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-The following rules for the Big Bass Bash Tournament will be interpreted solely by the tournament
director. The director reserves the right to reject any entry he feels is not in the best interest of the
Tournament. Any announcements made by the tournament director at the tournament site take
precedent over written rules. All decisions of the tournament director are final.
SAFETY & SPORTSMANSHIP:
-Safe boating must be observed at all times. Life jackets and kill switches must be used any time
the combustion motor is running. All contestants are required to follow the highest degree of
sportsmanship, courtesy, and conservation. At the discretion of the Tournament Director,
tournament days may be shortened or cancelled due to unsafe weather or water conditions. Shall
this occur a refund will be given to each contestant. No alcohol or controlled substance can be
used or allowed in the boat during tournament hours.
-You must use running lights if you get on the water before daylight.
-All boats must be equipped with an operating live well. (An aerator in an ice chest is acceptable)
-Boat owners must have at least $100,000 of Boating Liability Insurance. Proof of insurance may
be asked for at any time.
-Participants under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or adult with written
-All local, state, federal and Game & Fish regulations shall apply and must be observed during
tournament hours. Tournament boats may be inspected by tournament officials at any time.
-If a contestant is disqualified for rules violations, all other contestants in his/her boat will be
-If you have fished a Bassmaster Elite, or the “PRO” side in a FLW Tour or PAA event in
the past 2 years, you are ineligible to fish. If you have ever won a Bassmaster Classic or FLW
Championship, you are ineligible to fish.
-If you have provided guide service or instructional fishing on the tournament lake within one year
of the tournament date, you are ineligible to fish. If you have been a licensed guide on the tournament
lake within the past 12 months of tournament date you are ineligible to fish.
-If you have made more than $12,000 in tournament winnings (including cash, prizes, incentive
money) a year prior to the tournament date, you are ineligible to fish.
Big Bass Bash winnings are excluded from the $12,000 money cap.
We reserve the right to refuse any entry we feel is not in the best interest of the tournament.
-Any person who has been disqualified from any prior tournament may be subject to being refused
entry into tournament.
-Contestants must have a valid fishing license for the tournament lake in their possession unless
exempt. License may be asked for at the time of weigh-in.
REGISTRATION, ENTRY FEE, & RECEIVING PRIZES :
-Entry form with complete entry fee must be received before fishing. No refunds or substitution of
entry fees will be allowed. Each day registration will close 1 hour after the start of the tournament.
-Checks WILL NOT be accepted when registering at the lake.
-Any angler receiving a check must complete and submit a W-9 form.
PERMITTED FISHING AREAS & HOURS:
-The official lake off limit times "FROM FISHING" are from 7pm prior to each tournament day and
ends at official start time each morning. There is no formal launch site, contestants may leave from
any launch site on the tournament day, but may not begin casting until official start time.
-Permitted fishing areas are anywhere on tournament waters available to the public and accessible
by boat, except areas designated as “off limits” or “no fishing “ by local, state, or federal officials
or within 50 yards of a competitor’s boat that was first anchored. You cannot fish within the
marker buoys or within 100 yards of any weigh-in station.
-No fishing within 50 yards of a marina gas pump.
-No contestant may leave a boat to land a fish.
TACKLE & EQUIPMENT:
-Alabama Rig Rules:
-All anglers must abide by the state regulations set for the number of hooks allowed. Anyone caught throwing an illegal Alabama (Umbrella)
Rig will face disqualification.
-All fishing will be done with a rod and reel and artificial lures only. The use of pork rinds is acceptable.
-No trolling with the combustion engine.
-No electronic tracking device (implanted microchips) may be used to locate fish for tournament
purposes. However, depth finders and graph charts are acceptable.
WEIGH IN, SPORTSMANSHIP, & CONSERVATION:
-No trailering of boats. You must come to the weigh-in by water.
