Rules & Bylaws

Thousand Islands Bassmasters Tournament Rules

  1. Participants and Eligibility: Only club members in good standing (dues must be paid up to date) sixteen years of age or older shall be eligible to participate in tournaments. Guests, Eight years of age (minimum) are allowed a maximum of (2) times per year per angler.
  2. Pre-Tournament Practice: Any restrictions will be announced on the schedules each year.
  3. Safety: Safe boat conduct must be observed at all times by tournament competitors. Each competitor is required to wear a Coast Guard approved chest-type life preserver. This preserver must be snapped, strapped or zipped securely and maintained in that condition until the competitor reaches his fishing location and the combustion engine is shut off. The boat driver must have combustion engine operational kill switch attached to him/her while engine is running. All boats entered into the tournament must adhere to local, state and federal boating regulations. Violation of this rule shall be reason for disqualification.
  4. Sportsmanship: Competitors in tournaments 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. Drunkenness by any competitor during the tournament will not be tolerated and shall be cause for automatic 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 the club’s effort 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 or in the weigh-in area.
  5. Tackle and Equipment: Only artificial lures may be used. No “live bait” or “prepared bait” will be permitted, with the exception of pork strips, rinds, etc. Only ONE casting, spincasting or spinning rod (10 ft maximum length from butt of handle to rod tip) and reel may be used at any one time. All other types are 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 fish must be caught live and in a conventional sporting manner. No snagging or snatching hook
  6. Horsepower Regulations: Maximum horsepower for all outboard motorboats, used in tournament competition, will not exceed the horsepower limitations set by the U.S. Coast Guard in their ruling of November 1, 1972. Each boat MUST have a U.S. Coast Guard horsepower rating plate attached to the boat by the manufacturer. The horsepower of the outboard engine must NOT exceed the rating specified on this rating plate. Any boat manufactured prior to November 1, 1972, must adhere to the ratings set by the U.S. Coast Guard for similar boats. Normal maintenance to increase the performance of your engine is allowed. Changing or altering standard factory parts of your motor to increase the horsepower over factory horsepower rating is forbidden, and will result in disqualification.
  7. Boat and Motor: Fishing boats may be used that are 14 feet or more in length. A small motor, gas or electric, may be used for slow maneuvering. Trolling as a method of fishing is prohibited.  Boaters may fish alone,  after live-well inspection by the tournament director if the director requires it. . Fishing no more than (3) anglers in a boat, only if the boat(s) have capacity to carry the anglers. Tournament officials shall make the final determination for safety. If you bring your boat you can use your boat as long as it meets requirements..
  8. Basic Boat Equipment: Every boat must have all required New York State and Coast Guard safety equipment. In addition, it must have a functional motor kill switch, bilge pump and LIVE-WELL SPACE, PROPERLY AERATED, TO ADEQUATELY MAINTAIN ALIVE A LIMIT CATCH OF BASS BY BOTH FISHERMEN USING THE BOAT. Tournament officials shall have the sole responsibility for determining whether aeration and capacity is “proper and adequate”.
  9. Boat Operation and Expense: A full discussion MUST be held between the two partners prior to morning departure as to the schedule of boat operations. If the anglers can’t agree on the schedule of boat operations, the Non-Boater may switch boats , only with the tournament official’s approval. Consistent abuse of non-agreement shall result in disqualification from current and possible future tournaments. Any contestant who, in the judgement of the officials, operated the boat in such a manner as to unfairly handicap his partner shall be disqualified. It is suggested that each non-boater pay no less than $25.00 to boat owners for expenses and have full discussion and agreement on expenses before the tournament begins if a long distance is to be covered.
  10. Permitted Fishing Locations: Tournament waters shall be established for each tournament. All angling must be done from the boat. Anchoring is permitted but doesn’t give angler(s) exclusive rights to the area. Competitors wishing to change fish habitat by placing any object in the tournament waters may do so if such action does not violate state or federal regulations. Contestants must not depart the boat to land fish. The boat must remain in the tournament waters during the tournament day. Contestants must leave and return to the official checkpoint by boat. Both competitors must remain in the boat at all times except in case of a dire emergency. In such emergency, competitors and their daily catch may be removed from their boat to: A boat operated by other competitors, or a rescue boat so  designated by tournament officials. Partners must remain together at all times, in sight of each other, under the conditions cited above, in order for their catch of that day to be scored in the tournament. If a competitor must violate any of the above conditions, due to an emergency, or for any reason, his catch of the day shall not be counted in the tournament. Trailering of boats during the tournament is prohibited, except by tournament officials.
