BY-LAWS/Rules and Regulations





                  Section 1: Name


 This chapter shall be called The Northeast Bassmasters LLC.


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


The 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.



d)  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.


e)  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.   


f)  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.


g)  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 Committee


PRESIDENT:  Preside over all meetings and direct official business and be ex-official member of all committees; supervise all club functions.


FIRST 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.


SECRETARY:  Be responsible for all club correspondence.


TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR:  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.






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.


TOURNAMENT 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.


MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE – This committee will consist of a Chair person and four committee members selected by the executive committee.


GRIEVENCE 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.








Section 1: Boat Inspection


No boat will be aloud to participate unless first being inspected by a committee member for:

a)  Coast Guard approved life vest for each angler.

b)  Live wells are empty and in good working order.

c)  Working running lights.

d)  A valid license for the state the tournament is being held in.  All

     anglers must follow the rules, statutes and regulations prevailing

    within the states fished, and it is the responsibility of each angler to

    research 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


b) Must be at least 16 ft. long.

c) Must not be powered by an engine exceeding the maximum rating for

   boat size.

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

  rounded up to the next minute and penalty applied.

b) Late penalty will be 1 pound per minute late.

c) 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

  club scale.

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

   official.  A short fish will be returned to the water with no penalty.

   Failure to announce a potentially short fish prior to handing over your

   weigh-in 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.

e) Each fish caught by an angler is considered to be in possession.

   Culling of fish is to be done immediately upon catching the sixth fish.

   If at any time other than culling, an angler is in possession of more

   then 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

   masters tub the fish become the property of the weigh master and you.

   are 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

   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 5: Payouts


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.


a) First Place                  50%    

b) Second Place              30%

c) Third Place                 20%


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 boat

    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.

d) Only one rod may be used at a time. Maximum rod length can be no

    more than 10 feet in length as per B.A.S.S. rules 2017.

e) No natural or live bait is permitted or allowed in possession during any

   tournament with the exception of pork baits used as trailers.

f) 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

   hours.  Off limits on the lakes we fish may change during the season

   and will be added to this

   form during the season. 

h) Life vest must be worn at all times whenever the big motor is started

   and 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.

  The committee 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

   sleeping.  Please keep the conversations and the noise as low as

   possible.  I realize that we are all excited about getting out on the

   water, but not everyone shares our passion.

k) Speed limits…  Lake Hopatcong 30 MPH and 45 MPH on Greenwood

   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

   Maps as its official map of the club. Violations of speed limits will

   result in an automatic tournament disqualification.  Ignorance of the

   law is no exception or excuse. Northeast Bassmasters reserves the

   right 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.

m) Fish must be 12 inches long.

n) Be considerate of the property owner’s docks and boats.

o) 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 from Northeast

Bassmasters LLC.



Section 7: Protest


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

    combined committees judgment will be uncontestable and the final

    word 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.

f)  Northeast 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.  

g)  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.

h)  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


a) 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.

d)  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 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.







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.


Northeast 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. for clarification.

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