PIEDMONT BASS CLASSICS $10,000 SPRING TEAM BASS TRAIL RULES
~~~TEAMS: Team Members Names must be declared at their 1st event fished together. Definition of a
team: Either one, or both members fishing together in an event without the use of a sub. Anglers under
the age of 18, not fishing with a parent, must have written permission from a parent or guardian. Anglers
under the age of 26 operating the vessel must abide by the new boating safety requirements as passed
by the NCWRC in 2010. A Tournament 'Buy In' is NOT Allowed.
~~~TOURNAMENT BOATS: Boats have to be gas powered & registered with the NCWRC or whatever state
the boat owner is from, and have a factory installed or working livewell capable of keeping & maintaining
5 bass alive for 8 hours. Any vessels without the above are not allowed to compete.
~~~CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFYING: The Trail consists of 7 qualifying events. The declared team must fish, as
a team, in 4 of the events to qualify for the championship. The declared team can substitute 3 times, if
they wish, with my prior approval. Subs can not be members of any other team trying to qualify for this
trail. Subs can not be members of any other team trying to qualify for this trail (Exception: permitted if
both teams have qualified...any points will be split 50/50). To sub, you must call me at least one day
before the event you plan to use a sub for my approval. When subs are used, event does not count as
a qualifier but the points given that day still count for the declared team.
All events are open events except the Championship, in which only qualified teams may fish.
~~~CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: Teams will be given points based on their final standings at each event,
including the Championship. At each event, 100 points will be given to the winner, 99 to 2nd, 98 to 3rd
and so on. Ties will result in the teams receiving the same points and the next team will receive a lesser
amount to offset the tie. The team with the most points for the trail will win the Points Award. Points are
awarded in all 8 events. In case of a tie, the team with the most total weight for the 8 events will win.
~~~LAUNCH SEQUENCES: Teams blast off in the order entries are received.
~~~ENTRY FEES & PAYOUTS: Entry fee for each event, including the Championship, will be $110 a team,
$20 of which goes to tournament expenses. $10 goes to the 'Championship Fund' & Points Fund. The
other $80 will be paid out as 1 place for every 5 boats entered. "Optional":The Big Fish Pot is $20 per
team & the TWT Pot is $50 per team, each with 100% paybacks. 2 places are paid for each (70/30 split). Ties
will be determined by a coin toss or mutual split.
~~~CREEL LIMIT: Sizes will be announced at the ramps. Total will be 5 fish with lengths measured mouth
completely closed-tail completely closed on the Golden Rule. There is a .50 lb. penalty on each dead fish
your team weighs in. Your 'Big Fish' entry may be weighed in dead but the penalty will be imposed on that
fish for the actual net weight. Any 'ILLEGAL' fish brought to the scales will be deleted from the creel with
a 1 pound penalty and cannot be replaced. No team or individual may have more than 5 bass in their
livewells at any time unless culling the fifth fish for a larger one. You cannot cull a dead fish. NO MORE
THAN 5 FISH may be in the teams possession once inside the 'No Wake' bouy at tournaments end. Any
team bringing over 5 bass to the scales will immediately be disqualified. Courtesy measurements are
available any time after blast off, up and until you enter the 'No Wake' buoy at check in time.
~~~FISHING HOURS: Safe light until 3:00pm. You must be inside the 'No Wake' bouy (1st Flight~25 boats)
by 3:00pm or be disqualified. Each flight after that must be back at 3:15 and so on. Blastoff and weighin
times are subject to change prior to any event as seen fit by the TX director. (Changes will be posted on
the website prior to the event is needed.)
~~~GENERAL RULES: No trolling. Artificial baits only. Only 1 rod in use by each angler at any time. Fish
must be caught in a normal manner (no snagging). Team partner may help land the fish. Life vest must be
worn while the gas motor is running at other than idle speed. No fishing or passing within 50 yards of
another entrants 'ANCHORED BOAT' without his permission. Boat permitting one, must permit all. Anglers
may not leave the boat to land a fish or get to a fishing spot. 'Do Not Enter' areas may be fished, but not
be entered with a boat. Spectators are not allowed in your boat unless approved by the Tournament
Director. Any protest must be submitted in writing within 10 minutes of final weighin, along with a $50
protest fee, which will be refunded if the Tournament Committee finds the protest to be valid. Events will
be held regardless of weather conditions unless they are deemed too unsafe by the Tournament
Director. No Refunds. We ask that all entrants use common courtesy, & abide by all state & local lake
rules and have a current fishing license & ID in their possession. Use common sense as far as your own
safety goes. No 'Hole Sitting' is allowed by anyone. Cell phones may be used for emergencies or
immediate family matters only. NO WAKE ZONES MEAN 'NO WAKE'!~IDLE SPEED ONLY & NO PASSING THE
BOAT IN FRONT OF YOU!
~~~SPORTSMANSHIP: All contestants are required to follow the highest of standards of sportsmanship,
courtesy & conservation & to conduct themselves in a manner that will be a credit to themselves, our
sponsors, the sport of fishing & the efforts of Piedmont Bass Classics to promote the sport. Conduct not
complying with these standards includes, but is not limited to the following: Violation of, or failure to
comply with, any of the rules for the yearly Piedmont Bass Classics events; Consumption of alcholic
beverages and/or possession of any kind of illegal mind-altering substance during tournament hours
from registration up & through the weigh-in & presentation of awards; Malicious verbal or physical
confrontations at any time the Director, other anglers and/or spectators are present at the tournament
site; false information of any kind given to the tournament director & unsafe operation of your boat so as
to endanger another contestant. These standards of conduct will also apply to tournament employees
(whether working and/or fishing in an event) and in case of any conduct not complying with these
standards outlined above, the Director has the right to refuse an application to compete (with refund if
need be), warn, disqualify, suspend or permanently ban the contestant or team from any future Piedmont
Bass Classics events. Any infraction seen should be brought to the attention of the Director for
~~~POLYGRAPH: The test may be given at any time. Everyone is subject to the test. Any entrant who has
failed to pass a polygraph before or whose condition does not permit the administration of the test due
to his or hers use of alcohol or drugs (prescription or otherwise) may not fish events unless they notify
Phil McCarson (tournament director) no later than 96 hours before any event date, so an observer may
be assigned to monitor that contestant(s). This observers cost of $125 will be paid by the entrant(s) prior
to the event. Anyone refusing to take the polygraph or causes problems for the operator, will be
disqualified and may not fish another of our events. If there is a protest submitted, and the polygrapher
is not present, all monies will be withheld until the protest is dropped or a polygraph is given.
~~~LIVEWELL CHECKS: You must have your livewell checked before blastoff.
~~~RAMP LOCATIONS: Jordan~FarringtonPoint.....Falls~LedgeRock.....
Kerr~Flemingtown Landing.....Shearon Harris~Cross Point Landing
~~~HARDSHIP SITUATIONS: Certain situations, such as death of a team member, an accident or a medical
condition that arises, where the team cannot continue fishing together for the rest of the season, will be
looked at by the Tournament Director. If deemed appropriate and fair by the Tournament Director, the
remaining active team member may obtain a new partner without loss of points, etc.
~~~RIGHT OF REFUSAL: Officials of the Piedmont Bass Classics has and reserves the 'Right of Refusal'
pertaining to anyone or any team wanting to participate.
~~~RULES INTERPRETATIONS: The Tournament Director will have final say on all questionable matters.
TOURNAMENT DAY AND EMERGENCY CONTACT NUMBER.....919-971-5042
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