organization. I HAVE READ THIS RELEASE OF LIABILITY AND ASSUMPTION OF RISK AGREEMENTAND THE ATTACHED RULES, FULLY UNDERSTAND THEIR TERMS, UNDERSTAND THAT I HAVE GIVEN UP SUBSTANTIAL RIGHTS BY SIGNING IT, AND SIGN IT FREELY AND VOLUNTARILY.
- PUBLICITY. In consideration for permission to participate in this tournament, I (“Contestant”) hereby grant to the Marine South and Barnes Store, their assignees and/or licensees, the unconditional right to use my name, voice, image, image in a video format while participating in a tournament, photographic likeness, biographical information, fishing tips and/or instructions in any medium whatsoever, including but not limited to video/audio productions, merchandising, promotions, articles, and/or press releases, in connection with this tournament, without restriction as to changes or alterations at any time. I understand that I will not be entitled to receive any royalties or other compensation in connection with such use and waive my right to review the finished product. By my signature below I verify that I have read and understand the foregoing provisions.
BOAT OWNER: SIGNATURE: Printed Name: Date:
PARTICIPANT’S SIGNATURE: Printed Name: Date:
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If under 18: SIGNATURE: Printed Name: Date
I, AS PARENT/GUARDIAN DO HEREBY CERTIFY THAT I HAVE LEGAL RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE UNDER 18 PARTICIPANT ABOVE AND I AGREE AND GIVE MY CONSENT TO HIS/HER RELEASE AS PROVIDED ABOVE OF ALL THE RELEASEES, AND, FOR MYSELF, MY HEIRS, ASSIGNEES, AND NEXT OF KIN, I RELEASE AND AGREE TO INDEMNIFY AND HOLD HARMLESS THE RELEASEES FROM ANY AND ALL LIABILITIES INCIDENT TO MY MINOR CHILD’S OR WARD’S INVOLVEMENT OR PARTICIPATION IN THESE PROGRAMS AS PROVIDED ABOVE, EVEN IF ARISING FROM THE NEGLIGENCE OF THE RELEASEES, TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.
PARENTS/GUARDIANS OF MINORITY AGE PARTICIPANTS MUST SIGN LIABILITY RELEASE AT TIME OF REGISTRATION
PARENT’S/GUARDIAN’S SIGNATURE / Date:
2019 Marine South / Barnes Store Tournament Registration Form
Name: Cell Phone #: Address: Email Address:
Emergency Contact Name: Number:
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