SRFC - 2018 Conowingo Lake Big Bass Tournament I
Saturday, September 29, 2018
Rules and Regulations
1. PARTICIPATION AND ELIGIBILITY. Participation is open to anyone 18 years of age or older.
Minors are eligible to participate with a parent or legal guardian signature on the release form.
A completed registration form, waiver, and entry fees must be received no later than the published entry date of Friday September 7th, 2018.
2. Captain’s Meeting. A fee for non-members will be $70 per tournament. All payments must be made through our club’s Pay Pals account via your registration completion in order to fish the event. All entry fees are NON-TRANSFERABLE and NON-REFUNDABLE. Attendance at the Captain’s Meeting is required for all contestants. Should the need arise for an angler to miss the Captains Meeting; they should call the Tournament Director prior to the meeting to request a hardship exemption from the meeting. Should the Tournament Director approve the anglers request for a hardship exemption to miss the meeting, it will be the angler’s responsibility to find a representative to stand in for the meeting. It is the angler’s responsibility to get all the information pertaining to the meeting from their stand in representative. The angler will be required to meet the Tournament Director at the Tournament Director’s hotel or other designated location one half hour before safe light on the day of the tournament to pick up their uniform measuring device and token. The uniform measuring device and token may not be given to a stand in representative at the Captain’s Meeting. Uniform measuring devices and tokens will be distributed at the Captain’s Meeting. Exact fishing times will be announced at the Captain’s Meeting by the Tournament Director on Saturday. The Captain’s Meeting will be the morning of the tournament, Saturday September 29th 2018 at 4:45 am. The Meeting location is at Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station 1848 Lay Road, Delta Pa 17314
3. SAFETY. Safe boating will be observed at all times. During competition each contestant is required to comply with US Coast Guard regulations. In addition, participants must wear a PFD at all times while competing in the event and be in possession of a sounding device. Tournament days may be shortened or canceled due to unsafe weather or water conditions. The decision to shorten or to cancel will be left totally to the discretion of the Tournament Director. A 4-hour period shall constitute a day of fishing.
4. CHECK IN. Check in will be announced at the captains meeting. All competitors must check
in their cameras, token and measuring devices by the check in time to be announced at the Captain’s Meeting to be eligible for fishing prizes..
5. SPORTSMANSHIP. Competitors in the SRFC Black Bass Tournament are expected to follow high standards of sportsmanship, courtesy, safety and conservation. Any infraction of these fundamental sporting principles may be deemed cause for disqualification. Maximum courtesy must be practiced at all times, especially with regard to boating and angling in the vicinity of non-competitors who may be on tournament waters. Any act of a competitor, which reflects unfavorably upon the SRFC’s effort to promote fisheries conservation, clean waters, or abuse, conviction of a felony or other crimes involving moral turpitude or other conduct reflecting unfavorably upon the SRFC efforts to promote safety, sportsmanship and compliance with tournament rules shall be grounds for rejecting any application for participation and for disqualification. Any act deemed by the Tournament Director that gives an angler an unfair advantage not specifically covered under this set of rules shall be grounds for disqualification. Any violation by an angler deemed intentional or preconceived by the Tournament Director to gain an unfair advantage, would be grounds for permanent disqualification.
6. ALCOHOL AND DRUGS. The consuming or transporting of any alcoholic beverages or drugs
(other than prescription or OTC drugs) during official tournament hours, on any tournament angler’s boat is prohibited, and angler or anglers will be disqualified from this and possibly all future tournaments.
7. PERMITTED FISHING METHODS. All fish must be caught, photographed, and released alive in a conventional sporting manner. A cast must be fully retrieved before an angler may pick up another rod. A foul hooked fish will not be scored. A foul hooked fish is defined as a fish that does not have at least one hook in its mouth, and it must be released. Anglers may not catch fish or weigh in fish that have been caged or confined in an area prior to the tournament. All fish must be caught from either a kayak (self-propelled water craft), or boat. During the hours of competition, contestants may not obtain or receive assistance, including but not limited to the following: a non-competitor’s boat, the placing of markers by a non-competitor, being towed by or riding on motorized vessels, or receiving electronic, voice or data communication from a non-competitor.
