Alcohol: No alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs may be consumed during tournament hours. Alcoholic beverages may be consumed once contestants have weighed their fish, unless polygraphs are to be given. No alcohol or illegal drugs are allowed in boats during tournament hours.
Fishing Methods: Only artificial lures may be used during the tournament. No trolling. Only legal methods of fishing are permitted. Only one rod and reel may be used at a time per contestant. No contestant at any time may leave the boat to catch or land a fish or gain the advantage to catch or land a fish. All contestants must possess a valid fishing license for the waters they are fishing and must follow all state, local and federal laws.
Safety: Safe boating practices should be used by all contestants during tournament hours. All contestants must wear Coast Guard approved life vests and driver must have kill switch attached to his person while main engine is running and in gear. Running lights must be used as per state law.
Cheating: Any contestant caught cheating will be disqualified from the tournament and any future tournaments. All contestants consent to polygraph testing upon entering tournament. Contestants must pass the polygraph exam to receive prize money for the event. Any contestant failing the polygraph will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
Protests: All protests must be submitted in writing prior to close of the scales. Contestants may request polygraph testing of another contestant at their own expense.
Rule Enforcement: Tournament director’s decisions are final. These are the official rules for this tournament. All other written or verbal communications are null and void.
Off-Limits: There are no Off-Limits for this tournament.
Trailering: Trailering is allowed for this series. Teams may trailer to any public ramp on the designated lake. Teams trailering will leave designated launch ramp at 7:00 PM only after the first boat number has been called.
Limits: Each team may weigh-in 5 fish minimum 14 inches in length (mouth closed and tail pinched).
Catch and Release: This is a mandatory catch and release tournament. Once fish are weighed they become property of the tournament and will be released.
Dead Fish: There will be an aggregate penalty of .25 pound deduction for the first dead fish weighed, a .5 pound deduction for the second dead weighed and a .75 pound deduction for the third, fourth and fifth dead fish weighed (if a team weighs 3 dead fish then that team will be penalized 1.5 pounds). Fish that have been on ice will not be weighed. If a team’s biggest bass is dead then the .25 lbs penalty will be assessed that fish.
Fishing Hours and Late Penalty: Blast off will be at 7:00 PM (weather permitting) and weigh-in will be at 3:00 AM. Teams who are not checked at the designated time will be assessed a penalty of one pound per minute up to 15 minutes after which time that team will be disqualified.
Equipment Failure: In the event of equipment failure or emergency, contestant’s boats may be towed to the check-in. One member of the team may ride to weigh-in with their fish only in another tournament boat while the other member of the team stays with the disabled boat.
Legal Waters: Any “Public Waters” accessible by motorized boat from the tournament boat launch are legal waters. Teams may not leave their boat in an effort to propel or float their boat to fishing waters they could not reach otherwise: however the use of push poles is legal.
“25 Yard Rule”: No team may fish within 25 yards of another contestant’s boat without permission of the other team.
Boat Identification: All contestant boats must hang red flagging tape from trolling motor during tournaments hours to identify participation in tournament (red flagging tape to be provided when entry fees are paid.)
Launch Sequence: Boats launching from designated ramp will leave in order of registration. Boat numbers will be called very rapidly, so BE READY!! Any actions deemed unsafe or reckless by tournament officials may result in disqualification.
Tie Breaker: There will be no tie breaker. If there is a tie between teams then the teams will split the combined winnings for those places (if 2 teams tie for 1st place, then the teams would split 1st and 2nd winnings evenly). If there are prizes other than cash being awarded then the tie will be settled by a foot race between the two teams.
AOY Points: Teams will receive points based on their place of finish at each tournament of the series. 1st place will receive 150 points, 2nd place will receive 149 points ect. Teams entering the tournament but not weighing fish will receive 50 points. The team that weighs the biggest bass of the tournament will receive 2 bonus points and the team who weighs the second heaviest bass will receive 1 bonus point.
Observation: Up and Coming Outdoors reserves the right to film and observe any contestant during tournament hours.
Waiver: All contestants understand and acknowledge that boating and fishing is a dangerous sport and must have sufficient health, accident and liability insurance to cover any bodily or property injury claim arising from participation in this event. All contestants hereby release, discharge, and agree to hold harmless Up and Coming Outdoors, LLC, it’s director, officers, sponsors or host of any and all liability, claims, demands, actions or rights of action which are related to or in any way connected to participation in this event.