Please be sure to check BOTH sets of rules if you are fishing the BBT and
the WMPPT tournament circuits. A link to the payouts for each
tournament circuit are at the bottom
of each set of rules.
Interpretation and enforcement of the following
rules shall be left exclusively to the tournament director. In the event of
a rule violation, the tournament director may impose such sanctions, as he
1. There is a one-time yearly membership fee of $20.00 per
person. This must also be paid by all subs.
2. Entry fee is $100.00 per boat, fishing team or single. Payback
is based on paid entries. The Classic fund will receive $20.00 per entry.
The payback schedule is posted on the web site. We will pay back 1 spot for
every 5 boats.
3. Entries will be received as a team entry or single entry. If
you enter to fish singly, you must do so for all 5 Classic qualifiers to
retain your points. If you enter as a team, you will be allowed to use one
sub per season per team, or you may fish alone. Everyone must check
in prior to the pre tournament meeting. You must decide on your team or
single classification on your first entry.
4. There will be a 5 fish limit of bass, largemouth or
smallmouth, whether you are fishing as a team or singly. Fish must be 14"
or longer, mouth closed. Short fish are thrown back along with your biggest
fish. Dead fish are penalized 4 ounces (.250 in hundredths). You must cull
down to 5 fish before moving with your combustion motor.
5. Total weight determines the winning team. We will use Big
Bass as a tiebreaker for total weight, and total weight as a tiebreaker for
6. Lake Michigan will be closed for Classic Qualifiers. Off
limits will be set at the pre tournament meeting. You may not fish within
of a competitor’s boat if it is anchored (trolling motor up and anchor or
power pole down), without the anchored boats permission.
7. We will use a 100-point system. First = 100 points, second =
99 points, etc. Total points as the end of the 5th Classic qualifier
will determine the final standings. We will average the entrants in the 5
classic qualifiers and the top 25% will be invited to the classic. Any boat
that fished team or single in all 5 Classic qualifiers will go into a
drawing for the wildcard team to attend the Classic. The #1 team of
the year will draw that boat #. Any team fishing all five Classic
qualifiers will receive 20 bonus points.
8. The Classic location will be announced at the end of the 5th
qualifier. This body of water will be off limits at 3 PM the Saturday prior
to the Classic date.
9. Anglers must practice a high level of sportsmanship, safety
and courtesy during tournament hours. Participants will refrain from the
use of alcohol and or drugs during the course of the tournament event. This
prohibition does not extend to the use of prescribed medications for ongoing
medical issues. This is an automatic disqualification.
10. Any violation of Federal, State or Local Laws is an automatic
disqualification. Observation of no wake zones and having proper safety
equipment are your responsibility. NO WAKE NO PASS
11. At least one member of each team must be 18 years of age and
have a valid driver’s license. Each team member or single angler must
complete and sign the entry form and pay the entry fee.
12. Big Bass is optional and will be paid back 100%. 60% to first
place and 40% to second place.
13. Approved life vests must be worn while moving with the
14. Kill switches must be used when the combustion engine is
15. Only one rod & reel (8 ft. Maximum length) may be used
at a time. Artificial lures only - except pork strips. No trolling.
16. The horsepower of the outboard motor must not exceed the boat
(bia) rating. All boats shall have the required Coast Guard safety
equipment, functional kill switch, live well with aeration system.
17. You must leave and return to the tournament site by boat. If
you break down, one person from the team may return in another
contestant’s boat with the fish to be weighed in.
18. MANDATORY - all boats must check in at the end of each
tournament. It is your responsibility to find the check in person. You
must check in by 3:00 P.M., first flight, 3:15 P.M. second flight, not after
you load up or while you are weighing in even if you have no fish to weigh.
If you do not check in on time, you are disqualified for that event and
forfeit your 20 bonus points. Do not bring up fish to be weighed until
Any PROTEST must be made within 10 minutes of the scales closing.
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~ NBAA Tournament Rules ~
CHANGES: These rules shall remain in effect and unchanged throughout
the current tournament year unless specifically superseded by state or
local law. Interpretation and enforcement of these rules shall be left
exclusively to the tournament director.
Only current members of the NBAA are eligible to fish in any NBAA
event. Anglers wishing to participate in NBAA events may do so at any
time prior to the start of an event. At least one team member must be
18 years of age or older to participate, however, if both members of a
team are under the age of eighteen, then they must present written
permission from a parent or legal guardian. The NBAA reserves the right
to deny participation to anyone at any time
LIABILITY INSURANCE: All members must carry a minimum of $100,000 of
liability insurance on any boat they might use during an NBAA Tournament
Event. Failure to do so or reporting of false information will result in
disqualification. Anglers must provide proof of insurance upon request.
