Coastal Bassmasters

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Washington State WAC 232-12-168

Legal requirements.

Fishing contest permits must be in possession of the contest sponsor or official at the contest site.

Contests are restricted to the species and waters approved on the permit. Only those species listed as a target of the contest may be retained by contest participants during bass or walleye contest where all contestants fish at the same time and place.

Special regulations, bass and walleye contest.

In the contest targeting either bass or walleye, all live bass or walleye must be released alive into the water from which they were caught after being weighed and or measured. At the end of each day's competition, if the mortality of target fish caught that day exceeds 10%, the contest will be suspended. Suspended contest may be continued(within assigned permit dates) only if the cause of the high mortality can be positively identified, and the cause of the mortality ceases or is corrected by contest officials. During bass and walleye contest only participants may continue to fish while holding up to five fish in possession, as long as one fish is released immediately upon  catching a fish which would make the angler in excess of five fish kept. The fish released may come either from the one just caught, or from the live well, but at no time may the angler have more than five fish in the livewell.

During bass contest, contestants may not use live bait.

During bass and walleye contests participants may retain up to five bass and walleye of any size to be weighed in. A tournament angler may not be in possession of more than five bass or walleye from the water being fished, except as authorized under contest director.

The contest director or director designee may exceed possession limits for bass or walleye for the purpose of transporting fish from a weigh - in site to an open water area. During transportation, the transport boat must not leave the water the fish were caught from and a copy of the contest permit must be on board during actual fish transport.

 Boat Identification: All boats used for fishing in bass and walleye contest must be clearly identified according to criteria established by the department.

Coastal Bassmasters

Section 2. Eligibility

Members may take a guest fishing during tournaments. However, only members may enter the tournament and receive awards unless a special tournament is designated.

Section 3. Registration

Entry fees must be paid to the Tournament Director prior to the official start time.

Section 4. Safety

Safe boating conduct  must be observed at all times by tournament competitors. All persons in the boat must wear a coast guard approved life jacket any time the gas engine is operating. Violation of this rule shall be reason for disqualification.

Section 5. Sportsmanship

(a) Competitors in the tournament are expected to follow high standards of sportsmanship.

(b) Fishing is not permitted within 100 feet of another members boat. No such boat shall permit selected competitors to fish within the 100 foot circle claimed by him, to the exclusion of any other competitor.

(c) All fishing must be done from the boat.

Section 6. Tackle and Equipment

(a) Only artificial lures may be used. No live bait or prepared bait will be permitted, with the exception of pork strips, rinds, etc.

(b) Only one rod may be used in the water at any one time.

(c) Trolling is prohibited; however, electric trolling motors may be used to maneuver the boat while casting.

(d) Dip nets may be used to land bass.

Section 7. Boat and Motor

The horsepower of the outboard engine must not exceed the rating on the Coast Guard plate attached to the boat. Every boat must have all required Coast Guard safety equipment, and must be licensed in accordance with state law.

Section 8. Fishing Hours and Waters

(a) Fishing hours and open waters will be announced by the Tournament Director at the regular monthly meetings. All regular club tournaments will be two day events, unless otherwise specified.

(b) All competitors must be at the designated weigh-in  site by official tournament end or they will be penalized at the rate of 1 pound per minute, which will be deducted from their catch or that day. If there is a boat breakdown, another club member can bring in a members fish to the weigh-in, if that member does not have a limit of fish.

The Tournament Director will be responsible for keeping the official time and assessing the penalties.

(c) The Tournament Director shall have the rights to delay or cancel the start of a tournament because of bad weather or other factors that would endanger the competitors. Tournament waters may also be restricted at any time because of bad weather.

Section 9. Scoring

(a) Tournament standings and awards will be determined by the pound and once weight of each competitors catch.

(b) Only Largemouth Bass and Smallmouth Bass will be constitute a legal fish.

(c) The daily limit will be 5 fish, 12 inches or greater, unless state law sets a different limit.

(d) For each dead fish brought to the weigh-in the competitor will be assessed a 2 once penalty which, will be deducted from the total weight of his catch.

Section 10. Awards

(a) A plaque will be awarded for each tournament for first place. Second, third, and fourth place will receive name plates.

(b) Points will be awarded in 5 point increments starting with 100 for 1st place.

(c) In the event of a tie; the fishermen with the most fish will be the winner, for year end first place.

(d) Points totals will be used to determine yearly standings and state team eligibility.

(e) Points pay-out will be the top half plus one.

Section 11. Protest

All protest must be submitted in writing to the Tournament Director before the next regular meeting. The decision by the Board of Directors will be final.