Michigan Bass Invitational
Tournament Rules and Regulations
1) PARTICIPANTS & ELIGIBILITY: Participation and
Eligibility is restricted to the top eight available anglers from the eight
participating clubs. A list of each club's team of anglers must be in the hands
of their Tournament Director for that year, no later than five (5) days before
the invitational. Any club that does not provide the list on time will be
penalized at the rate of one (1) pound per day to be deducted from the clubs
total weight for that tournament until this list is provided.
LIMITS: Off limits will be determined and set each year at the annual meeting.
3) LEGAL FISH: Largemouth and
Smallmouth Bass, minimum length of 14 inches or more on the longest straight
line with mouth closed. Official measure will be by pro bass keeper board.
PENALTY FOR SHORT FISH WILL BE THE LOSS OF THE SHORT FISH AS WELL AS LOSS OF THE
BIG FISH FOR THE BOAT WITH THE SHORT FISH. No courtesy bumps will be allowed.
4) SCORING: Tournament standings, auxiliary awards and final winners shall
be determined by pounds and ounces or digital equivalence. The limit shall be
Five (5) of the above species, per Boat. Tournament officials will conduct
checks. If limit violations are found the Boats largest Bass shall be culled
first, down to the limit described, followed by the Boats Largest Fish as a
5) DON'T KILL YOUR CATCH: Each competitor is expected to keep
their catch alive by the use of a proper live-well. THERE WILL BE A ONE POUND
PENALTY FOR EACH DEAD FISH. Competitors are also not allowed to cull any dead
6) TACKLE & EQUIPMENT: Only artificial bait is allowed
SAFETY: You must follow all Michigan and local fishing and watercraft laws. "NO
WAKE MEANS NO PASS" During tournament hours, A COAST GUARD APPROVED PFD MUST BE
FULLY FASTENED AND VISIBLE WHILE THE OUTBOARD MOTOR IS RUNNING. Failure to do so
means disqualification of that boat. NO EXCEPTIONS! It is mandatory that
kill switches be used anytime the Outboard Motor is running.No contender may
fish from a standing position while the combustion engine is in gear.
ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS: Communication devices such as cell phones, radios and
CBs may be used for emergencies only.
9) BLAST OFF: Teams will draw for
the starting position. The host club will supply the starting boat.
OFFICIAL CHECKPOINT: There will be only one (1) official point for checkout in
the morning and check-in, in the afternoon. A PENALTY OF ONE (1) POUND PER
MINUTE FOR ANY BOAT LATE, UP TO FIVE (5) MINUTES. AFTER FIVE (5) MINUTES THE
BOAT WILL BE DISQUALIFIED.
11) OFFICIAL WEIGH-IN: Weigh-in will start
immediately after the tournament completion. Any protests must be lodged BEFORE
weigh-in starts unless it pertains to the fish being weighed at that time.
12) OFFICIAL TOURNAMENT HOURS: The official time will be kept by the
Tournament Director for that year. You must set your watch to match his or hers.
Tournament hours will be determined by the Tournament Director, and announced at
the Annual Meeting
13) PERMITTED FISHING LOCATIONS: Fishing on
tournament water is permitted anywhere except; Within 50 FEET of another competitors boat which was first anchored. A
boat is considered anchored only if itís tied to an object or has anchor line
over its side with the trolling motor out of the water. No such anchored boat
shall permit selected competitors to fish within 50 FEET claimed by him or her
to the exclusion of any competitor. All angling must be done from the boat.
Contestants must leave and return to the official checkpoint by boat. Partners
must remain in sight of each other's catch to be scored in that day's
tournament, except in case of emergency.
14) SPORTSMANSHIP: All teams are
expected to follow high standards of sportsmanship, courtesy, safety and
conservation. Any team who displays poor sportsmanship, violates these rules or
any state or local laws or brings unfavorable publicity to the MBI or the sport
of bass fishing will be disqualified.
15) NO ALCOHOL: Alcohol or
controlled substances are not permitted prior to or during the tournament,
including weigh-in. Violation of this rule will be disqualification. CHAIRPERSON
WILL ANNOUNCE THE COMPLETION OF THE TOURNAMENT.
16) VIOLATIONS: Any
violation of these rules will result in disqualification of that boat.