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The Show: Tournament Rules

These rules will remain in effect for all 2023 “The Show” Team Series tournaments. Interpretation of these rules will be left exclusively to the Board of Directors and any decisions made will be passed down by the on site Tournament Director. A Board of Directors was put into place to best serve the anglers and make impartial decisions that lead to the safest and most favorable outcomes if unforeseen circumstances arise. In the event of a rule violation, the Board of Directors may impose such sanctions, as they deem appropriate, including, without limitation, disqualifications, forfeiture of prizes and prohibition from participation in subsequent tournaments. Decisions of the Board of Directors are final in all matters and are not subject to appeal and are not reviewable by any court of law. Brandon Belt Fishing reserves the right to make needed changes to these rules in order to ensure the safety, welfare of the anglers, and/or the public and preserve the integrity of “The Show” Team Series. Any rule changes will immediately supersede all previously published copies of rules. It is your responsibility to read and understand the rules and how you are affected by not complying with the following rules. Every Angler will be required to sign an affidavit that he/she has read, understands and accepts all rules.

  1. Participation and Eligibility: Participation is open to anyone who is 18 years old and older. Any person entering this event under the age of 18 years must be paired with a partner 18 years of age or older and also have the signature of their parent or legal guardian in the provided space on the official minor release form to be turned in at registration. Brandon Belt Fishing reserves the right to refuse participation in any and all events to any individual or team at the discretion of the Board of Directors. In addition: This tournament is eligible to ALL anglers no matter their Professional or Guide Status.
  2. Federal, State and Local Laws: All contestants must have a valid fishing license and are required to obey all federal, state and local laws and regulations.
  3. Team or Solo: “The Show” Team Series is a Team Tournament platform. A team cannot consist of more than two (2) anglers, but you ARE allowed to fish solo if that is your choice. Only registered tournament anglers are allowed in a team’s boat during tournament hours. If one of the team members has an unexpected illness or there is another unforeseen circumstance and can't fish this tournament, you may use an alternate. Each team is allowed an alternate partner for one event during the year. The Tournament Director must be notified of any changes ASAP. There will be no refunds of entry fees for any reason.
  4. Off limits: All regular season and championship tournaments for “The Show” Team Series will have a seven day off limits period immediately prior to the official practice days.
  5. Official Practice: All regular season and championship tournaments for “The Show” Team Series will begin official practice three days prior to the official tournament start date. (Example: Official Tournament Start Day is the 20th, Official Practice Days 17th-19th, Off Limits 10th-16th)
  6. Information: No fishing information may be purchased, bartered, solicited or otherwise received from any person who entered official tournament waters during the established off limits period for “The Show” Team Series qualifying or championship events.
  7. Registration: Registration will be accepted online at www.brandonbeltfishing.com, or at onsite registration the day prior to the tournament. Onsite registration will be from 4:00 pm - 7:00pm the day before the tournament. Each team is required to draw their boat number during onsite registration hours.
  8. Insurance: A minimum of $100,000 liability insurance is required of all contestants utilizing their boats in ALL Brandon Belt Fishing Tournaments. We reserve the right to check proof of this from each and every angler who's boat is utilized in the tournament.
  9. Safety: Safe boating must be observed at all times. Each Contestant is required to wear a fastened (fully zipped and/or all clips fastened), U.S. Coast Guard approved, personal flotation device anytime the combustion engine is in gear during tournament hours. All boats must be equipped with an emergency ignition shut-off device, which must be securely attached to the driver's body any time the combustion engine is on. The driver must be seated in the driver's seat anytime the combustion engine is engaged and in gear. Tournament days may be shortened or canceled due to unsafe weather or any conditions that would endanger the safety of the competitors at the discretion of the Board of Directors. Competitors are allowed to leave the boat and seek shelter in bad weather, at which time no fishing may occur.
  10. Permitted Fishing Methods: Only artificial lures may be used. Only one fishing rod per angler may be used at any one time. Additional rods may be in the boat and ready for use; however, each cast and retrieve must be completed before another cast is attempted or rod is used. Trolling as a method of fishing is prohibited. Switching or sharing fish with other teams or individuals is a violation of these rules and will result in immediate disqualification. All Bass must be caught alive, in a conventional, sporting manner. When sight fishing for Bass, all fish must be hooked inside the mouth to be counted as a legal fish. All angling must be conducted from the boat. At no time may a contestant leave the boat to land a fish, or to make the boat more accessible to fishing waters.
  11. Alabama Rigs: Alabama rigs and similar umbrella-type rigs are limited to a maximum of five wires with a maximum of five spinners, five lures, and five hooks.
  12. Sportsmanship and Conduct: All contestants are required 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 Brandon Belt Fishing’s effort to promote fisheries conservation, clean waters, and courtesy, shall be grounds for disqualification. Other examples of conduct not complying with these standards include, but are not limited to, the following:
    1. Consumption and/or possession of alcoholic beverages or any mind-altering substance during tournament hours extending through the weigh-in procedure.
