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Super 6 Tournament Rules

Super 6

Tournament Rules

 Updated 12/30/15 : Dead fish penalty changed to 1/4 lb. and see refund policy.UPDATED 8/20/15- removal of horsepower and revision of substitutions.

Updated 7/25/2022 : Effective Immediately As to no pre fishing after 12 am Sunday morning, No Lines in the water Until You have been released by tournament Director to begin the tournament. This means No lures touch the water before or a disqualification from the event will be enforced. 


RULE CHANGES - Interpretation of these rules shall be left exclusively to the tournament director. Failure to comply with any rule may result in disqualification. The decision of the tournament director and/or ruling board shall be final in all matters. Tournament Director may choose a ruling board consisting of a panel of the tournament director and 2 contestants. Contestants will be selected from boat draw positions 3 and 7. Any protest must be stated before the start of the weigh-in.

PARTICIPANTS AND ELIGIBILITY –  A properly completed and signed official entry form and the entry fee must be presented to the tournament director prior to the tournament. A single entry/release form will apply to all yearly events. Tournament Director reserves the right to accept or decline any registration at any time. Any person entering a tournament that is under 18 years of age must have the signature with consent of his/her parent or legal guardian on the entry form. Which is the responsibility of the competitor. To encourage youth participation, a youth may participate if accompanied by an adult 21 years or older and have written approval by his/her legal guardian or parent. 12 years of age or older is recommended but not required. All participants must have a valid Minnesota Fishing license.

Refunds & Credits – No refunds apply at any time- UNLESS a tournament is cancelled by the director and rescheduled. A credit may be given to an angler if a life threatening emergency situation or a death in the family has arisen that has caused the angler to miss a tournament.  Disqualification from a tournament for any reason will result in a forfeit of entry fee.

Official Check-in – There will be an official check-in station in the morning as well as in the afternoon. It is your responsibility to check in before and after the tournament. Failure to go through boat check, morning check-in will result in disqualification. Competitors not at the checkpoint (boat off-plane) at the designated time will be penalized at the rate of 1 lb. per minute, deducted from his total weight for the day. Any competitor more than 15 minutes late for the afternoon check-in will be disqualified for the day.

Pre-tournament Practice -- No off-limits

SAFETY – SAFETY IS FIRST!!!!! Safe boating conduct will be observed at all times. Each competitor must wear a serviceable U.S. Coast Guard approved chest-type life preserver (PFD). This preserver must be worn, strapped, snapped or zipped any time the combustion engine is operating and until the combustion engine is shut off. The boat operator must have a safety-stop switch attached to his person when the combustion engine is running. Violation of either the PFD or safety-stop switch portion of this rule will result in disqualification.

SPORTSMANSHIP - All contestants are expected to follow the highest standards of sportsmanship, courtesy, safety and conservation. Violation of this rule shall be reason for disqualification. No alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs are allowed in the boat at any time. Drunkenness at any official activity will be grounds for immediate disqualification. Each contestant must keep the waters clean and bring trash back to the dock for disposal. Any violation of state, local or federal laws may result in immediate disqualification. If a participant is disqualified for a rules violation, all other contestants in the boat will also be disqualified. Tournament integrity can be protected by polygraph tests administered on a random basis. Contestants must pass these tests. Each contestant, by signing the entry form, agrees to submit to polygraph testing and/or a drug scan.

WAIVER AND LIABILITY: All tournament contestants must read and sign the form entitled “Waiver and Release ” that is printed on the entry form. Your signature on this form will constitute a certification that the contestant has read and understood the “Waiver and Release” form. All terms of the “Waiver and Release” form are hereby incorporated by reference into these rules in the same manner as if the terms of the “Waiver and Release” form were printed verbatim in these rules.

TACKLE AND EQUIPMENT - Only artificial lures with the exception of pork rind may be used. Only one rod and reel combination may be used at one time. Trolling as a method of fishing is prohibited. All bass must be caught live and in a conventional sporting manner. All angling must be done from the boat. Anglers are not permitted to leave the boat to land a fish or leave the boat to gain access to secluded waters or gain access to a lake if it cannot be done from inside the vessel. You can only leave the boat if you need to retrieve lure from a dock or in case of emergency (i.e. nature call or bad weather). Citizen band radios, marine radios and cellular phones are allowed in the boat for emergency use only. Any transmission of information via any communicative device concerning any aspect of fishing is prohibited during the tournament.

