CHATTANOOGA BASS ASSOCIATION INC. 2013 RULES AND REGULATIONS
1. RULES: THE RULES WILL REMAIN UNCHANGED DURING ENTIRE THE 2013 SEASON. IT IS THE SOLE RESPONSIBILITY OF EACH PARTICIPANT TO BE FAMILIAR WITH AND ABIDE BY THESE RULES. THESE RULES TAKE PRECEDENCE OVER ANY OTHER PRINTED CBA INFORMATION.
2. BOAT WEIGHT: All C.B.A. tournaments are based on a 5 fish limit by boat weight (team or individual).
3. POINTS AND PLACES: The 1st place team will receive 100 points, 2nd place 99 points, etc… If a participant misses a tournament they will receive the same points as their partner if that partner fishes alone, as long as that team has fished every tournament together. A participant will receive points for a missed tournament a maximum of two (2) times during the season. During the months of June, July, and August the C.B.A. will have a day event and a night event. Both tournaments during these months are open point tournaments. A participant may fish both events but will only receive points for that tournament month from the higher finish of the two.
4. POINTS CHAMPION: The point champions for 2012 receive one (1) free entry per tournament month into the 2013 C.B.A. open tournament events.
5. BIG FISH: 60% of the big fish pot and five (5) bonus points will be awarded for the big fish. 20% of the big fish pot and three (3) bonus points will be awarded for each of the other two (2) species.
6. TIES: Regular tournament ties will be decided by the flip of a coin or decision to split the prize. In the case of a tie for the classic winner a fish-off will be held. In the case of a tie for the points championship, from separate boats, the winner will be determined by the most total weight for the 7 regular season open tournament months used for the basis of the point total.
7. FISH: All bass must be caught in a sporting manner and kept in an aerated live well. All fish brought to the weigh-in site become the sole property of the CBA. At the time you catch your sixth fish you must cull down to five (5) fish. No culling bags are allowed. No more than five (5) bass may be brought to the scales. Trolling as a means of catching fish is prohibited (Long Lining or Strolling a lure will be considered Trolling). Culling of Dead Fish is prohibited. Culling at the Dock is Prohibited.
8. LEGAL FISH: All fish are measured for length with the mouth closed. A. LARGEMOUTH BASS: Must be no less than 15 inches in length. B. SMALLMOUTH BASS: Must be no less than 18 inches in length, one (1) smallmouth per contestant may be weighed. C. KENTUCKY SPOTTED BASS: Must be no less than 12 inches in length. A fish that appears to be a smallmouth and has a tooth patch will not be weighed as spotted bass. They will be considered a smallmouth. The decision of the tournament official is final in regards to this, and every, rule. D. SHORT FISH: If a short fish is brought to the scales your entire catch will be disqualified. A courtesy board will be available to check your fish if requested. E. DEAD FISH: No more than two (2) dead fish can be weighed. A ½ pound (.50) penalty will be deducted for each dead fish. If more than two (2) dead fish are brought to the scales only the live fish and the two (2) largest dead fish will be weighed.
9. PARTICIPATES AND ENTRY FEES: Entry fee is $120.00 per boat. You may fish alone or with a partner. A one time yearly process fee of $50.00 is required for each participant that wants to receive points toward classic participation. An individual may fish without purchasing a process number, but will receive NO points or credit for participation in that event. Anyone fishing without a process number is NOT eligible for year end prizes or new team tournament prizes. In this case that individual will only be fishing for cash and prizes for that tournament. For either participant to receive points or credit for participation both participants must have a process number. If a process number is purchased later in the season those tournaments fished without a process number will NOT count toward points, participation, or year end prizes. One (1) participant in the boat must be 16 years or older. If one (1) participant is 16 or under the entry fee for that boat will be $60.00. No refund will be given on entry fees unless approved by officers.
10. SAFETY: Each Person must wear a coast guard approved PFD (personal flotation device) when the combustion engine is running. Boats must have a working kill switch connected to the drivers PFD when the combustion engine is running. Each boat must also have working running lights. Safe boating must be observed at all times by each competitor.
11. TACKLE AND EQUIPMENT: Only artificial lures, including pork trailers, may be used. NO live bait!! Only one (1) rod per person may be in use at anytime. The 2013 ruling on the Alabama-Tennessee-Umberlla rig is as followed:
“A legal rig for the Chattanooga Bass Association Tournaments will consist of NO MORE than 3 wires and Three Baits. CBA contestants will not be allowed to have in their possession any rig with more than 3 wires or 3 baits. “
The officers of the CBA will maintain a ZERO tolerance policy in regards to rule infractions concerning the rig. The use or possession of any rig with more than 3 baits or 3 wires is strictly prohibited. Anyone caught, seen or suspected of breaking this rule will be subjected to a polygraph test. Anyone proven guilty of breaking this particular rule is subject to a complete banning from all the CBA events for 2013. *CBA officers reserve the right to amend these rules which will only be changed if TWRA changes the state laws concerning this rig/bait.
12. SPORTSMANSHIP: At no time during any C.B.A. event will a competitor act to give themselves an unfair advantage over other C.B.A. competitors. The use of cellular phones to give or receive fishing information, or locations, during tournament hours is strictly prohibited. Any participant causing dissension in any tournament could be disqualified for the rest of the tournament season.
