The 2013 Bass Anglers Association Rule Book
Licensing / Insurance / Maritime Rules
1. All anglers must have a current Ontario Sports Fishing license or be age-exempted.
2. Members’ boats must be insured and have liability coverage, a copy of which must be provided on or before the day of the first tournament.
3. Each angler and boat owner must sign a waiver of liability for the club and its members.
4. Life jackets must be worn while under sustained (more than idling short distances) power of the main motor.
5. No wake zones and all other maritime rules must be obeyed.
6. No alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs are permitted on boats.
1. Fees are $500 for the season, which includes Big Fish at all events, plus the Classic.
2. Failing to pay the full fees before launching at the first event will result in disqualification and your team may be replaced by a team on the waiting list, if applicable.
1. Prize money for each event will be based on 95-97% of total fee revenue divided by 8 days, recognizing that the Classic is a two-day event. A 3-5% holdback for Club operational expenses is applied at the discretion of the Treasurer to keep the budget in check.
2. In case of a tie, the prize money will be divided equally between the teams tied.
3. Payouts for regular season events will be $500 (1st), $350 (2nd), $220 (3rd), $180 (4th), $140 (5th), $120 (6th).
4. Payouts for the Classic will be $1220 (1st), $920 (2nd), $600 (3rd), $300 (4th). The Classic is a single two-day event paying to 4 places.
Big Fish Pool
1. A $10 per team per tournament big fish pool for regular season events and each day of the Classic, is included in the Fees. Payouts are 60% fir first big fish, 40% for 2nd big fish, at each event.
2. Big Fish for the day is based upon official Weightmaster weights.
1. Pre-fishing the tournament lake is prohibited twelve hours prior to the tournament start time. (i.e.: After 7pm of the day prior).
Inspections and Equipment, General Rules
1. There will be a boat/live well inspection at the beginning of each event, between the hours of 6:00am and 6:45am.
2. Functioning live wells (or equivalent) are mandatory.
3. No live bait is allowed. Only artificial baits or pork rinds are permitted.
4. Landing nets are permitted.
5. Boats must be in the water no later than 6:45am. Any later, and you forfeit your blastoff to the last position for that event.
6. All boats must check-in with the Blastoff boat before 6:45am to have lifejackets, livewells, and kill-switch inspections done. Have your life jacket on and your partners on his seat, have your live wells open and running, and please show your kill switch cord. Once the inspection is done, your partner should have parked the tow vehicle. Meet your partner at the dock AFTER the inspection is done.
7. Teams that launch after 7am will be required to find the Blastoff boat, or an Executive boat to do their live-well, equipment, and kill-switch check prior to fishing.
8. Teams may only have five (5) fish on board while under sustained power of the main motor during all events.
9. Tournament officials are allowed on your boat at any time during the tournament for the purpose of ensuring compliance with these rules.
10. Competitors may not transfer fish or tackle between boats.
11. A boat may not come to shore during the tournament except for thunderstorms or washroom duties. (Private property rights must be respected.)
12. Boats must maintain a respectful distance from other teams. Do not cut in front of another teams’ path.
1. 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.
2. Anglers must calibrate their watches with that of the Blast-off Captain/Tournament Director.
3. In the event of heavy fog, the tournament will be delayed until visibility returns to a safe level. The event end time will not be extended.
1. Morning blast-off at regular events will be determined as follows and order indicated on the morning announcement sheets:
Event 1: Random draw for blast-off order
Event 2: Reverse order of Team Of The Year standings.
Event 3: Reverse order of Team Of The Year standings.
Event 4: Reverse order of Team Of The Year standings.
Event 5: Reverse order of Team Of The Year standings.
Event 6: Reverse order of Team Of The Year standings.
Boats will leave single-file, staggered approximately 5 seconds apart as advised by the Blast-Off Captain.
2. Blast-off for the Classic will be in order of ‘Team of the Year’ standings with the Team of the Year taking off first, second place taking off second, etc. This may be done in groups at the discretion of the Executive.
3. Weigh Master may blast off in regular and Classic events any time after 6:45 recognizing he will return 15 minutes early to set up weigh-in. Weighmaster must check-in with Docking boat 15 minutes prior to the end of the event.
4. Blast-off Coordinator boat is permitted to return to the weigh-in 10 minutes after the posted check-in time (4:10pm / 3:10pm Classic-Day-2).
