Up North Bass Circuit
Up North Bass Circuit

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Up North Bass Circuit Bylaws

  1. All Deposit money received is nonrefundable unless the circuit gets filled up (19 teams).
  2. All Wisconsin fishing rules &
    regulations apply.
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. 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).
  6. No open scales. Fish will not be weighed before 2:00.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Largemouth, smallmouth & spotted bass only will be weighed.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Tournament starts may be delayed if unsafe weather is
    occurring (high winds, fog, lightning, etc.).
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. Please no power loading at the ramps.
  18. Just prior to the start of each tournament, there will
    be a brief meeting & draw for boat out, so please be early.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 1 lb. penalty per short fish. Short fish will not be
  24. Designated measurer & weigh master’s decisions are
  25. No trolling, no live bait, & only one line in the
    water per fisherman allowed. Soaking pork over the side of the boat is excempt.
  26. Landing nets, fish cameras, & cell phones are
    permitted to use during tournaments.
  27. All ties in weight will split prize money &
    points, multiple plaques may be ordered.
  28. Allowed one dead fish, 1lb. penalty per dead fish
    after that.
  29. 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.
  30. 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
  31. You may only come in contact with another boat for
    emergency, medical, mechanical, & equipment reasons.
  32. Leaving the boat during the course of the tournament
    is permitted for emergency, medical, mechanical, weather, food, drink,&
    bathroom reasons.
  33. 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).
  34. 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).
  35. All fishing must be done from inside the boat (at
    least 1 foot must be in contact with the boat’s floor or deck).
  36. 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.
  37. Last boat out (boat #19) will be the starter boat, to be
    determined at the pre-tournament draw.
  38. 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 off.
  39. All no wake zones must be obeyed & no passing
    shall occur in no wake zones.
  40. Life jackets are not mandatory to be worn (must be
    onboard), but should be considered wearing especially whenever the big motor is
  41. 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.
  42. The top12 teams in points will qualify to fish the
    T.O.C. along with any tournament champions.
  43. 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
  44. 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
    1st place).
  45. 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).
  46. 1 extra point will be awarded to the team that wins
    the big bass award for each tournament.
  47. Any ties in the final point standings will be broken
    by total weight for the year.
  48. 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.
  49. Anglers of The Year (points champ) receive cash &
  50. 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 &
  51. 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
    the year.
  52. Each team must designate a captain & he will
    receive the opening in case of the team break up.
  53. All T.O.C. entrants must fish in at least one of the
    regular season tournaments to be eligible  
  54. 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.
  55. A (4) man rules committee along with the tournament
    director will settle all discrepancies & access all penalties.
  56. After receiving penalties the lowest a team can go will be zero pounds, they will not receive negative pounds.
  57. If a rules committee member, teammate, or a relative is involved
    in the infraction he will not be allowed in the committee’s settlement.
  58. 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
  59. 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.
  60. 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.
  61. There will not be more than 3 tournaments held East of
     Highway 53 (excluding the T.O.C.).
  62. 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.
  63. There will be at least one regular season tournament held on a lake that the circuit has not fished in the prior three seasons.
  64. 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.
  65. The T.O.C. will be held on a lake that the cicuit has not fished in four years or longer.
  66. 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.
  67. 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.
  68. Please call the tournament director prior to any
    tournament that you plan on not showing up for.
  69. 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.
  70. 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.
  71. 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.
  72. 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.


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