8. TACKLE AND EQUIPMENT. Only artificial lures may be used during competition. Commercially sold pork trailers or scents may be added and used. Only ONE casting, spin casting, spinning rod and reel or fly rod may be used at any one time per angler. Trolling as a method of fishing is prohibited. Be prepared to show your current fishing license, at registration, from the state in which the tournament is being held.
9. PERMITTED FISHING LOCATIONS. All fishing locations must be in waters accessible to the public at all times according to state and federal regulations. Boundaries will be set at the captains meeting.
10. SCORING. The event uses catch-photo-release scoring determined by the length of each fish. Each angler will use a “Hawg Troph” measuring device and unique scoring marker/token at the Captain’s Meeting. Each fish should be measured on the issued measuring device and photographed with the marker/token indicator provided to the angler, clearly showing the length of the fish with the scoring marker. More than one photo of a fish may be taken. Length is determined from the forward-most point of the fish to the pinched top of the tail with the fish’s mouth closed. Fish must be above the state minimums to count - fish may be above the slot limit. The maximum fish size is 36”. In the event of a tie the entry checked in earliest will be declared the winner. The Tournament Director will review the photos to verify reported results and determine place winners. The Tournament Director is responsible for the final call in all matters. All scoring will be done using cellphones and the IAngler Tournament App. You must register and watch the instructional videos prior to competition.
11. DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY. Participants may only use digital cameras from there smart phones or tablets for recording scoring fish (cameras may not be shared by competitors). Images may not be digitally altered or enhanced in any way. Anglers should shoot images at maximum resolution possible. Upon photograph of each entered fish, each photograph must be sent immediately to the provided iAngler Tournament App. GPS must be revealed. A constant barrage of mass entries may occur on tournament day in the event many fish are caught by anglers. This provides constant updates of tournament standings. We will verify catches within 30-60 seconds so you can release the fish as soon as possible. Entrants must bring their smartphones to check-in. The tournament scorekeeper will need to cross reference all scored photos..
12. POLYGRAPH. Each contestant who fishes an SRFC fishing event agrees to potentially submit to a polygraph examination at a time and location determined by the
Tournament Director following the end of the competition in each tournament and abides by its conclusion. Failure to pass the polygraph will result in disqualification.
13. RELEASE OF LIABILITY AND COVENANT NOT TO SUE. A waiver, release of liability, and covenant not to sue are part of the entry form. It is required that all contestants take responsibility for themselves while participating in event activities.
14. PHOTO RELEASE. Scoring photos remain the sole ownership of the Susquehanna River Fishing Club. Contestants grant the SRFC and the sponsors the unconditional right to use their name, voice, photographic likeness and biographical information in connection with SRFC tournaments, production, promotion, and/or articles and press releases, and shall not be entitled to receive any royalties or other compensation in connection with such use.
15. RULE CHANGES. Rules interpretation is exclusively left to the Tournament Director.
The decisions of the Tournament Director are final in all matters and are not subject to appeal.
16. CONTINGENCY PRIZES. Sponsors may at their discretion award contingency prizes for anglers winning or placing using their products.