Safe boating conduct must be observed at all times while engaged in NBAA
sanctioned events and all boats must have a full complement of safety
gear as required by USCG regulation. Any time the internal combustion
motor is on both participants must have a USCG approved PFD on and
securely fastened. Operators must have the kill switch armed with
lanyard firmly secured to the operator.
Tournament days may
be shortened or canceled due to unsafe weather or any conditions that
would endanger the safety of the competitors. The decision to shorten or
cancel tournament days will be determined by the Tournament Director.
Participants will refrain from the use of alcohol and or drugs during
the course of the tournament event. Participants that are discovered to
be using or under the influence of alcohol or drugs during an event will
be immediately disqualified. The tournament event is not officially over
until the close of scales. This prohibition does not extend to the use
of prescribed medications for ongoing medical issues.
Motors may not exceed the horsepower rating on the BIA plate for those
boats meeting BIA standards, nor any manufacturer’s plate affixed in
lieu of BIA ratings. All boats used in NBAA events must be equipped
with a functioning kill switch as well as aerated livewells capable of
sustaining a full tournament limit during the course of the event.
Participants who operate a boat & motor with “tiller steering” shall
also have a kill switch lanyard when applicable.
SPORTSMANSHIP: Participants in NBAA events are expected to follow the
highest standards of courtesy, safety, angling etiquette and adherence
to game and fish laws. If an angler or team is found to have not
conducted themselves accordingly, disqualification form the event and
NBAA may result.
All fish must be caught alive and in a conventional sporting manner
using one rod which may not exceed eight (8) foot in length (measured
butt to tip). Intentionally snagging fish is not permitted. Only
artificial lures may be used, live and or prepared bait is not allowed,
the only exception being “pork rinds” or its equivalent. Trolling with
the aide of the internal combustion or electric trolling motor is not
permitted. Communication devices such as cell phones, marine radios or
CB’s may only be used for emergency purposes or contacting the
director. After checking in and near the weigh in location, a courtesy
board will be provided which will be the same as the official board used
for the event.
POLYGRAPH: Anyone participating in a NBAA tournament will be subject to
a polygraph exam and or voice stress analysis if requested by the
tournament officials. Examiner’s decision must be accepted without
appeal. Entrants understand that the failure of such test or refusal to
take the test will disqualify them from the tournament.
OFF-LIMITS: Tournament waters are off limits the day of the event with
pre-fishing allowed on all bodies of water until 11:59 p.m. the day
prior to any tournament.
FISHING WATERS: All angling activities must be done from a previously
inspected boat. No fishing will be allowed within 50-yards of another
competitor’s boat which was first anchored or tied, with its trolling motor
stowed out of the water, without the anchored boats permission.
An anchored boat is a boat held in a stable position by a line attached to a
weight or by a Power-Pole with the trolling motor in the up position.
Absolutely no hole-setting or holding of a fishing spot, this will not be
tolerated. Competitors may not exit their boat in order to facilitate
to “other” waters. Tournament directors will determine, and announce, all
NO-WAKE: Boats will not pass another’s competitors boat in any no-wake
zones at any time during tournament hours except for boats that may be
changing course within the zone, boats which have stopped or are engaged
in fishing activities
CHECKPOINTS: Teams must depart and return from a specified point by
boat unless otherwise noted. Teams arriving late will be disqualified.
In case of an emergency (I.E. Motor Failed) a team may bring their fish
back in a competitor’s boat but there must be at least one member from
each team present when checking in. All fishing must cease upon
checking in, disqualification will result for fishing after checking in.
SCORING: Teams must cull down to their limit of 5 fish before returning
to the official ramp site. The 5 fish must measure a minimum of 14
inches*, mouth closed, tail compressed (*local/state limit applies).
Teams presenting more than a tournament limit shall be disqualified.
Dead fish presented for weight will receive a 4-ounce (0.25) deduction
from total weight. If it’s the big bass, then the penalty shall be
accessed against that fish. Tournament standings will be determined by
total weight of all competition days. Only largemouth, smallmouth and
spotted bass will be scored. Teams presenting fish for weight, and
which are subsequently determined to be “short”, shall be penalized the
weight of the short fish PLUS the big fish of the sack.
BIG BASS: Competitors may choose only one bass out of their bag as an
entry into the “big bass side pot/s”.
In the event of a tie at the event, big bass will be the deciding
factor. In cases of a big bass tie, then the money will be split. In
the event that big bass and total weight are the same for two or more
teams then both (all) tied teams shall be awarded the same amount of
points. At the end of the season if there is a tie between two or more
teams in equal points, then overall weight of the teams will be the
All fish caught and weighed in at an NBAA event must be released at the
official weigh in location. Failing to release your fish at the
official release location will result in an automatic disqualification.
