2015 Anglers in Action LLC
Official Rules for the 2017 Anglers in Action Tournament (Team) Trail
All individuals, 18 years of age or older with a paid entry fee and a current paid membership to Anglers in Action Tournament (Team) Trail (AiA) is eligible to fish. A parent or legal guardian must accompany anyone under 18 years of age. A team may consist of one (1) angler per boat or two (2) anglers per boat. AiA reserves the right to reject any entry that is not in the best interest of the tournament.
ENTRY / MEMBERSHIP FEE:
Entry fee is $160.00 per qualifying event per team. Entries will be accepted by mail, online, or may be paid at the ramp. There will be an annual membership fee of $50.00 per angler. Memberships will expire after the 2017 Tournament of Champions. Take off positions are determined by order of paid entry. Paid entry fees may be transferred with AiA approval. No refunds. Fifteen dollars per entry will be put towards the 2017 Division Shootouts and Championship.
BIG BASS POT & SIDE POT:
Big Bass is included in the $160 entry fee. 2 Big Bass places will be paid at each tournament.
There will be an optional $20 side pot at each tournament, which will be paid back to the top 3 teams/heaviest bags.
The $20 sidepot must be paid in cash at each tournament.
Anglers In Action will pay one (1) place for every five (5) teams entered for the Qualifying Tournaments. The 2017 Division Shootouts and Tournament of Champions will pay back one (1) place for every six (6) teams entered. There will be a maximum of twenty-five (25) places paid regardless the number of teams entered. All qualifying tournaments will pay back 80% to the field after Big Bass and Shootout/Championship funds have been withdrawn.
CHECK-IN and PRE-MEETING:
One team member must check in the morning of tournament. A pre-meeting will take place on the water approximately five (5) minutes prior to the official start. Idle by live well checks will take place at any time either on or off the water.
Each team will receive 25 show up points. Points will start at 200 for 1st place and descend 1 point for each place dropped. Each team will also receive 1 point for each pound of bass weighed in, and will be rounded to the nearest whole number.
Points will be based on a teams best 4 tournaments in your division.
2017 DIVISION SHOOTOUT QUALIFICATION:
All teams that fish a minimum of 3 tournaments in their division will qualify for the Division Shootout. One buy in will be allowed per division. Each Division Shootout will pay back one (1) place for every six (6) teams entered with a maximum of 25 places paid out. Entry fee to a Division Shootout will be $160 per team. The Open Division Shootout will be combined with the final division lake Shootout of the season.
2017 TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS:
How to qualify for the 2017 Tournament of Champions: The top 40% of all teams in points in each division will qualify. If a qualified team is unable to attend the 2017 Tournament of Champions, the next team in line will be invited until a total of 40% is filled. The Tournament of Champions will pay back one (1) place for every six (6) teams entered with a maximum of 25 places paid out. Entry fee to the 2017 Tournament of Champions will be $200 per team and $20 optional big bass.
Boat numbers at the Tournament of Champions will be determined by a computer generated random draw and reversed the 2nd day.
If a team qualifies for the Tournament of Champions in more than one division, the first division they qualified through will be used. In this case, we will take the next team in points in the other division(s) that team qualified through.
PARTICIPATION and ALTERNATES:
Each team will be allowed to use 2 alternates per division, fish by yourself twice, or any combination of the two. You cannot use an alternate for the 2017 Division Shootouts or the Tournament of Champions. With Director's approval you could fish with another qualified angler. Alternates do not have to pay a membership fee until they fish their second tournament.
ANGLERS IN ACTION RESERVES THE RIGHT TO HAVE AN OBSERVER RIDE ALONG WITH COMPETITOR(S) AT ANY QUALIFYING EVENT, DIVISION SHOOTOUT, OR THE TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS. REFUSAL TO HAVE AN OBSERVER WILL RESULT IN DISQUALIFICATION.
