NORTHEAST BASSMASTERS LLC
BY-LAWS/Rules and Regulations
1: NAME AND PURPOSE
Section 1: Name
This chapter shall be called The Northeast
Section 2: Purpose
To stimulate awareness of bass fishing as a major sport. To offer our state conservation
department our organized moral and political support and encouragement. To promote full adherence to all
conservation codes. To improve skill as a bass anglers through a fellowship of friendly exchange of expert bass catching techniques
and ideas. To promote sportsmen like behavior of its members both on and off the water. To function as
a dynamic and effective link with other bass clubs and embrace the principles and purposes of bass anglers nation wide.
Section 1: Executive Committee/General Membership
chapter shall maintain an executive committee made up of the President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary and Tournament
Director. The general membership will be made up of all those who participate in at least one of the scheduled
events and has paid the annual membership dues.
Section 2: Membership Dues/Registration
A) There will be an
annual membership fee of $25.00 in order to participate in any tournament sponsored by Northeast Bassmasters. We are a pay
as you go club. Once you become a member you may fish one or all of the tournaments scheduled for that
season. Northeast tournaments are $110.00 per team or $55.00 per angler. This fee includes
lunker pool for each event.
b) Registration will end 30 minutes prior to the official blast-off time. Please
plan your arrival times accordingly. It is understood that even the best plans may go awry (traffic, flat
tire etc.) please call me to let me know you are on your way 973 865 9347 if you are going to be late. Penalties
may be incurred if this problem becomes habitual. Each angler will have 2 free passes after that a 4 ounces penalty will be
imposed and deducted from his total weight and an additional 4 ounces will be deducted each time the angler is late thereafter
(4 lates would equal a 1 pound penalty).
c) Your blast-off position is
determined at the time you pay the entrance fee of $110.00 per boat/team. The angler that arrives earliest
and pays first gets the earliest blast-off spot. If you want to guarantee a blast-off spot in the top five
or so, you can send me a check for the tournament fee along with your filled out application by Thursday for the Saturday
tournaments and by Tuesday for the Thursday tournaments.
Before you fish your first tournament of the year, every angler must first fill out completely and legibly sign a Northeast
Membership form and a waiver and release of liability form otherwise you will not be allowed to compete in any tournament.
All Northeast members must conduct themselves in a professional manner both on and off the water. Competitors are expected
to follow a high standard of sportsmanship, conservation, courtesy and safety. We want our code of
conduct to reflect favorably on Northeast as a club, as well as its members and its sponsors. Anglers who
violate the code may be subject to forfeiture of tournament winnings, suspended from fishing one or more scheduled events,
or permanently banned from fishing Northeast Bassmasters tournaments in the future.
Membership in Northeast Bassmasters is a privilege and not a right. Membership to Northeast Bassmasters
may be revoked at any time by a 2/3 majority vote of the standing Executive Committee and the Grievance Committee.
Any members action on or off the water before, during, or after a tournament that jeopardizes the reputation of Northeast
Bassmasters or any other un-sportsman like behavior may be grounds for expulsion.
h) An angler who has been banned
from fishing in another organization’s tournaments (local, district, regional, etc.) regardless of the reason will not
be granted membership to Northeast Bassmasters. Since it is impossible to know the background of every
member, should incriminating evidence regarding a member being banned from another organization be brought to the attention
of the tournament director, said angler’s membership will be revoked and the angler will be banned from all future Northeast
Bassmasters tournaments. Should the banning organization rescind the banning of said angler, and the angler is once again
in good standing with the banning organization and is allowed to fish their events and can prove they have fished one or more
events with the banning orgainization, the angler may then re-apply for membership with Northeast Bassmasters.
The angler must present a signed letter from the president of the banning organization on its official stationery stating
that the angler is now in good standing and no longer banned from fishing all events sponsored by that organization.
Membership to Northeast will not be granted without this letter.
i) The decision of the Executive Committee is the final
word in all matters regarding the dismissal of a member from Northeast.
