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BY-LAWS OF THE SOUTH FLORIDA BASS RATTLERS

ARTICLE I: NAME AND PURPOSE


SECTION 1. NAME

This unincorporated fraternal Club shall be called the “SOUTH FLORIDA BASS RATTLERS”.


SECTION 2. PURPOSE

. Stimulate public awareness of bass fishing as a major sport.

. Support our state conservation departments by practicing and promoting full adherence to and enforcement of all regulations pertaining to conservation, wildlife, water quality and boating.

. Improve our bass angling skills through friendly exchanges of bass catching techniques and ideas.

. Promote and encourage youth fishing and a love for this great recreation.

. Function as a dynamic and effective link with all other clubs.


SECTION 3. RESTRICTIONS

The Club shall be non-political, non-partisan.

It shall not engage in any form of collective bargaining on behalf of either its members or others.


SECTION 4. ANNUAL TOURNAMENT YEAR

The Club’s annual, tournament year shall be 12 months, beginning January 1 and ending December 31. (Amended December 2011)


ARTICLE II: MEMBERSHIP


SECTION 1. REQUIREMENTS FOR MEMBERSHIP

To become a member, a person shall:

a. Express a genuine interest in Club membership during the submission of a verbal application.

b. Possess a current Florida fishing license and a current driver license.

c. Be recommended by a Club member who, himself, is in good standing with the club.

d. During the probationary period, the applicant must fish on three different occasions with three different members. (Amended January, 2018)

e. All new members have up to 5 months to fish those 3 times in order to be voted into the club as a full member.

f. A secret ballot will be taken, and membership will require approval by three-quarters of a quorum.

g. Boat requirements are 14 feet minimum length and a motor of not less than 25 HP. In addition to all required Coast Guard equipment, an electric trolling motor and a “kill” switch will be required. The boat must be equipped with an operating live well. The South Florida Bass Rattlers suggest that boats have a recirculating (aeration) pump. If boats are not equipped with a recirculating live well, the live well pump must have a timing device. New boaters are given a six month period from membership for compliance.

h. Proof of insurance requirement removed. (Amended December 2011)

i. Minimum member age will be eighteen. (Amended December 2011)

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j. An associate member is an individual that is in the club for a full year in good standing. The following year that member may fish tournaments only and not pay monthly dues or attend monthly meetings. This status is for one year. Associate members are required to pay the normal yearly dues of $10.00 and regular individual tournament fees. Tournament fees will be $40.00 per 1-day tournament and $80 per multi-day tournament. (Amended January 2018)

k. Associate members are eligible for tournament day payouts for 1st, 2nd or 3rd place and for the Big Bass pot, only. Associate members are not eligible for any end-of-the-year Club awards.

l. When a member declares they are changing status to associate, they must pay all dues owed to that point and he must remain in associate status until the beginning of the New Year.

m. On June 14, 2006 the membership voted to remove the maximum number of members allowable. However, at no time shall the ratio of boaters to non-boaters be lower than 60% to 40%.

n. New members will be given a copy of the By-Laws as soon as their membership is approved.


SECTION 2. MEMBERSHIP AND DUES

a. Annual $10 dues have been eliminated. (Amended January 2018)

b. The monthly dues have been raised to $25, payable at each monthly meeting. (Amended January 2018)

c. The discount for paying a year in advance has been discontinued. (Amended January 2018)

d. All dues are non-refundable.

e. Members who have pre-paid for an entire year who also win any monthly tournament, are eligible to receive cash back.


SECTION 3. SUSPENSION FOR NON-PAYMENT OF DUES

a. Membership will be automatically suspended if any member falls 90 days or more in arrears. (Amended December 2011)

b. Suspended Members with three months of unpaid dues are not eligible for either awards or tournament points.


