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Champions Tour Rules

1. Tournament Rules and Procedures.

  • The following is the rules and procedures for the 2021 Champions Team Tour (CTT) tournaments and may be modified up and until the completion of the captain’s meeting taking place the day prior to the first day of competition or specific information such as laws and possible restrictions not known to the tour prior to a event.
  • Any Champions Team Tour event(s) without a minimum of 30 teams registered by Monday the week of the event may be rescheduled or cancelled. Any event cancelled by the tour will result in the refunding of all entry fees pre-paid for that event.
  • All Champions Team Tour events are professionally produced events with a focus on fun. These 1 day “pop up” type tournaments may experience a date change from time to time. The CTT will do its best to avoid any schedule changes but if one becomes necessary a public posting and mass email will go out once change is determined to be necessary and the new date announced.

2. Health and Compliance with Applicable Law.

  • All anglers participating in any CTT event must be in good physical health and not be on or have prescribed for them any medication for black outs, seizures, fainting or other serious medical conditions that could place them, their team mates, fellow competitors and/or the tour in any danger. All anglers must follow applicable federal, state and local regulations, laws and tournament rules. Any violation of such regulations and laws and/or other tournament rules may result in a penalty including but not limited to and any combination of the following. Daily weight penalty, dead fish(s) penalty, fishing time penalty, disqualification from a tournament day, disqualification from the entire tournament, points deductions, disqualification from all future series events, or any combination thereof as decided by CTT  officials.

3. Eligibility Requirements.

  • CTT ownership and officials reserve the right to deny entry to or remove from any CTT event any team member, angler, person, participant and or competitor for any reason the tour and/or its officials deem necessary. Anglers refusing to take or failing to take a requested truth detection test from any tournament or tournament trail or being banned from competition by another tournament or trail for cheating, unsportsmanlike conduct, public demeaning displays or similar reasons and at the tour’s discretion may be refused entry in to or be disqualified from any CTT event at anytime prior to or during the event at the time knowledge of same was discovered.

4. Insurance, Registration and Fishing License.

  • State required insurance, titling, registration and all other state required coverages and documents must be enforce and current prior to use in all CTT events. A liability insurance policy of at least $100,000.00 must be enforce for any vessel/operator prior to its use in a CTT competition. It is the angler’s responsibility to maintain insurance coverage and ensure all registrations and fishing licenses required by state, federal and local law are up to date for each competitor(s) in any CTT event.
  • A vessel not complying with state, federal and local laws governing equipment, registration, decals and their proper display, cannot be used in competition. If such a boat is placed in competition either intentionally or unknowingly, the angler’s catch for the day(s) such vessel was used will be d.q.’d..
  • Competitor(s) must have a current, legal fishing license for the state in which they are fishing.

5. Administrative, Entry and Paybacks.

  • Each person competing in a CTT event must pay an annual, non refundable membership fee of $35.00.
  • Single event entry fee is $300.00 per team. (non refundable w/exception see #13)
  • Championship event entry fee is 300.00 per team. (non refundable w/exception see #13)
  • Optional Big Bag and Angler Advantage side entries will be offered for $500.00 each.
  • 100% cash payback paid at each regular season event.
  • 100% cash and prize payback at championship including the 1st place 22′ Tidewater Bay Max, Yamaha 200 Outboard and McClain trailer custom tandem axle trailer.
  • All paybacks paid 1 in 7 with 1-49 teams and 1 in 5 at events with 50-100 teams.
  • Team captain receives checks and prizes solely and is responsible for all taxes, delivery, travel or any other charges associated with the grand prize rig.

6. Regular Season and Championship Format. 

  • One day regular season open events with a single 2 day championship.
  • Two person teams per boat.
  • Teams must consist of the same 2 people during any day or days of competition.
  • If a team member has to withdraw from the tournament, for any reason, the team cannot continue with a backup, alternate or as a single angler team.
  • A 2 fish limit measuring with state guidelines will be allowed in all regular season events and for each day of the championship.
  • Teams that fish any 2 events during the CTT regular season and remain in tact qualify to fish as a team at the championship.
  • No new teams can be formed at the CTT championship.
  • A team that fished just 1 event on the CTT can buy in to the championship by paying the championship entry fee plus 600.00 the equivalent to a 2nd event entry plus penalty.

