OFFICIAL RULES 11/12/2019
- All participants must be an active member of the Oklahoma Crappie Anglers Club to participate in Tournaments. Membership is $25/year and runs concurrent to the Club’s Fiscal Year (Jan1 thru Dec 31)
- All anglers must be present at the anglers meeting which will be held at the specified location 1 hour before official tournament start.
- TEAMS: You may enter alone or with a partner of your choice. No more than two (2) anglers will be allowed in a participating boat during tournament hours. Each team is also allowed one youth, age 15 or younger, in the boat during the tournament.
- WEATHER: In the case of extreme weather/water conditions or National emergencies, we shall have the right to postpone or cancel any tournaments.
- FISHING HOURS: Fishing Hours are posted on the Tournament Information Page.
- ENTRY FEES/REFUNDS: Tournaments entry is $60.00/boat for 1-day tournaments and $120.00/boat for 2-day tournaments which includes the Big Fish entry. Registration can be done online or by mail. It can also be done at the sign in on day of tournament with correct cash or check only.
- STATE LAW: Teams must comply with all STATE FISHING AND BOATING REGULATIONS, including the use of P.F.D.’s. Fishing and boating regulations and licenses are the responsibility of team members. State fishing law and boating regulations supersede tournament rules. Violation of laws are grounds for disqualification.
- MINORS: Any minor (under 18) who participates must make arrangements to have a parent or guardian present at the weigh-in.
- BIG FISH: Big fish entries are included in the entry fee. Only one Big Fish entry per team. Only one (1) big fish will be weighed in and contestants will have that fish marked and designated as his/her big fish at weigh-in.
- PRIZES: Prizes will be given after the tournament. Angler/s must be present to receive prize.
- FISHABLE WATERS: Fishing within 50 feet of a marina gas pump or within 50 feet of a competitor’s boat, which is first anchored, is prohibited, only the violated team can file a complaint. A safe and courteous distance should be maintained when trolling motors are in use.
Fishable waters are areas that tournament officials can access the fishing team via a John boat with a gasoline propelled tiller handle with lower unit. Boats may fish anywhere except areas designated as “off limits” or “no fishing” by local, state or federal officials or as posted on the tournament information page or announced at the seminar. Any violation of off-limits water will result in disqualification.
- ALCOHOL: Alcoholic beverages are not allowed during the seminar or tournament or the weigh-in. Use of alcohol or non-prescribed drugs during tournament hours is prohibited.
- COMPENSATION: No one can be hired or compensated in any way to fish with you or mark fishing spots for you prior to any tournament at any time.
- BOATS: You must fish from a boat. Rubber Rafts, Canoes and Go-Devils are not allowed. Two-person teams (one boat per team) must stay within 25 feet of each other while fishing, if one angler leaves the boat the other must stop fishing until the partner returns. If the partner will not return for the remainder of the tournament than the remaining angler may resume the tournament.
- POLES: A maximum of eight (8) poles in the water per team applies except where a state limit is set at a lesser number. Teams may use rod and reel combos, handheld pole and reel combos or hand-held poles.
- BAITS: A maximum of two baits per pole may be used during tournament hours if in accordance with local state laws. Live and artificial bait may be used.
- SPOTTING: During tournament hours no one may spot fish for you or mark fishing spots for you.
- LANDING FISH: Crappie must be hooked and landed with a rod or pole by team member(s). Crappie must be hooked through the lip or in the mouth. Landing net may be used.
- HOLE SITTING: No hole sitting by competitor or non-competitor boat during the tournament will be allowed.
- VOUCHER: A weigh-in voucher will be issued to each registered team at the registration/seminar signup. That voucher must be presented back to the tournament director at the weigh-in.
- Weigh in will be immediately following the tournament close. All teams must be in the weigh-in line by the designated time. Those not in line by the designated time will not be allowed to weigh-in.
- FISH: A team cannot weigh-in more than 7 crappie and those crappie must be alive when entering the Official Weigh-In line. Any team presenting more than 7 crappie will be disqualified. Once you have entered the weigh-in line, your fish will be counted (7 crappie) and be verified dead or alive. Dead fish will be removed, and you may then continue to the scales for your official weigh-in. Once your fish have been verified alive, and entered on the weigh-in voucher, you will then be allowed to weigh-in those fish, even if one or more die before reaching the scales. Only the fish presented may be weighed in, at no time may a team add or remove any of the fish presented. The tournament director has sole responsibility for the declaration of dead or alive crappie. No mutilated fish may be weighed. Mutilation is defined as any damage that impairs the fish’s fighting ability. All decisions regarding mutilation will be made by tournament officials.
