Official 2016 King of the Evening Tournaments Rules
The following rules will remain in effect for the 2016 King of the Evening Tournaments 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 2016 Championship Qualifiers. 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. Two thirds of the Lake lies in Oklahoma. Participants that have a Texas licence may fish in the Texas portions of the reservoir, or purchase a Lake Texoma license ($12) to fish the entire Lake.
A team will consist of one or two participant anglers only. Each participant must have accumulated 140 points or finished in the top 50% points standings in the Victory Fishing Events Evening Series of: Joe Pool, Ray Hubbard, Grapevine, Lavon, Cedar Creek, or Lake Fork.
Qualification format: Participants received 5 show points by fishing and entering a 2016 evening tournament series event plus one point per pound of bass caught by their team in any lake specific series tournament. The participants that accumulate the most points of the year on each of the tournament lakes during the 2016 season will receive a free team entry award into the King of the Evening Tournaments Championship. One participant from each lake 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 on one lake. A participant must accumulate 140 points during the 2016 season to qualify for the King of the Evening Tournaments Championship -OR- finish in the top 50% point’s standings on a specific Evening Tournament Series lake.
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 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 2:50pm) 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 the 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 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 2015-2016 Texas Parks and Wildlife Outdoor Annual Hunting and fishing Regulations.
- This is a catch and release tournament. The use of 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 half pound penalty will be assessed for any dead fish. Also to include a penalty of one half pound for a dead big Bass entry.
- On Lake Texoma Black Bass, Kentucky Spotted Bass, and Smallmouth Bass only qualify for weigh-in.
- All Bass must be at least 14 inches in length to 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 until all polygraphs are given and place positions calculated. 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 at least one foot 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 Texoma Lake. 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 Highport Marina boat ramp bounded by docks is off limits out to the edge of the bounding docks. You can fish the rest of the marina but the staff is asking that you not fish around patrons on their boats, move out of the way of boat traffic, and respect the property of their patrons.
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 Texoma will be off limits to Fishing and Lake Touring from midnight on Sunday November 6, 2016 until the start of the tournament on Saturday November 12, 2016. 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 when you past 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 clear the no wake zones 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 5:30pm until 8:00pm on Friday November 11, 2016 at Choctaw Casino in the Redbud room and on Saturday November 12, 2016 the morning of the Championship at High port Marina by the boat ramp from 5:00am until the start of the event only.