Weigh-In and Penalties
1. All teams must be checked-in with the Docking boat, at the docks, by the end of each tournament. Each team will be assigned a weigh-in number upon their arrival and must remain AWAY from the dock(s) until your number is called.
2. One pound per minute will be deducted for each minute that a team is late.
3. A 12-inch minimum length is required (from tip to tip).
4. Up to five (5) fish (largemouth or smallmouth bass only) can be weighed in for each daily event.
5. There will be a ½ pound penalty for each dead fish. A fish must be alive (able to swim away at release) to qualify for the Big Fish Prize or avoid the penalty. You will have five minutes to revive a failing fish. A member of another team must observe. Please notify the Docking Boat upon check-in if you have a failing fish. You may be given weigh-in priority and assistance in reviving the fish.
6. Only one big fish per team may be weighed in for each event.
7. The Weigh Master has total and final authority over the entire weigh-in procedure.
8. Teams must release fish at least 100 yards away from the weigh-in site and must drop off their partner with weigh bag, when called, and then move away from the dock to allow access to other teams before picking up the partner when he/she returns to the dock.
9. Dead fish are to remain in the possession of the team. MNR rules are to be followed.
Teams and Substitutions
1. Teams competing in the previous year will be provided first right to join.
2. We reserve the right to cap the entries at 30 boats/teams for the season.
3. At least one of the regular team members will be required to fish any of the regular season events.
4. Substitutions: Unlimited for Regular Season Events. Classic partner must be someone who has fished at least one BAA event in the current season, but does not have to be the partner named on the initial registration sheet. Classic partner is subject to BAA Executive approval.
Team of the Year and Big Fish Recognition
1. Title of “Team of the Year” will be based on the total weight of each teams’ best 5 events (ie: drop the single lowest weight).
2. “Big Fish” recognition will be based on the biggest single-fish weight for the regular season.
1. The Club Executive will determine regular season and Classic waters for the following year, taking into account Club Member preferences, the potential for overfishing of particular waters and rotation away from at least one or two waters fished the previous year. In addition, every effort will be made to avoid conflict with waters to be fished by other clubs and series.
2. The Club Executive may hold a vote for any or all of the waters in a given year.
3. Any navigable water accessible from the boat launch is fair water. Teams wishing to lock must advise a member of the Executive in advance of launch and show a copy of the lock pass to a member of the Executive.
Code of Conduct
1. Club members will obey all rules of the BAA and other maritime rules.
2. Club Members will at all times conduct themselves civilly, with common courtesy and respect.
3. Club members are encouraged to take up any issues they may have with other members privately before filing formal complaints with an Executive.
4. Intimidating, threatening or slanderous/libelous behavior or comments will be grounds for immediate disqualification from a particular event or from BAA, at the majority decision of the Executive. There will only be a partial refund of fees (pro-rated to the nearest event, less club holdback).
5. Infractions of these rules will be subject to review by the BAA Executive. If a member of the Executive is a subject of complaints then that member will be excluded from the complaint process. Decisions of the Executive with respect to disciplinary action will be final, and are not subject to appeal.
6. The Executive reserves the right to approve or deny applications for any reason by 2/3 majority vote.
1. There will be three Co-Executives.
2. All key decisions will be made by the full Executive and communicated through the website and/or emails.
3. A year-end financial report will be provided at the annual general meeting.
4. Co-Executive will coordinate Club activities collaboratively, in particular with respect to the dates and waters for regular season and Classic events, club rules, and any issues that may arise.
Co-Executive will oversee, at minimum, the following:
1. Oversee administration of live well and boat checks, blast-offs and docking, website.
2. Collect annual and special fees (excluding Big Fish pool), calculate prizes, and keep records. Report to members by way of an annual statement.
3. Manage the weigh-in process at each event and arbitrate any disputes in this regard.
Live-well & Boat Checkers: Check live-wells and boats to ensure compliance with rules. At least two volunteers will be required to share these responsibilities.
Blast-Off Coordinators: Coordinate blast-offs under supervision of the Co-Executive. For 2013, this position will be held by Trevor Sinnet. They will be permitted to return to the docks 10 minutes late for each event.
Docking Boat: Return 15 minutes early to assign all returning teams a weigh-in sequence number. Coordinate the teams with regards to weigh-in order and ensure all boats adhere to “no fish out of livewell until their number is called”. For 2013, this position was volunteered to be filled by Kevin and John McPhee (Team 6).