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Dates and Venues:
1. 9th & 10th September Bulshoek Dam
2. 7th & 8th October PoortjiesKloof Dam
3. 4th & 5th November Clanwilliam Dam
4. 27th January Breede River
5. 24th & 25th February Bulshoek Dam
6. 31st of March( To be confirmed )
7. 28th & 29th of April Buffeljags Dam
The Bass Challenge Western Cape
KICK BOAT TOURNAMENT RULES
1.1. The Bass Challenge (herein referred to as “TBC”) will be organized by
the organisers of TBC(herein referred to as the “organiser/s”).
1.2. Safety on the water is responsibility of each angler. Safety is extremely important and any angler
may be ordered off the water by the organisers for safety reasons.
1.3. Should an angler experience some sort of equipment failure, (for example a puncture) please
contact the organiser. Please note no extra time will be given under any circumstances.
1.4. Failure to comply with any of the rules may result in disqualification and/or being prevented for
entry to ongoing or further TBCs or events run under the auspices The Bass Challenge at the
sole discretion of the organisers. Said discretion to be exercised bearing in mind any extenuating
circumstances and the accepted norms of fair-play to all.
1.5. The rules will remain as set out and will not change unless extreme circumstances. Any change will
be made know on The Bass Challenge and at the relevant TBC briefing.
1.6. A TBC can and will be shortened, postponed or cancelled due to unsafe water and weather
conditions. Anglers' safety is paramount at all times.
1.7. All anglers enter the TBC voluntarily and at their own risk. The organisers and their officials are
indemnified from any personal liabilities whatsoever that may be incurred by any person whilst
travelling to, or from, or during the days tournament.
1.8. The organiser’s decision is final.
2.1. Participation in the any TBC shall be at the organisers’ sole discretion. Right of Admission is
2.2. Fishing will only be allowed from a traditional kick boat (including a float tube, v boat, donut ring
tube, pontoon boat). The organisers reserve the right to exclude participation from any craft that, at
their discretion, does not fit within the general meaning of “kickboat”.
2.3. Boat propulsion may only be by way of:
(1) human powered kicking or rowing; or
(2) a single electric trolling motor (subject to the rules set out below).
2.4. The trolling motors may not be over 40lb thrust.
2.5. No trolling motor may be used while the angler has their keep-net in the water. This rule is to
protect the fish however to enable it to be controlled properly it is irrelevant if there are fish in the
net or not. Trolling motors may be used with an on-board livewell.
2.6. Anglers using trolling motors will be subject to time penalty resulting in them starting 30 minutes
later than the official start time and finishing 30 minutes earlier than the official weigh in time.
2.7. Any angler being willingly towed or moved by anyone using non-human power will be disqualified
or their session deemed ended at the discretion of the organisers. If an angler was towed or moved
due to an emergency or equipment failure the organisers may allow any fish weighed in prior to the
towing to count towards their overall score. They may not continue to fish for that session.
3. PRE-COMPETITION CUT-OFF
3.1. No angler may fish or practice the venue of a TBC after midnight (00:00) the Sunday before the
competition. If caught or sufficient evidence is given that an angler has fished after cut off that
angler may be excluded from participating in that and/or future TBCs at the organisers’ discretion.
3.2. In some cases, the cut-off time may be lengthened, for example if the venue has limited access to
the public. Such increase in time will be done in writing by the organisers on The Bass Challenge
prior to the competition.
4. COMPETITION BRIEFING
4.1. A briefing will be held by the organisers to inform the anglers of local conditions, arrangements for
the TBCs, these rules and deviations thereof where necessary.
4.2. Non-attendance at a briefing will not be accepted as an excuse for ignorance of the arrangements
and/or rules in the event of a complaint or objection being raised.
4.3. All anglers must line up along the shoreline on either side of the slipway and must have their feet on
the ground ie: no drifting away from the shore line, a buoy will be in the water to mark the weigh-in
area. Exceptions will be made at dams that do not have sufficient bank, were a buoy will be thrown
out and all anglers must be between said buoy and the weigh-in. Area along the bank is on a fist
come fist serve basis, all anglers must be within a reasonable distance on either side of the weigh-in.
