Jackpot Team Trail
IN THE EVENT OF A PROTEST AND/OR RULES VIOLATION, THERE WILL BE A TOURNAMENT COMMITTEE MADE UP OF 3 TOURNAMENT OFFICIALS AND 4 ANGLERS SELECTED BY RANDOM DRAW TO MAKE A COLLECTIVE DECISION AND VOTE ON THE RULING, THIS COMMITTEE WILL MAKE SURE THAT ANY DECISION MADE IS FAIR, AND BASED 100% ON THE FACTS THEY ARE GIVEN ABOUT THE SITUATION WITHOUT ANY KIND OF PERSONAL FRIENDSHIPS OR PARTNERSHIPS AFFECTING THE DECISION MADE. IF ONE OF THE ANGLERS SELECTED TO THE COMMITTEE IS INVOLVED IN THE PROTEST SITUATION, THEY WILL NOT BE USED IN THE DECISION MAKING PROCESS. WE FEEL THAT THIS IS THE ONLY FAIR WAY TO MAKE CERTAIN THAT ANY DECISION MADE IS 100% FAIR AND HONEST FOR ALL OF THE TEAMS IN THE FIELD.
******NEW FOR 2021****** OFF LIMITS PERIOD:
LAKE IS OFF LIMITS MONDAY-OFFICIAL PRACTICE DAY(DAY BEFORE EACH REGULAR SEASON EVENT)
***Each Team can use 2 subs per season***
Safe boating conduct must be observed at all times by all tournament competitors. Each competitor is required to wear a Coast Guard approved chest type life preserver. This preserver must be worn any time the combustion engine is operating. The preserver must be snapped or zipped securely and maintained in that condition until the competitor reaches his fishing location and the combustion engine is shut off. Violation of this rule shall be reason for disqualification.
: Competitors of our tournament are expected to follow high standards of sportsmanship, courtesy, safety and conservation. Any infractions of the fundamental sporting principles may be deemed cause for disqualification for this and all future tournaments. Maximum courtesy must be practiced at all times especially with regard to boating and angling in the vicinity of non-competitors who may be on tournament waters. Any act of a competitor, which reflects unfavorably upon our efforts to promote fisheries conservation, clean waters, and courtesy may also be reason for disqualification. No alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs are allowed on boats. Any participant cited during tournament hours for a violation of IL. marine or fishing laws will be disqualified, if found guilty following due process of law. Jackpot Team Trail Owners\Directors reserve the right to deny any individual the right to participate at any time. Tournament officials will not tolerate disrespect to any participants or spectators, and/or argumentative & disruptive individuals before, after, or during tournaments – any director has the right to dismiss any angler(s) or participants at anytime. Parking tickets or other infractions because of limited space or creative parking are the responsibility of the angler. Anglers should plan to arrive as early as possible to ensure a parking space
Tackle and Equipment:
**NEW FOR 2019: All penetrating cull tags are banned from use in JTT events, violation will result in disqualification.
Only artificial lures many be used. No “live Bait” or “prepared bait” will be permitted with the exception of pork strips, rinds, etc. Only ONE casting or spinning rod (8 foot maximum length from butt of handle to rod tip) and reel may be used at any one time. All others types prohibited. Other rigs as specified above may be in the boat ready for use, however, only ONE is permitted in use at any given time. All bass must be caught live in a legal conventional sporting manner.
Boat and motor:
ALL BOATS MUST BE EQUIPPED WITH PROPER RUNNING LIGHTS, WHICH MUST BE USED FROM TAKEOFF-FIRST STOP IN THE MORNING.
ALL boats must be equipped with some type of ignition kill switch. Kill switch must be in working order and attached to driver anytime the combustion engine is running. A small motor, gas or electric, may be used for slow maneuvering. Trolling as a method of fishing is prohibited.
Basic Boat Equipment:
Every boat must have all required Coast Guard safety equipment. In addition, it must have a functional bilge pump and LIVE-WELL SPACE MOUNTED IN BOAT PROPERLY AERATED TO ADEQUATELY MAINTAIN YOUR FISH.
Permitted Fishing Locations:
Fishing on the tournament waters is permitted anywhere except places marked no fishing or within 50 yards of another competitor’s boat that is anchored. A boat is considered anchored only if it is tied to an object, has anchor line over its side or has a shallow water anchor deployed with trolling motor out of water. Contestants must leave and return to the official checkpoint by boat. In the event that "no boats" bouys are present, you must keep your boat out of the restricted area, do not cast inside.
Official Check Point:
there shall be only one official point for checking out in the morning, and check in at the end of the tournament day, and this point shall be designated at the tournament briefing. At the time of morning check out, all competitors and their boats shall be in full conformance with the rules set forth by tournament committee. At the end of day check in all boats shall identify themselves by contacting the check in official at the designated check point, and proceed immediately to the designated weigh in area. After proper recognition at the checkpoint, competitors will be allowed ample time to proceed to the weigh-in site, however, all fishing must cease upon check-in. After the tournament begins (you have registered in the morning), fishing is prohibited except during tournament hours. Any angler not checked out properly by the tournament director or designee shall be disqualified from participation. Any angler who fails to report to the official checkpoint shall be disqualified. The tournament director will designate whether the anglers can trailer their boat before weighing in their catch or not.
