2017 Rules

Canadian Tire Mitchell’s Bay Open Bass Tournament
July 7 & 8, 2017
Official Tournament Rules

1. Entry fees and deposits are non-refundable.

2. At least one competitor must be 18 years of age or older. Competitors under the age of 16 must have written parental consent from both parents.

3. If in question, any cash winning competitors must agree to take a lie detector test and pass before receiving their prize. The cost of the test will come out of the payback if protest stands. If the team in protest wins, the protesting team will pay the cost of the test.

4. Zero tolerance for unsportsmanlike conduct. Automatic disqualification will result without refund (ethics are different, do not confuse). All Competitors are required to follow high standards of sportsmanship, courtesy and conservation and to conduct themselves in a manner that will be a credit to themselves, to the Canadian Tire Mitchell’s Bay Open Bass Tournament, the Canadian Tire Mitchell’s Bay Open Bass Tournament sponsors, the sport of fishing and the Canadian Tire Mitchell’s Bay Open Bass Tournament’s efforts to promote the sport.

Conduct not complying with these standards includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Violation of or failure to comply with any of the rules of the Canadian Tire Mitchell’s Bay Open Bass Tournament.
  • Consumption and/or possession of alcoholic beverages or any kind of mind-altering substance during tournament hours extending through the weigh-in procedure.
  • Abuse of, or addiction to, mind-altering substances.
  • Any other words, conduct or actions reflecting unfavourably upon efforts to promote safety, sportsmanship, fair competition and compliance with tournament rules, or which fail to comply with the standards set forth in the first sentence of this paragraph.
  • In case of any conduct not complying with the standards outlined above, the Canadian Tire Mitchell’s Bay Open Bass Tournament Committee shall have the right to refuse an application to compete, to deny a confirmed application to compete by returning the entry fee (minus deposit) or to disqualify a competitor.

5. No live bait allowed (artificial lures only). Fish regurgitation will not be permitted.

6. You are not allowed to have the species of fish you are competing for in your live wells during pre-fish.

7. When competing in a Canadian Tire Mitchell’s Bay Open Bass Tournament event you must only possess that event fish. Any other species of fish must be released. Other species of non-releasable fish must be reported at the check-in boat.

8. The minimum size of BASS brought in is 12”.

9. Short fish will not be weighed and a 0.50 lb. penalty will be applied for each short fish.

10. Official Pre-Fish day for the 2017 Canadian Tire Mitchell’s Bay Open is Thursday July 6, 2017 until 5:00pm, all anglers must be off the water by that time and report to the registration meeting. During Official Pre-Fish Day competitors are not permitted to render guide services or fish with non-competitors except for members of their Family or to fulfill Sponsor obligations.

11. The Canadian Tire Mitchell’s Bay Open Event Fish Limit is 5. The penalty for retaining more than the event limit is as follows whether you are running or you are weighing-in. You will be asked to cull down to the event limit. Then the Tournament Director will cull the same amount of fish you are over with a maximum of 5 fish starting with the biggest fish. If you have retained more than double the event fish limit disqualification will occur.

12. When culling you must possess one less the legal limit. No traveling with more than the event fish limit.

13. You must have an operating live well.

14. A 0.50 lb. penalty per dead fish.

15. A dead fish will NOT be weighed-in as an entry for the “Big Fish” contest.

16. You must wear an approved flotation device while the outboard is running. Manual Sospenders/vests or manual inflatable life jackets will not be acceptable. Automatic Sospenders/vests or automatic inflatable life jackets are acceptable however they will be inspected for expiration at the time of check in. If you choose to wear, at your own risk, an automatic Sospenders/vest, automatic inflatable life jacket or a U.S. COAST GUARD approved life jacket you must have an approved Department of Transport Canada life jacket within your vessel (if in question, Tournament Official’s decision will stand).

17. A fishing license is required and you may be asked to produce it at any time. Please ensure it is on your person at all times during the tournament. Failure to produce your license will result in your withdrawal from the tournament. Conservation licenses are not accepted.

18. All Federal and Provincial fishing, boating and criminal laws must be obeyed at all times.

19. No fishing within 100 yards of a ministry net.

20. Boundaries are any water accessible by boat except when legally marked “no trespassing” or “sanctioned”. Please note that a license is required to fish in marked water around the Walpole Island Reserve.

21. Identification numbers must be affixed on motor, outside windshield or flag post and made clearly visible.

22. You must maintain 50 yards of another competitor’s boat. However in circumstances where there are two teams on river systems less than 50 yards, they may cross one another on opposite sides and sportsmanlike conduct will apply in this situation and other situations where there is less than 50 yards.