ARTICLE III: VACANCIES, OFFICERS, ELECTIONS & ELIGIBILITY


SECTION 1. OFFICERS OF THE CLUB AND DUTIES

a. President: Presides at all club meetings.

b. Vice President: Will take charge in the absence of the President.

b. Secretary: Will take notes at all meetings and preside if the Pres. and V. P. are not present.

c. Treasurer: Will collect all monies and deposit them into the club’s bank account and give a report of

the balance at each meeting. If the President, V. President and Secretary. are not present, the

Treasurer will preside.

d. Tournament Director: Will requisition all trophies. At each meeting, the T.D. will report on the last tournament and handle the fishing partner selections. If the other officers are absent, the Tournament Director will preside.

e. Assistant Tournament Director: The Assistant Tournament Director will be selected by the

Tournament Director to assist with any or all T. D. duties. If all of the above officers are absent from a meeting, the Assistant Tournament Director will preside.

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SECTION 2. ELECTIONS

The officers shall be nominated in November and elected by the general assembly at a regular club meeting during the month of December. Newly elected officers are to start their function at the January meeting. (Amended December 2011)


SECTION 3. ELIGIBILITY TO VOTE

Each paid-up member in good standing is entitled to one vote, including club officers, except for the President, who will vote only when a tie-vote exists. Proxy votes are no longer permitted. Regardless of the number of members in attendance at any meeting, a simple majority is all that is now required to render a decision. (Amended January 2018)


SECTION 4. TERM OF OFFICE

a. The term of office is for one year, which shall begin the first meeting in January and end on the last meeting in December. (Amended December 2011)

b. Term limits have now been removed. (Amended December 2011)


SECTION 5. ELIGIBILITY FOR HOLDING OFFICE

To be eligible for an office, a member must have:

a. Been a member for six months.

b. Attended at least three-fourths of the club meeting within that period and three-fourth of club functions.

c. Shown an active interest in all functions.


ARTICLE IV: METHOD OF AMENDING THE BY-LAWS


SECTION 1. AMENDING THE BY-LAWS

The incoming officers will annually review the By-Laws and all proposed amendments.

All changes require a three-fourths vote of the general club members present. Approved amendments will be made available to all the members to add to their copy of the Constitution.


ARTICLE V: REMOVAL OF MEMBERSHIP STATUS


SECTION 1. REMOVAL OF MEMBERSHIP STATUS

A member shall be dropped from the membership roll for the following reasons:

a. Failure to pay dues as required in Article II, Section 3.a.

b. Any word, action or omission that reflects dishonor or disgrace on this club which will be determined by three-fourths vote of general membership.

c. Disorderly conduct, especially if under the influence of drugs or alcohol, during a meeting shall be asked to leave the meeting. Use of illegal drugs or alcohol during any club tournament function is strictly prohibited. Tournament activities begin the morning of the tournament and end after weigh-in.


ARTICLE VI: GENERAL MEMBERSHIP

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SECTION 1. MEETINGS

Meetings are now held on the first Thursday of every month at Bass Pro Shops in Dania, FL. (Amended January 2018) The dates of meetings and tournaments are determined by the Tournament Director, and he shall post a proposed schedule, allow time for members to respond, give ample warning and attempt to resolve schedule conflicts at the beginning of each tournament year. Once the yearly schedule is set, only a unanimous vote can change a date. (Amended January 2018)


ARTICLE VII: TOURNAMENT RULES


SECTION 1. ARRANGING FISHING PARTNERS

a. A drawing of the fishing partners will be arranged at the meeting prior to the tournament and may only be changed in an emergency. The emergency must be cleared through the Tournament Director.

b. If any member fails to show up at a tournament without prior notification of just cause, that member is subject to disciplinary action, including dismissal from the club. The member must also pay the Tournament expenses for that tournament. This wording was clarified June 14, 2006. The final decision for dismissal must be voted on by the club membership.

c. Members with a medical/physical condition can advise the club officials if they do not wish to fish swing boat (boater only). It will be the responsibility of the member to advise officials prior to the tournament or tournament draw.

d. Under no circumstances shall a non-member or associate member bump a member from fishing in any tournament. The hierarchy for determining availability of space for any tournament is 1-member, 2-associate member, and 3-guest. (This clarification added June 10, 2009.)


