Tennessee State/SCTN BASS Nation High School and Junior Division Tournament Rules
I will call numbers whether or not you are in the water
Mandatory Lunch Break 10:30am local
There WILL BE a check in station.
Entries need to be paid at registration or the morning of the tournament. Boat numbers will be drawn as teams pay their entry…
Life Vest/Person Flotation Devises must be worn by all individuals on board anytime the main motor is in use, ALL Buckles buckled, and all zippers zipped all the way up **Tennessee State Law require all individuals 12 years of age and younger to wear a PFD at all times while on the deck of a vessel.
1. You must maintain 50 yards away from another competitor, unless you invite the competitor in…once you invite a competitor in all are invited.
2. NO Hole sitting (You may NOT have anyone sit/hold/block and area)
3. Alabama/Tennessee rigs are authorized, must meet TWRA Regulations or Alabama Regulations if in Alabama Waters.
4. All Boat Captains and Anglers must have read and understand the general tournament rules posted by BASS for High School and Junior Tournaments.
5. At NO TIME in either Junior or High School boats will a boat Captain fish.
6. Mandatory 15-minute break by all teams starting at 10:30am central time
7. If a Boat Captain wishes to “Coach” anglers while on the water…all fishing must stop. Rods must be on deck of boat.
8. Trolling Motor Operation – Manually or by REMOTE, In the interest of Safety…High School Teams: A boat Captain may operate the trolling motor to “Make Safe” the anglers and vessel, this is the only time a High School Captain should be operating the trolling motor.
** JUNIOR Boat Captains** if the anglers are not familiar with operating the trolling motor, you MAY operate the trolling motor…BUT PLEASE teach them, once anglers move up to High School level they MUST operate the trolling motor. Captain shall operate the trolling motor, unless it’s to make safe the anglers or vessel. All Teams which qualify to fish at the National Level “MUST” operate the trolling motor. ***High School Boat Captains: take heed if we catch a boat captain using a Remote or I-phone or cell phone to control/operate the trolling motor it will be treated as cheating…
9. Boat Captains-High School Level may not have/handle an anglers catch, any fishing rod or net an anglers catch during competition hours. Junior Level: Boat Captain may assist with tying lures, measuring a catch, clearing backlashes and may net fish (again, it is expected that you teach your anglers as once they reach the next level they must be able to do these actions themselves. ALL, it is the ANGLERS responsibility to ensure length limits of all fish and number of fish in the livewells. Anglers MUST cull immediately upon catching the 6th fish…no more than 5 fish are to be in the livewell at any given time.
10. Anglers will present the days catch to the scales. There will be a NO courtesy check station at the weigh-in. Once a catch is presented to the scales, the catch may/will be checked as needed by the weigh master. Bass presented for weigh-in, which fail to measure the official length, shall result in a penalty of 1 pound for each such bass, which penalty shall be deducted from the total score of the competitor. Short fish will not be weighed. Dead fish penalty is .25 pounds.
11. Boat Captains may and are encouraged to video and/or take pictures during the competition hours and post them to Facebook or send them to the tournament directors for use on Facebook.
12. All Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency rules must be adhered to at all times. It is the Anglers responsibility to be familiar with and understand TWRA Regulations. If you have a question, contact the tournament Director.
13. All Protest or complaints shall be filed either prior to the start to the weigh in or immediately following the weigh in…once we start issuing scholarships its over. Period!
14. Failure to report a rules violation to the tournament director SHALL result in both the offending team and the team who fails to report said violation to be disqualified, points removed for that event or complete suspension for the remainder of the tournament season. In other words, if you fail to report the day of the tournament, but later report a violation or complain that you saw such and such blah blah blah…this rule will be enforced.
These Tournaments are meant to be a teaching, learning and enjoyable experience. It is the responsibility of all Coaches, School Advisors, Boat Captains and Tournament Officials to teach and ensure good sportsmanship and prepare our anglers for the next level of life and tournament competition. If you have questions, please contact the Asst State Director Capt Jake Davis at 615.613.2382 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or the State Director David Lowrie at 931-235-6216
Mandatory Lunch Break will be 10:30 am Local time during each tournament.... 15 Minutes! This means, NO Fishing, relocating, running....it does mean take a break, eat and drink water or gatorade.....
Locking up or Down during any Tennessee BASS Nation HS/JR State Opens or any Regional Tournaments will be permitted under normal flow forecast…
Locking up or down will NOT be permitted when hazardous conditions are present do to excessive flow either into or out of any given dam on the primary tournament waters. Excessive flow is defined any flood gate open or forecasted to spill during tournament hours. In this case locking will NOT be authorized anytime during the tournament. Furthermore, the area immediately above the dam marked hazardous waters and the area immediately below the dam marked or as defined by the tournament director will be off limits. Determination of this rule will be made at the morning safety briefing.
Below is two photos for example purposes…. If on 22 Sept 2018 if Nickajack and/or Chickamauga Dam are spilling these areas will be off limits and no will lock down or up out of Nickajack Lake.
When TVA is spilling this area is OFF Limits...
When spilling this area is off limits