  11. Scoring Bass: Tournament standings, money awards, and final winners shall be determined by the pound and ounce/decimal weight of each competitor’s catch. Only Largemouth and Smallmouth bass will be weighed. The limit shall be five of the above species and varieties per day, unless a special limit is established for a particular tournament by the tournament officials, in which case the state limit, or special limit, shall be the tournament limit. All competitors are bound by the prevailing statues and regulations of the various states or countries within which they fish. At no time shall a competitor possess more than the established limit, and must cull to that established limit immediately. Tournament officials will conduct checks for violation of this provision, and in the event a competitor has reduced more than the above-described limits to possession, shall cull the largest bass first down to the limit described. The official length for bass shall be twelve inches, unless the state limit is over twelve inches, or a special size is established for a particular tournament by the tournament officials, in which case the state limit, or special size will prevail. Only bass as described above which measure twelve inches or more in length on the longest straight line, with mouth closed, shall be weighed-in. Bass presented for weigh-in which fail to measure twelve inches shall accrue penalties at the rate of one pound for each such bass. This penalty shall be deducted from the total score of the competitor. Any bass in contention, as to length, shall be measured on the Thousands Islands Bassmasters Golden Rule, which shall be the ONE AND ONLY OFFICIALLY ACCURATE MEASURING DEVICE. Any bass that appears to have been mangled, mashed, mauled or otherwise altered will be weighed and credited only at the discretion of tournament officials. Bass must not be stringered at any time during the tournament. It has been determined that stringering decreases the chances of a bass’s survival, and bass thus handled will be disqualified. Specially designed bags which increase the survival rate will be furnished by the tournament committee, and these bags must be used for the weigh-in. Only (2) Culling fish markers may be brought to the scales. All others must be removed prior to placing fish into weigh bag and presenting them to the Weighmaster. If more than (2) fish still have markers, (1) Pound will be deducted from the angler’s daily catch. Anyone guilty of snatching or snagging visible fish will have their catch disqualified. All bass must be hooked inside the mouth.
  12. Points: Points at each tournament are earned as follows: 100 points for first place, 99 points for second place, 98 points for third place, etc., until those who caught fish all receive a score of one point less than the last person to catch fish. Should a guest or non-member catch fish, their scores shall be eliminated before points are calculated. Should a club member with tournament points leave the club for any reason, he shall retain his points and no scores shall be re-adjusted.
  13. Alternate Site/Severe Weather: Severe weather conditions that will not permit anglers to be safe on the regularly scheduled tournament waters, (Example – Lake Ontario) will cause the tournament to be moved to: 1. Butterfield Lake – the alternate launch site, or 2. The nearest safe body of water. The tournament hours may be adjusted due to travel time. If weather conditions are severe enough the tournament may be postponed or cancelled.
  14. Dead Fish Penalty: For each legal dead bass presented to weigh-in officials, the competitor shall be penalized four ounces/.25 pounds of weight, to be deducted from his daily score, as well as the lunker(s). The Tournament Director and his designated appointees shall have sole authority for accessing penalty points.
  15. Late Penalty: At the beginning of each tournament the contestants shall coordinate their watches with the Tournament Director and shall note deadline time. The Tournament Director’s watch shall then be the official time. Competitors who are not in the official check point area (within easy talking distance of the weigh-in site) at the appointed time shall be penalized at the rate of one pound per minute, to be deducted from the total weight of his catch, including any weight to be counted toward a lunker award. Any competitor who is more than fifteen minutes late shall be disqualified. There shall be no excuses for tardiness, and in no case shall a competitor be allowed to make up lost time. After proper recognition at the check point all fishing must cease. Exact starting time of each tournament shall be noted on the tournament schedule. In the event that any change is made from the norm; i.e. weigh-in location, weigh-in time, etc. every boat must be notified individually by a tournament official.
  16. Ties: Ties shall be resolved by means selected by the tournament officials.
