SABAA - Junior Internationals (2017 Witbank)

Tournament Information

SABAA - Junior Internationals






Tournament Rules


Rules and Regulations


1.1          The Junior International Bass Tournament will be made up of 1 mandatory practice days (and shall be known as “official practice days”) followed by 2 Tournament days (and shall be known as “official tournament days”).

1.2          The number of participants in the participating countries’ National Team will consist of 12 (twelve) anglers. (This is a twelve member team event). A Reserve, Team Coach and a Team Manager are optional.

1.3          The National Teams of participating countries must compete in their official competition team dress code as prescribed by the Controlling Body of Sport in the respective countries.

1.4          The maximum allowed number of participants per boat is two (2) (referred to as a “Boat”). Team Coach, Manager and Reserve Angler will share 1 (one) boat.

1.5          Interpretation and enforcement of rules will be left exclusively to the Tournament Rules Committee (TRC) (See 3.2).

1.6          Every Angler must have a valid fishing permit (if required) for that body of water.


2.1          An Executive meeting, comprising the Manager and Team Captain from each country and the Tournament Director will be held prior to the official “Welcoming Function”.

2.2          A Welcoming Function will be held on the eve of the commencement of the Junior International Bass Tournament.   The prize-giving function will be held on the last day, on conclusion of the tournament.

2.3          National Teams will attend the official prize-giving functions in their full official formal step out team dress code.

2.4          A competitors Rules Meeting / Tournament Briefing will held immediately after the official opening.

2.5          Tournament meetings are to be held each day with the Team Manager from each Country and TRC.

2.6          A program of events will be issued to the Team Manager and Captain.

3.             CONTROL

3.1          Launch, Extraction and Inspection Procedures will be advised by the Tournament Director (TD).  

3.2          Start order will be decided by the TD and all participants will be informed at the Rules Meeting / Tournament Briefing prior to the Tournament. The TD may use a visual or an audible signal, or a loudhailer at the start line. At finishing time all boats must be ‘BEHIND’ the start / finish line at the allotted time. The TD’s GPS will be the official timepiece.

3.3          Competition will be controlled by the TRC which comprises (TD) and one nominated official from each nation (Team Managers are preferred). A simple majority vote is required on disputed matters. The TD has the casting vote.

3.4          The TD’s appointed officials will weigh the catches, complete the score cards, ensure that the angling area is tidied up by the participants and determine the results, which must be made available to each team captain every evening of the tournament days.

3.5          The TRC will be responsible for the settling of any dispute that may arise during the competition. Their decision will be final and binding for the competition. TRS should comprise of a nominated member from each participating nation and the TD.

Disqualification of an angler will only be issued by the TRC. The Relevant team Captain or Manager will be informed and only in exceptional cases will an appeal be heard by the TRC.

3.6          All participating Nations agree to comply and be bound by and to ensure that their athletes comply with the code presently in force and adopted by the governments of their respective countries, arising out of the World Anti-Doping Convention Declaration adopted in Copenhagen in March 2002.

3.7          The angling period may not commence before clear daylight and must be completed at least one hour before sunset as per the program sent to each Team Manager. There will be a minimum of 8 hour sessions.

3.8          LATE PENALTY: Boats, that are late past the start / finish line or buoy, shall be penalised at the rate of one point for each one minute late, to be deducted from the total weight of that Boats catch for that day. Any Boat more than 15 minutes late shall lose all credit for that day’s catch. There shall be no excuse for tardiness and in no case shall a Boat be allowed to make up “lost time”. After the tournament begins, fishing the tournament water is prohibited except during official practice and tournament hours. Exact check-out and check-in times will be announced at the tournament briefing.

3.9          Team Managers and Reserve Anglers may be present on the water during the duration of the Tournament. They may fish on the tournament’s official practice days but may not fish on the official tournament days.

3.10        Any kind of communication device may be used by competitors during the tournament.

4.             ANGLING WATER

4.1          Tournament and Pre Tournament Practice: The tournament waters shall be off-limits to all competitors at sun up 21 days prior to the first day of the Junior International Bass Tournament. The exact dates and times of the off-limits period must be obtained from the hosting nation Executive or TD. All competitors must know and observe these dates. A competitor may not have the assistance or advice of anyone for the purpose of locating or catching Bass, nor enter the tournament waters with anyone who has been on the tournament waters during the 21 day off-limit period. During the official tournament days or official practice days, a competitor may not ‘SKIN DIVE’ or ‘SCUBA DIVE’ on the tournament waters.

