“FOR THE ANGLERS, BY THE ANGLERS”
The Anglers 4 Anglers (“A4A”) tournament trail was established to provide a platform for the novice and advanced Bass angler alike, to further develop their skills and tournament preparedness as anglers in a social, fun, enjoyable and competitive environment at an affordable price without having to be affiliated to any club or Bass fishing organization in order to compete.
The aim of the A4A tournament trail is to prepare, guide, assist and inform the aspiring tournament anglers with the desire to compete against the best Bass anglers South Africa has to offer while keeping the conservation of the Bass and the sport of Bass fishing at the core of it all.
The A4A has the support of multiple seasoned/ veteran anglers who will compete in the trail to ensure the required level of competitiveness is maintained which will establish the platform for the development of the aspiring anglers.
In partnership with the support of the trail’s sponsors, the perfect foundation will be laid to enable the anglers to achieve their goals.
To provide the above to anglers, the A4A has appointed a committee (herein after referred to as the “Organizers”) that consist of seasoned tournament anglers as well as young upcoming anglers to provide a balance between experience of the cut-throat tournament environment and what the new, young and upcoming anglers’ requirements and thought processes are.
COMMITTEE AND CONTACT DETAILS
The 2018 committee is:
The official Facebook page for the trail is the platform which interested parties can view with regards to tournament related information. The Facebook page is “Anglers4Anglers”.
The official email address for any enquiries is email@example.com
The official website for tournament related information including is: www.anglers4anglers.co.za
RULES AND PROCEDURES
a) The Anglers4Anglers tournament trail (herein after referred to as “A4A”) is a monthly artificial lure only, Bass tournament that will be fished over a period of 8 months culminating in a final at the end of the year.
b) The A4A is strictly a cash entry tournament and no upfront payment is required or will be accepted.
c) Entry fee will be R500 per team per tournament.
d) Prize money will consist of cash payouts and other prizes (when available).
e) Prize money will be for the top three (3) team positions and biggest Bass for each monthly tournament.
f) Lucky draw prizes will be awarded as and when available.
g) The A4A is a SABAA affiliated trail and the trail is represented by anglers in the Annual Team Tournament Trail final. This final is over and above the A4A final to be held.
h) Anglers wishing to participatein the A4A are required to be a registered SABAA and B.A.S.S. member at an annual fee of R250 per angler. This is facilitated through the A4A committee. This fee is payable at the 1st tournament of the 2018 season together with the tournament entry fee
i) The team selection for the SABAA Annual Team Tournament Trail final will be at the discretion of the organizers based on performance.
a) Participation is open to all anglers irrespective of age, gender, creed or race.
b) Anglers (Juniors) under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
c) Only one (1) boat per team is allowed. A team consists of maximum two (2) anglers. No third person is allowed on the boat. A team may consist of only one person on the boat.
d) At the beginning of the season each team must nominate a reserve angler that can stand in for one (1) of the original team members if they cannot attend a monthly tournament. A reserve angler is only allowed to participate in two (2) monthly tournaments for the season.
e) The nominated reserve angler is not allowed to be a current Protea/ Presidents team/ divisional angler.
f) Should a team decide to make use of the reserve angler for a tournament, this must be communicated to the organizers during the registration of that specific tournament.
g) At least one (1) of the original team members must fish any give tournament and it is not allowed for two (2) “new” anglers to compete under an already registered team name.
h) Name change to be submitted to organizers for approval.
i) Should an angler compete in the tournament trail with only one (1) team member (thus fishing alone for the year), that team is not allowed to have a second (2nd) team member (including reserve angler)join the team for the purposes of competing in the final.
j) The organizers have the final decision on whether to ban or not allow an angler/ team to participate in the A4A.
k) It is at the organizers discretion the number of teams that will qualify and invited to the A4A final.
3. DATES & VENUES
a) The 2018 season will run from February to October 2018 in the form of nine (9) monthly, being a one (1) day tournament with the final to be held in November 2018 which will be fished over two (2) days.
b) The monthly tournaments will be held on the first weekend of every month as far as possible.