    2. Any previous conviction, charge, arrest, or investigation for a felony, a crime involving moral turpitude, or a crime related to, arising out of, or involving any fishing tournament or event, except with full, prior written disclosure to the Director of Operations under oath and by affidavit of all facts and circumstances surrounding such conviction, charge, arrest, or investigation at least ten (10) days before the “The Show” Team Series event being entered, and thereafter subject to the Board of Directors’ discretion that such conviction, charge, arrest, or investigation does not result in the contestant's honesty, integrity, character or qualifications to enter the event being unreasonably questionable.
    3. Actions or words which reflect unfavorably upon efforts to promote safety, sportsmanship, and fair competition.
    4. Disqualification from other fishing organizations that resulted from rule violations that resulted in a contestant's honesty, integrity, character, and qualifications for entry into a Brandon Belt Fishing event being questionable in the Tournament Director's sole and absolute discretion.
  13. Assistance: The use of mobile communication devices such as cellular telephones, marine radios, walkie-talkies, CBs, pagers or any electronic device to obtain and use fishing information from anyone during tournament hours is strictly prohibited. During the days of competition, contestants may not solicit and/or receive information about locating or catching fish on tournament waters from anyone except other registered teams in the tournament and through publicly available sources (quasi-public websites, blogs and/or social media pages, including but not limited to Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Periscope, set up for the specific purpose of sharing information with individuals or a small group of individuals are NOT publicly available sources). Teams may not solicit or receive information about locating or catching fish on tournament waters from anyone who has dropped out of the tournament. As stated in Rule #6: No fishing information may be purchased, bartered, solicited or otherwise received from any person who entered official tournament waters during the established off-limits period. In the event of an emergency situation, competitors should call 911 first and then notify the onsite Tournament Director.
  14. Boat and Horsepower Regulation: Each boat must have all required U.S. Coast Guard safety equipment. Boats must contain a properly aerated live well space to maintain an alive limit catch of bass. Maximum horsepower for all outboards used in tournament competition may not exceed the horsepower limitations as set by the U. S. Coast Guard in such vessel. Falsifying information on entry forms or altering the horsepower numbers on the motor or rating plate to conceal such limitations will be cause for disqualification from the tournament. No contestant may have a platform, raised deck, or ladder which is higher than the gunnel of the boat. Standing on the fishing seats or outboard motor will not be allowed in Brandon Belt Fishing events. No air or jet drive boats will be permitted. Fuel may be carried only in factory-installed (built-in) fuel tanks. Optional remote engine fuel tanks must be factory or factory authorized dealer installed and be strapped or otherwise secured. Any additional fuel used during the tournament day must be purchased from a retail facility open to the public and pumped through a hose with a nozzle.
  15. Permitted Fishing Locations: Contestants may fish anywhere on tournament waters accessible by boat, except areas designated as "off limits", 'no boats', 'keep out', 'restricted' or "no fishing" (or similar language or markings intended to restrict public access) by local, state or federal officials, or within 50 yards of a competitor's boat which was first anchored. An anchored boat is a boat held in a stable position by a line attached to a weight or by a Power Pole or similar shallow water anchor with the trolling motor in the stowed (up) position.
  16. Trailering is NOT Allowed: “The Show” Team Series will be a numbered take off tournament, with the take off order being reversed on day two. In the event of severe weather or location limitations, alternate take-off and check-in instructions will be given at the registration site, at the sole discretion of the Tournament Director. In the event that contestants are allowed to launch at various boat ramps and trailer their boats to the weigh-in site, they must relaunch their boat the morning of the tournament even if they have access to a dock, houseboat, etc. If trailering is authorized by the Tournament Director, teams must launch from any PUBLIC boat ramp on tournament waters. All boats must leave the official check point by boat in the order designated at registration. Contestants may launch their boat at a ramp other than the designated take-off location, but all Contestants must come through the official check-in location before leaving to fish. Contestants must leave and return to the check-in by boat. Contestants' boats must remain in the tournament waters during the event. In the event of a mechanical breakdown, there are two permitted methods of returning to the check-in. (1) by remaining in boat and being towed by water, or (2) by entering the boat of another competitor. The Contestants must return to the official check-in location by the methods set forth above by their assigned check-in time to avoid late penalty. Contestants who elect to return to the check-in by any other means than cited above will forfeit their day’s catch to that point in time of the tournament day. Any Contestant returning to the check-in point may be eligible to restart and resume competition under the supervision of the Tournament Director or his designated tournament official. It is the sole responsibility of Contestants to locate the Tournament Director to request a restart. The entire field will fish both tournament days. It is the contestants' responsibility to ensure their boat number is checked in on time with the Tournament Official on or before their check in time.
