FISHERS OF MEN NATIONAL TOURNAMENT TRAIL
Abu Garcia Ultimate Bass Challenge
FISHERS OF MEN
NATIONAL TOURNAMENT TRAIL
Abu-Garcia Ultimate Bass Challenge (UBC) SERIES RULES AND REGULATIONS 2018
1. PARTICIPANTS AND ELIGIBILITY
Open to all individuals, male and female 18 years or older, except; Any angler who has competed in:
a BASS Elite Series event (excluding the Bassmaster Classic and BASS BassFest)
an FLW Tour event as a boater (excluding the FLW Cup)
during the 12 months prior to any Fishers of Men regular season or championship event, is not eligible to compete in that FOM event.
Each competitor must be a member in good standing and hold a current membership. To be eligible for a UBC event, agler must have competed in at least 3 Fishers of Men Stren Team Series regular season tournaments in the prior season. Fishers of Men reserves the right to reject any entries which we feel are not in the best interest of the tournament. UBC Tournaments have a full field limitation of 21 anglers.
The remaining 20 slots are available using the following priority entry system. The 40 anglers from the top 20 teams by Points from the connected FOM Team Division from the previous season are eligible to send in an entry (three weeks) by the publicized initial entry deadline. If more than 20 entries are received from this group the Director will work down the Points standings to award the available slots and issue a refund to those anglers who do not get in.
Membership fees are as follows:
Individual Membership $40 per person + $2.50 processing fee
Family Membership $60 per family + $2.50 processing fee
Memberships are to be completed online or submitted to the division director prior to fishing your first tournament.
Individual Membership Benefits: Membership packet and eligibility to compete in any Fishers of Men Berkley Team Series Tournament, UBC Tournament, Legacy Series, or any Weeknight Series Tournament.
2. ENTRY FEES
UBC Series entry fees shall be $185.00 . Entry fees for UBC tournaments should be mailed to the division director or paid online by the publicized entry deadline. No entries will be received within 7 days of the event. No refunds within 7 days of the event. Failure to arrive at the designated landing before blast-off or to have a qualified Marshall accompanying will result in disqualification with loss of entry fee. Marshall’s must be 18 years or older.
There will be a fee charged on all checks returned for insufficient funds.
There is a five boat minimum to have an UBC tournament.
3. TOURNAMENT LOCATION
If the Director is not competing in the event he will select the body of water, ramp and any boundaries and notify all participants by text by 12 pm. noon on Friday the day before the event. Once this announcement has been made the lake becomes off limits and the anglers may not willfully receive any information concerning the Tournament waters. It is the responsibility of all participants to arrive at the desiginated ramp with a qualified Marshall and Official scales 30 minutes before the scheduled blastoff.
If the Director is competing he must give his Regional Director 3 options to choose between. The Regional Director will text his selection to the Director who will then in turn notify the remainder of the participants by 12 pm on Friday
4. PRE-TOURNAMENT MEETING
Each tournament will have a pre-tournament meeting scheduled 30 minutes prior to the tournament blast-off to assign boat marshalls and verify scales and announce boundaries and halftime requirements. There will be a five minute penalty for each minute late for the pre- tournament meeting.
5. PRIZE PAYOUT
One place will be paid out per five anglers entered. 5 to 9 boats pays one place. 10 to 14 boats pays two places. 15 to 19 boats pays three places. 20 to 21 boats pays four places.
6. OFF LIMITS
In Fishers of Men UBC Series Tournaments, the tournament waters will be off limits from the announcement at 12 pm on Friday until the start of competition on the tournament waters. Competitors cannot willfully receive any information concerning tournament waters.
7. TOURNAMENT HOURS
Tournament hours will be set by the division director but will be divided into 2- 4hr halfs. Anglers will be required to rendevous at a designated location at halftime. Anglers will be allowed 15 minute run time from the end of fishing of the first half to arrive at the rendevous location. Anglers who arrive late for halftime will have their weight deducted at a rate of 1 lb per minute and will be held at the beginning of the second half for five minutes for each minute late We reserve the right to adjust hours if necessary.
8. LAUNCH SEQUENCE
Starting positions will be asigned in the order of the priority entries. 2nd half blastoff will be by halftime standings
Safe boating conduct must be observed at all times. Each competitor / marshall is required to wear Coast Guard approved personal floatation devices, securely fastened, at all times while the boat is being propelled by the combustable engine. Futhermore, a kill switch must be fastened to the driver any time the combustion engine is propelling the boat. Failure to do so is grounds for a five minute penalty for each infraction.
Running lights must be operational and turned on at the blast off of each tournament.
Any boat equipped with a motor that exceeds the horse power rating of the boat according to the manufacturer is prohibited from being used in a Fishers of Men Tournament.
All auxiliary gas tanks and bladder tanks that are not installed by the boat manufacturer are prohibited. Additional gas tanks that are factory options and installed by a manufacturer’s authorized dealer are legal. Boats that do not have factory installed gas tanks are restricted to a maximum of 18 gallons of gasoline in tanks that meet U.S.Coast Guard regulations. Gas tanks must be properly secured or strapped in the boat. During the tournament, no portable gas tanks or containers capable of holding gasoline can be placed anywhere on the waters or shoreline for use by any tournament competitor.
