EDITED/REVISED on 11-24-17
The entry form link can be found at the bottom of the page. Please read the rules first.
If you have any questions regarding Entry Forms or Entry Fees, please contact Cody Kemp at (501)815.3058 or email at Cody.Kemp@progeared.com. Great effort, study and research have gone into the formulation of these rules. The following rules of this Tournament will remain unchanged. Interpretation of these rules shall be left exclusively to the Tournament Directors.
NOTABLE CHANGES FOR 2018 SEASON
MRBASS wants to ensure there is a strict adherence to all rules listed herein by all MRBASS of Arkansas anglers. You all are considered the elite of the elite, lets make sure we remain professional in all matters.
MRBASS will require NON PUNCTURING style culling clips in the 2018 season you can find them at most tackle stores the ones we recommend are the Accu-Cull system, Cal Coast Clip & Cull, and the Qwik8 Bait Company Piranha Lock Set.
MRBASS asks that in the event of an emergency, please call 911 immediately, then quickly notify the tournament director of the incident. The tournament director should be notified as soon as possible prior to weigh-in if Pro or Amateur used a mobile communication device for any purpose to achieve an unfair advantage over other contestants. Not notifying the tournament director could result in disqualification of both contestants. In the event of a potential incoming emergency call the phone should be placed on speaker so both contestants can hear the conversation.
MRBASS would like to request that co-anglers share some of the expenses with their daily boater. Doing so will help offset the high cost of boat operation and we assure you it will make for a much more enjoyable day on the water for both Anglers.
Again professionalism is expected from all of us in all matters during a MRBASS event. However, to do all we can to help with this we will be awarding two $500 MRBASS Professionalism awards to the Pro and Co-Angler whom have the highest marks of professionalism recorded from our new angler confidential data collection method. We all want successful growth of this sport, and MRBASS believes that by creating this new metric tracking and understanding of where we are during competition hours with contestant interactions event by event will help us create the most professional tournament trail possible.
MRBASS will make it a requirement for each Pro angler to link with an Amateur angler and vice versa. We know that there is a potential unfair advantage created when a Pro angler is allowed to compete without an amateur if others are required to have one during the same event. The unfair advantage in this scenario is compounded during multi-day events. MRBASS will accept a pro entry without an Amateur link however it will assess a $25 fee to be paid before being allowed to pass boat check tournament morning. If an amateur link can be found before boat check there will be no fee assessed to the angler. There is no intention to assess this fee we want to ensure everyone is working to ensure balanced Pro and Am contestants. We want to do everything possible to ensure that a fair playing field is created to truly determine the TOP ANGLER in Arkansas for the 2018 season.
MRBASS will make the pre tournament meeting a requirement for all participants. The meetings will be fun, informative, and a good opportunity to network with MRBASS sponsors, officials, and the top anglers in our state. Pre tournament meetings can be used as very important tool to grow the sport we love. We understand emergencies arise preventing an individuals presence therefore an angler is allowed one instance of a stand in representative who then becomes responsible for relaying any important meeting information to the absent angler. Each angler is also allowed one live feed meeting broadcast through or MRBASS of Arkansas Facebook page. This gives each angler two opportunities within the 2018 season to forgo physical attendance of a MRBASS registration meeting. If you habitually do not attend the pre tournament meeting you could be penalized with a boat draw of last flight out and first flight check in on tournament day. We will occasionally incentivize anglers who are in attendance of the meetings with various prize giveaways, etc. so please attend the meetings it will be worth it.
These rules will remain unchanged during the 2018 MRBASS of Arkansas season. Enforcement of all rules will be the responsibility of the tournament director or his appointed tournament director. The decisions of the acting official tournament director are final. In the event of a continued appeal by a contestant and at any moment of accusation of favoritism or wrong doing by the official tournament director the appealing contestant and tournament director will randomly select a three person panel from the competition field to hear the complaint and reasoning for directors ruling. Each panel member will then silently vote to resolve the disagreement. If the appealing contestant is still found at fault the contestant will be fined $100 (each) to be paid before he or she is allowed entry to the next event. If the contestant is found not guilty MRBASS will issue a full refund of the appealing contestants entry fee for said event.
