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The Bass Tournament Rules shall apply to the one-day, two-day or three-day CDBC Bass Tournament. CDBC Bass Tournament is individual tournament where each individual will be awarded by Officers. The Bass Tournament Rules shall be printed and handed out with the tournament announcement flyers and information in newsletter every year.
1.) REGISTRATION: The date, time and place of registration will be sent out well in advance via snail mail to persons who are interested in entering the CDBC tournament. The same information will be posted on the web site well in advance. All contestants must register at the tournament sign-in table. Those who arrive late are still welcomed; they must register before entering the CDBC tournament. Meeting time and tournament's sunrise time shall be announced at the headquarters on Friday night 8:00 P.M, the night before the start of the tournament.
2.) CONTESTANTS AND ELIGIBILITY: Participation in the CDBC tournament is open to any deaf, hard of hearing or with sign language knowledge with no discrimination by sex, religion, ethnicity, nationality or race. Member's friend and families are welcome. Contestants shall be 18 year of age or older.
3.) SAFETY: To ensure the safety of all contestants, two contestants are strongly encouraged for each boat and be responsible for all applicable safety regulations. All safety equipment shall be maintained in working order. each contestant shall be responsible to compete alone in a boat at any CDBC tournament.In case of emergency, illness or serious injury should any one contestant be forced to leave the CDBC tournament, the other will either be automatically dropped out or be accompanied by an appointed observer, to preserve order and harmony in all CDBC tournaments.
4.) SPORTSMANSHIP: Any contestant who displays poor sportsmanship or violates any of the contest rules or state fishing laws shall be promptly disqualified. Intoxication on the part of any contestants will not be tolerated and will result in disqualification. Any violation will result in a two (2) year suspension. If a second offense occurs, a life time suspension shall be imposed.
5.) TACKLE and EQUIPMENT: Only artificial lures can be used during the CDBC tournament. Only casting, spin casting, or spinning rods and reels will be allowed. Only one line may be in the water at any time. Additional rigged rods will be permitted in the boat as substitutes. Use of 7 ½8 foot flip rod is permitted. Gasoline powered trolling motor is prohibited. Depth finders, electric trolling motors and thermometers, which are not in violation of state laws, may be used.
6.) FISH: Black bass (largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass) may be scored only.
7.) FISHING WATERS: All water in the lake where the CDBC tournaments are held may be fished. No fishing will be permitted within 50 yards of another contestant whose boat tied down anchored, and within 50 yards of the headquarters. Bank fishing is prohibited. Contestant (s) may rent boats.
8.) LICENSE: Each contestant shall have valid, proper fishing license, obtained from Dept of Fish and Game in respective state. One-day, multi-day, or annual license can be purchased in any stores or tackle shops. The license should be readily available for inspection at any time.
9.) BOAT REQUIREMENT: Every bass boat in the CDBC tournament must have the following items: kill switch (see 10.), life jackets (see 11.), working livewell, fire extinguisher, proper state fishing license, and horn and/or whistle. All rental boats must have the same aforementioned items except for livewell. Each contestant's boat must have a large cooler or container (for rental boat) or bass boat's livewell with running water. During weigh-in period, contests shall have a device or bag capable of keeping bass alive and in good condition. The officers have the responsibility to disqualify any individual from competing if a suitable device is not available or is improperly used. The state game department also reserves the right to determine the acceptability of any and such devices.
10.) KILL SWITCH: To ensure the safety of all contestants, the boat operating with electrical ignition shall be required to have a kill switch in the CDBC tournament and it must be engaged while boat is moving.
11.) LIFE JACKETS: Contestant must wear approved life jacket with zipperor personal floatation device (PFD) while gasoline powered pro bass boats are in use. Contestants can be disqualified, if you are seen with your life jacket unzipped while the engine is running. boat is moving.U.S. Coast Guard approved floatation preservers shall be worn be the contestants at all times when the outboard power is in use.
12.) BOAT NUMBERS: Participating boats must be line up in the water near the corner of the dock prior to the start at sunrise. A drawing will be done on the night before the tournament for the starting order.
12.) PARTNER IN TOURNAMENT: CDBC iswill not be responsible for the partner pairing. Boat partners will be arranged by all contestants under mutual agreement. The limit is two (2) contestants per boat and will fish together throughout the CDBC tournament.
