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West Michigan High School Invitational Bass Tournament 2017 Rules

Entry Fee is $40/team.  Each adult “official” and each student will receive a shirt. Lunch will be provided at the end of the tournament.

1) Signups for tournaments will begin at 5:30 am and will close at 6:15 am. After registration ends, there will be a brief tournament meeting.  The tournament begins at 6:30 am (unless delayed by the tournament director) and continues until 11:00 am (unless changed by the director).  Any boats coming in late will face a penalty (weight will be deducted).

2). Teams will be made up of One adult (Official, not Guide or Coach) and up to two High School Students.  The adult is an “official” not a guide or coach (this is a high school tournament, not an adult tournament).  The adult must drive the boat with combustible motor running. The adult may NOT fish in this tournament.  The official measures, weights, and record the catch. We will allow a parent to be in the boat with his/her child.

3) This will be a catch and immediate release tournament. That means when you catch a bass,

you immediately check to make sure it is legal size (At least 14″ lying flat, mouth closed, tail pinched), then immediate put it on the digital scale.  Take a picture of the fish on the scale (also record each fish’s weight on the log given out), and then release them immediately. Do not lay them in the boat and DO NOT PUT ANY BASS in your livewell.

4.) The top five Bass legal size (Largemouth or Smallmouth) will be counted for each team, but record each legal fish caught.  On the log, indicate if it is a large mouth or smallmouth (LM or SM).

5)  Total weight determines the winning team.  Awards will be given out to the top places.  We also will give a trophy for the biggest bass caught by a team.  A school trophy will also be given out to the school that places the heaviest weight by up to two teams in the top 20 teams.

6.) Participants in this tournament are expected to follow high standards of sportsmanship and courtesy.

7) All State and local regulations must be followed.

8) All competitors must wear their life jackets when their combustible engine is running.

9) Alcohol, drugs, and tobacco (smoking or chewing) will not be permitted or tolerated at this event and will result in automatic disqualification.

10) Only one rod and reel may be used at a time.  Artificial lures only (except pork strips).  No trolling.

 11) No fishing will be allowed within 50 yards of an anchored competitor’s boat.  A boat is considered anchored if it is held in a stable position by a rope attached to an anchor or by a power pole, with the trolling motor in the up position.

Click on the link below for a flyer with more information:

High School Fishing Invitational Flyer 2017 (1)