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Minnesota Kayak Fishing Association 2013 Tournament Rules

By signing below, you agree and understand the rules set forth for the 2013 Minnesota Kayak Fishing Association events and agree to the following release of liability.


In consideration of being allowed to participate in any way in the Minnesota Kayak Fishing Association fishing tournaments for the year 2013 the undersigned, acknowledge, appreciate and agree that:
1. The risk of injury from the activities involved in tournament fishing does exist, and
2. I knowingly and freely assume all such risks, both known and unknown and assume full responsibility for my participation and
3. I agree to comply with the terms and conditions of participation, and
4. I, for myself and on behalf of my heirs, personal representatives and next of kin, hereby release, indemnify and hold harmless and agree not to sue, the Minnesota Kayak Fishing Association, its officers, officials, agents, and/or employees, sponsors and advertisers, and if applicable, owners and lesser of premises used to conduct the event.
  I further agree that by typing my name in the provided space of the electronic entry form constitutes your legal signature and is the same as you singing this agreement by hand.

1.PARTICIPATION AND ELIGIBILITY. Participation is open to anyone 18 years of age or older. Minors are eligible to participate with a parent or legal guardian signature on the release form. A completed entry form, waiver, and entry fee must be received no later than the published entry date. All minors must be accompanied by signing parent or legal guardian while fishing, at the weigh in and awards ceremony. The responsibility and safety for said minor is solely that of the signing parent or legal guardian. Parent and or legal guardian holds harmless Minnesota Kayak Fishing Association and their ownership, officers and employees.

2. REGISTRATION AND CAPTAINS MEETING. Registration will be open through the posted date. The Captain’s Meeting is available online at the Minnesota Kayak Fishing Association website and must be viewed by contestants prior to each event. An entry fee will be due when registering Online in order to fish the event. All entry fees are NONTRANSFERABLE and NON-REFUNDABLE unless event is canceled. In the event of postponment due to weather, the tournament will be held on the NEXT FOLLOWING SATURDAY unless otherwise stated by TD. Attendance at the Captain’s Meeting Online is MANDATORY for all contestants. Uniform tokens will be sent to contestants by email by using contestant email address given on the Registration Form online. This is a Photo Release Tournament Series. All contestants must photograph their catch with the fish on the official measuring stick with Tournament Token upon fish and clearly visible. Your camera must have Date/Time Stamp technology and the Date/Time stamp must be clearly visible on photo of entered fish. You must present Tournament Judge with your camera and photo must be on a removable photo storage card. Storage card must be clear of all photos except those taken on the day of event. Judges will not filter through non event photos. No printed photo of fish will be allowed to be entered. All contestants not in the Top Five winners of each tournament must email entry photos by 9 PM of the following Monday of each tournament or contestant will be given a ZERO SCORE in that tournament. Exact fishing times will be announced at the Captain.

Tournament Rules – Official Minnesota Kayak Fishing Association Tournament Rules

Interpretation of these rules will be left exclusively to tournament officials whose decisions are final.

1. Registration: Registration for each tournament will begin at 5:45am CST at the designated spot for that particular tournament, and will conclude at 6:45am CST. There will be a different token given out at each tournament during registration and it is to only be used for that day’s tournament. Anglers must register in person. Tournament registration fees will be taken by cash only on the morning of the event; only membership fees maybe paid by check. Tournament fees do not include launch fees that may be incurred at a particular body of water. Tournament fees are non-refundable. Each angler must have a valid Kentucky fishing license. Licenses can be purchased online prior to a tournament at:

2. Token: After registering and paying entry fee, angler will receive a unique “token” that must appear in each photo of a measurable fish. Failure to include the token in a picture will result in the picture being ineligible for measurement.

3. Start and Finish Times: Tournaments will begin at 7:00am CST and Check In at the end of the tournament will be at 4:00pm CST at the registration site. The Official Time is determined by the timepiece of the Tournament Official. No other watch or cell phone times will be accepted as a valid time. Any angler not in line by 4:00pm CST for Check-In will have 1-inch deducted from their total of measurable fish for every minute late. Anglers may only check in their own fish.

4. Tournament Format: All Minnesota Kayak Fishing Association tournaments are to operate as CPR –

Catch, Photograph and Release. Fish are not to be brought to Check In – doing so will result in disqualification. Anglers must take a photo of their watercraft the morning of each event. This photo will be submitted at the weigh in along with photos of the angler’s best 3 bass.

A. Catch: All fish must be taken with a fishing rod, line and hook on the day of the tournament during tournament hours. Absolutely no other method will be permitted. Artificial lures only – NO LIVE BAIT. Any angler found to be using live bait during a tournament is subject to not only disqualification from the tournament and forfeiture of any prizes, but a lifetime ban of membership and any Bluegrass Yakmasters’ event. Snagging is not permitted. Fish must be caught from “man powered” fishing watercraft. “Man powered” watercraft shall include all kayaks, canoes, and SUP’s. If you have a question as to the legality of your watercraft for these tournaments please contact us prior to the day of the tournament. Two or more anglers may fish from the same vessel; however each must be a paid entrant. Sharing of catches is strictly prohibited— you may only count the fish you caught.

