Article 1. Officers and their duties:
Section 1. President: Presides over club meetings.
Section 2. Secretary/treasurer: Maintains the club roster, keeps accurate financial records for the club and each member thereof, collects funds club events, pays established payout fees, and disperses other funds as necessary. He’s also responsible for maintaining the club webpage.
Section 3. Tournament director: Maintains tournament schedules and supervises tournament activities.
Article 2. Membership:
An annual nonrefundable membership/tournament fee of $170 per person must be paid in full prior to entering a club tournament. The club secretary/treasurer will not normally collect money or membership forms at a tournament. Contact Jim Leavis to obtain the necessary membership forms well before the next scheduled event. Membership forms of waivers are also available on the Stateline webpage. The club will not accept any new members after June 1.
Article 3. Teams:
Section 1. Format:
A. Eligibility to participate in Stateline tournaments is limited to members, their immediate family and other guests as permitted by these tournament rules. We fish a team format made up of either two anglers or a single angler.
B. Participants must be at least 18 years old unless fishing with a parental guardian.
C. Participants age 16 or older must possess current Virginia and North Carolina freshwater fishing licenses.
D. Once a two-angler team fishes as scheduled tournament together, they will not be permitted to switch teams during a given season. Exception: In the unlikely event that one of the anglers cannot fish the full tournament trail, the remaining member may complete the season fishing alone with no penalty.
E. If two single-angler team members decide to fish a subsequent tournament as a team, their accumulated weights will be zeroed prior to finishing their first tournament together.
Section 2. Guests:
A. Members wives or children parentheses age 16 and under) can fish any time with that member and their weights will be counted.
B. Other guests may fish with a club member one time during the season, provided they pay the Treas. a $20 entry fee prior to the event. Exception: They may not fish the club classic.
C. A guest may fish only one scheduled Stateline tournament per year.
Article 4. Boats:
In addition to all Coast Guard approved safety equipment, each boat used in competition will have a fully operational live-well capable of keeping a limit of fish alive throughout the tournament day. All competitors must wear a Coast Guard approved flotation device and use ignition kill-switches if equipped, whenever the big motor is running to include launches and recoveries. Reckless are unsafe boating are grounds for termination from all club future events.
Seven one-day tournaments will be held each calendar year beginning on the fourth Saturday of March and every second Saturday of each month, through September. A two-day classic will follow on the second weekend in October, each day on a different body of water. In the event of inclement weather, the decision to reschedule or relocate the tournament site will be at the direction of the tournament director. In the event of an emergency during tournament hours, please contact the tournament director at the number provided on the tournament morning.
Article 1. Tournament morning
Contestants are to arrive at the launch facility in accordance with the “arrive no later than” time published on the webpage and one member of each team will draw a number to determine the order of the launch.
Live-wells will be inspected by the tournament director or his designated representative and boat will be tagged to indicate that this has taken place. Stringers or buckets are not allowed.
It is the responsibility of the teams to ensure that the inspection has taken place. Failure to have your live-well checked prior to blast off is an automatic disqualification.
At the published “blast off time”, the tournament director will announce the official time according to his watch. He will then direct the contestant who has drawn the highest boat number to begin the blast off procedure. The remaining competitors will blast off in the order drawn earlier that morning, all the while being mindful of the “no wake zones” and safety of other competitors.
Teams not arriving prior to blast, the time previously published on the team Web page, will not be allowed to enter the scheduled tournament.
Boat running lights are to be turned on until it is safe to navigate without them.
Article 2. Fishing equipment:
Participants are to use artificial baits only. Only one rod and reel per angler maybe used at any time. Trolling and live baits are not permitted.
Article 3. Fish limits:
There is a five bass limit per boat; 12 inch minimum length when weigh-in is conducted in Virginia and 14 inch minimum when weigh-in is conducted in North Carolina.
Landing nets are permitted!
Fish not meeting these minimums will not be weighed and the team will be assessed a 4 ounce penalty for each short fish.
Possession of more than five fish at any time during the tournament, will result in an automatic disqualification for that particular tournament.
Article 4. Courtesy:
Unless expressly permitted to do so by the first team to arrive at that spot, no team is to fish within 25 yards of another competitor. The second team to arrive is required to relocate.
Club members are expected to treat one another with respect and solve conflicts on the water through effective communication. Unsportsmanlike conduct is grounds for revocation of membership.
Article 5. Weigh-in:
Competitors shall return to the designated area, no later than the time announced in the published tournament schedule and reiterated by the tournament director prior to blastoff.
Late arrivals will be assessed a ½ pound penalty for each minute late. Ten minutes or more late will result in disqualification.
The tournament directors watch is the official time for every event. Exception: In the event a competitor’s boat becomes disabled, he may transfer his fish to another boat and that boater may weigh-in his fish.
Following the tournament director’s announcement that the scales are open, competitors will bring their catch to the weigh-in area in a suitable weigh-in bag, provided by that team.
Courtesy measurements at the weigh-in station are not allowed. Members may ask another member to measure their fish prior to bringing their fish to the weigh-in station.
The competitor will identify the largest fish in the stringer and its weight will be recorded along with the weight of the remaining fish. Teams are responsible for determining their big fish. The tournament director will not weigh multiple fish to determine big fish.
Once the catch is delivered to the weigh-in officials, the competitors may not touch the fish again until the tournament director announces the total weight.
Fish will then be returned to the adjacent water by the competitor after weigh-in. A 4 ounce penalty will be assessed for each dead fish at the weigh-in, defined as a fish unable to swim off on its own once released. Anglers will be given up to 10 minutes to revive the fish before being penalized.
Article 6. Tournament Trail awards:
Team total-weight ties will be broken by big fish. Big fish ties will split the winnings.
Section 1. 20 or more paid members:
1ST Place: $200
2nd place: $100
3RD place: $50
Big Fish: $50
Section 2. Less than 20 paid members:
Awards will be based on a percentage of the total number of paid members for that tournament. For example: X members at $20 each per event; first place will be 50% of the total money collected, second place: 25% , third Place: 12.5% and big fish: 12.5%.
Article 7. Classic tournament awards:
Cash awards will be presented to the top three places and big fish. Total weight tiebreaker will be the big fish weight.
Article 8. Annual awards:
Team Plaques will be presented to the top three teams with the highest season ending weight totals. In the event of a tie, the tiebreaker will be the team with the highest single tournament weight total. In addition, a Big Fish plaque will be awarded to the individual with the largest fish of the regular season!
Article 9. Other:
No alcohol beverages will be consumed during the tournament hours, from the time you arrive at the ramp until the time everyone his weight in their fish. Violation of this rule will be grounds for disqualification from the tournament.