Boat & Motor: 3-1
3-1(a) All boats must be inspected by TOP BASS tournament staff prior to receiving their team number & identification decal at the start of each days event. All boats will be inspected for all proper safety features at the start of each event day. If a team departs prior to being inspected, the team will be disqualified and their entry fee will not be refunded.
3-1(b)All boats competing in a TOP BASS event must be 14’ in length or greater.
- Boats must have a solid surface haul (Wood, Aluminum, Fiberglass or Other Composite Material)
- Canoes are not permitted.
3-1(c) There is no limit to the size of engine used as long as it does not exceed the limitations placed on the boat it is mounted on. Check the manufacturer’s specifications for compliance.
3-1(d) All gas motors must be connected to a fully functional “KILL SWITCH”.
This kill switch must be factory installed and must be connected to the driver of the boat at all times, via a lanyard, whenever the gas motor is in operation.
This includes when trolling.
3-1(e) All boats must have a functioning bilge pump as well as a bailing bucket.
3-1(f) All boats are required to carry proof of a minimum insurance policy of $1,000,000 (one million dollars), per occurrence, Liability Insurance. The boat captain is required to provide the company name and policy number on their entry form for each event. The name of insurance company and policy number must be shown on entry form. Proof of insurance must be made upon request by the organizer. Failure to provide valid proof of insurance if requested by the organizer, the boat will be disqualified and the team will not be refunded.
3-1(g) All competitors must have a valid Pleasurecraft Operators Card (If operating the boat. This includes the Electric Trolling Motor) on their person at all times during all TOP BASS Fishing Series events. Failure to produce your valid license will result in the disqualification of your team.
3-2(a) All boats must have a properly functioning livewell and must follow the livewell regulations set out by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources.
A livewell is a compartment designed to keep fish alive. For a livewell to be used to selectively release bass, walleye and northern pike, it must be attached to or form part of a boat, hold a total volume of not less than 46 litres (10 gallons) of water, have the capacity for water exchange and be mechanically aerated at all times when live fish are being held in it. (excerpt taken from the 2011 Ontario MNR Regulations)
Check In & Out: 3-3
3-3(a) All boats will be given a tag at the start of each days event during their inspection.
- This tag is to be presented at the End of Day Check in location to be eligible to weigh in.
- If a team returns their tag late they will receive a one (1) pound per minuet penalty for the first five (5) minuets that they are late. This may not apply to teams that have had a mechanical failure and are being towed in. Provided they have contacted a tournament official “prior” to their scheduled check in time
- If a team fails to return their tag at the end of each day the captain of said team will carry a Three (3) pound penalty to his season total.
- If a team does not wish to weigh in and pull their boat out early, they must report to the TOP BASS Official doing the Check In that day.
3-3(b) At the morning’s launch, each boat must pass within 20 feet of the Official Blast Off Boat in numerical order, on it’s Port side, at no more than idle speed. Failure to do so may have the teams starting position moved to the end of the blast off.
3-3(c) At the end of the day’s event. Each boat must pass within 20 feet of the Official Check in Boat or location, at no more than idle speed. If a team does not follow these rules they will not be checked in at the end of the day.
3-3(d) Competitors must depart from and return to the official check in by boat. Both competitors must remain in boat at all times while fishing, except in case of dire emergency or with permission from the Tournament Director. Towing boats on trailers during tournament hours is prohibited, except by the direction of tournament officials.