Lake Fork Anglers
Official Rules and Guidelines
Final Version (15) approved by membership February 13, 2014
Version 40 Amended Mar 23, 2017
Mission Statement Membership in this club is intended to be fun. The organization was created with several goals in mind. One goal is to bring together a select group of compatible anglers to participate in friendly competition and fellowship that the sport of bass angling offers. Another goal is to establish a small tournament trail that conducts tournaments on Lake Fork mid-week two times a month.
Index of Topics
Mission Statement Faze 4
Members rules of the road
Types: Boaters, Co-Anglers, In Active membership
Women's Division tournament
Guests tournament times
Times fishing certain waters
Fish 1/2 days entry fees
Notification to the Membership
Pairings Once Set payback
Measuring Box prizes
Scoring fish lunker side pot
Scoring big bag side pot
Entry fee championship
Angler of the year
Lunker of the year Hard Core
sharing expenses entry
Top 6 team payouts
Method MLF explanation
Catch & release fishing certain waters
Late to weighin qualifying for semi-final and final
Off limits Meetings
Fishing with guides & guides nominating committee
Tournament date cancellation communications
termination of a member
terms of office
change in officers
change in rules
Membership Men or women of any age may apply for membership. Annual dues, payable for any portion of a calendar year, are $5 for each accepted member. Renewals will be at the rate of $5 per year. Anglers who wish to join this organization must complete an application form and must be sponsored by a member who is in good standing as of the application date. The applicant must fish a tournament upon submission of a completed application and payment of annual dues and the tournament entry fee. The application information will be provided to each member either before or soon after the applicant’s first tournament, and members will have ten days from the date of distribution to register comments about the applicant’s future status with LFA. Approval is automatic if there are no comments as to why the application should be disapproved. Disapproval is automatic if there is a simple majority of other members who register disapproval at the next membership meeting.
Termination of a membership may be considered as a result of a member’s violation of the letter or spirit of any of the rules or missing six(6) months of club activities unless prior communications with the club(i.e. I am going on a trip, must travel to care for sick relative etc.). Termination may be effected by a simple majority vote of the other members.
Membership will be capped at about 50 with a waiting list if needed.
In addition a like amount of women fishing in the Women’s Division will also be allowed to join and waiting list will be developed it needed.
Types of Membership: There will be three types of membership.
1. Boaters. Members will declare at the beginning of the year whether they want to be declared as a boater. Members joining after the beginning must also declare what type of member they want to be. Boaters are members who drive and operate their boat most of the time. However if they have a boat issue and have to be a co-angler at anytime they may but their points will still count as a boater.
2. Co-Anglers. Members will declare at the beginning of the year whether they want to be declared as a co-angler. Members joining after the beginning must also declare what type of member they want to be. Co-Anglers are the member who rides along with the boater. He/she may be asked to run the boat by the boater but he/she will still be considered as a co-angler. He/she may also be asked to be a boater if the club is short on boaters. When that happens his/her points will still go to his/her co-angler points. If he/she wishes to join the boater side permanently he/she can do so one time only in a given year. His/her points from the co-angler side will carry over.
3. Inactive: Members who are experiencing issues may ask to be placed or may be placed on an inactive list for duration of nine months. Members who have not fished for more than three months in a row will automatically be put on the list as well. Issues that are of a work related, medical, death in the family, to hot or to cold, on vacation may all be accepted as legitimatize excuses for not attending tournaments. They still must abide by the meeting attendance of at least once every quarter unless unable to do so because they cannot walk or get out of bed.
They may at anytime rejoin the active list just by calling or e-mailing to say they want to fish. If there are no openings no matter how senior they are on the list they will have to sit it out until there is an opening. (Rarely happens anyway.)
Women's Division- Women may join the club and fish together by gender. Women boaters and co-anglers will fish together thru a drawing method the same as used by the men. Women will be required to follow the same rules as the men as outlined in these Rules and Guidelines.
The women will pay the same dues and the same entrance fees for tournaments and be in the running to win 1st, 2nd, 3rd etc or lunker overall and Angler of the Year as both boaters and co-anglers.
In the event that an odd number of women are drawn on a tournament and there also an odd number on the men's side these two can fish together if they agree to do so.
Guests: Guests may fish with us for a $17 fee of which $12 will be for the tournament and $5 for their dues to join. These guest members must be recommended by an existing member.
These”guests/members” would be kept in a separate accounting on our list and not interfere with our “50” number. And would be able to fish with us on occasion by informing us before a drawing if there is an open spot. They cannot bump out an active member. They would not have to fish 8 times in a year to renew to the next year..But must pay $5 each year to renew.
The guest may not fish with the member he is the guest of.