Each contestant agrees to report any rule violation to the tournament director immediately upon discovery of the violation. A failure to report a violation (pro or amateur) may result in disqualification. Any violation of a tournament rule could result in any of the following, weight deduction, the loss of weight or fish at time of infraction during the tournament day, the disqualification of all weight or fish, the disqualification of the largest fish, disqualification from the entire tournament, or future disqualification of MRBASS tournaments. Complaints, appeals, and/or rule violations are to be signed and documented by the angler within one hour of the anglers tournament day check in. MRBASS has the right to consider or investigate a discovered rules violation after a tournament has concluded and use his or her director authority to administer penalties to the guilty party to ensure the sanctity and integrity of the MRBASS of Arkansas tournament trail is upheld.
PARTICIPANTS, ELIGIBILITY, PAYBACK:
Participation in this tournament is by invitation only and open only to members of MBOA who are 14 years of age or older. Proof of age to the satisfaction of tournament officials is the responsibility of the prospective competitor. Any individual under the age of 18 entering an event must also have the signature of a parent or legal guardian on the MRBASS of Arkansas entry form. If below 16 years of age contestants must enter as an amateur and his or her individual payback if awarded will be in the form of a bond certificate. Allowed participation in any event is at the sole discretion of MRBASS of Arkansas tournament officials. All contestants must have a valid Arkansas fishing license during the time of the event. Arkansas Game and Fish may administer random checks during or at the conclusion of each event. Failure to comply with or provide proof of a valid fishing license to Arkansas Game and fish or MRBASS officials will result in immediate disqualification for each day of participation that the license was not valid. A properly completed and signed official application form and the entrance fee MUST BE RECEIVED AT MBOA PRO-AM HEADQUARTERS NO LATER THAN 6:00PM WEDNESDAY, PRIOR TO THE TOURNAMENT DATE UNLESS PRIOR ARRANGEMENTS HAVE BEEN MADE WITH THE DIRECTOR (Cody Kemp). IF YOU MISS THE ENTRY AND PAYMENT DEADLINE, YOU WILL INCUR A $25 LATE FEE. If you pay by check and the check fails to clear the bank for whatever reason, you will be charged a $25 added fee. The tournament official reserves the right to discontinue acceptance of applications prior to deadline and also the right to extend the acceptance date. Refund of entry fee will be made only if PROPER notification is made to Cody Kemp prior to payment deadline. A sponsor may pay the entry fee of a contestant however must pay as said contestant. WHILE ON THE LAKE DURING THE TOURNAMENT, A COMPETITOR MAY NOT SOLICIT THE ADVICE OF ANYONE (other than another contestant). You may not use a cell phone or radio to discuss fishing during tournament hours. Each competitor agrees to report to Tournament Officials any violation or infraction of these Tournament Rules. The failure to report violations or suggestion to violate these rules, or false verification of weigh-in forms, will be cause for disqualification. EACH COMPETITOR AGREES TO SUBMIT BY HIS SIGNATURE ON THE ENTRY FORM (OR ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM), TO A POLYGRAPH TEST SHOULD HE BE ACCUSED OF ANY RULE VIOLATION. The administration and interpretation of a polygraph test shall be solely the responsibility of the tournament officials, and its agents.
Payback is based on number of paid entries for each event a sample payback with varying boat numbers will be available on the MRBASS of Arkansas website and social media pages.
There will be a $4000.00 first place guarantee for the Pro side and a $2000.00 first place guarantee on the Amateur side.
