2019 Rules


Open to all individuals, male and female, over the age of 18 at the time of registration. Juniors
(under 18) may fish under a parent's immediate supervision. Any angler who has
competed in a BASS Elite Series event (excluding the Bassmaster Classic) or FLW Tour event
as a boater (excluding the FLW Cup) during the 12 months prior to any Upstate Anglers
event is not eligible to compete.

Open Tournaments may have competitor limits per lake, in the event limit is reached 

competitors who have already registered as a Bassmaster Team and completed registration and

payment of B.A.S.S. fees will be given priority to fish. 

All participants must sign the release of liability at registration to be eligible to compete in any
Upstate Anglers event.

Wednesday tournaments will allow a third team member as long as the third member is under

the age of 16. Parent and/or legal guardian must be present during registration and weigh-in

and sign release of liability.  


Entry fees shall be $100.00 per team, per tournament ($100 is the discounted rate for cash or

pre-paid check,paying via credit card is subject to non discounted rate of $105), rate includes

a $5.00 Lunker entry. Some events may have increased/decreased entry fees and will be made

public as soon as available. Absolutely no entries will be accepted after the launch boat idles

out to the group to begin launch. Refunds for pre-paid events must be requested 15 days prior to 

event, afterwards refunds are not provided. 


Prize money will be awarded following the weigh-in at each tournament. This will consist of the

Lunker- $5 per team (ex. 20 boats = $100)

Team Trail Champions - $5 per entry

Team of the Year - $5 per entry
1st Place- 50% remaining entry fees (ex. 20 boats = $850)
2nd Place- 30% remaining entry fees (ex. 20 boats = $510)
3rd Place- 20% remaining entry fees (ex. 20 boats = $340)

= 100% payout back to you, our fishermen!!

Non-standard events outside of the open tournaments may have other payouts
Winners are responsible for any and all taxes on any money or prizes won.

All discounted entry fees (paying via cash or check) will go directly to the prize payout. Non-discounted

entry fess (paid via Credit Card) will have the same amount of entry fee added to the prize payout,

however the remaining fee will be used to support our Credit Card Vendors.   We are committed to

100% payout, but can only payout the net fees Upstate Anglers actually obtains.


Off limits will be within 100 yards of the launch. Certain events may have increased off limit
areas. It will be the anglers responsibility to check with a director on clarification of additional


Tournament hours will be from safe light and rounded to the closest full hour (5:47 = 6am, 6:08 =
6am) and will run for 8 hours. Tournament directors reserve the right to assign flights and change
hours if necessary.


Starting positions will be determined by tournament director either by time of registration,  a drawing of all participants

and or a random number assignment just before the closure of registration. Blast off will occur
individually as boats pass the starting boat.


Safe boating conduct must be observed at all times. Each competitor is required to wear a Coast
Guard approved personal floatation device, securely fastened, at all times while the boat is being
propelled by the combustion engine. Furthermore, a kill switch must be fastened to the driver
any time the combustion engine is propelling the boat. Failure to do so is grounds for
disqualification of the offending team's catch. Running lights must be operational and turned on
when in accordance with law. Each competitor's boat must be equipped with a livewell system
capable of keeping a tournament limit of bass alive. Any boat equipped with a motor that
exceeds the horse power rating of the boat according to the manufacturer is prohibited from
being used. All auxiliary gas tanks and bladder tanks that are not installed by the boat
manufacturer are prohibited. Additional gas tanks that are factory options and installed by a
manufacturer's authorized dealer are legal. Boats that do not have factory-installed gas tanks are
restricted to a maximum of 18 gallons of gasoline in tanks that meet U.S. Coast Guard
regulations. Gas tanks must be properly secured or strapped in the boat. During the tournament,
no portable gas tanks or containers capable of holding gasoline can be placed anywhere on the
tournament waters or shoreline for use by any tournament competitor.


Each contestant is expected to follow high standards of sportsmanship, courtesy, and
conservation. No team may fish within 50 yards of any other boat which is anchored with the
trolling motor up. Furthermore, no team may fish within 25 yards of any other boat without the
other boater’s permission. Permission may not be granted to any team at the exclusion of any
other team. No hole sitting by a non-competitor or by another competitor, to aid a tournament
participant will be allowed. Violators will have their catch disqualified.


Only artificial baits may be used. No live or cut bait is permitted (pork baits are permitted). All
bass must be caught alive in a legal and sporting manner. No snagging. Each competitor may
only use 1 rod at a time. No more than 1 line in the water at a time per angler. Trolling with the
combustion motor and/or electronic motor is not permitted. No competitor may leave the boat to

land or catch fish.


All participants are expected to abide by all state and federal laws and game regulations. Any
team who intentionally violates a law or regulation in an attempt to gain an unfair advantage will
have their catch disqualified. In the case of multiple governing authorities, the strictest law is
applicable.  Any participant who consumes, or is under the influence of alcoholic beverages,
stimulants or depressants during any tournament function will have their catch disqualified.
(prescribed medications taken per doctor’s instructions are excluded)


A limit of 5 bass (largemouth, smallmouth) may be weighed in. Minimum lengths will be set at
the discretion of the division director but at no time will be less than the legal limit. Lengths will
be measured with mouth closed and tail pinched. No culling of dead fish.  A short fish brought to

the scales will not be weighed, and will result in a 1 pound penalty and potential disqualification

from the event and potential future events. Dead fish must be presented to tournament director,

if a dead fish is identified by tournament director and the fish has not been presented as dead or

for review, the fish will be disqualifed and will not be weighed. Dead fish presented to tournament

director will be penalized .5 (1/2)  pound. The dead fish penalty will also apply to any fish weighed

as a lunker if that fish is dead. In the event of a tie the team with larger lunker will take higher

placement, it is the team(s) responsibility to choose to have lunker weighted.