Every other Thursday club tournaments typically will be conducted as approved (date and site) at the meeting prior to each calendar month or longer. Registration will begin one hour prior to take-off. At registration in the morning members must arrive by 30 minutes prior to the start of fishing. Example. Registration starts at 5 AM and fishing starts at 6 AM. They must arrive before 5:30 AM. At 5:35 AM they will find no one there.
Tournament duration will be 8 hours with 30 minutes at the end of the time set on that day to stop fishing and return for the weigh in for spring and fall.. During the summer months the tournament duration will be 6 hours starting at 6 AM and stopping by Noon. During the months of December, January and February we will begin registration at 7 AM, fishing at 8 AM and end at 3 PM.
Take-off and weigh-in times will be communicated by the tournament director or secretary at least 48 hours prior to the tournament mainly by E-mail. Other brief comments may include items of interest about the lake, boating obstructions, and safety reminders. Tournaments typically will be conducted during the daytime. The tournament director (TD) will be at the site one (1) hour before the stated takeoff time to decide if the lake is fishable. To cold, heavy winds, impending storms, lake iced over. Whatever. The TD will make a decision at that time if we are fishing. Each of you will have his/her cell number. If you wish to just call you can. When you reach the TD it may save you a trip. Members are required to fish at least 8 club tournaments during a calendar year to be considered for renewal the next year.
Tournament Times: Members and guests will meet the tournament director and secretary one hour prior to the official start time to register. Pay their money and pick up their score sheets. After doing so they would then go to their boat launch, launch the boat.
And then drive to their first spot, where they will commence fishing at the official starting time.
Fish ½ days : When the boat seating drawing takes place in hot or cold weather anglers may decide in advance that they are going to fish ½ days. Other anglers that also want to fish the ½ day will be draw with each other. In the event that there is only one if he/she is a boater he/she will take the box.
Those fishing the ½ days will show up for registration, pay their fees and inform the tournament director. In the case where it is an "on the moment decision" both parties in the boat must agree and then notify the tournament director.
In either case those doing the shortened day must be in on time and attend the weighin, present their weighing sheets and be present for the pay outs and revelations .
Fishing Partners: (Pairings) Partners will be determined by the Director of Scheduling and Scoring (DSS) using a computer program designed to do so to pair boaters from the active list and co-anglers from the active list. The program will control the active list so that all co-anglers will eventually fish with all of the boaters before it repeats.
The members on the inactive list will remain there until they notify the DSS they are ready to fish again.
Members who only wish to be out a week or two can give the DSS a return date and the computer will re-insert them into the schedule on that date.
There will be no teams in Lake Fork Anglers and Hard Core. All anglers prior to the upcoming tournament will declare only if they will not be available for upcoming dates to the Director of Scheduling and Scoring (DSS). If in the end there is one name left and a match cannot be found then that person may fish alone (see box below).
Or members who have fishable boats will switch over to boater so that all can fish.
Notification to the Membership: On Thursday evening following the last tournament the Director of Scheduling and Scoring (DSS) will publish a list of who he thinks will be fishing the next tournament based on the history of who fished that format last. You have until Monday evening at 6:30 PM to notify him that you are NOT fishing or you are listed in the wrong column. IE Boater or Co-angler.
The list published on Monday evening can be changed but the final list will be published on Tuesday evening at 6 PM.
Only in the case of an emergency can you cancel after Tuesday evening. (Doing so creates a lot of maneuvering to make sure everyone is paired. Particularly in cold water or hot weather situations.)
Pairings Once Set: Once the pairing are set and published on Tuesday evening (after having from the prior Thursday evening for you notify the DSS of your change), if a further change occurs and you are out, you cannot return later unless requested by the DSS.
MEASURING BOX A measuring box is available if it comes down to a boater without a co-angler. When a boater shows up with his/her boat and the co-angler does not show. The single boater can then take the box. Any fish caught should be laid in the measuring box, a photo taken of the fish showing the length, and then released and recorded on the weigh in sheet. At the conclusion of the event the pictures verifying such fish caught will be reviewed by the Tournament Director. The box will be kept by the Tournament Director.
Scoring fish: Largemouth Bass 10" and up will count in all tournaments. Fish considered in the slot will also count.
Scoring: Is being done by the DSS using a computer program designed to capture fish lengths that members will record on a something and read to him at weighin. The lengths are converted to pounds of the program.
Pictures are good if they are worth bragging about.
Weigh-in: There will be no weigh-in of real fish to the benefit of the fish. Seeing scoring above.
