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2016 Darryl Worley TN River Run Bass Tournament Rules


1. Participants and Eligibility:

There is no age limit. Persons under the age of 18 cannot operate the boat. All participants must sign the liability waiver form before participating in the tournaments. If a waiver of liability is not filled out, you are not considered affiliated with the Darryl Worley TN River Run Bass Tournament ("TRR") or any of its affiliates or sponsors.

2. Citations:
A contestant cited by tournament officials for violation of State or Federal fishing or boating regulations will be disqualified.

3. Tackle and Equipment:
All fish must be caught in a legal sporting manner. Intentional snagging of fish will not be allowed. Only artificial lures can be used. Liquid fish attractants are allowed. Only one (1) rod per person may be used at any one time. Other rods may be in the boat and ready for use, however, every cast and retrieve must be completed before another cast is made.

4. Boats:
Each team is required to comply with all requests made by tournament officials. Boats without proper light system cannot be in water until 15 minutes before sunrise. All boats must have floatation vests/cushions, fire extinguisher, working kill-switch to motor, first-aid kit, horn/whistle, and live-well.

5. Fishing:
All boats must have no less or more than two (2) participants and no non-participants allowed in the boat. Anglers are allowed to fish by themselves.

6. Sportsmanship:
All contestants are expected to follow high standards of sportsmanship, courtesy, safety, and conservation. Any team who displays poor sportsmanship, violates these rules or any state or local laws or brings unfavorable publicity to the sport of bass fishing will be disqualified.

7. Encroachment:
A "50 yard rule" is in effect at all times during competition. No contestant's boat may move within 50 yards of another contestant's boat at any time for the purpose of fishing without the consent of all contestants' involved when your anchor is down and trolling motor is up. A boat moving from one area to another may infringe upon this zone as long and the parties that are moving do not fish and do not intentionally disrupt the area. Judging distance is very difficult on the water. As a general rule of sportsmanship all anglers should give all others enough room to make a reasonable cast to fish an area.

8. Alcoholic Beverages and Drugs:
At no time during tournament hours are alcoholic beverages or drugs other than prescription allowed.

9. Protest:
All protest must be submitted in writing before the tournament officials close the scales.

10. Individual Scoring:
Only black bass can be scored. Each team may weigh in five (5) fish with NONE less than 15 inches in length for Largemouths, 15” for Smallmouths and 15” for spots, measured on a flat board, used by the weight committee, with the mouth closed and tail compressed. If anyone brings in more than five (5) bass, the largest 2 bass will be rejected and faces an 8 oz. penalty. Dead bass will be 8 oz. penalty. Tournament standings will be determined by the total weight for the competition day of the tournament.  Any team that weighs in a fish in under 15”/15”/15” length will be assessed an 8 oz. penalty plus the loss of the illegal fish. Each fisherman is required to leave from and return to a specified checkpoint. Teams will be given a marker with their launch number that they must present at weigh-in table by the team’s designated time. Any team returning to the checkpoint (weigh-in table) late will be penalized at the rate of 1 lb. per minute up to 15 minutes. After 15 minutes no weight will be allowed. If boat problems arise, another boat can bring your fish in for weighing with no penalty, however, they must be brought to scales by weigh-in time.  You must weigh fish before you can load your boat out of the water.

*NEW FOR 2015* You will not be allowed to weigh-in if you have 3 or more dead fish.
11. Big Bass Contest:
Based on the heaviest weight of a bass caught. If two contestants/teams have the same weight at the end of the tournament, the contestant with the largest bass (length) will be the Big Bass winner.  If there is still a tie, a coin-flip will decide the winner. Dead fish will not be able to be weighed for big bass contest.
12. Team Scoring:
A team consists of two (2) anglers fishing from the same boat who are registered to fish together and is allowed only five (5) legal bass to be weighed in for total weight..  The standings will be determined by the total weight.

13. Rankings and Prizes:

The rankings will be based on total weight. If two contestants have the same weight at the end of the tournament the prize will be split. Cash and Prizes will be determined at tournament based on number of entries. The winner is guaranteed $5000 (will be more if 100+ boats), the Big Bass is guaranteed $1000, the Big Smallmouth is guaranteed $500 and the tournament payouts are 15% of field. For exact percentages, please contact tournament director.



14. Late at Launch

If you arrive after blastoff, you must contact Josh Williamson at 901-463-0660 when you arrive to do livewell inspection. If you do not follow this, you will not be able to weigh any fish.


15. Cheating

If found cheating and you win money, you have committed fraud and will be turned in to local authorities for such. All winners are subject to a lie detector test.

The event chairman reserves the rights to change or modify any rules/programs.  If any changes, the new changes would be announced at the ramp before the tournament.

Waiver & Release of Liability Claims and Assumption of Risk Acknowledgement

ALL PARTICIPANTS of The Darryl Worley Tennessee River Run Bass Tournament must complete the waiver form before the beginning of any fishing.

I hereby acknowledge that participating in fishing activities presents a risk of personal injury, death and damage or loss of personal property which may result from, but is not limited to the following: fishing and/or wading in or around lakes, ponds, reservoirs or other bodies of water, boarding and un-boarding of watercrafts, natural hazards including, but not limited to lightning storms and other adverse weather conditions; domestic or wild animals; fire; travel either on foot or in a vehicle in unfamiliar terrain or over fences and other structures, artificial and natural obstructions and unimproved roads, the consumption of provisioned or other food and beverages as well as traveling in company owned vehicles.

I hereby acknowledge and recognize the existence of these risks, and ASSUME ALL RISKS COMPLETELY, and agree that I SHALL HOLD HARMLESS AND TAKE NO ACTIONS OR SUITS, FOR DEBTS, DUES, SUMS OF MONEY, CLAIMS OR DEMANDS WHATSOEVER AT LAW OR IN EQUITY AGAINST The Darryl Worley Tennessee River Run Bass Tournament, and its owners, agents, officers and employees, his or her heirs, executors, assigns, administrators, property or other guides or aides for injury, death, property damage or loss associated with relating to or arising from those risks enumerated above or otherwise that occur while I am participating in any stage of the fishing tournament.

I understand and acknowledge that by signing this document that I have given up certain legal rights and/or possible claims which I might otherwise assert or maintain against The Darryl Worley Tennessee River Run Bass Tournament , and its owners, agents, officers and employees . These rights are specifically, but not limited to, rights arising from claims or demands for acts of omissions or negligence in any degree of The Darryl Worley Tennessee River Run Bass Tournament, their aides and all other related persons or entities. Under no circumstances will The Darryl Worley Tennessee River Run Bass Tournament, or/and its owners, agents, officers and employees be held liable for damages in excess of the price of the entry fee.

I understand that this contract reflects our entire agreement and that my signature indicates that I have read and understand this document and that I have signed this document of my own free will.

I understand that this waiver applies to any and all tournaments I participate in with The Darryl Worley Tennessee River Run Bass Tournament, and its owners, agents, officers and employees. I further state that I am of lawful age to sign this release and waiver agreement or that I am signing it on behalf of a minor for whom I legally responsible.

If signing for a minor, please read below and also write in their name next to the boat number and sign beside their name.

I hereby give consent that my child/children or minor for whom I am legally responsible as here listed participate in The Darryl Worley Tennessee River Run Bass Tournament. And I hereby execute the above Agreement, Wavier, and Release on his/her behalf. I hereby agree to hold The Darryl Worley Tennessee River Run Bass Tournament, and its owners, agents, officers and employees, and any other persons or entities mentioned above free and harmless from any loss, liability, damage, cost or expense which they may incur as a result of death or any injury or property damage that said minor may sustain while participating in said activity.