2019 Season Bass Open Rules and Regulations

  1. *** Please be respectful of all land owners, other boaters, no wake zones, and sanctuaries. Complaints received against a team will receive a warning, second complaint may lead to disqualification. If a land owner asks you to move on, PLEASE do so.***
  2. A 12 inch minimum length is required (from tip to tip).
  3. If an undersized fish is brought in, a penalty of 1 pound will be enforced and loss of fish.
  4. Total weight of 5 fish (large or small mouth bass only).
  5. Tournament time: 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Scales will be open ALL DAY (Or as announced).
  6. You may compete alone or as a team of 2 anglers per boat.
  7. Your boat must be insured and have Minimum $1,000,000 liability coverage.
  8. When under power (in gear) of main engine you must have your life jacket on and you must not be fishing. You must also have the kill switch cord attached to you.
  9. Livewell is mandatory and must comply with the MNR Catch and Release Rules.(coolers as live wells are not permitted)
  10. Artificial lures only. No live or dead bait or preserved baits allowed (pork rind allowed).
  11. Landing nets are allowed.
  12. A fish must be alive and able to swim away on it's own to qualify for the Big Fish Prize pool.(weigh master has final call)
  13. You may only win one Big Fish Prize per team.
  14. No pre-fishing 10 hours before the start of the tournament.
  15. A boat may not come to shore during the tournament. Exceptions: thunderstorm or very bad weather. For washroom duties you may use a public facility but one person must stay with the boat at all times.
  16. You may have your legal limit of fish in your livewell (in accordance with MNR Regulations) but you must cull to 5 fish before starting your main engine. A 1 pound penalty will be imposed for each extra fish.
  17. There will be a 0.50 pound penalty for each dead fish weigh-in. The penalty will be applied against the total catch. If a fish cannot swim away on its own even though it's breathing, it's dead. You have 5 minutes to revive it. Fish in trouble must be weighed in before 3:30. Cutting in line after 3:30 for fish problems will not be accepted. Culling of dead fish is not permitted.
  18. Locking is not permitted in any Shootout Fishing League event
  19. Boats will be inspected for compliance of regulations at launch time. Tournament director can inspect your boat at anytime during the tournament.
  20. A 1 pound penalty will be issued for each minute that a team arrives later than Flight Schedule Time and you are also disqualified from the big fish prizes. No exceptions for being late (breakdown, out of gas, lost etc.)
  21. You cannot transfer your fish to another boat in the event of a breakdown.
  22. Blastoff is in order of registration. At 7:00 a.m. your number will be called and you must proceed as indicated by the tournament director. If more than 60 teams are registered for any event we will use a Two Flight System. The first half of the field will leave at 7:00 a.m. and return at 4:00 p.m. to weigh-in. The second half of the field will leave at 7:30 a.m. and return at 4:30 p.m. to weigh-in. 2 day events will have a weighin time of 4pm Saturday and 3 pm Sunday's.
  23. The use of cell phones or other electronic communication devices is prohibited and will result in immediate disqualification. Allowable exception is a distress call to the tournament director.
  24. The Weigh Master has total authorization over the entire weigh-in procedure.
  25. You may request a second weigh-in and that reading will become your official weight.
  26. You may not come into contact with any other boat. Exception to this rule as defined in the boating regulations is you must assist a boat in distress. It is recommended, if possible to call and inform the tournament director. Lending repair tools, or giving water to another team is an exception to assist your fellow anglers.
  27. No Alcohol, Marijuana, or any non prescribed medication substances to be consumed before or during SFL events. ZERO TOLERANCE! 100% disqualification and ban from any future events.
  28. Prizes shall be awarded on a pure weight basis, minus penalties. All prizes are awarded as team prizes.
  29. In the event of a tie, the prize money will be pooled together with the tying position and split equally.
  30. In the event of bad weather (fog, storms, etc.), the start of the tournament may be delayed until it returns to a safe level. The tournament end time may be extended to 4 pm.
  31. After your fish have been weighed in they must be returned to your boat and released.
  32. All Shootout Fishing League events that have rivers with channels less than 30 yards total of navigable water are 10k/no wake zones! This INCLUDES The river into Mclearan on the Ottawa, The Snake and Muskrat river on Muskrat lake and the Kemptville creek on the Rideau river. 100% DQ will be implied and future event suspensions given to offenders!!! lakes are open to fish beyond these point.
  33. Un-sportsmanship behaviour will not be tolerated and will result in immediate disqualification and possible suspension from all other Shootout Fishing League events.
  34. Anytime during the tournament should you need clarification on a rule or a special circumstance please feel free to call the tournament director at 613.802.1382 to discuss (if cell service is available).
  35. Failure to not follow all rules listed above or government fishing or boating regulation will result in immediate disqualification from the tournament. This includes any violation you get charged with from a conservation or police officer.
  36. The Shootout Fishing League has a ZERO TOLERANCE rule for any form of altercations on site. Please walk away and bring any issues to a staff member to deal with the issue. Failure to do so will lead in automatic disqualification and suspension of ALL teams involved.
  37. You MUST see the Dock Master for direction at weighin. No team will be accepted to weighin without his approval, scales are open early if you are in a hurry, teams coming up without his go ahead WILL be sent back.
  38. All sponsor prizes will be dealt with between Winner and Executive, contacting Shootout Fishing League sponsors on your own behalf will not be tolerated, and may result in loss of prize or suspension. The Shootout Fishing League will hold no responsibility of prizes being delivered.
  39. Teams of the year prize will be awarded to the angler with the highest total of points at the end of the year. In the event of a tie, the prize will be divided up accordingly.
  40. No Team is allowed to trailer the boat at a weigh-in with fish onboard! In accordance with the MNR, you must possess a transportation of fish permit to do so. Any team caught bringing trailered fish to the scales will receive automatic DQ.
  41. All Protests will have a deposit of $100. Your deposit will be refunded IF the protest is seen in your favour.
  42. Any angler or team that costs SFL monetary penalties, such as bounced cheques, fines charged to the series from angler negligence, lawsuits, will be required to pay damages Shootout Fishing League suffered before returning to any SFL events. SFL has full authority to Deny entry to ANY angler/team should SFL feel it is best for The organization and anglers.
  43. All launch/site fees must be paid to SFL at AM registration. If you have seasons passes, or use alternate launch, you must inform SFL or you may still be charged.
  44. Every competitor MUST sign a Waiver to compete in SFL events! Failure to insure a waiver has been signed releases SFL from any damages, and automatically disqualifies the Team.

