Best Bass Tournament Trail Rules 2017
To fish in a BBT Region event you must become a member. A membership per individual is $50. A Family Membership, defined as living under the same roof, is $60 and an add on, if more than two people living under the same roof, is an additional $20 per person. A Membership is good for one year from day of purchase.
Anglers must Acknowledge and understand rules for the BBT Tournaments.
2) RULES: These rules shall remain unchanged
throughout the season. Interpretation and enforcement of BBT rules shall be
left exclusively to the tournament directors discretion at each event.
Federal, state, local, lake laws and rules must be obeyed at all times and
shall supersede BBT rules when in conflict.
3) SAFETY: Boating safety must be
observed at all times during practice and competition. A U.S. Coast Guard
approved chest type life preserver (PFD) Type III or higher, must be worn and
properly fastened any time the combustible engine is operative and the kill
switch must be attached to the driver with a lanyard no longer than forty-eight
(48) inches. All boats must
be equipped with the minimum recommended USCG safety devices. These
requirements can be viewed online at www.dbw.ca.gov
AND LIABIILTY: It is
the sole responsibility of all BBT boat owners to carry and maintain the
mandated, state required minimum liability coverage for themselves and their
passengers. Contestants also need to be aware that not all insurance policies
cover tournament participation, therefore all parties involved with the BBT
must consult with their insurance company prior to competing in any BBT
4a) WAIVER & RELEASE AGREEMENT: The undersigned understands and agrees that as consideration for being allowed to participate in any BBT event, whether prior to commencement, during the actual event and/or during any post-event festivities, he or she is doing so at his or her own risk. BBT and its owners, managers, employees, agents and sponsors (collectively “BBT”), shall not be liable for any damages, claims or causes of action arising from personal injuries or property damage sustained in, on or about the premises or waterways used for any BBT event, specifically including, but not limited to, all boat launches, bodies of water, parking lots or other public or private areas used for any BBT event. The undersigned assumes full responsibility for any injuries or damages which may occur during any BBT event, however caused, regardless of whether such injuries or damages are caused by the negligence of BBT or any of its employees or agents.
4b) On the Entry Form:
The participant also expressly acknowledges that by signing below he or she is relinquishing all rights he or she may have to file a lawsuit against BBT for injuries arising out of his or her participation in any BBT events or activities. This release is intended to be interpreted as broadly as allowed under California law.
SPORTSMANSHIP: All anglers are expected to act and conduct themselves in
a professional manner. Displaying of poor sportsmanship, willful violation of
rules and Local, State or Federal laws, and bringing unfavorable publicity to
the sport of bass fishing shall be grounds for disqualification. If one team
member is disqualified, the team shall be disqualified. BBT reserves the right
to revoke membership at any time without remuneration. BBT also reserves the
right to refuse service to any angler seeking to participate in sanctioned
events. BBT participants are required to cooperate with tournament official’s
boat for the purposes of boat inspection, photography, sponsor and media
6) ALCOHOL & DRUGS:
Alcoholic beverages, narcotic drugs, illegal drugs or any other
substances that may put yourself or other anglers safety at risk will NOT be
consumed or allowed in the boat before and during the tournament. Operator must
be coherent at all times.
tournaments will require a payment of entry fees in advance of the tournament.
Deadline for electronic registration through the BBT website and mail in registrations is 5 pm on the Thursday preceding the event. This applies to all BBT
team tournaments. Entry forms must be
filled out completely and mailed to your appropriate tournament director with
checks made payable in your tournament director’s name – NOT to “Tournament
Director”. Please see your region’s home page for mailing addresses and director name. Late
sign-ups will be accepted the night before the event from 4 PM to 6 PM or the
morning of the event at the designated location.
8) START OF
TOURNAMENT: A random
draw will be done to determine the starting boat position, the day of each
PARTNERS: A member
may fish the first two events of a trail’s season solo without a designated
partner. Members accumulate points for the designate team when fishing alone
providing the other team member does not participate in that same event. Either
member of a team is allowed to fish up to 2 events alone and representing the
team, providing that the team fishes at least 4 tournaments together. No
substitution of partners will be allowed except in cases of partner death,
catastrophic illness and military duty. BBT Team events are just that – team
events. Once you choose your partner, you must fish with that partner
throughout the season for championship qualifying and points accumulation.
10) TACKLE & EQUIPMENT: Intentional
snagging of fish will not be allowed. Trolling with the aid of combustion or
electric motors is not permitted. Only artificial lures may be used. No live
bait or prepared bait permitted with the exception of pork rinds. Liquid fish
attractants are allowed. Only one (1) rod may be used at any one time by each
angler. Other rods may be in the boat and ready for use, however, every cast
and retrieve must be completed before another cast is made. Rods may not exceed
eight feet in length. The use of underwater cameras is not allowed during competition.
