Membership: Individuals 18 years and older are eligible for club membership. Individuals under the age of 18 may fish with their parent or legal guardian. Teams will consist of one (1) or two (2) people per boat. Club membership fee will be $60 per team. The club is open to any teams or individual to fish an event and be eligible for 75% payout. A team is required to pay membership dues prior to the first tournament to be eligible for any cash payout. New teams can be added up to the 5th tournament of the season to fill openings created by teams that have dropped out or we have not met the club limit of 25 teams. New teams must fish over half of the remaining tournaments and pay $17.50 each for all season tournaments missed to be eligible for the Classic. Teams will receive points only for the tournaments they fish which will most likely result in them not qualifying for the Club Championship and Elite 8 unless they qualify for the Elite 8 as a Classic Wildcard. Each club member prior to the start of the first tournament must sign a liability waiver. If a sub is used, he/she must also sign a liability waiver prior to the start of the tournament fished (see Substitutions’ Rule). The club reserves the right to refuse a club membership or entry into any of the clubs tournaments.
Club Officers: The Officers of the chapter shall consist of:
President – one-year term
Vice President / Secretary– one-year term
Tournament Director – one-year term
Treasurer – one-year term
The Officers of the chapter will ensure proper enforcement of the rules. The Officers shall reserve all rights for rule interpretations. Furthermore, the Officers have the authority to announce or present any rule revisions (printed or not) as deemed appropriate. Any rules changed at the lake by tournament officials, takes precedence over written rules. Knowledge of these rules is the responsibility of each contestant; failure to read these rules or ignorance is no excuse and can lead to disqualification. All protests must be submitted to the Tournament Director or other Cub Officer before awards are issued. The Officers will handle all protests. All Officer decisions will be final.
Cheating: Cheating will in no way be tolerated. Deceiving tournament officials or doing anything deemed an unfair advantage will lead to disqualification, forfeiture of all monies and banishment from the club.
Team Numbers: “Annual Team Numbers” will be issued and used throughout the season to identify “Your Team” for record keeping purposes.
Check-In and Pre-Meeting: One team member must check in prior to the tournament. A pre-tournament meeting will take place at the launch site approximately fifteen minutes prior to the official start time. The starting launch order will be determined by a chip drawn during check in. Teams will start according to the number drawn. All live wells must be checked prior to fishing. If a team is late to the launch site, the team must find a club member to check the live wells before the team can begin fishing. The boat that is designated to take off last will be considered the official starter boat. If a team is late to the designated starting point and their number has been called, that team will go to the end of the starting order.
Boat Equipment: Every boat must have all required US Coast Guard safety equipment and meet all US Coast Guard, State and Local Laws. For safety purposes, all passengers must be wearing a lifejacket when the boat is exceeding idle. The live well must be properly maintained to adequately support a limit of bass.
Sportsmanship and Safety: Safe fishing and safe boating practices are expected during tournament hours. Competitors are expected to follow high standards of sportsmanship, courtesy, safety and conservation. Tournament participants must maintain a reasonable distance from competitors of at least casting distance unless permission is obtained to approach closer than casting distance. Alcohol and controlled substances are not permitted in a boat during tournament hours. Horsepower of your boat may not exceed the maximum horsepower regulations set by the U.S. Coast Guard in their ruling of November 1972.
Tackle and Equipment: Only artificial lures may be used. No “live bait” or “prepared bait” will be permitted, with the exception of pork strips, rinds, etc. Only ONE casting, spin-casting or spinning rod and reel may be used at any one time. All other types prohibited. Other rigs as specified as above may be in the boat ready for use. However, only ONE is permitted in use at any given time. All bass must be caught live and in a conventional sporting manner. Anyone guilty of snatching or snagging visible fish will have their days catch disqualified. No trolling.
