2016 official CLSC rules:
1) RULES: The following rules shall apply to the Carter’s Lake Scholarship Classic Tournament. These rules will be interpreted solely by the tournament Committee and all decisions are final.
A. These rules may be changed by the Carter’s Lake Scholarship Classic Tournament Board at any time upon notice by the tournament director to its participants, which notice may be published on the CLSCT web site at
www.cartersscholarshipclassic.webs.com . Interpretation and enforcement so these rules shall be left exclusively to the
Tournament Director or his/her designate at a tournament. In the event of such a rules violation the Tournament Director or rules
committee may impose such sanctions as deemed appropriate by them, including without limitation, disqualification, forfeiture of prizes, entry fee and prohibition from participation in future tournaments.
2) TOURNAMENT JUDGES: The judges shall consist of the Tournament Director and two Gilmer Fishing Club Booster Officers. The
Tournament judges will be responsible for the weigh-in and for resolving any disputes. Any violation not filed by contestant may be brought before the Tournament judges by the Tournament Director.
3) PARTICIPANTS AND ELIGIBILITY: Failure to register during the prescribed hours shall result in forfeiture of tournament opportunity.
4) PRE-TOURNAMENT PRACTICE and COMPETITION: There shall be no designated pre-tournament practice days or off-limits periods
proceeding tournament days.
A. No competitor may buy or barter a fishing location from any other competitor for use during any competition day.
B. During the official competition day of the tournament, a competitor may not use a CB radio, a VHF marine band radio, a cellular phone, or any other type of communications device for the purpose of locating of catching fish. Competitors are permitted to transmit by radio, telephone, or any other type of communication device, only in the event of an emergency. If so equipped, competitors may listen to marine band weather information.
C. A designated tournament official must be granted access to the competitor's boat at any time during the official practice or competition day. Failure to grant such access may result in immediate disqualification.
D. Each competitor agrees to report to the Tournament Director any violation or infraction of any tournament rules. Failure to report violations, or suggestions to another competitor that they violated these rules, or false verification of weigh-in forms, will be cause for disqualification.
E. By his/her signature on the official entry form, each competitor agrees to submit to a polygraph examination and abide by its conclusion should he/she be accused of any rule violation. The Tournament Director, rules committee, or such person designated by the Tournament Director, shall have sole discretion to determine the need for a polygraph examination. The Tournament Director or his/her designee shall be responsible for selecting an independent expert to administer and interpret the results and establishing, in consultation with the expert administrator, the scope of the questions which may be asked during the polygraph examination. The Tournament Director, or his/her designee, shall attempt to have the location of such polygraph examination as close in proximity to the angler's permanent address, or such other mutually convenient location as possible. The competitor shall make himself/herself available and the location selected by the Tournament Director and shall cooperate in all respects with any such examination. Anglers taking a polygraph examination may be responsible for any and all costs incurred.
5) ENTRY FEES: OFFICIAL ENTRY FORMS- The forms must be fully completed by team members, assembled at the chapter level, and turned in during registration by the team captain. Remember to keep your color forms. Final completion of the form and its turn-in shall constitute individual registration and indicate that individuals will be available for the Tournament. Should alternate members accompany the team, they must also complete the form. "Alternate" should be indicated at the top of the form. At turn-in, all entry forms must be complete and reflect any last-minute changes in team composition. Any boater changes: individuals must present a copy of current boater's liability policy with the entry form. Entry form must be complete with SS#. Also, we need an e-mail address from at least one member of each boat.
6) SAFETY: No drugs (except prescribed) or alcohol will be allowed during tournament hours or weigh-in and will result in disqualification if such a determination is made by the Tournament Committee.
A. Kill switch, lights, aerated live well(s) and life jackets will be checked prior to tournament start. Coast Guard approved chest-type life jackets must be worn when the combustion engine is operating. Violation of this rule shall be reason for disqualification.
B. Tournament officials have the right to delay, shorten or cancel the start of an official tournament day because of bad weather or other factors that would endanger the safety of the competitors.
C. CLSC committee reserves the right to impose speed limits during the tournament hours. Weather or not to impose speed limits and any area covered by the speed limit shall be left exclusively to the discretion of the Tournament Director.