Entry fee: $12 for participants: $10 for heaviest stringer of five bass. The tournament director reserves the right to refuse entry of any person. $1.00 is put aside for awards for Anglers of the Year and Lunker of the Year and other expenses like the weighing sheets and markers. Also $1 is put aside to pay for the Top 6 team entry and to help with expenses. The Secretary will be at the site one (1) hour early to take your money and register you for the tournament.
Boaters will fish against boaters. Co-anglers will fish against co-anglers. The amounts paid out as follows shall be for each group .
Prizes: For heaviest stringer per category (Boaters and Co-Anglers):
1-6 entrants 100% to the winner.
7-10 entrants 80% to the winner 20% to second place.
11-15 entrants 1st-45%, 2nd-25%, 3rd - 20%, & 4th -10%
16-20 entrants 1st-30%, 2nd-25%, 3rd-20%, 4th-15%, 5th-10%
For big bass: An optional $5 per participant will be paid to the individual with the heaviest single bass in the boater category and also in the co-angler category.
If no participant weighs fish, each participant’s entry fee will be returned. If there are six or more participants and only one angler weighs fish, that angler will get the entire pot. If there are ten or more participants and only two anglers weigh fish, $7.50 per participant in the tournament will be paid to first place, and $2.50 per participant for second place (75% - 25% split). Any ties will be paid to the tying participants proportionally.
Angler of the Year: To establish competition for Angler of the Year, during each calendar year, each tournament participant will be awarded points according to the placing in a given tournament. Boaters and Co-Anglers will be scored separately for the top three anglers in each category. Placement points will be awarded according to the number of tournament participants, and the descending sequence of finish of each. Any participant who weighs no fish will get points equal to the next-in-line sequence below the lowest weighed-fish points. Example: For 26 entrants, 3 of whom catch no fish. Heaviest string gets 50 points, second heaviest gets 49 points, etc., on down to the next heaviest string which gets 48 points and so on down to 25. The three anglers weighing no fish each tie for the next-in-line points sequence and each get 24 points. Fish weights will not be added to any points accumulation. No extra points will be awarded for the lunker. In all events the person with the most weight will get points based on the highest number of members of the club that is possible. If the number of members of the club is increased past 50 for men and women then the points given per event for first place will be upped to match that number.
Each member must drop the results of four tournaments within a calendar year.
Dropped tournaments will be based upon this order: (1.) "Was Not a Member...Yet"; (2.) "DNF - Did Not Fish"; (3.) "Low Scoring Weight."
After the final tournament of a calendar year, the three anglers in each category with the most points will be recognized by the Lake Fork Anglers bass club as Anglers of the Year. In the case of a tie both anglers will be awarded an award.
Lunker of the Year: The largest single bass caught during the calendar year will earn an annual award. In the case of a tie both will be awarded.
Sharing Expenses: The Club requires Co-Anglers and third persons in the boat that they will contribute to the boat owner $20 to help with expenses. The co-angler is expected to give it to the boater in the morning at registration, less they forget to do it later.
Top 6 Team: The top 3 boaters and the top 3 co-anglers by accumulated weight starting in January up until the month prior to said Top 6 event will be the team chosen to go. If the number one angler chooses not to go members will be asked in order of weight caught until six and an alternate for each group is chosen.
$1 per angler will be deducted from each entry fee until the required entry fee plus $300 for expenses is saved. At that point money left over will go into the general fund for the club picnic or winter get-together.
Top 6 team qualifiers may put the year they qualified and “Top 6 Team” on their club shirts on the left sleeve at the shoulder.
Method: All contestants must fish from a boat. Bait must be artificial, and pork rinds are permitted. Only one rod and reel at a time may be used by a contestant. If a lure becomes entangled or hung up it will not be considered in use, and a second rod and reel may be used to fish out the site until the hung up lure situation is resolved. Trolling with the combustion engine is not allowed. All fish must be caught in a legal and sporting manner during tournament hours in tournament waters. Contestant may not use any communications device for the sole purpose of locating or catching bass during tournament hours. Depth finders and GPS units are permitted. Tracking devices inserted into bass may not be used by any contestant during or before the tournament. Hole-sitting by or for contestants is not allowed.
Catch and release: Means just that catch, measure, record and release. Bass will be measured with a Chek-It Stick with the fish’s jaw closed and tail gently squeezed together or turned in a way to obtain the maximum overall length, recorded on the scoring sheet and then released. (How to measure is referenced from fishing regulations of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Outdoor Annual.)
Late to weigh-in: Any contestant who is more than 15 minutes late shall be disqualified for that tournament unless they had called the tournament director and offered an acceptable reason for ANTICIPATING being late. Poor planning / time management is not an acceptable reason.
