Northern NY Bassmasters Club

Team Trail & Federated Club

Club rules   2017 

  • Membership:  There will be a $50 annual membership fee per team.  Membership runs from spring meeting to spring meeting. Must be a member to fish the club events.  Events are a two person team with a five bass limit.  You must be 18 years of age to participate in the Northern NY Bassmasters club & agree to/sign the insurance waiver. Applications must be in the hands of the tournament director at least 5 days before the tournament or you are not eligible to fish that event. (Exception: 1st tournament of the season...all members from the previous season may sign up that morning for membership but NO NEW members may join that morning. You must be signed up 5 day prior to the event to be eligible if you are new.) Any team not signed up prior to blastoff of the 1st tournament of the year is required to pay the late membership fees. $100 per team and $25 for any alternative team member) All alternative team member issues are under the directors discretion. 

    Registration:  Registration starts at 5:30 AM at the boat launch site.  Launch time is 6:30 AM.  Entry fee is $60 per team.  You must have your boat in the water prior to the event, failure to do so will eliminate you from the event. Club championship cost will be $100 per team (covers entry and lunker for both days) (AMERICAN CASH ONLY)

    Payback:  100% payback is as follows:  1st-45% 2nd-30% 3rd-15% and 4th-10% of the entry fees of the event.  Tournament lunker is based on the $10 per team entered in the event. Membership fees and sponsor donations will be used to purchase plaques and other necessary items for the continuance of these tournaments.

    Lunker Of The Year Team Pool:  This is not required by teams but is a separate pool the team must be signed up before the start of the 1st tournament of the year to participate in and win the lunker of the year team pool.  The largest fish by a lunker of the year pool team from each event will be submitted into the contest.  So if lunker for the day winner at a tournament is not in the pool the next biggest fish caught by a lunker of the year pool member will be the fish entry for that tournament in the pool.  Both team members must be signed up.

    Event Time & Regulations:  Tournament starts at 6:30 AM. Ending at 3:00 PM unless specified otherwise.  The club director can delay, cancel, or reschedule the start of any event if weather conditions pose a threat to the welfare and safety of the event participants.  The director of the event will hold a meeting to ask for a vote of those who wish to fish the event and fees will be returned to those who decide that they will not fish.  No fishing until the event has officially started.  Only two participants per boat.

    Water & Draw:  Starting order will be determined by blind draw and a trickle start will commence with the boat #1 until all the boats have left the staging area. Boundaries are all waters accessible by boat without exiting the boat and in accordance to state laws. Anyone found violating these regulations will be disqualified from the event without refund of fees. If you are found to have violated these regulations in any two events you will not be allowed to participate in any future events with the club.

    Equipment & Regulations:  All boats will have working live wells. All boats will have all coast guard required and approved equipment.  All boats will be equipped with a working kill switch.  All participants are required to wear their PDFs while the big engine is in use.   First infraction will be a warning, a second infraction in that event or thereafter will be a loss of weigh for that event. 

    Fishing Equipment Regulations:  No live bait.  Artificial lures only.  Multiple rods may be in the boat but only one rod may be used per participant at a time.  Fish must be caught by the participants during the hours of the event and only by the team who is weighing them in.

    Offlimits:  No offllimits.....but you may not be on the water fishing the day of the tournament prior to the start of the tournament

    Sportsmanship:  Sportsmanship will be practiced at all times.  Unsportsmanlike conduct will not be tolerated.  Once an event has started you must maintain 100 ft from any other participants’ boat who is fishing or about to fish.   A formal compliant must be signed by the participants who feel that someone violated this infraction and event officials will listen to both sides before assessing the penalty for the violation. 

    Navigation/Conservation Law:  Any angler who is ticketed by law enforcement breaking any conservation law, NY State law, Canadian law, or National Coast Guard boating law in any body of water shall be disqualified from that tournament.Alcohol:  No alcohol during tournament hours.

    Points System & Penalties:  Will be based on 200 pt system.  Ex. 1st Place = 200 pts, 2nd 199 pts etc.  Each team will have one throw away tournament applied for team of the year standings.  Teams must fish 3 of 7 pt tournaments to fish the championship.Weigh in:  3:00 PM sharp at the launch site.  Teams must be in the staging area by 3 PM.  A lb penalty will be assessed for each minute late up to 10 minutes.  After 10 minutes a team is disqualified.  All fish must be of legal length for the tournament water.  Any angler weighing in fish not of legal length for the tournament’s body of water is subject to disqualification from the tournament director.  Fish must be alive and returned to the water unless there is an exception for a trophy fish. 0.25 lb penalty will be assessed for each dead fish.  Each team must have their lunker picked out prior to weighing in.  Dead fish do not qualify for lunker. *Weigh in exception:  If a team’s boat breaks down while in route to a weigh in and they can get in contact with another teams boat, they may send one of their team members with their fish to weigh in Club Director:  The club director is in charge of the club each season.  This position will not have a term limit but will be voted on yearly at the end of the year banquet.  The tournament director has the right to make a call on any situation/interpretation that may be in the gray area of the club rules or any situation not previously stated.  All decisions by the tournament director are final.

    Devices:  No competitors shall use cell phones to have communications about the fishing day with other competitors during the event. Cell phones can be used for emergency or safety purposes. No underwater cameras or any underwater viewing devices may be used during tournament hours.

    Sign up:  Signing the application for the NNY Bassmasters club you give the club the right to use your name, picture, image, voice, video footage and other personal identifiable information for club promotional and outreach purposes.Member

    Removal:  All members removed from the NNY Bassmasters club by previous or current tournament directors are banned for life.  Any angler/team can be DQ’ed by the tournament director but permanent banning from the club will be administered after an official vote of the NNY Bassmaster members conducted by the tournament director.

    Positions:
    ​Director: Chris Roach

    Weigh masters: Tim Ogrady - Steve Garrabrant & Matt Grant - Bob Hennison
    Tournament Rule Enforcer: Eric Tessmer & Ed Moore
    Treasurer: James Moore
    Web/Secretary/News : Brad Paradis
    Baquet/Plaques: Carrie Capella
    ​Photographer: Angela Roach

    REMINDER: New DEC LAW: Clean & Dry - All livewells/boats will be checked for water/weeds/invasives. If you do not meet the tournament director or rules enforcers standard of clean/dry you will NOT be allowed to compete for the day with the Northern New York Bassmasters.
    *Pull your plugs, clean the boats and empty livewells between tournaments and entering different bodies of water.