The dates and venues for the season are as follow:
- 3 February 2018 – Witbank dam
- 3 March 2018 – Vaal river
- 7 April 2018 – Nooitgedacht dam
- 5 May 2018 – De Hoop dam
- 2 June 2018 – Bronkhorstspruit dam
- 7 July 2018 – Rust de Winter dam
- 4 August 2018 – Loskop dam
- 1 September 2018 – Kwena dam
- 6 – 7 October 2018 Final – TBC
4. TOURNAMENT TIMES AND PROCEDURES
- 06:00 – Registration
- 06:20 – Live-well inspection
- 06:40 – Captains meeting and tag draw for starting position
- 07:00 – Start of tournament (Organizers discretion on when “safe light” is in effect)
- 16:00 (Summer)/ 15:00 (Winter) – Tag board closes and commencing of weighing fish
- 16:45 (Summer)/ 15:45 (Winter) or earlier/ later once all fish have been weighed and scores calculated – Prize giving
Drawing of tags for starting positions will be done after the captains meeting and sequence of tag draw will be based on the sequence of the registration. (I.e. Team ABC registered first and will have first option to draw a tag out of the bag).
There is no cut-off time for “Pre-fishing” the venues. No Pre-fishing or testing of boats are allowed from 06:00 on the day of the tournament.
All tags not on the board by the closing of the tag board (16:00/ 15:00) will not be considered for weighing of fish.
Non-compliance to the above will result in disqualification (DQ) for the given tournament and the highest
points possible will be registered.
5.STARTING/ WEIGH-IN PROCEDURE
- Starting procedure:
a) Starting position is determined by tag number and will be a one boat at a time start with exit through the starting gate ONLY.
b) The starting gate will be indicated by two (2) marker buoys in the water.
c) The section of water between the shoreline and the starting gate as well as a 50m radius around the weigh stationwill be classified as the WEIGH STATION AREA. This is strictly a NO WAKE ZONE and NO FISHING ZONE.
d) It is at organizers discretion when safe light is effect due to mist/ fog/ rain/ low light etc. and the organizers are only responsible for safe light starting within the designated “Weigh station area”.
e) Should competitors encounter “non- safe light” conditions (mist/ fog/ rain/ any other scenario that impedes visibility or safe operating conditions of the boat etc.) at any given time on any area of the tournament venue that is outside the designated “Weigh station area”, it is the responsibility of the skipper as per the SAMSA skipper’s manual to determine the “safe speed” that needs to be maintained in order to avoid risk of potential collision. The organizers will not be held responsible for skippers not adhering to these requirements.
f) Should an incident occur outside the “Weigh station area”, the normal complaints procedure is to be followed.
Non-compliance to the above will result in disqualification (DQ) for the given tournament and the highest points possible for the given tournament will be registered.
- Weigh-in procedure:
a) The weigh station will be open the entire day during tournament hours.
b) Should a team be required to weigh a fish during the day or at tournament closing time, they shall enter the weigh station area through the starting gate ONLY and adhere to the no wake zone rule.
c) All fish to be weighed must be presented to the weigh master in a weigh bag with water. No fish are allowed to be transported by hand/ physical contact between the team’s boat and weigh station.
d) All fish to be weighed must be alive at the time of fish being placed on the scale. It is at the weighmaster’s sole discretion whether a fish is deemed to be dead.
e) Dead fish are not allowed to be weighed and should a dead fish be presented as part of the “bag/limit”, it will be disregarded from the “bag/ limit” and the remainder of the bag total weight. No points for dead fish.
f) Living fish that have partially ingested their prey will not be weighed until the protruding remains of such ingested prey are safely removed and will not count towards the weight of the fish.
g) The introduction of materials or devices that increase the fish’s weight/mass will be deemed willful damage.
h) No culling is allowed within the weigh station area.
i) All live fish weighed must to be returned to the water.
j) A member of the team must sign the printed weigh-slip and scoring sheet directly after weighing their fish as acknowledgement of the weight and number of fish weighed. No exceptions will be entertained after the event should there be discrepancies and they did not sign.