4.2          The competition angling area is to be identified on a simplified map of the water before the start of the official practice days.

4.3          All competitors will be made aware of No Fishing and no-go areas.

5.             ALLOCATION OF BOATS

5.1          Participating countries can supply their own boats. If boats are supplied by the hosting country, boats must be allocated in a fair manner. (Allow each nation to select a boat of their choice and alternate accordingly.)

5.2          Each team Captain or Manager must submit a team list, reflecting their Anglers Details, full names, surname and country of each angler, to the TD during the Executive Meeting (Rules Meeting) before the start of the competition.

6.             SAFETY

Safe boat conduct must be observed at all times by tournament competitors.

6.1          All participating Skipper’s will adhere to a Maximum Speed of 70Km/hour

6.2          During the tournament, each competitor is required to wear a chest type life preserver; this preserver must be worn anytime the combustion engine is operating. The preserver must be strapped, snapped or zippered securely and maintained in that condition until the combustion engine is shut off. Violation of this rule shall be reason for disqualification.

6.3          Tournament officials have the right to delay or cancel the start of an official tournament day because of bad weather or other factors that would endanger the safety of the competitors. Tournament waters may be restricted any time because of bad weather.  

6.4          Tournament is defined as start of welcome function to end of prize giving (see Rule 1.1).

6.5          All boats taking part in Junior International Bass Tournaments are obliged to have operable ignition kill-switches fitted. This kill-switch device must be attached to the driver’s body or life preserver at all times, when the main combustion engine is running.

6.6          At any time when the combustion engine is operating, the driver must be in the driver’s seat and must be in full control of the boat. The passenger (co-angler) must be seated in his/her seat.

6.7          In narrow channels, every boat shall keep to their right of the middle of the channel. When boats approach ahead, they shall pass with the other boat to the left (port rule) at a distance and speed so that the wake of neither will endanger the other.

6.8          Overtaking in the same direction shall be executed with discretion and the overtaking boat shall maintain its course until well clear of overtaken boat(s). Generally, the overtaking boat should keep to the deep-water side of the other, without endangering boats approaching head-on.

6.9          If the TD imposes an idle only restriction, boats may only travel at 1,200 rpm within that restricted period.  

6.10        Tournament fishing is defined as 06.00 or ‘safe light’ to 16.00 – unless otherwise advised by the TD.


7.1          Competitors are expected to follow high standards of sportsmanship, courtesy, safety and conservation.   Any infraction of these fundamental sporting principles may be deemed cause for disqualification. Use of drugs (other than those purchased over the counter or prescribed by a licensed physician) by any competitor during the tournament will not be tolerated and shall be cause for automatic disqualification from this and all future tournaments. Maximum courtesy must be practiced at all times, with regard to boating and angling in the vicinity of non-competitors who may be on tournament waters. Any act of a competitor that reflects unfavourably upon efforts to promote fisheries conservation, clean waters, and courtesy shall be reason for disqualification. No alcoholic beverages or other stimulants or depressants, shall be allowed in the boats during the practice or competition days. Chemical-substance addiction or abuse, conviction of a felony or other crimes involving moral turpitude, or other conduct reflecting unfavourably upon efforts to promote safety, sportsmanship, fair competition and compliance with tournament rules shall be grounds for rejecting any application for participation and for disqualification. Any disqualification or suspension from, or other disciplinary action regarding any tournament or fishing organization, shall be grounds for rejecting any application for participation and for disqualification.

7.2          No areas may be claimed verbally by any competitor or boat. Anglers are permitted to use marker buoys to demarcate a fishing area, but will remain within a casting distance of any marker buoy. In the event of a marker buoy being used, the radius of 40 meters shifts from a competitor’s boat to a radius around the marker-buoy being fished. Any marker-buoy falling outside of this casting distance, neglected by a competitor or not being fished by a competitor becomes null and void to the above regulations; unless it is retrieved and re-set by the original competing angler. An approaching angler may claim a null and void marker buoy for their own use.

7.3          Casting distance shall be casting distance of the lure, rig and rod currently fished, or a maximum radius of 40 meters around the boat. No fellow or competing boat is allowed within this casting distance radius, except to lend assistance in a distress situation.

7.4          No participant may consume any alcohol during Tournament. Participants contravening this rule will be disqualified immediately and will be barred from the competition area.

