These rules and regulations are the official rules of the SPRO Lake Havasu Team Open. These rules are subject to change at anytime without notice and under the sole discretion of the tournament director. It is the responsibility of each competitor to read and understand these rules. By entering into this SPRO event you agree to abide by all of the rules and criteria set forth below. Furthermore you agree that the tournament director or his representative have the final decision in all matters related to the tournament and its outcome.
1. Participation: Participation in a SPRO event is open to anyone providing one member of the team is at least 18 years of age.
The tournament director has the final decision of who is eligible to fish a SPRO event.
2: Permitted Fish and Fishing Methods: All largemouth and smallmouth bass must be taken in a conventional and sporting manner USING ONLY SPRO FROGS. FROGS MUST REMAIN STOCK WITH THE EXCEPTION OF TRIMMING THE LEGS, OPENING THE HOOKS, ADDING RATTLES AND MUST BE WORKED ON THE SURFACE AT ALL TIMES. ANGLERS MAY NOT ADD HOOKS, WEIGHT, OR ALTER THE COLOR OF THE FROGS IN ANYWAY. At no time shall any angler be permitted to use more than one rod and one reel at a time. Anglers shall follow Arizona state regulations concerning quantity of hooks allowable by law. Intentional snagging of fish shall be grounds for disqualification. Any fish taken while site fishing must be hooked inside the mouth. The use of live or cut bait during practice or tournament hours shall be strictly prohibited. No team shall be allowed to troll using the outboard motor.
3. Off-limits: Unless otherwise specified there is no official off-limits for SPRO events. Anglers are required to be off the water by dark the day before the event starts. No angler/team shall be permitted to fish within 50 feet of a gas pump.
4. Membership: We do not require a membership to fish a SPRO event.
5. Safety: All participants shall observe local and state regulations specific to boating safety at all times during practice and competition and do not hold either JML Outdoors LLC, its director, staff, SPRO, or sponsors liable for anything that happens during an event. A United States Coast Guard approved life vest must be on and secured by all competitors anytime the outboard motor is on. The boat operator shall have the ignition shut off device (kill switch) attached to themselves anytime the outboard motor is running.
6. Boat/License Requirements: All watercraft that is used during a SPRO event if required by law must have attached a US Coast Guard rating plate. The horsepower of the boat shall not exceed the maximum horsepower requirements stated on the US Coast Guard rating plate. Each boat shall have a working kill switch, aerated livewells, and be properly registered. Each contestant must have and provide proof of upon request a current fishing license with necessary stamps or endorsements. Any citation given by local, state, or federal law enforcement officials shall be grounds for disqualification.
7: Insurance: It is the sole responsibility of all SPRO participants, competitors, and owners to carry and maintain the state required minimum liability coverage for themselves and their passengers.
8: Tournament limits: Unless lake rules state a lesser number the tournament limit of bass shall be 5 fish per team. The minimum size limit shall be determined by the tournament director prior to the event. If no minimum size limit is specified the minimum size shall be 13” unless lake rules state otherwise (measured mouth closed and tail pinched on a flat board). At no time shall a team posses more than a limit of fish. Once a limit is achieved and the next fish is caught the team must cull immediately. No culling inside the host marina will be allowed.
9. Encroachment: While some lakes fish smaller than others anglers are requested to use common sense and work with other competitors. As a general rule no team shall pull within 25 yards or 75 feet of another competitor’s boat. Having a cast land within 10 yards or 30 feet of another competitor’s boat shall be considered encroachment.
10: Penalties: All penalties shall be assessed by the tournament director if necessary. Dead fish shall have a penalty of .50lbs. Short fish or illegal fish (in case of slot lakes) shall be a loss of 1lb plus loss of fish. Don’t be late to check in. All anglers are required to check in on time with a tournament official. Any angler/team checking in late will have their catch for the day disqualified. If an angler’s/team’s check in time is 3:00 you have until the clock turns to 3:01 before you are late.
11: Mechanical issues: In the case of a mechanical issue one member of the team may bring their fish in with another competitor. An angler/team can be towed in by any boat not in the tournament.
12: Alcohol and Drugs: The use/possession of alcohol or drugs during tournament hours is strictly prohibited.
13: Angler Cooperation: All anglers/teams are required to cooperate with tournament officials at all times both on and off the water. This is included but not limited to request for pictures and information for press releases. All photographs taken by JML Outdoors or SPRO are the property of JML Outdoors and SPRO and may be used at anytime for advertising or information purposes.
14. Sportsmanship: All contestants are to follow the highest standards of sportsmanship. Any angler/team that is found to have brought unfavorable publicity to SPRO or the sport of bass fishing shall be subject to disqualification.
15: Protests: All protests must be given in writing to the tournament director within 30 minutes of the anglers check in time. It will be the tournament director’s responsibility to make a decision based off of the information provided by both parties. Both parties involved must be readily available for discussion with the tournament director when requested.