***2018 TNCBA - Official Rules***


Section I – Participation and Eligibility

1.     TNCBA tournaments are open to all anglers seeking a Christian environment where they can fish and compete. All anglers under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Anglers between the age of 16 and 18 must have written permission and signature of a parent or legal guardian in order to compete.

Section II – Sportsmanship and Conduct

1.     TNCBA anglers are required to follow high standards of sportsmanship, courtesy and conservation and to conduct themselves in a manner that will be a credit to themselves and the TNCBA. The goal of TNCBA anglers is to honor GOD and point others towards a saving relationship in Jesus Christ through their attitude, actions, and character. In the case of any actions detrimental to the TN Christian Bass Anglers, the TNCBA reserves the right to deny membership and or participation in future TNCBA events to any angler.

Section III – Membership / Entry Fees / Guests / Prizes

1.     Membership dues for the TNCBA is $25 per member. The membership dues are to be paid yearly and provide membership from January 1st – December 31st of the current year regardless of date paid.

2.     Entry fees will be $20 per tournament for members and $15 for non-members. Members may pay a one-time annual tournament fee of $205.00 covering all regular tournaments and membership providing it is paid no later than the March club meeting.

3.     Members may fish a tournament with a specific guest twice per year. The guest may fish a third tournament during the year with a different member; yet the maximum number of club tournaments a guest may fish per year is 3 tournaments. Further eligibility requires the guest to become a member of the TNCBA and pay the membership dues.

4.     For each club points-tournament, gift certificates and/or gift card prizes will be awarded for top anglers, pending club monies available. The number of placement prizes awarded for a given tournament is dependent on the number of anglers and boats entered. The gift certificate/card type and amounts for each tournament will be decided by the club Board of Directors and presented at the club meeting preceding each tournament. Any tournament prizes will be awarded at the ramp following the weigh-in.

(*Entry fees must be paid in order to receive prizes.)

Section IV – Tournament Format

1.     The tournament committee will determine the time and location of each tournament. Each site will be discussed and voted on within the committee. The end of year Classic date will also be set. The tournament schedule will be determined and distributed by the 1st club meeting of each calendar year. Day tournaments will not exceed 10 hours in length and night tournaments will not exceed 8 hours in length. Crossover tournaments that cross from day-to-night or night-to-day will not exceed 8 hours in length.

2.     Tournaments will be classified as honor start or draw-for-position. For honor start tournaments, club members may trailer and launch at their ramp of choice for more convenient access to a desirable fishing location at the tournament start time. No fishing is allowed until the tournament start time (honor system).

For draw-for-position tournaments, participants will gather prior to the starting of the tournament at a safe location on the water near the designated ramp. The tournament committee chairman will announce this location at the club meeting prior to the tournament. The drawing for start positions will be held at the previous meeting. Late entries will start after the last position. The last entry drawn will be the official starter boat. Boats will start the tournament based on the position drawn for that tournament. You may trailer your boat, but you must be present and remain at the ramp near the safe starting location for the start of the tournament; until your position is called.

3.     All fish will be measured and weighed by the tournament committee members. All live fish, with the exception of a trophy, must be released. We will play an active role in the catch and release program. During all club activities, we must show the best examples in sportsmanship and conservation. Please leave all dead fish in the possession of the TNCBA. (*Place in the provided cooler at weigh-in.)

4.     The creel limit per tournament is currently 5 fish per team. This includes all tournaments, except those falling between the months of June and September. For tournaments between June and September, the creel limit is 3 fish per person; unless otherwise specified by the tournament committee for a given tournament. Based on club feedback, the tournament committee may vote to decrease or increase the individual/boat creel limit annually. All creel limits must be in accordance with the state fishing regulations. Fish must be culled immediately. Each team may weigh only the fish they caught toward the individual weight, points, and "Big Fish" that he/she has caught.