SECTION 2. EXPENSE FEES

a. The expense fees paid by the non-boater to the boater are $40 for all 1-day tournaments, $80 for all multi-day tournaments (amended January 2018). These amounts are contingent on gas prices. There is no longer any designation for local vs away tournaments.

b. The non-boater shall pay the expense fee before the boat leaves the dock. (Re-emphasized January 2018)

c. Pre-fishing expense will be arranged strictly between the individuals.

d. Members 90 days in arrears (owes money or unfulfilled obligation) will not be eligible for a tournament, per Article II, Section 3 b.

e. During multi-day away tournaments, if the angler stays one night at the resort/fish camp, he becomes liable for the full amount for the weekend. (Amended December 2011)


SECTION 3. BOAT OPERATIONS

a. Boaters must operate their boats in a safe manner at all times.

b. Occupants must wear an approved life vest while the boat is on plane.

c. Occupant must not stand in the boat or sit in a fishing chair while the boat is on plane.

d. Boats can be taken out of the water before a weigh-in with the permission of the Tournament Director.

e. During regular monthly tournaments, the launch order will be determined by a random drawing. During multi-day away tournaments launch order for the first launch is determined by random draw. After that, your standing in that month’s tourney determines your launch

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order. Highest position in a duo determines launch order. (For example, if boater is currently in 6th place in that tourney and his non-boating partner is in 1st place, that boat will launch first.) (Amended December 2011)

f. Kill switches must be physically attached to either the boat operator’s person or worn life jacket.


SECTION 4. WEIGH-IN RULES, POINT SYSTEM, PENALTIES & AWARDS

a. If the location of a single daytime tournament site is north of Sawgrass Recreation, weigh-in will be NO LATER than 3:00 PM. During the summer months (July - September), tournament weigh-in will be at 1:00 PM. The State of Florida has removed this restriction. The Tournament Director will now determine weigh-in times.

b. There will be a one pound penalty assessed for each minute that a member is late for the weigh-in. Disqualification will occur after 15 minutes. The official time will be determined by the Tournament Director.

c. Members whose boats have mechanical problems and cannot make the weigh-in time, may give their fish to any other tournament boater to be weighed-in without penalty.

d. There will be a maximum of five (5) fish brought to the scale. The penalty for bringing in more than five fish will be forfeiture of the largest bass’s weight.

e. A three (3) fish bag limit may be mandated in accordance with state laws. (At Istokpoga for example.)

f. An 8 ounce (.5lb) dead fish penalty for each dead bass from the total weight of fish presented for weigh-in. Fish must be able to swim on its own.

g. Fish shall be brought up to the scales in plastic bags filled with sufficient water.

h. Scoring will be determined by the scoring system adopted in 2009 and presented here in ATTACHMENT 1.

i. The first, second and third place winners shall receive $40, $30 & $20 respectively.

j. Unless stated prior to the tournament, each tournament shall have a Big Fish Pot of $5 (Five) dollars per person. If you wish to NOT participate in that month’s big bass pot, you must declare this BEFORE the tournament begins. Otherwise, you will be expected to contribute your $5 towards the pot at the beginning of the day. (Amended December 2011)

k. Any guest fishing a tournament shall be eligible for only the big fish award.

l. In case of a tie, the winner will be determined by the total amount of fish weighed in. If there is still a tie, the winner will be determined by the weight of each person’s largest fish.

m. When ever possible, First and Second Place anglers cannot fish together in the last tournament of the year.

n. The tournament winners shall report to the membership at the next meeting where and how they fished.

o. There is no longer any cash incentive to attend monthly meetings. The $3/person raffle has been eliminated. The only standing incentive to attend meetings is voting privileges. If you are not present at meetings to vote, you cannot participate in whatever decision(s) are reached. (Amended January 2018)

p. Weigh-in times will be determined by tournament exemption and/or majority vote of members.

q. Angler of the Year will be determined at the end of the year. The scoring system for the A.O.Y. is outlined in ATTACHMENT 1. (6/30/10)

r. The Dixie Duel has officially been eliminated in favor of a new big fish pot (temporarily named The Donkey Kong Pot) that accumulates funds each month until someone catches a bass of 7 pounds or larger. Each member will contribute $5 per month to this fund and participation is not

