2019 NewJen Bass Tournament Rules
1. RULES: Interpretation and enforcement of NewJen Bass rules shall be left exclusively to the tournament director/s. Tournament directors may impose sanctions as deemed appropriate for rule infractions without limitation e.g., disqualification, forfeiture of prizes, entry fee and prohibition from participation in subsequent tournaments. Federal, state, local and lake laws and rules must be obeyed at all times and shall supersede NewJen rules when in conflict. It is the responsibility of each entrant to know and obey all rules listed below along with any lake or river specific rules.
2. PARTICIPANTS AND ELIGIBILITY: Membership is required to participate in the NewJen Bass circuit. Seasonal membership can be obtained for $50 per angler. Tournament eligibility and entry is open to all members in good standing with NewJen Bass. Each angler is responsible for signing a waiver absolving NewJen, its employees and sponsors from any responsibility for any damage or personal injury caused as a result of their participation in the tournament or associated activities (SEE SECTIONS 29 and 30). Any angler under age 18 entered into a tournament must have written consent and release of liability from parent or guardian. In no case shall the Boater be under the age of 18. All anglers are welcome EXCEPT those whose primary source of income is from competitive tournament fishing.
3. ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES AND DRUGS: During tournament hours, no contestant shall be under the influence of, or in possession of alcohol or any illegal substance in his or her boat. Consumption of any other substances that may put yourself or other anglers’ safety at risk will NOT be allowed before or during the tournament or awards ceremony. Operator must be coherent at all times. Breaking of this rule shall result in immediate disqualification for the offending party.
4. SPORTSMANSHIP: All entrants in NewJen Bass tournaments must follow standards of sportsmanship, safety and conservation at all times. Displaying of poor sportsmanship and bringing unfavorable publicity to the sport of bass fishing shall be grounds for disqualification. The use of profanity or obscene gestures any time prior to, during and after the event in the host marina or headquarters will not be tolerated. If one team member is disqualified, the team shall be disqualified. Disqualifications will not count as an event attended. NewJen Bass reserves the right to revoke membership at any time without remuneration. NewJen Bass also reserves the right to refuse participation to any angler in NewJen Bass sanctioned events. NewJen Bass participants are required to cooperate with tournament official’s for the purposes of boat inspection, photography, sponsor and media requests. Anglers are highly encouraged to cooperate with media or promotions personnel by granting photography, accounts or interviews as well. Material gathered shall be used in the promotion of the NewJen Bass and its anglers.
5. INFORMATION SHARING AND GUIDES: Once an event has started it is against the rules for any contestant to receive help or information about how/where to catch fish from someone else outside of their own boat. This includes help from another contestant. Transmittal of information via phone, radio, text messaging or other means concerning any aspect of fishing during a tournament is prohibited. Communication between contestants and/or land lines may be used for breakdowns, emergencies, business, or personal reasons. Guides may not be used within 30 days of any event on the body of water in which you will be competing under any circumstance. NewJen reserves the right to consider any highly qualified individual as a guide.
6. START OF TOURNAMENT: The start of each tournament will be determined on a per event basis. Passing in speed restricted areas or during speed restricted times to gain an advantage is not permitted.
7. CITATIONS: A contestant cited by officers for violation of local, State or Federal fishing or boating regulations jeopardizes his daily catch and may be subject to disqualification by the Tournament officials.
8. APPEARANCE & DRESS: It is the responsibility of all contestants to dress and conduct themselves in a presentable manner at meetings & weigh-ins. Contestants approaching the weigh station barefooted or without a shirt will be required to return to the boat for proper dress.
9. BOATS & MOTORS: All boats entered must be a minimum of 16 feet powered by an engine no less than 40hp. There is no horsepower limit; however, no engine may exceed the BIA horsepower rating for the boat in use. All boats must meet US Coast Guard and state regulations. All boats must have a working emergency kill switch and must be attached to the driver whenever the outboard motor is running. Kill switch lanyards must not be longer than forty-eight inches (4 feet). All boats must have an aerated livewell suitable to sustain a tournament limit in releasable condition. All boats must be equipped with navigation lights. Extra gas tanks must be secured and must meet US Coast Guard specifications. Standing on seats, or motor or the use of ladder or raised platform for the purpose locating or fishing for bedding fish in not permitted. Boats used in NewJen tournaments must have an insurance policy in effect with a minimum of $100,000.00 liability coverage. Proof of insurance must be provided when asked by tournament officials.
