Tournament Director and his Tournament Committee will designate the type
of contest, start and finish time.
They also will determine the location of the weigh-in.
courtesy, safety and conservation are expected from each contestant. Any infraction of these fundamental
sporting principles may be deemed cause for disqualification. Any drunkenness on the part of any
contestant during the contest will be cause for disqualification. Safety is #1 and is to be
observed. It is required that Illini Bass Club members wear a life
vest anytime the gasoline-engine is running.
Black, Kentucky or Smallmouth (when in season) bass will be scored. All fish will be bumped in the same
manner throughout the year by a member of the committee. Any bass in questionable condition is
subject to the judgment of the weigh-in official.
artificial lures may be used. No
live bait or prepared bait will be permitted however, pork type baits
maybe used. Only one casting, spin
casting or spinning rod rig is permitted in use and in the water at any
one time. All bass must be caught
live and in a conventional sporting manner.
operation and expenses: A
discussion between the two partners should be held prior to departure as
to boat operation. A schedule will
be set that permits each partner equal time to fish from the front of the
boat and to operate the trolling motor, so he may select his choice of
water. In the event that one
contestant has chosen not to operate the boat and such choice is satisfactory
to his partner, that contestant waiving his right shall still have the
right to choose fishing spots half of the time. Any contestant found operating in an
obvious and deliberate manner to handicap his partner or another boat will
be disqualified. It is suggested
that all traveling expenses, boat expenses and ramp fees be split 50/50.
fishing will be done from within the boat.
You are not allowed to exit the boat to land a fish.
contest will be draw contests, unless otherwise specified. You may not fish more than two point
contests with the same person. You can fish one draw and one pick with the
same person. You cannot pick anyone twice or draw anyone twice.
are responsible for getting their names on the contest list at the time of
the draw. Late entrants need to
notify the Tournament Director or a member of the Tournament Committee by
Wednesday before the contest. He
then will be paired with other late entrants and then notified whom he is
paired with. Notice of withdraw
from any contest must be given at least 24 hours in advance of the
tournament starting time. It is the
members responsibility to make contact with the Tournament Director and
their partner to notify them of your withdraw. Any member failing to notify the
Tournament Director will be held responsible for paying his entry
fee. Any unusual situation
involving monthly contests will be subject to a ruling by the Tournament
Director and his Tournament Committee.
team contestant must sign the team in before the start of the fishing
contestant leaving the lake before quitting time must tell the Tournament
Director or a member of the club.
Any fish must be turned over to a member of the Tournament
Committee or another member fishing the tournament.
entry fees: $25.00 per person – ($17.00 prize money), ($3.00 point money),
($3.00 classic money), ($2.00 club money).
There is an additional/optional $5.00 Big Bass side bet that will
be 100% payback given at the end of the tournament. Monthly tournament payouts will be awarded
at the next monthly meeting. Entry
fees are to be paid at the tournament prior to start of the tournament. Failure to pay entry fee will result in
disqualification of the contestant and his catch. He will not be able to fish any future
contests until his account is paid in full or calendar year has
ended. Payout schedule for monthly
tournaments, angler of the year and classic is 1st Place (50%),
2nd Place (30%), and 3rd Place (20%).
of tournament contest winners will be determined by pounds and hundredths
of a pound on digital scales of total team weight. Each contestant or his
partner must present their own catch to the weigh-in location
scoring for Angler of the Year will be determined by a point system. Individual points will be kept from each
monthly contest and accumulated for the year. The angler with the most points at the
conclusion of the regular tournament season will be Angler of the
Year. Points will be awarded to
participating club members as follows: 1st place–50 points / 2nd
place-45 points / 3rd place-42 points, then so on down the list
until all anglers that weighed in fish have been scored. Anglers who did fish a tournament and
did not weigh-in a fish will receive 5 places worse than the last place member with fish. Example: If the last place member
receives 20 points those that participated will receive 15 points. The angler that weighed in Big Bass for
that tournament will be awarded an additional 2 points. In the event of a tie at the end of the
year, the following tie breaker will be used in order: 1.The individual
with the largest number of legal fished weighed in for the year. 2. The individual with the largest
number of live fish weighed in during the year. 3. The individual with the
heaviest tournament stringer of fish weighed in during the year.
order for an angler to qualify for the classic, you must be in the top 20
and have fished 4 of the 8 tournaments. If you are in the top 20 and have
not fished 4 of the 8 tournaments, you must pay total entry fee $8.00 ($3.00-classic,
$3.00-points, and $2.00-club) of a regular tournament fee to catch
yourself up to the equivalent of 4 tournaments, and to be qualified to
fish the classic. If these provisions are not met you will not be allowed
to fish the classic. At the end of
the year and all 20 anglers are qualified to fish, however if one or more anglers
cannot fish the classic the angler(s) in 21st position and on
will be able to fish the classic. Those
angler(s) will still be under the same provisions above to be qualified to
fish the classic.
bodies of water that are chosen for the classic will be off limits from
the Monday before the classic until the day of the classic.
- Lake Limit
will be used for fish size. The bag
limit is 4 fish per day, per person for individual scoring. A two man team may weigh in a total of 8
fish, with exception of one man may weigh in Lake Creel limit for team
weight. There will be a one pound
penalty for excessive bag limit.
penalty of 4 ounces will be assessed for each dead fish brought to the
scales. No dead fish will be
weighed for big bass. All dead fish
will be weighed in at the tournament committee’s discretion. A dead fish is determined by the Tournament
Director and his committee only, based on the following, present at
weigh-in: (1) no fin movement (2) no gill movement. If the fish appears questionable, the
member will be asked to take the fish to water. After a period of resuscitation 1 minute(60
seconds), the fish must then be able to remain in an upright position, on
its own, without floating to one side during one of the above official’s
count to ten(10). Culling of any
legal size dead fish is not allowed. Members are to retain dead fish and do not return them
back to the lake, water etc. Any contestant attempting to weigh in a
short fish will be penalized 1 pound of his total weight.
bass may be kept by members for mounting purposes only.
and finish of tournaments: There will be no early starts in any scheduled
monthly tournaments. The only
exception is that all members on the list are in the water and ready to
go. At the end of each tournament
each member must check in with the committee member located at the boat
ramp at the designated quitting time.
The angler weighing in their teams fish will be responsible for
releasing their fish back into the water.
There will be a 1 pound penalty per minute assessed for being late
to weigh-in. There will be a 10
minute maximum limit and any team more than 10 minutes will be
off ramps other than designated ramps may be used. However, one member of the team must be
present at the take off and may leave when their team number is called. Then they can drive to the ramp of
choice. Start and finish is at the
loading will be allowed in all contests except for Lake Vermilion.
will start single file according to the number they draw.
discrepancies over the tournament must be brought to the Tournament
Director or his Tournament Committee within 30 minutes of the close of the
scales. Any discrepancies brought
up after 30 minutes of the close of the scales will be ignored by the
Tournament Director and his Tournament Committee.