These rules apply to all contestants entering tournaments. Violations of any of these rules will result in an appropriate penalty or disqualification. It is each team’s responsibility to know and completely understand the rules set forth for these tournaments. All teams agree to report any rule violation to the tournament director immediately. The tournament director reserves the right, and at his sole discretion, to determine any and all penalties assessed. All contestants will be subject to a polygraph test. Failure to pass, or refusal to take a polygraph test could result in an immediate disqualification and banishment from all future Team Trail Outdoors LLC events. Protests must be in writing no more than 5 minutes after the weigh-in scales have closed. All decisions will be made at the discretion of Team Trail Outdoors tournament director and are final and not subject to an appeal.
Participation in Team Trail Outdoors tournaments is open to anyone with a paid membership. At least one member from each team must be 18 years of age or older. Team Trail Outdoors LLC reserves the right to refuse entry to anyone.
All entered boats must have all safety items required by the United States Coast Guard, a permanently mounted aeration system and no extended or raised fishing decks above the gunnel. All outboards shall not exceed the maximum horsepower rating of the United States Coast Guard.
All state, local and federal laws must be obeyed.
Entry Fees: Each tournament is $1,000 entry fee plus an optional side pot of $700.
Membership & Deposits: Registration can only be made online. Absolutely no phone calls will be taken for memberships and tournament deposits. Membership fees of $100 per person and deposit of $250 per event for all 4 events plus credit card fees will be required at pre-registration. Balances will be due prior to each event.
All teams must have a United States Coast Guard approved life vest on and buckled anytime the outboard is in gear. Waist belts are not acceptable for use while moving to another location. The driver of each vessel must have an emergency kill switch connected to his life vest anytime the outboard is in gear. Team Trail Outdoors LLC Staff reserves the right to make any changes for safety precautions. No alcohol or illegal drugs are allowed during tournament hours.
All teams entering tournaments are always expected to show true sportsmanship and common courtesy. No fishing is allowed within 25 yards of another entered team without mutual consent. No team, at any time, shall block an entry to a fishing area that is considered a public waterway.
All events will be a numbered take-off. Weigh-ins will be staggered flights and those flight times will be determined by each team’s boat draw. All teams are required to check-in with TTO staff by the time given with their respective flight numbers. For teams who check-in after their respective flight times, a one-pound penalty per minute (up to 15 minutes) will be deducted from their net weight of the day’s catch. Any team that is more than 15 minutes late, will not be able to weigh their catch for that day.
All areas marked by state, federal, and local authorities, as well as any areas marked by Team Trail Outdoors LLC Staff are not allowed to be fished (no exceptions). All bridges (marked or unmarked) are considered no wake zones. No fishing within 100 feet of any operating gas pump.
Only one rod and reel may be used at one time by each team member. All fish must be caught alive and on artificial bait with the exception of pork trailers. Both team members must remain in the boat to land a fish.
• Assistance: During hours of competition, teams may not receive information from non-competitors or participate in the practice of hole sitting. The use of any mobile communication device to communicate fishing information during tournament hours is strictly prohibited.
• Sight Fishing: As described in the Boat requirement section, no extended or raised fishing decks above the gunnel are allowed. Snagging a bedding fish is strictly prohibited.
• Casting: A legal cast consist of one team member, one rod and reel, and casting no further than he can personally cast without the additional use of the trolling motor or combustible engine. Trolling, strolling and long lining is strictly prohibited.
• Umbrella Rigs: Umbrella rigs are not allowed in these tournaments
All live fish become the property of Team Trail Outdoors, LLC and will be released back into tournament waters following each day’s weigh in. Any dead fish weighed will remain the property of the Angler and it is his responsibility to dispose of properly and in accordance to the Texas Game and Fishing Laws and/or any local regulations.
• Species: Only Largemouth, Smallmouth and Kentucky Spotted Bass will be allowed to weigh-in.
• Lengths: Team Trail Outdoors will utilize length requirements set forth by each lake governing officials at each event and will be announced before all tournaments. The official measuring board will be the PRO RULE.
• Bag Limits: No more than 5 legal bass are allowed in the live well at any time during tournament hours. No culling of a dead fish. A dead fish cannot be weighed in for big bass competition.
• Penalties: A 1-pound penalty and loss of fish will be assessed for any and all fish that do not meet the minimum size requirements. A .50-pound penalty will be assessed for any and all dead fish being weighed-in. For teams who check-in after their respective flight times, a one-pound penalty per minute (up to 15 minutes) will be deducted from their net weight of the day’s catch. Any team that is more than 15 minutes late, will not be able to weigh their catch for that day.
• Scoring: All fish will be weighed in pounds and 1/100ths ounces.
• Winners: Winners will be determined by adding both days net weights. All ties will be settled by combining two places and splitting equally. Big Bass will pay out each competition day.
Team Trail Outdoors will pay an annual bonus totaling $25,000 to the top 10 teams overall at the end of the year. Qualifications for this bonus are based on the following 2 criteria:
1. They must participate in all 4 events and be in the overall top 10 in points at the end of the year. Points will be given as follows: the winner of each event will receive 200 points, 2nd place gets 199 points and so on down to the last team weighing a fish. Any team who fails to weigh in a fish at any tournament will receive 30 points less than the last weighing team.
2. They must also participate in the optional side pot of all 4 events.
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