Rules & Entry Form


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 Thomas Wilkins at 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.

Participation in this tournament is by invitation only and open only to members of MBOA who are 16 years of age or older. Proof of age to the satisfaction of tournament officials is the responsibility of the prospective competitor. 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 THURSDAY, PRIOR TO THE TOURNAMENT DATE UNLESS PRIOR ARRANGEMENTS HAVE BEEN MADE WITH THE DIRECTOR (Joel Newman or Thomas Wilkins). 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 entrance fee will be made only if PROPER notification is made to MBOA PRO-AM Headquarters prior to deadline. A sponsor may pay the entry fee. 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.

Each competitor must register in person at the time and place described on the schedule of events. Two contestants will be assigned to each boat by open draw. All pro contestants must be present at the pre-tournament meeting on Saturday night. MEETING WILL BE AT 6:00pm, REGISTRATION AT 5:30pm. only the tournament director my allow any change in this rule. (Amateur contestants, with permission from the tournament officials may be allowed to miss the pairings). It shall be the responsibility of each partner to appear at a mutually agreed upon location with sufficient time remaining to check out 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 checkout 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 until the combustion engine is shut off. Violation of this rule shall be reason for immediate disqualification. Boats must be equipped with fire extinguisher and 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 or at the weigh in. Every contestant must follow all local, state, federal, and game and fish laws and rules. 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. Must have valid fishing license.

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, not to exceed eight feet in length, 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.

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 WITH ENGINES OF 40 H.P. OR LARGER. 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. Boat expenses are the responsibilities of the pro.

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 dire 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 my fish anywhere on tournament waters open to the publicand accessible by boat except areas marked as off-limits, restricted, no boats, no fishing or keep out (including similar language or markings intended to restricpublic access) by any State Agency, Federal agency, commercial property owners or desiganted as off limits by Mr. Bass of Arkansas directors. Violation will result in disqualification of days catch.

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 by tournament committee.

Tournament standings auxiliary award and final winners shall be determined by the pound of each competitors catch. Only large mouth, spotted, red eye, 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. The limit shall be five of the above species and varieties per day forthe pro and five for the amateur. At no time shall a competitor have in his possession more than the limits described above. Tournament officials will conduct checks for violation of this provision. In the event a competitor has more than the above-described limits in their possession, he shall cull the largest bass first down to the limit described. 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 of his partner of that day must certify the weight of his catch. After the competitor has delivered his catch to the weigh master, he may not touch said catch until weigh in procedure is completed. If the tournament waters have a slot limit present, MBOA PRO-AM will run the slot.

Contestants will be guaranteed entry in each tournament after being placed with a corresponding PRO or AMATEUR entrant. MBOA PRO-AM will only accept individual entries (i.e. pro only) and will guarantee entry when a corresponding entrant is found. Tournament officials may use “observers” in case of sickness, emergency, or disqualification in order to maintain and adequate number of PRO and AMATEUR. 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 all fish 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 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.

By his or her signature on the entry form (mailed or online)Â 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 wight 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.

There will be 6 qualifying tournaments. Each angler’s year end point total will be determined by a maximum of 6 tournaments. A $200.00 pro entry fee and a $100.00 amateur entry fee for Mr. Bass of Arkansas Classic Tournament will be held for 35 Pro and for 35 Amateur Contestants. Those qualifying will be determined by the top 30 in points standings that have entered a minimum of 5 out of 6 pro-am tournaments. The final qualifying tournament of the year will be a one day “wildcard” tournament, where the anglers with the highest weight total, not already qualifying for the Classic, will qualify provided that they have entered 5 of the 6 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 weigh a bass. The 1st place finisher will earn 50 points for the finish. The second place finisher will receive 49 points, third receives 48 points, etc.

Any announcement made by MBOA directors or officials at the tournament sight prior to the tournament take-off may take precedence over written rules.