2018 Rules

See the link below for complete 2018 tournament rules and schedule.

2018 Rules

(updated 12/11/2018)
Tournament Director: Tige Noni (585) 410-8508
These rules apply to the 2018 tournament season.
1. GENERAL: For simplification, all competitors will be referred to as “he” in these rules, but will apply to everyone. Interpretation and enforcement of these rules will be left to the Tournament Director. The decision of the Tournament Director will be final in all matters. If the Tournament Director is unable to execute his duties as outlined in these rules, he will designate an individual who will be authorized to execute the Tournament Directors duties. The club president, or the highest-ranking club officer available, will be informed of the identity of the acting Tournament Director.

2. PARTICIPATION AND ELIGIBILITY: Full participation in club tournaments shall be limited to members in good standing of the Rochester Bassmasters only. All contestants entering as Boaters are required to show proof of liability insurance, with a certificate of insurance for $300,000 minimum. All contestants must have valid fishing licenses for the license year. New or re-joining members must participate in a boater orientation session and display an understanding of boater responsibilities and safe boat operation in order to use their boat.

3. REGISTRATION: Proper registration and fees must be received by the tournament registration team prior to the “partner draw” in order to register for a tournament. The dates of the partner draw meetings are listed on the 2018 Tournament Schedule at the end of these rules. A fee of $15.00 will be imposed for late entries. Tournament entry fees are NON-REFUNDABLE after the “Partner Draw”, except in emergency situations, as determined by the Tournament Director. 100% of the entry fees will be paid back to competitors. Tournament entry fees for professionals are $45 for one-day tournaments, $45 for each day of a two-day tournament ($40 tournament entry, $5 classic fund, so a total of $90 if both days are fished). For two-day events, the stated entry fees allow contestants to compete on either or both days. The fee is $0.00 for amateurs for any event.
All checks made out for tournament entries must be made out to “cash.” Winnings will be paid out in cash on the designated payout meeting dates.
2018 TOURNAMENT RULES (con’t.)

3. REGISTRATION (con’t): 100% of the $40 dollar entry fee will be paid back for that day’s event and $5 from each entry fee for the season will be held separate to fund the Memorial Classic tournament and will be awarded at the end of that tournament.
Non-boaters registering late will be assigned at random to any boater who does not have a non-boater. It will be picked using a random online number generator. Except in the event there is a late registering boater. In that case, the late registering boater would receive the non-boater. If there is more than one late registering boater, those would then be chosen by a random online number generator.

4. RE-REGISTRATION: Competitors will be required to re-register with the tournament director or his designee and reaffirm their kickoff number the morning of the event. The re-registration times will be announced at the tournament draw. Competitors arriving late to re-registration will be assessed a one-half pound per minute penalty. Competitors who are more than 15 minutes late will be disqualified for the day. Kickoff will not be delayed for late amateurs, and they will be disqualified for the day if late for re-registration. If all competitors have re-registered on time, kickoff may occur early (based on weather and safety considerations). Boaters can register late ONCE in a season (the late entry fee of $15.00 still applies). In the event of multiple late boaters, they will leave in order of when they registered, the last late boater entry will become the Kick off and Check-in boat for the day.

5. AMATEUR STATUS: Amateur status is available for full time students only (high school or college). Pro entries are eligible for cash, merchandise, lunker pool, and trophies. Amateur entries are eligible for trophies only (see Section 21, Classic, for exception). Amateurs will not be allowed to go as a Boater.

6. SAFETY: Safe boating conduct must be observed at all times. A Coast Guard approved chest type preserver MUST BE WORN anytime the combustion engine is running and in gear. The preserver must be strapped, snapped or zippered securely, and maintained in that position until the competitors reach their fishing location and the combustion engine is put into neutral or shut off (this excludes loading and unloading of boats in the launch area). Violation of this rule is reason for automatic disqualification from the tournament. It is mandatory that partners discuss safe boat operation and conduct prior to the take off.
2018 TOURNAMENT RULES (con’t.)

6. SAFETY (con’t): The Tournament Director has the right to delay or cancel the start of the tournament day, or move the launch site, because
of bad weather or other factors, which would endanger the safety of the competitors. Tournament waters may also be restricted at any time due to bad weather.
Drunkenness or substance abuse shall be cause for automatic disqualification and loss of boating or fishing privileges indefinitely. No alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs may be consumed during the tournament hours. Competitors are allowed to leave the boat and seek safe shelter in bad weather where danger may be imminent. Boaters under the age of 18 must show proof of having taken and passed a Boater Safety Course.

