The number of places paid out will be 10% of the total number of anglers rounded down. For example, if there are 71 anglers for an event, we will pay out 7 places.
Tournament fees are nonrefundable. Anglers can use any type of man-powered boat (kayak, canoe, or SUP). Each angler must have a valid Indiana fishing license.
Tournament times will be announced for each event. The official time is determined by the timepiece of the Tournament Official. Any angler not in by designated tournament end time will have 1 inch deducted from their total length for every minute late.
All events will be a CPR tournament (Catch, Photo, Release). You will receive a token at the time of registration. The token you receive must appear in each photo of a measurable fish. Failure to include the token in your picture will result in the picture being ineligible for measurement. All anglers must provide and use their own Hawg Trough measuring board. Measurement marks must be legible in the photo in order for accurate judging of the length of the fish.
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 denial of photo.
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 IKA 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 IKA 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.
i. 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). Violation will result in a 1-inch deduction in score.
II. No portion of a hand or finger may be under the fish’s operculum (hard gill flap). Violation will result in denial of photo.
i. Bass’ lip or jaw must be in contact with measuring board fence (bump board, upright). Violation will result in denial of photo.
ii. Mouth is preferred closed for uniformity of measurement. If mouth is clearly open less than 1/4 inch, no penalty will be assessed. If judge considers the mouth to be open 1/4 inch or more, even if it is structurally unable to close, a half-inch penalty will be assessed.
|Item||Photo Scoring Criteria||Penalty|
|Photo||Blurry photo/length unclear: scored at the highest mark of which there is no doubt||n/a|
|Photo||Blurry photo; completely unable to judge||Deny|
|Photo||Appears to be second-generation (screen shot, photo of photo)||Deny|
|Photo||EXIF data and other evidence substantiates photo taken outside of Eligible Water boundaries||Deny|
|Photo||EXIF data, other evidence substantiates photo was taken outside of competition hours||Deny|
|Photo||Multiple digital photos submitted of the same bass; unintentional violation||Deny|
|Photo||Multiple digital photos submitted of the same bass; evidence indicates intentionally||Ban|
|Photo||Competitor’s watercraft not visible in photo background||Deny|
|Orientation||Bass positioned with right side of body toward camera; head pointing right and caudal fin left||Deny|
|Orientation||Bass positioned with dorsal fins at bottom of photo, pelvic and anal fins upward||Deny|
|Identifier||Official identifier Form missing, counterfeit, or incorrect for event||Deny|
|Identifier||Identifier Form is lying on or covering any portion of the bass||Deny|
|Identifier||Incorrect Event ID Code for Event||Deny|
|Fish||Secured by restraining device (e.g., stringer, tape, or clip attached to bass)||Deny|
|Fish||Photo violates state regulations regarding possession||Deny|
|Species||Photo of any other than the species or varieties approved for the Competition||Deny|
|Body||Body length less than 8 inches||Deny|
|Body||Any portion of a hand or fingers under the fish’s operculum (hard gill flap)||Deny|
|Body||Finger(s) or hand touching the caudal (tail) fin||1.00″|
|Body||Entire caudal (tail) fin entirely lifted away and out of contact with the measuring board||Deny|
|Body||Eye covered; not visible in photo||Deny|
|Body||Bass appears to have been snagged, snatched, or hooked in the body rather than mouth||Deny|
|Body||Bass appears to be dead, mutilated, frozen, mangled, or otherwise damaged||Deny|
|Body||Bass appears to have been mashed, mauled, or otherwise altered to increase its length||Deny|
|Mouth||Bass lip or jaw clearly not touching measuring board fence (upright end plate)||Deny|
|Mouth||Unable to ascertain with certainty that bass lip or jaw is touching measuring board fence||Deny|
|Mouth||Mouth slightly open, but clearly less than 1/4 inch||0.00″|
|Mouth||Mouth open 1/4 inch or more, even if it appears to be structurally unable to close completely.||0.5″|
All fish must be taken with a fishing rod, line, and hook during tournament hours. No other method will be permitted. Artificial lures only – No live bait. Trolling will be permitted unless specified for the event. Per Indiana Law, you may use no more than three rods at a time.
Two or more anglers may fish from the same vessel; however, each angler must be a paid participant. Sharing of catches is strictly prohibited. Any anglers caught sharing catches will be disqualified.
A Personal Floatation Device must be worn at all times while on the water during tournament hours. Failure to comply with this rule WILL result in disqualification from the event. Safe boating conduct must be observed at all times. Sportsmanship, courtesy, safety, and conservation are expected from each angler. Any infraction of these fundamental sporting principals may result in disqualification.
Anglers are expected to exercise their own best judgment in cases of inclement weather. This tournament will be held rain or shine.
A waiver releasing the organizers and sponsors of this tournament from liability will be provided and must be signed in order for an angler to be eligible to participate in the event.