13.) CHECK OUT AND INLAUNCHING TIME: Tournament officials must inspect your boat and livewell before you leave at first check-out at the start of the tournament, the check-out time. The time of the CDBC tournament shall begin at sunrise for safety and conclude at 3:00 P.M. or the announced check-in time. Contestants must arrive on time at check-in point with officials on dock and the officials must record the time if late. Arriving after 3:00 P.M. or the announced check-in time is considered late (See Rule # 15).and fish for the weigh-in before designated time. Contestants may return to dock for lunch or rest but can not report for weigh-in until at a designated time. Due to unexpected weather condition or safety reasons, CDBC officials may alteralternate the launch and weigh-in times.
14.) WEIGH-IN: Insofar as possible, all bass shall be returned to the water alive and in good condition after weigh-in. Weigh-in will be conducted at the tournament site at the check-in time end of day's competition,starting 30 minutes before and 30 minutes after the announced check-in time. It can be early as 2:30 P.M, but no later 3:30 P.M. If late or didn't check-in, contestants will be disqualified. During weigh-in period, bass shall be transported to and from the weigh-in site in water-filled containers such as heavy-duty plastic bags which will be provided at the dock. If larger bass is over 5 lbs, it shall be placed in individual bag. Bass shall not be held at any time without sufficient water to cover the fish, except during the actual measuring/weighing process. Fish shall not be held in plastic bags longer than five (5) minutes prior to or after the weigh-in. All bass shall be released immediately after weigh-in near the weigh-in site unless otherwise specified by California sport fishing regulationson the back of the leaflet. Fish shall not be towed to the release site (s) in live cars or similar devices made of mesh or netting. Dead bass shall be disposed of in consistent with California sport fishing regulations.
15.) LATE ARRIVAL: The following table will be used for any contestants who arrive after the announced weight-in time or 3:00 P.M.
Minutes after arrival
Weight deducted from each bass
1 to 5 minutes
2 oz or 0.13 lbs
6 to 10 minutes
4 oz or 0.25 lbs
11 to 15 minutes
6 oz or 0.38 lbs
16 minutes or later
16.) SCORING: Scoring will be based on the weigh-in pounds and ounces or pounds with two decimal places. The minimum length shall be 12 inches with mouth closed to tail's fork or the legal minimum length of the CDBC tournament lake. Three numbers will be recorded as follows – lunker weight, lunker length and the total weight, in order to minimize weighting time. The maximum number of bass shall be 5 bass percontestantperson or the legal limit of the CDBC tournament lake. CDBC will deduct two ounces (2 oz) or 0.13 pounds for each dead bass brought in for weigh-in by each contestant. If more than 5 basses are brought in by contestant, the 5 smallest basses will be weighted.
17.) TIES: In the event of a tie where the weight and length of fish are equal, all prizes shall be divided equally and additional trophies, if necessary, shall be awarded.
18.) LUNKER CONTEST: CDBC will award two cash prizes for biggest bass by weight. If there is a tie, the fish with the longest measured length will win.
19.) FISHING GUIDE: There will be no fishing with guide for hire within 1030 days prior the CDBC tournament. Upon evidence of fishing with guide, the contestant will be disqualified for the entire CDBC tournament.
20.) RULES CHANGE: Interpretation of the CDBC tournament rules shall be the responsibility of the CDBC Secretary with approval of the CDBC officials. Final decision in all matters shall be made by the CDBC officials.
21.) ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES & NARCOTICS: Misconduct from alcohol or drug abuse will result in disqualification.
22.) PRACTICE & PRE-FISHING: There is no restriction on practice or pre-fishing.
23.) PRIZES: There will be two prize award categories - the lunker bass (Rule #17) and tournament champion (Rule #16). First, the lunker, $60 and $40 shall be awarded to anglers with biggest bass and second biggest bass respectively. Second, the remaining prize money will be awarded to top ten anglers. The first place will receive 30 % of the remaining prize money and the subsequent places (2nd to 10th) shall receive the remaining 30% (rounded off to nearest $5). Both of the prize award categories will come from the tournament fees and will be based on the number of entries which is set at base of 20 entries.
24.) DISQUALIFICATION: A contestant who is disqualified for any this event can weight his fish in case his reason of disqualification is appealed.
Copyrighted by CDBC Version: November 17, 2002, modified Feb. 23, 2003, modified April 28, 2008