SCORING / CULLING:
Largemouth, small mouth, and spotted bass will be scored. There will be a five (5) fish limit at all lakes. Short fish will result in a one (1) pound penalty plus the loss of the fish. A dead fish will result in a one (1) pound penalty per fish. If dead fish is big bass, (1) pound will be deducted from big bass. No more than five (5) fish are allowed in a live well at any time, unless it is during the culling process. Anyone bringing more than five (5) fish to the weigh-in scales will not be allowed to weigh in any fish. All fish MUST be brought to the scales in an AiA official weigh-in bag. Culling of dead bass is prohibited.
QUALITY ASSURANCE TESTING:
By contestant(s) signature on entry form and /or participation in these tournaments, the contestant(s) agree to any quality assurance tests if required by the Tournament Director. They may include all or part of the following: CVSA, Polygraph test, Urinalysis, or Blood test. Refusal of an angler to submit to a test or failure of a test will result in loss of winnings, immediate disqualification, plus subsequent disqualification from future tournaments. Quality assurance tests will be conducted as soon as possible at the conclusion of official tournament hours.
SAFETY and SPORTSMANSHIP:
Safe boating must be observed at all times. Life jackets and kill switches must be used any time the combustion motor is running above an idle. All contestants are required to follow the highest degree of sportsmanship, courtesy, and conservation. At the discretion of the Tournament Director, tournament days may be shortened or cancelled due to unsafe weather or water conditions. No alcohol or controlled substance can be used or allowed in the boat during tournament hours. No hole-sitting allowed.
All protests must be submitted in writing to the tournament director within fifteen (15) minutes of the weigh-in completion. The appointed Tournament Advisory Board will handle all protests. The decision of the Tournament Director shall be final in all matters.
One pound per minute, up to ten (10) minutes, then disqualification.
Tournaments (Overall Results): All ties will be broken by 1) big bass, 2) most fish weighed in, 3) by earliest entry.
Tournaments (Big Bass): All ties will be broken by 1) total weight, 2) earliest entry.
Standings: All ties will be broken by 1) total weight, 2) big bass.
TACKLE and EQUIPMENT:
Only artificial lures and pork style baits are allowed. All bass must be caught on a rod and reel. Only one rod and reel in use at any time by any one angler.
BOATS and MOTORS:
Any boat, 14 feet or longer, meeting B.I.A. and Coast Guard requirements with a functional kill switch and functional bilge pump and properly aerated live well will be accepted. No over-powered boats.
Anywhere on tournament waters available to the public and accessible by boat, except areas designated as “off limits” or “no fishing” by the Corp of Engineers, local, state, or federal officials. You cannot fish within 50 yards of a contestant's anchored boat.
Any additional off limits will be announced at the pre-meeting prior to take-off. There are no off-limit days.
Boat owners must have at least $100,000 of Boating Liability Insurance. Proof of insurance may be asked for at any time and may be a question on the polygraph test.
SPECIAL SITUATIONS: Breakdown:
In the event of a boat breakdown, the team may transfer their fish to another contestants boat for transport to the weigh-in site, meeting the following conditions; The fish must be placed in a segregated livewell. One member of the breakdown team must accompany those fish at all times to the weigh-in site. The team broken down must stop fishing from the time of transfer. Early Departure: Any team departing prior to weigh in from the tournament lake, must contact the tournament director or appointed staff member. Failure to do so will result in the loss of any points earned at that tournament. Cell Phones: We encourage all contestants to have a cell phone in their boat for emergency use only. Contestants may not depart the boat to land fish or to make the boat more accessible to fishing waters. Contestants must leave and return to official checkpoint by boat. No tournament boat may be loaded on the trailer before weigh-in except with the permission of the Tournament Director.
KNOWLEDGE OF THESE RULES IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF EACH CONTESTANT:
Failure to read these rules or ignorance of them is no excuse. The Director reserves the right to reject any entry if he feels that it is not in the best interest of the Anglers in Action Tournament Trail. Any announcements made by the Director at the tournament site take precedent over written rules. The decision of the Tournament Director shall be final in all matters.
How to Qualify for the B.A.S.S Team Championship through the Anglers in Action Tournament Trail.
The top 3 teams at the 2017 Anglers in Action Tournament of Champions will be invited to the 2017 Bassmaster Team Championship. If one of the top 3 teams cannot attend the B.A.S.S. Team Championship the next team will be selected until all 3 positions are filled.
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