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Topwater Bassers Tournament Rules

1. Registration will start 1 hour before tournament and will end 15 minutes prior to the start of the tournament. All entrants must be registered and pass a boat and safety check prior to launching. All boats must be checked then launched. Any boat failing to do so will be disqualified. All boats leaving the lake prior to the finish of the tournament will be disqualified.

2. All boats must have an aerated livewell or cooler, life vest for each contestant and fishing licenses for each contestant.

3. One entrant in each boat must be 18 years or older.

4. Only largemouth and smallmouth bass may be weighed in. Only 5 fish per boat with a (12) inch minimum size limit. All fish will be measured on a flat rule, closed mouth to tip of tail fin in a natural state.

5. Short fish- A short fished weighed in will result in a 1/2 pound penalty and no weight scored for that fish.

6. Dead fish- A dead fish weighed in will result in a 1/2 pound penalty of the weight of the fish being scored. No culling of dead fish.

7. No live bait may be used or possessed. All fish must be caught on artifical lures only. Pork rind is acceptable.

8. All fish must be taken by sportfishing methods. Trolling and the calculated foul hooking of fish is not permitted.

9. No more than one rod per person is permitted to be used at one time. Landing nets will be permitted.

10. No fishing within 20 yards of an anchored boat. Anchored boat must have their front trolling motor out of the water. There will be no anchoring allowed under any bridges.

11. All fishing must be done from within the boat. No leaving the boat for any reason.

12. All boats must remain in the water before being weighed in.

13. Late penalty- A 1/2 pound penalty will be given for every minute late and disqualification after 5 minutes.

14. Winners will be determined by the total weight of the angler / team catch. The Tournament Director will determine the means of breaking a tie.

15. All competitors are expected to follow high standards of sportsmanship, courtesy, conservation and to follow all of the New Jersey Game and Boating Laws.

16. Boaters must comply with all state and local safety requirements & must  hold a New Jersey Boating Safety Certificate.

17. Any disputes or protests must be registered with the tournament director prior to the start of the weigh in. All decisions of the tournament director and his committee will be final.

18. All tournaments entrants are required to have a clear understanding of all tournament rules. Any infractions of a rule may cause disqualification. All entry fees are non-refundable .

19. All tournament entrants must wear their life jackets while their gas engines are running!!!


21. All fish become the property of Topwater Bassers and will be immediately returned to the water.

22. Club Classic is OFF limits the entire week leading up the the event. NO pre-fishing is allowed that entire week!!!