1. Each team will consist of 2 pre-registered anglers. One angler must be 18 years of age; the second angler cannot be less than 12 years of age. If an angler is under the age of 18, a parental consent form must be filled out prior to the tournament day. Both anglers, regardless of age, must have a valid boaters card.
2. Anglers that legally require a fishing licence in Ontario must hold a valid "Sport Fishing" licence. A "Conservation" licence is NOT acceptable.
3. All registrations to be completed by June 1st, which includes paying the rest of the 50% deposit. Walk on eligibility will be determined thereinafter, and a 200 dollar walk-on fee will be applied.
4. Unsportsmanlike conduct will not be tolerated and will result in disqualification, and tournament fees will NOT be reimbursed.
5. All boats must be a minimum of 14 ft. in length and equipped with a WORKING KILL SWITCH and a WORKING LIVEWELL. All kill switches must be attached to the driver's body while the combustion engine is running (unless at trolling speed).
6. Maximum horsepower for all outboards and inboards must not exceed the horsepower limitations set by the manufacturer's rating plate. Changing or altering standard factory parts of your motor to increase the horsepower over the factory horsepower rating is forbidden.
7. During the mandatory anglers meeting, we will be assigning blast off positions and flights. You will also receive the designated check-in times and info. Failure to be checked in 10 minutes prior to your assigned blast off position will mean that you will be moved to the back of your flight. Check-In times will correspond with your flight, and failure to be back at your assigned time and to the designated boat marked by a Canadian Flag will result in a PENALTY OF 8oz. FOR EVERY MINUTE LATE on scheduled return.
8. All boats must check back at the designated tournament site. Failure to check back may impact your eligibility for next year's early access registration.
9. Only artificial lures may be used. No "live bait" or "prepared bait" is permitted. You are allowed to use pork strips and rind.
10. Pre-fishing will be allowed until 3:00pm Thursday July 1st 2020, all boats MUST be off the water at this time!
11. All federal/Provincial boating and fishing regulations must be adhered to.
12. Only the species being fished for will be kept. All other species will be released immediately.
13. Possession Limits: Five (5) fish per team
14. It is at the discretion of the Tournament Director if the tournament must be delayed or cancelled for weather reasons. If a small craft advisory is in effect on the day which we have deemed Lake Ontario open, it will be changed to Bay Only for everyone’s safety.
15. In the case of a tie for any position, the prize for that position and the position(s) beneath will be added together and distributed equally among the tied teams.
16. Tournament Waters. Tournament waters designated as “Bay Only” consists of the waters west of the Glenora Ferry (Boats must remain west of the west pilings at both Ferry landing zones) to the Murray Canal entrance. Your boat cannot enter the Murray Canal. Tournament waters designated as “Lake Ontario Open” consists of all water accessible by boat from the Bay of Quinte. Locking through to others waters is not permitted. July 2nd will be Lake Ontario Large Mouth Bass Only. July 3rd and 4th will be Bay Only Large and Small Mouth Bass.
17. NO alcoholic beverages or drugs may be consumed by (or in the possession of) any angler. If an Angler/or team is found in violation of this rule, the said Angler/team will be disqualified from the tournament with no refund of tournament fees.
18. Fishing is prohibited within 100 ft. of another competitor's boat. No fishing is allowed within 100 yards of Ministry nets or Marina's fuel pumps.
19. Decisions of the Tournament Director are final. No protests will be allowed after the final team weighs-in. A $50.00 deposit must be paid to protest and is refundable only if the protest is upheld.
20. Competitors may obtain fuel or repairs from Marinas or use washroom facilities, providing one (1) team member remains in the boat and cannot fish.
21. Any team disqualified for any reason will NOT receive a refund of the entry fee.
22. Any taxes on any prizes/awards are the responsibility of the recipient(s).
23. If, in the officials’ opinion, if a fish is judged dead, it will be weighed in, and there will be a ½ lb penalty. A dead fish cannot be weighed in for Big fish prize.
24. Personal flotation devices must be securely worn while travelling. PFD's do not have to be worn when trolling or at drifting speeds unless it is an inflatable style PFD. All inflatable flotation devices MUST BE WORN AT ALL TIMES.
25. It is the responsibility of the competitors to bring fish to the weigh-in stage from the boat.
26. Proof of boat insurance must be made available upon request. All boats must be covered by a minimum of $1,000,000.00 liability insurance. (For U.S. anglers, the standard amount of insurance for the U.S. will apply).
27. On tournament day, the number of bass allowed to be in your live well is five (5). If you are caught with more than your allowable limit, your fish will be culled down starting with your biggest fish. If a team weighs-in more than their legal limit, the heaviest fish will be removed, and a two (2) pound penalty will be subtracted from their total weight.
28. Anglers are permitted to target both Largemouth Bass and Smallmouth Bass during “Bay Only” designated waters. Anglers are permitted to target Largemouth Bass ONLY during “Lake Ontario Open” designated waters.
29. Tournament Officials reserve the right to do a thorough boat inspection to check for illegal bait(s) or other items and/or substances. Finding such item(s) will result in that team's disqualification, and entry fees will not be refunded. By signing the Tournament "Waiver," the anglers are hereby giving their consent to this inspection.
30. In the event of a boat breakdown, a team may exchange boats at tournament headquarters ONLY and under the supervision and direction of tournament officials. The boat with the breakdown cannot be trailered to the headquarters for exchange purposes.
31. In the event of a boat breakdown, a team that will not be exchanging boats can seek another team's assistance to transport their fish to headquarters to have their fish weighed. In order to do this, a team MUST FIRST call the Tournament Director and follow their directions. Failure to call the Tournament Director prior to transferring of fish may result in disqualification.
32. Challenge of Scale Accuracy/Reweigh of Fish. If a team wishes to challenge the accuracy of the scales they must pay a $50.00 deposit. A government-certified 5-pound weight will be placed on the scale. If the scale is accurate, then the team will lose their $50.00 deposit, and the weight will stand. If the scales are not accurate, the team will receive their deposit back, the scales will be tared, and the fish will be reweighed. The new weight will stand. Please note the scales will be certified, and the Certificate will be on hand and available to be seen at the tournament.
33. A team member must be present to claim any draw prizes awarded; otherwise, it will be redrawn.
34. Competitors agree that pictures, videos and other media are the property of Tackle Depot and can be used and distributed accordingly.
35. If for any reason the tournament is cancelled due to COVID, Anglers will receive a FULL refund within 10 business days.
36. In the event of bad weather, the tournament director may make decisions regarding tournament boundaries or the full cancellation of a day.
37. NO TROLLING FOR BASS
38. Lie detector tests will be conducted randomly to ensure rules are being adhered to.
39. The field will be cut to the top 25 boats for championship Sunday.
Updated as of Jan. 5, 2021