-Participants are expected to show sportsmanship, safety, courtesy, and conservation during
-Use of a professional guide is prohibited during the week (7days) prior to the starting time of the
-Each boat may have up to 3 contestants. Each contestant is responsible for their own catch.
No sharing of fish is allowed. Each angler must weigh in their own catch.
-Only paid contestants are allowed in a boat. Non contestants are not allowed in a paid
contestants boat at any time during tournament hours.
-Each contestant is allowed to have 2 fish in their possession at any time during the tournament.
Fish entered into the bi-hourly contest do not carry over from time slot to time slot. Only the largest fish
per contestant is eligible to win an overall prize.
-Bi-Hourly time slots are:
Lake of the Ozarks (6:30am-9am for Spring) 7am-9am, 9am-11am, 11am-1pm, 1pm-3pm.
Grand Lake (6am-8am, 8am-10am, 10am-12pm, 12pm-2pm)
-Each individual may weigh-in 1 fish per time slot, up to 4 a day.
-A fish may only be weighed once. Once the fish has been weighed-in it becomes property of the
tournament committee and will, if possible, be returned live and healthy to the lake.
-All bass caught during the tournament hours must be weighed in on the day of the catch.
-All fish must be a minimum of 15 inches in length at Lake of the Ozarks, 14 inches at Grand Lake.
Only largemouth, smallmouth, and Kentucky spotted bass (Black bass) will be eligible to be weighed in.
-Each contestant must weigh their own fish. No contestant can have more than one (1) fish in their
weigh-in bag, and cannot weigh-in more than one fish per each weigh-in period. Tournament
weigh-in bags will be provided, but you may use your own.
-Any artificially or preserved bass will be disqualified and that contestant will be subject to
prosecution under federal law.
-No bass allowed on ice. Bass must be alive when they are brought to the weigh-in. Dead fish will
not be weighed-in.
-No hole sitting allowed, which means you cannot have another angler/boat holding a fishing spot for you.
-All Bi-Hourly ties will be broken by the earliest weigh-in time for that time slot. If weigh-in times are the
same a tie breaker will be determined by earliest application entry.
-Ties for the overall big bass will be determined by earliest application entry.
-All protests must be submitted in writing to one of the tournament Directors within fifteen (15)
minutes of the designated weigh-in.
QUALITY ASSURANCE TESTS:
By contestant(s) signature on entry form and /or participation in these tournaments, the
contestant(s) agree to any quality assurance tests if required by the Tournament Director.
They may include all or part of the following: CVSA, Polygraph test, Urinalysis, or Blood test.
Refusal of an angler to submit to a test or failure of a test will result in loss of winnings,
immediate disqualification, plus subsequent disqualification from future tournaments.
Tests are mandatory for the top 3 overall winners. Bi-Hourly winners will be chosen randomly.
-The tournament sponsors, officers, employees, etc. will not be responsible for boating or water
accidents. Each tournament contestant will be solely responsible for his/her actions with regard
to inclement weather or any other potentially dangerous situation which may arise. The
contestant assumes the risk of any and all damages or injury of any nature which may result from
any source during the tournament. Should any contestant be a minor, a parent/guardian shall
grant such release on the part of the minor.
-The tournament director has the right to cancel the tournament for any reason. Shall this occur a
refund will be given to each contestant. The tournament could be postponed and date of
tournament rescheduled due to reasons beyond our control.
If you have any questions, please call:
Toll Free: 1-866-515-0102
QUALITY ASSURANCE TESTS (POLYGRAPH TESTS) WILL BE ADMINISTERED AT EVERY BIG BASS BASH EVENT
By contestant(s) signature on entry form and /or participation in these tournaments, the contestant(s) agree to any quality assurance tests if required by the Tournament Director. Quality assurance test may include all or part of the following: CVSA, Polygraph test, Urinalysis, or Blood test. Refusal of an angler to submit to a test or failure of a test will result in loss of winnings, immediate disqualification, plus subsequent disqualification from future tournaments.