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Proline Bassmasters Tournament Rules Page 2 - (Revised April 2021)

 [As below, fish pertains to either Smallmouth or Largemouth Bass only]
  1. All boats entered in tournaments must have twelve (12) volt or greater aerated livewells.  All boat batteries currently in use must be contained in a battery tray / box or suitable device which is secured.  NOTE:  New Jersey & the US Coast Guard can issue very stiff fines for not complying with these regulations.

  2. It will be the responsibility of the boat operator to position the boat so that each partner has an equal chance to fish potential target area.  NOTE:  Riders who elect to take control of the boat also assume responsibility for that boat & motor.

  3. It is the boat owner’s responsibility to have all safety & related equipment on board which is required by state law or tournament rules with the exception of his rider’s life vest.  Each contestant is required to supply their own US Coast Guard approved PFD.

  4. Any unforeseen matter which may arise that is not covered in either of these rules, the PA Bass Federation rules, or the affiliated National ruling body (FLW / B.A.S.S.) rules will be resolved under the discretion of the Tournament Committee and their decision will be final.

  5. A paper tournament is defined as an event that operates in the same way as a weigh-in tournament, however, all legal fish caught are immediately measured for length using a Golden Rule & these measurements are recorded throughout the day as each legal fish is caught.  No fish can be put in the livewell.  These measurements are then converted to approximate weights using a conversion table provided by the Tournament Director.

  6. There will be a five (5) fish limit in all of our tournaments unless the tournament lake site has further restrictions.  If a member should bring more than five (5) fish to the weigh-in they will be disqualified.

  7. In the case of a paper tournament:  As one angler catches fish, his partner must measure the fish.

  8. Culling of dead fish not allowed.  The penalty for culling a dead fish will be disqualification.  Culling is defined as returning the smallest [legal / alive] fish to the lake or river when the contestant has surpassed the five [5] fish tournament limit.

  9. Each dead fish brought to the scale will incur an eight (8) ounce deduction from the contestant’s total weight.

  10. Note: all lunker fish must be alive at time of weigh-in.

AWARDING OF TOURNAMENT POINTS
  1. Each member’s best six (6) tournaments will count toward his final standings for the year.

  2. Awarding of tournament points will be as follows:
 1st place………………………………11 points
                                                                                     2nd place………………………………9 points
                                                                                     3rd place……………………………….8 points
                                                                                     4th place……………………………….7 points
                                                                                     5th place……………………………….6 points
                                                                                     6th place……………………………….5 points
                                                                                     7th place……………………………….4 points
                                                                                     8th place……………………………….3 points
                                                                                     9th place……………………………….2 points
                                                                                    10th place……………………………...1 point                                                                         
    In the case of a tie, both members will receive the higher of the two (2) place points.  The lower points of the two (2) places will be skipped.

  3. All fish will be returned to the lake or river after the weigh-in.  A member may only keep a trophy fish if he so desires.  A vote for this is not required and no weight will be deducted for a dead fish.  A trophy fish must meet these requirements:
  Smallmouth ≥ four (4) pounds / Largemouth ≥ five (5) pounds.

  4. In the case of a tie in place points at the end of the year, the total weight of a member’s fish will be the tiebreaker.  If a tie still exists, the heaviest lunker of the two (2) members in question will be the second tie breaker.

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