► Clean and Decontaminate Fish Holding Equipment and Boats after the Tournament
► Basic Information describing how to clean gear is available at: http://fishandboat.com/cleanyourgear.htm
Remove plants and debris, clean, drain, thoroughly dry, and if necessary use hot water to disinfect boats, boat trailers, fish holding tanks, fish holding equipment (scales and nets) and all fishing and boating gear exposed to water. Such vigilance will prevent inadvertent transport of aquatic invasive species, from water to water, when boats, tanks, pumps and hoses are moved from one fishing location to another. Some non-native plants can become established by introducing a single plant fragment, and some microscopic organisms can be transported in damp environments. Thus, cleaning and thoroughly drying boats, trailers, fish holding tanks, fish holding equipment (scales and nets) and all fishing and boating gear exposed to water is essential. Within Pennsylvania, non-native animals, plants and fish disease microorganisms have been detected; thus, vigilant cleaning and drying is essential when moving boats and fish holding gear from water to water. Never move fish, aquatic plants, or any organism from one waterway to another. The potential to unintentionally introduce an invasive aquatic species is too great. Pennsylvania Sea Grant has posted photos and provides information about known aquatic invaders now occurring in Pennsylvania and potential Pennsylvania invaders on their website: http://www.paseagrant.org/fact_sheet_group/invasive-species . Within Pennsylvania, cleaning and drying are not a requirement but are strongly encouraged; the character of our aquatic resources and the fisheries they yield are everyone’s responsibility, including Pennsylvania anglers and boaters. We summarize some methods for basic gear cleaning and decontamination below, but encourage those seeking more detailed information to visit our “Clean Your Gear” website: http://www.fishandboat.com/cleanyourgear.htm .The information that follows includes practical advice; however, decontamination methods change frequently in response to effectiveness testing, and as new invasive organisms are detected. We caution that all cleaning and decontamination actions described below may not eliminate all invasive species but will eliminate most. The application of cleaning and decontamination protocols carries inherent risk to those engaged in cleaning and decontamination and those nearby; particularly at the conclusion of a tiring day on the water. We advise caution and safety when engaged in any and all cleaning and decontamination activity and that you proceed at your own risk. Basic Cleaning, Drying, and Decontamination: I. While at the fishing location, after the event has concluded and boats have been retrieved onto trailers, prior to inspection to remove all debris and plant fragments adhering to boats, trailers, fish holding tanks, fish holding equipment (scales and nets) and all fishing and boating gear exposed to water: Insure tow vehicles, boats and trailers are securely, safely, and legally parked away from traffic, with engine off and emergency brake on with wheel chocks in place as necessary to prevent unintended vehicle and trailer movement during inspection, cleaning and debris removal. II. Thoroughly inspect and remove all aquatic plant debris and mud, and drain and rinse any water holding tanks and fish life support equipment or containers. Do not discard any live baitfish, live non-native fish, live crayfish, or invertebrate (hellgrammites etc…) baits into the waterway. Do not discard or deposit any dead fish or dead organisms into the waterway or adjacent trash bins. Any oil or fuel contaminated bilge water should be retained and disposed of properly. 3 III. Dead fish, dead crayfish, or dead invertebrates should be placed in a cooler or on ice for later consumption or properly disposed of when you return home or to your point of embarkation (camp, hotel etc…). For all crayfish species, the head must be immediately removed behind the eyes upon capture unless used as bait in the water from which taken. Entrails of any retained organisms and removed crayfish heads should be disposed of at home in municipal trash. Dead fish, removed crayfish heads, crayfish carcasses, or fish entrails should never be disposed of in waste containers at access areas. IV. Upon return home or to point of embarkation and prior to launch in a different river or lake, fish holding tanks, fish life support equipment, boats, and trailers should be thoroughly decontaminated. For boats, tanks, and fish life support equipment typically stored outside, follow the procedures for decontamination described below. Decontamination may include one or more of the following: (2a) thorough drying (or freezing), (2b) hot water cleaning, or (2c) chemical washing. Boats typically stored by mooring in a waterway (e.g., at a marina) and destined for use elsewhere require more aggressive cleaning and decontamination procedures; see “Clean Your Gear” link above. (1) Cleaning at the fishing/boating site: Remove all clinging plant fragments, clinging/attached animals (snails, mussels), debris, and mud from boats, trailers, fish life support tanks, fish life support equipment, fishing gear, anchors, lines, or safety gear that has become wet. For moored