QCKBF RULES

—You must sign a liability waiver. Under 18 years of age need a parent’s signature or they will not be allowed to compete.

—You must be present at CHECK OUT to be eligible for points, prizes, or cash, unless an emergency comes up. Or stated prior to the event. (This will be determined by the Director.)

—You must launch at the appropriate ramps during a tournament. Failure to do so will result in DQ.

— During Multi Launch events, your first picture must be of yourself at the Lake Ramp Sign, holding your complete identifier. Your face, complete ID and ramp sign must be visible. No picture,ID, or sign will result in a DQ.

— During Multi Launch events you may launch at one of the open ramps, and take out at another OF THE OPEN RAMPS.

— If you launch at 1 ramp, take out, and re launch at a new ramp, a second ramp sign picture with face, ID , sign is required.  

—All state laws and any regulations specific to the body of water we are fishing must be followed, including PFD rules, whistle rules, and light rules. Fishing in areas deemed off limits or not having a valid fishing license will result in disqualification. SC AND NC WATERS WILL BE FISHED

North Carolina:

North Carolina requires anyone younger than 13 to wear an appropriate life vest when on a recreational vessel that is underway. Anyone riding a personal watercraft or being towed by one must also wear an appropriate life vest.

Both state and federal regulations require that a Type I, II or III personal flotation device in good condition and of appropriate size be accessible for each person onboard a recreational vessel, including canoes, kayaks, rowboats and other non-motorized craft. (Sailboards, racing shells, rowing sculls, racing canoes and racing kayaks are exempt from this requirement.)

“Accidents can happen quickly and without warning,” said Major Chris Huebner of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the state’s boating safety coordinator. “In those situations, there often isn’t time to grab a life vest and put it on properly before you are in the water. The best preparation is to wear it whenever you are underway. A life vest can be a life saver when it’s worn. It also gives you the ability to assist others who may be in danger.”

South Carolina:
All boats must have a US Coast Guard approved wearable type PFD for each person on board or being towed. Each PFD must be in good condition, readily available and the proper size for the intended wearer. In addition, boats 16 feet in length or longer must carry a Type IV throwable device. In South Carolina, any person under twelve years of age must wear a US Coast Guard approved Type I, II, III, or V PFD when on board a class “A” (less than 16 ft. long) boat

— I encourage you to wear your PFD at all times.

— 4 fish limit. 8inch minimum. (Largemouth Bass and Spotted Bass and Small mouth bass.  Fish must be caught during tournament times, and in the lake we are fishing, which will be stated prior to the event.  If found you caught fish prior to the event, and turned them in for scoring, you will be Disqualified and banned from QCKBF.

—Only paddle or pedal powered kayak or canoe allowed. Blue Sky is legal. No electric motors or sails permitted. If any motor or sail is used, you will be disqualified.

—No Towing, unless injury, handicap, or loss of paddle/drive system. Towing without these reasons will result in a disqualification of all anglers involved.

—No live bait permitted, artificial only.  If live bait is used, you will be disqualified.

—No more than two lines in the water at one time. Trolling is permitted. More than 2 lines in the water will result in a disqualification.

—Each angler must catch and land their fish inside their kayak without assistance. No wade or bank fishing. If caught wade fishing, or receiving assistance, you will be disqualified. You must be in your kayak when taking your picture and your kayak must be in the picture.

—Fish caught within ½” of each other will need to have distinct characteristics that prove they are not the same fish, to be scored. TD will make the final decision.

—Fish will be measured to the nearest ¼ inch, last touched line. If the fish in laying in-between lines, judge’s discretion will be used, but extra length should not be expected. To eliminate any issues, make sure the tail is touching a line.

— ENTIRE fish must be visible in the picture.  If the head or tail is cut off, fish will not be scored.

—Your identifier must be present in the picture.  No identifier, No fish!! TD must be able to distinguish the identifier was given that day if only partial is showing.

—Any picture of a fish with your hand or identifier under the gill plate will not be scored.

— The only restraining device allowed is a clip, or hook/lure used to catch the fish. No bands, tie downs, tape, etc.

— The left eye of the fish must be in the photograph or the fish will not be scored. 100% of the eye must be visible.  If your finger is covering the eye or some of the eye, no score will be given. If you fish has no left eye, a video must be taken of the fish moving/swimming away, showing the eye.

—If the HAWG Trough measuring device is not used, photos will not be judged. The HAWG trough must have a standard YELLOW or WHITE bump, along with yellow or white first 3 inches of the board. (Effective June 2019) If you use a custom color after that white or yellow portion, you understand the risk that comes with it. I judge PICTURES, not fish.

—Your Hawg Trough MUST have a black line at the bump. No line will be a .5” penalty per fish.

—If the fish is not touching the bump on the board, a minimum of 1 inch penalty will be given, and any further penalty is at the judge’s discretion.

—If the tail is flipped up in the picture, the TD will make the ruling on the last touched line on the board.

—-All bass are to be released before tournament’s ending time. If you are found keeping black bass species after tournament times, you will receive a disqualification.