7.5          Any other behavior, which is not in accordance with acceptable moral standards, will also not be tolerated.   Any person guilty of such misbehavior, can be denied access to the competition area for the duration of the competition.

7.6          Serious misbehavior must be reported to the TRC for further possible disciplinary action.

7.7          In the event of any of these rules being in conflict with the prevailing regulations, the juridical regulation will be applicable. A copy of the relevant regulations must be available and any possible infringement, due to unfamiliarity, to be discussed at the Tournament meeting. Once the Tournament meeting has been held any infringement will not be tolerated.     




8.1          Only artificial lures may be used. No “live bait” or “prepared bait” will be permitted, with the exception of pork strips, rinds etc.  

8.2          Only ONE casting, spin casting or spinning rod (8 foot maximum from butt of handle to rod tip) and reel MAY BE USED AT ANY ONE TIME. A snagged rod is considered ‘in use’. All other types are prohibited. Other rigs as specified above may be in the boat ready for use.

8.3          All bass must be caught live and in a conventional sporting manner. Anyone guilty of snatching or snagging visible fish will have their day’s catch disqualified. When visually fishing for bedding bass, all bass must be hooked inside the mouth and MUST BE VERIFIED by your partner before being unhooked to be counted as a legal fish.

8.4          Knotless approved landing nets may be used to boat bass. No gaffs or grippers may be used to boat bass.  

8.5          A competitor’s partner may land his partner’s fish. It is acceptable for the “landing partner” to touch the line up to 1 meter from the fish to assist in landing that fish.

8.6          If a line breaks during the playing or landing of a fish, only the competitor whose fish it is may retrieve the fish by hand. Any fish landed on a “broken line” in any other manner must be returned to the water. A maximum of 2 lures may be tied to one line. No “Alabama” style rigs are permitted.

9.             BOAT AND MOTOR

9.1          ALL BOATS MUST BE EQUIPPED WITH SOME TYPE OF OPERABLE IGNITION KILL SWITCH. This ignition-kill device must be attached to the driver’s body any time the combustion engine is operating.  

9.2          Anytime the combustion engine is operating and in gear, there must be a driver in the driver’s seat in full control of the boat.

9.3          Any raised platform or decks cannot be higher than the gunnels of the boat.

9.4          An electric trolling motor may be used for maneuvering; however, trolling with the main motor or electric motor as a method of fishing is prohibited.


10.1        All boats must be registered under a National Parks or equivalent local authority.

10.2        Every boat must have all required Junior International stipulated safety equipment, which is:-

(i)                   An operational ignition kill switch

(ii)                 A set of paddles or electric trolling motor.

(iii)                An operational torch.

(iv)                A fire extinguisher.

(v)                 A piece of yellow material, one meter square, for use as a distress flag.

(vi)                A mirror (A CD-Rom or highly reflective piece of aluminum is suffice).

(vii)              One (1) life preserver per person on the boat.

(viii)             A rope no less than 10m in length and of sufficient strength to tow a bass boat.

(ix)                A baling bucket of not less than 5 litres capacity (collapsible type is acceptable).

(x)                 A suitable anchor of sufficient strength to anchor a bass boat.

(xi)                A device able to make an audible noise, such as a hooter, whistle, etc.  


10.3        In addition each boat must have

(a)                 a functional bilge pump

(b)                 a functional LIVEWELL PROPERLY AERATED, TO ADEQUATELY MAINTAIN ALIVE A LIMIT CATCH OF 5 BASS. Tournament officials shall have the sole responsibility for determining whether aeration and capacity is “proper and adequate”.

10.4        All boats must be made available for inspection at the start of the competition (Including any team manager / spare boats). Equipment must be laid out on the deck for inspection before the start of the tournament. After inspection the boat will be allocated 3 stickers (with a country flag and boat number for easy identification). The stickers are to be attached to the outside of the driver’s console and the sides of boat.

10.5        Pole lights must be on at the start of each day’s fishing, non functioning pole lights will result in the offending boat starting when the TD / Starter deems it safe for the boat to depart (mist will be an important factor dictating start times, especially in the river system).

10.6        Each boat may be given an inspection check, by a tournament official, prior to each day’s start,


11.1        A numbered tag will be handed to each boat, which MUST remain with the boat and returned in each day at the weigh-in.

11.2        There shall be only one official check-out and check-in and this point shall be designated at the tournament briefing.  