7. Off limits, Practice, Equipment and Information.

  • There is no restriction to the number of days anglers can practice for an CTT event.
  • All anglers competing in an CTT event must be off the water by 5:00 PM the day of the captain’s meeting.
  • No additional on water practice or scouting time can take place after 5:00 PM (local time) the day immediately preceding tournament day.
  • No angler can return to the water after day 1 of the championship 2 day event without permission from tour officials.
  • One team member must be present at the captain’s meeting.

Monday the week of a CTT event and continuing through it’s conclusion, Team members, alternates or any representative of same may not:

  • Practice or compete in a boat and motor rig not considered normal in appearance compared to all other boat and motor rigs used in normal tournament fishing competitions. Example of acceptable boats: bay boats, tower boats, skiffs and other steering wheel controlled vessels that are powered by a single outboard engine manufactured by companies like Yamaha, Mercury, Honda, Suzuki and other industry standard outboard motors. No airboats, inboard, tiller steered, surface drive, air cooled, pump driven or any multiple outboard motor rigs may be used for practice or competition.
  • Take part in arial scouting personally or receive information from anyone flying in manned or unmanned vehicles including but not limited to airplanes, helicopters and/or any drone type devices over waters within 100 miles of in all directions of official launch point.
  • Hire a professional guide paid by cash or barter in an attempt to gain local knowledge pertaining to redfish movement, locations, lures, techniques and or navigation.
  • Lift, open, remove or otherwise tamper with any structures, I.E. booms, chains, gates, etc. placed across any canal or access area in a attempt to restrict public access to any body of water.
  • Research and/or attempt to find alternative entrance points to access the same “closed” body of water through other canals, creeks or means avoiding gates, notices, chains, booms, etc..
  • Jump berms, dykes, land masses or any other object blocking entrance to any waterway, either man made or natural.
  • Enter into any private agreement, written or verbal or with a “understanding” that would allow any angler(s) to scout or fish waters not open and available to all anglers equally.
  • Return to any body of water once asked to leave (other than obviously public waterways such as oceans, ICW, main river channels, etc.) during practice and any days of competition for current and future CTT events and must notify his team member of the request to leave the body of water it affects.

8. Tackle and Techniques.

  • Team members must cast, flip or pitch their lure to the fish they catch.
  • Only artificial lures and artificial bait attractants may be used in competition.
  • No live or dead bait allowed or paste made from actual fish or bait products may be used.
  • Only one rod at a time may be used per angler.
  • A cast must be fully retrieved by an angler before that same angler may make another cast.
  • All redfish must be caught alive in a conventional sporting manner.
  • No snagging of fish, netting of fish or scooping of distressed surface fish is allowed.
  • No multi lure rigs allowed.
  • Trolling as a method of fishing is prohibited.
  • Team members must obey all local, state and federal laws in regards to boating, equipment and fishing.