Entry Fees: Regular season tournament entry fees are $90 per boat. Entry fee includes $70 tournament entry & $20 towards the Daily Big Bass Pot that will be paid to the 1st and 2nd big bass. Entry fees to other tournament formats will be published as needed.
#1Launch Position Auction: The #1 Launch Position will be auctioned off to the highest bidder prior to each tournament unless otherwise noted. The winner of the auction will receive a reasonable head start before the calling of the rest of the launch order. Money collected will be used towards the “Classic Dinner”.
Payouts: Regular season tournament payout will be 75% of entry fees collected. 1-20 participants’ pays 1st-3rd position, 21-25 participants pays 1st-4th position. Daily Big Bass Pot paid to 1st and 2nd Big Bass. The “Officers” will determine the Classic “Bump” and Elite 8 tournament payouts and will be determined each season based on the club escrow account balance. All payouts and awards are subject to “Officer” review of account balance and may be adjusted to ensure season long funding of club events and activities.
Request for Refund: A team wishing to withdraw from the club and get a full refund of their paid membership dues must make a verbal or written request to a club officer 30 days prior to the 1st tournament of the season.
Substitutions: Substitutes will not have to pay the club membership fee to participate in any tournaments. Officers are to be notified previous to any seasonal tournament or the “Classic” tournament if a substitute is needed (see Classic Rules). The IBC Officers have the right to monitor and decline a substitute for any tournament if the team has shown previous abuse of the substitution rule. Substitutes are not permitted in the Elite 8 tournament
Lakes and Schedule: Lakes will be voted on and picked by appointed officers prior to the start of each season. Any postponements due to unforeseen circumstances will be rescheduled or continued on an alternate lake. The officers will then create the schedule. Current standings, schedules and starting dates and times will be available online and issued by e-mail prior to each tournament to each team.
Permitted Fishing Locations: The Tournament Director is responsible for establishing tournament waters to be fished at each tournament. Any water within these boundaries posted Off-Limits or No Fishing by state or federal agencies will be OFF-LIMITS. Only the water open to all public fishing will be considered tournament waters. Any water closed to public fishing will be closed to tournament’s contestants. All angling must be done from the boat. Any team or individual that receives a citation given by DNR authorities is subject to disqualification.
Tournament Hours: Tournament times including check in, pre-tournament meeting, launch and weigh in times will be posted online and on tournament reminders emailed approximately one week prior to the scheduled tournament. All boats are to be at the check-in location at the designated finish time. There will be no grace period and a ½ pound penalty accessed per minute late. After ten (10) minutes has expired, the team will be disqualified.
Dead Fish: For each legal dead bass presented to weigh-in officials’ the competitor will be penalized ½ pound from that days Total Weight. The Tournament Director and his designated appointees shall have sole authority for determining “Dead” fish and accessing penalty weight. Dead fish cannot be used as a Big Bass for the Big Bass pots. Dead fish should not be returned to the water after weigh in but may be kept or offered to other anglers to keep and clean. All live bass are to be released after weigh-in except in the case of a Bass 7 pounds or more may be kept as a trophy.
Fish Measuring: Fish will be measured and weighed by one of the presently appointed officers including the President, Vice President, Tournament Director or appointed volunteer using the appointed measuring rule and scale. The appointed Officers or volunteers will be the only individuals to handle the fish. The Officer or appointed volunteer will be the primary person to remove each fish from the contestant’s bag and measure it. The Officer or Volunteer Weigh Master will be the primary person to weigh the fish on the scale. The primary appointed officers’ own fish will be measured and weighed by the next available club officer or appointed volunteer. The Tournament Director and or appointed weigh in volunteers’ decision on a measurement and weight are final. Fish will be measured using the standard legal method as outlined by the state DNR. Short Fish Penalties: All fish brought to weigh-in must be of legal size determined by State or Local law for that body of water fished or as declared by IBC Officers within the State or Local Laws. Courtesy bumps by a team member will be allowed on the official IBC Golden Rule before your bag is turned over to the Tournament Director. If a short fish is presented for weigh-in the short fish will be culled from your sack and a ½ pound penalty imposed on the Total Weight of that days weigh in.