Nets may not have a handle in excess of eight (8) feet in length.
AND MOTORS: All boats in BBT events must be a
minimum of 12 feet long and Coast Guard
approved. All boats will be equipped with navigation lights, killswitch and a aerated live well.
& LIVEWELLS CHECK:
It is the responsibility of the anglers to have their boat and live wells
checked by a BBT official or staff member immediately
prior to competition. A RIBBON will be placed on your trolling motor once your
boat has been checked. You will NOT be able to weigh in your fish without the
ribbon on the trolling motor or you will be disqualified.
contestant must have in possession a valid and current fishing license with
appropriate stamps governing the fishable waters of the event. Penalty for such
an offense is disqualification of the day's catch.
15) GUIDES: Guides may not be used on official
practice days, such as the Tournament of Champions pre fish days. Guides who guide for the same species that BBT tournament weigh in, will
not be allowed to fish in the BBT Events.
SPEED-RESTRICTED AREAS: No
boat may pass another contestant's boat in a restricted speed zone, in an
effort to gain an advantage. Speeding in a 5 mph zone is grounds for
disqualification if you are protested.
17) PERMITTED FISHING WATERS: No fishing is allowed inside the host
marina unless lake specific rules allow for such. If fishing is allowed within
the marina, no boats may fish within 100 feet of the launch ramp. No fishing is
allowed within 25 yards of another anchored or tied tournament boat with
trolling motor out of the water, without the anchored boat's permission. Both
team partners must fish from the same boat. Unless otherwise directed by the
tournament authority, only contestants may be in the boat during the tournament
hours. Having anyone hole-sit for anyone shall be grounds for disqualification.
Contestants cannot leave the boat to land a fish or gain access to a fishing
area. Restricting natural movement of fish by any means is automatic
disqualification. Navigable waters are the only waters to be fished during a
tournament and restricting boating access to an area by any means shall be
grounds for disqualification.
OFF- LIMITS: There is
No off limits period for any BBT regular events with the exception to the off
limits for the championship/TOC event. You may not receive or solicit fishing
related information from anyone who has fished the Championship waters during
the off limits period.
RESERVED AREAS: No
person may "hold" or "reserve" a fishing area for a
contestant at any time. Infraction of this rule will result in disqualification
of all parties involved.
INFORMATION SHARING: Once
an event has started it is against the rules for any contestant to receive help
or information about how/where to catch fish from someone else outside of their
own boat. This includes help from another contestant.
OR PHONE TRANSMITTING: Transmittal
of information via phone, radio, and text messaging or other means concerning
any aspect of fishing during a tournament is prohibited. Communication between
contestants and/or land lines may be used for breakdowns, emergencies,
business, or personal reasons.
OFFICIAL BOATS: Officials
may be on the water during contest hours, and can approach or observe any
contestant’s boat while taking photo or videos. Each contestant is required to cooperate with all reasonable
requests from media representatives or officials. Official boats may not be
used as contestant replacement boats.
natural movement of fish by any means such as but not limited to: use of nets,
tanks or dams will result in immediate disqualification. Restricting access to
waters normally accessible to anglers by any means such as but not limited to:
felling of trees or placement of obstructions will result in disqualification.
Transporting live gamefish taken in one area and releasing them in another area
for the purpose of establishing a population in the new area during the
practice period, during the tournament, or 30 days prior to the tournament is
strictly prohibited and grounds for disqualification.
rule concerns "sight or bedding" bass and is in effect at any time
either of these conditions exist, and is designed to eliminate illegal snagging
of bass. Intentional snagging of fish will not be allowed. A sight or bedding
fish is defined as one that can be seen and watched as it approaches the lure.
Fish caught under these conditions must be caught by hook and line and by the
fish ingesting the lure. Any bass caught that is either a "sight" or
"bed" fish must be caught "hook in mouth with the hook point
entering from the inside of the mouth" - and must be verified as a legal
catch by the angler's in-boat partner. Any "sight" or "bed"
fish caught by snagging or with hook starting from outside the mouth shall be
deemed an illegally caught fish and must be released. This same fish may be
caught again by the legal method - with the hook starting from inside the
mouth. Any angler catching a fish under these conditions and not verifying the
hook location with the other person in the boat may be disqualified from the
tournament. Standing on seats, or motor or the use of ladder or raised platform
for the purpose locating or fishing for bedding fish in not permitted.
and WEIGH-IN: During
all BBT events, teams will only weigh in five (5) fish for the days catch
measuring Thirteen inches (13”) flat on a flat board. BBT may allow for a
larger or smaller tournament limit on waters where state or lake limits are
greater. Any team weighing in a fish shorter than the legal tournament length
will be assessed a one (1) pound penalty plus the loss of the short fish. Any
team bringing more than five (5) fish to the scales will be disqualified. A
penalty of .20 lbs per dead fish will be deducted from the total weight. Any
team asking for a re-weigh will be given one; however no matter the outcome
that team will take the re-weigh weight for their official weight.
