BassGrabbers Tournament Trails
BANK FISHING TRAILS
The BassGrabbers Bank Fishing Individual Trail is a 4 hour event held once a month through the months of Feb-Oct. Tournaments are won on the best total length within a 4 bass limit.
In the Teams Events, the bass are judged by best 5 bass limit combined for the team.
The best bass limits for both the Individual Trail and the Teams Trail in length wins 1st place which is a 60% payout followed by second place at 30% and 3rd place with 10%. If only 2 competitors place, the payout can go either 60/40 or 65/35. Registration and administration fees shall always be paid on the day of the event at check in. These fees pay for website, trophies, T-shirts, etc. This trail is funded by the competitors who compete within the trail.
The BassGrabbers reserves the right of refusal to anyone. However, we do not discriminate against age, sex, race, or national origin. These tournaments are all ages events and can make for some awesome family quality time so don’t leave your kids behind! Just make sure all the rules and regulations are followed so that it may provide a safe and fun time for all..
These tournament trails are a lot of fun and it possesses a great group of people with various skill levels . We look forward to having anyone who believes they are up to the challenge and has a desire to learn, win, and most of all, have fun.
INDIVIDUAL BANK FISHING TRAIL
1st Tournament of the Year: $35.00
-$20.00 to Pot
-$10.00 for Yearly Registration (one time charge)
-$5.00 for Monthly administration Fees
-$5.00 Big Bass (optional)
-$2.00 20UP Pot (optional)
Each Tournament after the your first tournament: $25.00
TEAM BANK FISHING TRAIL (Must have paid Yearly membership fee to participate)
TEAM TOTAL: $50.00
-$20.00 to Pot
-$5.00 to Monthly registration fee
-$5.00 to Big Bass Pot (optional)
-$2.00 20UP POT (optional)
Individual & Team Bank Fishing Tournament Rules
Section 1 Fishing Distance
1. Each participant must allow a casting fan between each other while fishing. This means that each fisherman must be permitted to fan cast within reason without interference of another competitor. In some situations, you will not be able to fan cast due to obstruction.
2. You are allowed to stand and talk next to a competitor however, a mutual agreement with competent judgement must be made. If a competitor tells another to give space and he/or she is there first, the approaching competitor must yield to his or hers wishes. All request must be made politely with the up most respect . If a dispute breaks out, notify the nearest Director onsite immediately. Take a picture or video to bring to the Director. If the approaching competitor catches, the fish can be protested with PROOF OF PICTURE OR VIDEO WITH TIME AND DATE STAMP. No competitor by any means is allowed to cast under you while you are casting out or in the process of changing lures, or equipment maintenance . This creates a safety hazard and is unsportsmanlike. If someone is in "your spot" politely and respectfully find another.
3. Do not cross lines or try to cast in someones area if someone has found a hot spot. Be up to the challenge and find your own. Failure to comply will result in 1 warning from an official and if the occurrence is documented by picture or video, the violator will receive a DQ
Section 2A Presenting your catch
1A. The fisherman who caught the fish must present a picture of the fish or the fish will not count. People are allowed to help young kids, older competitors, and the disabled.
1B. in teams, a Team member cannot catch a fish and picture then hand it off to their partner to picture, This will result in DQ for the team and a permanent ban from any BassGrabbers Sanctioned Event.
1C. The code on the forehand must be present in the picture with the fish and measurement. It must be visible and legible.
2. Pictures must be visible with a VISIBLE measuring board and code written on forehand.
3. IF YOU DO NOT HAVE YOUR CODE VISIBLE ON YOUR FOREHAND IN THE PICTURE, IT WILL NOT COUNT!!!
4.THE WHOLE FISH MUST BE PICTURED AND THE WHOLE MEASUREMENT MUST BE VISIBLY PICTURED!! IF IT IS NOT YOU WILL ONLY RECEIVED WHAT THE MEASURING DEVICE SHOWS IN THE PICTURE BY INCHES SHOWN.. NO EXCEPTIONS. If you are using the type of measuring board where the numbers start after 0" and you have a fish on the board but you board cannot measure such a small fish, the fish in counted invalid because the it cannot be visibly measured. Please use a board that can measure the whole fish. Any fish presented pictured with measuring tape will NOT be valid. The board is now our oficial way of measuring. ALL fish must have the head facing the bump board and tail facing the measurement.