5. USE OF KEEP-NETS / LIVE-WELLS
5.1. All anglers must keep their fish in an adequate keep-net (which shall including an on board live-well)
during the event.
5.2. An inspection can be carried out at any time by the organisers and any keep-net deemed unfit to
keep fish in a healthy state shall result in the angler being disqualified.
5.3. It is each angler’s responsibility to keep the fish in the best possible manner and, if in doubt, the
angler should ask the opinion of the organisers before the TBCs starts.
5.4. Fish must be able to swim about freely and safely inside the keep-net. Keep-nets must be at least
50cm long, 30cm wide, and 25cm deep although larger is recommended. No stingers under any
5.5. Prior to commencement of the TBC, all keep-nets will be empty.
6.1. Anglers will, at all times, display a high standard of sportsmanship and courtesy to both fellow
anglers and members of the public.
6.2. This is a "Catch and Release" event and the principles of conservation will be promoted at all times.
Any angler found littering or causing unnecessary damage to fish will be disqualified at the
discretion of the organisers.
7. WEIGHING FISH
7.1. Only the angler may handle his catch to be weighed and presented for scoring.
7.2. If, at any stage, a fish in the keep-net looks like it may be dying the angler is permitted to weigh and
release said fish subject to the following:
7.2.1. the weighing must be done by an official organiser only,
7.2.2. the fish weight will be rounded down to the lowest 100g (for example a fish weighing 1.795g will
count as a fish of 1.7kg)
7.2.3. once the fish has been so weighed it counts towards the angle’s daily fish limit and can not be
7.2.4. it is the angler’s responsibility to find the organiser to weigh the fish.
7.3. The finishing / weigh-in / cut-off time will be clearly indicated by the organisers, who will also give a
5 minute warning (for example by sounding a hooter) if possible. Should any angler’s boat not be
within the boundaries of the waiting area at such time, their catch for that session will be
disqualified at the discretion of the organisers, bearing in mind any extenuating circumstances and
the accepted norms of fair-play to all.
7.4. If an angler is disqualified for being late but has weighed fish earlier these fish will count towards
their overall score. Only fish that have yet to be weighed will not count.
7.5. Any angler who is late solely due to that angler rendering emergency assistance to another angler
may, at the discretion of the organisers, have their catch weighed if they provide satisfactory proof
of such assistance given.
8. FISH LIMITS and CULLING
8.1. The session or daily fish limit will be 3 (three) fish.
8.2. At no time may an angler have more than 4 (four) fish in his keep-net.
8.3. No culling shall take place in the vicinity of the weigh station or in the waiting area.
9. SCORING SYSTEM
9.1. Scoring will be one point for each live healthy fish, plus one point per kilogram or part thereof (e.g. a
live healthy fish weighing 0.750 kilogram is equal to 1.750 points).
9.2. As fish health is deemed a priority to the TBC; in the event that a fish is dead or dying or physically
unhealthy due to its confinement in a keep-net the one point per fish will not be awarded. A fish
struggling to swim once released shall be deemed to be dying. The final decision is at the discretion
of the organisers.
9.3. The overall season positions will be determined by adding up the angler’s best 4 (out of the available
6) completion points using the scoring system set out above plus Positional Bonus Points. The
Positional Bonus Points will be allocated as follows: the winner of each event will be given 45 points,
second place 44 point and so forth. Only anglers who weigh fish will be allocated bonus points.
9.4. Each angler has to be at the prize giving to receive his prize. No prizes will be kept for collection and
non attendance will result in a forfeiting the prize.
10. ELIGIBLE FISH
10.1. Only Largemouth Bass, Spotted Bass and/or Smallmouth Bass measuring 300 mm and over will be
acceptable for weighing. The measurement is to be from the outer extremities of the closed mouth
to the outer tip of the tail, with the fish placed on a flat surface.
10.2. Any undersize fish presented to the weigh-master will encounter a penalty of ½ (one-half) a point
off the angler’s score and that fish will be rejected, but WILL count as portion of the session / daily
10.3. No angler may allow any fish caught by him to be added to the score of any other angler. In such an
event both anglers shall be disqualified and subject to disciplinary procedures.
