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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.
Hard Core AND L F A fish on alternate Thursdays.
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.
Will be at the MINNOW BUCKET,
BEGINNING 15 MINUTES before START TIME
and will last 15 MINUTES.
You may leave the Minnow Bucket when registration is complete
as determined by the TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR.
You may launch from any ramp
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 $20.00 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
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
Members Hard Core
Types: Boaters, Co-Anglers, In Active, Contributing
Women's Division payouts see LFA
Guests MLF explanation
Tournaments fishing certain waters
Times qualifying for semi-final and final
No penalty days off
Fish 1/2 days LFA Championship
Fishing partners entry Scoring fish tournament
Scoring Lake Fork Shootout
Weighin rules of the road Annual year ends pairings
Prizes fishing certain waters
Angler of the year
Lunker of the year Big Fish Tournament
sharing expenses Rules
Method Plaques and Awards
Catch & release
Late to weighin
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
Lake Fork Anglers Bass Club has a high percentage of older anglers so Effective 1-1-2020
ALL prospective members MUST be in good enough physical condition so as to be able to care for THEMSELVES in all things involved in fishing from a boat.
ALL prospective members MUST ALSO be in good enough physical condition so as to be able to ASSIST their PARTNER in all things involved in fishing from a boat.
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 may join in one of two ways. First time members must fish with a member of the Executive Committee. Disapproval 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 weighin 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.
Termination of a member 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. Have medical issues, I am going on a trip, must travel to care for sick relative etc.). Termination may be affected by a simple majority vote of the other members.
Termination for sticking (not showing up) your partner after the 2nd time in a year and you are out.
Active members must fish at least 8 LFA (about 1/3) tournaments in a year’s time between starting in December and ending in November in order to renew in the following year.
In addition, a like number of women fishing in the Women’s Division will also be allowed to join and waiting list will be developed if needed.
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.
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 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 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. Contributing Members: Members who have been members of the LFA for at least two years may change to contributing members by asking. This category eliminates the 8 LFA tournament requirement all members have to meet in order to renew in December-January. These members will pay dues of $20 a year and will be expected to contact the seating officer at least one week prior to asking to be seated for a tournament.
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 $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 not interfere with our active members. 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/she is the guest of.
Two (LFA) times a month Thursday club tournament typically will be conducted as approved (date and site) at the meeting prior to each calendar month or longer. On the remaining 2 Thursdays Hard Core tournaments will be scheduled. Registration will begin 15 minutes 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 ends at 5:15 AM fishing starts at 5:16 AM. They must arrive before 5:15 AM. At 5:20 AM they will find no one there.
. Pay their money, meet their partner and co-angler pay the boater the $20 fee. Members may not leave for fishing after registering before the official end time of registration, or after everyone scheduled to fish has registered and they say you can go.
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 when they get 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 7:45 AM, fishing at 8:00 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 30 minutes 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. (Was here all long.)
Special Summertime Hours: Registration begins at 5 AM and ends at 5:15 AM. Fishing begins at 5:16 AM and run until 12 noon. All anglers fishing must attend the registration,
No Penalty Days Off: Members may take up to 8 days off from LFA during the year with no penalty from there total score at year’s end.
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 drawn 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 (unless excused a head of time), present their weighing sheets and be present for the pay outs and revelations.
Fishing Partners: (Pairings) Partners will be determined by officer in charge of pairing 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 seating officer, they are ready to fish again.
Members who only wish to be out a week or two can give the seating officer a return date and the seating officer will re-insert them into the schedule on that date.
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 and Scoring. 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 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.
The list published on Thursday evening can be changed but the final list will be published on Tuesday evening at 6:30 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.) 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 in charge of seating of your change), if a further change occurs and you are out, you cannot return later unless requested by the officer in charge of seating
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 Tournament Director using a computer program designed to capture fish lengths that members will record on something and read to him at weigh in. The lengths are converted to pounds of the program.
Pictures are good if they are worth bragging about.
Take off: Removed
Weigh-in: There will be no weigh-in of real fish to the benefit of the fish. Seeing scoring above.
