TTO Rules and Policies
These rules apply to all contestants entering tournament. Violations of any of these rules will result in an appropriate penalty or disqualification. It is each teams responsibility to know and completely understand the rules set forth for these tournaments. All contestants will be subject to a polygraph test. Failure to pass, or refusal to take a polygraph test will result in an immediate disqualification and be banned from all future Team Trail Outdoors LLC events. Protests must be in writing no more than 5 minutes after the weigh in scales have closed. All decisions are final and are not subject to an appeal.
Participation and eligibility
Participation in Team Trail Outdoors tournaments are open to anyone with a paid membership. At least one member from each team must be 18 years of age or older. Team Trail Outdoors LLC reserves the rights to refuse entry to anyone.
Guide Rule: Anyone that has been paid any form of compensation to guide for bass 30 days prior to the start of any TTO event will not be eligible to participate in such event
All entered boats must have all safety items required by the United States Coast Guard, a permanently mounted aeration system and no extended or raised fishing decks above the gunnel. All outboards shall not exceed the maximum horsepower rating of the United States Coast Guard.
All state, local and federal laws must be obeyed.
All teams shall consist of no more than two anglers, although a contestant may enter this tournament as a one man team. Only registered contestants are allowed in the boats during official tournament hours. Teams are not allowed to substitute partners. If one team member cant enter tournament, the other team member must fish said tournament solo. With the exception of an emergency situation, both team members must stay in entered boat at all times during official tournament hours. If for any reason a team member has to get out of the boat, all fishing must stop until both team members are back in the boat. Tournament directors must be notified any time a team member exits the boat (Donnie Moore 817-896-2309, Darryl Roach 817-475-3732).
Off limits begins at 5pm the day before the tournament until the tournament begins. Anyone that participates in or is involved in the unsportsmanlike and unethical practice of catching fish and relocating them to an area on tournament waters that traps them with the intentions of catching them on tournament day will be disqualified from from these tournaments as well as all future Team Trail Outdoors LLC events.
Pre registration can be done online or by filling out the online registration form at www.teamtrailoutdoors.com and mailed to the address on the form. Teams may also register for this tournament beginning at 5am the morning of the tournament. All TEAMS MUST CHECK IN THE MORNING OF THE TOURNAMENT FOR BOAT NUMBER DRAWINGS. No refunds will be given after midnight on the Sunday before the event.
All teams must have a United States Coast Guard approved life vest on and buckled anytime the outboard is in gear. Waist belts are not acceptable for use while moving to another location. The driver of each vessel must have an emergency kill switch connected to his life vest anytime the outboard is in gear. Team Trail Outdoors LLC Staff reserves the right to make any changes for safety precautions. No alcohol or illegal drugs are allowed during tournament hours.
All teams entering tournament are expected to show true sportsmanship and common courtesy at all times. No fishing is allowed 25 yards of another entered team without mutual consent. No team at any time, shall block an entry to a fishing area that is considered a public waterway.
All events will be a numbered takeoff. Boat numbers will be drawn at registration the morning of the event. Weigh ins will be staggered flights and those flight times will be determined by each teams boat draw. All teams must be in line with their catch on the times given on their flight. ANY TEAM THAT FAILS TO BE IN LINE WITH THEIR CATCH BY THEIR FLIGHT DEADLINE TIME WILL NOT BE ABLE TO WEIGH IN THEIR CATCH.
Off Limits areas
All areas marked by state, federal, local authorities and areas determined by Team Trail Outdoors LLC Staff are not allowed to be fished (no exceptions). All bridges (marked or unmarked) are considered no wake zones.
Only one rod and reel may be used at anytime by each team member. No trolling is allowed. When sight fishing, all bass must be hooked in the mouth to be considered a legal catch. All fish must be caught alive and on artificial bait with the exception of pork rinds.
Length requirements and scoring
Only black bass, smallmouth and Kentucky spotted bass will be allowed to weigh. Team Trail Outdoors LLC will utilize length requirements set forth by the governing officials at each event and will be announced during registration of all tournaments. The official measuring board will be the PRO RULE. Only five fish are allowed in the live well at anytime during tournament hours. No culling of dead fish. A dead fish can not be weighed in for big fish competition. There is a 1 pound penalty and loss of fish for any fish not meeting size requirements. There is a .50 pound penalty for any dead fish brought to the weigh in. All Bass become property of Team Trail Outdoors LLC after they are weighed and will be released back into tournament waters immediately after weigh in has concluded.
Ties will be settled by combining 2 places and splitting equally. Points will be settled the same way.
Team Trail Outdoors LLC will use a points scoring system to determine championship eligibility. (example: 1st place gets 200 points, 2nd place gets 199 points and so on down to the last team weighing a fish.) Any team that fails to weigh in a fish at any tournament will receive 30 points less than the last weighing team. The team with the most accumulated points will be crowned anglers of the year. Anglers of the year will be rewarded with a no entry fee to the championship (doesn’t include side pots), free entry to all qualifying events in said division in 2019 and a free entry to the Kings Of Cowtown event that will be held in the summer of 2018. $10 from each entry fee of every tournament will be held back and paid at the end of the year to the 2018 Anglers Of The Year.
The championship will be a two day accumulated weight tournament. To qualify for the championship, Teams must finish in the top 50% in points OR enter a minimum of 4 qualifying events.