Big Bass: Dead fish cannot be used as a Big Bass for the Big Bass pot weigh in. Teams must chose and present the Single Big Bass that they want to be weighed in for the 1st and 2nd Big Bass awards.
Scoring: Tournament standings, auxiliary awards and final winners shall be determined by the pound and ounce weight of each competitor’s catch during the competition days of the tournament. Only Largemouth, Smallmouth and Kentucky/Spotted Bass will be measured and weighed. The limit shall be five (5) fish per boat of the above species and varieties per day. Only 5 fish shall be allowed in your live well at any given time therefore only 5 fish are allowed to the scales. Any team holding more than 5 fish in their live well might lead to disqualification. You can however have a sixth fish in your possession just long enough to cull another fish. The official length for bass shall be in accordance with prevailing state law and announced by the Tournament Director at the pre-tournament meeting. The overall team standings will be derived from a points system (100 points system). Tournaments are worth a maximum of 100 points. Under this system, the tournament winning team will be awarded 100 points. The points will be awarded in five (5) point decreasing increments depending on place of finish down to 5th place, four (4) point decreasing increments down to 10th place, three (3) point decreasing increments down to 15th place and two (2) point decreasing increments for the rest of the field (see example below). In a tie, both teams will get the points for the position of finish. Teams not weighing a fish will be awarded 25 points. Teams who are not represented at a scheduled tournament by at least one team member, will be awarded zero (0) points for that event.
Awards: Club Champion Trophies and Embroidered Sweatshirt will be awarded to the Team of the Year with the highest accumulated season points, a tie will be broken by the team with the highest season total weight. The angler with the Big Bass of the year will receive a Big Bass trophy. All team awards will be awarded according to the points system outlined above. At the conclusion of each tournament, there will be a 75% payout of all monies collected. In the event of a tie, all monies will be added together and split evenly between the teams. All of the end of year awards will be given out at the banquet.
Classic: The last regular points tournament of the season is considered to be the Classic. To qualify for the classic a team must participate in 50% or more club tournaments plus a buy in for the Classic / Operating Fund which would be the clubs share of each tournament missed, currently $17.50 per tournament missed. Officers are to be notified previous to the classic tournament if a substitute is needed. Substitutes are permitted to fish in the classic. The IBC Officers have the right to monitor and decline a substitute for the classic if the team has shown abuse of the substitution rule throughout the tournament season. Awards for or the Classic include the team members name’s engraved on the Classic Trophy and possession of the Classic Trophy until the next seasons Classic Tournament when it is to be awarded to the next seasons Classic winning team. Four places will be paid with up to 20 participants and (5) places will be paid with 21 to 25 participants. The number of places to be paid could change at the officer’s discretion depending on the number of boats competing. Classic purse 100% entry payback plus up to $1000 accrued from the regular season entry fee’s collected.
Elite 8 Tournament: The Elite 8 tournament is a no entry fee tournament with the purse being paid from accrued funds from the regular season therefore the purse will vary from year to year. Qualifications, The top eight finishing teams from the “Regular Season” standings and the highest finishing “Classic” team not already qualified for the Elite 8 are eligible as a Wildcard team. No substitution teams, teams unable to participate will be awarded 9th, 8th place etc. Substitute participants are not allowed for the Elite 8 Tournament. A tie will be broken by the team with the highest season total points. The date will be part of the regular season schedule but the lake selection will be determined from a blind drawing approximately 1 week prior to the tournament. Each team will submit a lake of their choice. Lakes submitted must be within 150 miles of Indianapolis and will be subject to tournament permit requirements. The Elite 8 Lake will be selected by a blind drawing from the lakes submitted. No pre-fishing or lake access allowed. IBC Rules 2016