  17. Pairing Of Contestants: Each boat will have either the boater fishing alone or the boater along with a pre-linked non-boater partner. The non-boater must pre-link with the agreement of the boater at least 24 hrs before the start of the tournament. Each fisherman fishes for their own 5 fish limit  . Each non-boater (member) can pre-link with any boater member as many times as they want upon agreement of the boater. When two contestants check out at the beginning of each day, they must stay together and within sight of each other and each other’s catch throughout the day until the weigh-in is completed. A contestant must not allow any fish caught by him to be counted on the score of another contestant. In such a case, both contestants shall be disqualified from this tournament and from all future tournaments.
  18. Schedule And New Rules: Each year, at the June meeting or before, all club members shall be issued a tournament schedule for the year with any new rules or rule changes and important tournament information, Once the schedule is set, a change may be made only by those affected, the majority agreeing with the changes.
  19. Total Weight Pool: Each person Entry into the Tournament shall Pay $20.00 cash into the pool to be paid out 100%. Pay schedule is based on number of Entries Less than 10 entries only 1st and 2nd paid out, 11 or more entries 1st, 2nd and 3rd paid out.
  20. Voluntary Lunker Pool: Each person at a tournament shall decide whether to deposit $10.00 cash in a pool to be divided between the two contestants with the largest fish by weight. One Angler cannot receive total pool unless there are no more than four participants in the pool; then total pool will go to the Angler with the largest fish.
  21. Weigh-Ins: In order to better promote conservation of the Black Bass, only (5) competitors will be allowed in the weigh-in line at any one time. Furthermore, these (5) competitors must have their catch in Official 1000 Islands Bassmasters Weigh-In Bags. Bringing your catch to the weigh-in stand by any other means will not be allowed.
  22. Catch & Release Tournaments: Each boat must have and use the clubs official measuring board supplied by the club. The official measuring board must be returned to the tournaments official (s) for their days catch to be counted. All anglers must be paired with a partner, no one fishes alone during catch & release tournaments. The anglers can not measure their own fish. Their partner for that tournament day must measure the fish and record them. The limit shall be 5 fish, 12” minimum length counting the 5 or less longest fish caught for the tournament. Proper measuring to the ½” increments is a must. Examples: 12 3/8” fish shall be counted as a 12” fish. A 12 ¾” fish shall be counted as a 12 ½” fish and so on. The mouth of the fish must be closed and against the bumper stop of the board, fanning the tail to get the measurement. The yearly “Lunker of the Year” and the yearly 6lb. pool shall not be counted during the catch & release tournaments.
  23. Launch/Take Off Site: All anglers must meet at the official launch/take-off site. Starting the tournament and returning on time to the official launch/take-off site ,unless otherwise specified by the tournament director. Anglers may use a different ramp and/or come by water to the official launch/take-off site. ½ hour prior to take-off and partner draw you must notify the tournament director you will be entering the tournament. If the angler(s) don’t start from the official launch/take-off site (unless specified) the angler(s) shall be disqualified for that tournament. Absolutely no exceptions.
  24. Leaving the Tournament Early: Anglers may leave the tournament early, as emergencies or illnesses arise. They must contact someone that is in the tournament to let the tournament director, or club official, know that they are safe. The angler’s non-boater may be placed into another boat along with their days catch and may continue fishing for the remainder of the tournament. Common sense must be used in any situation. If it is an emergency get help immediately. Points will be awarded as to not penalize the angler(s) for showing up for the tournament. The points awarded shall be 80 points maximum or the last place points. Example: If 25 anglers are at the tournament then the angler(s) will receive 74 points and so on.
  25. Early Check-in: Angler(s) may go into the launch site early if they so choose. It is best that the boat stay in the water to keep their days catch alive. No fishing will be allowed at that point of early check-in.
  26. Cell Phones and Radios: Anglers may use cell phones and radios during tournaments only in case of an emergency. Use of cell phones and radios to locate fish or fishing locations is strictly prohibited.
  27. Scuba Diving and Underwater Cameras: Scuba diving and use of underwater cameras to locate fish or structures during the tournament hours is strictly prohibited and angler(s) will be disqualified.
  28. Multiple Weigh-Ins: Once an angler elects to fish a 1000 Islands Bassmasters tournament, that anglers tournament catch can only be weighed and scored for that 1000 Islands Bassmasters tournament. No exceptions. Any violation of this rule will result in disqualification for that day.