REGISTRATION AND PAIRING OF CONTESTANTS:
MRBASS will make the pre tournament meeting a requirement for all participants. The meetings will be fun, informative, and a good opportunity to network with MRBASS sponsors, officials, and the top anglers in our state. Pre tournament meetings can be used as very important tool to grow the sport we love. We understand emergencies arise preventing an individuals presence therefore an angler is allowed one instance of a “stand in” representative who then becomes responsible for relaying any important meeting information to the absent angler. Each angler is also allowed one live feed meeting broadcast through or MRBASS of Arkansas’s Facebook page. This gives each angler two opportunities within the 2018 season to forgo physical attendance of a MRBASS registration meeting. If you habitually do not attend the pre tournament meeting you could be penalized with a boat draw of last flight out and first flight check in on tournament day. We will additionally incentivize anglers who are in attendance of the meetings with various giveaway prizes. so please attend the meetings it will be worth it.
It is the responsibility of each Pro and Amateur to appear at a mutually agreed upon location with sufficient time remaining to go through boat check at the official checkpoint and start on time. Tournament officials shall have no responsibility for finding missing partners. It is suggested that a minimum of 30 minutes is required for the preparation to depart to the boat check point. When two contestants check out at the beginning of the day, they must stay together and within sight of each other’s catch throughout the day until the weigh-in is completed. A contestant must not allow any bass caught by them to be counted on the score of another contestant. In such a case, both contestants shall be disqualified from this tournament and from all future tournaments conducted by MBOA PRO-AM.
Safe boating conduct must be observed at all times by all tournament competitors. Each competitor is required to wear Coast Guard approved chest type life preservers. This preserver must be worn any time the motor is in gear. Violation of this rule shall be reason for immediate disqualification. Boats must be equipped with all Coast Guard required equipment including but not limited to fire extinguisher and fully functional kill switch.
Competitors in MBOA PRO-AM tournaments are expected to follow high standards of sportsmanship, courtesy, safety, and conservation. Any infraction of these fundamental sporting principles may be deemed cause for disqualification. Drunkenness by any competitor during the tournament will not be tolerated and shall be cause for automatic disqualification for this and all other future MBOA PRO-AM tournaments. 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 competitor, which reflects unfavorably upon MBOA’s effort to promote fisheries conservation, clean waters, and courtesy, shall be reason for immediate disqualification. No alcoholic beverages, stimulants, or depressants, prescription or otherwise, shall be allowed in the boat during tournament hours. Tournament hours are considered from boat check tournament morning until results have been announced at the end of day. Every contestant must follow all local, state, federal, and game and fish laws including licenses and rules for tournament waters. Any contestant witnessing another contestant in violation may file a protest in writing to a tournament official. Anyone filing a protest must remain at weigh-in location until protested contestant has arrived and settle protest. End of year “Professionalism” award of $500 pro and $500 Am will be granted to the highest scoring Pro & Amateur by our questionnaire data collected through our anonymous weigh in cards that will be presented at the weigh in line. This completed card will be used as your sign off card for your daily partners catch failure to present this card to tournament officials for your daily partner will be considered a “no sign” for said partner. Data collected from these cards will be graphically presented between events and any issues found will be used to improve the professional and amateur interactions during competition hours.
TACKLE AND EQUIPMENT:
Only artificial lures may be used. No live bait or “prepared bait” will be permitted with the exception of pork strips, rinds, etc. Only ONE casting, spin casting, or spinning rod and reel, may be used at any one time. All other types are prohibited. Other rigs as specified above may be in the boat ready to use, however only ONE is permitted in use at any given time. All bass must be caught live an in a conventional manner. Alabama rigs, spreader rigs, umbrella rigs, or similar multi bait rig will follow a number of “5” rule. example lure can at maximum have the following: 5 wires, 5 blades, 5 lures, 5 hooks. at no time can any such lure have more than 5 of any item. (dummy lures or lures without hooks will count toward your total of 5 allowable “lures”)
NON PUNCTURING style culling clips are required in the 2018 season you can find them at most tackle stores the ones we recommend are the Accu-Cull system, Cal Coast Clip & Cull, and the Qwik8 Bait Company Piranha Lock Set. Any violation of this rule and the use of puncture style culling system should first be made to the offending angler immediately upon noticing the infraction. If you do not own a non-puncture style culling system you should not use a culling system during tournament hours. The violation of this rule will be .25lb per fish weighed with puncture holes that were created by the tournament contestant.