Section 3: Duties of the Executive
PRESIDENT: Preside over all meetings and direct official
business and be ex-official member of all committees; supervise all club functions.
AND SECOND VICE-PRESIDENTS: Act as program chairman of committees, assist the President in duties and preside in the absence
of the president.
TREASURER: Collect and
disperse all money for the club; maintain accurate financial records.
Be responsible for all club correspondence.
Coordinate the annual tournament schedule, oversee the tournament committee, and uphold the tournament rules.
* One person my hold one or more positions on the Executive
Committee without a conflict of interest as long as there is at least 2 executive committee members on the executive board.
ARTICLE 3: STANDING
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE: This committee will consist of the President, Vice-President,
Treasurer, Secretary, Tournament Director. This committee will be responsible
for upholding all club By-laws, handle all club finances and oversee all club functions.
COMMITTEE: This committee consists of one member and the committee chairman. This committee is responsible
for handling all tournament related activities for the club and maintaining accurate club standings.
COMMITTEE – This committee will consist of a Chair person and four committee members selected by the executive committee.
COMMITTEE – This committee will consist of a Chair person and four committee members selected by the executive committee.
The committee will here all grievances and their decision on each matter will be final and uncontestable.
4: TOURNAMENT RULES
Section 1: Boat Inspection
boat will be aloud to participate unless first being inspected by a committee member for:
Guard approved life vest for each angler.
b) Live wells are empty and in good working
c) Working running lights.
d) A valid license for
the state the tournament is being held in. All
must follow the rules, statutes and regulations prevailing
states fished, and it is the responsibility of each angler to
those fishing and boating regulations.
e) Liability insurance and documentation of
such insurance must be on
the boat at all times.
f) All boats
will be subject to a complete boat inspection not just the
live wells. All
compartments will be open for a Northeast marshal to
Inspect the contents to insure
all safety equipment is on board.
Section 2: Boat Qualification
In order to qualify for use in
a tournament, a boat must meet the following requirements:
1)Have at least one working livewell
and be able to keep 2 limits of bass
be at least 16 ft. long.
c) Must not be powered by an engine exceeding the maximum rating for
d) Have a working trolling motor.
Section 3: Late Penalty
a)Official time will be announced
prior to blast off. Check in time will be
sharp according to
the official time. Lateness to check in will be
up to the next minute and penalty applied.
b) Late penalty will be 1 pound per minute late.
Lateness of more than 10 minutes is an automatic disqualification.
Section 4: Weigh-in
a)All legal fish must be weighed in at end of the event on the official
b) A person with a fish in question of 12 in. MUST ASK FOR A
COURTESY CHECK PRIOR to handing his weigh bag to be weigh-in
A short fish will be returned to the water with no penalty.
to announce a potentially short fish prior to handing over your
bag will result in a 1 pound penalty.
c) A 0.2 pound penalty will result for each fish unable to be released
d) Culling of a dead fish is an automatic disqualification.
Each fish caught by an angler is considered to be in possession.
of fish is to be done immediately upon catching the sixth fish.
at any time other than culling, an angler is in possession of more
the legal limit, he will be disqualified.
f) There will be no culling of fish at the ramp or after the
boat has been
removed from the water doing so will result in disqualification.
g) Once your fish have been transferred from your bag to the weigh
tub the fish become the property of the weigh master and you.
not to touch the fish until they are returned to your bag by him.
h) In the event of a tie for any position,
the team with the most live fish in
their creel wins. Should
both teams have the same weight and 5 live
fish in the creel, the
money won will be split and their position and
points will be shared
(2nd $300 and 3rd $200 total $500 each receive
$250 plus the second
place points and second place position, third
place will be eliminated
from the standings). If 3rd place and 4th place
the third place payout will be split and the third place points and
will be shared by the winners and 4th place will be eliminated
the standings. If nonpaying positions tie, the higher points and
position will be shared by both teams
Pay outs are based on 80% of the tournament fees collected less the $10.00
lunker fee per boat which is a separate pool. Three places will be paid if there is a field of nine or
more boats in the event, two places for five to eight boats, and winner takes all for four boats or less.
