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3rd Annual Anchor Marine Big Bass Round-UP on Choke Canyon

I might enter this tournament! ;)

3rd Annual Anchor Marine Big Bass Round-UP on Choke Canyon.  

WHEN:  September 6th, 2009
WHERE:  Choke Canyon Lake
[highlight]ENTRY FEE:  $100 per person [/highlight]
REGISTRATION:  Calliham Park
Saturday, Sept 5th from 10 AM to 8 PM
Sunday, Sept 6th from 5 AM

Skeeter Demo Rides all day Saturday.

A new Skeeter SX 190/Yamaha 150 awarded to the heaviest fish of the day.  

1st place............................ $500
2nd place............................ $400
3rd place............................ $300
4th place............................ $200
5th place............................ $175
6th place............................ $150
7th place............................ $125
8th place............................ $120
9th place............................ $110
10th place............................ $100

The following rules are for the 2009 Anchor Marine Big Bass Round-UP on Choke Canyon September 6th. Skeeter Boat Demo Rides ($1500 Cash Drawing) on September 5th.

The following rules are for the 2009 Anchor Marine Big Bass Tournament on Choke Canyon Lake, September 6th, 2009.

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To protect the integrity of Bass Champs and our anglers, all winners will be subject to a polygraph exam before the prizes are distributed at each event. Contestants must pass the polygraph exam at the tournament site to receive prize money, awards, and points for the event.

1. RULE CHANGES: Decisions of the Tournament Director are final and are not subject to appeal. Interpretation of these rules will be left exclusively to the Tournament Director in his sole and absolute discretion. Protests must be made in writing within 10 minutes after the official closing of the scales at each tournament, as announced at each such tournament.

2. Participation and Eligibility:
• Participation is open to amateur anglers who are 18 years old and older. Any person entering a Bass Champs Tournament under the age of 18 years must also have the signature of their parent or legal guardian in the provided space on the official entry form.
• Bass Champs Tournaments are open to all anglers except professional anglers. A professional angler is defined as any angler that has entered more than one bass tournament that required an entry fee greater than $2,500 in the 12 months prior to the date of the Bass Champs Tournament being entered.
• All contestants must have a valid fishing license.

3. Off-Limit Period:
Contestants may not be on Choke Canyon for the purpose of fishing between:
• 8:00pm Saturday, September 5th, 2009 thru 6:30am Sunday, September 6th, 2009

4. Fishing Times:
Competitors may launch from any ramp on Choke Canyon Lake. Fishing will begin at 6:30am on September 6th, 2009. The scales will open the top ½ of every hour beginning at 8:00am. Scales are closed the bottom ½ of each hour. The final weigh-in will begin at 2:00pm and end at 2:30pm during competition day.

5. Registration Times:
Each contestant must register in person at Calliham Park Ramp during the official registration hours, 10 AM - 6 PM Saturday, September 5th, 2009 or tournament morning beginning at 5:00am. A completed and signed entry form must be received before the start of competition.

6. Safety:
Safe boating must be observed at all times. Each contestant is required to wear a fastened (fully zipped and/or all clips fastened), U.S. Coast Guard approved, personal flotation device anytime the combustion engine is in operation from boat check until weigh-in. All boats must be equipped with an emergency ignition shut-off device, which must be securely attached to the driver's body any time the combustion engine is in operation. The driver must be seated in the driver's seat anytime the combustion engine is engaged in gear. Tournament day may be shortened or canceled due to unsafe weather or any conditions that would endanger the safety of the competitors at the Tournament Director’s sole and absolute discretion. Competitors are allowed to leave the boat and seek shelter in bad weather, at which time no fishing may occur.

7. Permitted Fishing Methods:
Only artificial lures may be used with the exception of Berkley Gulp products. Only one fishing rod per angler may be used at any one time. Additional rods may be in the boat and ready for use; however, each cast and retrieve must be completed before another cast is attempted or rod is used. Trolling with the combustion engine as a method of fishing is prohibited. Switching or sharing fish with other contestants is a violation of these rules and will result in immediate disqualification. All bass must be caught alive, in a conventional, sporting manner. All angling must be conducted from the boat. At no time may a contestant leave the boat to land a fish, or to make the boat more accessible to fishing waters. Bank fishing is not permissible.