5. If you loose the tournament code, please call the Tournament Director for a new one. You must find him. They do not have to come to you. Remember that they are competing too so please be respectful. Its best to carry a marker on you to write the days code incase yours rubs off.
6. Winner is judged by the best 4 bass in individual or the best 5 within a team. Each inch of each bass counts as a point. Any member of the black bass family qualifies: (largemouth, smallmouth, spotted or guadalupe In length to nearest 1/4" going forward from tip of mouth to tip of tail. YOU WILL ONLY RECEIVE CREDIT WITH WHAT YOU PRESENT. If your picture does not show tip of mouth to tip of tail, you will only get what is shown in inches.
7. If a tie occurs between 2 or more competitors or 2 or more teams that caught a limit of 4 bass, the winner will be based on a "Big Bass Challenge". Whoever has the largest bass in length out of the tie, will claim the victory. If 2 competitors or teams have the same length, the winner will be judged on the next best bass and so on.
8. If a tie occurs between 2 or more competitors or teams and one has less than a bass limit and the other has a bass limit, the competitor or team with the limit will claim the victory unless other competitors or teams are in a limit tie (see Big Bass Battle above).
9. If all lengths match in a total tie, sudden death will be declared. Sudden Death allows ALL competitors to re-enter. Once a fish is caught, pictured and released, the competitor or team must present the picture immediately to claim the victory. (Competitors or teams who re-enter can only win by sizes instead of first fish within the sudden death hour). If a competitor or team who re-enters ties the competitors without the competitors who caused sudden death, we will go into another hour of sudden death. If a tie cannot be broken, the pot will split among the tie.
10. If no one catches within original tournament hours, one sudden death hour can be declared by a unanimous vote. If sudden death is not declared, we can proceed a make up date to have a winner for the month. If no one catches after that, the pot will be a full return to each competitor except for registration and membership dues.
11a. You can not use the same species of the same length in your measurements. A spotted bass and a largemouth are two different types.
11b. In teams, if both team mates can have the same size fish in their limit but must individually have different lengths, the fish are valid because they were caught by 2 different people. 11c. In the ECS, you can have the same size fish. However, they have to be caught on separate days.
12. You can use the same species of bass with a different measurement.
13.All fish must be measured accurately. NO EXCEPTIONS.
14. If no one catches anything during the tournament, we will go into a 1 hour sudden death or everyone can take a vote to have a whole new redo of the tournament on a different day that does not interfere with other tournaments. The first contestant that catches first within the hour will claim the tournament win. All contestants must report back to check in before sudden death is declared. If no one catches, your money will be refunded. Refunds are not permitted after the tournament begins. Money can be refunded if there are No catches after 1 hour sudden death.
15. Helping anyone by giving them a fish that you caught is STRICTLY PROHIBITED or you taking a fish from anyone is also forbidden.
2b POINT SYSTEM
1 Point per fish inch
Example 12" bass=12 points
20 points for winning a monthly tournament
15 points for coming in 2nd
10 points for coming in 3rd
Teams: points are calculated by fish inch only. Teams points are calculated by the best overall limit for the regular season Teams events. The top 5 limits throughout the season will receive an invitation to the Teams Championship. In the Championship, every team starts with a clean slate and winner will be the best team of that day.
16. You must report back in a timely manner to final measuring. You have 10 minutes to report back or otherwise given by the Director to report back. If you do not show up for final measuring and have not contacted the Director past 15 minutes, you will receive an automatic disqualification.
Section 3 Ground
1. If you are caught going past the limited area for the tournament, you will be disqualified without refund. If someone reports you, it can not be word of mouth. Everyone should have a photographic device to take video or pictures and report back with the tournament director for any action to take place. Report all rule breaking the day of the tournament. If you hold your peace, it never happened and no one will ever know the truth.