10. SAFETY: It is the Director’s discretion to make any changes deemed necessary when contestant(s) safety is of concerned, including delaying tournament hours due to fog or other weather factors. Boating safety must be observed at all times during practice and competition. A U.S. Coast Guard approved chest type life-preserver (PFD) Type III or higher, must be worn and properly fastened any time the combustible engine is operative and the kill switch must be attached to the driver with a lanyard no longer than fourty-eight-48) inches. SOSpenders are allowed if approved by the Coast Guard. All contestants returning from their day on the water are required to check in with tournament officials by closing of the scales, regardless of having fish to be weighed or not. All boats must be equipped with the minimum recommended USCG safety devices. These requirements can be viewed online at www.dbw.ca.gov
11. TACKLE & EQUIPMENT: Trolling with the aid of combustion or electric motors is not permitted. Only artificial lures may be used. No live bait or prepared bait permitted with the exception of pork rinds. Liquid fish attractants are allowed. Only one (1) rod may be used at any one time by each angler. Other rods may be in the boat and ready for use, however, every cast and retrieve must be completed before another cast is made. Rods may not exceed nine feet in length. The use of underwater cameras is allowed during practice periods. They are not allowed during competition. No SCUBA diving or snorkeling allowed 30 days prior to the event. Use of a CB or VHF marine band radio, cellular phone, or any electronic communication device for the purpose of locating or catching bass during tournament hours is strictly prohibited. Aforementioned devices may be used for emergency purposes only. Nets may not have a handle longer than seven (7) feet.
12. LICENSES: Each contestant must have in possession a valid and current fishing license with appropriate stamps governing the fishable waters of the event. Penalty for such an offense is disqualification of the day’s catch.
13. PROTESTS: A written protest must be submitted in writing to the Tournament Director before official closing of the scales.
14. POLYGRAPH: All contestants are subject to polygraph testing. Failure to submit is grounds for disqualification. Any contestant who has failed a polygraph test for cheating in a bass tournament or whose results are found to be inconclusive shall not be eligible to compete in NewJen tournaments. Polygraph and voice stress testing are performed at the discretion of the tournament director.
15. OFFICIAL BOATS: Officials boat(s) may be on the water for boat inspection, observation and filming during tournament hours. All entrants shall cooperate with all reasonable requests from official boats.
16. SCORING FISH: Contestants may weigh-in five-5 fish per day, a minimum of 13 inches in length unless state or lake limits are greater, measured on a flat board with mouth closed and tail compressed. Any team weighing-in a fish shorter than the legal tournament length will be assessed a one-1 lb. penalty plus the loss of the short fish. Any team bringing more than five-5 fish to the scales will be disqualified. A penalty of .25 lbs. per dead fish will be deducted from the total weight. Only Largemouth, Smallmouth and Spotted Bass will be scored. Any team returning to the checkpoint late will be disqualified. A dead fish may be weighed for “overall weight” purposes but will not be considered for purposes of “BIG FISH” awards, monies or points. In order to weigh in fish, you must have checked in; on time; with the designated NewJen official.
17. CULLING FISH: It is the responsibility of each Team to keep no more than a maximum of ten (10) fish in a live well. If more than ten fish are present in the live well during the event you will be subject to disqualification. All fish must be culled before you enter the host marina; no culling is allowed in the host marina. No culling of dead fish.
18. PERMITTED FISHING WATERS: No fishing is allowed inside the host marina area during the last hour of the tournament. All fishing must be done from a previously inspected boat. No tube or wade fishing allowed. No fishing is allowed within 25 yards of an operating “Gas dock”. No fishing is allowed within 25 yards of another anchored or tied tournament boat with trolling motor out of the water, without the anchored boat’s permission. Anytime two or more docks are within the 25-yard area a contestant may only claim one side of one dock for their fishing area. Only contestants may be in the boat during the tournament hours. Having a non-contestant sit on a hole for you shall not be tolerated. Hole sitting will not be tolerated. Boats may not be trailered to weigh in during the tournament hours unless under the direction of the tournament director. Contestants must be able to get the boat into the fishing area without getting out of the boat. Navigable waters are the only waters to be fished during the tournament. Contestants cannot leave the boat to land a fish.
19. SIGHTFISHING: This rule concerns “sight or bedding” bass and is in effect at any time either of these conditions exist, and is designed to eliminate illegal snagging of bass. Intentional snagging of fish will not be allowed. A sight or bedding fish is defined as one that can be seen and watched as it approaches the lure. Fish caught under these conditions must be caught by hook and line and by the fish ingesting the lure. Any bass caught that is either a “sight” or “bed” fish must be caught “hook in mouth with the hook point entering from the inside of the mouth” – and must be verified as a legal catch by the angler’s in-boat partner. Any “sight” or “bed” fish caught by snagging or with hook starting from outside the mouth shall be deemed an illegally caught fish and must be released. This same fish may be caught again by the legal method – with the hook starting from inside the mouth. Any angler catching a fish under these conditions and not verifying the hook location with the other person in the boat may be disqualified from the tournament.
FISH TRANSPORT: Restricting natural movement of fish by any means such as but not limited to: use of nets, tanks or dams will result in immediate disqualification. Restricting access to waters normally accessible to anglers by any means such as but not limited to: felling of trees or placement of obstructions will result in disqualification. Transporting live fish taken in one area and releasing them in another area for the purpose of establishing a population in the new area during the practice period, during the tournament, or thirty days prior to the tournament is strictly prohibited and grounds for disqualification.
20. PRACTICE/OFF-LIMITS: No off-limits during regular season events. TOC rules may vary.
21. STANDINGS/TIES: Final standings in any event will be determined by the heaviest cumulative weight for the prescribed tournament period. The cumulative total will reflect actual weight of fish caught, less assessed penalties, if any. Tie breakers will be determined in the following manner, in this order: 1. Big Fish, 2. Number of fish, 3. Coin toss. Any team may ask for one re-weigh of their own fish before leaving the scales. Regardless of the outcome, the re-weigh will become the official tournament weight.