First Place 50%
b) Second Place
c) Third Place
d) One Lunker award 100% of the fees
collected for event
Section 6: Rules of Sportsmanship
a) No fishing within 150 ft. of an anchored tournament boat.
If power poles are used as an anchor the trolling motor
must be out
of the water to be at anchor.
b) No fishing within 75 ft. of another tournament anglers
unless permission is granted by the angler first on site.
c) All fishing must be done from
the boat. You may not leave the boat in
order to land or catch a fish.
Anglers are allowed to leave the boat in
the event of imminent danger
in order to seek safe harbor or in the
event of a bathroom emergency.
Only one rod may be used at a time. Maximum rod length can be no
10 feet in length as per B.A.S.S. rules 2017.
e) No natural or live bait is permitted or allowed in possession
tournament with the exception of pork baits used as trailers.
Trolling is not permitted.
g) No fishing in waters deemed off limits by the Tournament Committee.
Currently Barns Brothers inner docks are off limits during business
Off limits on the lakes we fish may change during the season
and will be added
form during the season.
vest must be worn at all times whenever the big motor is started
in gear. Failure to do so will result in the disqualification for the
i) Should a member be ticketed during a tournament it is his
responsibility to inform the tournament committee of the infraction.
will determine the penalty for the infraction based on
The severity said infraction.
Should a member fail to report a ticket
and it is discovered by the tournament
committee it will be deemed
un-sportsman like and will result in the disqualification
of the team.
j) When you arrive at the launch ramp at 4:45 a.m. please be reminded
that there are property owners and their families nearby that are still
Please keep the conversations and the noise as low as
I realize that we are all excited about getting out on the
but not everyone shares our passion.
k) Speed limits… Lake Hopatcong 30 MPH and 45 MPH
Lake. Speed limits must be observed
regardless of the placements of
buoys on the water i.e. if “the
no wake buoys” have been removed from
a lake Northeast Bassmasters
will follow the speed limits as indicated
on official lake navigation
maps. Northeast has adopted the Hot Spots
as its official map of the club. Violations of speed limits will
in an automatic tournament disqualification. Ignorance of the
is no exception or excuse. Northeast Bassmasters reserves the
to impose speed limits on any or all tournaments regardless of the
speed limits of
the lake. Safety is our main concern for all.
l) Five fish limit per team.
Fish must be 12 inches long.
n) Be considerate of the property owner’s docks and boats.
All boats must pass the call boat when your boat # has been called
p) If you must leave before the end of the
event, please let someone know
that you are going or leave a
note on the windshield of my truck.
q) No alcohol or drugs, other than prescription meds, may be used on the
r) Culling must be done on the water after the 6th fish
has been boated. When you pull your boat out prior to the weigh-in there should only be 5 fish in the live
well. Culling on shore will result in the team being disqualified.
s) Culling of a dead
fish will result in disqualification of the team. You lose .2 pounds per dead fish that is weighed-in,
however, a 2.2 pound dead large mouth still adds 2.0 pounds to your total weight. A dead fish
my not be weighed in for the lunker/big fish of the day/big fish for the year/tie breaker. The weight of
a dead fish may only be used to add its weight less the penalty of .2 pounds to the creel limit of the day and may not be
used for any other purpose whatsoever. All dead fish will be given to whomever wants them.
If no one wants to take the fish, it is your responsibility to dispose of it in a sportsman like manner.
t) Failure to abide by the rules of sportsmanship will be reviewed by the Executive
Committee and may result possibly in a warning, weight
penalty, tournament disqualification, disqualification for the season, and worst case scenario a life time disqualification
a) It is every team’s responsibility to report infractions or violations
of any tournament rules to the tournament director. All protests must be submitted in writing within 15
minutes after the official close of the weigh-in.
b) The identity of the protesting member
will be confidential.
c) The accused party will be invited to state his case.
d) The Executive Board
and Grievance Committee combined will review
the protest, make
all judgments, and apply any penalties. The
committees judgment will be uncontestable and the final
in all matters.
e) Should an angler or team have three substantiated and verified written complaints
submitted against them to the officials of Northeast Bassmasters within one season, the team in question will have their membership
revoked and will no longer be welcome to fish with Northeast Bassmasters.