Contestants who are not at the official weigh-in site (hosting marina or boat ramp) at the appointed weigh-in time shall be penalized at the rate of one pound per minute for each minute they are late to be deducted from their total weight, including any weight to be counted separately toward the prize for big fish.
Protests: Protests relative to any tournament issue must be presented to the tournament director within 15 minutes following the weigh-in time. Protests concerning issues that were not apparent earlier will be considered on a case by case basis by the tournament director. The Tournament Directors ruling is final.
Off limits: No fishing on the tournament lake during the six hours prior to take-off. No fishing within 50 yards of another tournament boat without mutual consent. Boating bumping while helping with mechanical issues, exchanging drinks, food or baits is allowed.
Trailering: Trailering is permitted. All participants MUST register at the official tournament site, participants are allowed to trailer from the site to a different ramp on the same lake. If a boater does not keep his boat on a trailer or the boat is in a sling at home or the trailer is not road worthy or licensed then he/she may with the co-angler travel to the place where he/she keeps the boat so as to launch from there. Participants may begin fishing at the start-time announced by the Tournament Director. Participants MUST then return to the official tournament site with their score sheets by the appointed weigh-in time with or without their boats.
Guides or fishing with guides: Contestants may not have received information from or fished with a paid or non paid guide on Lake Fork within the thirty days preceding the tournament..
Tournament Date Weather cancellations: If the tournament director feels the weather Warrants’ canceling the scheduled day as selected by the membership and there is a problem moving to the next day then the tournament will be canceled for that week.
Lake Sections: It is possible that some tournaments will be restricted to specific areas of Lake Fork.
Boats: Engines must have a functioning kill switch. Boats must have a functioning, aerated live well. Life jackets (PFDs) and kill switches must be properly worn and attached during operation of the engine at greater than idle speed. Running lights must be displayed while boats are on the water prior to the official sunrise time, or after the official sunset time, except while beached or anchored at the tournament launch ramp.
Insurance: Anglers must provide current certification of a minimum of $100,000 watercraft liability covering any boats used in this club’s tournaments. (Which is very inexpensive for what it does for you.)
Alcohol, drugs: The consumption of alcohol is prohibited during tournament hours; possession or use of illegal drugs is prohibited at any time also, prohibited, at any time, is the illegal use of legal drugs. Consumption of alcohol on shore during or after the tournament weigh-in is permitted.
Side Pots: Anglers who want to participate in a side pot at each tournament may do so with their partner for the day at a cost of $10 each or $20 per boat. The boat with the most weight for the day will win whatever money has been collected for this side contest. Both anglers will equally split the winnings. It is not mandatory for everyone to participate.
The Assistant Tournament Director will collect the money and handle the book keeping and do the payouts with the assistance of the Tournament Director.
Personal Conduct: Any contestant who violates any rule may be disqualified. Any act of a contestant, verbal or physical, that reflects unfavorably upon the effort by the Club to promote fishing, conservation, clean waters, courtesy and safety shall be reason for disqualification from this and all future club tournaments as well as termination of membership in this club. Please fish friendly.
Winners are required to give it up. In others words express how, what, where and why you won for the benefit and improvement of all who fished that day.
Termination of a Member for specific reason:
We are seniors for the most part. Falling out of our boat during a tournament should not jeopardize our lives. This is one reason why we fish 2 in a boat. Being stood up on tournament morning creates this type of situation. So: Members who call out sick or for whatever reason after 6 PM on the evening before a tournament or in the AM prior to our tournament, basically standing up their scheduled partner, 2 times in one 12 month period shall be terminated when it happens the second time.
FAZE 4 - A LIMITED TEAM TOURNAMENT
Made up of members of the Lake Fork Anglers Bass Club
Official Rules and Guidelines
First Draft (1) approved by boating members on 3/17/2016
Membership in this club is intended to be fun. The organization was created with several goals in mind. One goal is to bring together a select group of compatible anglers to participate in friendly competition and fellowship that the sport of bass angling offers. Another goal is to establish a small tournament trail that conducts tournaments on Lake Fork one Thursday a month.
Except for certain differences as written here all of the rules of the Lake Fork Anglers (L F A) shall apply.
Rules of the Road:
From day 1 the LFA was meant to be a teaching and because of that a learning club. Many of our members joined to learn Lake Fork and techniques that work here in order to become successful both at fishing and also being able to drive around the lake safely.
Many of our “boaters” wish that they were still co-anglers so that they had the opportunity to continue that “education”. However being a boater all the time takes away those opportunities.
So here are the rules all boaters need to know to make this work. Boaters fishing as boaters and co-anglers:
1. If taken to new waters shall not give up that information to future partners or boaters. You are there to learn and enjoy, not give away the prize that your boaters have worked hard to find.