BOAT AND MOTOR:
Fishing boats may be used that are fourteen feet or more in length. A small motor, gas or electric, may be used for slow maneuvering. Trolling as a method of fishing is prohibited. No “Barges” or similar cumbersome craft will be permitted. It having been determined those boats equipped with “STICK STEERING” PRESENT GREATER THAN NORMAL SAFETY HAZARDS. NO BOAT SO EQUIPPED SHALL BE PERMITTED TO BE USED DURING TOURNAMENT HOURS BY ANY COMPETITOR. The definition of “stick steering” shall be made by tournament officials. The competitor may use his own boat and motor if it is allowed under these rules, or rent a boat and motor at the tournament site. Such possible rental being the sole responsibility of the competitor. A competitor answering affirmatively “will you be entering as a pro?” will be expected to make that boat and motor available for tournament use by himself and his daily partner, if so requested by tournament officials. Those answering the same question negatively (fishing as an amateur) will be presumed not to have a boat and motor available and will be paired with one who does. Mr. Bass of Arkansas officials recommend that Amateurs share in the tournament day’s boat expenses (Gas, oil, etc) however this is not a requirement so overall boat expenses are the responsibility of the pro angler.
PERMITTED FISHING LOCATIONS:
Fishing on tournament waters is permitted anywhere except within fifty yards of a marina gas pump, and within fifty yards of another competitor’s boat which was first anchored. No such anchored boat shall permit selected competitors to fish within the fifty-yard circle claimed by him to the exclusion of any other competitor. All angling must be done from the boat. Competitors wishing to change fish 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 fish. Boat must remain in tournament waters during tournament day. Contestant must leave and return to official checkpoint by boat. Both competitors must remain in boat at all times except in case of emergency (should a mechanical break down occur, another tournament contestant and one member from the disabled boat, may bring disabled boat’s catch in). In such an emergency, competitors may be removed from their boat to a boat operated by another competitor, or a rescue boat so designated by tournament officials. If a competitor must violate any of the above conditions, due to an emergency or any other reasons, his catch of the day shall not be counted in the tournament. Trailering a boat during tournament hours is prohibited. Contestants may fish anywhere on tournament waters open to the public and accessible by boat except areas marked as off-limits, restricted, no boats, no fishing or keep out (including similar language or markings intended to restrict public access) by any State Agency, Federal agency, commercial property owners or designated as off limits by Mr. Bass of Arkansas directors. Violation will result in disqualification of days catch.
OFFICIAL CHECK POINT:
There shall be only one official checkout in the morning and check-in in the afternoon, and this point shall be designated at the pairing of contestants. At the time of checkout, all competitors and their boats shall be in full conformance with all rules set forth herein.
Tournament standings auxiliary award and final winners shall be determined by the pound of each competitors catch. Only large mouth, spotted, or small mouth bass will be weighed. Mr. Bass observes species regulations set by AGFC, on waters that require the immediate release of smallmouth bass Mr. Bass will recognize mean mouth as a small mouth and cannot be weighed if possession is not allowed on tournament waters. The limit shall be five of the above species and varieties per day for the pro and five for the amateur. At no time shall a competitor have in his possession more than the limits described above unless during the normal culling process. Angler must cull upon catching his or her sixth fish before making the next cast. If angler does make a cast without culling a penalty of one pound will be deducted from that day’s total weight. Tournament officials will conduct checks for violation of this provision. Only bass as described above which meet lake, river, or state limits, measured on a FLAT BOARD shall be presented for weigh in. Any bass that appears to be mangled, mashed, mauled or otherwise altered will be weighed and credited only at the discretion of tournament officials. Each competitor must present his catch to the weigh in officials and the signature + completed scorecard of his partner of that day must certify the weight of his catch. After the competitor has delivered his catch to the weigh master, the catch becomes the property of Mr. Bass Pro Am and will be released back to tournament waters.