9. Live Fish, Limits and Penalties.

  • Team members may not intentionally attempt to manipulate the weight or length of any redfish.
  • A .75 pound penalty will be assessed for each dead fish presented for measuring.
  • No culling of dead fish permitted.
  • Dead fish may be kept separate from live fish but only with water and/or an ice substitute, frozen water bottles, Arctic Ice, etc.
  • It is the teams responsibility to keep control of their fish from their live well till it reaches the stage for weighing, any loss of control or intermixing of any fish with other angler(s) fish while catching a ride with another competitor(s) during a mechanical issue, getting fish ready for weigh in at boat or at tour staging tanks, etc. may result in all fish affected without control of the angler being deemed un-weighable.
  • The length of all redfish must measure within minimum and maximum “slot” sizes as set forth by the state in which the fish was caught and must maintain a legal size limit for any waters where the fish is transported through or to. Normally 16-27 inches for Louisiana, 20-28 inches for Texas, Mississippi 18-30 inches and 18-27 inches in Florida.
  • No fish other than redfish (red drum) can be possessed by a team competing in any CTT event and no additional fish above the limit of 2 fish set for an Elite Redfish Series be possessed for anytime other than temporarily for weighing/culling. No more than 2 fish total can at any point be in a team’s live-well or other storage area.
  • The Check it Stik Official Elite Measuring System will be used only with fish’s head facing left and the tail to the right only, no flipping or measuring 2nd side of fish.
  • The Elite perfect pincher will be placed on a fish’s tail and slid to a point 1/2″ short of the state legal length limit for a redfish.
  • Tour representatives reserve the right to refuse any red fish for measuring and/or weighing deemed by representatives to have a damaged tail or nose/head area sufficiently to make determining the exact length of the fish’s overall length non conclusive using official tour Check It Stik Elite measuring system.
  • Redfish with abnormal, severely damaged and/or deformed tails or noses and in the opinion of tour official not normal in it’s appearance to a healthy, non damaged redfish will not be accepted, regardless of fish’s length and whether or not the damaged area happened naturally and has healed over. The protocol used in determining a fish’s condition to be within the rules specified will ultimately be determined by the fish’s head and tail being considered by the tour to be normal in appearance and undamaged.
  • Anglers are encouraged to take a picture and submit via text to tournament director for ruling during tournament day on a fish’s overall condition and whether or not that fish would be approved or denied if presented in the current pictured condition.
  • Failure to notify official and having a fish weighed with a hook, lure, jig or other object in its mouth will incur dead fish penalty.
  • Re weighs are only executed at the discretion of the weigh master (not at the request of any angler) and based solely on his judgment of conditions when the weigh scales automatically lock in and render the final, computer activated and locked weight.

10. Acceptable Fishing Locations.

  • Team members, alternates or any representative of same may only navigate and fish those waters open for navigation, boating and fishing to the general public equally.
  • Team members, alternates or any representative of same may not lift, unlock or pass through gates, chains, booms or other canal, river and/or waterway objects meant to divide public from non public waters during a practice period or any day(s) of competition.
  • Team members, alternates or any representative of same must know that even water without obvious vessel restricting objects waters can still be considered non public.
  • Team members, alternates or any representative of same that have ever been been asked to leave a particular body of water due to it being claimed to be non public must not return during any day of practice or competition and should notify the tour immediately so a notice can be sent to all teams equally.
  • Team members, alternates or any representative of same failing to observe the public water rule in any manner including but not limited to intentionally returning to the same waters after being asked to leave or fleeing to avoid capture will be disqualified from the competition and may face expulsion from the tour.

11. Alcoholic Beverages and Drugs.

  • Angler(s) cannot consume or possess alcohol or drugs (other than their own current prescriptions for conditions not listed in #2) on tournament day.
  • Competitor(s) cannot consume alcoholic beverage prior to taking a polygraph or other truth verification test in an CTT event.

12. Communication.

  • The use of mobile communication devices such as cellular telephones, marine radios, walkie-talkies, CBs, pagers or any electronic device able to communicate any information pertaining to fishing or navigation during a day of competition is strictly prohibited without prior approval of CTT officials. Anglers can contact anyone at anytime by any means when an emergency issue arises. Texting while operating your boat above idle is prohibited.

13. Extreme Weather.

Small craft advisories (A Small Craft Advisory means that wind speeds of 21-33 knots are expected to produce hazardous conditions to small craft vessels) at time of launch and or forecasted by NOAA or similar reputable organizations to include official tournament waters during a day(s) of competition will immediately execute a no go for that day. Launch may be delayed if small craft advisory forecasted to be lifted. “The National Weather Service does not specifically identify what constitutes a “small craft”, although the United States Coast Guard informally assigns the designation to boats with a total length of less than 33 feet”.

Should a scheduled day of competition in the regular season be cancelled due to extreme weather or the eminent threat of extreme weather the day immediately following the event will be used as a make up day. Should the following day be deemed not safe for competition the event will be re-scheduled for a future date.

Should a scheduled day of competition in the championship be cancelled due to extreme weather or the eminent threat of extreme weather the following remedies will be executed in an effort to complete a minimum of one day of competition at the championship event.

  • Day 1 canceled, all anglers fish day 2 in a one day shootout to determine place of finish for all teams.
  • Day 2 canceled, results from day 1 are final and will determine place of finish for all teams.
  • Days 1 and 2 canceled, the day immediately following day 2 will be used to determine place of finish until a single day of competition can be completed. Friday cancelled, Saturday will be used. Friday and Saturday cancelled Sunday will be used. Friday, Saturday and Sunday cancelled Monday will be used, etc..