2. If taught a new technique you can ask the boater if it is OK to teach that to others.
3. If shown particular bait you are not to blast that all over creation.
4. In other words what you learn at Lake Fork stays with the two of you.
5. At the next tournament you will have a different partner. He will learn the same things when he has the opportunity to fish with your last partner so you don’t have to tell him anything.
6. This is not about stealing secrets or spots. This is about our boaters having the opportunity to fish together and get to know each other better while in the process of learning.
7. The co-angler will give the boater $20 for expenses unless the boater requests less or none.
There shall be no dues. Members must already be an active member or guest of the LFA that own boats and are already considered a boater or co-angler who owns a boat. As soon as a new boater joins the LFA he will be informed about the benefits of Faze 4.
Fishing on an odd Thursday where the L F A is not scheduled Phase 4 tournaments typically will be conducted as approved (date) at the prior Phase 4 tournament meeting. Tournaments will be held once a month. Will follow the same fishing hours as the regular L F A tournaments set by the tournament director. The championship will be held in early December. (11 tournaments plus a championship). Participants must fish in at least two or more to qualify for the championship. None are thrown out.
Registration will begin one hour prior to take-off and be the same as the other L F A formats..
Tournament duration will be 8 hours (except when fishing summer hours) with 30 minutes at the end of the time set on that day to stop fishing and return for the weigh in and will be the same as the other two formats..
Take-off and weigh-in times will be communicated by the tournament director or secretary at least 48 hours prior to the tournament mainly by E-mail. Other brief comments may include items of interest about the lake, boating obstructions, and safety reminders. Tournaments typically will be conducted during the daytime. The tournament director (TD) will be at the site one (1) hour before the stated takeoff time to decide if the lake is fishable. To cold, heavy winds, impending storms, lake iced over. What ever. The TD will make a decision at that time if we are fishing. Each of you will have his/her cell number. If you wish to just call you can. When you reach the TD it may save you a trip.
Tournament Times: Members and guests will meet the tournament director and Treasurer/ VP one hour prior to the official start time to register. Pay their money and pick up their score sheets. After doing so they would then go to their boat launch, launch the boat.
Will be determined by the tournament director the same as the other two formats.
And then drive to their first spot, where they will commence fishing at the official starting time.
How Fishing Partners are determined:
All members will draw using chips with sets of 1-1, 2-2, 3-3, 4-4, 5-5, 6-6, 7-7, 8-8, 9-9, and 10-10 Etc. And more when needed.
Once you know how many are fishing, say 12, you put all the numbers up to and including 6 in the hat and everyone draws. The 1's are together etc unless the 1-1's fished together at the last tournament. The second 1 then throws back in and picks again.
If it is the last pick the pair that picked before the last pair switches co-anglers.
No teams may repeat for at least two months in a row.
Once the teams have been drawn then it is up to the boaters to decide who will be the boater and who the co-angler either by preference or flipping a coin.
At that point team members should also discuss what you need in the boat to be comfortable. Not every “senior” can deal with a tall standup seat and might prefer a “sit down” seat instead. And normal info like do you have a cooler with ice, are you serving Vienna Sausage for lunch, is there room for 15 rod combos and 60 pounds of tackle, etc. If both boaters agree, sharing the front of the boat for part of the day is OK.
Fishing Certain Waters: This can be discussed between the partners at anytime. Once you know who your partner is and decide who will be the boater you may wait until closer to the date of to decide where you are fishing based on pre-fishing or other factors.
If it is undecided double trailering is always an option. Fish ½ off one ramp and move to one further away for the other half. You typically will have a month to decide.
Entry Fee: $12 of which $10* will be paid back and the other $2 goes to the club for plaques and cash prizes. *20% of the prize money will be held back for championship money.
It is $10 per angler, $20 per boat.
An optional $5 lunker pool of which . 20% of the lunker pool will be held back
for championship money as well.
And an optional $10 side pot is available
The tournament director reserves the right to refuse entry of any person.
80% per tournament. 2% put aside for plaques and 18% put aside for the champions.
