Bassmasters of Houston Club/Tournament Rules
All club dues must be paid in full before any member will be eligible to compete in any tournament.
Bassmasters of Houston Tournaments are open to club members ONLY with the following exception: a non-member may fish up to 1 tournament as a guest at which time you will be considered a member. Guests shall not receive AOY Points. If a guest wins any money, the annual club dues of 30.00+20.00 will be taken out of their winnings.
Anyone who has provided a guide service for pay on the body of water being fished during the 12 months prior to the tournament, they will not be eligible to compete as a guest.
The Bassmasters of Houston is affiliated with the TABC (Texas Association of Bass Clubs) all members joining prior to 3/31 are required to join, All TABC dues are paid to TABC on March 31 each year; all members joining after that date will not be required to join (optional). The Top 8 will be selected after the June Tournament. If membership allows 2 teams may participate.
All dues paid in October will roll over to the following year, TABC dues will also roll over.
2. Rules, Entry Fee, and Payout:
All tournaments will be "Team" Tournaments consisting of a boater and a non-boater as registered prior to the start of the tournament. Each team member will weigh their best 5 fish caught individually for their entry and;
1) Be eligible for the individual big bag prize money
2) earn individual points for the Top eight
3) to qualify for the Club Classic
4) earn points for AOY
The team tournament payout will be based on the combined bag weight of the two anglers registered as a team. A boater can fish the tournament alone and would be eligible for the big bass and best individual bag pot as well as the team pot but will be competing as a team of one for the team payout.
Entry fees for 1 day tournaments will be $50.00 divided as follows; $25.00 goes to the Team Tournament prize, $10.00 goes to the individual big bag payout, $5.00 goes to the big bass payout, and $10.00 goes towards the end of the year classic.
Entry fees for 2 day tournaments will be $60.00 divided as follows; $30.00 goes to the Team Tournament prize, $15.00 goes to the individual big bag payout, $5.00 goes to the big bass payout, and $10.00 goes towards the end of the year classic.
Payout as follows:
1 - 7 anglers: pays - 1 place – 1st 100% of the pot
8 - 13 anglers: pays 2 places – 1st 65%, 2nd 35% of pot
14 - 30 anglers: pays 3 places – 1st 50%, 2nd 30%, 3rd 20% of pot
Overall "Single Big Bag" goes to the angler who caught it and takes the entire "Big Bag" pot. In the event of a tie, the pot will be split.
Overall "Big Bass" goes to the angler who caught it and takes the entire "Big Bass" pot. In the event of a tie, the pot will be split.
All ties will be resolved by splitting that place and the next place’s money.
Cash only for all tournament entry fees
Anglers will be allowed to purchase last place points if there unable to fish or choose not to fish. Anglers must pay or make arrangements prior to the tournament starting. Angler’s “last place points” will be 15 points less than the last place weighed in.
In the event there’s a tie for AOY points or TOP 8 qualification, the tie will go the angler that’s won more tournaments; if a tie still exists it will go to the angler who’s fished more events.
3. Registration Times/Tournament Hours:
Registration: Everyone must check in (register) prior to the event beginning and be paid in full.
Participants must register in person at the designated registration area. If you are late, please call the tournament director in advance to make other arrangements.
Tournament hours will be emailed prior to the tournament and will be provided by the tournament director at the launch.
All Boaters will take off from the designated ramp (boaters may launch and motor over from another ramp prior to take off). The Tournament Director, during poor weather conditions, may allow boaters to trailer to other ramps. In that event, all anglers will leave the designated ramp either by vehicle or boat at the same time and check in at the same time at the designated ramp.
All boats are subject to a live well check and will launch in draw order unless otherwise directed by the Tournament Director
Any competitors choosing to fish at or in the launch area will need to idle to the start buoy (“no wake” buoy) and then can return to the launch area to fish
Boats must be back in view (inside of the no wake buoys) of the Tournament Director by weigh- time posted. You will receive a 1 pound per minute deduction if late to weigh-in.
4. Permitted Fishing Methods/Areas:
Only artificial baits may be used. No live or cut bait is permitted (pork baits are permitted).
All bass must be caught alive in a legal and sporting manner. No snagging.
Each competitor may only use 1 rod at a time. No more than 1 line in the water at a time per angler.
Trolling with the combustion motor is not permitted.
Nets are allowed
All boats must stay out of any areas marked “keep out, No boats etc”, casting is permitted inside these areas
5. Weigh In/Dead Fish Penalty:
A limit of five bass (largemouth, smallmouth, Guadalupe/spotted) may be weighed in by each individual.
All Bass (Largemouth, Smallmouth, Spotted and Guadalupe) must be 14” in length or greater unless lake rules require a longer length or slot limits apply.
A Check It stick will be used as the official measuring board of BOH. (A courtesy bump will be allowed)
A ONE pound penalty shall be deducted for each dead bass presented for weigh-in. Any individual that weighs in a dead fish for the big bass award will receive a ONE pound penalty from the total big bass weight. Culling of dead bass is not permitted.
Weigh in will be on a first come first serve basis at the launch site (unless otherwise indicated by the tournament director)
Pooling of fish between anglers is prohibited, both anglers will be disqualified. It will be left to the discretion of the club officers if both anglers will be removed from the club.
All contestants are required to follow high standards of sportsmanship, courtesy, safety and conservation.
Safe boating must be observed at all times.
A PFD must be worn while the outboard motor is in gear at all times; the only exception is loading and unloading of your boat
A kill switch must be attached to the operator while the outboard motor is in gear at all times; the only exception is loading and unloading of your boat
In case of inclement weather it will be the contestant’s decision to stay and fish or seek shelter/leave. Once tournament fees are paid and the tournament has begun there will be no refunds for any reason.
7. Angler of the Year Points System:
For all tournaments 1st place angler shall receive 100 points and points shall decrease in increments of 3 for each subsequent place. (1st - 100, 2nd - 97, 3rd - 94, 4th - 91, 5th - 88,… etc.
Participants who zero shall receive 10 points less than last weigh in place. If an angler leaves early due to weather, boat issues or other, will still receive 10 points less than last weighed place.
If an angler can't fish and has purchased "last place points", they will receive 15 points less than the last weigh in place.
The lowest score will be dropped at the end of the year for the AOY points total.
Bassmasters of Houston Annual Classic Tournament Qualifications:
(Tournaments defined as any events fished; club, top 8 or fun events)
Decisions of the Tournament Director are final. Interpretation of these rules will be left exclusively to the Tournament Director. Any rule violation protest must be filed with the Tournament Director before the final weigh in is complete. If a conflict cannot be solved by the Tournament Director, it will be resolved by the Officers of BOH.