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    WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BASS ON THE FLY FISHING TOURNAMENT
                         2017 OFFICIAL RULES GENERAL RULES

1. RULE ENFORCEMENT:
Interpretation and enforcement of these rules shall be left exclusively to the Tournament Director. The decision of the Tournament Director and tournament officials will be FINAL IN ALL MATTERS. All federal, state and local laws must be obeyed. All bass caught by contestants fishing together in one boat will be disqualified if any of the said contestants are found to be in violation of any tournament rules or laws.
2. PARTICIPANTS: This tournament may be fished as a boater 2-man team or as a non-boater individualPayout will be determined by the number of entries in each category.  A club/organization must have three two-man teams or three individuals to be eligible to receive the club trophy based on the total length of the three biggest bass (one/team, one/individual).  Contestants must have a valid Texas Fishing License and another form of identification.
3. ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES AND DRUGS:
At no time during tournament hours are any alcoholic beverages or drugs, other than prescription, allowed in the boat or to be consumed while on the water. Violation of this rule will result in immediate disqualification and forfeiture of all entry fees.
4. SPORTSMANSHIP:
All contestants are expected to follow high standards of sportsmanship, courtesy, safety and conservation. Any contestant who displays poor sportsmanship, violates these rules or any state or local laws, or brings unfavorable publicity to the sport of bass fishing will be disqualified.  All non-boaters must take care to keep their fish alive and must not bring any dead fish to the weigh-in.
5. BOATS & MOTORS:
No engine may exceed the BIA horsepower rating for the boat on which it is used. All boats must meet U.S. Coast Guard and state regulations, have an emergency kill switch, and aerated live well.
6. SAFETY: BOATING SAFETY MUST BE OBSERVED AT ALL TIMES.  A USCG approved life preserver must be on and fastened any time the combustible engine is operative, and the kill switch must be attached to the driver.  Contestants fishing out of a float tube or pontoon must wear a life preserver at all times.
7. TACKLE AND EQUIPMENT:
All fish must be caught in a legal sporting manner. Trolling with combustion engine as a method of fishing is prohibited. ONLY RODS AND REELS, LINE AND FLIES DESIGNED EXCLUSIVELY FOR FLY FISHING MAY BE USED. No soft plastic baits, or any other type of bait, customarily used for fishing with other types of rod and reels may be used.  No live or prepared bait is permitted. Liquid fish attractants are allowed. Only one (1) rod may be used at any one time.  No other types of rod and reels (spinning, bait casting, spin-cast) are permitted in the boat during this tournament.
8. PROTESTS: All protests must be submitted in writing to the tournament director within 15 minutes of the final weigh-in.
9. POLYGRAPH:
All contestants are subject to a polygraph test. Failure to submit to one will result in disqualification.
10. SCORING: If entered as a boater two-man team, your score is the total
length of your biggest 5 fish for the team.  If entered as a non-boater individual your score is the total length of your biggest  5 fish. Only largemouth bass should be photographed. Fish should be quickly released and not brought to the weigh-in. A team’s/individual’s longest bass will be determine for the big bass pot. Contestants may bring their fish photos in at any time, but no later than 2:00 pm. All ties will result in the awards being combined and divided equally between the respective teams
11. MEASURING OF FISH:
Bass should be photo'd on a metal or plastic measuring board, mouth closed and touching the left end of the scale, tail compressed to achieve greatest length and your ID tag must be showing.   Contestant must make every effort to release their fish alive after measuring. See additional catch-photo-release rules on the web site.
12. PERMITTED FISHING WATERS:
No fishing is allowed inside the host marina area. Fishing is restricted to the navigable waters of Lake Fork only. Boats may be trailered to and from the weigh-in.  No fishing is allowed within 25 yards of another contestant.  Boaters must not fish within 50 yards of participants fishing from a kayak, float tube, pontoon, or the bank.  Switching or sharing fish with other contestants or individuals will result in immediate disqualification.
13. REGISTRATION
: Registration may be by check by mail to “Bass on the Fly” P.O.Box 173, Yantis, TX 75497 if received no later than April 16, 2017.  Registration may be made at the tournament site Noon-9:00PM Friday or 5:00-6:00AM Saturday, cash only.  All contestants MUST check-in with their camera at the tournament headquarters during official registration hours.
14. FISHING HOURS:
6:00AM-2:00PM Saturday.  Contestants may launch at the site of their choice no earlier than 5:00AM .  Contestants must be in the weigh-in line no later than 2:00PM. 
15. OFF LIMITS:
7:00PM Friday-5:00AM Saturday. 
16. ENTRY FEE:
The entry fee is $60 per individual whether fishing as a two-man team or an individual. The tournament will be held regardless of weather conditions and there will be no refunds of entry fees. The organizer and tournament director reserve the right to accept or reject any entry form application
17. ASSISTANCE:
During hours of competition, contestants may not receive fishing information from other competitors or non-competitors or participate in the practice of “hole sitting.” 1/20/2017.

CATCH-PHOTO-RELEASE RULES

 1. Prior to fishing, individual must present his camera and measuring board at the registration desk for approval.  The measuring board must be a commercial metal or plastic model which clearly shows the numbers and lines for inch and half-inch markings.  HOMEMADE, RETRACTABLE TAPE, WOODEN, FOLDING, OR SLIDING MEASURING DEVICES ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE AT ANY TIME.
2. The camera must be cleared of all photos in the internal and external memory and the time/date feature turned on.  If an external memory card is used it must be marked at registration. Each contestant or team will be issued one identification tag.  This tag should be placed in a waterproof bag and must appear in all pictures of the fish and must be readable.
3. A fish photograph should show the fish with mouth completely closed touching the end of the ruler with tail extended for maximum length, and it must also contain the current unique ID tag. All fish photos must be taken with the fish facing left and the dorsal fin up. Only digital photos will be accepted. No fish will be recorded which does not comply with the prescribed photo requirements.  Fish length will be rounded to the next higher half-inch.
4. No photos of duplicate, dead, mutilated, frozen or otherwise damaged fish will be accepted and all photos must have the device (boat, kayak, pontoon, float tube) from which you are fishing visible in the photo.  You should only bring in photos of your best 5 fish. Any attempts at cheating or fraud will result in permanent suspension from Bass On The Fly Fishing Tournaments.
5.  You must be able to connect to an hdmi or usb port to display your fish.