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EDITED/REVISED on 1-17-20

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.

NOTABLES FOR 2020 SEASON

– MRBASS continues to push the envelope on increasing the benefits to Arkansas Angler and the 2020 season will bring forward the lowest entry fee and highest payback of its 46 year history (considering inflation) The 2020 season will give the average angler an opportunity to compete for the title “Mr. Bass of Arkansas” and regarded as the best in the state of Arkansas. The 2020 season will give an average angler the opportunity to spend only $150 per event on the Pro side and $83 per event on the Amateur side if angler pays in full by April 15th 2019. The total for the season on the Pro side will be $900 the total on the Amateur side will be $500. If an Angler does not meet the due date deadline he or she will pay a full entry fee for each event of $300 on the Pro side and $170 on the Amateur side. Payout for the 2020 season will exceed 100% and we have worked very long and hard to get to this point with goals and aspirations to bring you a Mr. Bass of Arkansas tournament trail with a zero dollar entry fee. We would like to have done just that this year however this is certainly a step towards that goal. Payout examples for the 2020 season are as follows.

– As we have the past two seasons the best 50 anglers in Arkansas will compete for a $40,000 msrp boat certificate during our 2020 Mr. Bass of Arkansas Classic held in White Hall, Arkansas out of either Tar Camp boat ramp or Regional Park in Pine Bluff. The Mayor of White Hall Noel Foster has been unbelievable to work with and excited about being the host of this years Classic and has even committed that Mr. Bass of Arkansas Anglers will have our own security detail the week of the Classic to ensure all goes smooth throughout practice and the event. This event will be the first of its kind within the state as we weigh in BASSMASTER CLASSIC style with lights off and spotlights shining on the top anglers of the state. Weigh in will be held inside the awesome White Hall civic center just adjacent to the new water park. Festivities will include kid fishing derby in the stocked pond located behind the civic center with a few vendors and sponsor booths to shop through.

– MRBASS will continue to 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 the pro may not be allowed to takeoff until an Amateur can be assigned to the Pro for the day from Mr. Bass staff or interested local anglers. There is no intention to assess this fee we want to ensure everyone is working together 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 2020 season. To find a link please contact the Tournament Director or visit the Mr. Bass of Arkansas Link Finder page (Click Here) and make a post.

– MRBASS will begin in 2020 holding an online “live stream” meeting however you will be required to show up in person to register for each event at a designated location. We will not have a required “in-person” meeting (after the first event) again however all information will be given during a live stream and it is each anglers responsibility to know all pertinent event information. Tournament information given during live streams will include but are not limited to flights, takeoff time, check-in time, off-limits areas, size and creel limits, and any other relevant tournament rule or pairing information. Registration hours are 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. local time the day before each event. Pros registering after 6 p.m. could be assessed a 10 minute delayed take off. (Clock starts the moment the last boat takes off.) Registration hours may differ from time to time depending on weather or unforeseen events however this will be actively communicated via social media outlets and website. It is mandatory that all anglers or a representative pre-register the day before each qualifier. Again anglers not pre-registered may forfeit their entry fee and not be entered in the tournament.

– MRBASS will kick off its season February 15th and 16th first with a no entry fee team event where the winners will receive free entries for the 2020 season Saturday February 15th entry fees given will be a 2020 entry fee pass for one Pro angler and one Amateur Angler for the 2020 season. The event will be on Lake Dardanelle in Clarksville, Arkansas. Registration for this event will be located on the website and you can register in person at the fairgrounds on Friday February 14th day before the event. The following day will be our first regular season event to determine the Mr. Bass of Arkansas (Lake Dardanelle) also out of Clarksville. Weigh in each day will be at the Clarksville fair grounds. More information on this events during this weekend will be announced soon!

CONTENT RIGHTS

Mr. Bass holds the content rights to the tournaments it owns and operates. However Mr. Bass grants certain exceptions, including the following content rights, to tournament participants:

Anglers are encouraged to use video, shot by the angler during a tournament, for promotional or marketing purposes, and in social media to promote individual sponsors, the sport and participation in Mr. Bass events.