D. In the event of an emergency situation, competitors should call 911 first and then notify tournament officials via cell numbers given at pre-fish meeting
E. Competitors are allowed to leave the boat and seek safe shelter in bad weather where danger may be imminent.
7) SPORTSMANSHIP: Competitors are expected to follow high standards of sportsmanship, courtesy, safety and conservation. Any infraction of these fundamental sporting principles may be deemed cause for disqualification.
A Use of alcohol or drugs (other than those purchased over the counter or prescribed by a licensed physician) by any competitor during official practice or during the tournament, will not be tolerated and shall be cause for automatic disqualification from this and all future CLSC tournaments.
B Maximum courtesy must be practiced at all times, especially with regard to boating and angling in the vicinity of non-competitors who may be on tournament waters. Any act of a competitor which reflects unfavorably upon efforts to promote conservation, clean waters and courtesy shall be reason for disqualification.
C All competitors are bound by the prevailing statutes and regulations of the state in which they fish. Competitors are responsible for research of fishing and boating regulations.
D All competitors will keep a minimum 100 ft distance between themselves and all other boats during the tournament, unless a dire emergency (such as engine failure) should occur.
All competitors will yield to a first come first served attitude. If someone is fishing down a line or path you may fall in behind them but not jump infront of their apparent path of fishing.BE NICE!
8) TACKLE AND EQUIPMENT: Only artificial bait or biodegradable artificial lures may be used. No live bait or prepared bait may be used other than pork or pork-like baits. No trolling is permitted. No “live bait” or “prepared bait” will be permitted during official practice and competition, with the exception of pork strips or rinds. Only ONE casting, spin-casting or spinning rod (9-foot maximum length from butt of handle to rod tip) and reel may be used at any one time. Other rigs as specified above may be in boat ready for use; however, only ONE is permitted in use at any given time. All bass must be caught live and in a conventional sporting manner. Anyone guilty of snatching or snagging visible fish will have his/her catch disqualified.
9) HORSEPOWER REGULATIONS: MAXIMUM HORSEPOWER FOR ALL OUTBOARD MOTORBOATS USED IN OFFICIAL TOURNAMENT PRACTICE AND IN TOURNAMENT COMPETITION WILL BE 250 HP. Horsepower cannot exceed the limitations set by the U.S. Coast Guard. When required, each boat MUST have a U.S. Coast Guard horsepower rating plate attached to the boat by the manufacturer. The horsepower of the outboard engine must NOT exceed the rating specified on this plate. Posted speed limits must be observed and all boats must be operated in a safe manner.
10) BOAT AND MOTOR: For the safety of all competitors, ALL BOATS MUST BE EQUIPPED WITH AN APPROVED TYPE OF OPERABLE IGNITION KILL SWITCH. This ignition-kill device must be attached to the driver’s body any time the combustion engine is operating. Anytime the combustion engine is operating and in gear, there must be a driver in the driver’s seat in full control of the boat. Fishing boats that are 16 feet or more in length may be used. Any raised platform or decks cannot be higher than the gunnel of the boat. Standing on the outboard or seats while fishing is not allowed. An electric trolling motor may be used for slow maneuvering; however, trolling as a method of fishing is prohibited. All BLADDER tanks and any other type of AUXILLARY gas tanks that are not installed by the boat manufacturer are prohibited. Additional gas tanks that are factory options and installed by a manufacturer’s authorized dealer are permitted.
11) BASIC BOAT EQUIPMENT: Every boat must have all required Coast Guard safety equipment as well as a functional bilge pump and LIVEWELL SPACE, PROPERLY AERATED, TO ADEQUATELY MAINTAIN ALIVE A LIMIT CATCH OF BASS BY BOTH COMPETITORS USING THE BOAT.
12) BOAT IDENTIFICATION: Prior to each day’s start, each boat MUST be given an inspection check by a tournament official. Each day, each boat will be given a number, which MUST remain with the boat until turned in each day at the check-in. This number must be displayed upon the request of tournament officials, and turned in to the officials at each check-in.
13) PERMITTED FISHING LOCATIONS: Tournament waters shall be established by the Tournament Director for each tournament. Any water within these boundaries posted Off-Limits or No Fishing by state or federal agencies as well as the live-bass release area established by the Tournament Director will be OFF-LIMITS and will be announced at the Tournament Briefing. Only that water open to ALL public fishing will be considered tournament waters. All angling must be done from the boat. During official practice and competition, competitors wishing to change fish habitat by placing any object in the tournament waters may do so if such action does not violate state or federal regulations.