23. Do not board or approach another vessel during the event unless there is an emergency.

24. If in need of fuel or repairs, one competitor is to remain with the boat at all times and a proof of purchase receipt must be kept to show officials if required. Competitors must stop fishing during this time.

25. If your boat is deemed no longer functional you may acquire tow by another vessel (competitor or non-competitor). If the towing team feels for any reason that they cannot tow you as it may jeopardize their standings, you must respect their decision and either abort your fish and seek a ride back or wait for another boat.

26. Fish can be transferred to another competitor’s boat only, one of the downed team members must stay with the fish. If you choose to transfer your fish into a competitor’s live well, the live well must be separate or you must use an approved fish friendly perforated sack complete with draw string ensuring your fish cannot be combined with the rescuing team’s fish. Tagging systems are not acceptable and if fish are combined accidentally or otherwise both weights will not be accepted. No fishing allowed while rescued competitor is in the boat and you must proceed directly to the check-in point where fish will be transferred to the check-in boat for weigh-in show. Once your fish have been transferred, the downed boat must be brought back directly to the tournament site for inspection. If, after inspection the boat is found tampered with then disqualification may result and the rescuing team questioned. If in payout position, prizes will be held until boats are inspected. Your team is responsible in making sure the rescued angler(s) is wearing a DTC approved life jacket, failure to do so will result in disqualification. Make all efforts in using the Canadian Tire Mitchell’s Bay Open Bass Tournament emergency number in keeping the officials informed.

27. If a broken down team requires a tow by one of the event officials, the competitors must release their fish. The Canadian Tire Mitchell’s Bay Open Bass Tournament acting as the Tournament Official must keep it fair and equal to all competing anglers and therefore cannot act in individual cases as it may conflict and could possibly alter the final results.

28. If a broken down boat returns to the tournament site and the team manages to repair their vessel or are changing boats, prior to transferring fish the boat must be rechecked by Canadian Tire Mitchell’s Bay Open Bass Tournament Official.

29. All Teams must report to the designated Check-in Boat at the end of each day. Teams may check in at the Check-in boat up to 30 minutes prior to the check-in time. Any boats arriving after the allowed time will be penalized 1 lb. per minute. The late penalty will be applied starting with the biggest fish.

30. Competitors must be off the water by 5:00 pm the Thursday night prior to the weekend events.

31. The official blast-off time is 7:00 am and weigh-in time is 3:00 p.m. each day (if time changes are required, notification will be given).

32. If in case of extreme weather conditions or state of emergency, the event may be delayed, rescheduled, restricted or cancelled.

33. Boats must be 14’ or greater and canoes are not permitted.

34. All boats must carry a minimum of $1,000,000.00 insurance liability. Proof of insurance must be shown at registration.

35. Horsepower limits – all Canadian Tire Mitchell’s Bay Open Bass Tournament events are the maximum horsepower rated for your vessel, The Canadian Tire Mitchell’s Bay Open Bass Tournament reserves the right to refuse an unsafe vessel at its discretion.

36. All motors must have a working kill switch which must be worn when outboard is running.

37. Any protest of violations made prior to check-in time must be made at the check-in boat. Any violations occurring after check-in can be made to the Tournament Official. Protest cost is $75.

38. If you witness a rule being broken it is an infraction not to report it to the Tournament Official and may lead to a disqualification.

39. In the event of a disqualification the competitor may be fined or required to compensate to continue to fish in other events. No refunds if disqualified.

40. Tournament Official rulings are final. All rules and regulations apply to all Canadian Tire Mitchell’s Bay Open Bass Tournament anglers.

41. In case there is a tie for first place, there will be a fish off and the first regulation fish weighed in wins. Combining the pay back spots and splitting the money equally will resolve ties for other positions.

42. The Canadian Tire Mitchell’s Bay Open Bass Tournament reserves the right to exceed the limited field and pay back accordingly.

43. The Canadian Tire Mitchell’s Bay Open Bass Tournament is solely responsible for the provision of the percentage paybacks and not responsible for sponsored prizes.

44. As a competitor that has filled out and signed the registration form, you have given the Canadian Tire Mitchell’s Bay Open Bass Tournament the right to use video or pictures taken during tournament and weigh-in and all tournament related functions.

45. The Canadian Tire Mitchell’s Bay Open Bass Tournament reserves the right to amend the rules and regulations as it sees fit.

Rules updated March 22, 2017