Up North Bass Circuit Bylaws
- All Deposit money received is nonrefundable unless the circuit gets filled up (19 teams).
- All Wisconsin fishing rules &
- All tournament hours are from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. cell
phone time. Tournaments may start a little early ONLY if everybody is ready to
- 1 lb. penalty per minute late will come off your total
weight. 1 lb. penalty per minute late will also come off of any fish to be
weighed for the big bass award, this does not affect the total weight penalty
(two separate penalties). Once a team is 20 minutes late they will be disqaulified.
- Only 1 fish per team can be weighed for the big bass
award. A team member picks which one to be weighed (leaving a cull tag on your
big fish is recommended).
- No open scales. Fish will not be weighed before 2:00.
- The weigh master can call for a reweigh of anybodies fish if he thinks there was a possible error whether it was a human error or the scales. A contestant may also ask for a reweigh
BUT it may not be allowed, the weigh master will make that decesion. The second weight recorded will be the one that counts. There will be no 3rd weighing of any fish unless there is a obvious
malfunction with the scale.
- 5 fish limit, you will be DQ if any more than 5 are
dumped in the weigh in tub. Teams are required to place thier fish in the weigh in tub. All boats must have no more than 5 bass on board at
2:00 p.m.(with the exception of any dead fish). Violation of this rule will result in a one lb. penalty.
- Teams are required to release their own fish after the
weigh master is done with them. All fishermen are to take home any dead fish
they may have. Make sure all your fish swim away before leaving the release site. For DNR permit reasons please report any dead fish you may have to the tournament director.
- Largemouth, smallmouth & spotted bass only will be weighed.
- One or two person team per boat. A One man team can add a partner
after the start of a tournament, a two man team cannot switch partners after the
start of a tournament.
- Switching boats after the start of a tournament is
permitted if its due to mechanical reasons only & the replacement boat must
have its live well checked by a U.N.B.C. competitor before anything is
transferred into it or your weight will not be accepted.
- Tournament starts may be delayed if unsafe weather is
occurring (high winds, fog, lightning, etc.).
- Live wells will be checked, if you arrive late or after
the start, you must find a U.N.B.C. competitor to check your's or your weight
will not be accepted.
- Live well checkers for each tournament will be decided by draw at the winter meeting. These same teams will be responsible for keeping track of late boats.
- Always make sure your boats & trailers are free
from all aquatic invasive species, pick off all the weeds (it’s now the law).Make
sure your bilge & live wells are drained of all water.
- Please no power loading at the ramps.
- Just prior to the start of each tournament, there will
be a brief meeting & draw for boat out, so please be early.
- No pre fishing 4 days prior to each tournament. The
designated lake & any adjoining water that is accessible by boat are
totally off limits during this time, unless the adjoining water was declared
off limits for the tournament by the tournament director. A violation of this rule will result in a disqaulification, if the violation is found out following the tournament the team involved will
forfiet all money, plaques, & points they acquired. No one shall acquire any
outside information that pertains to fish or fishing on the designated
tournament waters during these 4 days.
- No U.N.B.C. member shall pay for fishing information which includes paid guided fishing trips pertaining to & prior to all U.N.B.C. scheduled lakes.
- All fish need to measure 14 inches, mouth closed, tail
can be pinched & fanned. There maybe some lakes that require smallmouth to measure 18" by DNR law.
- Absolutely no courtesy bumps. Bump board comparison (yours
to ours) will be permitted as long as you bring your board to the weigh tub
& do it yourself, this must be done before the weigh in begins.
- 1 lb. penalty per short fish. Short fish will not be
- Designated measurer & weigh master’s decisions are
- No trolling, no live bait, & only one line in the
water per fisherman allowed. Soaking pork over the side of the boat is excempt.
- Landing nets, fish cameras, & cell phones are
permitted to use during tournaments.
- All ties in weight will split prize money &
points, multiple plaques may be ordered.
- Allowed one dead fish, 1lb. penalty per dead fish
- No intentional snagging, netting, or grabbing of any free swimming
fish. This does not pertain to a fish that gets netted after coming unhooked from your line.
- If the circuit is short teams it will allow teams to
enter individual tournaments if they pay a larger entry fee & the rules
committee approves it (no ringers). These cherry picker teams will not be able
to qualify for the T.O.C. nor will they be involved with the head to head
- You may only come in contact with another boat for
emergency, medical, mechanical, & equipment reasons.
- Leaving the boat during the course of the tournament
is permitted for emergency, medical, mechanical, weather, food, drink,&
- It is also permitted to get out of the boat to push it
through low water areas, retrieve a hung up fish, or retrieve items that went
overboard (which would include your partner).
- A team's fish can be transferred onto another competitor's boat provided it meets the following criteria: If its due to mechanical problems. If its 1:30 or later. At least one member of the
team with mechanical problem accompanies their fish to the weigh site. Any teams involved with the fish transfer must be down to their 5 fish limit or less. Teams transferring fish must have their
fish in separate live wells. Once fish are transferred to another boat all fishing must stop & the teams must go directly to the weigh site. (Teams are not required to transfer anybodies fish but
it would be good sportsmanship to do so).
- All fishing must be done from inside the boat (at
least 1 foot must be in contact with the boat’s floor or deck).
- Any adjoining water of the designated lake to be
fished is permitted to fish as long as its accessible by boat, unless it is
declared off limits by the tournament director.