- TOURNAMENT HOURS: All crappie brought to the scales for weigh-in must have been caught during the tournament hours from tournament waters by the team bringing them to the scales. Tournament hours are posted on the information page.
- All live fish that are weighed must be returned to the water as soon as the teams weigh in is completed.
- LENGTH: All crappie brought to the scales for weigh-in must meet state length requirements for state in which they are being weighed and may not have any weight enhancements. Any team bringing in illegal crappie to the weigh-in line will be disqualified.
- FINAL WEIGHT: Combined weight of the day of competition will determine winner on all tournaments.
- TIES: In the case of a tie for first place, big fish of each team will determine winner. Second place and on down ties will split the combined purse of that prize level. Big fish ties will split the prize.
- AWARDS: One team member must be present at the Official Weigh-In to be eligible for prizes.
- Team members are required to follow high standards of sportsmanship, honesty, courtesy, safety, conservation and to conduct themselves in a manner that will be a credit to themselves and the sport of fishing and efforts to promote the sport. Examples of conduct not complying with those standards include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Violation of, or failure to comply with, any of the official rules.
- Consumption of alcoholic beverages or any kind of mind-altering substance during registration or during tournament hours.
- Suspension/disqualification from any tournament or fishing organization for cheating, refusing or failing a polygraph.
- Any other words, conduct or actions (including and not limited to discussion forums and internet sites) reflecting unfavorably upon efforts to promote safety, sportsmanship, fair competition and compliance with the tournament rules, or which fail to comply with these standards set forth in the first sentence of this paragraph.
- CONDUCT: In case of any conduct not complying with the standards, we shall have the right to refuse any entry application, or to deny a paid entry application, by returning the entry fee/membership fee (minus 20% administration fee) of a previously accepted application, or to disqualify a team.
- UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT: Unsportsmanlike conduct can be grounds for disqualification if circumstances require.
- PROTEST: Protest must be made in writing to the tournament director within 30 minutes following the end of the Official Weigh-In. Protests must cite the rule allegedly broken. Protests must be given to the tournament director.
- COMPLAINTS: Complaints about teams/anglers for misconduct or unsportsmanlike behavior should be made directly to the tournament director.
- SPOTTERS/OBSERVERS: Tournament officials shall have the right to place a spotter boat/s and/or an observer in the boat with any competitive team at any time during the competition from the start of competition to the finish. Any refusal will be grounds for disqualification.
- BOAT/LIVEWELL/STORAGE: Tournament officials shall have the right to at random, board and inspect a boat or boats for fishing license, fish bags, storage lockers, live wells at any time from registration time until the end of the tournament of any competing member. Tournament officials reserve the right to board any boat entered into the tournament at any time from registration to the end of the tournament. Refusal to allow inspection is grounds for disqualification.
- There are 2 divisions, and each will be scored separately and have separate paybacks. They are as follows:
Open Division: No further restrictions on equipment.
Traditional Division: Restricts the use of Real Time Sonar, I.e. LiveScope/ LiveSight. No angler may have the capability of using such devices at any time during the tournament. Specifically, they either cannot be installed or if installed must be physically made inoperable by removing at least one component from the boat. Any team found in violation of this rule will not be allowed to weigh in.
- Points series is calculated by the total points awarded for a team’s 3 best finish’s in the regular season. Points are awarded in order of finish with 1st place getting 100 points, 2nd getting 98 points, 3rd getting 96 points, etc., with 2 points separating each position. The minimum points to be received is 50 points for participation. A tie in the points series will be decided at the championship. A team is 1 or 2 anglers that fish together or independently. If an angler changes partners throughout the year that would be another team that they are part of. For an angler’s points to count on the original team they would have to fish with the same partner or alone.
- Championship will be a 2-day tournament, to qualify a team must have fished in a minimum of (3) regular season tournaments. If a team has not met the requirements and the tournament has not filled to capacity as determined by the Board, it will be permissible to accept teams that have fished in less than (3) but a minimum of one(1) regular season tournaments. These slots will be offered to the teams according to the number of tournaments they have fished and their overall points.