7. SPORTSMANSHIP: Competitors are expected to exhibit high standards of sportsmanship, courtesy, safety and conservation. Maximum courtesy must be practiced at all times, especially with regards to boating and angling in the vicinity of non-competitors. A contestant must immediately release his fish if he decides to bow out of a tournament. If that person is a non-boater, the boater shall be permitted to continue full participation in the tournament. If that person is a boater, he is responsible for transferring the non-boater and his/her fish to a boat in which the boater has no partner; this new boater must accept this new partner. Any violation of these sportsmanship rules may be grounds for disqualification from all future Rochester Bassmaster tournaments. Non-boaters are prohibited from entering GPS information during a tournament, by any means. If an official protest is entered by a boater (see Section 17, Protests), the non-boater will be disqualified.

8. TOURNAMENT PRACTICE: Tournament waters will not be closed prior to the tournaments. Once the tournament has begun, all contestants are prohibited from fishing or further practice except during designated tournament hours.

9. TACKLE AND EQUIPMENT: Only artificial lures will be permitted for tournament use. Pork rinds will be permitted. Only one rod with a maximum of 8’ can be used and in the water at a time. All bass must be caught in a conventional manner. Trolling or Fly-fishing as methods of fishing are not allowed. Landing nets will be optional in a participant’s boat during the tournament.

2018 TOURNAMENT RULES (con’t.)
10. BOATS AND MOTORS: Only boats 16’ or longer with a minimum horsepower engine of 40 hp will be permitted for tournament use. Each boat must have a U.S. Coast Guard/B.I.A horsepower-rating plate attached to the boat by the manufacturer. The horsepower of the outboard engine must NOT exceed the rating specified on this plate nor the horsepower maximum set by BASS (250 hp). Each competitor agrees to submit his boat and/or outboard motor to an inspection by factory-trained personnel, if there is any reason to suspect the horsepower is in excess of the rating. In the event that an inspection is requested, the club will pay for testing if it is proven that the equipment tested meets the applicable standards, otherwise the competitor will assume full responsibility for testing costs.
Failure to submit a boat and motor for testing, if requested, will result in disqualification from tournaments and possible removal from club membership. Normal maintenance of engines is allowed. Changing or altering standard factory parts of a competitor’s engine to increase the horsepower over the factory horsepower rating is forbidden, and will result in disqualification. Falsifying information or altering the horsepower-rating numbers on the engine is also cause for immediate disqualification from tournaments, and possible removal from club membership. All boats must be equipped with an operational engine kill switch that is attached to the driver’s body anytime the combustion engine is operating. All boats should provide ease of fishing for both contestants. There should be no obstacles in the way to hinder ones casting or safety. All boats need to provide stable, elevated platforms for both contestants to safely fish from. The boater must provide a pedestal seat for the non-boat partner.

11. BASIC BOAT EQUIPMENT: Every boat must have all the required Coast Guard safety equipment on board; it must also have a functional bilge pump and live well space, properly aerated to adequately maintain a limit catch of bass by both fishermen using the boat. The Tournament Director will have the sole responsibility for determining whether aeration and capacity is “proper and adequate”. The Tournament Director will disqualify a boat with an inadequate live well system from the tournament. In the event of a live well breakdown during a tournament, every effort will be made to keep the fish alive. The boat owner must notify the Tournament Director at the weigh-in site upon arrival so that the fish can be weighed as soon as possible. Boats deemed to be unsafe may be culled by the Tournament Director. If the Tournament Director determines that a boater has an unacceptable record of weighing in dead fish, the Tournament Director may forbid the boater from entering future tournaments as a boater.

2018 TOURNAMENT RULES (con’t.)
12. BOAT OPERATION/Kick-Off Procedures: A full discussion should be held between partners prior to the morning kick-off as to emergency boat operation and possible medical issues.
Kick-off procedure: boats will line up by take-off number and pass by the kick off boat (as determined by the tournament director. In most cases the last boat drawn). The kick-off boat will check live-wells and kill switches at that time. If you do not line up in the correct order, you move to the end of the line. If the livewell and/or kill switch is inoperative, you must remove yourself from the line, fix the repair and report this to the Tournament Director (or acting tournament director) immediately via phone call or text message. Not following this procedure is grounds for disqualification.

