Tennessee BASS Nation High School

Pickwick Lake Stop #6

Tennessee BASS Nation High School Tournament Rules
for 17 April 2021


Mandatory Tournament Briefing will be on 16 Apr 21, Friday Evening 6pm Central Time at Pickwick State Park, Fish House

We will be at the boat ramp no later than 4:00am…you have no excuses for not being early…

 

All times will be Central Time

Launch will be “Safe Light” or “Safe Conditions” Approx 6:15am Central

We will call numbers whether or not you are in the water!

Mandatory Lunch Break 10:30am – 10:45am Central Time

Junior Division will be due in at 2:00pm Central

First High School flight will be due back in at 3:00pm Central Time

Five (5) Fish Limit must cull upon catching the sixth fish

Largemouth 15 inches

Smallmouth 15 inches

Kentucky/Spotted Bass 12 inches

 

All Dams are “OFF LIMITS” as posted on 8 Apr, 2021

 

Life Vest/Person Flotation Devices (Type III) must be worn by all individuals on board anytime the main motor is in use, ALL Buckles buckled, and all zippers zipped all the way up **Tennessee State Law require all individuals 12 years of age and younger to wear a PFD at all times while on the deck of a vessel.  Anglers under the age of 16 are NOT authorized to use the inflatable life vest.

 

On the deck of the boat…Lifevest, throw cushion, ANGLERS need to know where the fire extinguisher is, have an alter sound producing device (Whistle or air horn) Boat Captains lifevest and Kill switch lanyard, Light plugged in and ON….

 

Once you arrive at the park ANGLERS need to wake up and prep boat.

 

Captains may NEVER FISH!

 

All Coaches/School Advisors: Please email all team rosters if not paying online, you must be registered no later than 2pm Thursday 15 April 2021 coaches email

High School Rosters to dlowrie@blomand.net

Junior Division to sctnbassnation@gmail.com

 

Online registration:  High School Division (tnhsbasstrail.com)

                                       Junior Division (sctnbassnation.com)

 

Boat numbers will be drawn/posted once registration closes…  There will be no ADD ON’s once registration is closed on Thursday at 2PM 

 Life Vest/Person Flotation Devices (Type III) must be worn by all individuals on board anytime the main motor is in use, ALL Buckles buckled, and all zippers zipped all the way up **Tennessee State Law require all individuals 12 years of age and younger to wear a PFD at all times while on the deck of a vessel.  Anglers under the age of 16 are NOT authorized to use the inflatable life vest.

  1. You must maintain 50 yards away from another competitor, unless you invite the competitor in…once you invite a competitor in all are invited.
  2. NO Hole sitting (You may NOT have anyone sit/hold/block and area)
  3. Alabama/Tennessee rigs are authorized, must meet TWRA Regulations or Alabama Regulations if in Alabama Waters.
  4. All Boat Captains and Anglers must have read and understand the general tournament rules
  5. At NO TIME will High School Boat Captains fish or touch any rod, reel. Line or bait during tournament hours. Junior Captains may assist in tying or fixing lures or reels, but may NEVER Fish)
  6. Mandatory 15-minute break by all teams/anglers starting at 10:30am local time
  7. A Boat Captain can “Coach” anglers while on the water…Captains MAY NOT demonstrate…verbal coaching only.  Boat captains can coach but will never touch or handle any fishing rod, lures or line during competition hours. Including lunch break. Captains can net if a single angler is in boat.
  8. Trolling Motor Operation – Manually or by REMOTE, In the interest of Safety…High School Teams: A boat Captain may operate the trolling motor to “Make Safe” the anglers and vessel, this is the only time a High School Captain should be operating the trolling motor.