Contestants will be guaranteed entry in each tournament after linking with a corresponding PRO or AMATEUR entrant. MBOA PRO-AM will accept individual entries (i.e. pro only) however will only guarantee entry when a corresponding entrant is found. If Pro angler arrives at boat check tournament morning without a corresponding amateur he/she will receive a $25 “NO LINK” FEE unless the absence is deemed uncontrollable circumstance by Tournament officials . Tournament officials will use “observers” in case of sickness, emergency, or disqualification in order to maintain an balanced number of PRO and AMATEUR contestants. The PRO shall have complete control of boat operation and waters to be fished. However the PRO shall not operate the boat in such a manner as to deliberately handicap the AMATEUR. PROS MAY NOT ask the amateur not to fish an area in order that all AMATEUR entrants receive fair treatment, they will do all fishing from the back deck of the boat. They may move to the front deck for safety reason or for movement of the boat but may not fish or cast from the front of the boat. AMATEURS may not operate boat except in case of emergency. PRO entrants may not fish from the back deck of the boat. Other specific “PRO-AM” rules will be discussed at the tournament briefing.
Any competitor who is not in the official checkpoint area at the appointed time, shall be penalized at the rate of one pound per minute to be deducted from the total weight of his catch that day for each one (1) minute he is late. Any competitors 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 competitor be allowed to make up “lost time.” After proper recognition at the check-in point, competitors will be allowed ample time to proceed to the weigh in site; however all fishing must cease upon check in. After tournament begins, fishing is prohibited except during tournament hours. Exact starting and check in times will be announced when contestants are paired.
QUALITY ASSURANCE TEST:
By his or her signature on the entry form (mailed or online)Ã‚ and/or participation in this tournament, contestants agree to submit to quality assurance tests if required by the Tournament Director. These may include all or part of the following: polygraph test, urinalysis or blood test. Refusal to submit by anglers will result in immediate disqualification and subsequent disqualification from any future MBOA Tournament. If the angler is unsuccessful with any or all of the above test, that angler’s weight shall be 0.00 pounds. Any competitor who has failed or had an inconclusive polygraph test with any tournament organization/entity may not fish MBOA PRO-AM Tournaments.
MR. BASS OF ARKANSAS CLASSIC AND POINTS SYSTEM:
There will be 5 qualifying tournaments. Each angler’s year end point total will be determined by a maximum of 5 tournaments. A $250.00 pro entry fee and a $150.00 amateur entry fee for Mr. Bass of Arkansas Classic Tournament will be held for 40 Pro and for 40 Amateur Contestants. Those qualifying will be determined by the top 35 in points standings that have entered a minimum of 4 out of 5 pro-am tournaments. The final qualifying tournament of the year will be a one day “wildcard” tournament, where the top 5 anglers with the highest weight total, not already qualifying for the Classic, will qualify provided that they have entered 4 of the 5 qualifying tournaments. “WildCard” tournament entry fee will be $250 Pro-Angler and $150 Co-Angler (Amateur). Points shall be awarded in the following manner: To earn points for the Classic at each qualifying tournament, anglers must enter prior to the registration meeting for that tournament. The 1st place finisher will earn 200 points for the finish + 50 participation points. The second place finisher will receive 199 points + 50 participation points, third receives 198 points + 50 participation points, etc. Each participant entering the tournament prior to the registration meeting will earn 50 points for participation.
Any announcement made by MBOA directors or officials at the tournament sight prior to the tournament take-off may take precedence over written rules.