13. FISHING LOCATIONS: The Tournament Director shall determine permitted fishing locations and boundaries. A 25-yard radius shall be maintained from another competitor’s boat that was first anchored. A properly anchored boat is one that has an anchor out and the trolling motor up before another competitor’s boat enters the 25-yard radius. No anchored boat shall permit any competitor to fish within 25 yards of their anchor to the exclusion of other competitors. During a tournament day, a competitor must not have the assistance of another person for “Hole Setting” or placing of markers for them. All angling must be done from the boat, and contestants must not leave the boat to land fish. No trailing of boats is allowed for the purpose of fishing or transporting of fish.
14. OFFICIAL CHECKPOINT: There shall be only one official checkpoint in the morning and one checkpoint in the afternoon; the Tournament Director shall designate this checkpoint. Weights will be recorded (no signing required). No weigh slips will be issued. Tournaments will be 8 hours, unless otherwise specified by the Tournament Director.

15. PAIRING: The partner draw will be made by random draw at a designated general meeting prior to the tournament. Non-boaters will be paired with boaters. Competitors will not fish with the same partner twice in the same season. If during the partner draw competitors are paired who have already fished together, a new partner will be drawn for both, the boater maintains his position while the non-boater is paired with the next boater drawn whom he has not fished with.
2018 TOURNAMENT RULES (con’t.)

15. PAIRING (con’t): In the event there are more boaters than non-boaters, the remaining boaters will be allowed to fish alone. Boaters who fished without a partner on the previous tournament day, or didn’t fish the previous day, will be the first to draw a partner.
For two-day tournaments, a separate partner draw will take place for each day, following the above guidelines. The last boat drawn each day will be the kickoff boat. The first boat drawn each day will be the check-in boat. In the event of a “down boat”, all available boaters will be put in a hat for a random partner draw. Non-boaters will be drawn first, then boaters. If the down boat included a non-boater, the new partner pairing with that non-boater assumes the non-boaters original kickoff position and the former boater assumes his new partner’s original position. If there was not a non-boater originally, the lowest kickoff position will be assigned to the new pairing.
If we have more Non-Boaters to Boaters, pairing will be drawn as follows:
1st) Any Boater whose boat is down will be drawn.
2nd) Any Non-Boater who has verbally committed to fish the entire season.
3rd) All remaining Non Boaters.

16. SCORING: Tournament standings, awards and final winners shall be determined by the weight of each competitor’s catch during the tournament. No regurgitated contents from a fish will be weighed. Only Largemouth and Smallmouth bass will be weighed. The daily tournament limit will be the prevailing New York State limit (5). Any contestant who exceeds the tournament limit will be disqualified from the tournament. Only bass described above, which measure 12” or more in length with the mouth closed, shall be legal and weighed. Bass presented for the weigh-in which measure less than 12” will result in that fish being disqualified, plus the largest fish culled for each short fish presented. A 0.25- pound penalty will be assessed against each dead fish presented to weigh-in. The penalty will be assessed against the dead fish. No culling of dead fish is allowed at any time. Culling of live fish will be allowed in the weigh-in area prior to being presented to the Measure Master. A courtesy board, which will match the tournament board, will be provided. The measure master determines whether or not a fish is legal length and if it is alive. If the competitor whose fish is/are in question disputes the measure master’s call, the fish will be checked by the weigh master. If the weigh master agrees with the measure master’s ruling, the call stands.
2018 TOURNAMENT RULES (con’t.)
16. SCORING (con’t): If the weigh master and measure master disagree, the Tournament Director makes the final determination. At no time can another competitor question whether a fish is dead or alive, or of legal length. Fish shall be transported to the weigh-in area with bags furnished by the Tournament Committee.
There will be a “last call” announcement, giving a competitor 10 minutes to weigh in his fish. Failure to weigh fish in before the 10 minutes is over will automatically disqualify a competitor’s catch. Competitors arriving late to the weigh-in will be assessed a one pound per minute penalty, starting with the angler’s largest legal fish. Competitors who are more than 15 minutes late will have their weight disqualified for the day. No excuses will be accepted. If a boat breaks down, fish can be transported by either a competitor’s boat or non-competitors boat for safety reasons, but must be accompanied by the competitor whose catch is to be weighed.

17. PROTESTS: Protests must be made verbally to the Tournament Director within 10 minutes of the last weighed fish, followed up by a written and signed protest delivered to the Tournament Director within the next 15 minutes. The Tournament Director will make all decisions and rulings in a reasonable amount of time. Written protests will be answered with a written decision submitted to all parties involved, as well as the executive committee. Protests involving the Tournament Director will be handled as above, except, the highest ranking available club officer will assume the role of Tournament Director.

18. PAYOUT: The tournament prize total will consist of 100% of all entry fees collected for that day’s tournament, payable as follows:
One-Day Tournament: $100 will be paid for lunker, with the remainder split 36%, 24%, 12%, 10%, 8%, 6%, 4% from first to seventh place.
Two-Day Tournament: $100 will be paid for lunker each day, with the remainder for each day split 36%, 24%, 12%, 10%, 8%, 6%, 4% from first to seventh place.