During tournaments Mr. Bass may ask to mount a camera in a competitor’s boat (the footage may be used in Mr. Bass’s media coverage of the event). A competitor is required to comply, even if he already has a personal camera mounted in his boat. Refusing to comply may result in ineligibility.

Still photos taken by an angler during a tournament may be posted to social media if Mr. Bass of Arkansas social media is tagged.

Mr. Bass also encourages anglers to send photos, videos and updates to mrbassofarkansas@facebook.com for exposure on Mrbassofarkansas.com and our social media pages.

In social media, please use our hashtags #MBOA #BreedingGrounds #LegendsAreBornHere #MrBass to amplify and spread our events which only increases our ability to give back to the sport and anglers.

Mr. Bass reserves the right to revoke these exceptions, and the angler must remove the tournament-related content, if Mr. Bass in its discretion believes the content is inappropriate or in any way violates other Mr. Bass rules. Mr. Bass wants to help promote both your brand and the sport of competitive bass fishing through our media outlets. If there are stories written about you or by you appearing on Mr. Bass media outlets, Mr. Bass of Arkansas grants permission to link to these stories to your website or social media pages. Please do credit Mr. Bass of Arkansas

ENFORCEMENT

These rules will remain unchanged during the 2020 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 can be assessed a range of penalties from delayed take off, a $100 fine to be paid before he or she is allowed entry to the next event, or full disqualification depending on severity of infraction. 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 Mr. Bass ProAm 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. Allowed participation in any event is at the sole discretion of Mr. Bass 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 entry form and the entrance fee MUST BE RECEIVED AT MR. BASS 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 ENTRY/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 is above on this page and on the MRBASS of Arkansas website and social media pages.

There will be a $5000.00 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 begin in 2020 holding an online “live stream” meeting however you will be required to show up in person to register for each event at a designated location. We will not have a required “in-person” meeting again however all information will be given during a live stream and it is each anglers responsibility to know all pertinent event information. Tournament information given during live streams will include but are not limited to flights, takeoff time, check-in time, off-limits areas, size and creel limits, and any other relevant tournament rule or pairing information. Registration hours are 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. local time the day before each event. Pros registering after 6 p.m. could be assessed a 10 minute delayed take off. (Clock starts the moment the last boat takes off.) Registration hours may differ from time to time depending on weather or unforeseen events however this will be actively communicated via social media outlets and website. It is mandatory that all anglers or a representative pre-register the day before each qualifier by coming by the official registration office. Again anglers not pre-registered may forfeit their entry fee and not be entered in the tournament.

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 60 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 MR. BASS PRO-AM.

SAFETY:

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.

SPORTSMANSHIP:

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 pre-tournament meeting or tournament will not be tolerated and can be cause for automatic disqualification for a single event or all future MBOA PRO-AM tournaments. Drink responsibly. 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 Mr. Bass Pro Am’s effort to promote sportsmanship, fisheries conservation, clean waters, and courtesy, shall be reason for immediate disqualification. No alcoholic beverages, stimulants, or depressants, unless prescribed will be allowed in the boat during tournament hours. Tournament hours are considered from boat check tournament morning until boat check in. 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 can file an anonymous protest in writing to a tournament official. Anyone filing a protest must remain at weigh-in location until protest is reviewed by tournament officials and a decision is made.

CODE OF CONDUCT:

This section is not created to deter criticism it has been created to ensure any criticism is constructive and handled in a professional manner. Doing so will ensure continued growth of the sport we love

Anglers participating in any Mr. Bass Pro Am -sanctioned event shall observe this code of conduct and the applicable rules for ANY Mr. Bass event in which they are participating. Anglers shall, at all times, conduct themselves in a professional manner that demonstrates integrity, honor, and respect toward fellow competitors, tournament staff and the general public and does not reflect unfavorably on Mr. Bass and its affiliated and subsidiary companies, the hosts, sponsors and tournament series officials, its members, officers or representatives, tournaments or sponsors.

