The Big Bass Battle

The Big Bass Battle
Fishing For Their Future
 Presented by
Saturday, April 2 at Fate Sanders Marina on J. Percy Priest Lake
blastoff at 6:30 AM
 *cash payout based upon a minimum of 120 boat field
$500 "Big" Largemouth plus $500 "Big" Smallmouth
Enter the tournament here.
Thank you to tournament sponsors


The following rules and regulations will remain unchanged unless the opinion of the tournament officials would warrant an addition or change that would further the concept of fairness to all.  Interpretation of these rules shall be left exclusively to the tournament officials, and their decision shall be final in all matters.
1. PARTICIPANTS AND ELIGIBILITY - A properly completed, signed entry form and $125.00 per boat entry fee must be received by tournament officals by Friday, April 5th at 5:00 PM CST.  Registration morning of the tournament will be $150.00.  Entrants under the age of 18 must have a signed consent of parent or guardian.  Entry fee includes registration for big fish prize.
2. BOATS AND FLIGHTS - Each boat will be assigned a number based upon order of registration received.  Boats will blast off based upon the number assigned as follows: 1st flight - boats #1-50, 6:30 a.m.; 2nd flight - 6:50 a.m.; 3rd flight - 7:10 a.m.; 4th flight - 7:30 a.m.
3. BOATING SAFETY - Safe boating conduct must be observed at all times.  Coast Guard approved chest-type preservers must be worn when the outboard motor is running and a working kill switch must be attached to the operator.  Each boat must have all safety equipment required by state and federal laws.  Boat operation must be in a safe manner at all times.  POSITIVELY NO ALCOHOLOIC BEVERAGES ALLOWED AT ANY TIME DURING THE TOURNAMENT HOURS.  Any operator or partner found to be in possession, use or under the influence of alcohol will be disqualified from the tourament.
4. SPORTSMANSHIP - Competitors are expected to follow high standards of sportsmanship, safety and conservation.  Maximum courtesy musst be practiced at all times, especially with regards to fishing and boating in the vicinity of non-competitors who may be on the tournament waters.
5. PERMITTED FISHING LOCATION - No fishing within 50 yards of another anchored tournament boat.  All fishing and landing of fish must be done within the boat and the boat must remain in tournament waters during the tournament day.  Both competitors must remain in the boat at all times except in the case of dire emergency.
6. OFFICIAL CHECK POINT - There will be only two official check points: at blast-off (as scheduled above or when safe blast-off conditions exist) and at p.m. check-in the day of the tournament.  Check-in times: 1st flight - 3:00 p.m.; 2nd flight - 3:20 p.m.; 3rd flight - 3:40 p.m.; 4th flight - 4:00 p.m.
7. CHECK-IN - Competitors must check in at the official check point before the designated time of the tournament end.  All boats must check in on time in order for their catch to be weighed and registered for award consideration.
8. SCORING - Tournament winnings will be determined by the total pound and ounce of each catch for the day.  Only largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass will be weighed.  THE LIMIT IS FIVE BASS PER BOAT.  The minimum length of largemouth bass is 15" and smallmouth bass is 18" with the mouth closed using a golden rule.  IF MORE THAN 5 BASS ARE BROUGHT TO THE WEIGH IN, THE WEIGH IN OFFICIAL WILL CUT THE LARGEST BASS FIRST AND CONTINUE WITH THE NEXT LARGEST BASS UNTIL THERE IS NO MORE THAN A 5-FISH LIMIT.  Each largemouth bass less than 15" and each smallmouth less than 18" in length that is brought to the weigh-in will not be weighed and will result in the biggest fish of the catch being cut from the catch to be weighed.  Example: One short bass turned in to be weighed will result in the largest bass being cut from those left to be weighed.  Two short bass turned in to be weighed will result in the two largest fish being cut from those left to be weighed, etc.
9. LIVE vs DEAD BASS - Conservation by keeping all bass alive and released back into the lake is very important to this event and its sponsors.  Every effort will be made by the tournament director to release the bass.  All participants are expected to cooperate with this concet. 
10. BAIT - Only artificial bait is to be used.  Bait casting and spinning outfits with pole length not to exceed 8' in length can be used to catch fish.  No trolling permitted in this tournament. 
11. TOTAL SCORING - The total weight of each boat for the day's fishing will determine the winners.
12. TIES - In case of ties for any position, the winners will split the total winnings of that place and the next lower place.  For example: In a tie for third place, the winners would split the total for both third ($1,200) and fourth ($950) place (total $2,150) and be paid $1,075 each.
13. RULE VIOLATIONS - Each contestant agrees to report any and all violations of tournament rules to the officials and committee.  Each contestant, by his/her signature, agrees to submit to a polygraph / voice stress test as necessary or determined by tournament officials.
14. PROTEST - Any and all protests must be made before awards are presented or the protest will be disallowed.
15. DISCLAIMER - Cash payback guarantee based on a minimum of 120 boat paid field.  In the event of a paid field of less than 120 boats, percentage of payback will be adjusted accordingly.
Examples:     120 boat field / 120 = 100% payback $3,000 first place
                      105 boat field / 120 = 87.5% payback $2,625 first place