Friday Night Lights Missouri VS Arkansas WK 9
Friday Night Lights Kayak Fishing is a bass series based out of Springfield, Missouri. This series is a showdown between Missouri and Arkansas anglers.
All anglers mush follow local, state and federal boating laws for night time fishing. A 360 light must be used and if under power (trolling motor) navigation lights must be used also.
We will be using TourneyX for all events so watch for us on there and sign up!
This is a WINNER TAKE ALL Tournament
3 fish limit
$5 tourney x fee
$1.50 admin fee: Covers fees, and any additional expense occurring with Friday Night Lights.
$10 Big Bass Pot
10% discount to Kayak Tuff Lights by Joe Florida
Hog trough required
GPS location must be on for all events
A. During competition, every Competitor must have all required Coast Guard safety equipment, (e.g., light source, whistle or other audible signal device, Coast Guard-approved chest-type life preserver [PFD]). See www.uscgboating.org/.
B. PFD Usage: At all times, except as described below (Rule 15.C. PFD Wear Exception) while on the water during competition hours, Competitors must wear either an inherent-flotation or inflatable USCG-certified PFD, either vest-style or float jacket. A belt-style PFD, even one that deploys as a vest, is NOT permitted during Competition. The PFD must be properly positioned and adjusted to conform to USGC and manufacturers’ instructions. When an infraction, as described above, is verified by the Tournament Director, the competitor is disqualified from participation in the event.
C. PFD Wear Exception: If all of the following conditions exist, Competitor may briefly remove his PFD while afloat in order to change, add or remove articles of clothing:
I. No fishing lines are in the water; and
ii. The watercraft is not underway; and
iii. Weather and water conditions permit one to do so safely.
When finished changing his attire, Competitor must immediately put the PFD back on before resuming navigation or fishing.
D. the Tournament Director has the right to postpone or cancel the start of an official tournament day because of bad weather or other factors that would jeopardize Competitors’ safety. Tournament waters may also be restricted at any time because of bad weather.
E. In the event of weather emergencies that pose an imminent threat to Competitors, the Tournament Director may terminate Competition before the scheduled end-of-competition time. An Early Termination Announcement with an adjusted end-of-competition time will be broadcast to Competitors via email and group text messaging and will also be posted on the TMS site and social media sites. The Announcement will also specify an adjusted report-in time and location. If safe to do so, upon receiving the Announcement, Competitor should make his way to the specified location at that time.
Competitor is required to stop fishing as soon as he receives the Early Termination Announcement. No photos of fish caught after the adjusted end-of-competition time may be submitted for scoring; however, to accommodate those seeking shelter immediately, Competitor has up to 15 minutes after the Adjusted End Time to submit a photo of any bass caught before the adjusted end-of-competition time/photo submission deadline.
F. In the event of an emergency situation, Competitor should call 911 first and then notify tournament officials as soon as possible
Fishing Tackle, Equipment, and Methods
A. All bass must be caught live, the Competitor using only equipment and legal methods that comply with all sport fishing statutes and regulations of the states and body of water in which they are taken. Competitors are responsible for research of and compliance with all applicable fishing and boating regulations. Snatching or snagging fish is not permitted. When visually fishing a bed for spawning bass, to be admissible all bass must be hooked inside the mouth. Violation will result in disqualification from the Event.
B. All bass must be caught on rod, reel, line and hook with artificial lures only. No traps, snares, set lines or other methods of fishing other than rod, reel and line are permissible, even if legal under state game laws. Violation will result in disqualification from the Event.
C. Acceptable measuring boards include the “Hawg Trough” manufactured by Hagen’s (pictured below), a Yak Gear Fish Stik (Generation 2 only, with vertical lines on the fence and locking tabs that make the board more rigid) and the Ketch Co Measuring Board. Measuring boards may be shortened by removing inches from the upper end (opposite the fence) For example, one may cut a measuring board off at the 26 inch mark in order to fit crossways between a watercraft’s gunwales. However, it may not be broken, snapped, or cut apart and then reassembled at any point between the two ends. A crack that does not separate the measuring board into pieces and does not affect the measuring board’s accuracy may be repaired and reinforced for use. Violation will result in denial of photo.
D. Competitors may share measuring boards.
E. A break of the measuring board’s fence may be mended for use if the repair is rigid, flat and at a right angle to the measuring surface. The mended measuring board must be submitted to the Tournament Director, personally or by two or more emailed photographs that clearly show (I.) the mended area and (ii.) a side view of the measuring surface and the fence. Violation will result in denial of photo.
F. Each competitor must use a mobile phone with digital camera to load images to TMS
When a Competitor’s whose smart phone becomes inoperable or is lost, he may share smart phones with other Competitors, provided each Competitor logs into his own TMS account in order to submit photos of fish he caught. Violation will result in denial of photo.
