2017 Tuesday Houston Rules

1. RULES & CHANGES:  All decisions made by the tournament director and or the tournament officials will be final. The tournament director can make a change at her discretion or when the safety of anglers is in question. Interpretation of these rules will be left exclusively to the tournament director. It is the right of Tournament Director to refuse entry with probable cause.

2. PARTICIPANTS, ELIGIBILITY:  This is an open tournament. Participation in each event is open to all sex and races. A legal guardian must sign a waiver for any contestant under the age of 18. No one other than paid contestants or immediate live in family members are allowed in the boat during tournament hours or official practice. You must have a valid fishing license during tournament....D/Q.

3. REGISTRATION, ENTRY FEES & PAYBACK:  Please Note at first tournament entered in 2017, you must provide a completed entry form with signature. We will keep entry form on file and you may then sign up over the phone or e-mail for the next tournament. On tournament evenings, for all events, you may enter at the A/Q Trailer at Lake Houston Marina beginning at 5:00 p.m. Pre-registration may be done by mailing entry form with payment to 23855 Stanart Rd, Porter, Tx. 77365 or telephone with credit card by calling 281-852-8842. The entry fee for Anglers Quest Tuesday Series events will be $100.00 plus a one time yearly per man $40.00 Membership fee that will cover all series. Credit Card entry will be $105.00. Boat numbers will be issued by drawing at time of paid entry. Payback will be 1 for every 5 paid entries at 85%. There will be no refunds. 

4. SPORTSMANSHIP:  All contestants are expected to practice courtesy, safety, and follow local and state game laws. Anyone displaying poor sportsmanship or violating local and state game laws will be D/Q.

5. ALCOHOL & DRUGS:  Anyone consuming alcoholic beverages or drugs (other than prescription) during tournament hours will be D/Q. If you feel you may have big bass or your fish may put you in the money, do not consume alcohol or drugs until polygraphs have been determined. NO alcohol or drugs allowed in boat..D/Q.

6. POLYGRAPH:  Each contestant agrees to submit to a polygraph examination by entering this tournament and must abide by its conclusion. All polygraphs must be passed in order to receive cash or product. If you refuse to take a polygraph at any A/Q event you will be D/Q. 

7. FISHING, TACKLE & EQUIPMENT:  Must be done with artificial lures only. Pork is permitted. Contestants may use only one rod and reel at a time. Each cast must be completely retrieved before using another rod and reel. NO intentional snagging of bass. NO elevated platforms or ladders allowed in boat. Push poles are permitted....D/Q.

8. OFF LIMITS & GUIDES:  No fishing inside any state, federal or lake buoys disallowing entrance to area. Lake Houston Marina buoy line is off limits. Additional off limits could be announced at sign up. The hiring or use of a guide will not be permitted beginning Monday the week of the Tuesday Championship. Lake Houston will be off limits for Championship event beginning on Monday through Thursday the week of the Championship
 . No communication pertaining to fishing is allowed via cell phone, VHF radio or any electronic device during competition or official practice for all events...D/Q. 

9. PERMISSIBLE WATERS:  No fishing is allowed within 25 yards of another contestants boat or 50 yards from anchored contestants boat with trolling motor out of water (permission to one is permission to all). No tube, bank or wade fishing is allowed. No trolling with the combustion engine is allowed. All fish must be caught in a legal and sporting manner during competition hours from tournament waters. Waters fished must be accessible by boat without getting out of boat to gain access..D/Q. Contestants may not leave boat to retrieve fish from any structure..D/Q. Bass at weigh in become property of Anglers Quest to be released at host weigh in site. NO Hole sitting by or for entrants...D/Q. 

10. LATE PENALTY:  You must be at the weigh in stage with your fish in a bag by the weigh in time you were given at take off. If you are late you will be D/Q. NO TOLERANCE. 

11. BOATS AND MOTORS:  No engine shall exceed the maximum BIA horsepower rating for the boat on which it is used. No Stick Steering, Jet Drives or Air Boats. All boats must have built in aerated live wells....D/Q. 

12. INSURANCE & SAFETY: Liability insurance is required. Safe boating must be observed at all times. Each contestant is required to wear a fastened (fully zipped and/or all clips fastened) U.S. coast guard approved; personal flotation device anytime the boat is on plane during competition days & official practice. All boats must be equipped with an emergency ignition shut-off device which must be securely attached to the driver’s body any time the boat is on plane. Driver & passengers must be seated anytime the combustion engine is running and engaged in gear..D/Q. During bad weather contestants may leave boat to seek shelter at which time no fishing may occur..D/Q.

13. SCORING & PENALTIES:  Will be determined by the total weight of not more than 5 bass per team (10 bass on Championships). Ties for cash prizes will be settled (1st by number of fish) or, (2nd by combining two cash awards and splitting the total between tied teams). Largemouth Bass and Kentucky Bass will be counted. The minimum length limit will be 14”. All fish will be measured on a “CHECK-IT STIK” with mouth closed & tail compressed. A dead fish penalty of .50 lbs. per fish will be deducted from total weight and Big Bass weight. Angler bringing in a short fish will lose entire creels weight. NO CULLING OF DEAD BASS....D/Q.

14. PROTESTS:  All protest must be submitted in writing within 5 minutes of final weigh-in. The decision of the tournament director will be final…NO VERBAL PROTEST...D/Q.                                       

15. BREAKDOWNS/EMERGENCIES:  In an emergency or major equipment failure, you may hitch a tow from any boat on the water, but may not bring yours or partners fish in except in yours or another tournament contestants boat…D/Q.                                     

16. AWARDS CEREMONY:  Attend or LOSE IT!    

17. CHAMPIONSHIP & AOY QUALIFYING:  Each team will receive 2 lbs per tournament entry. Positions will be determined by accumulated yearly pound standings. The Tuesday Series events will qualify the Top 25 to go to the Championship, providing you or your team enters a minimum of 10 events. The Championship event will have a $200.00 entry fee including Big Bass pot. Alternates will be available if the minimum 10 events are met. Tuesday Championship will include a Side Pot. Each team must buy in to Side Pot for a minimum of $100.00 to be eligible for side Pot money, only Side Pot owners will be paid. Ties will be broken by number of fish weighed in during event. In case of a 1st place tie, winner will be determined by an overtime fish-off. The Tournament Director will decide special rules. Combining both places and splitting equally will break other ties. Pounds gathered from all 20 events will determine “Anglers of the Year”, and will be awarded Free Entries to Series won for 2018 if series carries a minimum 13 boat average for the year.                                                     

18. AOY REQUIREMENTS:  AOY Anglers from 2016 pays 1 time $40 per man Membership fee, $5 per event Championship fee and $5 per event permit fee in full at first event of the year. AOY event entries are free.

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