Fishing the day of the tournament: If you are late you must find an already entered tournament participant to collect entry fee and inspect livewell. Tournament parti-cipants must stay in launch area until all boats are ready for takeoff. All boats must idle until clear of no wake buoys or predetermined area. First tournament of the year take off position will be determined by a random draw. Remaining regular season tournament take off positions will be determined by total points. In case of tie for points a random draw will decide that position. Must be at dock or ramp at weigh in time. If you can't be on time be early. Being late for weigh in will result in immediate disqualification, no exceptions.
Tournament rules: No pre-fishing the day of the tournament. No leaving the boat to land fish at any time during the tournament (either angler). All livewells will be checked prior to take off. Livewells must be open for check prior to launching. Arti ficial baits and lures only (pork style baits allowed). The Alabama or umbrella rig is legal with 3 or less hooks used (treble hooks count as one hook). At least 1 life jac-et per person shall be in the boat at all times. Once boats have launched , tourna-ment
is considered official and will not be cancelled or terminated. No deviation from published times will be made unless voted on by tournament officials. Fishing will continue at the discretion of individual entrants and weigh-in will remain as provided herein. If tournament is cancelled prior to launch time due to unsafe conditions, entry fee will be refunded, this decision shall be made only by tournament officials.
Each team may use a fill in angler only 2 times during the regular season. The angler that is absent from the tournament does receive points earned by team me-mber that is present. All regular season tournaments thereafter the present team member must fish alone but will receive points for team. All boats need proper wo-king lights and livewells as well as all permits and documentation required by City County, State, and MDOC in order to participate in tournament. Fish can only be ca-ught by hook with rod and reel. Netting a fish to land in boat is acceptable only if the fish is hooked prior to netting. All existing lake rules apply to every tournament
Culling: You may have only 3 fish in your livewell at one time. If you catch a fourth fish you can place it in the livewell while culling the smallest fish but cannot conti- nue to fish until you are back to a total of THREE fish in the livewell. Each angler should make every effort to keep fish in good condition to support catch-and-reale-ase policy. The addition of catch-and-realease treatments in livewells is highly en- couraged to reduce fish mortality. PLEASE TAKE CARE OF YOUR FISH. Thank you
Weigh-In: There is a (3) fish limit. Largemouth, Smallmouth, and Spotted bass will be counted. We will NOT weigh dead fish. Any fish weighed in with a lure unable to be removed is acceptable with a 1oz deduction. This is done to prevent the risk of killing the fish in order to weigh it in. Short fish will result in a (1) pound deduction plus loss of penalized fish. Fish will be measured from the tip of the snout to the end of the tail, with the fish laid flat on the ruler, with the mouth closed. All fish will be returned to the lake as soon as possible after they have been weighed.
PLEASE DO NOT RETURN ANY DEAD FISH TO THE LAKE.
Point System: Points are awarded based on the total weight of fish weighed in. Weight is on a scale of Pounds Tenths and/or Hundredths.
Entry Fee(s): $50.00 per boat $10.00 witheld from each team entry for end of year fish-off. Fish-off entry fee will be $100.00 per boat. NON MEMBERS ARE LIMITED TO 3 TOURNAMENTS WITHOUT PAYING MEMBERSHIP FEE.
Pre-season Club membership: You must pay a membership fee of $40.00 to become a member. Membership will be limited to 12 boats or 24 members. There will be a 17 boat limit to include members and non members for each tournament.
Prize Money: Prize money based on number of team entries.
Tie Breakers: Individual tournament, first is number of fish, second is weight of largest fish, third is coin flip.
Angler Of The Year tie breaker: First is number of regular season tournaments fished,second is total number of fish weighed in over entire regular season, third is largest single fish weighed in over entire regular season.
Fish-Off and Anglers Of The Year: A minimum of (8) regular season tournament entries are required to be eligible for Fish-Off. A team may buy 1 tournament. The NBT Anglers Of The Year and Big Bass Of The Year prizes will be awarded at the Fish-Off . Fish-Off is strictly a money tournament.
NO REFUNDS FOR CLUB DUES. NO DRUGS ALCOHOL OR FOUL LANGUAGE DUR- ING TOURNAMENT HOURS. NO BEHAVIOR UNBECOMING OR DETRIMENTAL TO THE CLUB PLEASE PRACTICE GOOD SPORTSMANSHIP AT ALL TIMES. DECISIONS OF TOURNAMENT OFFICIALS ARE FINAL.
NBT TOURNAMENT OFFICIALS: Bill Nussbaum, Robert Bond, Kenny Dawson and Glen Black