TOURNAMENT RULES

  1. ORIENTATION MTG. Q & A on rules. Friday evening of the Tournament, 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, Registration & Check-in. Social time food and drinks available for sale.
  2. COMPETITORS: Teams must consist of no more than two anglers. No angler substitutions after receiving Tag following boat inspection on Day 1. Less than 16 years of age requires parental consent. Anglers must have a valid Fishing License as required by law in Ontario.
  3. BOAT LIMIT: 135 teams maximum, 50 teams minimum.
  4. PRE-FISHING: Will cease at 5pm on the Friday of the Tournament. No fishing between Saturday weigh-in & Sunday start time.
  5. BAITS: Artificial baits only, NO live baits, minnows, worms, frogs, etc.
  6. LIVE WELLS: Are mandatory (A cooler full of water with a regulation aerator is acceptable), Stringers, etc., not allowed.
  7. TRANSPORTING FISH: During tournament when moving from one location to another under the power of your main combustion engine, the maximum number of fish allowed to be in your live well is 5 per team. If more than the limit is present, the heaviest fish will be removed and not be eligible for weigh-in.
  8. ALCOHOL: All rules of safe boating apply to the tournament including operating while under the influence. No alcohol is permitted on any competitor’s boat during tournament hours 7am to 4:30pm Saturday and 7am to 2:30pm Sunday. Any competitor found with alcohol on board or operating under the influence will be disqualified. Alcohol will be available in a licensed area during non-fishing times on Friday evening and following the weigh-in each day. No outside alcohol allowed in licensed area. Disqualification could result. Please drink responsibly.
  9. BOATING REGULATIONS: All laws must be obeyed including following speed limits where posted. Any violations may lead to disqualification. All boats require an operative kill switch IF boat/motor is equipped with this safety feature. All required boat equipment and safety equipment must be present. Life jackets are required to be worn when operating under main engine.
  10. BOUNDARIES: Stoney Lake including Upper Stony Lake & Clear Lakes, no locking out. No fishing permitted within 50m of a competitor’s boat or within 100m of Ministry of Natural Resources nets, live-release area or Tournament Headquarters. No fishing within marshaling area once first weigh-in has started for each day (see Rule #16 for times).
  11. BOAT NUMBERS: Each team receives their team number to stick on their boat. Team number must be displayed and visible at all times on the driver’s side of boat.
  12. TAGS: All teams are required to start and finish EACH DAY with a tag. Any boat not returning the tag on the 1st day will not be permitted to fish the second day. Notification of emergencies or breakdowns called in prior to deadline each day may qualify for exemption. Your tag will be handed to you following a boat inspection each morning.
  13. BOAT INSPECTION: Boats & equipment should be available for inspection at dock 30 minutes prior to start time. After inspection, one angler must stay with boat at all times; re-inspection may be required upon 2nd angler boarding the boat.
  14. STARTING ORDER: Team number is assign based on date and time the minimum of deposit is received via PayPal, Credit Card or the date a cheque is received in the mail. Teams will be placed in the wave chosen at time of registration. If a team cancels prior to the field being filled the next registrant will be placed in the vacant position. Teams will NOT be moved up in the order. You can chose a starting number only if it is available. If you chose to change wave selection you will be placed in the next available spot in the new wave and the vacated position will be filled by next team to register. Teams will NOT be moved up in the order.
  15. BLAST OFF PROCEDURE:
    • Day 1 Wave #1(Teams 1 – 67) @ 7am, Wave #2(Teams 68 – 135) @ 7:30am.
    • Day 2 Wave #2(Teams 68 – 135) @ 7am, Wave #1(Teams 1 – 67) @ 7:30am.

For safety reasons we use a trickle start. Each team # will be called out in ascending order (lowest to highest) approximately 5-10 seconds apart. Boaters may leave the marshaling area when their number is called. Start times may be altered for safety reasons due to weather conditions. Starting order remains the same lowest # to highest # of your wave.

  1. WEIGH-IN:
    • Day 1 Wave #1(Teams 1 – 67) @ 4pm, Wave #2(Teams 68 – 135) @ 4:30pm.
    • Day 2 Wave #2(Teams 68 – 135) @ 2pm, Wave #1(Teams 1 – 67) @ 2:30pm.

Boats must be within the designated marshalling area prior to the Weigh-in time for your wave. Boats late for weigh-in (NOT with-in marshalling area) will be penalized 4oz (.25lb) for each minute late. Early weigh-ins will be available after 10am each day. If fish are weighed in early (lunker or fish in stress) and anglers go back out, weighted fish will count as part of your live well i.e. if you weigh in 2 fish you will only be able to weigh in 3 more fish. If more fish are weighed in rule #18 will apply. You could lose your lunker!

  1. WEIGH-IN PROCEDURE:
    • All teams must report to the marshaling area Marshal (pontoon Boat anchored approximately center of marshaling area. Boat will be visibly marked.
    • Pull up to Marshal and report your team number, then move away and wait with-in marshaling area for your number to be called. When your number is called take position in line for docking to weigh-in.
    • Once you are at the dock you will be given a container to put your fish in. Take fish to holding tanks and wait for your turn to be weighed.
    • Remaining Angler will take boat back to marshaling area to wait for his/her team mate or to get in line to trailer boat. Please use outer docks to pick up your team mate.
  2. FISH LIMIT: Each team may present a maximum of 5 fish (Bass, Walleye or a combination) for weigh-in each day. If more than the limit is presented, the heaviest fish will be removed from the weigh-in and not be eligible.
  3. MINIMUM SIZE:
    • WALLEYE = Zone 17 Ministry Regulations are in effect. Minimum 35cm (13.8 in.) Max 50cm (19.7 in)
    • BASS = Tournament regulation 33cm (13 inches) minimum.
    • Total length is measured as per Ontario Fishing Regulation in effect at time of tournament.
    • Any fish presented which measures less on the official ruler shall be ruled ineligible and the team will be assessed an 8oz (.5lb) penalty.

2016 Regulation – “Size Limits – All size limits refer to total length which is a measure from the tip of the mouth with the jaws closed to the tip of the tail, with the tail fin lobes compressed to give the maximum possible length.”

  1. DAMAGED FISH: In the opinion of the Tournament Weigh-in Officials, any fish judged unlikely to survive will be kept and the team assessed an 8oz (.5lb) Penalty.
  2. Clipped fish: Any fish in the opinion of the weigh-in officials’ deemed to have been clipped, trimmed or cut in any way to alter its length will be disallowed from the weigh-in.
  3. DEADLINE: Tournament ends 30 minutes after weigh-in each day.
  4. DISQUALIFICATION: May result from any violation of tournament rules.
  5. TIE PLACING: Will be decided by a toss of the coin, one team tosses; the other calls the coin for the better placing.
  6. PROTESTS: Are allowed after final team weighs in, and before prizes are awarded. A $100 fee, refundable if protest is won, must accompany protest.
  7. CASH PAYOUT: At least one team member must be present for the cash prizes. Cash payout to be posted at tournament.
  8. DOOR PRIZES, DRAWS, 50/50 ETC: you must be present to collect your prizes or cash.
  9. Competitor Draw. $5/angler has been set aside for 2 competitor’s only draws.( #of anglers x $5 divided by 2= Prize amount). This draw will be the last draw when all placing and draw prizes have been awarded. The anglers drawn for the 2 prizes MUST be present to claim the prize or another name will be drawn. You must be present to claim this prize it cannot be claimed for you. Identification may be required.
  10. LUNKER POOL: Tournament operators DO NOT administer the Lunker pool. This is administered by the competitors only.
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Headquarter and marshalling area