Non-compliance to the above will result in disqualification (DQ) for the given tournament and the highest points possible for the given tournament will be registered.
6. FISH ELIGIBILITY AND POINTS SCORING SYSTEM
a) Only Bass are allowed to be weighed. Bass will classified as Largemouth, Smallmouth and Spotted Bass for the purposes of this tournament series.
b) There is no size limit for the bass to be weighed during the 8 monthly tournaments.
c) There will be a 30cm size limit in force for the A4A Final.
d) A “bag/ limit” of maximum five (5) Bass are allowed to be weighed per team/ boat per day at any given tournament. Should more than five (5) fish be presented to the weighmaster, this will result in disqualification (DQ).
e) The scoring system for each of the regular season tournaments and the final are as follow:
f) One (1) point per Bass
g) One (1) point per Kilogram or part thereof (pro rate)
h) Zero (0) points and zero (0) Kilograms for dead Bass
i) The team with the highest total point score will be deemed the winners of each monthly tournament, followed by the team with the second (2nd) most points etc.
j) In the event of a tie for the top 3 positions at each monthly tournament, the biggest Bass will be used as tie-breaker. It is the responsibility of the team to ensure their biggest Bass for the day have been weighed and recorded separately on the official A4A weigh-in sheet.
k) To qualify for the final, a team is required to enter a minimum of six (6) tournaments out of the eight (8) scheduled tournaments of the season.
l) Participation in the final is by invitation only and at the organizers discretion.
- a) A reverse Grand Prix points system will be used for the log position, Anglers of the year determination and qualification for the final.
m) For the log points, at each monthly tournament the winning team will receive 1 point, second (2nd) will receive 2 points, third will receive (3rd) 3 points etc. up to the last boat that participated in that specific tournament.
n) Should a team not attend a monthly tournament, they will be allocated the highest Grand Prix points for that specific tournament based on the number of boats that participated in that given tournament. In determination of the Anglers of the year position, that team will only be allowed to drop 50% of the specific tournament’s Grand Prix points for tournaments not attended. This is to reward loyalty to the teams that participate in each tournament and “blanks” (weighs no fish) as they would have received the same number of points as the teams that did not attend a tournament.
o) Total points will be accumulated for the best (lowest Grand Prix scores) seven (7) monthly tournaments to determine the log standings and eventual season “Anglers of the year” winners and qualification for the final.
p) The worst (highest) of the eight (8) tournaments will in effect fall away for Anglers of the year race determination.
q) In the event of a tie for the Anglers of the year winners, the first (1st) day’s results of the final will be used as a tie breaker with the team scoring the highest points for day 1 between the teams who tied as season log leaders, will be crowned the “Anglers of the year”. If after the day 1 results there is still a tie then day 2’s results will be used as tie breaker. If after day 2 there is still a tie, the biggest fish caught in the final will be used as tie breaker.
7. BOAT AND HORSEPOWER CRITERIA
a) Only boats three and a half meters (3.5m) or longer with a minimum of fifteen (15) horsepower and largerare allowed to participate in the A4A trail.
b) All boats are required to be fitted with an aerated live-well of some sorts, capable of supplying sufficient continuous fresh water to keep Bass alive.
c) The organizers shall have the sole discretion for determining whether aeration and capacity is proper and adequate.
d) All boats are required to be fitted with an emergency kill switch that is attached to the skipper.
e) The skipper of the boat needs to be in possession of a valid skipper’s license.
f) All boats are required to have the relevant Certificate of Fitness (COF) and buoyancy equipment and certificates in order. This is the responsibility of the skipper of the boat to ensure it is in place.
g) All rules as per the SAMSA skipper’s manual apply during all hours of the tournament and it is the responsibility of each skipper to ensure that the rules are adhered to.
h) If a participant appears incapable of safely operating his/her boat, the organizers may exercise their right to disqualify that team/ participant for the tournament.
