1. Rule Changes
These rules will remain unchanged during 2010. Interpretation of these rules will be left exclusively to the tournament officials. Decisions of the tournament director are final in all matters and are not subject to appeal. Each competitor agrees to report any rule violation to the tournament director immediately upon discovery of the violation. Failure to report violations may be cause for disqualification. The violation of a tournament rule may result in weight loss (late penalty, dead-fish penalty and short fish penalty), 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 Warrior on the Water (WOW) events.
All boaters must have a valid fishing license. This will be waived for servicemen/women participating as sponsored by the NCDNR. All other entries will be taken in order of date and time of entry. Registration may be made on the Internet at www.warriorsonthewater.org. Do not make entry by more than one method. CONFIRMED ENTRIES ARE CONTINGENT UPON RECEIVING EMAIL CONFIRMATION from tournament officials.
3. Off-limits, Practice, and Competition
There will be no off-limits period prior to this tournament. Contestants may enter tournament waters to locate bass or potential fishing waters after the start of the pre-tournament meeting and is highly encouraged.
4. Registration and Pre-tournament Meeting
Registration hours for the tournament is 5 - 7 p.m. local time the 2 days before the scheduled tournament. It is not mandatory that all boaters attend the pre-tournament meeting that will be held at 7:00 p.m. local time the 2 days before the tournament; however it is mandatory to confirm with tournament officials on your ability to participate prior to pre-tournament meeting either by email, phone, or mail.
Partners will be paired by tournament officials; only by special cases will exceptions be made. All contestants or their representatives should meet with their assigned partners during pairings at the pretournament meeting unless other arrangements have been made with tournament officials. Partners should advise each other of their respective lodging and phone numbers and establish a meeting time and place for the following morningʼs takeoff. If a boater is unable to attend pre tournament meeting co-angler will be given contact information of his/ her assigned boater. The tournament director, at his sole discretion, may reassign partners prior to takeoff.
Safe boating must be observed at all times. Each contestant is required to wear a fastened U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device anytime the combustion engine is in operation from boat check until weigh-in each day of the tournament. All boats must be equipped with an emergency ignition-shutoff device that must be securely attached to the driverʼs body whenever the combustion engine is in operation. At the discretion of the tournament director, tournament day may be shortened, postponed or canceled due to unsafe weather or water conditions.
All contestants are required to follow high standards of sportsmanship, courtesy and conservation and to conduct themselves in a manner that will be a credit to themselves, to WOW, Wowʼs sponsors, the sport of fishing and Wowsʼ efforts to promote the sport. Conduct not complying with these standards includes, but is not limited to, the following:
• Violation of or failure to comply with, any of the rules.
• Consumption and/or possession of any kind of illegal mind-altering substances during registration, the pretournament meeting or during tournament hours extending through the weigh-in procedure. Consumption of alcoholic beverages is allowed at the pre-tournament meeting as long as the contestants are of legal drinking age; however, it is highly discouraged and not promoted by WOW.
• Abuse of, or addiction to, mind-altering substances.
• Suspension/disqualification from any tournament or fishing organization.
• Any other words, conduct or actions reflecting unfavorably upon efforts to promote safety, sportsmanship, fair competition and compliance with tournament rules, or which fail to comply with the standards set forth in the first sentence of paragraph 7. In case of any conduct not complying with the standards outlined above, WOW shall have the right to refuse an application to compete to disqualify a contestant.
8. Boat and Horsepower Regulation
All boats must be propeller-driven, a minimum of 16 feet in length and have a rear deck (with a seat if requested). All boats must be equipped with wheel steering; no other steering device will be permitted. No barges or similar cumbersome crafts will be permitted. Each boat must have all required U.S. Coast Guard safety equipment. Boats must contain a properly aerated live-well space to maintain alive a limit catch of bass by both contestants. Maximum horsepower for all outboards used in the tournament not to exceed the horsepower capacity set forth on the “Maximum Capacities” placard described below.
• Each boat must have a clearly legible “Maximum Capacities” (or comparably titled) placard that includes a maximum horsepower rating affixed to the boat by the manufacturer.
• The horsepower of the outboard engine must not exceed the maximum horsepower capacity specified on this placard.
• Each contestant agrees to submit their boat and/or motor to an inspection by WOW tournament personnel. • Falsifying information on entry forms or altering the horsepower numbers on the motor or rating placard will be cause for disqualification from the tournament and may result in ineligibility to compete in future WOW events.
9. Permitted Fishing Methods
All bass must be caught alive in a conventional sporting manner. Only artificial lures may be used, with the exception of pork trailers and biodegradable soft baits. Only one fishing rod may be used at a time. Trolling as a method of fishing is prohibited. Fishing is defined as having a lure attached to a line and a rod and reel with the lure in the water.
10. Permitted Fishing Locations
Contestants may fish anywhere on tournament waters available to the public and accessible by boat, except areas designated as “off-limits,” “no boats” or “no fishing” by WOW, local, state or federal officials or within 50 yards of a competitorʼs boat that was first anchored. An anchored boat is a boat held in a stable position by a line attached to a weight or by a Power-Pole with the trolling motor in the up position. All fishing must be conducted from the boat. At no time may a contestant leave the boat to land a fish or to make the boat more accessible to fishing waters. Contestants must leave and return to the check-in by boat. The boat must remain in the tournament waters during the tournament day. In the event of equipment failure or emergency, there will be only three permitted methods of returning to the check-in: (1) by both partners remaining in their boat and being towed by water, (2) by both partners entering the boat of another tournament contestant, (3) by a tournament officialʼs boat. Any contestant returning to the check-in point will be eligible to restart and resume competition under the supervision of the tournament director or his designated tournament official. It is the sole responsibility of contestants to locate the tournament director to request a restart. Partners must remain together at all times and within sight of each other until the weigh-in verification is signed.
There will/can be multiple boat ramps used for launching and trailering during the tournament however all boaters are required to check in and check out at the one designated point at the ramp used on the lake. Determination will be made by tournament officials if personnel will able to conduct check in at all ramps. Failure to go through one of the designated check in stations in the morning could result in disqualification. All boaters are required to check out at the end of day regardless if the team is weighing in their days catch at the designated check out location determined by tournament officials. Locations of check in and out points will be designated by tournament director and announced at tournament meeting and posted on website once determined. This is to ensure all teams have safely returned. Failure to check off the lake may result in the participant being disqualified for future tournaments.
12. Live Fish
Every effort must be made to keep bass alive through the use of a properly aerated live-well.
13. Television Coverage
Smoking is not allowed in the weigh-in line during all days of competition in all tournaments.
Contestants will have sufficient health, accident and liability insurance to cover any bodily injury or property damage incurred by myself or others as a result of my participation in this event. If I have no such insurance, I agree in fact, that I am capable of paying for any and all such expenses or liability.
The captions at the beginning of each paragraph are intended to facilitate convenience in referring to the various rules. The captions are not part of the substance of the paragraph or of this overall set of rules.