26 Angels Foundation

Tournament Rules

 26 Angels foundation tournament rules



1.     Launch

                        Tournament competitors must launch at assigned location. There is no launching from private or town locations. (state requirement) 

        No gas engines will be used until after 7am. UNLESS launching from Lattins’ cove, gas engines may be used after 6:30 to travel to Squantz  only.


2.       Safety 

       (a)  Safe boating conduct must be observed at all times by tournament competitors.  Caution and safety on the morning starts must be observed.  Each competitor must supply and wear a life vest (Coast Guard Approved PFD) properly zipped, buckled, or snapped at all times when the craft’s gasoline engine is running.  Tournament boats may not be powered by an engine which has a horsepower rating in excess of the boat’s Coast Guard rating.  The boat’s “Kill Switch” must be properly affixed to the driver at all times when the gasoline engine is running. 

       (b)  Tournament officials have the right to delay, shorten or cancel the start of the event because of bad weather or other factors that would endanger the safety of the competitors.  Tournament waters may also be restricted at any time because of bad weather.

         (c)  In the event of an emergency situation, competitors should call 911 first and then notify tournament officials.


3.         SPORTSMANSHIP:  Competitors are expected to follow the highest standards of sportsmanship, courtesy, safety, and conservation.  Any infraction of these fundamental sporting principles may be deemed cause for disqualification.  Any infraction of the state rules and regulations may be deemed as cause for disqualification.  “No Wake Zones” and “Speed Limits” must be observed at all times.  Drunkenness by any competitor during the tournament or at the weigh-in will not be tolerated and shall be cause for immediate disqualification from this and all future tournaments.  The use of illegal drugs or alcohol during the tournament (between “check in” in the morning and the closing of the scales in the afternoon) shall be considered cause for disqualification.  Maximum courtesy must be practiced at all times, especially with regard to boating and angling in the vicinity of non-competitors who may be on tournament waters.  Any act of a participant, which reflects unfavorably upon the C.B.N.’s effort to promote fisheries conservation, clean waters, and courtesy, shall be reason for immediate disqualification. 


4.         TACKLE AND EQUIPMENT:  Only artificial lures may be used.  No “live bait” or “prepared bait” with the exception of pork strips, rinds, etc. are permissible.  Rods over 8 feet long are prohibited.  Only one spinning, spin casting, or casting rod and reel may be in use at one time.  All others are prohibited.  Other rigs as specified above may be in the boat ready for use; however, only one wet line is allowed at any time.  All bass must be caught in a conventional sporting manner.  Trolling (using the gas or electric motor to move bait) is not allowed. 


5.         BASIC BOAT EQUIPMENT:  Every boat must have all required Coast Guard safety equipment.  Each boat must have a working engine kill switch and a mechanically aerated live well in good working condition. The boat must be deemed adequate for the body of water being fished at the discretion of the Tournament Committee. 


6.         BOAT IDENTIFICATION:  Each boat will be given, prior to the start a numbered flag, card or paddle which must remain with your boat until turned in at the weigh-in.  This flag or card must be displayed upon the request of tournament officials and turned in at the weigh-in (refer to Rule 8). 


7.         PERMITTED FISHING LOCATIONS:  During the tournament, fishing on the tournament waters is permitted anywhere except within 50 yards of another competitor’s boat, which was first anchored or secured in a fixed position with trolling motor out of the water.  All such boats are required to advise any other competitor when such boat believes the competitor is close to being within the 50-yard radius.  No such boat shall permit selected competitors to fish within the 50-yard circle claimed by him/her to the exclusion of any other competitor.  All angling must be done from the boat.  Competitors wishing to change the habitat by placing any object in the tournament waters may do so if such action does not violate state or federal regulations.  Contestants must not depart the boat to land a fish.  Boats must remain in tournament waters during the tournament day.  Contestants must depart from and return to the official checkpoint by boat.  Both contestants (if paired) must remain in the boat at all times except in the event of a dire emergency.  In the event of an emergency, and at all other times, partners must remain together, in sight of each other and each other’s catch under the conditions cited above in order for their catch to be scored in the tournament.   


8.         OFFICIAL CHECKPOINT:  There will be only one official location for the morning check-out and     

           afternoon check-in. 

        (a)  Morning check-out:  At the time of check-out, all competitors and their boats shall be in full conformance with the rules set forth in these tournament regulations.  Boats must be in the water prior to 6:30 a.m. to allow sufficient time for the tournament committee to launch.

       (b)  Afternoon check-in:  All boats shall identify themselves by means of the numbered flag, card or paddle to the “Check-in Boat” and then proceed immediately to the designated weigh-in area. 


9.      SCORING:  Tournament standings, auxiliary awards, and final winners shall be determined by the weight of each teams catch during the tournament.  Weights will be measured in 1/100 of pound increments.  Only largemouth and smallmouth bass will be weighed.  The limit shall be five of the above species.  All competitors are bound by the prevailing statues and regulations of the state.  At no time shall a team have in their possession more than the limits described above and Tournament officials will conduct checks for violations of this provision. In the event a team is found to have more than the above-described limits in their possession, then they shall cull the largest bass first, down to the limit prescribed.  Only Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass which measure (twelve) 12 inches or more in length on the longest straight line should be presented for weigh-in.  However, a courtesy measurement is available upon request by the team before they present fish for weigh-in.  Bass presented for weigh-in, which fail to measure 12 inches, shall disqualify the team. Any bass, which appears to be mangled, mashed or otherwise altered, will be weighed and credited only at the discretion of tournament officials. After the competitor has delivered their catch to the weigh-master, they may not touch said catch until the weigh-in is completed.  Bass may not be stringered at any time during the tournament or weigh-in.  No Dead fish may be weighed for the lunker fish.


10.      PENALTY POINTS:  For each dead fish brought to the scales there will be a .50 (8 oz.) penalty taken from the total weight of the competitors catch. THE CULLING OF DEAD FISH IS PROHIBITED IN ALL CBN EVENTS. ALL DEAD FISH MUST BE WEIGHED IN.  No Dead fish may be weighed for the lunker fish.


11. –    LATE PENALTY:  Competitors who are not in the official checkpoint area as described in Rule 8 at the appointed time shall be penalized .50 (8 oz.) from their total weight for every minute they are late.  This will include any weight to be counted toward a “lunker award”.  Any team more than fifteen minutes late shall lose all credit for that day’s catch.  There shall be no excuse for tardiness, and in no case, shall a team be allowed to make up “lost time”.  After proper recognition at the checkpoint, competitors will be allowed ample time to proceed to the weigh-in site; however, all fishing must cease upon check-in.  After commencement of a tournament, fishing is prohibited except during tournament hours.  Exact starting and check-in times will be announced. 


12.      TIES:  Ties will be broken in the following manner:
       1. By weight of the largest fish.
       2. By total number of fish.  
       3. By a flip of a coin.


13.                 COMMUNICATION DEVICES: During the tournament, a competitor must NOT use a CB radio, a  VHF marine band-radio, a cellular phone, or any other type of communication device for the purpose of locating and/or catching fish.  Cellular phones and other communication devises shall only be used in the case of an emergency or to contact the tournament officials. Any competitor witnessed using a communication devise for reasons other than those stated above may be subject