General Rules

General Rules

By signing your entry form upon registering for any number of TOP BASS Fishing Series events, you are acknowledging that you have read and fully understand the following Rules and Regulations which govern the operation of the TOP BASS Fishing Series.

Sec 1: General Rules

  • 1-1 General
  • 1-2 Entry
  • 1-3 Team
  • 1-4 Angler of the Year
  • 1-5 Team of the Year
  • 1-6 Time
  • 1-7 Lodging a Protest
  • 1-8 Miscellaneous
  • 1-9 Paybacks

Sec 2: You’re Fish

  • 2-1 Pre-Fish
  • 2-2 Catch & Retain Limits
  • 2-3 Size Limits
  • 2-4 Tackle
  • 2-5 Boundaries

Sec 3: You’re Boat

  • 3-1 Boat & Motor
  • 3-2 Livewells
  • 3-3 Tag In & Out

Sec 4: The Classic

  • 4-1

SECTION 1

General Rules

General: 1-1

1-1(a) All decisions of tournament officials are final and may not be disputed.

1-1(b) The TOP BASS Fishing Series reserves the right to refuse any applicants.

1-1(c) The tournament director may, at any time or during any event, place a scrutineer with any team(s) of his choice. He need not give a reason for doing so.                                  Refusal of this rule will result in an immediate disqualification from the current event and the possibility of refusal of entry into any future events. If a team is disqualified for this reason they will forfeit their entry fee.

1-1(d) In the event of a violation of any tournament rules or Municipal, Provincial, or Federal law, a team may be disqualified from the event and future events and will not receive a refund.

1-1(e) Ethics and Sportsmanship is a must and must be adhered to by all competing anglers and must be displayed during all TOP BASS events at all times.

  • ·         Ethics and sportsmanship must be shown at all times, on and off the water.
  • ·         Argumentative behavior will not be tolerated with cottagers. If you are asked to move away from their property or belongings, you must do so “Immediately”. Each individual occurrence will be dealt with accordingly.

1-1(f) No alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs may be consumed during tournament hours or at weigh-in site(s). Any infraction of this will result in an automatic disqualification. 

1-1(g) If a tournament must be cancelled due to weather or any other uncontrollable reason it will be held the next available date determined by TOP BASS officials.

1-1(h) All participants in all TOP BASS Fishing Series events must comply with all Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) Regulations and all other Municipal, Provincial, and Federal regulations. Failure to comply with any regulations set out by any of these agencies may result in the disqualification of those involved.

 

Entry: 1-2

1-2(a) Entry into a TOP BASS “Qualifying Tournament” is $225 plus any applicable taxes, per team. For each event day.

  • ·         Upon a team’s first event registration there will be and additional charge of $7 administration fee.
  • ·         The “TOP BASS BIG FISH of the day” entry fee is included in the $225 “Qualifying Tournament” entry fee. This is a guaranteed $250 prize.
  • ·         “BIG FISH of the day” for other events will be based on the number of teams entered.

1-2(b) There may be an additional “LUNKER POOL” which will be run by the anglers and is not part of any prizes provided by the TOP BASS SERIES. This extra fee (usually $10) is optional for all participating teams and may be collected at time of registration. This is a winner take all pool.

 

Team: 1-3

1-3(a) A “Team” will consist of 2 persons per boat for all events. A boater will not be permitted to fish alone. If pre-arranged with the tournament director, arrangements may be made to have a scrutineer ride with a solo angler.

  • ·         A Team’s or Angler’s (if entered in “Angler of the Year) weight will only be carried over from “Qualifying Tournament” to “Qualifying Tournament” by the team’s Captain (who must be determined prior to the team’s first event). This Captain must compete in a minimum of 4 “Qualifying Tournaments” to be eligible for the “Classic”
  • ·         Should a Captain fish with a different co-angler at any time during a TOP BASS season, it will be understood that the Captain is forming a new team and only the Captain’s weigh will be carried over to the next event.
  • ·         Whoever the Captain fishes the majority of his “Qualifying Tournaments” with will be the co-angler that he will do the classic with.

1-3(b) Both persons in a boat “MUST” carry a valid “Ontario Sport Fishing license” as issued by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and be on your person at all times during tournament hours. A conservation license will not be deemed as eligible for any TOP BASS Tournaments.