June 2016


This Chapter shall be called the Thousands Islands Bassmasters of The Thousand Islands, New York.
To stimulate public awareness of bass fishing as a major sport. To promote full adherence to all conservation codes and to demand adequate water standards and legal enforcement of existing regulatory standards. To detect and report any polluter and call public and political attention to his crime. To improve our skill as bass anglers through, a fellowship of friendly exchange of expert bass catching techniques and ideas, and a lover for this great recreation. To function as a dynamic and effective link with other chapters embracing the principles and purposes of the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society.
The Chapter shall begin with at least six but not more than ten members. After six months, membership is unlimited.

To become a member, a person shall:
(A)Be a Member of B.A.S.S and B.A.S.S. National Federation; and the Thousand Islands Bassmasters.
(B) TI Bassmasters reserves the right to reject or accept any or all prospective members.
(C) Must pay dues to the club.
The membership dues shall be $80.00 a year inclusive, and run from December 31 to December 31. All dues must be paid/postmarked on or before 12/31.  Any member not having his dues paid/postmarked by 12/31 will be assessed a monthly penalty of $5.00. Any exceptions must be agreed to unanimously by the President and Vice President.
The officers of the Chapter shall consist of:
(A) President: Preside over all meetings and direct all official  business. Appoint and direct all committee functions. Supervise all club functions.  The President shall only vote in the event of a tie vote to break the tie.
(B) Vice President: Act as program chairman, assists the President  in his duties and presides in the absence of the President.
(C)Secretary-Treasurer: Maintain recorded minutes of all meetings, maintain accurate financial records and report at each meeting. Use of club funds must be approved by the President.  In the absence of the President, the Vice President may approve use of club funds for such items as flowers or donations for funerals, stationary or postage or any other purchases required and approved.  The Secretary shall also maintain regular liaison between the Chapter and the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society National headquarters.
The election officers shall be held annually at the club banquet during the month of October. Election shall be by simple majority of the members present. Election for each officer shall be held separately in the order listed in ARTICLE III, SECTION 1.
Each member is entitled to one vote for each office. Proxy votes are not permitted.
The term of office is for one year, which shall begin 0n January 1st and end December 31st, or until the successor assumes office. The original slate of officers shall serve until the last day of the following December.
In the event of an office becoming vacant, nominations shall be asked and an election held to fill the unexpired term of the individual vacating office.
To be eligible for an office, a member must:
(A)Have been a member for at least six months.
(B)Have attended at least ¾ of the Chapter meetings and ¾ of Chapter   functions, except tournaments.


The bylaws may be amended at any regular meeting by a 2/3 vote of the members present, provided notice of the proposed amendment has been presented to the membership in writing at least one regular meeting prior to the vote.

A member shall be dropped from membership role for any of the following reasons:
(A)Failure to pay dues
(B)Any action which would reflect dishonor and disgrace on this Chapter.  The person shall be removed by a vote of a simple majority of the members present and voting.

A Chapter must maintain 100% B.A.S.S. membership and submit a membership roster to B.A.S.S. headquarters every 12 months.  This roster must include names and complete addresses of Chapter members.

For a rule change or addition to take effect, a rules committee made up of current officers will discuss, review and pre-approve any rule change or addition before presenting it to the membership for a vote.  For such a change to take effect it must be passed by a simple majority vote of those present and voting at the May meeting.

A tournament director shall be appointed annually by a simple majority vote by those members present and voting at the May meeting.  This position may be filled by any member and said member does not need to be a club officer.
In the absence of the tournament director, the tournament director may choose a tournament director for the event.
In the case that the tournament director has not chosen a temporary tournament director, any club officer may fill in.
In the absence of both the tournament director and a club officer, a decision will be made prior to launching to appoint a temporary tournament director.

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