SA BASS Cast-for-Cash
(September 2018 to July 2019)
SA BASS Cast-for-Cash and FLW South Africa expects strict adherence to the following rules by all contestants.
In the event of an emergency, please call the regional tournament organiser.
These rules are intended to further the best interests of bass fishing in general and not to benefit any individual or competitor and will remain unchanged during the season.
1. INTERPRETATION & ENFORCEMENT
Interpretation and enforcement of these rules will be left exclusively to the tournament organisers and director. Decisions of the tournament director are final in all matters and are not subject to appeal. Each contestant agrees to report any rule violation to the tournament organiser immediately upon discovery of the violation. Failure to report violations may be cause for disqualification. Protests are to be made in writing within 15 minutes of the check-in time of the final flight of each tournament day.
All anglers enter the Cast-for-Cash Tournament Trial voluntarily and at their own risk. SA BASS and staff, the Cast-for-Cash tournament organisers, FLW South Africa, tournament sponsors, BB Print and its proprietors and all resort proprietors and their employees at all levels, are indemnified from any personal liabilities whatsoever that may be incurred by any person while travelling to, or from, or during the tournament. The emphasis is on team (rather than individual) competition and only one team per boat is allowed. A team consists of maximum two persons on one boat, but a team may however consist of just one person. Anglers are not allowed to keep the official weigh-bags, tags or boat flags used at the tournaments.
3. DATES & VENUES
The 2019 season will be from September 2018 to July 2019 and the venue for each competition will be announced at the preceding month’s captains meeting and on our websites www.sabass.com and www.flwsouthafrica.com
Cast-for-Cash organisers cannot be held responsible if dates and venues need to be changed because of influences beyond their control. Notice will be given by notifying participants via the website, social media networks, e-mail or SMS. At the discretion of the tournament organiser, tournament days may be shortened, postponed or cancelled due to unsafe weather or water conditions. There are no cut-off dates for Cast-for-Cash events during 2019.
4. PRIZE MONEY & PARTICIPATION
Prize money is based on the number of paid entries for each tournament and paid for the top five heaviest bags plus lucky draw prizes. Prize money is allocated only to teams and not individuals. Participation is open to any angler, irrespective of creed, colour or race. No angler under the age of 16 is allowed to participate, unless accompanied by an adult. Management of SA BASS and FLW South Africa reserve the right of admission to any participant.
Should the purse money be affected in any criminal way whatsoever, tournament organisers, tournament sponsors, SA BASS and staff, BB Print and its proprietors and their employees at all levels, will not be held liable for any compensation. In the event that a portion of, or total amount, of the prize money is not won, the residual funds will be added to the total prize money pool for the season’s FLW South Africa Final Championship.
Any person who, in the judgment of the tournament organiser is disabled or handicapped in such a manner as to unfairly hinder his or her skipper or co-angler partner or compromise his or her safety or the safety of his or her skipper or co-angler partner may not be eligible to participate.
5. POINT STANDINGS
A Grand Prix-system will be used to determine the End-of-Season-Points standing, as follows: the winner of each monthly tournament receives 100 points with following positions receiving points on a decreasing scale (i.e.: 99 for 2nd, 98 for 3rd, 97 for 4th and so on). An extra thirty (30) participation points will be awarded per event attended. Each team’s lowest point during the season, excluding zero, will be dropped to determine the End-of-Season-Points. A team’s accumulated points cannot be transferred between regions. The top three teams (six anglers) based on the region’s final End-of-Season-Points will be awarded FLW Regional Colours.
6. CAST-for-CASH QUALIFYING TOURNAMENTS
The monthly SA BASS Cast-for-Cash bass angling tournaments are qualifying events for the end season’s FLW South Africa Championship. Each team consist of maximum two persons; a “skipper” and “co-angler”.
7. FLW SOUTH AFRICA FINAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Date: 29, 30, 31 August 2019 (three day event)
Venue: To be announced
Participation at the FLW South Africa Championship is by invitation only and all contestants to compete have to be fully paid up FLW members before 30 June 2019.
Any angler under the age of 16 entering must also have written permission and be signed by a parent or legal guardian.
Upfront FLW South Africa Championship entry fees per team must be paid before 31 July 2019.
The FLW South Africa Championship is compiled pro rata from each Cast-for-Cash region (minimum top 30% of the region’s end season point standings); and
only if both the “skipper” and “co-angler” have fished, in person, at least six Cast-for-Cash events during the season, they can qualify for the Costa FLW Series Championship slots.
