Boats with Coats Rules

December 9th @ Wolfe Creek Ramp on Grand Lake

1.       Five Fish Productions directors and/or Rules Committee reserve the right to refuse any entry to anyone at any time.

 2.       ELIGIBILITY: At least one member of each team must be 18 years of age. Under age contestants must have written consent. Each contestant must have a valid Oklahoma Fishing License or proof of exemption, and another form of identification as required by law, on their person.

 3.       FEES: $150.00 per boat AND TWO COATS. Any participant can fish alone at the full entry fee. A $50.00 fee will be assessed on all returned checks.  

4.       ENTRY: There are three options for entries. Entry payment may be submitted through this site, in person on December 8th at HoneyCreek Outdoors from 3 to 6 pm or at the ramp on December 9th from 5 to 6 AM. COATS may be brought to HoneyCreek Outdoors on December 8th or at live-well check on December 9th.

 5.       DEADLINE: Entry deadline is December 9th at 6:00 AM.

6.  LIVE WELL/ CHECK-IN: All entries must check in at Wolfe Creek Ramp by 6:00 AM on December 9th for Live well check. You will be allowed to trailer for this event. Coats can be dropped off at this time.

 7.       SAFETY: Coast Guard approved life jackets, kill switch, and working bow and stern running lights are mandatory. Life jackets and kill switch must be worn when the boat is on pad/plane. Breaking any state or federal boating law may be cause for disqualification.

 8.       BOATS: Any safe boat is allowed. All boats must have working aerated live wells. All boats must meet U.S. Coast Guard and State regulations.

9.       TACKLE: All bass must be caught using a rod with any reel attached in a legal, sporting manner. Only one rod/reel per contestant is allowed in use at any one time. No trolling, snagging, or live bait is allowed. Pork style baits and commercial scents are allowed. Dip-N-Dye is allowed. Dip nets are allowed. Alabama rig style baits are allowed.

 10.       SCORING: A maximum of five (5) bass per team may be weighed. Only largemouth/black bass, Kentucky/spotted bass or small-mouth bass are allowed. Any team bringing more than 5 fish to the weigh-in will have their catch disqualified. Once fish have been turned over to tournament officials, they become the property of the tournament and no fish may be added to the catch. Bass must measure a minimum of 14 inches or more on flat board (Pro Rule), mouth closed in any way to get tail to touch. Total stringer weight will determine winners and place of finish. A short fish is a 1 lb. penalty and loss of that fish. A 1/2 lb. penalty per dead bass will be deducted from the total weight of the stringer. The Directors and/or Rules Committee reserve the right to refuse the weighing of any dead bass.

11.       CULLING: No culling is allowed at the ramp area. No culling is allowed after checking in.

 12.   LATE PENALTY: One (1) pound per minute up to five (5) minutes will be deducted, then disqualification. No exceptions.

 13.   PERMITTED FISHING AREAS: Fishing is allowed from boat only and confined to waters specified in the tournament. Contestants must not depart the boat to fish or land fish. No fishing or casting within 25 yards of another contestant’s anchored boat, provided the anchored boat arrived first. Both contestants must remain in the boat at all times, except in the case of an emergency or dangerous situation. In such a situation, one or both contestants may be removed from their boat to another contestant’s boat, or rescue boat provided boat has means to keep fish separated from other contestants’ fish in an operating live well. Safety is always the first priority. The Tournament Directors are to be notified immediately of any such problems. Emergency phone number is 918.693.2226.

14.   RESTRICTING BASS: Restricting bass by any method which disallows its natural movement or travel throughout the entire impoundment is prohibited.

 15.   SEEDING BASS OR BAIT: Seeding bass captured from another impoundment or moved within the tournament waters is prohibited and is cause for disqualification. Seeding bait is also prohibited.

 16.   WEIGH-IN:. The weigh-in will begin at 3:00 pm. Each team must check in prior to the weigh-in time at the pre-determined location for each event.  The check-in station will be open at 2:30 pm.

 17.   OFFICIAL TIME: The official timekeeper for the tournament is the Tournament  Director. Time will be kept from a cellular phone.

 18.   TIES: All ties shall be decided by the total number of fish, followed by Big Bass if one was weighed. All ties will be divided equally except for 1st Place.  Points will be awarded the same for all ties with the next team receiving a point total less the number of ties above them. Ex. 3 way tie for 4th place, Next team down will receive points for 7th place.

 19.   PROTESTS: Any protest must be presented in writing upon check-in.

 20.   WAIVER: All contestants must sign a Waiver Form releasing all tournament officials, contestants, hosts, and sponsors from any and all claims, injuries and/or damages incurred with Five Fish Productions events before participation will be allowed.

 21.   POLYGRAPH: By signing the Waiver Form, contestants agree to a polygraph test by a qualified examiner. Refusal to submit to a polygraph test will result in immediate disqualification. Failure of the polygraph test or refusal to submit to the polygraph test will result in forfeiture of all monies and the contestant(s) will be banned from future Five Fish Productions events.

 22.   SPORTSMANSHIP: All contestants are expected to follow high standards of sportsmanship, courtesy, safety, and conservation. Any contestant who displays poor sportsmanship, violates these rules, or any state or local laws, or brings unfavorable publicity to the sport of bass fishing will be disqualified.

 23.   CHEATING: Anyone who has been convicted of cheating in any other tournament or is under investigation or legal proceedings concerning other tournaments or fishing contests is not eligible to fish the event.

 24.   RULES AND LAWS: It is the sole responsibility of each contestant to know and follow all applicable tournament rules and governmental laws and regulations. Such governmental laws and regulations include those enacted or promulgated by Federal, State, or local governments, and the Grand River Dam Authority (GRDA). Regardless of your understanding concerning the law about running under bridges, the rule in this tournament is ALL BRIDGES ARE NO WAKE. Running under ANY bridge is grounds for disqualification

 25.   ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES: Alcoholic Beverages and Illegal Drugs or illegal use of prescription drugs are not allowed during tournament hours and/or prior to taking polygraph.

 26.   PAYOUT DEFINITION. All payout checks will be issued only to the registered Designated Captain. Teams will be responsible for handling the division of payment concerning any tax liability.

27.   Any public announcement or written notice made by the Tournament Directors at the tournament site takes precedence over these written rules. By participating in this event, each person agrees that all decisions made by the Tournament Directors are final and not subject to legal challenge. All tax, title, and license expenses are the responsibility of each prize winner. Nothing in these rules supersedes your common sense actions and precautions for the safety of yourself, your partner, and others. Safety is your first priority.