FISH: It is the
responsibility of each team to not have more than the local laws allows of fish
in a live well. If more than the local laws allow are present in the live well
during the event you will be subject to disqualification. However, a team may
not possess more than a five (5) fish limit once inside the host marina. No
culling is allowed in the host marina.
FISH: The big fish
award is an option at all BBT events. You may not weight in a DEAD fish to
claim the big fish award, however, a dead big fish will be counted toward your
overall weigh with dead fish penalty applied.
28) BREAKDOWN-EMERGENCIES: Anglers are not permitted to leave
their boats nor touch another boat, with the exception of an emergency or major
equipment failure during the tournament. In this case, it is permitted to be
towed either to safety or back to the weigh-in area by any safe means
available. You may not transport fish by land if you choose to trailer back to
the weigh-in area; however, you may have your fished transported to the
weigh-in by another tournament boat participating in the same event.
Transported fish must be held separate from another contestant’s fish. At least
one person must stay with your fish at all times and neither angler is permitted
to fish while under the assistance of another boat during the breakdown period.
IN FOR OFFICIAL WEIGH IN:
It is the responsibility of each team to check in with the BBT staff or BBT staff boat, you CANNOT bypass staff check in and go straight to weigh in sight. Late check in is grounds for disqualification.
determined by the total weight of each participants catch for the overall
event, less any penalties or dead fish weighed in. There is no bonus for live
fish. Points are awarded to each entrant of the event on a declining scale starting
at 150 points for first, 149 for second, 148 for third, etc… Five participation
points will be awarded to all entrants of the event. Participation points are
division will compete only within their own division for points. Payback for
all events will be in cash/check and will be based on paid entries, a 1 in 5 format.
Winnings/Money will be discussed at each event if winnings/money will be
combined due to the lack of participant in the Small Boat Division.
31a) Options and Big Fish Options - Will be paid back 100% of the amount that was paid in.
Awards during all
BBT Events require the winners to be present at the awards. Winners not present
at the awards ceremony will forfeit any and all prizes selected for them. This
does not include money won as a result of placement in the tournament. Any prizes
not awarded during a specific event will be carried over and awarded at the BBT
OF THE YEAR: Will be
determined by the team with the most points accumulated at the end of the year,
based on their best 6 events in one region with the same partner.
34) TOC : The TOC will be a separate event,
to be held at the end of the season. BBT anglers are eligible to win a grand
prize given away to the overall winner of the event. All other BBT money will
be kept separate. BBT will take the top 40% of the parameters to qualify. You need to fish a minimum of 4 events in one
region with the same partner and have a qualifying score based on the
total of your top 5 scores in one region with the same
partner. An additional 5 point bonus will be added to your
score if you fish all 6 events in that same region. Teams with the
same partner fishing any 7 or more regional events in the
BBT will automatically qualify for the TOC, you must fish more as a team then an individual. (Opens are not included). Teams qualifying for the TOC will be announced at the
conclusion of the full BBT schedule of all regular season events for the year.
Best Bass Tournaments
2017 TOC RULES and All BBT Rules Apply -
Additional T.O.C. Rules
1) This event
starts on Monday, October 3th, at 12:01am, this means you are not to talk to
anyone that is not in this TOC event throughout this week.
2) Off Limits
are Monday, October 3th and Tuesday 4th. You are not allowed to be on this body
practice days start at safe light on Wednesday, October 5th, Thursday 6th and
Friday 7th, until Check in time, 2 PM to 4 PM. If you show up after 4 PM we
will not check you in. You will have to do this on Saturday morning at 5 AM.
family member(s) and/ or friends, cannot be in your boat or you in their boat
during this week.
5) All safety Rules apply on Tournament days AND during practice days.
Place wins the $20,000.00 and forfeits all cash winnings including Option money
and Big Fish money. Second place and down receives cash and options in
accordance to their position placed.
PARTNER: An angler
who qualified to fish the TOC but has a partner who cannot attend can be placed
with another qualifying angler with the same situation. Partners will be
determined by a random draw. These situations will be reviewed and approved by
the tournament director.
36) PROTEST: All protests must be submitted in
writing within 15 minutes after the official closing of the scales.
contestants are subject to a polygraph test. Failure to submit is grounds for
automatic disqualification. Any contestant who has failed a polygraph test in
any bass tournament or contest or whose results are found to be inconclusive
shall not be eligible to compete in the BBT. Polygraph and voice stress testing
are performed at the discretion of the tournament director.
38) Photograph and Video: All photos and or video taken at a BBT
event are the property of the BBT and may be used for promotional purpose.