These rules shall remain unchanged throughout the 2012 season.
Interpretation and enforcement of AC/WRL rules shall be left
exclusively to the tournament director s discretion at each event.
Federal, state, local, lake laws and rules must be obeyed at all
times and shall supersede AC/WRL rules when in conflict.
PARTICIPANTS AND ELIGIBILITY:
No team or individual will be allowed to fish if they individually
or collectively have won more than $5000 and/or finished in the
top 10 in the points race in a Pro-Teams or Pro-Am event during a
given season. Money won from the back seat of a Pro/Am event or
AC/WRL TOC does not count towards an individual’s winnings. Also,
any individual(s) that are found to be a highly qualified team
based on points races (top 5 in the angler of the year races) of
any other circuit may be asked to fish at the pro level and not
participate in the AC/WRL events. Final decision of all
contestants being allowed to participate will be at the tournament
directors’ discretion. Any angler who has qualified for a Pro
Championship of any pro trail (100% BASS, B.A.S.S., F.L.W.,
EVERSTART, WESTERN BASS, W.O.N., ANGLER’S CHOICE, WEST COAST BASS,
FEDERATION, REDMAN or CBC) in the past 10 years is ineligible to
fish as an amateur on the AC/WRL tour. All participants must be
current members of U.S. Anglers Choice to be eligible to
& DRUGS: During
tournament hours, no alcoholic beverages or narcotic drugs (unless
prescription drugs prescribed to the user) may be consumed or
allowed in the boat while on the water.
Guides may not be used on official practice days, such as the
Tournament of Champions pre fish days. Guides will not be allowed
to fish in the AC/WRL Division. This is an amateur division and
guides are considered "Seasoned Anglers". They may however fish in
the Pro divisions of Anglers Choice.
tournaments will require a payment of entry fees in advance of the
tournament. Deadline for payment of entries is 5 pm on
Thursday prior to the event for all AC/WRL team tournaments or a
late fee of $10 will be assessed. Entry forms must be filled out
completely and mailed to your appropriate tournament director with
checks made payable in your tournament director’s name – NOT to
“Tournament Director”. Please see your region’s home page for
mailing addresses. Late sign-ups, however, will be accepted the
night before from 4 PM to 6 PM or the morning of the event at the
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 forty-eight
(48) inches. All boats should be equipped with the minimum
recommended USCG safety devices. These requirements can be viewed
6) BOAT &
LIVEWELLS CHECK: It is
the responsibility of the anglers to have their boat and livewells
checked by an AC/WRL official immediately prior to competition. A
RIBBON will be placed on your trolling motor once your boat has
been checked. You will NOT be able to weigh in your fish without
the ribbon on the trolling motor or you will be disqualified.
AND MOTORS: Each event
will be divided into two horsepower divisions.
Small boat will be engines with horsepower ratings between
0 and 115 horsepower.
Large boats will be engines greater than 115 horsepower.
All boats in AC/WRL events must be a minimum of 12 feet long.
Any team with a boat that qualifies for the small boat division
and wants to participate as members of the large boat division
will be allowed to do so as long as prior approval from the
tournament director has been obtained.
IN FOR OFFICIAL WEIGH IN:
It is the responsibility of each team to check in with the AC/WRL
staff prior to weighing in their fish. Late check in is grounds
Intentional snagging of fish will not be allowed. 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 eight feet in length.
The use of underwater cameras is not allowed during competition.
Nets may not have a handle in excess of eight (8) feet in length.
OFF- LIMITS: There is
No off limits period for any AC/WRL regular events with the
exception to the off limits for the championship/TOC event. You
may not receive or solicit fishing related information from anyone
who has fished the Championship waters during the off limits
OF TOURNAMENT: A random
draw will be done to determine the starting boat position in each
Division, with The Small Boat Division always being allowed to
12) SPEED-RESTRICTED AREAS:
No boat may pass another
contestant's boat in a restricted speed zone, in an effort to gain
an advantage. Speeding in a 5 mph zone is grounds for
disqualification if you are protested.
During all AC/WRL events, teams will only weigh in five (5) fish
for the days catch measuring Thirteen inches (13”) flat on a flat
board. AC/WRL may allow for a larger tournament limit on waters
where state or lake limits are greater. Any team weighing in a
fish shorter than the legal tournament length will be assessed a
one (1) pound 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 .20 lbs per dead fish will be deducted
from the total weight.