Entry fee: $15 for participants: $12 for heaviest stringer of five bass. The tournament director reserves the right to refuse entry of any person. $3.00 is put aside for awards for Anglers of the Year and Lunker of the Year and other expenses like the annual diner.
. The 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.
Prizes: Lake Fork Anglers
LFA & Hard Core Payout Sheet
As of 4/28/2019
$12 per angler paid back.
2-4 anglers 100% payout. 5-8 anglers 60% 40%. 9-12 anglers 50%-30%-20%.
13-16 anglers 40%-30%-20%-10%. 17 and over 30%-25%-20%-15%-10%.
Anglers One place Two Places Three Places Four Places Five Places
5 $40 $20
6 $45 $27
7 $50 $34
8 $58 $38
9 $54 $32 $22
10 $60 S35 $25
11 $65 $40 $27
12 $72 $43 $29
13 $65 $45 $30 $16
14 $68 $50 $33 $17
15 $72 $54 $36 $18
16 $77 $58 $38 $19
17 $64 $50 $40 $30 $20
18 $65 $55 $43 $32 $21
19 $70 $56 $45 $35 $22
20 $72 $60 $48 $35 $25
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 eight 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) Time off for medical (4) DQ’d (5.) "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.
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 1/8” inch increments 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.)
Boater and Co-Angler will both observe the measuring of the bass.
Annual Year Ends in mid -November with the last LFA tournament. The next year begins on the first Thursday in December and continues thru until the next November and so forth.
Late to weigh-in: Any contestant who is 1 minute late shall be disqualified for that tournament unless they had called the tournament director and offered an acceptable reason for ANTICIPATING being late and called in their results. Poor planning / time management is not an acceptable reason
When a member is disqualified (DQ’d) he/she gets no points or pounds that tournament.
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 bass guide on Lake Fork within the thirty days preceding the tournament.
Tournament Date Weather cancellations: If the tournament director feels the weather
Warrants’ cancelling the scheduled day as selected by the membership and there is a problem moving to the next day then the tournament will be cancelled 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 may have a functioning, aerated live well. Anglers must wear their PFD’s when the big motor is engaged.
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.
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.
. Marking Spots: Members may not GPS spots on their phones or other devices during tournament hours.
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, 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 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 third time.
Hard Core Fishing on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays
It will just be on a 1st, and 3rd Thursday. It will follow our usual rules.
The format will be as follows:
Members will be paired up SEATING 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.
Prizes See LFA for the Hard Core PAYOUT SCHEDULE
Tournaments will follow whatever hours the regular LFA fishing hours are.
Fishing will commence immediately after the fee is paid.
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 semifinals 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 semifinals 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 Executive committee and communicated to the membership at least 6 months in advance.
Semi-final and Final: There are 3 ways to qualify
Contestants that catch a bag of at least 6 lb. at least once, and have fished at least 6 LFA tournaments prior to the semi-final will qualify for the semifinals in November. 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. Members will only fill in their category.
Semi-final: In early November the top 50% by weight will advance to the finals in late November in each category (i.e. boaters and co-anglers).
If uneven then the next member by weight in the same category will be asked to fill in.
Final: In November the championship will take place with the anglers (boaters and co-anglers) catching the most accumulated weight, the boater and co-angler do not have to be fishing together to win.
Hard Core Championship will pay out 4 places in each category with a 100% payout and added club money. Winners to receive their money at the weigh in.
The winner of this group (a boater and a co-angler) would win the Bass Fishing Innovations Cup and cash.50-50.
The “Bass Fishing Innovations 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 we will fish out of, be restricted or will be a secret. Like MLF we want to make it interesting. So, we will partition the lake into three sections and pick one out of the hat for the semi-final round and the championship. When the first section is fished it is then eliminated from competition that year. The most senior co-angler present will pull the chip.
Hard Core tournaments throughout the year will also follow the 3-section rotation each tournament.
When the semi-final and championship take place members not involved may NOT fish in the section where these participants HAVE to fish.