1-3(c) All team members must be 16 years of age or over or have parental consent to compete with an adult.

1-3(d) If a team needs to withdraw from an event, for which a team has previously paid their entry fee, there will be no refunds issued to that team unless a replacement team is found to fill their entry position for that event. This rule may be waived at the Tournament Directors discretion due to extenuating circumstances.

 

ANGLER OF THE YEAR: 1-4

1-4(a) The Angler with the largest total weight from all of a seasons “Qualifying Tournaments” and the 2 day “Classic”, and has fished more than 3 tournaments with at least 3 different partners qualifies for “Angler of the Year”.

1-4(b) The Angler competing for “Angler of the Year” must be listed as the Captain at each event and must be declared before the start of the 1st tournament of the qualifying year. Only the Captain of the team will carry the weight through each “Qualifying Tournament”.

1-4(c) The “Angler of the Year” will win half of a team entry fee into the following years “Qualifier Tournaments”. This prize is nontransferable and cannot be “cashed out”.

 

TEAM OF THE YEAR: 1-5

1-5(a) The Team with largest total weight from all of a seasons “Qualifying Tournaments” and the 2 day “Classic”, will be declared “Team of the Year”. A Team consists of 2 Anglers that compete in a minimum of 4 “Qualifying Tournaments” together. If the Captain takes on a different partner during the season the team will no longer be considered for “Team of the Year” (see rule 1-5(b)). Even if they compete in more events together later in the season.

1-5(b) If a captain fishes with more than 1 angler in a Top Bass season, this constitutes a “NEW TEAM”, which must start over and will not qualify for “Team of the Year”.

1-5(c) The “Team of the Year” will win their entry into all Qualifier tournaments in the following year. This prize is nontransferable and cannot be “cashed out”.

 

Time: 1-6

1-6(a) All tournament hours (with the exception of the classic: see Classic Rules) are:

  • ·         All “TOP BASS” events will have a “TRICKLE START”. This means that the tournament director, or an appointee of his, will call a boat number and when he has confirmation from that boat and/or he judges that the way is safe, he will then call the next boat number in sequence.
  • ·         For boats numbered 1 through 60, blast off is at 7:00 am and they must return to the check in boat no later than 3:00 pm.
  • ·         For boats numbered 61 through 120, blast off is at 7:30 am and they must return to the check in boat no later than 3:30 pm.
  • ·         These times may be altered at the discretion of the tournament director should adverse weather conditions be forecast for the tournament area.

1-6(b)Late arrivals for weigh-ins will be penalized 1 pound for first 5 minutes, then 1lb per minute late after that.

1-6(c) It is a Teams’ responsibility to make sure that they are checked out and ready for their start time. If a team is not ready when its number is called, then said team will start at end of the their heat or the last heat, but must still be back before their originally allotted return time.

1-6(d) All teams must check in with the check in boat at end of the day, or a penalty of 1 lbs will be deducted from the team’s Classic weight. Exceptions will be made for emergency and or mechanical problems only, notify host or officials using the nearest telephone.

  • ·         If a team does not wish to weigh in they may pull their boat out of the water only after they have checked in with the check in boat or a 1 lbs penalty will be applied to their Qualifying weight.
  • ·         This rule is for safety reasons. This allows the organizers to confirm that all participating boats have returned safely.

 

Lodging a Protest: 1-7

1-7(a) Protests may be made after the final team weighs in, and before prizes are handed out. All protests must be accompanied by a $100 protest fee, refundable if protest is won.

1-7(b) If an official protest is filed for any reason, a ruling will be determined by all participating team captains who are still present at that specific event which  the protest is lodged at, this includes each day of the classic.

1-7(c) In the event of an official protest, the team initializing the protest must do so in writing. The team in question will have the chance to rebut in writing. Top Bass officials will hand out ballots to each captain to cast their vote on the infraction in question. The vote will be decided by the angler’s peers. This decision will be final and the ballot counting will be done by both parties involved in the protest. No further discussions with individuals will be tolerated, and may result in being banned from further TOP BASS events.