Prizes FAZE 4 PAYOUT SCHEDULE STARTING SEP 2016
ENTRY $10 PER ANGLER ON PAYBACK, $1 FOR AWARDS, $1 FOR Payout pot, $5 optional lunker of which 20% is taken out for the payout pot., $10 optional side pot
1-5 BOATS (TEAMS) 100% 6-10 BOATS (TEAMS) 60%/40%
11-15 BOATS (TEAMS) 50%/30%/20% 16-20 BOATS (TEAMS) 40%/30%/20%/10%
(20% TAKEN OUT FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP MONEY) Rounded off the nearest non-dollar amount
Anglers 20% out 1st 2nd 3rd
1- $20 $5 $15
2-$40 $8 $32
3-$60 $10 $50
4-$80 $15 $65
5-$100 $20 $80
6-$120 $25 $60 $35
7-$140 $30 $70 $40
8-$160 $35 $75 $50
9-$180 $35 $90 $55
10-$200 $40 $95 $65
11-$220 $45 $90 $50 $35
12-$240 $50 $95 $60 $35
13-$260 $55 $105 $60 $40
14-$280 $60 $110 $70 $40
15-$300 $60 $120 $70 $50
And to be expanded as needed.
If no boat (team or individual) weighs fish, each participant’s entry fee will be returned.
Lunker Side Pot: Anglers who want to participate in a side pot for lunker may do so. It is not mandatory for everyone to participate. Lunker side pot is $5.00 per person. Whoever catches the lunker will win the lunker money unless the team decides to share it ahead of time.
The secretary will collect the lunker money along with the regular entry fee.
Big Bag Side Pot: A separate side pot for $10 each and it would be paid the competitor who caught the heaviest 5 fish stringer. . It is not mandatory for everyone to participate.
The Tournament Director will collect the money for big bag and handle the book keeping and do the payouts with the assistance of the Tournament Director if needed.
Weigh-in: There will be no weigh-in of real fish to the benefit of the fish.
Bring in your plastic sheets and the tournament director will add up your five best weights and erase the marks to be used at the next event.
Scoring: Each angler will score their best five fish. However if each angler does not have 5, then To get the total for the boat, it is the best 10 fish overall. Each angler’s weight will be kept to determine who fishes the championship.
Championship in December: Qualifying for the Championship. by two methods.
1. By decree of the president everyone who fishes at least two tournaments throughout the year will qualify to fish in the championship.
2. The anglers will compete drawing first to determine who are the teams.
3. And then once the teams have been drawn then it is up to the boaters to decide who will be the boater and who the co-angler is either by preference or flipping a coin.
4. Both members of said drawn team will fish together on both days of the Championship.
When all weights are in the boat with the most total weight will win. The angler in that boat with the most weight will win 60% and the other angler will win 40% of whatever is in the pot after the plaques have been paid for..
Winners are NOT are required to give it up. In others words express how, what, where and why you won for the benefit and improvement of all who fished that day unless they want too
Hard Core Fishing on the 3rd and possibly 5th Thursdays
It will just be on a 3rd and possibly 5th Thursday. It will be held on the Thursday(s) left over after the LFA and Faze 4 have picked their dates. It will follow our usual rules.
The format will be as follows:
Members will be paired up by drawing corks, but boaters will fish against boaters. Co-anglers will fish against co-anglers.
Every fish over 10" you catch will count. The winners will be determined by the ones who have the most weight in each category. The winners will tell the story at weighin.
ENTRY FEE: will be $12 per person. Of the $12 $1 will be set aside for the pot to be paid out to the winners of the boater and co-angler championship and $1 for awards etc. Left over award money will go into the championship payout pot. The lunker will be optional and be $5 each. 20% of the lunker money will also go into the championship payout pot.
-2 to 6 boats 100% of boater money to winning boater, 100% of co-Angler money to winning co-angler]
-7 to 9 boats 60% & 40% split the same way for each group
-10 to 15 boats 50%, 30% & 20% split the same way for each group
-16-20 boats 40%, 30%, 20% & 10% split the same way for each group
There will also be a side pot of $10 each which covers each category separately. So if a boater or co-angler catches the most weight each will win their side pot.
There will be no number you have to fish in a year. Fish when you can.
Tournaments will follow whatever hours the regular L F A fishing hours are.
If you have not seen Major League Fishing on TV here is how it works.
They start out with 30 pro anglers including the cream of the Elite series and others from the FLW. Each angler fishes by himself with a "judge" and cameraman. They fish in groups of 8 to start with the top 4 moving on to the semi finals based on the most weight at the end of a fishing day. .
They take the 6 from each of that group of 12 in the two semi finals rounds and the first three that catch a set amount of weight advances to the finals. On the Harris Chain in Florida this week that was 18 #'s. The Harris Chain has a large number of lakes and the competitors do not know where they will be fishing until they arrive at the ramp.
The championship reverts back to how it starts with the angler who catches the most weight in a given time period. For us every fish over 10" will count.
The schedule will be set by the secretary and communicated to the membership at least 6 months in advance.