11.3        At the time of the check-out, all competitors and their boats shall be in full conformance with all the rules as laid down. At check-in, failure to return the numbered tag within 15 minutes of weigh-in being completed will result in a minimum 1 point penalty per team member, UNLESS THE TAG IS LOST AND SO DECLARED AT THE WEIGH IN. Any lost tags are subject to a $5 replacement fee.


12.1        Contestants must not depart the boat to land fish or to make the boat more accessible to fishing waters.   Competitors must leave and return to the official checkpoint by boat. Both competitors must remain in the boat at all times except in case of dire emergency or breakdown.

12.2        In the case of an emergency or breakdown, competitors may be removed from their boat to A BOAT OPERATED BY OTHER COMPETITORS OR A RESCUE BOAT. In such an event a team may transfer their catch in separate weigh bags to the rescue boat and one member of that team may proceed to the weigh-in whilst the other remains with the boat to await the boat retrieval, should they wish to do so. In the event the rescue boat is a competitor’s boat and as a result of the rescue (to include towing) they are late to weigh in, they will not be subject to late penalties but the rescued team will be subject to late penalties.

12.3        Failure to respond to a distress signal, yellow flag, mirror or flare may result in disqualification for those boats doing so.

12.4        If a boat is involved in an emergency, both competitors must cease fishing at this point, and a tournament official must verify their catch in order to be counted in the tournament. If, after the emergency situation is resolved by the tournament officials and enough time is left for the competitors to resume fishing, a RESTART will be allowed and the competitor will continue and their catch will be counted. This applies only in dire emergency situations.  

12.5        Boats must remain in the tournament waters during tournament hours. Trailering of boats during tournament hours is prohibited, except with the permission of tournament officials.  

13.          WEIGH-IN

13.1        Weigh-in area will be determined by the TD.

13.2        The Host Nation will be responsible to supply electronic scales for the weighing of the fish. All scales must be in good working order, assized by a recognized ‘Measure Company’ and must be able to weigh to the second decimal.

13.3        Fish must only be brought to the scale in weigh bags as defined by the TD. 

13.4        The weigh station will have a primary and a back-up scale, the fish caught will be weighed in the demarcated weigh station, prepared for that purpose.

13.5        Only the Team Manager and one of the two anglers, whose catch is being weighed at that stage, will be allowed in the demarcated weigh station.

13.6        When competitors enter the weigh-bay area they MUST present all LEGAL fish in their possession to the appointed tournament official, upon request, to be counted, measured and weighed.

13.7        Large Fish will be weighed on a separate scale only after they have been weighed as part of the Boats catch. There will be a largest fish trophy

13.8        Once a teams’ catch is presented to the weigh bay, one or both of the team members must assist with the remove of vehicle and boat from the weigh bay area.

13.9        Each Team Manager is responsible for verifying and signing that boats catch. No disputes will be entered into after the score sheet has been signed.

13.10      All live fish will be released under the supervision of the designated Tournament Official.


14.1        Only bass will be weighed.

14.2        Only bass with a length of 300mm and over will qualify to be weighed.

14.3        1 point (fish point) is awarded for every legal fish weighed dead or alive – to a maximum of 5 fish per boat.

14.4        Any dead qualifying bass will attract a penalty of 0.2 points to be deducted from that boats daily score.

14.5        Any bass less than 280mm will disqualify the entire boats catch for the day. NOTE: The measurement of bass is done in a straight line from the tip of the closed mouth to the tip of the tail. Fanning or pinching of the tail will be permitted and competitors will be briefed on this issue.

14.6        The appointed Weigh Master shall have sole authority of assessing these penalty points.

14.7        Any bass that appears to have been mangled, mashed, mauled or otherwise altered will be weighed and credited only at the discretion of the TD.

14.8        The 5 fish limit per boat shall take into account any fish that may have been weighed during that official tournament day, no ‘spare’ fish shall be permitted at any time.   Tournament officials may conduct checks for violation of this provision, and in the event a competitor has more than the above-described limit, shall cull the largest bass first, down to the limit described

14.9        Team points shall be calculated by adding the weight of the fish caught by each boat in a Team less any penalty points as may be applicable, plus bonus ‘fish’ points (as per 14.3).

14.10      The competition points of each boat in a team will be added together to determine the total points of each team, irrespective as to whether the competition is held on one day or more.

14.11      If two teams have the same number of points, the higher position will be awarded to the team that caught the most fish.

14.12      Should the number of fish also be the same, the overall weight of the fish caught by an entire team will determine the position of the team, should that be the same then a draw shall be announced.