 

Miscellaneous Rules: 1-8

1-8(a) CELLULAR telephones or any other communications devices may be present on boats “for emergency use only”. Anyone found using these devices for means of advantageously locating fish with any other person on the water (tournament participant or not) is strictly prohibited and will result in an automatic disqualification of all involved.

1-8(b) Duck blinds that are in use are off limits during hunting season. This is for your safety. Please keep a safe distance from any hunting area.

1-8(c) In all cases of a tie, teams that are tied for first will have a timed fish-off. Times, location and number of fish to be caught will be determined by the Tournament Director. All other ties will be split and any prize money will be equally split between the teams that are tied.

1-8(d) All penalties for rule infractions will be determined by the TOP BASS Tournament Director. These could include, but are not limited to:

  • ·         Weight penalties for the event
  • ·         Weight penalties for future events
  • ·         Disqualification from the event
  • ·         Disqualification from future events
  • ·         Loss of a team’s catch for the day of the violation. This means the team will not be disqualified but their weight for that day will be removed from their total for the season

1-8(e) OFFICIAL CHECKPOINT: There shall be only one official Check-point for check-out in the morning and check-in in the afternoon, these points shall be designated by the Tournament Director. At the time of check-out, all competitors and their boats must conform to all rules set forth by the Tournament Director. At check-in, all boats shall identify themselves by means of the numbers presented to them at the morning check in and proceed immediately to the designated weigh-in area. Partners must stay together, and numbers must be turned in at check-in.

 

Paybacks: 1-9

1-9(a) All pay backs are based upon a field of 120 teams. Maximum teams allowed in a TOP BASS event are 150. With the exception of “The Classic”, which will have a maximum of 75 teams plus the winners of the previous years classic, if they did not already qualify for the current years classic.

Teams

120

110

100

90

80

70

60

50

1st

$6,000.00

$5,400.00

$4,500.00

$4,050.00

$3,600.00

$3,150.00

$2,700.00

$2,250.00

2nd

$3,000.00

$2,600.00

$2,000.00

$2,000.00

$1,700.00

$1,400.00

$1,200.00

$1,000.00

3rd

$2,000.00

$1,800.00

$1,500.00

$1,400.00

$1,300.00

$1,100.00

$   900.00

$   800.00

4th

$1,500.00

$1,200.00

$1,000.00

$   900.00

$   800.00

$   700.00

$   625.00

$   625.00

5th

$1,100.00

$1,000.00

$   950.00

$   800.00

$   650.00

$   575.00

$   550.00

$   375.00

6th

$   800.00

$   450.00

$   350.00

$   325.00

$   300.00

$   275.00

$   250.00

$   215.00

7th

$   400.00

$   375.00

$   275.00

$   275.00

$   250.00

$   200.00

$   200.00

$   200.00

8th

$   350.00

$   300.00

$   250.00

$   250.00

$   200.00

$   200.00

$   200.00

$   200.00

9th

$   325.00

$   275.00

$   230.00

$   200.00

$   200.00

$   200.00

$   200.00

$   200.00

10th

$   300.00

$   250.00

$   220.00

$   200.00

$   200.00

 

 

 

11th

$   275.00

$   230.00

$   210.00

 

 

 

 

 

12th

$   250.00

$   220.00

$   200.00

 

 

 

 

 

13th

$   225.00

$   210.00

$   200.00

 

 

 

 

 

14th

$   225.00

$   200.00

$   200.00

 

 

 

 

 

15th

$   225.00

$   200.00

$   200.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 Responses to General Rules

  1. Steve

    Hey guys hows it going? Is it possible to have the days events registration places named ahead of time for all events? This is my first year fishing Top Bass and I only know the check in location for Balsam Lake.

    Thanks Steve.

    June 18, 2012
  2. Rob

    Thanks

    May 31, 2012
  3. Rob

    Where will the registration be happening for Scugog?Will it be only on Saturday morning or Friday evening also?

    May 29, 2012
    • Rob, the registration for Lake Scugog will be at the Port Perry Marina and will be open by 5:30am Saturday morning.
      The only time TOP BASS has a Friday night meeting is at the Classic.
      All event registrations for the 2012 TOP BASS Season will be open by 5:30am on the day of the events and are usually at or close to the Ramp or the stage area.

      TOP BASS

      May 30, 2012

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