Club Rules
Pine Level Bassmasters
1. No alcohol permitted at any time during club activities.

2. Club supports The Bass Federation, Inc (TBF) and Alabama Bass Federation, Inc.

3. Tournament dues are $35.00 payable before blast off.

4. Club annual dues are $20.00 payable in November of each year, after June dues will be $10.00
for the remainder of the year. Dues paid after the month of January for current members will be
assessed a $5.00 delinquent fee to the treasury.

5. All club members must be members of Alabama Bass Federation, Inc. (ABF) $10.00 membership
fee; The Bass Federation, Inc. (TBF) $50.00 membership fee which includes a subscriber
membership to MLF BIG5 which is sue at time of club membership. Competitor membership to MLF
BIG5 is optional for each member at a cost of $48.75. Each member interested in competitor status
must register directly with MLF BIG5 as a TBF/MLF BIG5 dual membership.

6. The majority of current members must approve applications for new membership. Family
membership is accepted.

7. Perspective members after fishing one tournament are eligible to become club members and must
be voted in by a majority vote of club members in attendance. The minimum age to participate in a
club tournament is 16 years old (except Junior / High School anglers visiting as a guest).  Guest
members may fish their first tournament with their sponsor. Payment of the $35.00 tournament
dues will be required prior to the tournament.  All past club members still in the immediate area
and fishing as a quest must be included in the club draw.

8. The club will sponsor the top six members an entry to a state qualifying regional tournament and or
state Championship tournament. The club's point system will determine the top six members. Each
year will be divided into six months and the top two club members from each half, with lowest
tournament dropped, will be the selected members (in case of a tie big fish for the period will be the
tie breaker). The top two anglers from the AOY standings will also be selected members. Members
must fish at least eight tournaments during the year to be sponsored by the club. New members that
join the club after the start of the season must fish 2/3 of the seasons remaining tournaments to be
eligible to be sponsored by the club. Selected members will receive $200.00 sponsorship funds for
entry into a qualifying / state tournament of their choice for that year. Payment to the members will
occur at the time of their request to receive funds. If the money received is not used to fund entry
into an ABF qualifying or state tournament, then the member must reimburse the club the $200.00.
Failure to reimburse the club will result in club sanctions, such as club membership suspension.
Angler Of The Year standings will be determined by dropping the lowest score from each half of the
tournament year.

9. All members are encouraged to participate in all meetings and tournaments. Club members
who have attended 6 or more events, either meetings or tournaments or a combination of both are
considered members in good standing and are eligible to vote.

10. Club officers are to be elected in December of each year.

11. Club rules will be voted on once a year. Recommended changes will be in writing. Rule changes
will be accepted in October of each year and discussed. A vote will be taken on proposed rule
changes in November without any further discussion.  

12. Club officers are to serve as the Board of Directors and to run the monthly tournaments.

13. Club tournament dates will be established in December for the following year.  Club will fish
one Saturday each month with the Club meeting conducted on the Thursday prior to the monthly
tournament date. The next month tournament site will be determined prior to the close of the
monthly meeting.  Nominations and a second for tournament sites will be made from the members
attending the meeting.  A vote will be conducted to determine the tournament site. No site shall
be selected more than once during a six-month period.  Club members attending the meetings have
the option to recommend changing the tournament site due to unsafe fishing conditions or TBF
tournaments conflicts.  Recommendations can only be changed following majority vote.

14. When unsafe conditions do not allow a tournament site to be fished, the site will automatically
be the site of the next month tournament or consensus of the club can change a tournament site.

15. For every minute late for weigh-in (up to ten (10) minutes) a one-pound penalty will be
subtracted from total weight. If more than ten (10) minutes late, boater and partner are
disqualified.

16. Five fish limit, 12 inches minimum length (or state law). Only five fish per person may be in
live well. Sixth fish is caught; you must cull before continuing fishing. Up to a six-foot net are
allowed.

17. There will be an eight-ounce penalty per dead fish.

18. Monthly tournament fee is $35.00, with $8.00 going to club treasury, $22.00 going to prize fund,
$2.50 going to big fish and $2.50 small fish pot.

19. Minimum/Maximum payback will be three places according to individual weight, 1st - 44% –
2nd – 33% – 3rd – 23% of prize fund and 2.50 each x number of tournament fishermen present for
big & small fish pot.

20. Members must be paid in full prior to launch to be eligible for prize fund.

21. Following the pairing of all non-boaters, the remaining boaters have the option to fish as
boaters and not be paired.

22. Members who cannot attend a meeting must send word of intent to fish by another club
member prior to drawing of partners to be eligible to fish the tournament.

23. After fishing 12 tournaments a member is eligible for a club shirt ($30.00 value), after 24
tournaments a member is eligible for a jacket ($60.00 value).  If cost of shirt and or jacket exceeds
stated value, the member is responsible to pay the difference.

24. All boat operators must have minimum liability insurance. All members and perspective
members must sign a release of liability form prior to fishing any tournament.

12/18/2020
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Official Club Rules.
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