Tournament Rules




—Trail Events are open to everyone.  You do not need to be a LKA Club Member

—You must sign a liability waiver. Under 18 years of age need a parent’s signature or they will not be allowed to compete.

—You must be present at CHECK OUT to be eligible for points, prizes, or cash, unless an emergency comes up. (This will be determined by the Director.)

—You must launch at the appropriate ramps during a tournament. Failure to do so will result in DQ.

—All state laws and any regulations specific to the body of water we are fishing must be followed, including PFD rules, whistle rules, and light rules. Fishing in areas deemed off limits or not having a valid fishing license will result in disqualification.

South Carolina:
All boats must have a US Coast Guard approved wearable type PFD for each person on board or being towed. Each PFD must be in good condition, readily available and the proper size for the intended wearer. In addition, boats 16 feet in length or longer must carry a Type IV throw-able device. In South Carolina, any person under twelve years of age must wear a US Coast Guard approved Type I, II, III, or V PFD when on board a class “A” (less than 16 ft. long) boat

— A PFD must be worn at all times while on the water, failure to wear one will result in disqualification.

—Only paddle or peddle powered craft allowed. No electric motors or sails permitted. If any motor or sail is used, you will be disqualified.

—No Towing, unless injury, handicap, or loss of paddle/drive system. Towing without these reasons will result in a disqualification of all anglers involved.

—No live bait permitted, artificial only.  If live bait is used, you will be disqualified.

—No more than two lines in the water at one time. Trolling is permitted. More than 2 lines in the water will result in a disqualification.

—Each angler must catch and land their fish inside their kayak without assistance. No wade or bank fishing. If caught wade fishing, or receiving assistance, you will be disqualified. You must be in your kayak when taking your picture and your kayak must be in the picture.

—Fish will be measured to the nearest ¼ inch, last touched line. If the fish in laying in-between lines, judge’s discretion will be used.

— ENTIRE fish must be visible in the picture.  If the head or tail is cut off, fish will not be scored.

—-Your identifier must be present in the picture.  No identifier, No fish!! TD must be able to distinguish the identifier was given that day if only partial is showing.

— The left eye of the fish must be in the photograph or the fish will not be scored.

— Measuring device must be approved by TD (you will be required to bring your measuring device with you to register) it will be checked and stamped by the TD for use for that day, any device used that was not checked and stamped by the TD will result in the angler being disqualified.  HAWG Trough type is recommended with visible lines and markings.  All measuring devices need to be a rigid type, those that aren’t may be mounted on a board. 

—Mouth must be closed with fish facing left. The left side of the fish must be facing up. Tail can be pinched or in a natural position.  A deduction of 1” will be taken for an open mouth.  ANY AMOUNT OF OPEN WILL BE A PENALTY.  WE WILL NOT HAVE A PARTIAL RULE.

—If the tail is flipped up in the picture, the TD will make the ruling on the last touched line on the board.

—A deduction of 2” if you are late to check-in. Another 2 inches deducted at the 5-9:59min late mark. Another 2in deducted at the 10-14:59 minute mark. No photographs accepted after 15 minutes late.

— Tournaments start and end times will vary, and will be announced prior to the event.

—Ties will be broken by the largest fish entered, if still tied than time of the largest fish caught based on time stamp will determine winner.

—It is expected that you fish at least 50 yards away from another angler unless you have spoken to that angler. Please make your best effort to not cut anyone off. This is a curtesy rule.

PAYOUTS AND FORMATS

—Entry fee is $30 per tournament. $5 of that is for the Championship prize pot, $5 to cover insurance.

These are 100% payout tournaments.  Payouts will be based on the number of anglers participating.

# of Anglers
1st place paid
2nd place paid
3rd place paid
4th place paid
5th place paid
1-6
X




7-15
X
X



16-30
X
X
X


31-50
X
X
X
X

51->
X
X
X
X
X

Championship Entry Fee is $20**
**$5 additional for each Regular Trail Event Missed

The top 20**anglers will qualify for the Championship in November 2020.  This will be a point system format.