Only largemouth, spotted or smallmouth bass will be weighed for each angler, up to the tournament limit of 5 bass each. Tournament officials will conduct checks for violation of this provision, and in the event a competitor has more than the 5 fish limit in possession, shall cut the largest first, down to the limit described. Competitors must present all bass in their possession for weigh in. The official length for bass shall be 16 inches – tournament officials will announce any exceptions. Only bass measuring 16 inches or larger in length on the longest starting line, with mouth closed, shall be weighed-in. Any bass that appears to have been mangled, hashed or mauled or otherwise altered will be weighed in and credited only at the discretion of tournament officials. Bass must not be stringed at any time during the tournament. Bass must be caught using legal fishing methods.
**New for 2019**- The use of penetrating cull tags is strictly prohibited, violation of this rule will result in disqualification.
Any cull must be done immediately following the catch and result in no more than 5 Bass in your possession once the process is complete. If you have a deceased bass in your possession, you may not under any circumstances cull the dead fish. If you're found to be in violation of this rule your entire bag will be disqualified and both team members will be suspended from any Jackpot Team Trail Event until further notice.
Dead Bass Penalty:
A penalty of 1/2lb. per dead bass weighed in will be deducted from the total weight of all legal bass in the sack. Only the tournament director/officials will determine if a bass is counted as live or not.
Deductions will be made for short bass as well as dead bass. Any bass presented for weigh-in by contestant that fails to measure 16 inches or more, according to the method described above, will be removed from the sack and disallowed, along with a 1/2lb penalty. The total responsibility for having short bass in possession at any time will be that of the contestant
competitors who are not in the official checkpoint area will be penalized 1 lb per min. anything after 5 min will be disqualified from this event. No Exceptions. If you have boat problems you can have someone who is in the tournament bring you to the weigh in by the designated time as long as fish are kept separated. If fish are mixed, both teams will be disqualified.
Big Bass will be the tiebreaker for total weight and total weight will be the tiebreaker for Big Bass.
The tournament director, tournament officials and his/their designated appointees shall reserve all rights for rule interpretation and rulings thereof. Decisions made by the individual Tournament Director can reviewed by the Tournament Board, majority vote will approve or repeal Tournament Directors decisions. Only decisions made by the Tournament Board are final in all matters and are not subject to appeal. Furthermore, the Tournament Board reserves the right to change the date of or the site of any given tournament. Protests must be in writing signed by the protester and filed within 10 minutes of the conclusion of the weigh-in. All Tournament Officials have authority to deny the eligibility of any person at any time to participate in the tournament with just cause – just cause must be properly reviewed and approved by a minimum of 2 Tournament Board Members.
During tournament hours contestants may not obtain or receive assistance from non-competitors, follow a non-competitor’s boat or participate in the practice of “hole sitting” or the placing of markers by anyone else. The use of mobile communication devices, including, but not limited to, cellular phones, marine radios, walkie-talkies, CBs, etc., during tournament hours is strictly prohibited except in an emergency (severe weather, etc.) or to communicate with lock-masters.
Please measure all bass before they come to the scales. A courtesy board will be provided outside of the weigh-in area. Any bass that are doubtful of making the legal length will be measured. Once bass are presented at the weigh-in tables, only tournament officials will be allowed to handle bass.
Participation is open to all boaters 18 years of age or older, there is no age requirement for non-boaters accompanied by a boater 18 years of age or older. Proof of age to the satisfaction of tournament officials is the responsibility of the potential contestant. Entry fees are NON-REFUNDABLE after the entry deadline except in the case of an emergency as determined by the tournament director.
1 angler per boat must be present for the registration. A representative will not be satisfactory. Each angler must register at the time and place designated. Failure to register during the prescribed hours shall result in mandatory disqualification. NO EXCEPTIONS! There will be a mandatory pre-tournament meeting following registration at least one angler per boat must attend.
Tournament waters are off-limits at 8pm the night before each event.
Liability insurance, with coverage in reasonable amounts, is required of all contestants.
No Wake Zones:
All legal no wake zones and areas are NO PASS unless the boat being passed is fishing or gives you verbal permission to pass. This applies to all boats in the same navigation channel. It is the responsibility of each angler to know the local laws and regulations
Common Sense, Respect, & More Common Sense:
Because we are all adults and representing the sport of competitive bass fishing we need to conduct ourselves as adults with respect to ALL Tournament Officials, fellow anglers, and the public at large. At anytime if an individual feels there is something unfair or questionable those concerns must be immediately addressed in private with a tournament official. We will not tolerate disruptions. If you feel the need to be disruptive to the point that you are taking away from the experience of the other paying participants you will be asked to leave and your money will be paid out to the anglers who have common sense, respect, and more common sense.