BOAT AND MOTOR - All boats entered in the tournament must carry a $300,000 liability insurance policy. Any boat considered inadequate to safely fish two contestants for an 8-hour day will not be allowed. Determination with cause is solely at the tournament director's discretion. All boats must be a minimum of 14ft in length, have an operational safety stop switch on 35HP and over motors, and have all required U.S. Coast Guard safety equipment. Each boat must also have a properly aerated or re-circulating live well to maintain a live limit catch of bass by both contestants. Maximum horsepower for all outboards used in tournament competition, not to exceed the maximum horsepower limitations set by the U.S. Coast Guard. Each boat must have a U.S. Coast Guard horsepower rating plate attached to the boat by the manufacturer. 


PERMITTED FISHING LOCATIONS - Contestants may fish anywhere accessible by boat, except areas designated by federal, state or local officials or within 50 yards of another competitor's boat, anchored or not. Competitors invoking the 50-yard rule must hold their boats steady. Any competitor that allows any other competitor to fish within 50 yards of his boat has suspended the 50-yard rule and opened the water to all competitors. No competitor can be within 10 feet from a non-competitors boat or person on the water, in a boat, or on a dock. Off limits waters stated by the tournament director.

TOURNAMENT HOURS - Official start and weigh-in times will be announced at the pre-tournament meeting. Our best effort will be given to allow at least 8 hours fishing time. In the case of adverse weather conditions, the tournament director will open weigh-in early. 

SEVERE WEATHER- Incase of thunderstorm, lightning and or severe weather, contestants may pull into the nearest shoreline until it is safe to continue fishing. Contestants may not leave their boats unless severe weather forces them ashore. 

WEIGH IN- Each competitors catch will determine tournament standings and placement. Only (5) largemouth or smallmouth bass will be weighed per boat. The limit shall be five (5) At no time shall a competitor have in his/ her possession more than the tournament limit. Culling must be done immediately- No culling at weigh-in site. Minimum length will be 12 inches. A penalty of 4 oz will be deducted from the total weight for each short fish and a penalty of 1/4 lb will be deducted from the total weight for each dead fish. Fish must be able to stay/swim upright to be considered as a live fish. If big bass is weighed dead, a 1/4 lb penalty is subtracted from the scale weight. A contestant that presents more fish than the tournament limit will be disqualified immediately. All live fish will be returned to the lake by anglers to an adequate area away from shore traffic.

Substitutions - one person named  on entry must fish each tourney. 

TIE - In case of a tie, big bass will be tie breaker. No big bass weighed-in by contestant will equal 0.00 lbs. If both parties do not weigh a big fish, it is then determined by most fish alive.




Anglers Waiver & Acknowledgement

Participation agreement: I understand that this is a professional sporting event governed by the rules that have been established by the tournament officials. I acknowledge that I have read and understand these rules and that these rules relate to the safety of all participants as well as the fair sporting conduct of the event. The Tournament Officials shall act as the referee in all disputes and their decision is based on their interpretations of the rules will be final and without legal appeal. I understand there are never refunds for tournament entry fees.

Release of Liability: I acknowledge that I am participating voluntarily in the Bass Central Super 6.
I agree to assume all risk of injury, death, damages, theft and loss to personal property, which may result from my participation in the circuit. I recognize that loss of property, injury or death could arise from the fishing and boating activities contemplated by the tournament and the risks normally encountered in open water fishing from a boat may be enhanced by exposure to the elements and other risks inherent in outdoor competition. I warrant that I am in good physical and mental health and am physically capable of withstanding the rigors and requirements of a professional competition. 

Photo/Video Release: I understand and agree that any and all photographs, videos or films taken during the course of my participation in the tournament which includes me, my name and or my boat maybe be used by the tournament organizers.

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