2018 TOURNAMENT RULES (con’t.)
18. PAYOUT (con’t): In the event of a tournament with fewer than 25 paid anglers (Boater and Non-Boater Combined), payout will be adjusted as follows:

25+ 7 See Above

20 – 24 5 40%, 27.5%, 17.5%, 10%, 5% (1-5)

In the event not enough fish are caught to pay the specified number of places, the Tournament Committee will establish the payout. If a merchandise prize is available, by order of finish the contestants shall have the option to receive the merchandise prize instead of the cash award. For one-day events, 1st, 2nd and 3rd place will each receive a trophy, lunker does not. There will be no overall 1st, 2nd and 3rd place for two-day events, each day’s 1st, 2nd and 3rd place will receive a trophy, lunker does not. At the end of the tournament schedule the individual with the most accumulated weight using the current scoring method will be declared Bass Angler of the Year. The club will award the following: second through 10th place in the Angler of the Year standings will receive trophies. The largest largemouth bass caught in any point tournament will receive the Largemouth Lunker of the Year award, and the largest smallmouth bass will receive the Smallmouth Lunker of the Year award. Contestants must drop their lowest point tournament day for the year end standings.

19. TIES: In case of a tie, the appropriate position money will be split. Example: two way tie for first; they split first and second prize money.
20. PRO-AM: A Pro-Am status shall apply to all club tournaments. Non-members are eligible under special circumstances at the approval of the tournament committee, but are not eligible for cash, merchandise, prizes or trophies. All member contestants receive Angler of the Year points.

2018 TOURNAMENT RULES (con’t.)
21. CLASSIC: All tournament rules apply, except where specific changes are written in this section. The classic is entry fee free (and will be funded by $5/tournament/person of the regular season entry fees). Qualifiers are determined as follows: The Top 20 finishers and the next Top 2 non-boaters (someone who has fished all tournaments as a non-boater) as determined by the Angler of the Year standings. A MINIMUM of 3 tournament days must be fished in order to be eligible to qualify for the classic. If any qualifier decides not to compete in the classic, his name will be eliminated and no replacement will be made. A non- boater who has fished as an Amateur during the year is still eligible to fish the classic, and is also eligible for any classic cash prizes and/or trophies.
Format: A One-day tournament, with each contestant fishing from his/her own boat (or boat supplied for that person’s use). Non-boaters who qualify will be allowed to fish alone, or be accompanied by another boat’s owner. Kickoff: The order of kickoff will be the top finishers, in the order determined by the Angler of the Year standings, followed by the top non-boaters, also determined by the Angler of the Year standings. Scoring: Places will be determined by the best total weight minus penalties.
There will be a mandatory $10.00 lunker fee for classic participants. There will be one lunker prize, payout will be 100% of the fees collected.

22. CLASSIC LOCATION: The classic lake will be preselected in order to obtain a proper launch permit. The selection method will be determined by the Tournament Director. Eligible lakes for 2018 as determined by the Tournament Committee are: Onondaga, Oneida, Keuka, Conesus, Honeoye, Cayuga, Sodus, Erie.
The classic lake will be announced at the Classic Saturday morning breakfast meeting.


Lake Erie; Small Boat Harbor
Sunday June 24th
Draw: Thursday 6/21/18
Payout: Wednesday 7/11/18
Off limit: Launch ramp area plus 100 feet either side. U.S. water only, Canadian waters off limits.

Chaumont Bay; DEC Launch Route 12
Saturday 7/21/18 and Sunday 7/22/18
Draw: Wednesday 7/11/18
Payout: Wednesday 8/1/18
Off limit: Launch ramp area plus 100 feet either side. Canadian waters off limits.
Special Rules:

Oneida Lake; A&P Marina
Saturday 8/11/18 and Sunday 8/12/18
Draw: Wednesday 8/1/18
Payout: Thursday 8/16/18
Off limit: A&P Marina out to buoys in Maple Bay.
Special Rules:

Sodus Bay; Town Launch or Sodus Bay Marina
Sunday 8/26/17
Draw: Thursday 8/16/18
Payout: Wednesday 9/5/18
Off limits: Sodus Bay Marina out to man made break wall.

Cayuga Lake; Launch is at Deans Cove , Cayuga Lake scenic Bywy, Romulus,NY
Note: This is not our usual launch site.
Saturday 9/8/18 and Sunday 9/9/18
Draw: Wednesday 9/5/18
Payout: Thursday 9/20/18
Off limits: TBD
Special Rules: No locking out permitted.

RBM Memorial Classic
Saturday 10/6/17
Location TBD (see Section 22)