HARDLake 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.
Meetings are held immediately following the weigh-in of the second tournament each month.
General Information about Lake Fork Anglers is located below the schedule matrix.
2017 TOURNAMENT DATES - START & END TIMES
CLICK RESULTS TO VIEW
L F A #1
H C #1
L F A #2
FAZE 4 #2
L F A #3
H C #2
L F A #4
FAZE 4 #3
L F A #5
H C #3
L F A #6
H C #4
FAZE 4 #4
L F A #7
H C #5
L F A #8
FAZE 4 #5
L F A #9
H C #5
L F A #10
H C #6
FAZE 4 #6
L F A #11
H C #7
L F A #12
FAZE 4 #7
L F A #13
H C #8
L F A #14
FAZE 4 #8
L F A #15
H C #9
L F A #16
H C #10
FAZE 4 #9
L F A #17
H C #11
L F A #18
FAZE 4 #10
L F A #19
H C S FIN
L F A #20
FAZE 4 #11
L F A #21
H C FINAL
L F A #22
F 4 FINAL 1
F 4 FINAL 2
L F A #23
Lake Fork Anglers
Official Rules and Guidelines
Final Version (15) approved by membership February 13, 2014
Version 44 Amended Nov 30, 2017
Changes or additions in bright red
Dark Red is normal verbiage.
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 every Thursday.
Index of Topics
Mission Statement 1
Types: Boaters, Co-Anglers, In Active
Guests Contributing Members
Three Separate Formats 3
Rules that Apply to all 3 Formats 4-7
Starting Times Fishing Times
Pairings Fishing ½ days
Scoring fish lunker side pot
Scoring big bag side pot
Measuring Box Late to weighin
Method sharing expenses
Fishing with guides & guides Weighin
Lunker of the year Catch & release
Lake Fork Anglers 8 Faze 4 9-11
Angler of the year Team Explanation
Points setup Partner discussion Payout Payout
Hard Core 12-13
MLF explanation fishing certain waters
qualifying for semi-final and final Payouts
Personal conduct 7
termination of a member 1 Bereavements 14
ADMINISTRATION 14 Meetings
officer descriptions nominating committee
terms of office
change in officers
change in rules
financial APPLICATION 17
legal Waiver of Liability
rules awareness (not printed here-ask the secretary)
L F A, HARD CORE & FAZE 4 Payout Schedules on page 18
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, sign the Waiver of Liability, and must be sponsored by a member who is in good standing as of the application date.
The applicant may join in one of two ways.
First time members must fish with a member of the Executive Committee. Disapproval (EC) is automatic if the officer feels that the new prospective member is not a good fit for us after discussion by the EC.
Agree to fish in their first tournament without paying any fee to decide if they want to join, but cannot win any cash or prize. They may join after the weigh-in if they want too-or pay the appropriate fee for that tournament and be in for the prizes and also pay their dues at registration time and pay the $20 co-angler fee to their boater at registration time.
Types of Membership:
There will be four 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 any time 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. 2
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 too cold, on vacation may all be accepted as legitimate 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 any time 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.)
4. Supporting Members This person, who has been a member for at least two years and who has fished with the club many times, may if they wish, become a supporting member at $20 a year, upon request to the secretary.
This person is not required to make any percentages for LFA per say, but must fish the required amounts to qualify for the Hard Core and Faze 4 championships which is 8 LFA’s.
This person may sign up and fish in any of our formats as long as they let the seating officer know by the preceding Thursday when the first list is scheduled to be published.
Current members who have not made their required 8 tournaments in the preceding year, who also meet the two-year requirements, may if they wish become a supporting member to maintain membership.
- 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 may fish with us for a $20 fee of which $15 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 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.
Three Separate Formats:
The Lake Fork Anglers (L F A) will fish 3 separate formats utilizing every Thursday in a month. They will be known as the twice monthly L F A, the once monthly Faze 4 team event, and the once monthly Hard Core which follows the Major League Fishing format and may also be two times a month if there is 5 Thursdays in a month. All three formats are still based on pairing anglers.
Explanations for Faze 4 and Hard Core can be found further down in the rules.
RULES THAT APPLY IN ALL THREE FORMATS:
Club tournaments will be conducted as approved and as listed on the website. 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. Anglers 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
Take-off and weigh-in times will be listed on the website by the tournament director. 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.
Members and guests will meet the tournament director and registration staff one hour prior to the official start time to register. Pay their money. 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 weigh in, present their weighing sheets and be present for the pay outs and revelations.
Take-off and weigh-in times
(Pairings) Partners will be determined by officer designated to do so to pair boaters from the active list and co-anglers from the active list. The officer 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 officer they are ready to fish again. Members who only wish to be out a week or two can give the officer a return date and he 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 officer doing the scheduling. 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 officer doing the scheduling 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 Tuesday 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 or you want to fish and are not listed.
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.) See Termination of members.
Pairings Once Set
Once the pairing is set and published on Tuesday evening (after having from the prior Thursday evening for you notify the officer of your change), if a further change occurs and you are out, you cannot return later unless requested by the scheduling officer.
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 a 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.
Largemouth Bass 10" and up will count in all tournaments. Fish considered in the slot will also count. Scoring Is being done by the officer in charge of scoring using a computer program designed to capture fish lengths that members will record on 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.
