2020 Official Rules

Welcome to the 6th Annual Foodland Bass Team Tournament! Foodland is proud to sponsor the 2020 Foodland Team Bass Tournament, and is very excited to work with this year’s host, pro angler Chris Lane. You will not want to miss this event!! There will be something there for the whole family to enjoy!! Food, Family, Fun… & Fishing!!

Prizes Guaranteed
Grand Prize $10,000
1st Big Bass $1,000
2nd Big Bass $500

RULES: Foodland Bass Team Tournament rules and regulations are included herein with special notations. You are expected to be familiar with all items before entering. The following rules are subject to change due to safety or federal, state or local laws conflicts.

RULE CHANGES: Rule additions and revisions will be public knowledge before the next event takes place from the time the revision is incorporated. It is the decision of Mitchell Grocery Corporation, Foodland and/or Chris Lane Fishing, Inc. to make a change where safety or cancellation is concerned. The decision of these parties will be final in all matters.

PARTICIPATION AND ELIGIBILITY: Each team must consist of two individuals. The individual who registers the team will be considered the “boat captain” and will serve as the main point of contact on all tournament matters. Each boat captain must declare one partner during registration. Boat Captains must be 18 years or older in order to enter the tournament. Partners under 18 years of age will be allowed to fish with a parent and/or guardian present. The Foodland Bass Team Tournament is open to all people regardless of race, sex, religion or national origin. Tour level pros (Pays $24k or more in entry fees annually) will not be allowed to register or fish. 200 boat maximum field. Chris Lane Fishing, LLC and Foodland reserve the right to refuse any application for tournament entry fees.

ENTRY FEES: Entry fees in the Foodland Bass Team Tournament are $100 per boat. 100% Payback. Will payback every 5 boats. Registration must be paid in advanced. Winners are responsible for any and all taxes on any money and prizes received. NOTE: If check registration payments do not clear, a $25 fee will be charged back, and any other fees that might be generated during collection. Registration will be first come, first served.

ENTRY LIMITATIONS: No refunds will be issued after Friday, May 22, 2020. If qualified emergency should arise, please submit your inquiry to 
information@foodlandbass.com at least 24 hours in advance. The tournament director will review your request.

CHECK-IN: Teams will take off by method determined by tournament director – launch order will be determined by the order in which your registration and payment are received. Visit
www.Foodlandbass.com for check-in sites, dates and times.

TOURNAMENT HOURS: Tournament hours will be set by the Tournament Director. Failure for a team to check-in at weigh-in time or to notify Tournament Director that you are off the water may result in being banned from future events.

SPORTSMANSHIP: All contestants are expected to follow high standards of sportsmanship, courtesy, safety and conservation. Drunkenness shall be cause for automatic disqualification. Flagrant sportsmanship violations will be permanently disqualification. Any contestant’s conduct reflecting unfavorable upon efforts to promote safety, sportsmanship, fair competition and compliance with tournament rules are grounds for disqualification and/or rejection of any entry for participation.

SAFETY: Safe boating must be observed at all times. Each contestant is required to wear a chest-type life preserver anytime the boat is on plane. Motors that exceed BIA rating are not condoned by the Foodland Bass Team Tournament or its sponsors. Foodland Bass Team Tournament officials reserve the right to refuse any rig which is extremely overpowered or deemed dangerous.

BOAT AND MOTOR: All boats must be equipped with emergency kill-switch device securely attached to the driver’s body whenever the boat is on plane. All boats must be a minimum of 16 ft. in length and have a rear deck. All boats must be equipped with wheel steering; no other steering will be permitted. Each boat must have all required U.S. Coast Guard safety equipment. Boats must contain a properly aerated livewell space to maintain alive a limit catch by both contestants. Maximum horsepower for all outboards used
in tournament competition not to exceed the horsepower limitations as set by the U.S. Coast Guard. Each boat must have an U.S. Coast Guard horsepower rating plate attached to the boat by the manufacturer. Fuel may be carried only in U.S. Coast Guard approved mounted or secured fuel tanks.

TACKLE AND EQUIPMENT: Only artificial lures with the exception of pork trailers may be used. Only one rod per angler may be presented and in the water at one time. All bass must be caught live and in a conventional sporting manner. No Alabama rigs allowed. Trolling is illegal.

PERMITTED FISHING LOCATIONS: You may not leave your boat except in an emergency. You must fish water that is available to everyone. Boats cannot trailer to and from the weigh-in during tournament hours unless under the direction of the Tournament Director. No fishing within 50 yards of another competitors boat first anchored down with the trolling motor up. If you trailer your boat for any reason you must notify director and have your live well inspected before and after trailering boat.

SCORING: Only largemouth, smallmouth & spotted bass will be weighed. The official length will comply with state regulations. Bass presented for weigh-in, which fail to measure the prescribed length, will be penalized loss of fish and 1 pound. Fish that appear to have been mangled, mashed, mauled or altered will be weighed only at the discretion of the tournament officials. Fish will be measured with mouth closed. Official measuring board will be a Golden Rule. The creel limit is 3 fish per boat. Any contestant or team with more than this limit in his/her possession after coming thru check-in boat will be disqualified. Cull as you go, NO CULLING AT THE RAMP! Your fish must remain in your possession from catch to weigh-in. Fish must be weighed before trailing boat, unless directed otherwise by an official of the Foodland Bass Team Tournament. Dead fish penalty is 0.25lb per fish with a limit of two per team. Catch and release only, except for trophy fish! In the event of one competitor having to bring a disabled boater to the weigh-in, there must be at least one member of that disabled boat stay with their fish and those fish must be marked or kept separate from your fish. Failure to do so will result in both teams being disqualified. Polygraph may be administered to the winning teams.

OFFICIAL CHECK POINTS: There will be only one official checkpoint for boat check-in in the morning and one official checkpoint for check-in in the afternoon. Failure to go through boat check and checkout in the morning or failure to check-in at the check-in point will result in disqualification. Early or emergency check-in must be reported to tournament director or member of tournament staff. Contestants failure to comply will forfeit his/her show points for tournament.

TIES: Awards for the tied position and the next following position shall be combined and divided equally between tied contestants.

LATE PENALTY: Contestants who are not in the official check-in area at the appointed time will be penalized at the rate of one pound per minute to be deducted from his total weight. Any contestant more than 15 minutes late will be disqualified.

TEAMS: Any and all winners agree to release a picture or likeness thereof and release information to any and all media.

LIABILITY:  By registering for the Foodland Bass Team Tournament, you hereby release Mitchell Grocery Corporation, Foodland & Chris Lane Fishing, Inc. of all liability while participating in the Foodland Bass Team Tournament. Contestants are solely responsible for their property.