vessels, pressure washing, scrubbing and/or scraping may be required to remove encrusted materials. Professional hull cleaning may be a best option for moored vessels. Conduct this cleaning activity at the waterway where the boat has been operated. (2) Decontamination at home where procedures may include one or more of the following; see “Clean Your Gear” website above for additional detail: a. Complete Drying where fish holding tanks, fish life support equipment, boats and trailers are dried to touch and then allowed to dry for another 48 hours. Complete Freezing for a 24 hour period or longer provides necessary decontamination; therefore, boats and fish holding equipment stored out of the water overwinter at ambient Pennsylvania air temperatures may be considered decontaminated following a period of 24 hours of freezing temperatures. b. Hot water (140° F or hotter*) pressure washing in a manner consistent with life support tank, boat and boat trailer manufacturer recommendations, followed by complete drying. Boat engine cooling systems, water intakes, and internal livewell tubing may require alternate disinfection. In a manner consistent with manufacturer recommendations, flush the engine with 140° F* water for at least 10 minutes; and in a manner consistent with manufacturer recommendations, run 140°F* water through the boat live wells and livewell tubing, boat bilges, and all other areas that could contain water. *NOTE: To ensure 100% mortality of AIS, applied water temperature needs to be 140° F at the point of contact or 155° F at the nozzle C . c. Chemical washing may include use of a number of compounds that typically require follow-up rinsing and/or neutralization. We restrict our guidance to household bleach, which is a readily available chemical. Although household bleach is readily available to consumers, we caution that use at certain concentrations makes it corrosive; therefore, use and application must be carried 4 out with extreme caution and safety. Thorough rinsing and, where necessary, neutralization should be consistent with manufacturer recommendations where applied: Product¹ Concentration¹, ² Contact time¹,3 Household Bleach (5.25% liquid sodium hypochlorite) (1:1 or 50%) add 1 part bleach to 1 part water Dip wipe or spray on item to be treated, wait 5 minutes, then rinse thoroughly with water or neutralize3 and allow to dry. Household Bleach (5.25% liquid sodium hypochlorite) (1:9 or 10%) add 1 part bleach to 9 parts water Immersion contact for 10 minutes for items to be treated, then rinse thoroughly with water or neutralize3 and allow to dry. ¹Application and use of these products carries inherent health risks to both the applicant and those in the immediate area where chemicals are applied. Necessary protective clothing, respirators, protective gloves, protective boots, and eye protection are required for the applicant and others who may be affected by application. These chemicals may have adverse effects upon boat, livewell, and boat trailer components. Consult the equipment manufacturer for guidance. Consult Material Safety Data Sheets and or manufacturer instructions for guidance associated with safe use and handling of these chemicals. ²Compounds should be unsealed and mixed immediately before use to be effective; use these compounds at described concentrations at your own risk. Application or exposure requires use of protective clothing and other apparatus. Consult the Material Safety Data Sheet for specific details. 3 Chlorine solution compounds are corrosive to metal and rubber and are toxic to fish and to humans if used or handled incorrectly. Rinse all treated boats, trailers, and fish holding equipment with water after the necessary contact period or neutralize by spraying with sodium thiosulfate at 800ppm solution (3 grams per gallon of water) on all chlorine treated surfaces. Sodium thiosulfate is available from swimming pool supply sources. Follow all label precautions pertaining to neutralization; use this compound at your own risk. Application or exposure to sodium thiosulfate requires use of protective clothing and other apparatus. Consult the Material Safety Data Sheet for specific details. CAUTION: Exercise care when handling and using hot water, chlorine compounds, and chlorine neutralizing compounds which can burn or harm unprotected skin, eyes, nose and respiratory tract. Handling and use of high temperature water, high temperature water spray (steam), and chlorine compounds can be hazardous. Therefore, necessary precautions and safety procedures must be carefully adhered to so that burns and other harm to oneself and others is prevented. Also some equipment may melt, crack, or corrode in conjunction with exposure to hot water, steam, and/or chlorine compound cleaning. Some waterproof fabrics can delaminate or deteriorate with exposure to hot water and chlorine compounds. Consult manufacturer recommendations regarding use of hot water and/or chlorine compounds in conjunction with decontamination described above. Chlorine and neutralization compounds must be applied away from waterways and storm sewers so that untreated drainage into a waterway will not occur. Hot water and chlorine compound cleaning and follow-up neutralization and any methods to enhance fish survival and prevent AIS contamination should be conducted at your own risk.