14) CULLING FISH: It is
the responsibility of each team to not have more than the local
laws allows of fish in a live well. If more than the local laws
allow are present in the live well during the event you will be
subject to disqualification. However, a team may not possess more
than a five (5) fish limit once inside the host marina
Additionally, no culling is allowed in the host marina.
FISH: The big fish
award is an option at AC/WRL events. You may not weight in a DEAD
fish to claim this award, however, a dead big fish will be counted
toward your overall weight with dead fish penalty applied.
16) PERMITTED FISHING WATERS:
Fishing is not allowed inside the host marina. 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. Both team partners must fish from the same
boat. Only contestants may be in the boat during the tournament
hours. Contestants cannot leave the boat to land a fish or gain
access to a fishing area. Restricting natural movement of fish by
any means is grounds for automatic disqualification.
17) RESERVED AREAS: No
person may "hold" or "reserve" a fishing area for a contestant at
any time. Infraction of this rule will result in disqualification
of all parties involved.
OR PHONE TRANSMITTING:
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
19) INFORMATION SHARING:
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.
Anglers are not permitted to leave their boats nor touch another
boat, with the exception of an emergency or major equipment
failure during the tournament. In this case, it is permitted to be
towed either to safety or back to the weigh-in area by any safe
means available. You may not transport fish by land if you choose
to trailer back to the weigh-in area; however, you may have your
fished transported to the weigh-in by another tournament boat
participating in the same event. Transported fish must be held
separate from another contestants fish. At least one person must
stay with your fish at all times and neither angler is permitted
to fish while under the assistance of another boat during the
Each division will compete only within their own division for
points. Payback for all events will be in cash/check and will be
based on a 1 in 5 format. Winnings/Money will be discussed at each
event if winnings/money will be combined due to the lack of
participant in the Small Boat Division.
22) PRIZES: Awards
during all AC/WRL Events require the winners to be present at the
awards. Winners not present at the awards ceremony will forfeit
any and all prizes selected for them. This does not include money
won as a result of placement in the tournament. Any prizes not
awarded during a specific event will be carried over and awarded
at the AC/WRL Team championship.
OF THE YEAR: Will be
determined by the team with the most points accumulated at the end
of the year, based on their best 6 events in one region with the
24) PARTICIPATION IN BOTH AC/WRL AND REGULAR TEAM EVENTS:
As long as a team meets the requirement for the AC/WRL they may
participate in both the Pro teams and the AC/WRL events.
25) SCORING: Is
determined by the total weight of each participants catch for the
overall event, less any penalties or dead fish weighed in. There
is no bonus for live fish. Points are awarded to each entrant of
the event on a declining scale starting at a 100 points for first,
99 for second, 98 for third, etc… Five participation points will
be awarded to all entrants of the event. Participation points are
The TOC will be a separate event, to be held at the end of the
season. AC/WRL anglers are eligible to win a grand prize given
away to the overall winner of the event. All other AC/WRL money
will be kept separate. 25% of the total number of registered teams
fishing in each region throughout the entire season will be
invited to the TOC. AC/WRL reserves the right to invite more teams
based upon participation levels during the season. Qualifying will
be based on the best 4 out of 6 events fished in one region with
the same partner with 2 throw outs. Teams fishing more than 4
events will keep the 5 show up points on throw out events. Any
team fishing 7 events in the AC/WRL tournaments with the same
partner will automatically qualify for the TOC.
PARTNER: An angler who
qualified to fish the TOC but has a partner who cannot attend can
be placed with another qualifying angler with the same situation.
Partners will be determined by a random draw. These situations
will be reviewed and approved by the tournament director.
Displaying of poor sportsmanship and bringing unfavorable
publicity to AC/WRL, the host marina, and/or the sport of bass
fishing shall be grounds for disqualification. If one team member
is disqualified, the team shall be disqualified.
29) PROTEST: All
protests must be submitted in writing within 15 minutes after the
official closing of the scales.
30) OFFICIAL BOATS:
Officials may be on the lake during contest hours, and can
approach or observe any contestant’s boat. Each contestant is
required to cooperate with all reasonable requests from media
representatives or officials. Official boats may not be used as
contestant replacement boats.
All contestants are subject to a polygraph test. Failure to submit
is grounds for automatic disqualification. Any contestant who has
failed a polygraph test in any bass tournament or contest or whose
results are found to be inconclusive shall not be eligible to
compete in AC/WRL and Angler’s Choice tournaments. Polygraph and
voice stress testing are preformed at the discretion of the