14.13      Results, when printed, must be presented to each Team Manager, daily, at the Tournament briefing.


Each competitor agrees to report to the TD any violation or infraction of these Tournament Rules. The failure to report violations or suggestions to violate these Rules, or false verification of weigh-in forms will be a cause for disqualification. All complaints or objections should be lodged with the TD within two hours of the close of the weigh bay. No discussion or correspondence will be entered into after the time limit has been exceeded. If there is discovery of a contravention of any Tournament Rules after this period, the TRC will decide.


16.1        The casting distance rule shall apply and respected by fellow anglers. Talk to each other in order to avoid this issue becoming contentious.

16.2        When two boats are fishing towards each other then the boat that is closest to the bank will stay against the bank and the other shall give a reasonable birth around the boat on the bank.

16.3        There will be a no wake zone for the whole of the demarcated area at the weigh station and launch site.

16.4        All backwaters of bays are no wake areas.

16.5        During competition, boats may not come within casting distance of each other with the excetion of the Manager Boat.

17.          NARROW WATERS

17.1        Boats may only operate their outboard motors at 1,200 rpm (idle speed) where it is possible to cast to both banks (where the water touches land). The Hosting Nation or the TD is to designate no planning areas, however in the absence of these markers the “Narrow Water Rule” shall apply.

17.2        No narrow backwater may be blocked off by a boat. Competitors must be allowed to pass. In such a case the competing boat may not infringe on the first boat’s angling water.

18.          GENERAL

None of the above rules shall prohibit a properly designated Tournament official from approaching or boarding any competitor’s boat at any time during the official competition days.

18.1        All competitors must acquaint themselves with the contents of these Rules. Any violation of or deviation from these Rules due to ignorance will not be accepted as an excuse.

                18.2        An Indemnity Form must be completed by all participants.

18.3        Should a member of a team be unable to fish after the days start due to illness or injury, the team may still weigh five fish per boat. Should a participant not be able to compete because of injury or illness, he/she may be replaced by the team reserve (See Clause 18.6 below).

18.4        Only six petrol driven powerboats (boats with engines exceeding 30hp or 22,5kw) per team may be used during the competition (Manager and Reserve Boat may also be utilized).

18.5        Team members may change boats in their team prior to each tournament day, however the team reserve may swop out during any tournament day on condition that the TD is informed of any changes before the swop may occur.

18.6        If a Team member cannot compete on a Tournament day or during a Tournament Day, because of injury or illness the reserve angler may substitute for that team member.

19.          RULE AMENDMENTS

The rules may be amended by consensus only. Prior to this the amendments must have been proposed in writing to all National executives.















Since SPORT ANGLING is my chosen sport, certain responsibilities and standards are encumbered upon me as a member of an ASSOCIATION affiliated to the JUNIOR INTERNATIONAL BASS TOURNAMENTS. To this end, I agree to abide by the following standards:



Angling is, of necessity, an ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY SPORT. I therefore have a responsibility to ensure the future of the sport by maintaining a high standard of environmental ethics. These ethics include:

1.       Agreement to keep waters used in pursuit if the sport, as well as associated riparian areas, pollution-free, and to report polluters to the proper authorities.

2.       Agreement to control my harvest of fish in such a way as to sustain and improve the resource for future generations, and to encourage other resource-users to do likewise.

3.       Agreement to respect all associated flora and fauna.



Angling is in essence a SPORT, and therefore I have a responsibility to ensure that certain sporting ethics are maintained. These include:

1.       Fishing in a way that is consistent with nationally and internationally accepted methods and ethics associated with the chosen discipline.

2.       The use of rod and reel only.

3.       The return to the water any fishes that are surplus to my immediate needs.

4.       Showing respect and consideration to other anglers and water users.

5.       In competition, to fish in accordance with the rules and regulations governing the competition, and to fish in such a way as to be exemplary to other anglers.



As a SPORT ANGLER, I have a responsibility to promote my sport wherever possible. This will ensure the future of the sport as well.



I have a responsibility to abide by the RULES AND REGULATIONS of my “ASSOCIATION,” of which I am a member. I also agree to be bound by the RULES AND REGULATIONS OF THIS JUNIOR INTERNATIONAL BASS TOURNAMENT. I understand that failure to comply with the above RULES AND REGULATIONS and CODE OF CONDUCT may result in my DISQUALIFICATION from this Tournament and my membership at ASSOCIATION level being terminated, and that in turn, this will terminate my affiliation to any Junior International Bass Tournaments.










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