Each contestant is expected to follow high standards of sportsmanship, courtesy, and conservation. No angler may fish within 50 yards of any other boat which is anchored with the trolling motor up. Furthermore, no angler may fish within 25 yards of any other boat without the other boater’s permission. Permission may not be granted to any angler at the exclusion of any other angler. No hole sitting by a non-competitor or by another competitor, to aid a tournament participant will not be allowed. Violators will have their catch disqualified.
11. TACKLE AND FISHING METHODS
Only artificial baits may be used. No live or cut bait is permitted (pork baits are permitted). All bass must be caught alive in a legal and sporting manner. No snagging. Fish caught sight fishing must have the Marshall verify that the hook is inside the fishes mouth. Each competitor may only use 1 rod at a time. No more than 1 line in the water at a time. Trolling with the combustion motor is not permitted. No competitor may leave the boat to land or catch fish. However it is legal for the angler to leave the boat to retreive a fish as long as he maintains in contact with the boat.
Landing nets are permitted.
Marshall’s are not allowed to assist competitors in locating, catching, or landing fish.
12. STATE AND FEDERAL GAME REGULATIONS
All participants are expected to abide by all state and federal laws and game regulations. Any angler who intentionally violates a law or regulation in an attempt to gain an unfair advantage will have their catch disqualified. In the case of multiple governing authorities, the strictest law is applicable. Any participant who consumes, or is under the influence of alcoholic beverages, stimulants or depressants during any Fishers of Men function will have their catch disqualified. (prescribed medications taken per doctor’s instructions are excluded)
Only largemouth, smallmouth, spotted bass may be weighed. To count as a scorable bass a fish must weigh a minimum of 1 lb. There are no length restrictions.
Competitors shall remain with their Marshall in the boat at all times during the tournament, except in the event of sickness or brief excursions for "nature calling", severe storm or other such hazard. It is permitted for a competitor to leave the boat for marina services. During competition, competitors and Marshall’s may leave the boat to dislodge it, but only to return the boat in the direction it came from. Leaving the boat, on a competition day, to advance it is not permitted. (In falling water conditions, a team may leave the boat to advance it only to return from water they accessed without leaving the boat.) If for any reason it becomes necessary to leave the tournament waters early, the angler shall bear full responsibility for notifying a tournament official.
15. WEIGH-IN PROCEDURES
All fish caught may be weighed at the request of the angler but only those fish weighing 1 lb or more will count as scorable bass. The weight is not official until Marshall and angler verbally agree on weight. The Marshall is not allowed to touch the fish.
All fish must be released into the water immediatly after weighing. The Marshall will record the fish‘s weight on the MLF app. And his score sheet.
16. PROTEST AND POLYGRAPH TEST
Any protest must be done by group text at the time of the infraction, and the National Office must be notified immediately.The Fishers of Men National Tournament Trail reserves the right to give a polygraph or other truth verification test to any participant at any time. This test does not have to be administered on site and may be set up by the tournament director at his discretion. All participants agree to abide by the results of any polygraph or other truth verification test administered. In the event of a protest and an off-site polygraph or other truth verification test the tournament director will have the option of mailing all the checks to the teams in the money pending the outcome of the test.
17. UBC CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFICATION
Events having from 20 to 21 participants will quaify the top 4 anglers; Events having 15-19 participants will qualify the top 3; Events having 10-14 anglers will qualify the top 2 anglers and events having 5 -9 anglers will qualify the top angler to advance to the UBC Championship.
18. LIABILITY INSURANCE
All members must carry a minimum of $100,000 of liability insurance on any boat they use during any Fishers of Men Tournament. Failure to do so, or reporting of false information will result in disqualification of catch. Participants must include the company name and either the policy number or the name of the agent binding the coverage on the entry form for each tournament.
19. VIOLATION OF RULES AND DISQUALIFICATION
The violation of a tournament rule by an angler may result in loss of fishing time, weight loss, the loss of weight up to a particular time in the tournament day (eligible for a restart), loss of weight for the entire day, disqualification for the entire tournament or, in an extreme circumstance, ineligibility to participate in future FOM events. If a angler is disqualified from a tournament their weight will be recorded as 0. If the director feels that their violation was a willful attempt to gain an unfair advantage or to intentionally cheat, then the director has the right to refuse entry from that angler in the future and may inform all other Fishers of Men directors of the situation.
20. PROFANITY RULE.
First infraction is a warning. The second infraction is a one minute penalty. The third infraction is a five minute penalty. All other infractions will result in an additional five minute penalty
21. RULES ENFORCEMENT
It is the tournament Marshall and Director’s responsibility to enforce all of these rules as they are written. Infractions of any rule may result in a penalty or disqualification of catch. In any issue not specifically covered in these rules the director must contact the National Office before making a ruling.
22. NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP.
The National Championship will be a three day Tournament. On day one half of the competitors will fish while the other half will marshall. On day two the competitors will reverse. The top 10 % from day one and the top 10% from day two will then fish on Saturday. The entry fee wil be $200.00. There will be total off limits until the morning of the first day of the tournament. After the lake is announced, Participants cannot solicit any information about tournaments waters, before and during tournament.
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