G. Only artificial lures and biodegradable artificial lures may be used. No live bait, preserved bait, or prepared bait will be permitted during competition, with the exception of pork strips or rinds. Violation will result in disqualification from the Event.
H. Only ONE casting, spin-casting, spinning, or fly rod and reel may be in use at any one time. A rod and reel is considered to be “in use” when a lure attached to it by a line is in or on the water. A hung lure (one snagged in an overhanging tree) that is not in or on the water is not considered in use and the attached rod and reel may be set aside while another is in use.
I. Nets and grippers (e.g., Fish Grip, Boga-Grip) may be used for landing bass during tournament competition, but grippers must not remain attached to the fish in photos. Violation will result in denial or disqualification of the photo.
J. If a Competitor breaks his line while setting the hook or retrieving a fish, he is allowed to make an attempt with the rod being used or by hand to secure the line and land the fish to be counted as legal. He may NOT hook the line with another lure, rod and reel, or other device. If a Competitor loses his rod and reel while landing a bass he MAY use another rod and reel to retrieve the lost outfit. If after retrieval, the bass is still hooked, it may be landed, photographed, and submitted as a legal fish. Violation will result in disqualification from the Event.
Photo Standards — Digital photographs of each bass submitted to judges for scoring must meet these criteria:
A. Unique. Each digital photo submitted by the same Competitor in each Event must be of a different bass. Subsequent digital photos of the same bass submitted by the Competitor in an Event will be denied.
B. Legible. Each photo must be in sharply focused and clear enough for a judge to:
I. Verify the correct Identifier Form and Event ID Code. Inability of the judge to verify will result in denial of photo.
ii. Verify the bass’ condition. Violation will result in denial of photo.
iii. Verify the bass’ length. Judge will score fish at the greatest length of which he is certain.
iv. Verify whether its jaw or lip is in contact with the measuring board fence. Inability of the judge to verify will result in a penalty of 1 inch.
C. Centered. Camera lens positioned directly over the center of the bass’ body, which contributes to accurate measurement by judges. Photos taken at a low angle in order obscure an open mouth may be denied or penalized at the Tournament Director’s discretion.
D. First-generation. Each digital photo must be a first-generation image (not a photo or screen-shot of another photo). Violation will result in denial of photo.
E Identifiable. Official KBF Identifier Form above, below, or beside that bass (not covering any portion of the bass, unless attached to the Competitor’s hand or arm). Neither a hand-drawn form nor an image of the KBF Identifier Form on a smart phone are permissible. Violation will result in denial of photo.
F. Background. Competitor’s watercraft clearly visible in the photograph. Violation will result in denial of photo.
G. Hand Position. Hand or finger(s) may be in contact with the caudal peduncle (fleshy, scaled part of the bass’ body at the base of the caudal fin) but not touching any portion of the caudal fin (tail fin).
H. Not “In-possession.” In most states, though not all, unless a bass is secured by a restraint device or is placed in a holding container, state regulatory agencies do not consider it to be “in possession” by Competitors, so states’ minimum length regulations do not apply for photo submissions. If Event takes place in a state where photographing a fish constitutes “possession,” and a photo is submitted of a bass that does not comply with state size limits, the photo will be denied.
A. Bass length for all FNL events must be a minimum of 8 inches and is determined by its caudal fin (tail fin) touching or crossing the quarter-inch ridge/line on the measuring board. If it falls short of a 1/4-inch mark, the length is rounded down to the next lower 1/4-inch mark that the bass’ caudal fin actually touches or crosses.
B. If a bass’ caudal fin extends off the measuring board, the length will be determined as the highest 1/4-inch measurement touched or crossed by the caudal fin on the Measuring Board. Any portion of the caudal fin extending off the Measuring Board is not considered in scoring.
I. In one-day tournaments the scores of the Three (3) longest bass on the Leader Board when judging is complete will be combined to determine the aggregate score.
. If a Competitor’s photo is denied by a judge after end-of-competition, it may be automatically replaced by a previously submitted and auto-culled photo; however, no Competitor may submit a replacement photo after end-of-competition time.
E. In the event of a tie in score, the tied competitors’ longest (highest-scored) bass are compared, and the tie breaks in favor of the competitor with the longest (highest-scoring) bass. If the longest bass are equal, the second-longest bass are compared and determine which competitor wins the tie. If the second-longest are identical, the third bass is compared, and if they, too, are identical, then the fourth bass breaks the tie. If all four of the tied competitors’ highest scoring bass are identical, then the tie breaks in favor of the competitor whose last Leader Board photo was uploaded earliest.