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Interpretation of these rules will be left exclusively to the Tournament Director. Decisions of the Tournament Director are final in all matters and are not subject to appeal.
This is a boating and sporting event. It is limited to fish caught with rod and reel from aboard a specific team boat. Fish must be caught by anglers registered in the competition. All contestants must have a valid Georgia State fishing license. All state game and fish laws must be obeyed. Unless required by law, there is no limit to the number of rods in a boat. There is no limit to the number of people in your boat. However, US Coast Guard Safety requirements must be followed.
Fish entered must only be caught from Lake Lanier. There is no off limits period before this event. The boundaries of Lake Lanier shall be defined as navigable waters to include rivers and creeks leading to Lake Lanier.
Any species of the Striped Bass family (Striped Bass, Hybrid Striped Bass, White Bass) may be measured. There is no limit to the number of fish you can catch and measure, due to this being a catch and release tournament. Only the two longest fish shall be counted for the competition.
Ist Place is awarded to the Team with the most inches for 2 fish in the Striped Bass Family.
You must sign up and pay for the Tournament either at a Club meeting or at the Oakwood Bait and Tackle Store anytime before the Tournament starts. You may not fish until you have paid.
Your Team may launch from any launch on the Lake, or you may leave directly from your boat dock.
All fishermen shall use a Measuring Board. A Measuring Board will be provided by the Oakwood Striper Club. Other Measuring boards will be acceptable. For example, a Check-it Stik or similar is fine.. The board should be at least 38" or more. If your board is too short for the fish, please show the additional length with a tape measure.
At or just prior to the start of the tournament, all Participants will be given a Special Tournament Number. This number must be displayed on the pictures of the fish. Typically, you would write the number on an index card and display it on the fish. Make sure the card doesn't interfere with the measurement. If you didn't receive a number, it is your responsibility to call for the number. Call John or Larry at 770-965-9400.
All fish will be measured in the same manner. The nose of the fish must be touching the front of the board at the 0" mark. The measurement is made to the tip of the tail. Measurements are calculated to the nearest 1/4 of an inch.
Each Captain will be responsible for bring a Digital Camera. Make sure there are working batteries. Once the fish is laid on the measuring board, the Captain or crew shall take a picture showing the nose of the fish touching "0" and the tip of the tail touching a specific measurement. The Special Tournament Number must be displayed somewhere on the fish and be visible in the picture. The Numbers shall not be placed in a manner where the fish or measurement becomes unidentifiable. Generally, the Numbers should be place in the middle of the fish on the belly.
Once a picture is taken, it is the Captains responsibility to determine if the picture is clear. If the measurement is not visible while zooming in on the picture, the Captain should retake the picture until a visible picture is achieved. .
In the case of a tie, the longest fish of both teams will determine the place. If the teams are still tied, the second longest fish will be used. If still tied, the tiebreaker will be determined by a coin toss.
Any Team receiving a citation from any law enforcement official during the tournament may be disqualified from the tournament.
For every 1" of Striped Bass caught. Each team shall receive 2 Points.
If 1 member of a fishing team comes to a meeting, their team shall receive 10 Points. You don't need to be on time to the meeting.
5 Points are added for every team that fishes in a tournament.
Your team will receive 5 points for attending the weigh in. Participants must be back at the Oakwood Bait and Tackle Store or the Weigh In Site prior to Tournament End time, in order to receive their 5 Bonus Points. You can come in at any time. Its preferred if you can be there at the final time to share in Club camaraderie.
The biggest (longest ) fish of each tournament shall receive an additional 10 points for that team.
In case of emergency (boat failure, car troubles, traffic) you must call Oakwood Bait and Tackle prior to tournament ending time.
All members fishing in the tournament must be current with their dues.