[As below, fish pertains to either
Smallmouth or Largemouth Bass only]
- Participation in any of our club tournaments is
for members of Proline Bassmasters and invited
- To become a new member you must attend one
monthly meeting and fish one tournament as a rider
with a boater other than your sponsor. Then you will
be voted on at the next meeting.
- Only two (2) members of the Tournament Committee
will measure & weigh the fish. The
contestant whose fish are being recorded will be
expected to confirm his recorded weight. No
fish will be assumed to be the minimum length.
All fish must be weighed & measured by the
Weighmaster(s) to be recorded for total
points. If there is any discrepancy, it must
be resolved before the fish are released. Upon
release of the fish, the discussion is closed.
- The manner in which the fish are to be released
is at the discretion of the Tournament
Committee. Their decision, with regard to
alive or dead fish, is final.
- The allowable minimum size of fish brought to the
scale or submitted on paper (in the case of a paper
tournament) will be twelve (12) inches unless
otherwise noted by State or local lake regulations.
- During the weigh-in, if there is any question
that a fish may not meet the minimum length, that
member can request an official “dink” board to
measure the fish. The contestant is still
accountable if the fish does not meet the required
minimum length once brought to the scales. Any
member who brings a fish to the scales that does not
meet the minimum length will be penalized [the
weight of his largest and smallest fish] to be
removed from his total weight for the day.
- A protest of another member, due to that member’s
possible actions against our regulations, must be
claimed immediately or within fifteen (15) minutes
after the tournament end time. If the matter
cannot be resolved at that time, the protest must be
put in writing to the Tournament Committee who will
make their review & have a decision which will
be announced at the next monthly meeting.
- All tournaments will be started by the Tournament
Director or a designated Tournament Committee
person. That person will give a time check to
all participants prior to the start time. If
adverse weather conditions occur, such as
[lightning, fog, etc.], the tournament start time
will be at the discretion of the Tournament
- Boat owners and riders who are late for launch
time must make every effort to find their respective
partner they have been paired with before
fishing. An effort must be made, by the member
arriving late, to contact his partner and pair up
with that partner only. The late arriving
member is not permitted to fish until the pairing
has been made. The club will depart for the
tournament site from the designated meeting place at
a specific time for each tournament. Members
not present at the meeting place are responsible for
getting to the launch site on their own & on
time. If a rider is present & his boat
owner does not show, that rider will be placed as a
3rd person in another boat via drawing.
- Members who do not comply with the Tournament
Committee’s safety requirements, such as [boat
lights on when required / wearing of life vests when
outboard is running] can be disqualified from that
tournament at their discretion.
- Boat checks will be conducted at the discretion
of the Tournament Committee or at the request of any
boat’s rider who feels the boat is not functioning
properly. Violations are at the discretion of
the Tournament Committee.
- All fish must remain in the livewell for weighing
until both owner and rider are ready to bring
their fish to the scales. At that time, both
partners will remove their fish and proceed to the
- Life vests must be worn whenever the
boat’s combustible engine in running. Failure
to do so will result in disqualification from that
- Live bait & Trolling are not allowed
in any tournaments. Only baitcasting or
spinning type equipment may be used. Any
contestant who would become snagged or hung up on
the bottom [or somewhere in the water column] must
either retrieve or break off the lure from the snag
immediately. At no time may he pick up a
second rod and continue fishing while another rod is
snagged. Any violation of these rules will
result in disqualification.
- All out-of-state tournaments will require each
participant to possess that state’s fishing license
unless the tournament is in tidal water. In
this case, a tidal water license of the bordering
state is required. New Jersey also requires an
operator’s permit or approved boating safety
course certificate to operate gas or electric
late for weigh-in will be penalized at the rate of
one (1) pound per minute late.
Beyond fifteen (15) minutes late, all credit for
the day’s catch will be lost.
returning to the weigh-in site at the designated
stop time, all fishing must end. The
Tournament Director will determine the “weigh-in
area” prior to the start of the event.
Fishing is allowed in that area up until the