2. Use common courtesy and common sense at all
3. Boundaries are to be available on the website and verbally given on the day of and prior to the tournament. If not given by the Director on site, It must have been on the website within 24 hours prior to the event.
Section 4 Fishing License
1. Fishing License is required by the State of Texas. BassGrabbers Tournament Trails can not and will not be held responsible for anyone who is caught fishing without a license. It is the competitors responsibility to purchase a license in order to fish legally. If caught fishing illegally by authorities, BassGrabbers Tournament Trails will not vouch for the violator and they will be removed from fishing the trail and presented a DQ until a valid license is presented and verified through the Director.
2. Anyone who wins any money at an event will be subject to a fishing license check. If they do not have their fishing license on them, they will not receive the money or points and it will be given down to the next individual who meets this criteria. It will not matter if they left it at home, etc.. All competitors must be licensed and have their license on them. No exceptions.
Section 5 Live Bait, Electronic gear
1. NO fish finders or other devices that can electronically locate fish or determine a type of bait or lure the fish will want for the day will be allowed.
2. Live bait is now prohibited from all BassGrabbers sanctioned events.
Section 6 Foul Language and Sportsmanship
1. Try to keep language classy.
4. NO personal attacks verbal or physical is allowed during the tournament , on the BG Facebook page, or on any level PERIOD. This is your warning. If I find out that someone is being harassed , I will do a brief investigation and rid the trouble makers. This is not a place for high ego prima donnas. Fish hard or go home.
Section 7 Disqualifications
1. You are responsible for your own gear and safety. And you are responsible for knowing and understanding all rules and regulations. You are to check these rules and regulations BEFORE EVERY TOURNAMENT.
2. Any cheating of any kind will either disqualify a competitor from all of BassGrabbers Tournament Trails depending on the violation and the final call by the Head Director. If you see someone fishing beyond the rule book, contact the Tournament Director immediately and use your phone or camera to document the occurrence.
3.All tournaments are scheduled for 4 hours except for championship events which are 5 hours.
4. If everyone is fishing except for a few, the ones who are done must wait until the tournament is complete.
5. All buckets and ice chests and tackle boxes/bags are subject to inspection prior to fishing. (the reason is to ensure that no one is bringing fish to measure that they did not catch during the tournament).
6. You must be present for the entire 4 hours of the tournament (depending on given duration) and report to check in after the tournament to receive your points. You do not have to stay for final measuring however, it shows good sportsmanship.
7. If you have to leave the tournament for any reason before final measuring, notify the designated tournament director and text your pictures to him so that you may receive credit for your catches. All pictures must be in no more than 15 minutes after a tournament has ended. If not, your points will be void and you will receive and automatic DQ.
8. No one is allowed to fish a tournament location the day before for before a tournament begins. If area is policed and a violation is found, it will be immediate DQ
Section 9A The ECS
1. The ECS will be invitational only.
2. The ones qualified and that are in the top 10 in points will make it to the ECS.
3. The events will be 5 hours.
4. In that duration, all of your catches need to be measured because your best 5 of the day will be your daily total. YOUR BEST 5 THROUGHOUT THE 2 DAY EVENT WILL BE YOUR ECS TOTAL.
5. However, no fish of the same bass species can be the same length unless its on a different day.
1. In teams, the top 5 Teams will advance to a 1 day Championship
6. If an individual who has earned the right to participate in the ECS cannot make the FULL SERIES, their spot will be forfeited and given to #16. If they claim their spot at day 1 ( or day 2 but canot make day 1) of the ECS, and cannot appear at the following event, their spot will still stand and the tournament will go with 14 rather than 15.