Trail Event Point System
First Place = 300 points
2nd-5th– Minus 5 points (295,290,285,280)
6th-10th– Minus 4 points (276, 272, 268, 264,260)

11th-15th Minus 3points (257,254,251,248,245)
16th and lower, minus 2 points.
No points for people who do not catch a fish, or weigh in.

Number of qualified anglers will be based on participants.  If we have under 20 paid participants we will qualify the top 10.  20+ and we will qualify the top 20 anglers. 
Points earned thru event participation will determine your launch time for the championship event.  1st – 5th finishers will launch first, 6th-10th finishers will launch 15 minutes after the event start, 11-15 will launch 30 minutes after the event start and 16-20 will launch 45 minutes after start.

Example:
6:00AM 1-5 launch
6:15AM 6-10 launch
6:30AM 11-15 launch
6:45AM 16-20 launch

You will qualify if you win an event




—Event is open to everyone.  You do not need to be a LKA Club Member to participate.

 —This is a fund raising event to benefit The “Heroes on the Water” organization   

— Entry Fee – $30 non-club members
                            $25 club members

— Captain’s Meeting on June 12th is mandatory unless preapproved by the Tournament Director (TD).  Location is TBD.  Registration will be between 6:30-7:30 with a short Captains Meeting and raffle to follow.  We will also have the Best Damn Tackle Box raffle (for each unopened tackle that you donate (limit 10 pieces per person), you will get one ticket – winning ticket takes the entire box)

—You must sign a liability waiver. Under 18 years of age need a parent’s signature or they will not be allowed to compete.

— All participants will be launching from the same ramp. Paradise Boat Landing – 1451 Chandler Rd, Awendaw, SC 29429

—All state laws and any regulations specific to the body of water we are fishing must be followed, including PFD rules, whistle rules, and light rules.

—You must have a valid SC Saltwater Fishing License; DNR is very likely to be at the ramp.

— A PFD must be worn while on the water during the tournament.

—Only paddle or peddle powered craft allowed. (Kayaks, Canoes, SUP) No electric motors or sails permitted

—No Towing, unless injury, handicap, or loss of paddle/drive system.

—This is a Catch, Photograph & Release format – Longest Aggregate length of a single Speckled Sea Trout and a single Red Fish. 

—No restrictions on bait.  Live, cut/dead, artificial and flies are all acceptable.  All SC DNR rules apply to applicable bait

—No restrictions on number of lines in the water.  Trolling is permitted.

—Fish will be measured to the nearest ¼ inch, last touched line. If the fish in laying in-between lines, judge’s discretion will be used.

— ENTIRE fish must be visible in the picture.  If the head or tail is cut off, fish will not be scored.

—-The tournament identifier (given at time of registration) must be present in the picture.  No identifier, No fish!! TD must be able to distinguish the identifier is the issued for the 2020 BaP.

— Measuring device must be approved by Tournament Director

—Mouth must be closed (Sea Trout) for the picture.  A .5” deduction will be taken for an open mouth. 

— Tournament Start time will be at safe light which will be announced at the Captains Meeting. 

— Tournament end time will be announced at the Captains Meeting.

—Ties – In the event of a tie in total inches the first tie breaker will be the largest redfish caught, in the event that both fish are the same length the  second tie breaker will be the time when the fish was caught with the earliest time getting the win.

—It is expected that you fish at least 50 yards away from another angler unless you have spoken to that angler. Please make your best effort to not cut anyone off. This is a curtesy rule!






 In order to participate you must read and agree to the Terms & Conditions set out below.

1. All anglers entering ChuckTownKayakBassin Tournaments agree that neither ChuckTownKayakBassin nor any of its owners, members, employees or sponsors are in any way liable for any injuries or accidents that may occur during angling or kayaking in the Tournament. You are entering the Tournament exclusively at your own risk. Failure to comply with these Rules shall be grounds for disqualification without refund. The ChuckTownKayakBassin Rules or time duration of the Tournament may be changed without advance notice but will be announced to registered anglers at such time as any changes are made. The Organizers reserve the right to alter rules due to exploitation or to end the tournament early at their discretion.