Please note that FLW South Africa Final Championship has its own set of tournament rules.
8. PURCHASING OF INFORMATION
The purchasing of, or bartering for, information about locating or catching fish on tournament waters, including but not limited to GPS waypoints (other than through commercially available sources) and the hiring of fishing guide services is not permitted after the entry deadline for each tournament. The sharing of tournament winnings with non-contestants in exchange for information about locating or catching fish on tournament waters is strictly prohibited and will be cause for disqualification from the entire tournament. The purchasing of, or bartering for, fishing locations from another contestant is strictly prohibited and will be cause for both contestants to be disqualified from the entire tournament.
Contestants may not ask for and/or receive information about locating or catching fish on tournament waters from anyone except anglers confirmed in the tournament and through publicly available sources (quasi-public websites, blogs and/or social media pages, including but not limited to Facebook, Instagram and Periscope, set up for the specific purpose of sharing information with individuals or a small group of individuals are NOT publicly available sources).
Flights over tournament waters, including drones, are not permitted beginning with the start of the off-limits period, extending through practice and competition days.
9. OFF-LIMITS, PRACTICE & COMPETITION
There is no off-limit periods prior to Cast-for-Cash qualifying events. However, contestants may not enter tournament waters to locate bass or potential fishing waters or sightsee after registration has opened, except during tournament hours. No testing of equipment on tournament waters after registration is permitted.
During competition days contestants may not place brush or other physical fish attractors, including chum or holding nets with bait fish of any kind, in tournament waters. During competition days teams may not follow a non-contestant’s boat or participate in the placing of markers, brush or other fish attractors including holding nets by non-contestants or the practice of “hole sitting” by anyone.
10. CAST-for-CASH COMPETITION TIMES
05:30 – 06:00 Entry and Registration
No contestant may be on tournament waters for the purpose of locating fish or testing boats or equipment or be on potential fishing waters after the opening of registration except during tournament hours.
06:15 Live-well check followed by captains meeting (at least one member of each team must be present). It is the responsibility of every team to ensure their live-wells have been checked by a tournament official prior to the commencement of the tournament.
There will be only one official checkpoint for boat check in the morning and one official check-in point in the afternoon. Failure to go through boat check in and checkout in the morning or failure to check-in at the check-in point will result in disqualification. All boats must be launched and skippers must arrange themselves according their starting numbers before 06:45.
Fishing sessions: 07:00 to 16:00
Late entries are allowed, but registration will only take place after the last flight has left, and will only be allowed to start after their live-wells have been checked.
Check-in: All fishing must cease upon check-in. All tags must be returned and be back at the weigh station, on the board at 16:00
Even though a team’s bag could have been weighed but their tag is not on the board at the time, the team will be deemed late and their catch will be disqualified.
Prize giving: Follows immediately after the results are known and written complaints received have been sorted out. Any complaint is to be submitted in writing, or by providing video footage, to the relevant regional tournament organiser within 15 minutes of the check-in time of the final flight of each tournament day.
11. REGISTRATION & PRETOURNAMENT MEETING
Only CASH entries at registration will be accepted. Each team must register in person at the designated site. A team consists of maximum two persons per boat. Teams can pre-register for Cast-for-Cash qualifying events in a specific region for the season. This pre-registration fee does NOT include FLW membership, nor any FLW SA Championship entries. Cast-for-Cash teams who did not pre-register must register and pay, in CASH the day’s entry in full (regardless if the team consists of only one person), at the registration point on the day of the tournament. NO CHEQUES or CREDIT CARDS WILL BE ACCEPTED
Pre-registered Cast-for-Cash teams still have to hand in a signed entry form for every tournament on the day. Teams register under one team name for the season – team names cannot be changed during the season. No team will be allowed to register another team. Entries must be made on the official entry form, which will be available at the registration point, and on our web site. (Please write clearly!) Teams are encouraged to complete their registration forms prior to the event to ensure a speedy registration process for all. There will be no refunds once payment of any sort has been received i.e. upfront payments and monthly payments for no shows or if a team decides to stop fishing the season.
All Cast-for-Cash teams will have to nominate their team’s “skipper” and “co-angler” at their first entry; nominations cannot change for the rest of the season. If any member of a Cast-for-Cash team; (“skipper” or “co-angler”) cannot attend a Cast-for-Cash event then only one of the original members may fish under the team’s name alone.
