Official 2019 Championship Tournament Rules
The following rules will remain in effect for the 2019 Championship Tournament. 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 2019 Championship Qualifiers only. 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. Each participant must have accumulated 100 points or finished in the top 50% points standings in the Victory Fishing Events Series of: Joe Pool, Ray Hubbard, Tawakoni, or Lake Fork.
The participants that accumulate the most points of the year in each of the Victory Fishing Events tournament Series during the 2019 season will receive a free team entry award into the Championship Tournament. One participant from each Series will receive this award. Participants can fish in multiple lake series events to meet the championship qualifying point requirements, but the free entry awards will be based on points accumulated in one 2019 series. A participant must accumulate 100 points during the 2019 season to qualify for the Championship Tournament -OR- finish in the top 50% point’s standings on a specific Victory Fishing Events Tournament Series.
Running lights must be illuminated until safe light. All ties will be broken by adding places and splitting equally.
Participants must be qualified, register, and pay the cash entry fee prior to fishing in this Championship Tournament. The entry fee will be $80 per team!
Participants asked to submit to truth verification testing must take the polygraph test when asked and pass the test to qualify for cash & prizes.
Tournament fishing hours are from a safe light numbered start until your designated arrival time, unless otherwise specified for the Championship tournament. Each Team must check in by the time listed on their drawn boat flight number card. (The first flight arrival time will be 2:00pm) The official check in station will be at or near the weigh in trailer! You must arrive on time. No exceptions. At least one Team Participant must enter the weigh-in line with their catch. 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 20 minutes past the last check in time the scales will be closed.
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 measuring board on its side with its 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 2019-2020 Texas Parks and Wildlife Outdoor Annual Hunting and fishing Regulations.
- This is a catch and release tournament. The use of Sure-Life catch and release formulas are recommended. All fish will be released back into the lake. All participants must do everything they can to preserve the resource.
- 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. (you can use your own bag or one of ours)
- We are very conservative minded and ask that you do everything possible to preserve the resource and a one pound penalty will be assessed for any dead fish. Also to include a penalty of one pound for a dead big Bass entry.
- On Lake Athens Special Slot Lake Rules Will Apply: For Largemouth Bass, length limit is a 14-21 slot. Bass 14 inches and less or 21 inches or greater will qualify for weigh in. each team will be allowed to weigh in five Bass with only “ONE” Bass 21 inches or greater in their five Bass limit. If by chance a Spotted Bass is caught the 14-21 slot limit will apply in this tournament.
- Special Note: No catches of Smallmouth Bass have been recorded on Lake Athens.
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 for potential winners during weigh in and are not to be consumed at the tournament site until all polygraphs are given. 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 Lake Athens. Any waters not directly connected to the lake or which are blocked by a dam or levy that is not accessible by boat is off limits. You can cast under walkways, or over cables, but do not enter restricted areas. The area immediately in front of the Athens Marina boat ramp and docks is off limits to fishing during 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 tournament hours is strictly 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.
Lake Athens will be off limits to Fishing and Lake Touring from dusk on Sunday October 20, 2019 until the start of the tournament on Saturday October 26, 2019. A team may only get on the lake with his boat no earlier than 4:00am and must stay in the off limits staging area. Participants using an alternate launch location must immediately proceed to the registration location. Participants cannot start to leave the registration area to go to their fishing areas until their number is called and they drive past the start location & have their live well checked. (Have your live well open, life jacket on, & kill switch attached when you pass the start location) 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. This Championship will not have a shot gun start and contestants must idle to the no wake take-off buoys and allow any boat near them to clear 100 feet distance before taking off. This will be a numbered start but the Tournament Director may choose at any time or to allow trailering as a result of weather or safety concerns.
Registration will be from 5:00am until 7:00am on Saturday October 26, 2019 at Lake Athens Marina & boat ramp the morning of the tournament only. Outdoor Cook out, drawings, and award ceremony immediately after weigh in.