PBC OCTOBERFISH RULES
~~~ANGLERS: 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.
~~~TOURNAMENT BOATS: Boats have to be gas or electric 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.
All events are open events.
~~~LAUNCH SEQUENCES: Teams blast off in the order entries are received.
~~~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 if 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 immediate study.
~~~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.....
~~~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