8. OPERATION OF BOAT CRITERIA
a) Life jackets are to be worn by all individuals on-board whenever the main (outboard) motor is running.
b) Fishing is only permitted from the boat and only when the main (outboard) motor is NOT running.
c) Casting distance of forty meters (40m) shall be applied between two (2) competing boats unless mutually agreed to maintain distance less than the prescribed casting distance.
d) When a boat allows another team’s boat to be within casting distance, all other boats are allowed to enter that area without maintaining casting distance.
e) A stationary boat may not block/ refuse entry/ thoroughfare of another boat in a river section if the entering boat has enough space to fish above/ behind the stationary boat outside of the casting distance. The entering boat shall idle with no wake in a sportsmanlike manner maintaining the casting distance past the stationary boat affording them the opportunity to move past them.
f) Boats are not allowed to beach directly in front of demarcated weigh station.
g) Anglers are not allowed to leave or be separated from their boat during tournament hours except at the weigh station.
h) Should a boat suffer a mechanical breakdown, the organizer and weigh master must be informed. Another boat is allowed to assist the broken down vessel. At least one of the team members of the broken- down vessel must accompany their fish catch/ bag/ limit to the weigh station when aboard a rescuing vessel.
i) Flat batteries and running out of fuel will not be considered as a “mechanical breakdown”.
j) The broken- down vessels’/ team’s catch/ bag/ limit must be clearly separated from the rescuing vessels bag/ limit.
k) The broken down vessels’ tag must be on the tag board by the closing time of the tag board.
l) Neither the skipper nor any other occupants of the vessel is allowed to consume or be under the influence of alcohol or drugs/ mind altering substances during the tournament hours.
m) Standard safety rules pertaining to local waters, including the “rule of the road” must be observed at all times:
1) Counter clockwise rotation on the fishing waters – shore on right hand side, resulting in counter clockwise movement of boats, will be observed at all times.
2) When boats approach ahead, they will pass with the other boat to the left (port) at a distance and speed such that a wake will not endanger other competitors.
3) Overtaking in the same direction will be executed with discretion and the overtaking boat will maintain its course until well clear of overtaken boat(s). Generally, the overtaking boat should keep to the deep-water side of the other without endangering boats approaching head-on.
4) Boats approaching at right angles will apply the starboard-rule. The boat with the other on the port (left) side has right of way. The other boat will alter course and/or speed to astern of the boat with right of way.
5) Powerboats will give way to boats under sail or hand power, irrespective of the right of way.
Non-compliance to the above will result in disqualification (DQ) for the given tournament and the highest points possible will be registered.
9. ALLOWED FISHING METHODS AND LOCATIONS
a) No bass are allowed to be “jigged”. They must be caught in the mouth.
b) All bass must be caught in the traditional method using a rod, reel, line, artificial lure and hook.
c) Only one (1) line/ artificial lure per angler can be in the water at any given time.
d) One artificial lure is defined as a single manmade device designed to attract and/or catch one fish at a time.
e) Anglers are not allowed to exit/ leave the boat to land a Bass.
f) Competitors are allowed to leave the boat to retrieve a lure. All fishing by that competitor must cease until the competitor is back in the boat.
g) Competitors are allowed to leave the boat and seek safe shelter in bad weather where danger may be imminent.
h) Structures are not allowed to be broken to free a fish for the purpose of landing that Bass.
i) Strolling is allowed. Strolling is classified as when the trolling motor is used to move/ drag the lure.
j) Trolling is NOT allowed. Trolling is classified as when the main combustion (outboard) motor is running and a line/ lure of an angler is in the water.
k) No “live bait,” “dead bait,” or “prepared bait” will be permitted during the tournament.
l) Any double rig, umbrella-type rigging, harness, or other device designed to hold more than one lure at a time – with or without hooks – is not allowed.
m) Twin arm spinnerbaits, underspins or buzzbaits are allowed.
n) Trailer hooks and plastic trailers must be on the main hook of the bait; only spinner blades can be affixed to the arms.
o) No feeding areas can be prepared in order to attract fish species to a specific area.
p) The entire lake/ dam/ body of water is allowed to be fished except areas demarcated by any Government department as no boating/ fishing areas or as determined by the organizers. No fishing/ casting beyond the buoy line at the dam wall is allowed. This area is from the buoy line up
to the dam wall structure.
q) Any other “off limits”/ “no fishing zones” will be at the organizers discretion and will be communicated during the captains briefing on the day of the tournament.
