ORATT Stop #4 Any moving Water in MO

Springfield, MO
July 13th 12:00 am - July 13th 12:00 am Central, 2019 • 1 Day Tourney

These rules are subject to change prior start of 2019 Season

Official rules for the Ozarks River Anglers Tournament Trail

Tournament Director- John Cook

Tournament Committee – John Cook, Eric Brantley, Ryan Walker and Jamie Burks
REGISTRATION AND FEES:
Individual Angler- $35

Big Bass pot is $5 and is optional (100% payout)

Entry fees are broken down as follows:

$25 per entry is dedicated to pay out depending on number of anglers entered into each individual tournament.

$5 Angler of the Year Prize Fund.

$5 per entry is reserved for TourneyX measurement system

The is open to any moving water within the Mo state boundaries. 

Pay Outs: Payouts will be determined by the number of participants. Here is the breakdown:
Number of Anglers:
Up to 5 – 1 pay out-- 100%
10 – 2 pay outs – 1 = 75%, 2 = 25%
15 – 3 pay outs – 1= 60%, 2 = 30%, 3 = 10%
20 – 4 payouts – 1 = 50%, 2 = 30%, 3 = 15%, 4 = 5%
25+ -- 5 payouts – 1 = 45%, 2 = 25%, 3 = 15%, 4 = 10%, 5 = 5%

Tournament Times: Will be at Sun Rise on the day of tournament.
All fish must be submitted to TourneyX by 5 PM local time on day of that individual tournament.
Official weigh time is 6PM CST. You must be back to the host location by this time.

Official Rules (many thanks to Drew Gregory and River Bassin for allowing us to hybridize their rules!)

THE COMMON SENSE RULE: This whole tournament series is about getting anglers who love to fish moving water out there to compete and have fun! Therefore, if anything in these rules needs to be changed to ensure the safety of participants, or the betterment of all anglers, then we’re going to change them at any given point in the trail, so long as it keeps the playing field fair and balanced. In this unique tournament format there could be unforeseen situations that may arise but participants will be informed of any changes on this site and on the Facebook page.

Tournament Identifier:
When you submit pictures of your fish to TourneyX, the Tournament Identifier must be visible in all pictures. No exceptions. Pictures not having the Tournament Identifier visible will not be scored. The Tournament Identifier will be released, via Tourney X, at 12:01am the day of the individual tournament.

TourneyX Measurement System: This tournament will use state of the art software from Tourney X to measure and score your catch. All anglers must register for a free Tourney X account to sign up for the tournament. Please follow this link to sign up.
On your mobile device, location must be tagged on your photos in order for catch photos to be accepted by TourneyX.

iPhone Users CLICK HERE

Android Users CLICK HERE

If you do not have a device with location services please inform the tournament director before hitting the water as you’ll need to plan on downloading your catch photos with our staff after your day of fishing.

ELIGIBLE WATERCRAFT:. The only eligible watercrafts are fishing kayaks, canoes & approved “hybrids.” You must fish from you watercraft. No getting out of your watercraft. If you are found fishing outside your watercraft, you will be disqualified. Part of your watercraft must be visible in the photo.

ELIGIBLE WATER: Each tournament will have information on eligible water. We will post radius maps or select portions of rivers prior to the event.  Host locations for these events will either a business or a kayak dealer with internet access. All lakes and ponds are off limits, including natural lakes and beaver ponds. If you have any doubts about whether an area you are fishing is lake or river then feel free to email or call the tournament director prior to start of said individual tournament to get his opinion so you’ll have a clear conscience about it.  This information will be kept confidential. The ORATT staff reserves the right to disqualify participants who were fishing waters which were not in bounds during that specific individual event.

SCORING: Scoring is done by the “catch-measure-photo-release” method. Participants must use a digital camera or smartphone (preferred) to take a photo of the bass on the standard measuring device that is on the “approved list.” SEE PHOTO RULES PAGE FOR A BETTER UNDERSTANDING ON HOW TO SCORE YOUR CATCH.

•Anglers may score up to 5 Largemouth, Smallmouth or Kentucky Bass. Fish are scored via length (inches) and the longest combined length will win.

•Photos clearly taken in the dark before start time will not be accepted.

•The bass’ nose or lip must be touching the front of the measuring device and a deduction should be expected if it is not of ½ inch.

•The tail cannot be pinched. The mouth can be open or closed.

•The bass must be facing to the left when measuring it to prevent a competitor from trying to score it twice.

•Your catch may be tethered to the kayak using a fish grip tool as you prepare for taking your photo but must be removed from the mouth in your photo submission or a penalty will apply.

•The bass must be on an “approved” measuring device with the front of the device and the device beyond the tail in the photo. The only approved device for all Ozarks Anglers Tournament Trail is the Hawg Trough Measuring Board.

•The tournament identifier must be present in the photo.

•In the event a photo submission does not meet the stated rules, length will be determined by judge.

•There is an 8-inch minimum length on fish.

•All fish must be released back into the water system where they were caught before an angler can fish for his/her next catch.

•If you’re not using mobile device, (prior approval from tournament director) upon return to the host location, anglers will work with the ORATT staff to download and submit their catch photos.