2. Who Can Enter: No one under the age of 13 years may enter the Tournament. Anglers ages 13 - 17 years must have a release of liability signed by their parent or guardian. That release can be obtained by contacting ChuckTownKayakBassin through e-mail.
Registration Fees
$30.00 for Online Regional Tournaments
$10.00 for OPTIONAL Big Bass

Eligible Bass Species
• Largemouth
• Smallmouth
• Spotted (Alabama or Kentucky)
• Shoal Bass

Eligible Watercraft
All catches must be made from a kayak, SUP, canoe/hybrid, or a canoe. No Wading or Out-Of-Kayak fishing. Fish must be hooked, fought, and landed from the kayak. No length restrictions on kayaks, SUP, or canoe/hybrids. Kayaks with sails, tandem kayaks, kayaks with pedal drives and kayaks with stabilizers are allowed. Motorized kayaks (electric or gas) are NOT allowed. Please contact the organizers if you wish to participate in an event and a physical impairment completely prevents you from paddling or pedaling a kayak.

Eligible Water
Anglers will only be allowed to fish the adjoining waterways of the event from the admin designated launch areas. Kayaks may not be transported by vehicle to another section of the fishery. Private fisheries not accessible by the public do NOT qualify as eligible waters. All entrants and competitors agree to abide by all local and federal boating, recreational, and game laws.

Scoring
Scoring is accomplished by the “catch-measure-photo-release” method. All fish will be capture via smartphone or digital camera. Participants must use a camera to take a photo of the bass on the standard measuring device that is on the “approved list.”
• Anglers may score up to 5 bass as per the approved bass species above. Fish are scored via length (inches) and the longest combined length will win.
• Anglers may begin fishing at the time noted at each event or as specified by each tournament director.
• Photos taken before or after authorized fishing time will not be accepted.
• Fish tails can be displayed in natural or pinched position. Fish head must be facing left, top fin up with a COMPLETELY CLOSED mouth touching the bump board. (1” deduction for open mouth). No obstructions (hands, lipping device) can be in the clear view of where the portion of the closed mouth is contacting the bump board. Submissions that do not match the above criteria may be subject to rejection and disqualification by the sole discretion of the tournament directors.
• The bass must be measured with an “approved” measuring device. The only approved measuring device(s) as of March, 2019 are the Hawg Trough Measuring Board, YakGear Fish Stik, and Ketch Measuring Board.
• A specific tournament identifier will be provided for each event. The specific tournament identifier for that tournament must be clearly present in the photo submission in order to qualify. Identifiers can be drawn onto the hand/board/kayak/etc as long as they remain completely unobstructed and legible in submissions. If the FULL identifier is not displayed within the photo submission the submission may be disqualified by the sole discretion of the tournament directors.
• Anglers are authorized to have more than one identifier within submission photo.
• If an identifier is lost within the designated tournament, the participant may contact an admin for replacement. Admin accessibility for identifier replacement may not be guaranteed during tournament fishing due to cell coverage, distance, or admin participation. Fish with no identifier/obstructed identifiers/illegible identifiers will not be accepted as a valid submission.
• All fish must be released back into the water system where they were caught before an angler can fish for his/her next catch.
• Submitted fish measuring the same length will be evaluated for distinct differences in appearance, timestamp, and location caught. One way to ensure these distinct differences can be accurately identified is to remove any obstructions (identifiers, hands, etc) that will obscure the unique pattern of your fish. Anglers suspected or identified as submitting the same fish multiple times during the same tournament may be subject to disqualification as per the sole discretion of the tournament director.
• Fish appearing to be mutilated/dead may be subject to rejection by the tournament director. The tournament committee will review all photos to verify both validity of catch and final angler rank.
• Length is rounded down to the nearest quarter of an inch.
• Participants must be present at the weigh in at the designated time or will be deduced 2” for every 5 minutes they are late. Participants over 30 mins late will be completely disqualified.
• Ties are broken by fastest submission of last fish caught measured and submitted. If timestamps are not activated - in the event of a tie - the directors will approve the time stamped fish.