Bassmasters reserves the right to refuse or revoke membership from any angler who has been disqualified,
suspended, or barred from fishing any other tournament, fishing club or organization.
It is to be understood by all Northeast members that by signing the official Northeast membership and release forms
prior to your first event, you and your partner and/or substitute agree to submit to a truth verification test, should the
need arise, and agree to abide by its results. Said test may be administered at any time randomly during
or after an official Northeast tournament. Should an angler refuse to take a truth verification test when
asked, this action shall then be considered an admission of guilt on the part of the angler in question. All
prize money will be withheld and the angler’s membership to Northeast will be revoked until the test is administered
and the angler is either exonerated or proven guilty of the violation or protest in question.
Northeast is a club designed to promote friendly competition between its members. We are not looking
to disqualify anyone. However, the rules of sportsmanship, safety and fair competition will be enforced.
The president of Northeast Bassmasters has the final word on all decisions pertaining to the organization and the interpretation
of its rules.
i) Northeast Bassmasters reserves the right to place a marshal/observer on any angler’s
boat who fishes a Northeast event alone to guarantee that all fish are caught by the angler legally and in accordance with
the rules of Northeast Bassmasters and B.A.S.S.
Section 8: Tournament Scoring
Scoring will determined by total creel weight.
b) Weight will be recorded in pounds and ounces.
c) Minimum length is 12in. mouth closed, tail pinched.
the event of a tie for any position, the team with the most live fish in their creel wins. Should both
teams have the same weight and 5 live fish in the creel, the money won will be split and their position and points will be
shared (2nd $300 and 3rd $200 total $500 each receive $250 plus the second place points and second place position, third place
will be eliminated from the standings). If 3rd place and 4th place tie, the third place payout will be
split and the third place points and position will be shared by the winners and 4th place will be eliminated from the standings.
If nonpaying positions tie, the higher points and higher position will be shared by both teams.
Section 9: Tournament of Champions
Tournament of Champions (The Classic) . . . to qualify for the 2020 Tournament
of Champions, a team must fish a minimum of 6 tournaments out of the 12 events either on Thursday Division 2 or Saturday Division
1. Points will be awarded for the position the team finishes in for each event fished. A
team’s total points will be based on the team’s best 6 finishes out the 12 scheduled events for either Division
1 or Division 2. Remember the points accumulated on Thursday cannot be combined with points from Saturday.
Division 1 and Division 2 are two separate trails. A team is allowed 2 substitutes during the season but must fish
a minimum of 4 out of the 6 qualifying events with the same partner. The top 9 teams from Saturday
will then compete against the top 9 teams from Thursday in the Tournament of Champions.
ALL STATE AND FEDERAL LAWS AND
REGULATIONS REGARDING FISHING AND BOATING APPLY. USE OF ALCOHOL AND/OR DRUGS DURING A TOURNAMENT WILL RESULT
IN AN AUTOMATIC DISQUALIFICATION. THESE RULES APPLY TO ALL PARTICIPANTS IN NORTHEAST BASSMASTER TOURNAMENTS REGARDLESS OF
STATUS AND OR POSITION, AND THEY WILL BE STRICTLY ENFORCED.
These rules and regulations will
be up dated as needed without notification. It is the members responsibility to check the web site for
any changes made to the By Laws/ Rules and Regulations during the season.
Bassmasters has aligned itself with B.A.S.S. by participating in the B.A.S.S. Team Championship. Whatever
rules or regulations that have not been covered in this document will be referred to the rules and regulations of B.A.S.S.