Non-compliance to the above will result in disqualification (DQ) for the given tournament and highest point possible points will be registered.
10. SPORTMANS LIKE CONDUCT
The A4A prides itself in presenting a fair, courteous and safe tournament trail and to showcase the sport of Bass fishing in South Africa to South Africa and beyond its borders.
Anglers are to behave in a sportsman like manner and be ambassadors of the sport at all times.
The organizers of the A4A will not tolerate any questionable behavior, actions or social media comments that is deemed to bring the sport or trail into disrepute or language which is aimed at disrespecting or discrediting the fellow competing anglers, on-lookers, supporters, organizers of the A4A or any other tournament trails or facets of fishing.
Following are examples of unacceptable behavior by competitors before, during
or after an event:
10.1 Heated public disagreements with tournament officials, other competitors and fans and volunteers during an event.
10.2 Public attacks through media, including social media, upon the integrity of tournament rules or officials, fellow anglers, other fishing trails or organizational fraternities/ groups.
10.3 Public comments that an angler knows, or should reasonably know, will harm the reputation of trail, organizational fraternity/ group, tournament officials, or trail sponsors.
10.4 Displays of anger and displeasure for reasons related to fishing competition where members of the public, including other anglers, spectators and the media, are present.
10.5 Publicly questioning or criticizing a tournament official or official decision, ruling or penalty except through the proper channels.
10.6 Abuse (physical, verbal, threatening or slanderous) of tournament officials, volunteers, fellow competitors or others connected with the sport of Bass fishing.
10.7 Offensive or slanderous comments with racial, cultural or sexual overtones regarding event officials, event personnel or fellow anglers.
Non-compliance to the above will result in disqualification (DQ) for the given tournament and highest points possible will be registered. The above could also lead to an angler/ team being banned from participating in any future A4A tournaments and this will be at the organizers discretion.
11. COMPLAINTS/ PROTESTING PROCEDURE
All complaints/ protest of any non-adherence to the A4A rules or any other applicable legislation, needs to be lodged in writing on the official A4A complaints form to the organizers within 15 minutes of the tag board having been closed.
As far as possible, evidence of the alleged infringement needs to be provided to the organizers to facilitate the investigation and decision-making process.
The form needs to be given to the organizers and they must be made aware of the intended protest, it is the team’s responsibility to make sure the organizers are aware of the protest.
All parties of interest must be made aware of the pending protest by the organizers or appointed designate.
Once received all the parties must attend a hearing at the water’s edge and present their cases to the organizers in an orderly fashion.
The outcome will be decided and penalties / disqualifications will be given before the prize giving by the organizers.
Should a member of the organizers be involved in an alleged infringement, that member will not be part of the decision making/ ruling process and another participant will be asked to form part of the hearing committee.
12. ORGANIZERS DISCRETION AND LIABILITY
In the event of any dispute or decision that needs to be made regarding any of the above mentioned (or not mentioned) rules, guidelines and regulations, the decision of the A4A organizers is final.
It is at the sole discretion of the A4A organizers to delay or postpone a tournament due to safety issues or weather conditions. A trolling motor or idle start can be enforced should the organizers deem the weather conditions to be conducive to such a start.
In the case of low water levels of dams or any other impeding factors, the organizers have the right to change the venue.
The A4A organizers and any person associated with this trail will not be held liable for any damages, injuries or losses incurred by any of the competing teams before, during and after the tournament hours.
The organizers interpretation of the rules are final.
The above rules are fixed for the season and will only be changed/ altered should a rule jeopardize the safety of the anglers.
All the above rules, guidelines and regulations as well as tournament format, layout etc. or any other information relating to the A4A or the name and logo of the A4A remains the property and copy right of the A4A organizers and may not be copied or duplicated in any way, shape or form without the approval being obtained from the A4A organizers.