8. Sportsmanship and Conduct:
All contestants are required to follow high standards of sportsmanship, courtesy, safety and conservation. Examples of conduct not complying with those standards include, but are not limited to, the following:
o Consumption and/or possession of alcoholic beverages or any mind-altering substance during tournament hours extending through the weigh-in procedure;
o Conviction of a felony within the past 36 months;
o Actions or words which reflect unfavorably upon efforts to promote safety, sportsmanship, and fair competition;
o Chemical substance abuse or addiction.
o Disqualification from Bass Champs tournaments or other fishing organizations that resulted from unexplained rule violations that result in a contestant’s honesty, integrity, character, and qualifications for entry into a Bass Champs event being questionable in the Tournament Director’s sole and absolute discretion.
Upon review of the circumstances by tournament director, Bass Champs, Inc., and the Tournament Director shall have the right to refuse any application, or to deny a confirmed application, by returning the entry fee of a previously accepted application, or disqualifying a contestant. Bass Champs reserves the right to place an official observer in a contestant's boat at any time during competition hours.

9. Assistance:
During hours of competition, contestants may not receive fishing information from non-competitors or participate in the practice of "hole sitting." The use of mobile communication devices such as cellular phones, marine radios, walkie-talkies, CBs, etc., to communicate fishing information during tournament hours is strictly prohibited. In the event of an emergency call “911” first and then contact tournament officials.

10. Boat and Horsepower Regulation:
Each boat must have all required U.S. Coast Guard safety equipment. Boats must contain a properly aerated live well space to maintain alive a limit catch of bass. Maximum horsepower for all outboards used in tournament competition may not exceed the horsepower limitations as set by the U. S. Coast Guard in such vessel. Falsifying information on entry forms or altering the horsepower numbers on the motor or rating plate to conceal such limitations will be cause for disqualification from the tournament.

11. Permitted Fishing Locations:
Contestants may fish anywhere on tournament waters accessible by boat, except areas designated as "off limits" or "no fishing" by state or federal officials, or within 50 yards of a competitor's boat which was first anchored (an anchored boat is a boat held in a stable position by a line attached to a weight with the trolling motor in the up position), or within 25 yards of a non-anchored competitor's boat unless otherwise agreed upon by the other tournament angler. The act of moving bass from one area of the lake to another confined area of the same lake at any time, whether or not during official practice days or competition days, is not permitted.

12. # of contestants in boat:
[highlight]Boats may have up to 3 paid entrants aboard.[/highlight] Non-contestants are not allowed in any competitors boat.

13. Off-limits areas:
Such areas established and announced at the registration for each Bass Champs event. Contestants fishing inside the established “off-limits” area will be immediately disqualified. Contestants' boats must remain in the tournament waters during the event.

14. Trailering is allowed:
Trailering is allowed throughout the competition day. Anglers may launch and leave from any available location on Choke Canyon starting at 4:30am tournament morning.

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15. Scoring:
Will be determined by the pounds and ounces of each angler's catch during the tournament. Only Largemouth, Spotted, Red Eye or Smallmouth Bass are accepted species. The limit will be one bass per individual per hour. No contestant may possess more than 3 bass at any time during the tournament. Any contestant who possesses more than the tournament limit at any time will have their catch for that day disqualified. All bass caught during tournament hours each day may only be weighed-in during official tournament hours of that particular day. All bass must be at least 14 inches in length.

16. Live Fish:
Only live bass will be weighed-in during the event. Every effort must be made to keep bass alive through the use of a properly aerated live well. The use of chemical live well additives made by Sure-Life which promote the healthy return of bass to their natural habitat are recommended. No dead bass will be weighed.

18. Ties:
Ties for the overall largest bass of the event will be determined by the contestants second largest bass weighed-in during tournament hours. In the event that a winner may not be determined by the above stated method, the winner will be determined by which angler weighed-in the winning fish first. All other ties will be resolved by splitting equally all money involved in the tie.

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Re:  3rd Annual Anchor Marine Big Bass Round-UP on Choke Canyon

I am booked for camping at Choke Canyon State Park-Callihans Unit, starting on Thursday, Sept. 3rd for for nights in my motorhome. For $20 per night including entry fees for three and truck/boat, not bad for being on the water.
I will be pre-fishing Choke on August 15th and 16th...Looking for deep water and pattern...Cannot wait!

More to come...

I will be fishing several tournaments this year, trying to learn more about other lakes...since LT and GT are too low to fish..


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TTZ has a big posse rolling down for it. Hope you can make it Robert and any other ABF guys. I hear turnout is going to be big.

We will be at Choke Canyon Lodge with the Bass Champs crew. Come hang out if you go down.


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Re:  3rd Annual Anchor Marine Big Bass Round-UP on Choke Canyon

JR Estes knocked me to 2nd at the 12 o'clock weighin. Him and his brother won 2 hours with the only 9 pounders and another 2nd. Should have waited till the end to weigh mine in when a 5.74 won the hour. Doh! How many could say that though? :D
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