7. Participants who did not make the cut can participate in optional pots.
Section 10 Protests
1. A picture can be protested at final measuring. The protest must take place when your name is called before final measuring is complete. Once completed, all protests are invalid
2. All protest decisions will be decided by the Tournament Director on hand OR higher authority.
3. All protests must be for a the common good of all competitors.
4. They may not be out of bitterness.
5. All protests must be the day of and prior to final measuring ends. If a problem is spoken after it happened, as far as rules are concerned, it never happened. SPEAK UP
Section 11 Payout
1. At each tournament, there must be a 60%, 30%, 10% payout. If only two people catch fish, it will change to a 60%, 40% payout or 65/35 depending on directors discretion. If one person catches, it will be winner take all.
2. There will be NO REFUNDS even if you have to leave early or are disqualified.
SECTION 13 Fundraiser Tournaments
1. All rules apply to fundraiser tournaments with the exception of 3 bass limit. Fundraisers are based on your biggest bass in length (Big Bass) UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED.
2. Big Bass Battle:
Anyone even non-members can enter this event. Points will be rewarded only to current members. This tournament winner will be based on the best overall 1 bass.
3. The winner will receive the total pot along with 10 points for placing first unless specified in stipulations.
4. Also, newcomers are allowed to compete but cannot earn points at this event because registration and yearly dues are not to be paid for this event. The tournament entry is $20 per person. $10 will go to the pot and $10 to the proceeds. (Dan Taylor Fundraiser: all proceeds ($20) will go to Dan Taylor fund and $5 worth of unopened fishing gear or cash goes to the pot) If a competitor can not attend, you have to option of gaining 10 points by donating $10 to the proceeds (Per Dan Taylor fundraiser: $20 donation will get you 12 points). If a competitor can not attend, donations must be sent to Rus Prater PRIOR of the event in order to receive points . Also please remember that this a fundraiser first and a tournament second.
5. Food Drive:
Anyone can fish this event. Entry fees are 5 can goods or 5 non-perishable items plus at least $10 to donate to the pot. This event will be based on BEST BASS.
6. Toy Drive:
Anyone can fish this event. Entry fees are 1 toy (boy or girl,you pick) and $10 to donate to the pot. This event will be based on BEST BASS.
7. Team Lotto: Everyone puts their name in a hat and their partner is drawn for them
8. 1 Rod/1 Lure: If this is implied to a fundraiser event, you are only permitted to carry 1 rod and 1 type of pattern.
example: if you like to fish with crankbaits you can carry a box of crankbaits lipless or billed any color any size.
9. Winner is judged on best ONE Big Bass. In other words, if your team mate has the big bass, you win along side! This way, its open game and everyone has the same fair shot of winning.
SECTION 15 Take-off
1. You are now only permitted to leave from check in 15 minutes prior to fishing time unless otherwise instructed. This allows the Directors to have the same fair shot as the rest of the competitors. Sometimes people arrive late adding stress and time the Directors must take to taking care of a competitor. Official Check in ends 15 minutes before 1st cast.
2. 4 or more people will make an official tournament.
3. If less than 4, the competitors can either vote for a redo (depending on available dates) or cancel all together depending on tournament Directors discretion.
SECTION 16 Teams
1. In teams events, winner is judged by the best 5 bass limit within the team.
2. Both team members can have the same length in a fish but one can not have 2 of the same length in species,
3. The same fish is not allowed to be pictured twice by both team members, If this occurs and the violating parties are caught by protest, this will lead to automatic ban from all tournaments within BassGrabbers Tournament Trails.
4. You can only change team members once during the season. In this occurrence, a record is taken for which team member caught fish. they can form another team using their previous fish.
5. If you need a substitute for your team, your sub can not add to your teams limit count in the standings. They can only help win the single event. However, the person who is on the original team can earn length for their team.
6. If two members from 2 different teams come together, each individual person can win length for their teams. If an individual who is a member of an official team can not compete for whatever reason, they can have a sub. a sub can be from another team if their team is not participating that day. The fish that EACH INDIVIDUAL measured can be used to win that event but the individual fish can also be sent back to their original team and add to that teams limit if needed, If you sub without an official team and accumulate measured fish, you can hold your individual fish length and when you find a partner, you can use that length if needed.