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voluntary. The $5 will be added to the monthly dues, which now stand at $25 per month. If at the end of the year nobody has caught a 7 pounder, then the angler with the biggest bass of the year will collect the funds. This pot is not to be confused with the voluntary big bass pot paid for and collected each month. There is no size restriction to the monthly big bass pot. (Amended January 2018)


SECTION 5. BAITS AND TACKLE

a. Only artificial lures may be used. No live baits or prepared baits will be permitted with the

exception of pork strips, rinds, etc.

b. Only one casting, spin-casting or spinning rod or reel may be used at any one time. All other

types such as cane poles or fly rods are prohibited from being used or being in the boat. Other rigs of the allowed types specified above may be in the boat, but only one may be used (in the water) at any given time. All bass must be caught live and in a conventional, sporting manner.


ARTICLE VIII: GENERAL RULES


SECTION 1. ANNUAL AWARDS

a The annual pay-outs have been changed as follows:

- The Top 6 Anglers at the end of the year will now each receive a $100 bonus in addition to any other winnings they may be eligible for.

- We have added a $50 cash prize for the biggest bag of the year.

- We have eliminated the cash prize for Co-Angler of the Year

- We have consolidated the 1st place money into the AOY winnings. These are no longer 2 separate prizes

- After the cash prizes for Big Bass, Top 6, and Big Bag have been paid out, the remaining monies will be distributed to the 1st, 2nd & 3rd place anglers via 50%, 30% & 20% splits. However, we will always leave a minimum of $100 in the Treasury going into the new year.

- The Treasurer is now also exempt from paying regular dues, as is the Tournament Director. (All these changes were amended January 2018)

Revised January, 2018


ATTACHMENT 1

SCORING SYSTEM FOR DETERMINING ANGLER OF THE YEAR

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All members in good standing will be eligible to participate in the Angler of the Year competition. A sample monthly scoring sheet is attached for reference (ATTACHMENT 2). The scoring system is based on awarding base points for placement in each monthly tournament, plus bonus points which are given for various incentives. The first place angler always receives 50 base points, 2nd place receives 48, 3rd gets 46, and so on. If you reference the sample sheet now, we will analyze each column from left to right.

“Fished?” - If you fished, a “1” goes in here. If not, a “0”.

“Fish Caught” - Total number of fish caught.

“Dead Fish” - Total number of dead fish.

“Live Releases” - Total number of live releases.

“Big Fish” - Only the largest fish of the tourney are listed here. The biggest is usually in BOLD print.

“Gross Weight” - Your total gross weight, not including any penalties.

“Plaque or Dues” - If you finished in the top 3, “P” for plaque, “D” for dues.

“Penalty” - Total penalty for dead fish (.5 pounds per fish), and/or late weigh-in.

“Net Weight This Tourney” - Total net weight, which is your gross weight less any penalties.

“Tournament Base Points” - Tournament base points. (50 for 1st, 48 for 2nd, 46 for 3rd, etc.) Starting July 1, 2010, if an angler who fishes 75% of all tournaments misses a tournament, he now receives 2 points less than the last place angler in that month, instead of 0 points. (6/30/10)

“Top 3 Bonus” - 1st place gets a 4 point bonus, 2nd place gets 3 pts, 3rd place gets 2 pts. (6/30/2010)

“Big Fish Bonus” - You get an additional 5 point bonus for catching the tourney’s biggest bass.

“Limit Bonus” - You get an additional 3 point bonus for catching a limit.

“5 lbs or + Bonus” - If you catch a 5 pounder or bigger, you get an additional 2 points per pound, rounded up. (Example: if you catch a 6.7 pound bass, you get 14 bonus points.)

“Live Release Bonus” - You get 1 bonus point for every live release.

“Total Monthly Points” - Total monthly points = base points + any bonuses you earned - penalties.

”Yearly Overall Weight” - Yearly overall weight, self explanatory.


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