Official 2020 Cool Weather Team Tournament Rules

 

The following rules will remain in effect with COVID-19 restrictions and social distancing for the 2020 Tournament Season. Interpretation of the rules will be defined and enforced exclusively by the Tournament Director. Each participant agrees to immediately report any and all rule violations to the Tournament Director. A rule violation can result in sanctions deemed appropriate by the Tournament Director including to but not limited to disqualifications, forfeiture of prizes, and prohibition from participation in any and or all Victory Fishing Events. Decisions of the Tournament Director are final in all matters and are not subject to appeal, and are not reviewable in any court of law. Victory Fishing Events reserves the right to make needed changes to these rules to ensure the safety and welfare of the participants and or the public, also to preserve the integrity of Victory Fishing Events. It is the responsibility of every participant to read and understand the rules. All participants will be required to sign an affidavit that the rules have been read, understood, and that the participant accepts all the rules. The Tournament Director reserves the right to place an observer in the boat of any participant at any time.

 

Participation is open to current Victory Fishing Events members. Anyone who has competed as a pro in the FLW Majors, Bass Master Elite Series, MLF Majors, or has guided for Largemouth, Smallmouth, or Spotted Bass on the lake the Tournament is being held on in the past six months is not eligible to participate. Victory Fishing Events reserves the right to refuse membership and participation for any reason in any and all events to any team or person at the discretion of the Tournament Director.

 

All participants must have a valid State Fishing License and must obey all Federal, State, and Lake specific regulations.

 

A team will consist of one or two participant anglers only. All ties will be broken by adding places and splitting equally.

 

Running lights must be illuminated until safe light or until fog has lifted.

 

Participants must be a current member, register, and pay the cash entry fee prior to fishing in any Cool weather Tournament event.

 

Participants asked to submit to truth verification testing must take the polygraph test when asked and pass the test to qualify for prizes.

 

Tournament fishing hours are 6:45am until 2:30pm, unless otherwise specified for a specific tournament. Each Team must have their number placed in the official number collection bucket by 2:30pm to qualify for weigh-in. The official bucket will be at the weigh in site and removed at 2:30pm sharp! No exceptions. One Team Participant must be in the weigh-in line by 2:45pm. Weigh-in will continue until all contestants in line have been weighed. If no one is in the official weigh in line and it is 2:45pm the scales will be closed. (Weigh in line will open at 2:00pm)

 

Teams may weigh-in only 5 fish. One of the five fish can be weighed for the Big Bass prize. A boat used during the Tournament must be equipped with a properly aerated live well. Do not enter weigh-in line with more than five fish. A team can only bring five fish to the weigh-in line. All fish will be measured on an official Check It Stick measuring board on its side with mouth closed; the tail fin will be squeezed together and or turned in a way to obtain the maximum overall length as described in the 2020-2021 Texas Parks and Wildlife Outdoor Annual Hunting and fishing Regulations.

 

  • The use of Sure Life catch and release formulas are recommended. All fish will be released back into Tournament Lake.
  • Participants are not allowed to in any way to alter the length of a fish.
  • Any fish turned in for weigh-in will be examined by any means necessary to deem any presented fish as unaltered.
  • Fish must be brought to weigh-in a tournament weigh-in bag.
  • All participants must do everything they can to preserve the resource.
  • On Ray Hubbard and Tawakoni a one pound penalty will be assessed for each dead fish. (no iced or frozen fish)
  • Black Bass, Kentucky Spotted Bass, and Small Mouth Bass only qualify for weigh-in.

 

No alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs will be allowed during the tournament. Participants must be of sound mind and not be under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs immediately prior to or during the tournament. The use of alcoholic beverages is restricted during all ceremonies and are not to be consumed at the tournament site. We will maintain a family friendly environment. Profanity, heckling, and aggressive gestures will not be tolerated and sportsmanlike conduct will be expected by every participant.

 

All participants in the boat must be a team member and entered in the tournament. Participants must wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved life vest fastened and or zipped with an emergency shut off devise securely attached to the driver when the big motor is running. No trolling of lures with the big motor. Safe boating practices must be used by all participants. Any boat used in the tournament must meet all coast guard regulations, have the required safety equipment, have a rating plate, and not exceeding the established horse power rating.

 

Participants must fish from their entered boat. No wading, inner tubes, or dock fishing. Do not leave boat to land a fish. Participants are required to keep both feet on the deck surface of their boat while fishing or landing a fish. A participant may leave the boat at a recognized facility to take a rest room break or to resolve an emergency situation. No fishing will be allowed until the complete team is back in the boat. If a participant leaves the boat for any reason the occurrence must be reported to the Tournament Director prior to the published tournament end time. Fishing is allowed only on the Tournament Lake. Registration will be from 5:30am until 7:00am the morning of the event. The use of mobile communication devices such as cell phones, marine radios, walkie talkies, and citizen band radios to communicate fishing information during the tournament hours is strictly designated prohibited.