There will be no weigh-in of real fish to the benefit of the fish. Seeing scoring above. 5
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.
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. Any members late are considered DQ’d and lose any last place points they may have earned had they been in on time.
Any written protests should go to the Tournament Director (TD) within 15 minutes of the completion of the weighin, but before the payouts. The person who the complaint is about has the right to submit a written response.
The TD will work with both parties to see if an amicable resolution can be made. If so the protest will be dropped. If no amicable solution can be made the TD will make a recommendation for action to the Executive Committee
If the protest is upheld, the person doing the violating will be DQ’d for the day and loose his pounds and points for that day.
If the same person receives a second complaint against him that is upheld he will be D Q’d for the day and loose his pounds and points for that day.
If the same person receives a third complaint against him that is upheld he will be terminated on the spot. 6
After two years from the second incident if there are no further incidents it will be wiped from the books.
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 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 as listed on our website. 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 bass guide on Lake Fork within the thirty days preceding the tournament.
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.
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.
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.
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 in L F A and Hard Core only..
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 Wednesday 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.
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., having my knees replaced). Termination may be effected by a simple majority vote of the other members.
Entry Fees for all three format
Entry is $15 of which all is paid back
LAKE FORK ANGLERS TWICE MONTHLY TOURNAMENT
The tournament director reserves the right to refuse entry of any person. An officer 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.
See the page after the application for the payout schedule for LFA
: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. 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.
Members who are disqualified in a LFA tournament lose any points they may have earned for last place.
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.
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.
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 as well as co-anglers fishing with boaters:
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 at registration.
8. Any member of the L F A is eligible to fish H C as long as they fish the required 8 L F A tournaments by the end of the year.
Fishing on an odd Thursday where the LFA or Hard Core is not scheduled Faze 4 tournaments will be held once a month. Will follow the same fishing hours as the regular LFA 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 four or more to qualify for the championship. None are thrown out.
No teams may repeat for at least two months in a row.
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 any time. 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: $15 of which $12 will be paid back.
An optional $5 lunker pool is available.
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 SEE PAGE 18
Big Bag Side Pot
A separate side pot for $10 each and it would be paid the team who caught the heaviest 10 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.
All of the fish anglers catch individually will go to their annual weight for the pound patches but for this tournament only the TOP 10 fish caught by the team will count for the winning total no matter who caught them.
Championship in December
Qualifying for the Championship.
1. Everyone who fishes at least four tournaments throughout the year will qualify to fish in the championship.
2. The scheduling officer will first to determine who are the teams.
3. And then once the teams have been set 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.
Fishing on the 3rd and 5th Thursdays
It will just be on a 3rd and 5th Thursday. It will follow our usual rules.
The format will be as follows:
Members will be paired up by our scheduling officer, 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.
will be $15 per person. The lunker will be optional and be $5 each.
See the page after the application for the payout schedule for HC
There will be no number you have to fish in a year. Fish when you can.
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.
There are 3 ways to qualify
Contestants that catch a bag of at least 6 lbs. 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 lbs. needed. After those above have qualified and if 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.
As we progress thru the year we will schedule the tournaments in the three lake sections as 1 then 2 then 3 etc. throughout the year. See below:
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. In order to make the number of anglers come out even we will take all of those anglers who have qualified by being in the 8lb group.
Example: Five boaters and one co-angler has quailified.That means we need four co-anglers to pair up with the boaters. We then go to the stats for Hard Core for the year and start with the angler (boater or co-angler) with the most weight and ask him first, and so forth until four anglers say they will fish.
The officer in charge of seating will then pair them for the November tournament.
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 angler 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 will 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 the scheduling officer.
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 December meeting.
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.
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 seven individual members. President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Tournament Director, Director of Scoring (DS) and a director. Elections will be conducted each January/December when the annual meeting takes place to select officers for the year. The new officers will take over after the election.
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 in regular meetings and EC meetings.
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 back up the tournament director. 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.
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. Monitors member’s participation in tournaments. Keep all club records and stats in conjunction with the officer of scheduling.
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.
Maintain scoring sheets and present them at registration. Have the scoring box in possession if needed at registration. Establishes and maintains the club tournament schedule and times with input from the EC.
Will maintain and operate the computer scoring system and will update all entities that require copies of such.
Since the tournament director is 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.
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.
While suggestions may be made at will actual voting on said rule changes will occur only twice a year in Feb and July. The secretary will keep track of said suggestions and present them at the February and July Mini meetings (if needed) for eventual discussion and vote at those regular monthly meetings.
Transactions will be conducted in U.S. cash.
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.
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.
See application below
Lake Fork Anglers
Application for Membership
CELL PHONE NUMBER________________________________________________________
SPONSORED BY MEMBER NAME_______________________________________________
BOAT BRAND___________________LENGTH______________TX NO._________________
ENGINE BRAND____________________________ENGINE HP________________________
TOW VEHICLE YR, MAKE, MODEL_______________________________TAG #_________
By my signature below, and as a condition of membership in this organization, I acknowledge that I 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 them by any member or officer.
And I will sign the “Waiver of Liability before I can fish as a full member. See second page of this application:
See below for payout schedules:
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 email@example.com