By-Laws

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CONSTITUTION 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 three chapter tournaments with three different members. (Amended December 2011)

e.   All new members have 5 months to fish their 3 tournaments 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 boat (ers) 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)

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 $15.00 per tournament.

k.   Associate members are eligible for tournament plaques or trophies, only.  Associate members are not eligible for any end-of-the-year Club awards such as trophies, plaques or jackets.

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 Constitution as soon as their membership is approved.

             

SECTION 2.  MEMBERSHIP AND DUES

a.   Annual dues are $10.00 payable not later than the February meeting. (Amended December 2011)

b.   On June 13, 2007 the membership voted to raise the monthly dues to $20, payable at each monthly meeting.

c.   Dues for the entire year ($220) may be paid by the second meeting. (6/13/07)

This discount is offered for members choosing to pay for an entire year up front.  (6/14/06)

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 ($20) in lieu of trophies/plaques. (6/13/07)

 

SECTION 3.  SUSPENSION FOR NON-PAYMENT OF DUES

a.   Membership will be automatically suspended if annual dues are not paid by the March meeting. (Amended December 2011)

b.   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. 

 

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 now permitted. (Amended December 2011)

 

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 CONSTITUTION

 

SECTION 1.  AMENDING THE CONSTITUTION

          The incoming officers will annually review the Constitution 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

 

SECTION 1.  MEETINGS

Meetings are now held on the last Wednesday of every month at Bass Pro Shops in Dania, FL. (June, 2010) The dates of meetings and tournaments are determined during the January meeting. (Amended December 2011)

 

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 $30 for local tournament, $40 for an away tournament, and $80 for a two-day tournament (amended 6/11/08).  These amounts are contingent on gas prices. On October 5, 2005, the membership voted to define “away” tournaments as Aerojet and beyond to the south, and Slims and beyond to the north.

b.   The non-boater shall pay the expense fee before the boat leaves the dock.

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

d.   Members 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 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 a trophy or plaque, or dues for the following month.

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. (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.         The .625 pound meeting attendance bonus was repealed on 6/11/08. The new incentive to attend meetings is a $3 per person raffle, taken from the $20 dues collected. Winner must be present at meeting to receive.

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

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

 

 

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 member winning “Angler of The Year” will receive either a trophy, gift certificate, or a championship ring at the yearly banquet. The dollar value of this award is capped at $400. (6/13/07) In addition, the top 3 anglers will receive 50%, 30% and 20% respectively from a $2 per dues collected pot. The $2 will be taken from the $20 monthly dues paid.  The member having the most live releases during the year shall receive either a trophy or a plaque at the yearly banquet.

 

b.   The member with the largest bass weighed-in at the end of the year shall receive either a trophy or

a plaque at the yearly banquet.  End of the Year Big fish does count as such if it’s a Dead Fish. The .5 pound dead fish penalty still applies. (6/10/09)

 

c.   The club shall pay through its treasury (funds to be collected from the current membership) for

the mounting of any 10 (+) pound bass caught during a regular tournament.  The Club mounting fee reimbursement shall not exceed $150.00.

 

d.   The TOP SIX members of the club at the end of the Classic Tournament will receive a TOP SIX jacket or shirt with the Club’s name, their name and finishing place embroidered on the jacket.  A member must receive five such stitches or places on their jacket before receiving a new jacket.     

 

e.   The club will sponsor the top boating angler and top non-boating angler as a team to enter one open tournament for up to a maximum of $100. (6/30/10) If the two winners cannot come to an agreement on which tournament to fish together by April of the next year, a $50 cash prize will be given to each angler. (Amended December 2011)

 

f.   The single biggest 5 fish limit weighed shall receive the Heavyweight Award each year. (6/11/08)

 

g.   The Club voted to pay for the Tournament Director’s dues for an entire year. (6/10/09)

 

 

Revised December 28th, 2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ATTACHMENT 1

 

SCORING SYSTEM FOR DETERMINING ANGLER OF THE YEAR

 

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. 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 10 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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Bill Ziady,
Mar 6, 2012, 6:36 AM
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