14. Mechanical and Navigational.

  • For mechanical reasons only a series approved mechanic may temporarily ride along for the purpose of determining and remedying a mechanical issue, however no tournament related information outside of the problem being diagnosed can be discussed.
  • It is the teams responsibility to notify a tour official by phone of a mechanical issue, mechanic’s name and duration of time he/she is expected to be on board prior to boarding of an CTT anglers boat during competition.
  • If an angler has GPS/graph issues any day of the event, they must borrow, rent or purchase any electronic navigational device from someone still in the field, from a retail dealer with a store front business or a onsite tournament support representative.

15. Remedies for Break Downs and Returning to Launch.

  • If a team’s boats experiences mechanical failure the team may be towed in by any one from any where at any time.
  • Team members can only board the boat of another competitor fishing the same event except for in an emergency situation.
  • Teams must tag and/or mark and keep separated their fish from any other team’s fish who’s boat they board.
  • Team members boarding another teams boat for any reason will result in the end to both teams day of fishing.

16. Anglers Must Remain in Boat.

  • All angling must be conducted from inside the boat. No wading.
  • Team members cannot leave the boat to cast, catch or land a fish.
  • Team members may and should leave the boat to seek safe shelter in bad weather where danger may be imminent but team members must continue to follow all tournament rules and procedures during this period.
  • Team members may leave their boat to pull it out of an area where tides have gone out but cannot leave their boat to gain access to any area and must wait on water levels to rise enough to allow entry without dragging bottom or jumping berm.

17. Safety, Boats, Motors and Accessories.

  • Safe boating conduct must be observed at all times by all team members.
  • During practice all team members and any of their guest on board are encouraged to wear a Coast Guard-approved chest type life preserver at all times.
  • During each day of competition both team members are required to wear a Coast Guard-approved chest type life preserver any time the combustion engine is on and in gear. This preserver must be strapped, snapped or zippered securely and maintained in that condition until the combustion engine is out of gear or shut off.
  • Boats and single outboard motor rigs normal to the fishing industry and inshore tournament fishing may be used. I.E. bay boats, tower boats, skiffs powered by a single outboard engine manufactured by companies like Yamaha, Mercury, Evinrude, Honda, Suzuki, etc may be used. All boats used in official practice days beginning Monday the week of the tournament and continuing through the tournament’s conclusion must be powered by a single outboard engine as described above and cannot use a inboard, tiller steered, surface drive, air cooled, pump driven or similar engine. No airboats or similar.
  • All boats used in official practice period beginning Monday the week of a CTT event must have engine kill switch and should be attached to the driver anytime the combustion engines on and in gear during official practice period and must be attached during competition.
  • Additional fuel may be purchased from a public marina during normal business hours and open to the general public equally.
  • Additional fuel may be carried only in factory installed (built-in) fuel tanks. No portable fuel containers allowed.
  • When boating in low visibility situations i.e. fog, heavy rain, during both practice and competition, anglers must operate their boats at a safe speed and in a safe manner. Failing to do so and being reported will result in penalty.

18. Sportsmanship and Penalties.

  • It is prohibited and against the law to enter any fish in a saltwater fishing tournament that have had the length or weight altered, that were taken unlawfully and/or are fraudulently represented. Teams doing such will be d.q.’d and could be prosecuted.
  • Team members are required to display the highest level of sportsmanship to each other, recreational anglers or boaters sharing the waters, the tour and its staff, CTT ownership, sponsors and fans.
  • Team members proved to be displaying poor sportsmanship or violating fishing, game and/or boating regulations will be penalized.
  • Team members displaying act(s) or action(s) deemed to be an intentional and unsportsmanlike toward other teams is prohibited.
  • Team members receiving a ticket for any violation while on the water will have their day’s catch disqualified.
  • Team members failing to disclose receiving any ticket to tour officials will result in immediate disqualification from the event and may include expulsion from the tour.
  • Team members can not cast pitch or flip within 100 yards of another teams boat (not separated by land or jetties but in same body of water) which is anchored by a traditional anchor or anchoring system.
  • Team members may not use their vessel to limit passage or access to waters that are outside of the 100 yard stationary rule.
  • Team members knowingly attempting to circumvent state, federal or local law enforcement or similar in an attempt to avoid capture or issuance of a ticket or citation will be disqualified from the event and expelled from the tour.