Solo event additional rules 

  1. St.Lawrence River boundaries are from Iroquois dam to Ivy Lea International Bridge. Any team caught west of the Bridge will be automatically disqualified.
  2. Solo events you must cull immediately on 6th fish. See rule 16.
  3. AOY prize, and event prizes are based on boat totals over all 3 events
  4. Leaving your boat. See rule 15. If you MUST leave your boat for a bathroom break, gas payment or for any reason other than an emergency, you must receive approval from tournament director.
  5. Anglers Must use SFL selected launching site. Any angler wishing to use alternate launch MUST arrange their own assistance for launching. Official sites are yacht club Big Rideau, Petrie Island Ottawa River, Home st. Brockville
  6. Special rules will be provided for St.Lawrence River event. 
    1. Boundaries: Iroquois dam, to Ivy Lea international Bridge.
    2. Scoring: 1 fish limit in livewell (unweighed) Record 4 best fish on paper (not including unweighed fish) to make up 5 fish limit. Livewell fish will be your “stage” fish.
    3. Marshal and Angler MUST agree on weight recorded by 3rd attempt, or angler is required to tag fish in separate livewell to be weighed on stage. Should that fish perish, Angler will be subject to 1lb penalty. It is up to the angler to request a second, or third weight. Highest observed weight will recorded in 3 attempts! 
    4. Marshal and Angler MUST verbally agree on weights, and sign score card at time of catch to avoid any discrepancies. Should the fish be released before recording, that fish is considered void. 
    5. Should the angler wish to release the unweighed livewell fish to keep another, they then need to pull that fish from the livewell before placing a new fish in. They then can record the old fish on paper! (Always only 1 fish livewell limit).
    6. Anglers May come weigh fish on stage at any point at Hardy Park. These fish may not be culled!
    7. Anglers MUST use SFL provided Scales, and weigh bag to score each fish! Absolutely under no circumstances can a Angler use their own scales! All SFL scales have been calibrated and matched against all 50 other scales. Should the weighin equipment provided fail or have technical difficulties, anglers May tag fish (5 max) until SFL can arrive with new set, or when Angler can return to stage without Penalty. Each angler/marshal will be provided SFL solo equipment package to be used including scale, bag, scorecard, pencil, and extra batteries! 
    8. Marshal is ONLY on board as a judge! He or she MAY NOT assist in ANY angler activity. No Fishing, No netting, No Rod passing, No fish Care, Nothing!
    9. Should the angler have ANY discrepancies, the must call SFL (613-802-1382) immediately to discuss with tournament directors.
    10. Any abuse to a SFL Marshal (verbal, or physical) Solo Angler will be disqualified, and banned from ALL SFL future events.
    11. Anglers MUST do everything possible to make the Marshals experience comfortable, informative, and exciting! Without these marshals, the solo platform will not work.
    12. Blast off and weighin each day is from Hardy Park in Brockville Ontario. Saturday 7-4 Sunday 7-3.
    13. Launching, Parking, Docking is provided! Please remember this is happening during a huge event, so Brockville will be busy, the waterfront will be busy. Give yourself extra time at weighin to return through traffic!
    14. Standard SFL rules also apply to this solo event. Please refer to those for any extra rules such as safety rules, Fish size requirements, laws, and other everyday SFL tournament rules.
    15. SFL anglers must see dock master before bagging their stage fish. Marshal will bring card to stage, SFL will verify the 4 fish, and call Angler to stage to add 5th bass to the weight.
      Marshals: Saturday 6:00am Hardy Park court house parking lot.
      Anglers: Saturday 6:30am Hardy Park waterfront (in water).
      Angler do your best to be verbal with your marshal all day to insure weights are recorded properly! They will be trained to do their job, but it’s your job to make sure your both on the same page. Confirm, Confirm, Confirm! You don’t want a discrepancy with a weight after it’s too late.
*No "Pro" (MLF, Bassmasters Elite, FLW tour full time anglers). SFL team, and Solo events are for amateur anglers only.* SFL holds the right to deny any angler that registers for either a SFL Team, Or Solo event should we feel it’s for 100% financial gain only by that angler/team, or should we feel it will harm the sport/Series, or should we believe it is just to cherry pick certain bodies of water.
Shootout Fishing League has official authority for any last minute event changes, and rule changes in the best interest for the organization, anglers, and event locations. Verbal announcements will be made about changes and all teams must request a full refund before the 7am start time if any angler disagrees or has concerns. Shootout Fishing League runs all events under an invitational structure. Shootout Fishing League has full authority to refuse entry to any angler that Shootout Fishing League feels they don't have the best interest of the organization, anglers, or sport.