Anglers are frequently in the public eye and are considered role models by young people; therefore, it is imperative that tournament competitors demonstrate good sportsmanship in fishing. Sportsmanship is defined as fair play, respect for opponents and polite behavior while competing in the sport.

Unacceptable behavior could be considered any of the following. Heated public disagreements with Mr. Bass officials, other competitors and fans and volunteers during an event. Public attacks through media, including social media, upon the integrity of Mr. Bass rules or officials. Public & Non public comments that an angler knows, or should reasonably know, will harm the reputation of Mr. Bass, Mr. Bass officials or its sponsors, displays of anger and displeasure for reasons related to fishing competition where members of the public, including other anglers, spectators and the media, are present. Publicly questioning or criticizing a tournament official or official decision, ruling or penalty except through the proper channels. Abuse (physical, verbal, threatening or slanderous) of tournament officials, volunteers, fellow competitors or others connected with a Mr. Bass event. Offensive or slanderous comments with racial, cultural or sexual overtones regarding event officials, event personnel or fellow anglers. Intentionally interfering with a fellow angler’s ability to compete.

Any disqualification, suspension or other disciplinary action imposed by any tournament or fishing organization may result in disqualification from competition and rejection of an application for participation in a Mr. Bass tournament.

Chemical substance addiction or abuse, conviction of a felony or crimes involving moral turpitude, may be grounds for disqualification from competition and for rejecting any application for participation.

Any angler who violates any of the provisions of the Sportsmanship Rules or the Angler Code of Conduct may be subject to delayed take offs, fines, reduction of points, suspension from competing in individual Mr. Bass events, permanent ban from competition or any combination thereof deemed appropriate by Mr. Bass officials.

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 encouraged in the 2020 season but not forced 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.

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 unless permission is given by tournament director. 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 on-site registration and live-stream meeting. At the time of checkout, all competitors and their boats shall be in full conformance with all rules set forth herein.

SCORING:

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.

PRO-AM RULES:

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 may not be allowed to take off until an Amateur or observer is found. Tournament officials will use “observers” in case of sickness, emergency, or disqualification in order to maintain a 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 during registration or the live-stream meeting.

LATE PENALTY:

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 during the live-stream meeting.

QUALITY ASSURANCE TEST:

By his or her signature on the entry form (mailed or online)‚ 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 6 regular qualifying tournaments. Each angler’s year end point total will be determined by 6 tournaments, 5 regular season events and 1 wildcard event. (The wildcard event is defined “wildcard” to determine 5 additional Pro and 5 additional Am classic qualifiers)

An annual $900.00 pro entry fee is due by the Wednesday before the third of event annually to take advantage of the over $600 savings on annual entry fees. Individual events are $300 this means if you intend to only fish a single event or “jackpot” a regular season event you will pay $300 just as you always would have in the past with a normal $250 entry and the $50 membership. Annually Amateurs entry fee will be $500.00 with the same due date of the Wednesday prior to the third event each year. The Mr. Bass of Arkansas Classic Tournament entry fee will be $250 for the Pro side and $150 for the Amateur side. The Classic will be held for a max field of 50 Qualified Pro and Amateur Contestants for a boat certificate worth $40,000.00 to the manufacturer.

In order to qualify for the 2020 Mr. Bass of Arkansas Classic anglers will need to:

– Be in the top 35 in points standings at the completion of the 6th event (wildcard) whom have entered a minimum of 4 out of 6 qualifying tournaments.

– WIN & YOU’RE IN Live events!!! If you win one of our no entry fee live events you will automatically be invited to fish our 2020 Mr. Bass of Arkansas Classic! However, Anglers must still have fished 4 out of 6 regular season events.

The final regular qualifying tournament of the year will be a one day “wildcard” tournament, where the top 5 anglers with the highest weight total, not already qualified for the Classic via points or Live events, will qualify provided that they have entered 4 of the 6 qualifying tournaments.

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.

RULE ADJUSTMENTS:

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


NOW THAT I HAVE READ AND UNDERSTAND THE RULES OF MR. BASS OF ARKANSAS TOURNAMENT SERIES
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