There are 3 ways to qualify:
Contestants that catch a bag of at least 6 lb at least once in the any tournament including Sept will qualify for the semifinals in October. Boaters and co-anglers alike. Members who participate in at least 80% of the tournaments will also qualify for the semi-finals even if they do not get the 6 lb needed. After those above have qualified and more boaters and co-anglers are needed to even it out then the next boater(s) or co-angler(s) with the most accumulated weight will qualify until all the boats are even with a boater and a co-angler.
Semi-final: In October the first 10 competitors to make 8 lbs will advance to the finals in November.
When you get to 8 lbs you will mark the fish on the back of your score sheet, the other angler in the boat will also add it up, sign his/her name and put down the time.
Ok- let's say that when the first 10 competitors to make 8 #'s are all boaters. So once again we will need the ten co-anglers to fish for the championship and they will be taken by the top ten accumulated weights from boaters or co-anglers.
Final: In November the championship will take place with the anglers (boaters and co-anglers) catching the most weight The boater and co-angler do not have to be fishing together to win.
The winner of this group (a boater and a co-angler ) would win the Founders Cup and cash..50-50.
The Founders Cup will be a revolving cup that each winning anglers takes home for a year with his name inscribed on it and the returns it for the winner of the next year.
Where will we fish out of or be restricted to will be a secret. Like M L F we want to make it interesting. So we can partition the lake into three sections and pick one out of the hat for each qualifying round and the championship. The most senior co-angler present will pull the chip.
Hard Core fishing will have no dedicated meetings. Seating will be by computer after the L F A meeting prior to the next tournament.
Members are required to attend at least 25% of the club meetings. Meetings of the membership will be held following the second tournament of the month at the Minnow Bucket Marina. If the date, time or location of the meeting needs to be changed it will be communicated to the members at least 48 hours prior to said meeting. Missing 6 months in a row may call for a resignation except for certain medical reasons or when expressed to the club in advance at a meeting (taking a tour around the world, going home to visit Mom for a month or two, I’ll be at Falcon Lake for a few months etc.).
The president will appoint a nomination committee after the first weighin in November made up of three members including one current officer to come up with candidates to be nominated at the 1st December LFA meeting.
Communication: The primary and preferred communication between members will be face to face at the meetings and tournaments. Absent that convenience, communication will be via e-mail. If e-mail is not available or convenient, then telephone communication will be the method of contact. Time-critical communications between members will be conducted by telephone. Social activities may be conducted from time to time, and members will be advised as appropriate.
Bereavement: If a member or a spouse or significant other dies the club will send a card.
Officers: Administration of this club’s activities is conducted by eight individual members. President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Tournament Director (Have calculator, will travel.), Assistant Tournament Director (Have backup calculator), Director of Scheduling and Scoring (DSS) and a director. Elections will be conducted each January to select officers for the year. The new officers will take over after the election.
President: Conduct the meetings of the club; communicate with the other officers, when needed to make sure the business of the cub is being performed as required by their office description. Make appointments when needed. To call your officers together when a situation comes up to help resolve it prior to bringing it to a meeting of the membership. The president can only vote to break a tie.
Vice President: Fill in for the president when absent, assist the treasurer with the counting of the money at weigh-ins. Will assist the treasurer with tournament registration. Will contact members who are at risk of being terminated for sticking their partners on tournament mornings and report to the EC of this problem.
Secretary: Take and record the minutes at meetings. Send a copy out to all in a timely fashion. Maintain the club roster. Read the minutes at the next meeting. Create and distribute club agendas.
Maintain boater members insurance policies and post when updates are needed.
Monitors member’s participation in tournaments. Keep all club records and stats in conjunction with the DSS..
Treasurer: Maintain the club cash flow. Collect dues, collect award monies, business receipts, collect Top 6 monies, collect shirt and hat monies, collect payout monies for Hard Core and Faze 4, and give quarterly reports to each entity showing cash on hand. Will do tournament registration and collect monies.
Tournament Director: (Have calculator, will travel.) Maintain scoring sheets and present them at registration. Have the scoring box in possession if needed at registration. Score the tournament with the help of other officers if needed. Establishes and maintains the club tournament schedule with help from the EC.
Assistant Tournament Director: (Have backup calculator). Fill in for the tournament director when needed. Run the side pot. Assists the DSS in any way possible to ensure the smoothest possible tournament operation. Fills in for the DSS in his absence.
Note: Since the tournament directors one or both are required to be at every tournament throughout the year if you are going to run for this position know that you will have to be there early and late every Thursday.
Director of Scheduling and Scoring (DSS): This director shall be responsible for handling everything related to scheduling participating members in all tournaments. Do all the boat seating and adjustments as necessary to ensure successful tournaments. Create a list of participants for each tournament and provide a list to the VP and or Treasurer for morning registration at each tournament.