14) COMPETITORS MUST REMAIN IN BOAT: During the competition days, competitors must not depart the boat to land fish or to make the boat more accessible to fishing waters. Boats must remain in tournament waters during tournament days. Competitors must leave from and return to official checkpoint by boat. Both competitors must remain in boat at all times 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.
15) OFFICIAL CHECKPOINT: There shall be only one official point for check-out in the morning and check-in in the afternoon, which points shall be designated at the tournament briefing. At the time of check-out, all competitors and their boats shall be in full conformity with all rules set forth by the Tournament Director. At check-in, all boats shall identify themselves by means of the numbers described in Rule 12 and proceed immediately to the designated weigh-in area. Partners must stay together, and numbers must be turned in at check-in.
16) SCORING: Tournament standings, auxiliary awards and final winners shall be determined by the pound and ounce weight of each competitor’s catch during the competition days of the tournament. Only Largemouth, Smallmouth, Spotted, Redeye or Shoal bass will be weighed. The limit shall be 5 of the above species and varieties per day, unless otherwise specified by tournament officials. At no time shall a competitor have in his or her possession more than the tournament limit. Tournament officials will conduct checks for violation of this provision, and in the event a competitor has more than the above-described limits in possession, shall cull down to the limit described, beginning with the largest bass. The official length for bass shall be determined by the Tournament Director and announced at the tournament briefing. In most cases it will be the longest state limit covering the tournament waters. Only bass as described above which measure the official length or more on the longest straight line, shall be weighed. Bass presented for weigh-in which fail to measure the official length shall result in a penalty of 1 pound for each such bass, which penalty shall be deducted from the total score of the competitor. Any bass that appears to have been mangled, mashed, mauled or otherwise altered will not be weighed. After competitors check-in at the official checkpoint they MUST present all LEGAL fish in their possession to a tournament official to be counted, measured and weighed. Once a competitor’s catch is measured, counted and verified by a tournament official, that competitor may not return to the boat until their catch has been weighed and recorded. Bass must not be stringered at any time during the tournament. Culling tags or clips are allowed. Specially designed bags which increase survival rate will be furnished by the Tournament Director and must be used for the weigh-in.
17) CATCH AND RELEASE: CULLING OF DEAD BASS IS PROHIBITED. For each legal dead bass presented to weigh-in officials, the competitor shall be penalized the following, to be deducted from their daily score: 8 oz per dead Fish. The Tournament Director or his designees shall have sole authority for accessing penalty points.
18) LATE PENALTY: Competitors who are not in the official checkpoint area as described in Rule 16 at the appointed time shall be penalized at the rate of 1 pound per minute late to be deducted from the total weight of his/her catch that day, including any weight to be counted toward a “big bass award”. Any competitor more than 15 minutes late shall lose all credit for that day’s catch. There shall be no excuse for tardiness and in no case shall a competitor be allowed to make up “lost time.” After proper recognition at the check-in point, competitors will be allowed ample time to proceed to the weigh-in site; however, all fishing must cease upon check-in. After the tournament begins, fishing the tournament waters is prohibited except during the tournament hours. Exact starting and check-in times will be announced at the tournament briefing. It is each angler’s responsibility to confirm check-in times each day on the daily pairings.
19) TIES: In case of a tie for first-place team or for team champion, the following tie-breakers will be used in order: 1) The team or individual with the largest number of legal fish weighed in during the competition; 2) The team or individual with the largest number of legal LIVE fish weighed in during the competition; 3) The team or individual with the heaviest single-day catch during competition; 4) The team or individual with the second-heaviest single-day catch during competition. In the unlikely event that teams or team champions remain tied after these four tie-breakers are employed, then a flip of a coin will be used to determine the winner(s), and the money, if any, will be equally split. Ties for lesser positions shall be resolved by means selected by the Tournament Director.
20) RULES VIOLATIONS & APPEALS COMMITTEE: There is no appeals process. All decisions regarding the tournament, its occurrence, and the weigh in will be ruled upon before the results are announced. Any issues presented after that time may result in rules changes for the following year but will not affect the final results. Therefore, any grievances or other issues must be presented during tournament hours and before weigh in is completed.