List of Possible Deductions
- Blurry photo/Unable to Judge
Deny
- Appears to be screenshot/photo of photo
Deny
- Watercraft not visible in background
Deny
- Bass positioned w/ head pointing right
Deny
- Bass positioned w/ dorsal fins at bottom
Deny
- Official identifier missing
Deny
- Bass not touching measuring board fence
Deny
- Incorrect/Obstructed/Illegible Identifier
Deny
- Secured by restraining device
Deny
- Fingers touching tail fin
1” penalty
- Mouth open
1” penalty
- Multiple of Same Bass
Ban/Disqualify

Handling of Fish
We strongly encourage catch and release fishing to be practiced during series events in the spirit of conservation and sportsmanship. Bass and other fish species may seem very durable but mishandling them can result in serious injury and death to the fish. Please remember to keep the fish out of the water only long enough to capture a qualifying submission picture and then immediately return the fish to the water. Slow resuscitation may be required if the fish is exhausted after a long fight. Before laying the fish down, wet your measuring board, especially in the hot Summer months as to not damage the fish. It is recommended that larger fish be supported with two hands – one grasping the lower jaw and the other supporting the fish near the anal fin. Gill plates and the interior gills are especially sensitive to damage. Pictures submitted with items (fingers, stringers, pliers, fish grips, etc) INSIDE gill plates will be disqualified.
Example of Measuring Postures

Eligible Fishing Methods
All fish must be caught alive on a conventional rod and reel in a sporting manner. Only artificial lures may be used during competition. Live bait (minnows, worms, crawfish, frogs, etc) may NOT be used. Commercially sold pork trailers or scents may be added and used. An intentionally foul hooked fish may NOT be scored. Anglers may not catch fish or measure and submit fish that have been caged or confined in an area prior to the tournament, including fish deliberately displaced into a small pool prior to the event. All fish must be caught during the hours of completion. Trolling is allowed. Fly fishing is allowed. No cast nets allowed, but anglers may use a landing net. More than one rod can be in used at a time if the angler is trolling.

Safety
Safe boating will be observed at all times. Each contestant is required to comply with all state boating and fishing laws and regulations during competition. ChuckTownKayakBassin’ requires the use of pfds while on the water.

Weather
In the event of potentially dangerous weather, the admins of ChuckTownKayakBassin may cancel an event. In the event of cancellation, a post will be issued to the ChuckTownKayakBassin Facebook page confirming the cancellation, required return to the ramp, and the updated and official end time of approved submissions. Cancellation of tournaments is the sole discretion of the Tournament

Sportsmanship
All anglers must adhere to a high standard of sportsmanship that portrays our sport in a positive light.
• The possession, use, or influence, of alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs during events is prohibited.
• All anglers participating in ChuckTownKayakBassin tournaments acknowledge these rules and are considered under a statement of honor.
• Participants and members suspected of, or found guilty of, falsifying submission(s) (whether intentional or non-intentional) are subject to being disqualified and subject to a lifetime ban from registering in all future ChuckTownKayakBassin Events at the sole discretion of the ChuckTownKayakBassin Administrators.
• ChuckTownKayakBassin Administrators have the sole discretion to ban members and participants that have been found to have a history of unsportsmanlike conduct.
• Participants and members banned for unsportsmanlike conduct will be subject to having their entry fee dues, pending winnings, and membership dues forfeited.

Photo/Video & Email Rights
All entrants agree that any photos, videos, tournament data, recorded audio, and angler profile information shall be used by ChuckTownKayakBassin indefinitely and may also be utilized by any of its tournament partners in future projects, promotions, articles, media releases or newsletter emails. Shared media submitted to the ChuckTownKayakBassin Facebook and Instagram Page may be utilized in its discretion for promotional purposes.

Final Decisions
Any decisions that need to be made in relation to the event will be done so by the tournament committee. Tournament committee decisions are final. ChuckTownKayakBassin Administrators reserve the right to ban enrollment in future events and disqualify any participants or submission at their sole discretion at any time.

Have Fun
Remember, winning is not something you can completely control as there is no way to play defense in this sport. All you can control is your fishing and your attitude so relax, have fun, and enjoy your time on the water. No amount of money is worth more than your name.
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