If any team’s partner cannot fish the rest of the season then the remaining partner may complete the season by fishing alone; or may find a new partner under a new team name and loose all accumulated points for the season and start over from zero.
Safe boating must be observed at all times and remains the responsibility of every skipper. Each contestant is required to wear a fastened personal flotation device anytime the combustion engine is running from boat check until weigh-in each day of the tournament. All boats must be equipped with an emergency ignition-shutoff device that must be securely attached to the driver’s body whenever the combustion engine is running. All persons must be seated and a driver must be behind the steering wheel in full control of the boat whenever it is on plane or the combustion engine is running and in gear. At the discretion of the tournament director, tournament days may be shortened, postponed or cancelled due to unsafe weather or water conditions. Competitors may leave their boat and seek shelter in bad weather or when danger is eminent. However, teams must stay within sight of each other.
13. STARTING POSITIONS
All Cast-for-Cash starting positions will be randomly drawn out of a hat on a first come first serve basis by all teams. Only at Cast-for-Cash events will teams who have pre-registered be allowed to draw two numbers at once and choose the better number for the day. Every registered team must collect their corresponding boat flag number for display when boats are lining up for the start. Skippers must separate themselves on the water and each co-angler must display his team’s starting number so that all skippers can arrange themselves for a single boat start. Teams will only be allowed to set off once the team number is called and a GREEN flag has been raised. No team may set off whilst the RED flag is raised. Teams failing to comply with the starting procedure will be disqualified immediately and no tournament entry fees will be refunded. When a team’s number is called out, the team must idle out and is only allowed to go on the plane from the point the organiser has appointed. All persons must be seated and a qualified skipper must be behind the steering wheel in full control of the boat whenever it is on plane or the combustion engine is running and in gear.
There will be only one checkpoint for boat check in the morning and one check-in point in the afternoon. Failure to go through boat check and checkout in the morning or failure to check in at the check-in point will result in disqualification. All fishing must cease upon check-in.
15. BOAT OPERATION & EQUIPMENT FAILURE
At no time may a contestant leave the boat to land a fish or to make the boat more accessible to fishing waters. Contestants must leave and return to the official checkpoint by boat. In the event of equipment failure or emergency, there will be only two permitted methods of returning to the official check-in: (1) by both partners remaining in their boat and being towed, or (2) by one partner boarding the boat of another tournament contestant with their entire catch kept separate in a weigh bag. Under these two conditions the contestant’s catches may be counted without a penalty (except for late penalties, dead-fish penalties or other penalties pertaining to other tournament rules). Contestants who elect to return to the official check-in by any other means than cited above will forfeit their day’s catch. A 100 meter radius from the weigh station must be treated as a no-wake zone. Boats are not allowed to beach directly at the release point. A 1000 gram penalty will be deducted from a team’s bag weight, for teams who do not comply. There is a “No Fishing Zone” directly at the weigh station as indicated by the tournament organiser. Tournament officials reserve the right to board any participating boat before, during or after the tournament.
16. BOAT & HORSEPOWER REGULATION
All boats participating must be fitted with a minimum of 15hp (fifteen horsepower) outboard engine, must be propeller driven and be a minimum of three meter (10ft) in length. No kayaks, jet skis, barges or similarly cumbersome craft will be permitted. Each boat must have all required safety equipment and must be equipped to keep bass alive through the use of a properly aerated live-well of some sort. All vessels should be equipped with an emergency ignition shut-off device that should be securely attached to the driver's body whenever the combustion engine is in operation.
Fuel may be carried only in factory-installed (built-in) fuel tanks. Any additional fuel used during the tournament day must be purchased from a retail facility open to the public and pumped through a hose with a nozzle. The use of generators, other than solar or wind-powered generators, is prohibited in contestant boats during tournament hours on all competition days.
17. LIVE FISH
The Cast-for-Cash Tournament Trial is a catch, weigh and release event. Every effort must be made to keep bass alive through the use of a properly aerated live-well of some sort. SA BASS and all its sponsors recommend the use of live-well additives that promote the healthy return of bass to their natural habitat. (No stringers, keep nets or fish nets are allowed).
Any fish presented to the weigh master with a white circle in the eye or obviously dead fish, will be regarded as “dead” and therefore be penalised and a 1000 gram will be deducted from the total bag weight for each “dead fish” as decided upon by the weigh master alone. SA BASS also recommends the use of non-puncturing culling clips like the new T-H Marine G Force Conservation Cull for marking fish and live-well additives like G-Juice to help promote the healthy release of bass.
