WWBS Rules

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2017-2018 WWBS Season Rules as of 9-15-2017

The Weekend Warrior Bass Series herein after known as the (WWBS) is designed for the entry level or average fisherman that works a full time job but still enjoys the thrill of competition.  We want people to be able to have an enjoyable day on the water knowing they are not fishing against a professional angler.

These rules and regulations are the official rules of the WWBS.  These rules are subject to change at anytime without notice.  It is the responsibility of each competitor to read and understand these rules.  By entering into a WWBS 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.

Should a protest for eligibility occur the tournament director will withhold any winnings while an investigation into the eligibility of the protested angler takes place.  It is each angler’s responsibility to know and understand the eligibility requirements of any WWBS event prior to entering that event.

1: Participation: Participation in a WWBS event is open to anyone providing a team or team member has not:

  1. A) Fished MORE than one Pro tournament (FLW, BASS, WON, USAC, WWBT, etc.) as a PRO(BOATER) in a calendar year (January 1 to December 31) in the last TWO years. (Federation events DO NOT count as Pro tournaments)
  2. B) Fished for a living or made the majority of his/her income from fishing in the last TWO years.
  3. C) Been a licensed fishing guide in the last TWO years.

Once an angler fishes their second Pro event in a calendar year as a Pro they are then immediately ineligible to compete in any WWBS event.  This includes the year end championship.

IF YOU COULD/CAN SAY YES TO ANY OF THE ABOVE IN 2016 or 2017 YOU ARE INELIGIBLE!

The tournament director has the final decision of who is eligible to fish a WWBS event.

2: Off-limits:  There will be no off limits for the Weekend Warrior Bass Series.  Keep in mind this is a not a PRO TEAM circuit.  If fishing is your main source of income you are ineligible to fish.  Check with the tournament director for championship off-limits.

3: Solicitation of Information: All anglers are expected to locate their own fish.  No angler shall knowingly solicit information or pre-fish with anyone other than an immediate family member, team partner, or another angler eligible to compete in a WWBS event within 14 days of any WWBS event.  No WWBS angler may follow a non-competitor on the water within 14 days of a WWBS event.  No WWBS angler may utilize a non-competitor’s GPS, SD Card, or any other form of electronic device for the purpose of locating fish within 14 days of a WWBS event or during an event.

*The only exception to rule #3 is if you are fishing another sanctioned tournament that falls within the 14 day period.

4: Guides: Hiring guides for the purpose of locating bass for a WWBS event is strictly prohibited.  Any angler found to have hired a guide on the body of water in which a WWBS event is held within 30 days prior to an event shall be subject to disqualification.  WWBS considers splitting prize money or a portion of any prize money with any angler not eligible to fish a WWBS event as hiring a guide.  Splitting prize money does not apply if you are fishing another sanctioned tournament and you are partners.

5: Membership: We do not require a membership to fish a WWBS event.

6: 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 the WWBS, its director, staff, 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.

7: Observers: The tournament director may grant permission for an angler to have an observer in the boat if his or her team partners CAN NOT make an event.  This observer must be approved by the tournament director prior to registration and is not allowed to fish or assist in landing a fish in anyway.  This includes hanging onto an object to keep the boat from moving, handing the competing angler the net, netting the fish, handing the competing angler a rod, lure, or bait, bait selection, etc.  The observer is only there for safety reasons.

8: Boat/License Requirements: All watercraft that is used during a WWBS 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.

9: Insurance: It is the sole responsibility of all WWBS participants, competitors, and owners to carry and maintain the state required minimum liability coverage for themselves and their passengers.

10: Championship Qualifications: Points are awarded in every WWBS event starting at 100 for first, 99 for second, 98 for third, etc. Bonus points are given at each event based off of weight caught. Example: Team A wins the tournament with 15.25lbs. They will receive 115.25 points (100 points for first plus 15.25 bonus points).

Any Angler/Team fishing a total of 4 tournaments in their region will make the year end championship for that region.  Any team that fishes a minimum 3 events in each region will qualify for both championships.

Should a team need an extra event to make the championship they may pay an entry into a qualifying event and not fish.  This can be done one time per team per season.  Teams wishing to exercise this option understand that they will earn the minimum number of points awarded at the event.  These points can not count towards AOY points should the team be in contention for AOY.  The money paid will be paid back at the qualifying event as if it was another boat fishing.  Teams wishing to pay and not fish must contact the tournament director a minimum of one week prior to the qualifying event they wish to pay the entry for.

In the event an angler is unable to make the championship, two qualifying anglers can fish the championship together. This is only allowed if both teams have qualified for the championship and it is approved by the tournament director 14 days prior to the championship.

Each championship will have daily options.  DAILEY options will be paid back at 100%.

Your boat # at the championship will be determined based off of where in the points you finished the season.  For example AOY will be boat number 1 for day one of the championship.  Teams will go out in reverse on the second day.

11: Partner Designation:  Anglers will be able to fish the first two events alone without a designated partner.  An angler must designate a partner prior to the third event taking place.  The points that the solo angler accrued fishing by him/herself will count for the team providing the designated partner DID NOT fish either of the first two events.

12: Medical Exemption: The tournament director at his discretion may grant an angler a new team partner should the anglers original team partner have to withdraw for the season due to a medical issue.  The team will continue to accrue points providing the angler with the medical issue does not fish the remainder of the season.

13: Permitted Fish and Fishing Methods: All largemouth, smallmouth, and spotted bass must be taken in a conventional and sporting manner.  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.

14: 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 12” for Central Arizona and 13″ for Lake Havasu (both 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.

15: 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.

16: 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.

17: 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.

18: Alcohol and Drugs: The use/possession of alcohol or drugs during tournament hours is strictly prohibited.

19: 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 polygraphs, pictures, and information for press releases.  All photographs taken by WWBS staff are the property of JML Outdoors and may be used at anytime for advertising or information purposes.

20: Sportsmanship: All contestants are to follow the highest standards of sportsmanship.  Any angler/team that is found to have brought unfavorable publicity to WWBS or the sport of bass fishing shall be subject to disqualification.

21: 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.