6b. You choose to fish solo for your team if your partner is absent
7. Your team can enter at any time during the trail except the championship,
8. The teams that will be invited to the Championship are the top 5 teams with the best 5 overall limit within the teams seasonal trail. If your partner cannot attend the championship, you are allowed to have a sub to participate for the Championship. Even though your partner may not be able to make it to the Championship, if your team made the top 5, you will not loose all season limit. In this case, since this is the last event for the year, your new sub becomes your new partner. The Championship will begin with all teams at a clean slate. The team that produces the best 5 bass limit that day, wins it all.
Section 17 Big Bass
1. Big bass is always optional. It is $5.00
2. You must have paid the 1 time yearly membership fee in order to compete for Big Bass.
3. Big Bass is a members only side pot.
4. You can only buy in before the start of a tournament.
Section 18 20UP Pot
1. Cost $2.00 per person per event.
2. In order for each person to compete, they must pay the $2 fee.
3. The way this will work is: If a competitor catches a bass 20'' and above, they will win the pot
4. This will be 100% payout and the jackpot will always be listed on the website.
5. You can not buy in after you have completed a tournament. You can only buy in prior to any event.
6. Each picture must have a date and time stamp or tournament code,
7. If jackpot is not won by the seasons end, the money will carry on until we have a winner.
8. If two competitors both catch bass over 20" then Big Bass Battle Rules come into play. (Sec 2.7)
Section 19 Angler of the Year
1. Angler of the Year or AOY is determined by whoever is number in points after the last regular season event of the year .
2. Angler of the Year winner will receive an award and also receive 1 free entry into any event for the following season.
Section 20 Weather
1. With Winter Mix with road and ground conditions, it makes fishing very dangerous. The Head Director will make the call. All other conditions, the Directors on Site will make calls. We buy no means, call an event because "the fish are not biting" We rough through them. If you notice any bad weather, contact the Director on site immediately
2. All rules and regulations are subject to revisions and additions at any time during the trail except for during tournament hours. Some rules will be enforced from direct order from the Head Director.
3. It is wise to always revisit these rules prior to each tournament.
4. It is also, the competitors responsibility to check periodically for any changes. At each competitors first appearance for a new season, they will sign an online liability waiver and a safety waiver stating that they will understand, comply, and keep up with any changes within the year.
5. BassGrabbers Tournament Trails reserves the right to refuse service for not complying with these rules and regulations.
Section 21 Late Arrival
1. Please register online no later than the night before the tournament (preferably no later than 10pm) . This gives Directors ample time to check the database and have all registrations prepared. If you do not, you will have to register online the day of the tournament. This will make your check in time longer than what it has to be.
2. If you are GOING TO BE LATE , contact your Director 15 minutes prior before take off to notify via text or call. (Directors numbers are located in this contact tab on this site.) Please do not call the Director who is not in charge of the event. Call the correct Director. At this occasion, the Director can leave a marker and let you know the code of the day by text or call to mark on your forehand to use. If marker is left for you, please return it where you got it from. in the text or call you must verify if you are also fishing for Big Bass or/and 20+ pot. You are to find the director and pay the director or work out another arrangement when you find him. They will NOT come to you.
3. If you do not notify the Director before take off of late arrival, they will assume that you are a no show. If in fact, you are a no show, you will be charged the $5.00 registration fee for the date that was a no show unless called or texted that you have to cancel and will not be able to make it.
SECTION 23 REGISTRATION
1. All registrations must be completed online prior to being checked in the day(s) of or prior to an event.
2. If a new competitor registers but no shows, they will be charged the registration fee of $5.00 and it will stand until paid in full along with membership fee and the monthly registration fee for the month.
3. If a regular registers with a no show, their membership will be suspended until the month is paid.
4, If you have registered but can not attend, please notify one of the Directors on hand prior to the event via text, email, phone or the form in registration and the monthly registration fee will not receive penalty.
5. Cancellations must be made prior to start time. If they are not then the monthly registration fee charge will stand until paid in full.
WHAT TO BRING
VISIBLE MEASURE BOARD
YOUR "A" GAME