We will award 300 points to the winner of each tournament, with a five-point decrease per position

through fifth place, which receives 280 points. There is a four-point decrease from sixth (276) to 10th (260);

a three-point decrease per position from 11th place (257) to 15th (245); and a two-point decrease per position

from 16th place through the rest of the field. 

Anglers who finish in a tie receive points based on a formula that adds points of the affected positions and

divided by the total by the number of anglers tied for the position. the resulting number of represents the number

of points awarded to each anger in a tie. ​Only 4 of the 5 open B.A.S.S. team tournaments will count towards

the final points tally, the lowest score from each team will be dropped. 


Competitors shall remain with their partners in the boat at all times during the tournament,
except in the event of sickness or brief excursions for "nature calling," severe storm, or other such
hazard. It is permitted for a competitor to leave the boat for marina services. Competitors may
leave the boat to dislodge it, but only to return the boat in the direction it came from. Leaving the
boat to advance it is not permitted. (In falling water conditions, a team may leave the boat to
advance it only to return from water they accessed without leaving the boat.) If for any reason
either or both team members decide to leave the tournament waters early, both members shall
bear full responsibility for notifying a tournament director. If one team member leaves the water
early, he/she must notify the director before returning to fish and the other team member may
continue fishing in his/her absence. In the event that he/she does not intend to return, his/her
partner may continue fishing alone for the remainder of the tournament hours. In case of a
breakdown, one partner may return with fish by another tournament boat or a Upstate Anglers

 staff boat while the other partner is permitted to stay with the disabled boat.


Weigh-in will be on a first come first serve basis. Once fish have been presented to a tournament
director to be weighed-in all fish become the property of Upstate Anglers and no additional
fish may be brought to the scales. Bags will be limited in order to avoid a bottleneck at the
weigh-in and preserve the condition of fish. Teams not weighing any fish are still required to
check in with tournament officials in order to account for all teams. Once a team member has
checked in or left the boat for the purpose of checking in, neither team member may fish or
continue fishing.


Competitors who are not checked in by the check in deadline will be penalized at a rate of 1
pound per minute, up to 15 minutes at which time their catch will be disqualified. Late penalties

will be deducted from lunker weight as well as total weight.


All Tournaments will be fished in an open fashion with any partner. To quality for the Upstate
Anglers championship, you must have fished with the same partner for 3 of 6 events and
meet qualification guidelines. Upon qualifying for the Upstate Anglers championship, you
may only substitute a partner with any qualifying partner who has competed in at least three
regular season tournaments, during the current season, and has qualified for the championship
themselves. Other substitutions may occur in the Upstate Anglers Championship Tournament, see
below viable candidates.

First Cousin
Any in-law of the above relations

Both original partners must agree on this substitution and it will need to be reviewed with a
tournament director. Partner disagreements do not constitute hardship cases.  


Any protest must be submitted in writing to the tournament director within 15 minutes of the
close of the weigh-in. Upstate Anglers reserves the right to give a polygraph or other truth
verification test to any participant at any time. This test does not have to be administered on site
and may be set up by the tournament director at his discretion. All participants agree to abide by
the results of any polygraph or other truth verification test administered. In the event of a protest
and an off-site polygraph or other truth verification test the tournament director will have the
option of mailing all the checks to the teams in the money pending the outcome of the test.


The top 5 teams from each of the 5 open events prior to the championship and who have competed

in at least 3 of the 5 opens will qualify for the Upstate Anglers Championship. Top 5 points team will

also be entered into the Upstate Angers championship. Teams who have already

qualified are not accounted for in future tournaments, therefore after the first tournament if the same teams

in the next tournament obtain the same places teams 5 - 8 will qualify for the Championship. Winning team(s)* of the 

Upstate Angler Championship will qualify for the National Bassmaster Team Trail Championship. 

*We will be allowed to send 1 team per 25 teams who register with Upstate Anglers team trail. 

Additional team allowances will go to 2nd place, then 3rd, and so on. Half of the teams we are able to send

will be qualified via the championship and the other half will be qualified via points.


All participants must carry a minimum of $300,000 of liability insurance on any boat they might
use during any Upstate Anglers tournament. Failure to do so, or reporting of false
information will result in disqualification of catch.


The violation of a tournament rule by either team member may result in weight loss, the loss of
weight up to a particular time in the tournament day (eligible for a restart), loss of weight for the
entire day, disqualification for the entire tournament or, in an extreme circumstance, ineligibility
to participate in future Upstate Anglers events.  If the director feels that their violation was a

willful attempt to gain an unfair advantage or to intentionally cheat, then the director has the right

to refuse entry from that team or team members in the future and may inform all other Upstate

Anglers directors of the situation.


Interpretation of these rules will be left to the tournament directors. Infractions of any rule may
result in disqualification of catch.