PROTESTS/DISQUALIFICATION: Directors must be notified of all protest
before close of scales. Protests also, must be submitted in writing
within 10 minutes of the closing of the scales. A “protest committee”
consisting of three (3) fellow anglers, randomly drawn by the tournament
director will address all protests. Teams disqualified from individual
events will still receive show-up points.
Up to 2 substitutions may be used during the regular season as long as
one team member fishes with the sub. A sub is allowed to participate in
the Classic provided that they had previously fished at least 50% of the
regular events. Teams with a member who unexpectedly cannot attend the
Classic may utilize a sub from the division qualified from or, if none
are available, then a sub from another division within the same color
bracket may be used. Exceptions to this rule maybe made by the
executive director in cases of death, disability, employment status, or
military duties. *No subs will be allowed in the One on One Divisions.
Teams must be declared at the first event fished in any one specific
division by either member of the team. If both members of the team are
present for any event in a specific division that they have declared
themselves as a team they must fish together for their points to count
towards their total team points. Members of a team that decide to fish
apart during the same event in a specific division where they have
declared themselves as a team no points will be awarded to the original
DIVISION’S POINT CHAMPIONS:
Points Champions of each division will be determined based on all
tournaments fished in that division. No points will be awarded for
Divisional Championship events.
DIVISIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS: Divisional Championships are for Overtime
Divisions and specific Weekend Challenge Divisions. To qualify for an
Overtime Divisional Championship, anglers must have fished in at least 8
events in a specific Overtime Division. Teams must have fished all
events in the specified weekend challenge division to qualify. Subs may
be used in Divisional Championship events, but they must meet the above
requirements. There will be no points awarded for Divisional
CHAMPIONSHIP & FALL CLASSIC QUALIFIERS:
Overtime Challenge Events – Tournament anglers that fish 11 of 12
events or 5 of 6 events in any Overtime division will automatically
qualify for the Spring Championship and Fall Classic. Divisional
Championship events do not count towards qualification.
Challenge – Fish at least 4 tournaments in any Weekend Challenge Division
and you will automatically qualify for the Spring Championship and Fall
Weekend events must be completed 5 days prior to the beginning of the Spring
Championship and Fall Classic to count towards qualification.
ONE ON ONE
championship qualifiers for the One on One Championship will be based on
all 5 events or all events scheduled for that division. Any angler
competing in all 5 events or all events schedule for the One on One
division will automatically qualify for the championship.
Anglers and teams will be allowed to buy into any NBAA event during the
regular season. This does not include championships, classics and other
special events. Entry fees must be giving to the director before the
start of the event to be counted. These entry fees will go into the
tournament payout. Anglers/teams who buy into an event will receive show
Take off position for the spring championship(s) and 1 on 1 championship
will be determined by an angler/teams finish in their division. Point
Champions will take off in the first group, divisional qualifiers
highlighted in green in the second group, followed by other qualifying
anglers or teams. A random draw of each group will determine take off
positions. Fall Classic qualifying teams will all be put into a hat and
a random drawing will be completed before the start of the event. All
teams that have returned their championship registration form by “set”
date will be put into an early draw. Their take off position and a
number will be assigned before the championship registration. Any
championship qualifier forms received after “set” date will be assigned
a number as they are received. If a team does not send in a
championship registration by “set” date an alternate may be chosen for
their spot at the championship.
EMERGENCY CHAMPIONSHIP DRAWINGS:
In the event that NBAA is unable to conduct a planned major tournament
due to weather, safety concerns or circumstances beyond NBAA’s control,
a drawing or raffle may be held in lieu of the scheduled competitive
format to award the guaranteed prizes. The conditions to warrant the
implementation of this rule will be determined by the tournament
director. This rule is designed for major tournament events with
guaranteed prizes including, but not limited to the National
Championship, Fall Classic, One on One National Championship and other
special NBAA and open events. The location, time and method of the
drawing will be determined by the tournament director and explained in
detail to all participants. All participants must be present for the
drawing or raffle. All attempts will be made to avoid the
implementation of this rule and will only be considered in the event of
Participants, who have fished two or more events, in the preceding 12
month period, with an entry fee in excess of $1,499.00 per event
(does not apply to amateur participants in pro/am events) will not be
eligible to participate in any NBAA event with an guaranteed 1st
Place prize in excess of $2,400.00. Individuals’ serving as licensed
guides, or are paid for guiding on tournament waters within the
pre-ceding 30-day period are not eligible to participate in events held
on those waters for tournaments with a guaranteed 1st Place prize of
$2400.00 or more.
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