Interpretation and enforcement of these rules shall be
left exclusively to the Tournament Committee. It is at the Tournament
Committee’s discretion to make a change where safety of the contestants
is a concern. In the event of a rule violation, the Board of Directors
may impose such sanctions, as they deem appropriate, including, without
limitation, disqualification, forfeiture of prizes, entry fee and
prohibition from participation xin subsequent tournaments. The decision
of the Board of Directors shall be final in all matters. All Federal,
State and local laws must be obeyed and it is the contestant’s
responsibility to know these laws.
1. Participation in each tournament is open to all
members. Members may select one tournament per season (June 1 through
May 31) to take one guest fishing without the guest paying a membership
2.You may enter alone or with the partner of your choice.
3. Permitted fishing waters shall be defined as areas
open to all participants of the event and accessible by normal
navigational means only. Fishing within 25 feet of a marina gas pump or
within 25 feet of a competitor’s boat, which was first anchored, is
prohibited. (Trolling motor must be in the up position to be considered
anchored.) A safe and courteous distance should be maintained when
trolling motors are in use. Any violation of off limit water will result
4. Practice is allowed for regular tournaments until 6:00
P.M. the day before the tournament. Lakes where the annual Classic is
held is off limits from 6:00 p.m. on the Sunday prior to the Classic
until safe light on Friday A.M. before the Classic.
5. In the case of extreme weather and/or water
conditions, South Carolina Crappie Association reserves the right to
postpone or cancel the event with the return of entry fees by mail.
6. Teams may start fishing (line in water) anywhere on
the permitted fishing waters at 7:00AM and may continue until 3:00PM.
Any fishing by a team member before 7:00AM or after 3:00PM on the day of
the tournament will disqualify the team.
7. Two-person team (one boat per team) must stay within
25 feet of each other while fishing and must fish out of a boat or
pontoon. Boats less than ten (10) feet in length are not allowed.
8. Teams may use rod and reel combos, hand held pole and
reel combos or hand held poles. Twelve- (12) pole limit, per team,
applies except where state limits are set at a lesser number.
9. Live and artificial bait may be used.
10.Crappie must be hooked and landed with a rod or pole
by team member (s). Crappie must be hooked through the lip or in the
11.All boats should meet US Coast Guard and State
regulations. All boats must have an emergency kill switch and should be
attached to the driver while running during tournament day.
12. Teams must comply with all state fishing and boating
regulations, including the use of P.F.D.’s. Fishing and boating licenses
are the responsibility of team members.
13. Crappie must be weighed at the official South
Carolina Crappie Association weigh-in sight. Both team members must be
present at the time of weigh-in to be eligible for prizes.
14. No team will be allowed to join the weigh-in line
after 4:00PM. Anglers must be in line with fish by 4:00PM.
15. A team can weigh-in not more than 10 crappie and
those 10 crappie must be alive when entering the official weigh-in line.
Any team presenting more than 10 crappie will be disqualified. Once you
have entered the weigh-in line your fish will be checked for count, (10
crappie), and be verified dead or alive. All dead crappie will be
removed from your creel and only those fish that are alive will be
allowed. You may then continue to the scales for official weigh-in. Once
your fish have been verified alive, you will then be allowed to weigh in
those fish, and only those fish, even if one or more die before reaching
the scales. The Tournament Committee has sole responsibility for the
declaration of dead or alive crappie.
16. All crappie brought to the scales for weigh-in must
have been caught during the tournament hours from tournament waters by
the team bringing them to the scales.
17. All crappie presented for weigh-in must meet South
Carolina Crappie Associations eight (8) inch minimum limit and State
length requirements and must not have any weight enhancements. Any team
bringing an illegal crappie to the weigh-in line will be disqualified.
Golden Rule Crappie Board will be used as the official measuring board.
18. Big fish entries are optional. The fee is $10 per
team with 100% of big fish monies paid back. Only one big fish entry per
team. Team must designate entry at time of weigh-in. Big fish pot will
be paid as follows: One place for 1 to 10 teams participating in big
fish entry, over 10 teams, 1st place 70% & 2nd place 30%.
19. In the case of a tie for qualifying position, both
teams will equally divide the earnings for the position tied for and the
position under it. Both teams will be awarded equal points for the
position tied for.
20. All contestants, winners and non-winners are subject
to a polygraph test. Failure to submit to a polygraph test will result
in immediate disqualification. Any contestant who has failed a polygraph
test in connection with any South Carolina Crappie Association approved
tournament for cheating or whose results are found to be inconclusive
will not be eligible to compete in any of South Carolina Crappie
Association sponsored tournaments.
21. Any minor who participates must make arrangements to
have a parent or guardian present at the weigh-in to sign a release form
or have the release on the entry form signed prior to the tournament to
allow a polygraph examination if required by the Tournament Committee.
22. Protest must be made in writing and given to a member
of the Board of Directors within 30 minutes following the end of the
official weigh-in. All protests must
cite the rule number(s) allegedly broken.
23. Alcoholic beverages and drugs, other than
prescription drugs, are not allowed in the boat or to be consumed during
the tournament hours.
24. Guides cannot be hired to fish with you or for you
during the tournament hours.
25. Entry fees may not be transferred or refunded
provided notification is received before deadline. ($10 transfer fee,
$10 refund fee)