** JUNIOR Boat Captains** if the anglers are not familiar with operating the trolling motor, you MAY operate the trolling motor…BUT PLEASE teach them, once anglers move up to High School level they MUST operate the trolling motor.  Junior Boat Captains only– may assist/instruct with tying lures, measuring a catch, clearing backlashes (reel must be detached from rod)  and may net fish (the effected angler must be observing the boat captain and not fishing while you teach him/her…again, it is expected that you teach your anglers as once they reach the next level they must be able to do these actions themselves). Junior Captains may NEVER FISH!

  1. ALL, it is the ANGLERS responsibility to ensure length limits of all fish and number of fish in the livewells.  Anglers MUST cull immediately upon catching the 6th fish…no more than 5 fish are to be in the livewell at any given time.
  2. Anglers will present the days catch to the scales.  There will be a NO courtesy check station at the weigh-ins. Once a catch is presented to the scales, the catch may/will be checked as needed by the weigh master. Bass presented for weigh-in, which fail to measure the official length, shall result in a penalty of 1 pound for each such bass, which penalty shall be deducted from the total score of the competitor. Short fish will not be weighed. Dead fish penalty is .25 pounds.
  3. Anglers are not authorized to use electronic devices (cell phone, for example) unless emergencies arise including during lunch break. No phone fishing
  4. Boat Captains may and are encouraged to video and/or take pictures during the competition hours and post them to Facebook or send them to the tournament directors for use on Facebook.
  5. All Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency rules must be adhered to at all times. It is the Anglers responsibility to be familiar with and understand TWRA Regulations. A ticket during tournament hours from TWRA/USCG/TVA is an automatic Disqualification for the tournament day.
  6. All Boat Captains and Anglers must have read and understand the general tournament rules posted by BASS (can be found on the Bass Master website under “high school”)
  7. Licensed or unlicensed fishing guides or Professional Anglers may NOT be boat captains, unless the he/she is a “Direct Family” member such as Dad, Stepdad, Mom, Stepmom, Brother….
  8. Guides may be hired/used prior to any TBN Event up to the tournament Briefing.
  9. No anglers or boat captains may be on the tournament waters after the registration/tournament briefing or 6:pm Local the evening prior to the event.
  10. All Protest or complaints shall be filed either prior to the start to the weigh in or immediately following the weigh in…once we start issuing scholarships it’s over. Period!
  11. Failure to report a rules violation to the tournament director SHALL result in both the offending team and the team who fails to report said violation to be disqualified, points removed for that event or complete suspension for the remainder of the tournament season. In other words, if you fail to report the day of the tournament, but later report a violation or complain that you saw a violation…this rule will be enforced.

These tournaments are meant to be a teaching, learning and enjoyable experience.  It is the responsibility of all Coaches, School Advisors, Boat Captains and Tournament Officials to teach and ensure good sportsmanship and prepare our anglers for the next level of life and tournament competition.  If you have questions, please contact the Asst State Director Capt Jake Davis at 615.613.2382 or via email at sctnbassnation@gmail.com or the State Director David Lowrie at 931-235-6216

TN B.A.S.S. High School Coaches/Boat Captain Rules

Coaches/Captains may only fall in the following criteria:

  • Official faculty member of the student’s institution
  • Close family friend/State Nation member
  • Parent of the student’s High School B.A.S.S. Club

*If a potential coach is a local guide, then they will be ineligible for the tournament.

TN B.A.S.S. reserves the right to deny any Coach/Boat Captain.

During Competition Coaches/Boat Captains MAY:

  1. Coach
  2. Give advice (send in plays)
  3. Verbally explain techniques, how to…….
  4. MAY NEVER Fish

In addition, each team must take a 15-minute halftime beginning at the time designated by the Tournament Director. This is designed to instruct, hydrate, and eat before beginning the second half.

Coaches/Boat Captains MAY NOT:

  1. Fish
  2. Teach by example
  3. Tie knots
  4. Land fish with or without a net
  5. Run the trolling motor

During Competition, anytime the combustion engine is running, coaches MUST be seated in the driver’s seat in full control of the boat with kill lanyard attached.  Never operate the combustion engine with an angler standing on the cast deck.


 

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