  17. Official Checkpoints: There will be only one official checkpoint for boat inspection in the morning and one official check-in point in the afternoon. Failure to go through boat check-out in the morning or failure to officially check-in at the check-in point will result in disqualification from such event. It is the sole responsibility of each Contestant to arrive at the designated check-in location on time. Regardless of what you are told or understand, it is the angler's responsibility to verify their provided flight time. All fishing must cease upon check-in, or upon such other time as may be designated by the Tournament Director.
  18. Late Penalty: Contestants who are not at the official check-in point at the appointed time will be assessed a ONE (1) pound per minute penalty from their total weight including any weight to be counted toward a Big Bass award. Any Contestant more than 15 minutes late will forfeit that day's catch.
  19. Scoring: Will be determined by the official weight of each angler's catch during the tournament. Only Largemouth, Spotted, Red Eye or Smallmouth Bass (collectively, 'Bass') are accepted species. The limit will be five Bass per team, per day. Any Contestant who possesses more than the tournament limit, unless actively culling, will have their catch for that day disqualified. Culling must be done immediately. The minimum official length limit for all species for “The Show” Team Series events will be 14” unless the lake limit is more than 14”, in which case, the lake limit will prevail. Bass presented for weigh-in, which fail to measure the prescribed length limit, will result in loss of that particular fish and a one-pound penalty to the weight of the remaining fish. Bass will be measured with mouth closed, tail compressed and swiped to achieve overall greatest length. A measuring board will be provided at check-in and will serve as the official measuring standard for “The Show” Team Series. It is the contestant's responsibility to ensure all fish presented for weigh-in are of legal length according solely to “The Show” Team Series official measuring board.
  20. Live Fish: Every effort must be made to keep bass alive through the use of a properly aerated live well. The use of chemical live well additives which promote the healthy return of bass to their natural habitat are recommended. A one (1) pound penalty will be deducted for each dead bass presented for weigh-in. Culling of dead bass is prohibited. No dead bass will be eligible for Big Bass awards or prizes.
  21. Closing of the Scales: Scales will close thirty (30) minutes after the last flight is due in. Due to certain weigh-in locations this time may be lengthened or shortened at the Tournament Director's sole and absolute discretion. Any change to the above stated official scale closing time will be announced during registration, during boat check-out, or during weigh-in. It is the angler's responsibility to verify the official scale closing time and to be in the weigh-in line by such time.
  22. Ties: In the event of a tie for first place, the Tournament Director shall designate, depending on time and safety conditions, a fish-off period to be held within 24 hours of the closing of the scales. If an angler/team declines to compete in the fish off, the other team involved will be awarded first place. All remaining tied places will combine money/points and split evenly.
  23. Polygraph: Polygraph exams will be administered onsite at each event. A selected team will automatically be tested. Each contestant who fishes “The Show” Team Series also agrees to submit to a polygraph examination should it be deemed necessary at a time and location determined by the Tournament Director following the competition. Failure to pass the examination may result in disqualification.
  24. Protest and Reporting Procedure: All protests must be submitted in writing within fifteen (15) minutes of the scales closing to the tournament director or designated tournament official. The protestor also agrees that if there is a question with regards to verifying the protest charge, he or she may be subject to a polygraph exam and agree to testify in a court of law if necessary.
  25. Team of the Year: Points will be awarded as follows. Winning team receives 250 points, 2nd receives 249 points, 3rd receives 248 points in descending order until the last team that weighed a fish during that event is awarded points. If more than 250 teams enter an event, then the 250th place receives 1 point. All teams that enter but do not participate will receive zero points for that event. “The Show” Team Series Championship points are awarded as follows: Winning team receives 150 points, 2nd receives 149, 3rd receives 148 points in descending order until the last team that weighed a fish during that event is awarded points. Teams must weigh in a fish to earn points. The team accumulating the most points following the championship event will be awarded the Team of the Year and will receive all awards associated with this title.
  26. Championship Qualifiers: The top 75 teams based on “The Show” Team Series Team of Year points ranking following the final regular season event will qualify for the season ending championship. Teams must weigh in a fish at an event to earn points towards the Team of Year points ranking. Each team is allowed an alternate partner for one event during the year (see Rule #3). The Championship is NOT an entry fee free event. Entry fee will be the same as a regular season event. The final Team of Year standings will include points earned at the championship event. Teams that are competing in the championship must pay their entry fee no later than the Friday before the championship. If an eligible team chooses not to fish the championship, they will be replaced by the next team in the point rankings starting with the 76th place team.
  27. Media Coverage: Contestants are required to comply with all requests (included but not limited to video, still camera, access to boat and access to fishing area) made by the Brandon Belt Fishing production crew for the purpose of gathering media coverage. Failure to coordinate with and accommodate the Brandon Belt Fishing production crew needs will result in disqualification of that event.


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