The current 2012 Rules can be found here: http://www.bassanglersassociation.ca/the-rules
The 2010 Bass Anglers Association Rule Book
- All anglers must have a current Ontario Sports Fishing license or be age-exempted.
- Your boat must be insured and have liability coverage provided on the day of the first tournament.
- Each angler and boat owner must sign a waiver of liability for the club and its members.
- Pre-fishing is prohibited 12 hrs before the day of the tournament.
- There will be a boat/live well inspection at the beginning of each event.
- Functioning live wells (or equivalent) are mandatory.
- No live bait is allowed. Pork rinds are allowed.
- No alcoholic beverages are permitted on boats.
- Landing nets are allowed.
- Tournament officials are allowed on your boat at any time during the tournament.
- Tournament hours are 7:00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. on regular events and the first day of the Classic, and 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on the second day of the Classic.
- Anglers must calibrate their watches with that of the blast-off captain.
- In the event of heavy fog, the start of the tournament will be delayed until visibility returns to a safe level. The event end will not be extended.
- Life jackets must be worn while under power of the main motor.
- Boats must maintain a distance of 100 feet from other teams, at the risk of being disqualified.
- Competitors may not transfer fish or tackle between boats.
- No wake zones must be obeyed.
- A boat may not come to shore during the tournament except for thunderstorms or washroom duties. (Private property rights must be respected.)
- All teams must be at the weigh-in by the closing of each tournament.
- One pound per minute will be deducted for each minute a team is late.
- Up to 4 fish (large or smallmouth bass only) can be weighed in for regular events and five (5) fish for the Classic.
- Teams may only have four (4) fish on board while under power of the main motor during regular events and five (5) during the Classic tournament.
- A 12-inch minimum length is required (from tip to tip).
- There will be a ½ pound penalty for each dead fish.
- A fish must be live (able to swim away at release) to qualify for the Big Fish Prize.
- Only one big fish may be weighed in for each event.
- The Weigh Master has total and final authority over the entire weigh-in procedure.
- In the event of a tie, the prize money will be divided equally between the teams tied.
- navigable waters – ie. locking – must advise tourney director prior to event of intent to lock through – must show lock pass
- Unlimited Substitutes will be allowed as long as there is at least 1 member present. Except for the Classic where no substitutes will permitted
- Team of the year will be based on the weight of the best four
regular season events.
FEES $350 for the season. Members may agree to an additional fee for the Classic.
BIG FISH: $10 per team per tournament voluntary contribution for those teams wishing to participate in the big fish pool.