18. PERMITTED FISHING METHODS
Any team can only start to fish after they have gone through the starting gate. Fishing is defined as having a lure attached to a line and a rod and reel with the rod in hand. All bass must be caught alive in a conventional sporting manner. All fishing must be conducted from the boat and only artificial lures may be used, with the exception of pork trailers and biodegradable soft baits. Only one wet rod with one main line and one lure / bait per angler at any given time is allowed. The rod must be hand held (no rod holder may be used). Rigs like the Double rig where multiple lures / baits are attached to one main line are not allowed except for commercial available “Alabama” rigs. Trolling as a method of fishing is strictly prohibited. Trolling is defined as operating the combustion engine or using the trolling motor to extend a cast or lengthen a retrieve. All bass caught must be hooked inside the mouth. Creating feeding spots by dumping bait either artificial or natural, or any other attractant in order to attract fish to a specific location is prohibited. Tournament ethics, courtesy and good conduct are unwritten “golden rules” and core responsibilities of all anglers on all levels.
19. PERMITTED FISHING LOCATIONS
Contestants may fish anywhere on tournament waters available to the public and accessible by boat, except areas designated as “off limits” or “no fishing” by local or provincial officials or within 45 metres of a competitor’s boat. Non-contestants (spectators on boats) are also not allowed within 45m from a contestant’s boat. At no time may a contestant leave the boat to land a fish or to make the boat more accessible to fishing waters. The cutting of trees, bushes and/or logs after the start of registration to make an area more accessible by boat is strictly prohibited and may result in disqualification from the tournament. Contestants must leave and return to the check-in by boat.
The daily bag limit is FIVE bass per team, on the boat at any one time. Anglers possessing more than the tournament limit of five fish per team per day will be disqualified. There is no minimum size limit on bass to be weighed at any Cast-for-Cash event. Any fish presented for weigh-in must be brought in a weigh bag filled with water. Any fish brought lip-landed to the scale will NOT be weighed. No culling of fish at the weigh station is allowed. Each team’s catch must be presented in an official weigh-in bag and verified by the signature of a team member. Failure to have a verified signature may result in disqualification of that day’s catch. The team’s boat flag must be weighed along with their fish. All fish are weighed together to determine the total bag weight. (No points per fish.) FLW members are encouraged to nominate, weigh-in and claim record size bass during tournaments and apply for official FLW record recognition.
21. PENALTIES & DISQUALIFICATIONS
Failure to wear an approved personal flotation device anytime the combustion engine is running: warning for first offense but instant disqualification for 2nd offense. Going on the plane within a no wake zone will be a thirty point penalty.
Anglers possessing more than the tournament limit of five fish per team per day will be disqualified.
A 1000 gram will be deducted from the total bag weight for each “dead fish”.
A 1000 gram penalty will be deducted from a team’s bag weight for teams who beach directly at the release point.
The intentional introduction of materials that cause an increase in weight/mass of a fish by an angler shall be deemed just cause for the disqualification of the team concerned.
Intentional damaging of fish (fin clipping, illegal tagging, or disfiguration of any kind) will lead to instant disqualification.
A tag that is not on the tag board by the closing time of the event will result in the entire catch being disqualified and the team will only be awarded their thirty attendance points.
Fishing in an off limits area will be a DQ (disqualification).
If any team or team member receives more than three complaints in one season against them the team, or team member will be disqualified for the rest of the season.
In the event that a team is found guilty of cheating, the team members will be immediately banned from all SA BASS, Cast-for-Cash or FLW Championship tournaments and legal action will be taken against the team members.
All contestants are required to follow high standards of sportsmanship, courtesy and conservation and to conduct themselves in a manner that will be a credit to themselves, to SA BASS, Cast-for-Cash, FLW South Africa, FLW’s sponsors, the sport of fishing and FLW’s efforts to promote the sport. Conduct not complying with these standards includes, but is not limited to, the following:
Violation of, or failure to comply with, any of the rules for the 2019 series.
No angler may hand to, or exchange, any article with any other boat and, excepting in an emergency situation, may not leave the boat during the fishing session.
Consumption and/or possession of alcoholic beverages or any kind of mind-altering substance during registration or tournament hours extending through the weigh-in procedure and prize giving.
Abuse of, or addiction to, mind-altering substances.