19. Protest and Truth Detection.

  • The Champions Team Tour polygraph test both competitors on a team, in most cases. If only one competitor on a team is going to be polygraphed, due to time or other circumstances, the tour will pick which competitor to test.
  • Team members that feel they cannot take or pass a truth detection test, for any reason should not register and fish a CTT event.
  • Team members that have failed or refused to take a polygraph test on any tour or in any tournament will not be eligible to compete in a CTT event.
  • Team members being prosecuted and “pleading” or refusing to defend in a court of law may be ineligible to compete in a CTT event.
  • A reported violation may be brought to the attention of tour officials at anytime during or after the conclusion of the event and penalty(s) for violation can be levied at anytime during the season after being made known to CTT tour officials.
  • Should a polygraph or other truth detection test be needed to settle a protest, the team protesting and the team being protested will be required to render to the tour the fee for the polygraph test. The winning team of the polygraph will be reimbursed their test fee.
  • Should no polygraph test be available the day of the protest, the event will continue as normal, under protest with the results, tournament placement, prizes, points and awards being retained by the tour until a test can be administered to settle dispute.
  • The Champions Team Tour acts as a broker when hiring the truth detection administrator and has no influence on procedures, type of test, the amount of time or the results of the testing and as such all rulings of cause are determined by the testing agent and not by anyone affiliated with the CTT.
  • All truth detection results are final and not contestable by any CTT team member.
  • The Champions Team Tour affiliated and subsidiary companies, the hosts, sponsors and tour officials are not involved in or in any way responsible for the results of or methods used in any truth detection test given.

20. Angler Code of Conduct and Registration.

  • Team members participating in any CTT sanctioned event shall observe this code of conduct and the applicable rules for the specific event in which they are participating. Team members shall, at all times, conduct themselves in a professional manner that demonstrates integrity, honor and respect toward fellow competitors, tournament staff and the general public and does not reflect unfavorably on the CTT, its members, officers and/or representatives and/or community and product sponsors of CTT.

Team members are frequently in the public eye and are considered role models by young people; therefore, it is imperative that tournament competitors demonstrate good sportsmanship in fishing. Sportsmanship is defined as fair play, respect for opponents and polite behavior while competing in the event and sport. Following are examples of unacceptable behavior by team members in CTT events that will be cause for penalties as outlined in this document.

  • Heated and loud public disagreements with Champions Team Tour officials, other competitors and fans and volunteers during an event that can be seen as a public display of unsportsmanlike and unprofessional conduct.
  • Public attacks through media, including social media, upon the integrity of Champions Team Tour, its rules, officials, sponsors and/or ownership.
  • Public comments that team members know or should reasonably be expected to know that will harm the reputation of CTT officials, ownership and/or tour sponsors.
  • Displays of anger and displeasure for reasons related to fishing competition where members of the public, including other anglers, spectators and the media, are present.
  • Publicly questioning or criticizing a tournament official or official decision, ruling or penalty except through the proper channels made directly to tour officials.
  • Abuse (physical, verbal, threatening or slanderous) of tournament officials, volunteers, fellow competitors or others connected with an CTT event.
  • Offensive or slanderous comments with racial, cultural or sexual overtones regarding event officials, event personnel or fellow team members.
  • Intentionally interfering with a fellow team member’s ability to compete.
  • Any disqualification, suspension or other disciplinary action imposed by any tournament and/or fishing organization may result in disqualification from competition and rejection of an application for participation in a CTT tournament. (ii.) Chemical substance addiction or abuse, conviction of a felony or crimes involving moral turpitude, may be grounds for disqualification from competition and for rejecting any application for participation.
  • Team members who violates any of the provisions of the Sportsmanship Rules or the Angler Code of Conduct may be subject to fines, reduction of points, forfeiture of tournament winnings, suspension from competing in individual CTT events, permanent ban from competition or any combination thereof deemed by CTT ownership and officials.

 

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