GHTS RulesBy admin
2013 Get Hook’d Rules
1. RULES: The following rules for the 2013 season will be interpreted solely by the tournament director. The Director reserves the right to reject any entry if he feels that it is not in the best interest of Get Hook’d Tournament Series. Entry forms must be completely filled out and signed by BOTH contestants. Any announcements made at the tournament site take precedent over written rules. In case of breakdown, or early departure from the tournament lake, the team doing so must contact the tournament director or appointed staff member. Failure to do so will result in the loss of any points earned at that tournament. This is to verify the safety of all anglers and to make sure all individuals have safely returned. GHTS will have a set limit of 50 boats.
2. ELIGIBILITY: All individuals, 18 years of age or older with a paid entry fee are eligible to fish with approval of the tournament director. A parent or legal guardian must accompany any one under 18 years of age or with written parental consent. Boats will consist of no more than two (2) people per boat. The Director reserves the right to reject any entry if he feels that it is not in the best interest of Get Hook’d Tournament Series. All participants must be approved 24hrs in advance. Any individual trying to apply at the ramp must have fished at least one prior event or have no less than two(2) individuals to vouch for them. All decisions are finial.
3. ENTRY FEE: Entry fees are $40.00 if preregistered and $50 day of tournament, with an optional $10.00 big bass pot. 90% of entry fees will be paid back at the ramp. 10% of entry fees goes to the year end championship. 100% of the big bass pot will be paid back at the ramp. No refunds unless cancellation by the director.
4. PAYBACKS: Get Hook’d Tournament Series will pay one place for every five (5) teams entered into the tournament with a maximum of 10 cash places being paid.
5. CHECK-IN and PRE-MEETING: ONE TEAM MEMBER MUST CHECK IN THE MORNING OF TOURNAMENT! FAILURE TO DO SO WILL RESULT IN IMMEDIATE DISQUALIFICATION. A pre-meeting will take place on the water approximately ten (10) minutes prior to the official start.
6. CLASSIC QUALIFICATION: To be eligible to qualify for the classic, a individual must fish at least 5 tournaments.
7. SCORING: Largemouth, small mouth, and spotted bass will be scored, five (5) fish limit, lake rules apply. Any frozen or iced fish presented for weigh in will result in immediate disqualification. Short fish will result in a one (1) pound penalty plus the loss of the fish. The use of ice in a live well as a cooling agent in hot water is permitted. The dead fish penalty will be one (1) pound penalty per fish. No more than five (5) fish are allowed in live well (in possession) at any time. Anyone bringing more than five (5) fish to the weigh-in scales will not be allowed to weigh in ANY fish. Courtesy bumping will NOT be allowed at the official weigh station. A courtesy bump board may be provided near the weigh in line. Once fish are turned over to the weigh-in officials, contestants cannot touch ANY fish again except to choose the big fish of the stringer fore weighing.
8. POLYGRAPH: All contestants, by signing the official entry form, consent to receive a voice-stress, or polygraph test. Tests will be given at random at the tournament director’s discretion. Anyone who fails the test will be immediately disqualified and banned from all future Get Hook’d Tournament Series events.
9. SPORTSMANSHIP and SAFETY: Safe fishing and safe boating practice are expected during tournament hours. Life jackets and the outboard kill switch must be used any time the boats gas motor is running at above an idle. No alcohol or controlled substance can be used or allowed in the boat during the tournament hours. Take off may be delayed or canceled due to unsafe conditions as determined by the tournament director.
10. PROTEST: All protests must be submitted in writing to the tournament director within fifteen (15) minutes of the weigh-in completion. The appointed Tournament Advisory Board will handle all protests.
11. LATE PENALTY: One pound per minute, up to fifteen (15) minutes, then disqualification.
12. TIES: All ties will be broken by 1) Big Bass, 2) Most fish weighed in, and Last 3) By earliest entry.
13. TACKLE and EQUIPMENT: Only artificial lures and pork lures are allowed. Rod and reel fishing only, one rod in use at a time. All rules (State Laws) for the particular body of water must be obeyed at all times. If you or your partner are ticketed while fishing during the scheduled tournament hours immediate disqualification will result from that scheduled event.
14. BOATS and MOTORS: Any boat powered by a motor 10 horsepower or more must have a kill switch. Kill switches must be in good working condition. Each boat must have a properly aerated livewell. Boats powered by trolling motor only are acceptable at all tournaments.
15. LOCATIONS: Anywhere on the tournament lake, except 50 yards of another contestant’s anchored boat and any designated off limits area. No trailering of the boat during tournament hours without consent of the director.
16. PRE-MEETING: Ten (10) minutes prior to take off on the water. Idle by live well checks may take place at any time either on or off the water. Any extreme violations will be grounds for disqualification from this and future events.
17. POINTS: Angler of the Year points are given on a individual basis and not as a team. Example- The winning individuals will both receive 50 points. This is in effect so that individuals who fish with multiple partners throughout the year fairly receive points towards the AOY.
KNOWLEDGE OF THESE RULES IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF EACH CONTESTANT. Failure to read these rules or ignorance of them is no excuse.
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