Rules

Rules & Guidelines
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1. . . All members must strictly obey all state and local fish, game, and watercraft laws and regulations. By Michigan law you do not have to wear life jackets while under way, but they must be visible at all times. All minors under the age 6 must wear their life jackets while the main motor is running.
2. . . By club rules each team can only have five bass in their live well during any club tournament, anyone having more than five (5) bass could face penalty. All bass must be transported to the weigh-in scales in a bag with adequate water and released after weigh-in.
3. . . Bow light will be turned on from sunset till sunrise while the boat is on the water. All running lights are to be on from sunset to sunrise while big motor is running. The tournament director can call for limited running when visibility is in question.
4. . . Anyone who (a) offers a fish to another member; (b) asks for a fish from anyone; or (c) accepts a fish from anyone will be disqualified from the tournament and may be expelled from the club
5. . . A 100-foot perimeter must be allowed to all other boaters while fishing, the only exception is you must let someone pass you while fishing creeks and channels.
6. . .. No trolling, littering, consumption of alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs are allowed during tournaments.
7. Only one pole/line per person may be used at any time during a club tournament, multiple hooked baits and drop shot rigs may be used during club tournaments where allowed by Michigan law.
8. . . All members agree to carry Liability Insurance on their boat at all times. Kal-Valley Bass Club will not be responsible and / or liable any for loss or injury.
9. . . The tournament director will make all decisions regarding the interpretation of the rules. All disputes involving scoring shall be settled at the tournament, when possible. The tournament director’s decision shall be final. The tournament director’s timepiece is the official time piece.
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Launching and retrieval guidelines
. . One hour before official start times the collection of tournament fees will commence.
. . Forty-five minutes later we will conclude the collection of tournament fees.
. . All launch prep is to be done in the parking area, not in the launch area.
. . After your live wells have been checked and your fees have been paid you may head out.
. . No running on the plain till the official start time, unless stated otherwise at the launch.
. . Anyone fishing before the official starting time will be disqualified.
. . Anyone not returning to the launch by the end of the tournament will be disqualified.
. . Call the tournament director as soon as possible if you’re going to be late for any reason.
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Scoring
. . All bass will be measured with the bass’s mouth closed.
. . You may do a courtesy bump using the club bump board before weighing in.
. . The dead fish penalty is one-half pound for each dead fish.
. . The short fish penalty is the weight of your big bass.
. . Your big bass must be alive when weighed in to be used as your big bass.
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Tiebreakers
. . Big bass will be used to break any ties between two different bags.
. . Total bag weight will be used to break any ties between any two big bass
. . Pre-fishing for a tournament
. . No one is allowed to pre-fish the tournament lakes the day before the tournament.
. . The only exception is the classic lake, and only in the afternoon the day before the classic.
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Tournament schedule for the 2024 season
. . Saturday trail – May 25 through Sept.7 with the classic on Sept. 14.
. . Sunday trail – May 26 through Sept. 8 with the classic on Sept. 15.
. . Fall Trail – Sept. 21 through Oct. 26 with the classic on Oct 27.
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Tournament times
. . Saturday trail
. . . . May 25 till July 27 – 6:00 am till 12:00 pm.
. . . . Aug. 3 till Sept. 7 – 7:00 am till 1:00 pm.
. . . . Classic Sept. 14 – 7:00 am 2:00 pm.
. . Sunday Trail
. . . . May 26 till Sept. 8 – 7:00 am till 12:00 pm.
. . . . Classic Sept. 15 – 7:00 am 2:00 pm
. . Fall Trail
. . . . Sept. 21 till Sept. 29 – 7:00 am till 12:00 pm
. . . . Oct. 5 till Oct. 26 – 8:00 am till 1:00 pm
. . . . Classic Oct. 27 – 8:00am till 2:00 pm
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The club has five different trails/divisions
. . Saturday trail – is divided into two divisions & they fish on Saturday mornings.
. . . . North division – fishes the odd-numbered weekend during the summer.
. . . . South division – fishes the even-numbered weekend during the summer.
. . Sunday trail – is divided into two divisions & they fish on Sunday mornings.
. . . . East division – fishes the odd-numbered weekend during the summer.
. . . . West division – fishes the even-numbered weekend during the summer.
. . Fall Trail – will be fishing on both Saturday and Sunday mornings in the fall.
. . . . The tournament director must approve of any crossovers between trails.
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Team memberships
. . Up to 35 memberships will be sold on each trial.
. . Memberships are done by the team, not by the person.
. . Each team will be given a boat number for the club records.
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Club membership cost
. . Saturday trails – $35 for one division and $50 for both divisions.
. . Sunday trail – $35 for one division and $50 for both divisions.
. . Fall Trail – $35 for the season.
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Club tournament fees
. . All regularly scheduled club tournaments are set at $40.00 per boat.
. . Classic tournament fees are set at $40 per boat.
. . The tournament director’s boat is exempt from all tournament fees.
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Payouts at regular club tournaments
. . We payout one in four boats
. . At five dollar increments
. . See payout chart below for full details
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Requirements to fish any of the club’s classics
. . Saturday Trail
. . . . Teams fishing only one division need to attend 7 out of the 8 tournaments.
. . . . Teams fishing in both divisions need to attend 9 out of the 16 club tournaments.
. . . . Those teams fishing 16 tournaments may be able to fish both club classic
. . Sunday trail
. . . . Teams fishing only one division need to attend 7 out of the 8 tournaments.
. . . . Teams fishing in both divisions need to attend 9 out of the 16 club tournaments.
. . . . Those teams fishing 16 tournaments may be able to fish both club classic
. . Fall Trails – teams need to attend 5 out of the 11 club tournaments.
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Classic Payouts
. . We will be paying the top three places
. . . . First place will receive $15 for each boat attending the classic
. . . . Second place will receive $10 for each boat attending the classic
. . . . Third place will receive $5 for each boat attending the classic
. . Big bass at the classic will receive $5 for each boat attending the classic
. . All the teams bring in fish will get paid by their bag weight from the club fund
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Classic awards
. . Big Bass of the year will get a big bass plaques at the class
. . The team winning the classic will also get a set of classic plaques
. . “Anglers of the Year” in both divisions will get a set of A.o.Y plaques

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Pay out chart

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Big Bass$5$10$15$20$25$30$35
1 Place$30$60$90$120$120$125$140
2 Place$30$55$70
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# boats891011121314
Big Bass$40$45$50$55$60$65$70
1 Place$160$160$165$170$180$185$190
2 Place$80$80$90$105$120$120$125
3 Place$30$45$55$60$60$65
4 Place$25$40
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# boats15161718192021
Big Bass$75$80$85$90$95$100$110
1 Place$190$195$200$205$210$215$220
2 Place$130$135$135$140$145$150$150
3 Place$85$95$95$100$105$110$110
4 Place$45$55$55$65$70$75$75
5 Place$25$30$40$50$50
6 Place$15
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# boats22232425262728
Big Bass$110$115$120$125$130$135$140
1 Place$225$230$235$240$245$250$255
2 Place$155$160$165$165$170$175$180
3 Place$120$125$130$130$135$135$140
4 Place$80$85$90$90$95$100$105
5 Place$55$60$65$65$65$70$75
6 Place$25$30$35$40$45$50$55
7 Place$20$25$30$30