5.     All fish must be caught live and in a conventional sporting manner. Only artificial lures may be used with the exception of pork trailers. Only 1 fishing rod may be used at a time (*All other lines and lures must be retrieved and on deck.) No trolling is allowed.

6.     If the tournament committee schedules a club tournament designed to specifically to coincide with a tournament of another organization (ex. Non-Typical Ministries, etc.), TNCBA members are not obligated to participate in the concurring tournament. The TNCBA scales will be open at tournament completion to record individual weights as usual. However, for those opting to participate in the concurring tournament, the following rules apply:

a) Any TNCBA members wishing to participate in another concurrent tournament are personally responsible for any additional tournament expenses required

b) For concurrent tournaments having an individual format: individual total-weight results are to be recorded at the designated organization’s scales and reported to the TNCBA tournament director for individual club member tournament scoring.

c) For concurrent tournaments having a team format: the team total-weight results are to be recorded at the designated organization’s scales and reported to the TNCBA tournament director. The individual club member tournament weight will be calculated at 50% of the respective team weight.

d) Members participating in concurrent tournaments who weigh in at the designated organization’s scales are exempt from gaining any big fish bonus points for that specific tournament.

7.     In club draw tournaments where you draw for partners, you must either draw for partners, bring a guest to fish with, or fish alone. If you decide to fish after the draw is made and want to fish as a draw partner, you must call the tournament director to get paired with the next available person. Anyone having to cancel on a partner should courteously contact the partner and tournament director as soon as possible.

Section V – Weigh In

1.     All fish will be measured and weighed by the tournament committee members. All live fish, with the exception of a trophy, must be released. We will play an active role in the catch and release program. During all club activities, we must show the best examples in sportsmanship. Please leave all dead fish in the possession of the TNCBA. (*Place in the provided cooler at weigh-in.)

2.     All fish must be a minimum of 12 inches in length unless otherwise stated by law. Fish will be measured with mouth closed on the Golden Rule board. A board will be provided for anyone to use prior to weigh in if needed. Fish brought to the scales more than 1/4" short of the limit will result in a half pound penalty per fish. A 1-pound dead fish penalty will be imposed for each dead fish brought to the weigh-in.

3.     Participants must check in and have their fish weighed by the tournament committee. Each team is responsible to bring their own weigh-in bag, and must bring their catch to the scales in their bag. All fish must be in the bags - no exceptions. TNCBA will have a minimum stock of extra bags for exceptional circumstances.

4.      All anglers must make it to check-in by the designated time. Each participant will be penalized 2 ounces per minute up to 15 minutes (30 ounces). Persons arriving more than 15 minutes late will be disqualified and receive no points. The weigh in will commence 30 minutes after the tournament end time. This allows time for participants to get organized (clean and secure boats, store rods and tackle, etc.) in order to optimize weigh in efficiency.

Section VI – Off Limits

1.     There is a 24-hour off-limits tournament rule for each local tournament lake. A 5-day off-limits tournament rule applies for the year-end classic lake. No off-limits tournament rules apply for the annual out of town tournament.

Section VII – Safety

1.     Safe boating must be observed at all times. Each contestant is required to wear a fastened U.S. Coast Guard approved personal flotation device anytime the combustion engine is in operation from boat check to weigh in. All boats must be equipped with an emergency ignition shut-off device, which must be securely attached to the driver’s body any time the combustion engine is in operation. The operator must be seated in the driver’s seat anytime the combustion engine is engaged in gear. In the event of inclement weather the tournament will be postponed and rescheduled at the discretion of the Tournament Director and the Tournament Committee. Competitors are allowed to leave the boat and seek shelter in bad weather, at which time no fishing may occur.  In the event of equipment failure or emergency, a tournament director must be notified as soon as it is safe to do so. There are then two permitted methods of returning to check-in: (1) by both anglers remaining in their boat and being towed by water, or (2) by one or both anglers entering the boat of another tournament contestant. Under these two conditions both contestants’ catches may be counted without a penalty (except for late penalties, dead-fish penalties or other penalties pertaining to other tournament rules) provided each team’s fish are adequately marked so as to provide clear distinction to the Tournament Director. Abandoning a boat and leaving it adrift without proper tie-off or anchoring after a mechanical failure may result in disqualification of that day’s weight.