The seating officer will seat the qualified anglers by the one with the most weight fishing with the one with the least weight and then on until all anglers are seated.
Hard Core fishing will have no dedicated meetings. Seating will be by seating officer Thursday evening meeting prior to the next tournament.
Official Rules and Guidelines
To be held on a designated 5th Thursday
Rules of the Road:
All members must have fished 75% of the LFA tournaments prior to the date of is eligible to fish.
If cancellations occur (after the first pairing) the next highest member based on participation moves into the available slot. If the slot cannot be filled by a “pair” then the lone boater can fish using the “measuring box”. Stranded co-anglers are out unless they happen to own a boat.
Anglers must fish in the category they have chosen for the year.
The LFA Championship will pay 4 places in boater and co-angler with 1st getting $150, 2nd $100, 3rd $80, and 4th $60 Boater and Co-angler lunkers will win $100 each.
There are no points or pounds kept. The best 5 fish for the boat is the winner.
The pairings will be the Boater with the most weight paired with the co-angler with the least weight and so forth until all are seated.
Side pots are allowed.
Lake Fork Shootout
To be held on a designated 5th Thursday
100% payback on the entry fees plus added money.
Fished from 7 AM to 3 PM.
Boaters and Co-Anglers will fish as a team with the best 5 fish winning.
All other rules follow the Faze 4 format, now to be known as the LFA Shootout.
Winners to be paid at the weighin.
Regular draw tournament with side pots allowed.
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.
Registration will follow the same rules as established by the tournament director for other LFA formats.
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 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.
The tournament director reserves the right to refuse entry of any person.
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 sheets and the tournament director will add up your five best weights.
Big Fish Tournament
To be held on a designated 5th Thursday
Fished 6 AM until 2 PM.
Is actually paying 8 places, 4 for boater and 4 for co-anglers.
Which will then be boaters 1st place 40%, 2nd 30%, etc 20% and 10 % and the same for the co-anglers.
That, is 100% payback plus, added money depending on the number of entries. Winners to be paid at the weighin.
Regular, draw tournament.
LFA Regular tournament rules to be followed.
Plaques and Awards
There will be plaques awarded for the following:
LFA Points tournaments for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place Boater and Co-Angler by the most points earned in a year. On the plaque will be name, year and the pounds of fish the angler caught.
LFA lunkers for boater and co-angler.
LFA Championship Boater and Co-Angler.
Most improved Angler as decided by the EC.
A special plaque.
Hard Core Travelling plaques for the boater and co-angler winner and sponsor.
These plaques are to be returned each November for updating and the winners will be given regular size plaques as a permanent replacement.
Hard Core Boater and Co-angler lunkers.
Our sponsor will pay for the Hard-Core plaques.
Pound patches will be paid for by the member who wants one at $4 each.
Members are required to attend at least 25% of the club meetings. Meetings of the membership will be held following the second LFA 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.).
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 seven individual members. President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Tournament Director (Have computer, will travel.), Assistant Tournament Director 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.
President: Conduct the meetings of the club; communicate with the other officers, when needed to make sure the business of the club 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.
The president will appoint a NOMINATING 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
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 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.
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.
Monitors member’s participation in tournaments. Keep all club records and stats in conjunction with the officer doing the stats.
Treasurer: Maintain the club cash flow. Collect dues, collect award monies, business receipts, collect payout monies for Hard Core and One day tournaments, and give quarterly reports to each entity showing cash on hand.
Will help with tournament registration and collect monies.
Tournament Director: (Have computer, 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.
Note: 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.
Director: Besides all of the duties of these officers and to make the number come out uneven a director is needed to, help with the annual winter dinner, and whatever else might come help where he/she can help.
Executive Committee (EC): The elected officers and directors 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 Tournament 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 and directors.
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 and director 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 too.
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 held until the voting month where discussion and a simple majority vote will pass the motion. The executive committee can activate a proposal prior to the vote.
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 for eventual discussion and vote at those regular monthly meetings.
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.