22. CONSERVATION: Adequate live wells are mandatory on each boat. They must provide aeration to sustain a limit of fish in a good and releasable condition as possible.
23. BREAKDOWNS/EMERGENCIES: In the case of a breakdown on the water, the fishing partners may accept assistance in the form of a tow from or a return ride with any other boat on the waters. While in tow or riding, those contestants accepting assistance are not permitted to continue fishing. However, other contestants, if rendering assistance, may continue fishing. Should one of the contestants decide to stay with the troubled craft, he may send his catch with his partner to the weigh-in. The contestant choosing to remain behind may not continue to fish. Contestants with fish to be taken to the weigh-in may only be transported via another tournament contestant’s boat or a method approved by the Tournament officials.
24. ENTRY/MEMBERSHIP/DEPOSITS/REFUNDS: There will be no refund of any monies; including membership and event fees. Regularly Scheduled Tournaments, Tournament of Champions, and Special Events, will be $200 per team. Membership is $50 per season. All fees are standard and customary unless otherwise noted. Sign ins end 10 minutes before sunrise. After that, you will be considered “late”. Although you will still be allowed to participate, you will be the last boat out to launch and in the first flight back to check in.
25. AWARDS CEREMONIES ATTENDANCE: While it is generally recognized that attendance at presentation of awards ceremonies is an act of respect for others, it is not always possible for all to attend. Those not attending the awards ceremonies will forfeit any claim to trophies or merchandise earned in competition. Tournament Officials will mail the purse share. Another party may not pick up purse monies.
26. TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS QUALIFICATION: Points will be awarded to anglers based on a 200 point scale. 200 points for 1st, 198 for 2nd down to 2 for 100th. 5 points will be awarded for Big Fish; 2 points will be awarded for 2nd Big Fish. The top 25 teams, based on each region’s standings at the end of the regular season will qualify for the TOC with a minimum of 4 tournaments fished. There is one throw out per region (effectively making it your best 4 out of 5 for AOY honors). The Angler of the Year standings shall be determined by the team with the most points in each region after one throw out. A Travelers AOY will be determined by your best 5 points tournaments. In order to qualify for AOY as a traveler, you must fish 5 tournaments, utilize three different regions and cannot use points from more than two events in one region. Teams may also qualify for the TOC by participating in 6 tournaments, regardless of their point standings. Each team member can fish 2 events alone and use those points toward team standings with their partner as long as your partner is not fishing in the same event and you fish at least 3 tournaments together. You cannot transfer points earned with one partner toward a new partnership unless unforeseen circumstances arise (i.e. death, catastrophic injury or military duty.) You will be awarded points for your finishing position even if you do not weigh in fish, so long as you check in with the weigh master and have not been otherwise disqualified. Tie breakers for AOY will be determined by most wins. If a tie still exists, most second place finishes will be utilized and so on until tie is broken.
27. INSURANCE AND LIABIILTY: It is the sole responsibility of all NewJen Bass boat owners to carry and maintain the mandated, state required minimum liability coverage for themselves and their passengers. Anglers also need to be aware that not all insurance policies cover tournament participation, therefore all parties involved with NewJen Bass must consult with their insurance company prior to competing in any NewJen Bass event.
28. WAIVER & RELEASE AGREEMENT: The undersigned understands and agrees that as consideration for being allowed to participate in any NewJen Bass event, whether prior to commencement, during the actual event and/or during any post-event festivities, he or she is doing so at his or her own risk. NewJen Bass and its owners, managers, employees, agents and sponsors (collectively “NewJen Bass”), shall not be liable for any damages, claims or causes of action arising from personal injuries or property damage sustained in, on or about the premises or waterways used for any NewJen Bass event, specifically including, but not limited to, all boat launches, bodies of water, parking lots or other public or private areas used for any NewJen Bass event. The undersigned assumes full responsibility for any injuries or damages which may occur during any NewJen Bass event, however caused, regardless of whether such injuries or damages are caused by the negligence of NewJen Bass or any of its employees or agents.
29. ENTRY FORM: The participant expressly acknowledges that by signing the entry form at each event that he or she is relinquishing all rights he or she may have to file a lawsuit against NewJen Bass for injuries arising out of his or her participation in any NewJen Bass events or activities. This release is intended to be interpreted as broadly as allowed under California law.
30. REGISTRATION: All tournaments will require a payment of entry fees in advance of the tournament. Deadline for electronic registration through the NewJen website and mail in registrations is 4:00pm on the Thursday preceding the event. (late fee will be waived if online registration is unavailable via NEWJENBASS.COM) This applies to all NewJen Bass team tournaments. Entry forms must be filled out completely and mailed to 2148 E. College Ave., Visalia, CA 93292 with checks made payable to NewJen Bass. Late sign-ups will be accepted the night before the event and/or the morning of the event at the designated location, but will include a $10.00 late sign-up fee.