10.4. Fish shall not be transferred to another craft for any reason whatsoever other than for weigh as set
out in Rule 7.2
10.5. The intentional introduction of materials that cause an increase in weight/mass of a fish by an angler
shall be deemed will be just cause for the disqualification of the angler concerned.
10.6. Any foreign object protruding in any way from the fish must be safely removed and not count
towards the weight. For the avoidance of doubt such foreign objects will include partially swallowed
or regurgitated prey / food and any fishing tackle
11. METHODS OF ANGLING
11.1. Angling may only take place with a recognised rod and reel, with only 1 (one) wet line in use at any
11.2. An angler must catch, fight and land the fish, without having to resort to changing the structure
(breaking off trees etc.) to enable the fish to be landed, nor may he intentionally fully leave his boat
to retrieve a fish caught on undergrowth whilst fighting the fish.
11.3. Angling will be with artificial lures only.
11.4. No live-bait or prepared organic bait shall be permitted.
12. CASTING DISTANCE & FISHING AREAS
12.1. No angler may fish within a distance of closer than 35 meters to the weigh station.
12.2. No angler may fish within a distance of closer than 35 meters to another boat if that boat is already
in a position and active fishing, except by mutual consent.
12.3. If an angler allows any one angler into his casting distance radius, they are then obliged to allow
other anglers into this area.
12.4. Anglers may be disqualified if encroachment is made on out-of-bounds areas, which have been
declared as such at the competition briefing.
13.1. Any protest is to be submitted in writing to the organising committee no later than 60 minutes after
the last weigh-in session for that day or as soon as practicable after the protester has become
aware of the rules violation.
14. DIVISIONAL TEAM QUALIFICATION
14.1. Only SABAA member can qualify for Divisional selection.
14.2. Membership fee is R100 for the year and to be paid at the beginning of the season
Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or feedback.
(Last updated November 2017)
Roy de Wet 073 173 7151
Barend Brand 076 532 7024
|Name||The Bass Challenge Western Cape|
|Number of Competitions||7|
|How many Competitions will count||5|
|Minimum Anglers in a team||1|
|Maximum Anglers in a team||1|
|Tournament Ties||1 Most Fish 2 Heaviest Bag 3 Heaviest Fish - Linked to competitions used to calculate Grand Prix Points|
|Next Competition Date||2017-09-09|
|1||Roy BWG||Roy BWG|
|2||Brent Carney||Brent Carney|
|3||Barend Brand||Barend Brand|
|4||Michael Swart||Michael Swart|
|5||Michael Eksteen||Michael Eksteen|
|6||Vaughn Harris||Vaughn Harris|
|7||Jason Vorster||Jason Vorster|
|8||Dion Viljoen||Dion Viljoen|
|10||Coenie Fourie||Coenie Fourie|
|11||Eddles Gas & Tackle||Nathan Goldberg|
|12||Jaco De Wit||Jaco De Wit|
|13||Pieter Van Der Merwe||Pieter Van Der Merwe|
|14||Crossman Lures 1||Craig Crossman|
|15||Sarah Crossman||Sarah Crossman|
|16||Werner Dutoit||Werner Du Toit|
|17||Floatie BWG||Quinton Venter|
|18||Jacques Roux||Jacques Roux|
|19||Henry Laurie||Henry Laurie|
|20||Shaldon Scheepers||Shaldon Scheepers|
|21||Tiekie Morkel||Tiekie Morkel|
|22||Matthew Pero||Matthew Pero|
|23||Hendrik Brand||Hendrik Brand|
|24||The tug is my Drug||Jc Maritz|
|25||Jc Smit||Jc Smit|
|26||Paul Steyn||Paul Steyn|
|29||Dean Van Huyssteen||Dean Van Huyssteen|
|30||Charles Pitout||Charles Pitout|
|31||Kurt Blecha||Kurt Blecha|
|32||Ross Sherwood||Ross Sherwood|
|34||Jean-michel Gravenor||Jean-michel Gravenor|
|35||Richard Blairemail@example.com (Richard Blair)|
|36||Arnold Scholtz||Arnold Scholtz|
|37||Wes Du Plessis||Wes Du Plessis|
|38||Christopher Verreynne||Christopher Verreynne|
|41||Deon Rossouw||Deon Rossouw|