- Last boat out (boat #19) will be the starter boat, to be
determined at the pre-tournament draw.
- At take off all boats must pass within 100' of the starter boat after their boat number has been called & ease out until the starter boat anglers give the signal to blast
- All no wake zones must be obeyed & no passing
shall occur in no wake zones.
- Life jackets are not mandatory to be worn (must be
onboard), but should be considered wearing especially whenever the big motor is
- Teams are not allowed to bag their fish until their name or boat number has been called off. Violation of this rule will result in a one lb. penalty. If you have fish
in trouble or you have to leave the weigh in immediately tell the weigh master. This prevents having too many bags of fish waiting to be weighed. We will try to weigh in boat order
number but some tournament sites may prevent this from happening.
- The top12 teams in points will qualify to fish the
T.O.C. along with any tournament champions.
- If a qualifying team (top 12 in points) decides not to
fish the T.O.C. the13th place team will get the opportunity. Teams that decide
not to fish the T.O.C. should contact the tournament director as soon as
- Points are acquired by finish position in each tournament.
The bottom 4 teams will receive 4 points,(based on a full field of 19 teams,
this could change with fewer teams) 1 point more for each position up (19 pts. for
- If a team doesn’t show up for a tournament they will receive
0 points for that tournament. In order for a team to get the minimum amount of
points (4) for a tournament they must at least wet a line from a boat (this must be witnessed by someone).
- 1 extra point will be awarded to the team that wins
the big bass award for each tournament.
- Any ties in the final point standings will be broken
by total weight for the year.
- Top team in points goes out boat one, etc. in T.O.C.
Tournament champions that did not qualify in points will go out behind point
qualifiers in their order of point standings.
- Anglers of The Year (points champ) receive cash &
- There will be a head to head competition implemented
into the regular season. Teams will be placed on a single elimination bracket
board by draw at the first tournament. Season winners will receive cash &
- Each team must designate a (1 or 2) person team before
the start of the first tournament & at least one of these people must fish
in each tournament making it possible to fish with multiple partners throughout
- Each team must designate a captain & he will
receive the opening in case of the team break up.
- All T.O.C. entrants must fish in at least one of the
regular season tournaments to be eligible
- Any penalties accessed from breaking any of the above
rules must come from complaints filed by a person that witnessed the infraction.
All protest concerning rule violations or any other discrepancies must be brought up to the tournament director or a rules committee member before the pay off begins & it will be settled
before the pay off starts. If a major violation is found out (such as acquiring fish in a illegal matter or fishing after the cut-off period) anytime following a tournament the team involved may
be asked to forfiet any money, plaques, & points it received, termination in the circuit may also be possible.
- A (4) man rules committee along with the tournament
director will settle all discrepancies & access all penalties.
- After receiving penalties the lowest a team can go will be zero pounds, they will not receive negative pounds.
- If a rules committee member, teammate, or a relative is involved
in the infraction he will not be allowed in the committee’s settlement.
- All U.N.B.C. competitors are expected to follow the
highest standards of sportsmanship, courtesy, & safety. Unsafe practices, rude
behavior or misconduct during any of the tournaments may result in a penalty or
- Disqualifications in any of the tournaments for any
reasons will result in a forfeiture of the entry fee for that tournament along with any money, plaques, or points that were acquired.
- The circuit will not fish the same lake 2 years in a row. Previous year's T.O.C. lake will be exempt from this rule.
- There will not be more than 3 tournaments held East of
Highway 53 (excluding the T.O.C.).
- Due to their geographical location Spooner Lake will be considered as a West of Hwy. 53 lake & Whitefish Lake (Bardon) will be considered as a East of Hwy. 53 lake.
- There will be at least one regular season tournament held on a lake that the circuit has not fished in the prior three seasons.
- The 5 tournaments will be held every year as follows
unless decided different at the winter meeting. Saturday before Memorial
weekend, 4th Saturday in June, last Saturday in July, Saturday before Labor Day
weekend, & the 2nd Saturday after Labor Day weekend. Last minute changes
may occur due to conflicts with other tournaments.
- The T.O.C. will be held on a lake that the cicuit has not fished in four years or longer.
- All competitors in The U.N.B.C. must acknowledge that
they are participating voluntarily & agree to assume all risk of injury,
death, damages, theft, & loss of personal property which could result in
their participation in the U.N.B.C.
- All U.N.B.C. competitors retain the right to non
compete at any given tournament if they feel the risks are too great or for any
personal reasons they may have, in doing so they will forfeit their entry fee
for that tournament.
- Please call the tournament director prior to any
tournament that you plan on not showing up for.
- It is recommended to have the tournament director’s
cell phone number on you so you can make a call for a rules clarification
during the course of a tournament.
- Remember the main objective of the U.N.B.C. is to have
fun out there while competing against your fellow bass fisherman .Always be
courteous to everybody out there on & off the water (its tuff to do
sometimes) but it just makes it look good for all bass fishermen & always
remember safety should be of the most utmost concern.
- As always some members, family & friends of The U.N.B.C.
will be stopping at a designated stop (bar) close to the weigh in site after
each tournament for those that want a cold one, something to eat & a little
trash talking. Do not bring your own drinks or food to the designated stop.
- Although not mandatory it has always been customary
that the winners buy a round of drinks for those that do stop at the designated
stop (remember the hand that feeds you).
All U.N.B.C. competitors are expected to know these bylaws, ignorance
of any of these rules is no excuse you will pay the consequences.