Smoking is not allowed in the weigh-in line.
Suspension/disqualification, probation or ban from any tournament or fishing organization.
Any other words, conduct or actions reflecting unfavourably upon efforts to promote safety, sportsmanship, fair competition and compliance with tournament rules, or which fail to comply with the standards set in this rules.
In case of any conduct not complying with the standards outlined above, FLW South Africa shall have the right to refuse an application to compete, to deny a confirmed application to compete by returning the entry fee, to disqualify a contestant or impose any penalty outlined in these rules. All disputes will be handled and finalised immediately after each leg. The organisers may at their discretion co-opt persons to assist in settling disputes.
23. COMMUNICATION and SOCIAL MEDIA
Contestants may not use mobile communication devices, including but not limited to, cell phones, tablets, marine radios, walkie-talkies, CBs, etc., to communicate with anyone about locating or catching fish on tournament waters during tournament hours. Mobile communication devices may be used during tournament hours to communicate with the regional tournament organiser. At no time during tournament hours may contestants read or discuss social media posts from other contestants.
24. MEDIA COMMENTS, PUBLIC ATTACKS
The favourable public reputation of SA BASS as a sanctioning organization in the sport of fishing, the integrity of its officials, and the reputation of its media properties are valuable assets and tangible benefits for SA BASS and FLW South Africa. Accordingly, it is an obligation of competitors to refrain from comments to the news media that unreasonably attack or disparage the integrity of tournaments, tournament officials, sponsors, fellow members, fellow anglers, SA BASS or Fishing League Worldwide (FLW). Responsible expressions of legitimate disagreement with SA BASS and/or FLW South Africa policies are encouraged as opposed to attacks upon the integrity of the rules or officials. However, public comments that an angler knows, or should reasonably know, will harm the reputation of SA BASS, FLW South Africa, its officials or sponsors shall be considered conduct unbecoming an angler and will result in disciplinary action.
25. RIGHT OF ADMISSION
Right of admission is reserved: the Cast-for-Cash Tournament Trial is a showcase for bass angling! All contestants are required to follow high standards of sportsmanship, courtesy and conservation and to conduct themselves in a manner that will be a credit to themselves, to SA Bass, sponsors, the sport of fishing and SA Bass’ efforts to promote the sport examples of conduct not complying with those standards include, but are not limited to, the following: violation of, or failure to comply with, any of the official rules for the Cast-for-Cash Tournament Trial.
26. LOGO DISPLAY & MEDIA COVERAGE
During all days of competition any and all tobacco logos are prohibited and may not be worn or displayed. Anglers may wear their own apparel every day, except when anglers represent FLW South Africa in any event. SA BASS and FLW South Africa reserve the right, in their sole discretion, to prohibit any angler’s apparel that it finds to be offensive. All decisions are in tournament organisers’ sole discretion.
Only official SA BASS, Cast-for-Cash and FLW South Africa sponsors and benefit providers are entitled to publicity at tournaments as jointly agreed. No competitor may offer publicity, guaranteed or incidental, on behalf of SA Bass, Cast-for-Cash or FLW South Africa in exchange for sponsorship.
In the event of any television coverage of any SA BASS, Cast-for-Cash or FLW South Africa event, SA BASS owns the rights to all camera footage. SA BASS and FLW South Africa are under no obligation to remunerate, whether it be cash or any other means, what so ever, to any competitors should they appear in the production.
27. TRUTH VERIFICATION TEST
Each contestant agrees to submit, by signature on the tournament entry form, to a polygraph or voice stress analysis examination and to abide by its conclusion. Failure to pass an examination will result in disqualification from the tournament. Truth verification tests will be used at SA BASS’ sole discretion and the decision based on the findings will be made solely by SA BASS. All costs for such a polygraph test will be for the competitor’s account, despite the outcome.
28. POWER OF DISQUALIFICATION
Under any of the above rules, tournament organisers are empowered to disqualify any competitor, after due consideration of the facts, deemed to have broken these rules at their level and/or apply disciplinary measures as defined in the Cast-for-Cash / FLW South Africa Championship rules. The regional organiser may recommend the banning of any angler for serious breach of rules. In the event of a dispute SA BASS may make use of a polygraph test for both anglers on the boat.
By filling in the entry form, submitting and participating in the Cast-for-Cash tournament trial or FLW South Africa Championship, you have agreed to abide by all the rules and have acknowledged and have accepted the indemnity at the bottom of the entry form.
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