RULES & REGULATIONS
1. Tournament Director
All decisions of the tournament director are final and may not be protested.
At any time the tournament director, may impose a penalty without refund he deems appropriate for any violation of the rules, procedures or sportsmanship code.
Penalties for rule violations may include but are not limited to the following:
Disqualification from the tournament in question
Disqualification for a specific period or number of future Nipissing Bass Series events or a life time expulsion.
2. Tournament Hours
Qualifying tournaments and Day 1 of the Classic will be from 8 am to 4 pm. Day 2 of the Classic will be 8 am to 3:30 pm. Late Penalty will be .50lbs per minute.
3. Boat Inspection
The tournament director may request a boat inspection at any time.
4. Eligible Species
Only large mouth and small mouth bass greater than 12” inches in length (tip of tail to tip of nose) are eligible.
A maximum of 5 fish may be weighed in. Weighing in a bass less than 12 inches will result in a .5lb (1/2) pound penalty, plus the short fish will not count. No other species may be retained during tournament hours. Dead fish will count with a .5lb (1/2) pound penalty per dead fish.
Each team is allowed one (1) re-weigh. The team must keep the 2nd second weight regardless of the result.
6. Big Fish
Only one (1) fish may be allowed to weigh in. This fish can be weighed first, so a culling tag can remain on for identification. A dead fish will not qualify for big fish.
7. Live Well & Fish Care
All boats must have an operational live well. Culling tags and scales must only be non-invasive clip type (i.e.: non-piercing)
Fish may be transferred to another competitor’s boat as a result of a mechanical failure of a vessel, provided that one member of the downed vessel stays with the fish and provided that the boat has its live wells separated.
A call to the tournament director is mandatory in this circumstance. Late penalties will apply to this situation.
Competitors must be off the water by 5 pm the night prior to the tournament.
All boats must carry a minimum $1,000,000.00 insurance liability. Proof of insurance must be made available upon request.
Two (2) anglers per boat, with one being 18 years of age or older. Both anglers must have a current Province of Ontario fishing license, one being a sport licence.
12. Only Artificial Lures & Rods
No live bait. Scent or pork rind may be used. Only one rod per angler may be used, having a bait in the water close to the boat after a cast and making a cast with another rod is a violation of this rule. (All baits not in use must be on the deck of the boat)
For any tournament, the Tournament Director may assign any team a scrutineer. Seating for the scrutineer must be provided, refusal to accommodate this request may result in immediate disqualification.
14. Kill Switch
All boats must have a working kill switch which must be attached to the driver when outboard is in gear at any speed.
15. Life Jackets
All anglers must wear a personal floatation device (PFD) or life jacket at all times while under power of the internal combustion engine during tournament hours.
Please note that a self-inflating PFD does not qualify as an approved floatation device unless it is worn. Therefore anglers are cautioned to have at least 2 conventional PFD’s or life jackets on board if they wish to remove their inflatable PFD while fishing.
All contestants are required to follow high standards of sportsmanship, courtesy and conversation. Any violation of the sportsmanship code during practise, or tournament may result in a temporary suspension or expulsion from all future events.
Examples of conduct not complying with those standards include, but are not limited to the following:
Failure to comply with any of the Nipissing Bass Series rules, regulative guidelines and procedures.
The use and or possession of illegal drugs or the consumption of alcoholic beverages or marijuana.
Failure to comply with municipal, provincial and federal laws and regulations.
Following, fishing to close, or any interference to another angler’s day of fishing.
Abuse of tournament officials or volunteers, this includes social media or any other form of communication.
No hunting during tournament hours.
Guns will not be permitted on board boats during tournament hours.
Any water accessible by boat from lake Nipissing.
19. Weigh-In Procedure
Will vary from location to location and will be announced before blast off the morning of tournament.
Anglers can weigh in any time after 10 am.
To qualify the angler must have paid and fished 3 of the qualifying tournaments.
Paid the membership fee of $50.00 before Sept. 1, 2019.
The entry fee per teams $300.00.