B. Photograph: All fish must be photographed on an official “Hawg Trough” measuring device in order to be considered. These will be available for purchase through Tournament Officials during registration of every tournament or purchase through Hook1’s gear and accessories website and through Bluegrass Yakmaster’s online store. Every picture of a fish must have the unique token for that particular tournament visible in the photograph and the anglers watercraft must also appear in the photo, NO EXCEPTIONS. The fish’s lip must be touching the upright vertical end of the Hawg Trough, either with the mouth open or closed; the fish’s tail may be either pinched or laying naturally on the trough. All pictures must be taken with the upright vertical end of the Hawg Trough on the left-hand side of the picture frame, with the fish facing to the left, the belly of the fish facing the bottom of the picture frame. This is to ensure that all photographs are done in a standardized manner for judging, and to keep the same fish from being submitted twice. Photographs can be taken by either digital phone or camera. It is the angler’s sole responsibility to turn in a clear photograph for each fish being considered. Photos that are blurry, overexposed, dark or taken at a bad angle will be judged as accurately as possible, but may result in less than optimal results due to the quality of the photo, as the official measurement are at the Tournament Official’s discretion. Angler’s hand may appear on the fish in the photograph as long as the mouth and tail are clearly visible and hand is not excessively covering markings of the fish. No device other than a hand shall be used to secure the fish to the Hawg Trough. Angler must “cull” all unwanted photos of fish other than the three fish that are to count toward scoring, and angler may only submit one picture per fish. Each angler’s device must contain only up to 3 different fish to be scored for that days tournament. This must be done PRIOR to handing your device to the judge for measurement. Remember – angler’s watercraft photo from that day must also be on the camera. All judge’s rulings will be final.

C. Release: We strongly believe in maintaining our precious resources, so care is to be exercised at all times in handling fish to ensure they are released unharmed into the water. Intentional mistreatment of fish in any manner will result in disqualification. Anglers are expected to photograph fish as quickly as possible and then release fish. No fish are to be kept for personal reasons while participating in a Bluegrass Yakmasters tournament. Failure to release all fish will result in disqualification.

5. Scoring: Tournaments will be scored by using the aggregate length of each angler’s best 3 fish. The highest total in inches will be the winner. Fish will be measured by the judge(s) to the nearest ¼-inch. Fish that will be eligible for measurement in each tournament will be: Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass and Kentucky or Spotted Bass. Angler may catch and count any combination of the eligible fish to count toward their total. No other species will count toward an angler’s total

6. Safety: A PFD must be either worn or on board each watercraft in accordance with KDFW regulations. Safe boating conduct must be observed at all times. No alcoholic beverages may be consumed during the competition. Any competitor receiving a citation from a KDFW official during the tournament will be disqualified immediately.

7. Sportsmanship: Sportsmanship, courtesy, safety and conservation are expected from each angler. Any infraction of these fundamental sporting principles may be cause for disqualification.

8. Fishing Boundaries: Each tournament may have restrictions concerning where anglers will be permitted to fish. If restrictions apply, information concerning boundaries will be given to anglers at registration of each particular tournament. Only fish caught in designated bodies of water are to be eligible; fish caught in unauthorized areas will result in disqualification.

9. Weather: Anglers are to exercise their own best judgment for safety when considering whether to fish in a tournament or not. Bluegrass Yakmasters retains the exclusive right to decide on cancelling/postponing an event due to inclement weather.

10. Judging Inquiries: Any judging inquiries or protests must be made in writing, accompanied with $75 cash within one hour of the designated Check-In time to be considered.

11. Cheating Inquiries: Any inquiries of cheating will be handled by Tournament Officials, and polygraph tests may be used to settle any cheating disputes, at the cost of the anglers in question. Any angler found cheating during a tournament is subject to not only disqualification from the tournament and forfeiture of any and all prizes, but a lifetime ban of membership and participation in any Bluegrass Yakmasters’ event.

12. Prizes: All prizes awarded by the Bluegrass Yakmasters or any of its sponsors are final. They cannot be transferred or exchanged for other prizes or cash/credit. Prizes awarded for each tournament are subject to change at the discretion of Bluegrass Yakmasters or its sponsors. Product and/or Cash prizes will only be awarded to the individual that won the prize. Anyone found violating any of the Bluegrass Yakmasters guidelines and rules are subject to forfeit any prizes that are due to them.

13. Waiver: A waiver releasing the Minnesota Kayak Fishing Association, tournament officials, tournament members, tournament participants, etc. from all liability must be signed during the registration process; otherwise the angler is ineligible to participate.

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