Provide tournament results to the President for announcement of winners at each tournament. Report the results to the members and Secretary on a timely basis.
Will maintain and operate the computer scoring system and will update all entities that require copies of such.
Director: Besides all of the duties of these officers and to make the number come out uneven a director is needed to contact the awards store, help with the annual picnic, order the hats and shirts and handle sales, and whatever else might come help where he/she can help.
Executive Committee (EC): The elected officers of the club will form an Executive Committee. This group may have meeting separate from regular membership meetings. The Executive Committee may handle matters brought up by the members and after deciding whether to proceed shall take such subjects to the membership for a vote.
Elections of Officers: Once the nominating committee brings their list to the membership after the first weighin, 1st LFA in December and presents said names to the membership. The membership present may be polled to see if anyone else wants to run for an office. Once that is completed the membership present will pass a motion accepting the nominees. Persons interested may run for more than one office but may only win one office.
The secretary will then send out ballots to all members. Members will then bring their ballots and dues to the meeting designated as the election meeting. (End of December or first meeting in January). Only members who are paid up for the year in which the new officers will convene can vote.
If not paid the members may mail their cash and ballot to the secretary as soon as they receive it from him/her. If not received prior to that meeting the secretary cannot be held responsible for receiving it late.
At that meeting the sitting president will appoint three members not nominated and not from the nominating committee to count the ballots and give the results to the secretary for recording.
The sitting president will announce the names of the new officers.
The newly elected officers and directors will begin their terms of office at that meeting and take over after the election..
Term of Office: The above officers are limited to two (2) consecutive one year terms. If the officer chooses to stay in office he/she can but is subject to an election if another member(s) chooses to run for that office.
Changes in Officers: In the event that any club office is vacated, the remaining officers will nominate or appoint another club member to fill that position subject to confirmation by the membership.
Changes in Rules: Suggestions for changes may be presented at any meeting but no vote shall be taken until the idea is printed in an agenda for the following meeting. Members may take the time to send out supporting info to the membership prior to the time of the vote. Changes may be adopted by a motion, second and after discussion a simple majority vote of the members present at the meeting where the changes are presented.
Financial: Transactions will be conducted in U.S. cash.
Legal: This club has no assets. In consideration for receiving permission to participate in this club’s activities, members release, waive, discharge and covenant not to sue the club and/or the club’s officers and/or members, singly and/or collectively from any and all liability, claims, demands, actions and causes of action whatsoever arising out of or related to any loss, damage, or injury, including death, that may be sustained by any member, or to any property belonging to any member, whether caused by the negligence of the other member or members, or otherwise, while participating in such activity, or while in, on or upon the premises where the activity is being conducted.
Rules Awareness: By my signature on this club’s Application for Membership, and as a condition of membership in this organization, I acknowledge that I have received a copy of, and have read these rules and guidelines and that I agree to abide by them. Further, I agree to support compliance with the spirit and intent of these rules and guidelines and will report to any officer any concerns I might have about possible violations or infringements of these rules and guidelines by any member or officer.
Lake Fork Anglers Bass Club fishes Lake Fork Exclusively.
Tournament weigh-in's and meetings are held at MINNOW BUCKET Marina.
All tournaments are on Thursday's - See chart for DATES, TYPE, START & END times.
Faze 4 and Hard Core fish on Thursdays when L F A does not fish.
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Will be at the MINNOW BUCKET,
BEGINNINGONE HOUR before START TIME
and will last 15 MINUTES.
You may launch from any ramp and go to your fishing spot, but
do not not start fishing until START TIME.
Stop fishing by END TIME and
be in line at weigh-in by END TIME +30 minutes.
Boaters and Non Boaters and Couples are welcome - bring your wife or husband.
At the monthly meeting anglers are paired using the DRAW FORMAT.
These are individual tournaments. Partners verify each others measurements.
The anglers who make up a team may OPTIONALLY choose to pay $10.00 per team to enter
A WINNER TAKE ALL SIDE POT for the participating team that has the
highest total team weight.
You do not have to own a boat, we usually are short on non boaters.
To insure 100% survival of fish caught , the Fish are measured and released after the
length is recorded.
Fish weights are calculated using T P W figures based on fish length.
We are aware that this only gives an approximate weight but
EVERYONE uses the same CHART.
The stringer weight is the total weigh of your five largest fish including SLOT FISH.
Most members are Retired or Semi Retired but this is not a requirement for membership -
just a love of fishing and the competitive nature of a Bass Club.
At each weigh-in winners must reveal where and how they caught their fish.
Entry fees are low to encourage participation.
For additional information join us at the next meeting or call Bruce Allen at
903-440-2797 or E-Mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org