2.     Changes in tournament hours or cancellations due to inclement weather or totally unforeseen circumstances will be determined by the agreement of the Tournament Committee. If no consensus can be reached, a vote by the tournament committee members present will be taken. In case of a tie, the president will cast the deciding vote. If the president is unavailable, the vice-president will vote.

Section VIII – Points

1.     Team points will be calculated by each team's finishing position based on weight. Team points will be awarded as follows; 50 points for the first place team, 49 points for the second place team, and 48 points for the third place team, and so on.  The Team of the Year championship will be conclude with the tenth tournament of the regular season. Individual tournament points will be awarded as follows; 50 points for both anglers of the first place team, 49 points for 2nd, 48 points for 3rd, and so on. The Angler of the Year championship will conclude at the TNCBA Classic. One bonus point will be awarded for big fish, 5 lbs. and over for largemouth and 4 lbs. and over for smallmouth, and spots 3 lbs. and over. Bonus points on big fish will be part of that tournaments score. Additionally, there will be one bonus point awarded for biggest fish of the tournament. If the tournament score for an angler is dropped, the big fish points for that tournament will be dropped also. Individuals who have paid-for and fished a given tournament but do not weigh in a fish will be awarded 10 points for participation. Club members will receive one additional point, for each scheduled meeting they attend up to a total of seven meeting points. These will be added to the final year end point totals. Meeting dates will be determined and distributed at the 1st meeting of the New Year. No additional points will be given for attending any other club functions, i.e. committee meetings, or any called or unscheduled events.

2.     Final year end point totals will determine the top six club members designated to participate in the state, regional, or club All-Star tournament, pending monies are available. Without TNCBA club affiliation in the Tennessee Bass Federation, the top six anglers may participate in a regional tournament (ex. Best-of-the Best) or a TNCBA All-Star Tournament. Under TNCBA affiliation with the Tennessee Bass Federation, the top six anglers, as a whole, may elect to participate in a TNCBA All-Star tournament, regional tournament, or State Federation tournament. The State Federation team consists of the top 3 eligible anglers as "boaters", and remaining 3 as "non-boaters" for any state tournament. The team captain is normally the top club angler in points who plans to fish on the federation team. The captain will fill the six-person team from volunteers by order of finish in total points according to rule 12.

3.     If there is a tie for angler of the year, the highest total year end weight will be the tie breaker. Ties for other positions will be recognized, but total year end weight will determine position for state tournaments or similar events. 

Section IX – The Classic

1.     All paid members who have fished at least half of all club tournaments for the year are eligible to fish the Classic. The Classic will count toward the Angler of the Year standings and will be the only tournament in which individual weights will be counted. All rules apply for the Classic, except there will be an off-limits rule of 5 days prior to the tournament date, on the designated lake. The off limits will be 4 days if the lake is selected on the Monday night prior to the tournament. The classic lake will be voted on by those who attend the meeting preceding the tournament and prior to drawing for partners. Boat owners must register for the classic as a boater. Boats must have working live wells, aerators, and bilge pumps. The tournament Committee Chairman will determine final compliance to this rule.

Section X – TNCBA Banquet and Charities

1.     An end of the year banquet will be held to recognize the top 6 anglers of the year and big fish of the year (largemouth and smallmouth), and classic winners. Prizes will also be given out by random drawing, dependent upon prize donations. The yearly standings will be based on the total finishes, less two drops.

2.     We will award a most improved angler at the banquet, based on previous year standings of individuals who fished at least 7 tournaments.

3.     The Club will support charities and worthy causes each Christmas and throughout the year as needs arise and finances permit.