2017 Region Four TBF VA Bass Schedule

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    March 4th Smith Mountain Lake, State Park Ramp, 7:00am–4:00pm
    March 25th Claytor Lake, Hidden Valley Public Ramp, 7:00am–4:00pm
    April 22nd Smith Mountain Lake, State Park Ramp, 6:30am–3:30pm
    May 20th Douglas Reservoir, Dandridge Ramp, 6:00am–3:00pm
    June 24th Smith Mountain Lake, State Park Ramp, 8:00pm–7:00am
    July 8th Claytor Lake, Hidden Valley Public Ramp, 5:00am-1:00pm
    August 5th Claytor Lake, Hidden Valley Public Ramp, 7:00pm-3:00am
    Sept. 9th Smith Mountain Lake, State Park Ramp, 6:30am–4:00pm
    ENTRY FEE $80.00 Per Team (Includes Big Fish Side Pot, $5 per paid entry). 80% Payback.
    $10 per paid entry will be put aside for the Championship Tournament.
    CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT
    October 14th, Claytor Lake, Hidden Valley Public Ramp, 7:00am–4:00pm
    ENTRY FEE $80.00 Per Team (Includes Big Fish Side Pot, $5 per paid entry).
    Championship Tournament Eligibility – Must fish at least 4 of the 8 Open Tournaments. See Rule #1 below.
    Valid Region Four TBF VA Bass members fishing all 8 Open Tournaments will be granted free entry.
    *** All valid Region Four TBF VA Bass members fishing the Championship Tournament will be
    entered into a drawing for a free prize valued at OVER $1000 ***
    RULES:
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    RULES:
    *******FIVE FISH LIMIT *******
    1) PARTICIPATION AND ELIGIBILITY: Participation in these tournaments is open to anyone who wishes to fish. No more than two people per team. Individuals are allowed to fish, but an individual
    is considered a “team” and team entry fees apply. *** When a “team” is created, that “team” is eligible to use up to 3 alternates per year maximum. Using over 3 alternates will result in a new
    “team” being created. Credit for fishing (toward the 4 tournament requirement eligibility for the Fall Classic) is only awarded to the registered “team”, alternates do not receive credit for
    fishing (even if they are a member of another registered “team”). Alternates can ONLY be used in the Championship tournament if BOTH team members have met the minimum tournament
    attendance.
    2) REGISTRATION: Each contestant must register in person. A draw system will be used to determine starting position.
    3) SAFETY: Safe boating conduct must be observed at all times. Each competitor is required to wear a Coast Guard Approved life preserver and boat operator must wear an operating kill switch at the
    start and ANY TIME the gasoline motor is in operation.
    4) SPORTSMANSHIP: Sportsmanship, courtesy, and conservation are to be practiced by each contestant. Drunkenness will not be tolerated and will be cause for disqualification. No alcoholic beverages
    or drugs will be allowed in boats or at weigh-in area. All Department of Game and Inland Fisheries laws will apply.
    5) TACKLE AND EQUIPMENT: Only artificial lures may be used. Only one rod and reel may be used by each contestant at any one time. Trolling is not permitted.
    6) BOAT AND MOTOR: Each team will furnish a boat for their use during the tournament. The boat must have the following equipment:
    A) ALL STANDARD COAST GUARD SAFETY EQUIPMENT
    B) A PROPERLY OPERATING AERATED LIVE-WELL COMPARTMENT
    7) PERMITTED FISHING LOCATIONS: Fishing is permitted anywhere except within 50 yards of another contestant’s anchored boat. No trailering of boats to other launch sites after the start of the
    tournament.
    8) DISPOSITION OF FISH: Each team is requested to make every effort to keep their catch alive. All bass entered, which are still alive, will be released, except for a trophy specimen, which a
    contestant may wish to retain. No dead fish will be returned to the lake.
    9) LATE PENALTY: Teams who are not at the official dock before (or exactly at) the official posted ending time will be disqualified. There is no grace period. Both contestants must be onboard boat at
    both the starting and ending time unless pre-agreed to by the tournament officials.
    10) SCORING: Scoring will be done by pounds and hundredths of pounds. The tournament winners will be determined by total pounds and hundredths of pounds accumulated during the tournament.
    Only largemouth, spotted, and smallmouth bass will be weighed, 5 fish limit per team. All bass entered must be legal per local lake rules with the exception of Smith Mountain Lake, where all fish must
    exceed 14 inches in length. In the event of a tie between any awards, the affected contestants will split the affected awards. Point scoring for Region Four TBF VA Bass members will be based on highest
    finishing members, Non Region Four TBF VA Bass members will not receive points. Points toward Region Four TBF VA Bass yearly standings will be based on the best 4 of 8 tournament finishes.
    Region Four TBF VA Bass members fishing all 8 tournaments will receive 5 bonus points at the end of the year. Teams fishing concurrent tournaments can hold up to a state legal limit of fish.
    11) DEAD/SHORT FISH: 0.25lbs will be subtracted for each dead fish. A one pound penalty plus loss of fish will be assessed for each short fish. The tournament officials shall have the sole authority in
    decisions of penalties.
    12) PROTESTS: Only if filed in writing with tournament officials within 1/2 hour after weigh-in will protests be accepted and considered.
    13) PAYOUT: Payouts will be based on the number of boats in the tournament. One place will be paid per every seven entries.
    14) APPLICATION OF RULES: Tournament Officials will be solely responsible for application and interpretation of tournament rules. Region Four TBF VA Bass reserves the right to reject or
    disqualify any entry for any reason seen fit. ALL DECISIONS MADE BY TOURNAMENT OFFICIALS ARE FINAL.
    REGION FOUR TBF VA BASS AND/OR ITS MEMBERS WILL NOT BE HELD LIABLE FOR ANY ACCIDENT, PERSONAL
    INJURIES, OR PROPERTY DAMAGE RESULTING FROM OR BECAUSE OF ANY PARTICIPANT OF THESE EVENTS.
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