13. PERMITTED FISHING LOCATIONS: Fishing is permitted on Chickamauga, Watts-Bar, and Nickajack waters, which are assessable by all tournament boats. Boats must stay 50 yards from a first anchored tournament boat with trolling motor up. All boats must remain 50 ft. apart except during a lock through, emergency situation, or to pass by to access a creek or slough.
14. TOURNAMENT BOATS: Your boat must remain in tournament waters at all times and all participants must remain in their boat except in case of dire emergency or boat breakdown. Leaving the boat to land a fish or recover a lure is not permitted. Fueling is permitted. A competitor from a disabled boat may return to weigh his/her fish by another tournament boat. All fish must return to the official C.B.A. weigh-in site by tournament boat. All tournament boats must pass by the blast-off dock with live well open running lights on and kill switch attached to body for boat check. It is each participants responsibility to be in the water prior to start.Tournaments will start just after first light based on the opinion of the officers. We will start at that time, if you are not in the water and ready at that time you will go after those that are ready. If you remove your boat from tournament waters prior to the end of tournament hours you must check in at the dock during the check in time. It is the responsibility of each participant to check in or you will be considered late and will be disqualified. Check in will begin on the dock 15 minutes before the end of tournament hours. If you remove your boat from tournament waters prior to check in you must remain in the parking lot until check in for your catch to be counted. All fish are to remain in the live well until you have checked in. Any boat not checked in or late will be disqualified.
15. BOAT BREAKDOWN: If boat problems are experienced during tournament hours you may change boats if the following guidelines are followed. 1. You must notify one of the six (6) tournament officials that you are going to change boats. 2. You must have your live well checked before changing boats and again after changing boats. 3. A tournament official can check your boat both before and after changing boats. Another tournament participant can check your boat prior to the boat change, but a different tournament participant from another tournament boat, or an official, must check your boat after the boat change prior to starting to fish again. 4. You must notify a tournament official of the names of the tournament participants that checked your boat prior to starting to fish again. 5. OFFICIALS CELL PHONE NUMBERS: TOM KIZZIAH 593-3343, ALLEN LEWIS 595-0136, JUSTIN MEDLEY 667-5054, JIM McCLANAHAN 298-4348, Steve Kite 240-5389
16. POLYGRAPH TEST: The C.B.A. reserves the right to require a polygraph test be taken and passed, in the opinion of the polygraph operator and the C.B.A. officials, before any points or prizes will be awarded. 17. PROTEST: All protests must be made in writing and turned in within fifteen (15) minutes after the last fish are weighed. Any protest will be turned over to the C.B.A. officials for evaluation and their decision concerning the matter will be final.
18. DRUGS: No alcohol or illegal drugs will be allowed during any tournament.
19. STATE/FEDERAL LAWS: State and federal laws must be obeyed pertinent to safety and fishing in off limit areas in all tournaments.
20. DECISIONSAND INSTRUCTIONS: All decisions made by, and instructions given by, the C.B.A. tournament officials are final and binding in any and all matters.
21. REGISTRATION: The deadline for sign-up will be 6:00 PM Friday night before each tournament. Late entries will be accepted up to 30 minutes prior to the start of the tournament. A $25.00 late fee will be charged for late entry; late entries will not count in the boat total for that tournament. All changes on the entry form must be reported to the officials no later than 15 minutes prior to the start of the tournament.
22. CLASSIC PARTICIPATION: Any participant attempting to participate in the classic must have a process number to qualify for points or participation credit toward the classic. Point standings point totals will be based on seven (7) tournament months. There are three (3) ways to be eligible to participate in the classic championship.
1. All participants in the top fifty (50) in the final point standings from the open tournaments in 2013 can participate in the classic championship by paying only the $20.00 big fish entry. 2. All participants winning one of the 2013 open point tournaments, that have fished at least seven (7) tournament months, can participate in the classic championship by paying only the $20.00 big fish entry. 3. All participants that participate in at least seven (7) tournament months can participate in the classic championship by paying a $240.00 entry fee. Entry fee with a partner sixteen (15) or under will be $120.00. The entry fee includes big fish. 23. PARTICIPATION: The C.B.A. tournament officials, at their sole discretion, retain the right to refuse anyone’s admittance into C.B.A. events. Entry fees will not be refunded. Any disruption, verbal or otherwise, during tournament hours, including blast-off and weigh in, that affects the ability of the C.B.A. officials to conduct the tournaments in an orderly manner will result in disqualification in that event and possibly the remainder of the season. 24. BOAT BOARDING: Any tournament boat may be boarded by a C.B.A. official at anytime during the tournament hours. 25. THE TOURNAMENT START WILL BE AN EASE OFF: Boats will leave by their numbered position assigned at the time you signed up for the tournament. Swapping numbers is not permitted. No passing of tournament boats will be allowed until you reach the mouth of the park at the river.
26.ELIGIBILITY: Tournaments are open to anyone 16 years of age or older. Participants under the age of 18 years must have documentation that He or She has completed satisfactory a Tenn. Safety Boaters Course. All boats used in these tournaments must have liability insurance, Proof of insurance must be on board will be randomly checked. Proof of age to the satisfaction of tournament officials is the responsibility of the potential competitor. All participants must sign a copy of the rules.
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