—A deduction of 2” if you are late to check-in. Another 2 inches deducted at the 5-9:59min late mark. Another 2in deducted at the 10-14:59 minute mark. No photographs accepted after 15 minutes late. If you are late, at all, you will be automatically disqualified from side pots such as big bass, small bass, team event, etc.

— Tournaments start and end times will vary and will be announced prior to the event.

—Mouth must be closed with fish facing left. The left side of the fish must be facing up. Tail can be pinched or in a natural position. A deduction of .5” will be taken for an open mouth.  ANY AMOUNT OF OPEN WILL BE A PENALTY. WE WILL NOT HAVE A PARTIAL RULE. OPEN is defined as being able to see the board/line through the lips. CLOSED is defined as the tip of the upper lip in contact (no gap) with the lower lip. Deformed fish will be judged the same way.

Picture angle is very important.  We are looking for overhead, centered pictures.  Belly up angle is no good, and pictures facing down towards the bump/left, are no good.  If a judge cannot see the tips of both lips touching closed due to an angle issue, you can/will be penalized for open mouth. .5”. Centered—Camera lens positioned directly over the center of the fish’s body, which contributes to accurate measurement by judges. Photos taken at a low angle in order obscure an open mouth may be penalized at the Tournament Director’s discretion.

Perfect Measurement. Mouth closed, overhead, center, tail seen on line, ID.

Open Mouth. ½ inch penalty

Belly Up angle. No good. Penalty could be given.

Belly up and angle facing left.

Belly up and angle facing left.

—Ties of the 4-fish limit will be settled with the angler with largest bass finishing ahead. The large bass competition will split the pot in the event of a tie. The small bass pot will split the pot in the event of a tie. Small bass may begin measurement at the 8 inch line. An open mouth will add ½ inch in the small bass competition.

—It is expected that you fish at least 100 yards away from another angler unless you have spoken to that angler. Please make your best effort to not cut anyone off. This is a curtesy rule.

—Pictures are judged on site, off of your device. Some pictures, with further judging needed will be asked to be messaged to a director. Any issues with scores needs to be handled on site.

—All anglers who cash in an event must submit all photos on the QCKBF Face Book page, or Vinny Ferreri prior to next event.  Failure to do so will result in not being allowed to fish next event.

—Regular season events have no pre-fishing laws. You may pre-fish from any watercraft, up until 12:00am of the date of the event.

— The TOC lake/ramp will be drawn the Thursday evening prior to the event. The Lake is closed on the Friday before the event. If you are caught on the lake you will be DQ from the TOC.

— The Fish Off lake/ramp will be drawn the Thursday evening prior to the event. The Lake is closed on the Friday before the event. If you are caught on the lake you will be DQ from the Fish off.

—Anglers may share info prior, during, and after any event.

PAYOUTS AND FORMATS

—Entry fee is $50 per tournament, and includes big bass.

—Small bass is optional, and $10.

AOY/TOC Entry fee will be $30.  This is optional but you cannot qualify for angler of the year, or the championship without being a member. In 2020, you must be a member to win year-long prizes as well. This can be paid until the start of the 3rd event.

Tournament of Champions Qualification

Must be a paid member. $30, one-time fee.

The top 15* (+) anglers will qualify for a TOC in November 2019.  This will be a point system format.

Tournament of Champions Points System

First Place = 300 points

2nd-5th– Minus 5 points (295,290,285,280

6th-10th– Minus 4 points (276, 272, 268, 264, 260)

11th-15th Minus 3points (257,254,251,248,245)

16th and lower, Minus 2 points.

No points for people who do not catch a fish, or weigh in.

No Big Bass Points

No bonus Points.

Only your best 7 finishes will be scored toward the TOC. Those 7 scores will be added together for your total points score. In the event of a tie, the total inches caught during the seven events scored will determine the TOC standings.

The top point earners will fish in the TOC in Nov 2019 where the top 3 will cash (60/30/10) and the winner will take home the TOC QCKBF trophy.

Number of qualified anglers will be based on members.  If we have under 40 paid members we will qualify the top 10.  40+ and we will qualify the top 15 anglers.

You will auto qualify if you win an event, and fish 7 qualifying events.

If you fish 7 events, and finish top 4 at least once you will qualify for the fish off. Winner of the fish off will earn an entry into the TOC!!!

Team Event Sub Series

-$100 per angler.

-Same teammate all year.

-Largest two fish per angler for a 4 fish limit.

-Same point system and QCKBF trail events.

-Both anglers must FISH that event to earn points.

-Top 3 teams paid if we get 12 teams. 50% 30% 20%, after trophies are purchased.

– Top 2 teams with 10 and under. 70% 30% after trophies are purchased

^^^^Cheating will result in a permanent ban from all future QCKBF events.^^^^

I started this club because I love to fish tournaments. The tournament directors will compete alongside all the anglers for money, prizes and AOY, etc. Our identifier numbers will be given at random from the other anglers, the morning of the tournament. We will not score our own fish. Our pictures will be available for all anglers to see. Tournament director (Vincent Ferreri) will have final say in judging pictures.  Any concerns should be brought up prior to payout that day. This is a live document and can be updated as needed.