•The same fish cannot be scored more than once even if caught on separate casts. 

•Submitted fish measuring the same length must have distinct differences in appearance or the angler may be subject to disqualification. One way to ensure these distinct differences can be seen is to remove any objects (identifiers, hands, etc) that will cover the unique pattern of your fish.

•The tournament committee will review all photos to verify validity of the catch and the length to determine place winners

•Length is rounded down to the nearest quarter of an inch.

Fish must be submitted to the system by 5PM. Anglers must be present when their name is called during the results ceremony or they will be disqualified.

•Ties are broken by whichever fish were submitted to the site first. Yes, this does give those with a smartphone an advantage if they submit from the water. We’re encouraging that so that we have live results/scoring coming in throughout the day which helps the fans follow along and ensures timely judging.

•Polygraph: Each contestant may be required to submit to a polygraph examination at a time and location determined by the tournament director following the end of the competition in each tournament and abides by its conclusion. Failure to pass the polygraph will result in disqualification.

ELIGIBLE FISH: This is a Bass only tournament (Large, Small and Spotted (Alabama or Kentucky)). That being said, the possibility of a hybrid catch, or “Meanmouth” (cross between a Spotted and Smallmouth Bass), is a reality and they will be allowed in your “virtual stringer”.

 ELIGIBLE FISHING METHODS: All fish must be caught alive on a conventional rod and reel in a sporting manner. Only artificial lures may be used during competition. An intentional foul hooked fish may not be scored. If a fish misses your lure and gets hooked in the side then so be it, but if you are sight fishing and foul hook it then that fish cannot be scored. A foul hooked fish is defined as a fish that does not have at least one hook in its mouth, and it must be released. Anglers may not catch fish or measure and submit fish that have been caged or confined in an area prior to the tournament, including fish deliberately displaced into a small pool prior to the event All fish must be caught during the hours of competition. Fly fishing is allowed. No cast nets allowed, but anglers may use a landing net. Only one rod can be in use at a time.

SPORTSMANSHIP: We realize there are cash prizes involved but it is important that all anglers adhere to a high standard of sportsmanship that portrays our sport in a positive light.

•The possession or use of illegal drugs is prohibited. Any possession or use of illegal drugs, participation in criminal activity, or other conduct reflecting unfavorably upon the tournament and its sponsors will be subject to disqualification

•All anglers will sign a statement of honor that they will abide by all the rules. If found guilty of intentional, predetermined cheating they are subject to be disqualified from the tournament.

•Any angler may be subject to a polygraph test at any time to verify their catch and any other rules. If an angler is requested to take the test and chooses not to, it will result in their disqualification.

•Proper river etiquette should be adhered to while competing. This includes anglers not cutting in front of another angler, giving plenty of space when passing another angler so as to not disturb their fishing location. Essentially, treat other anglers as you expect to be treated on the water and if you are unsure if you are too close to another angler or potentially cutting them off, just ask!

SAFETY: Safe boating will be observed at all times. During competition each contestant is required to comply with all state boating and fishing laws. Tournament days may be canceled due to unsafe weather or water conditions. The decision to cancel will be made by Friday morning the day before the tournament (if not sooner). All participants will be notified immediately via Facebook and on the live scoring page. We will try to avoid cancellations whenever possible and that is part of the reason we are designating specific lakes for some of our events.

OZARK RIVER ANGLERS TOURNAMENT TRAIL RESULTS: Following the event, winners will be announced and cash payouts based on number of anglers listed above. Additional prizes donated by our sponsor will also be award via a ticket drawing after tournament results.

ANGLER OF THE YEAR: Participants will compete to have a shot to become Ozarks River Anglers Tournament Trail Angler of the Year (AOY). How this will work for the AOY is simple; anglers get points based on how they finished via the scoring system listed below.

100 points for 1st          95 for 2nd         90 for 3rd          85 for 4th         80 for 5th         76 for 6th          72 for 7th            68 for 8th         64 for 9th          60 for 10th        56 for 11th        52 for 12th      

48 for 13th        44 for 14th        40 for 15th        36 for 16th        32 for 17th        28 for 18th

24 for 19th        20 for 20th        18 for 21st        16 for 22nd        14 for 23rd        12 for 24th

10 for 25th        Below 25th you get 5 points       No Fish you get 0 points

 

PHOTO/VIDEO & EMAIL RIGHTS: All photos, video, data, audio and angler profile information shall be used by the Ozarks River Angers Tournament Trail indefinitely, and may be used by any of its tournament partners in future projects, promotions, articles, media releases or newsletter emails. There will be no compensation for such use of these photos, video, voice or data. Anglers will be allowed to keep their photos/videos and use how they please as well.

FINAL DECISIONS: Any decisions that need to be made in relation to the event will be done so by the tournament committee and their decisions are final.

RELEASE OF LIABILITY AND COVENANT NOT TO SUE: all participants must sign a waiver, release of liability, and covenant not to sue before competing in any tournament. It is required that all participants take responsibility for themselves while participating in event activities.

HAVE FUN: Remember, winning is not something you can completely control, because there is no way to play defense in this sport. All you can control is your fishing and your attitude so relax, have fun, and enjoy your time on the water. No amount of money is worth more than your name.

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