 

No fishing within 50 feet of another entered boat. Having someone hold or sit on a hole in an attempt to allow a participant to gain an unfair advantage will not be tolerated. Be very courteous to all others on the lake. Do not cut anyone off or pass them on plane in narrow areas.

 

All fish must be caught on artificial lures. No live or prepared bait except pork rinds and spray fish attractants. Participants may possess as many rod and reel set ups they deem necessary. Each Participant may only use one rod and reel at a time. A rod and reel set up must be completely reeled in with the lure out of the water before another rod and reel set up can be used to continue fishing.

 

Ray Hubbard Lake will be off limits to fishing from sunset on the Friday prior until the start of the tournament on Saturday.

Tawakoni Lake will be off limits to fishing from sunset on the Saturday prior until the start of the tournament on Sunday.

 

A team may only get on the lake with his boat no earlier than the registration start time which is 5:30am on tournament day. Participants must immediately proceed to the registration location. Participants cannot start leaving the registration area to go to their fishing areas until registered and have had live well checked. Participants cannot start fishing until 6:45am. The official time will be regulated by an electronic devise showing the official time in our time zone and will be available for comparison at the weigh-in site. These tournaments will not have a shot gun start and contestants must clear the no wake zones and allow any boat near them to clear 100 feet distance before taking off. The Tournament Director reserves the right to implement a numbered start at any time or to allow trailering as a result of weather or safety concerns.

 

Description of the Super Bass: A separate Super Bass Pot will accumulate until a qualifying team catches a Bass at or larger than the specified Super Bass size. If two or more fish over the designated Super Bass are caught by two different qualified teams during the same tournament 60% will go to the largest fish and 40% to the next largest fish. The pot will then start over. With the exception of the first tournament one participant of the team must have entered the Super Bass option consecutively one week prior to collect the entire pot. If the team does not meet these criteria they can only collect ½ of the pot and the remaining amount will begin a new pot. Any funds remaining in the pot at the last tournament will be paid out to the biggest Bass of those participants who have entered in the Super Bass Option in at least four of the 2020 Cool Weather Events on Ray Hubbard, or Tawakoni. (Each Lake will have it's own Super Bass Pot and minimum qualification requirement!) The remaining funds will be split 60% to the biggest Bass, 40% to second largest Bass caught during the last Ray Hubbard Tournament on Saturday December 19, 2020 and at the last Tawakoni Tournament on Sunday December 20, 2020.

 

On Ray Hubbard Lake and Tawakoni Lake all Bass must be at least 14 inches in length to qualify for weigh in. The Super Bass must be 8 1/2 lbs. or larger to qualify.

 

ADDED COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS AND SOCIAL DISTANCING GUIDELINES!

Safety will be a top priority to make sure we can have a fun and safe environment for everyone.  Please do not group up and maintain the recommended 6 feet Covid-19 social distancing guidelines. Although it is not mandatory as a safety precaution you can wear a mask, buff, or other face covering. Please note that all surfaces will be disinfected before and after each tournament.

REGISTRATION: Only one team member at a time will be allowed at the trailer registration table! One team member must bring completed entry form and cash up to registration table. Please bring exact change.  All forms and cash will be disinfected. A table with clean entry forms and clean pens will be available in front of the Prestige Ford Rad Rides tow vehicle. One person at a time at table. Take form back to your vehicle to fill it out as others may need to get a form. I would prefer that you pre-print entry form on-line, have it filled out completely, and present it at the registration table.

WHEN REGISTRATION AND LIVE WELL CHECK IS COMPLETE : Launch your boat and leave marina/ramp area. Do not group up or get near anyone! You cannot start fishing until 6:45AM!

WEIGH-IN PROCEEDURE: Each team will be given a numbered poker chip (they will be easier to disinfect than the paper cards previously used). While maintaining social distancing one team member will turn in the numbered chip by 2:30PM!. (Alarm will be set for 2:30PM and when the alarm sounds the chip return bucket will be removed!) Get your fish ready for weigh-in. Stay 6' apart in line leading up to the weigh-in stage. Line will close at 2:45PM!

 

  • I have known Larry for many years. I have fished the Tuesday Night Working Man’s Tournament on Lake Ray Hubbard, of which he created and has been Tournament director. He runs a reliable and ethical tournament and I am looking forward to fishing in his new events.
    Keith “Doc” Taylor
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