2014 Battle for Bella Fishing Benefit
RICK’S ON THE RIVER
Saturday, June 21, 2014

Captain’s Meeting Thursday, June 19th
Registration 6pm Meeting starts at 7pm
2305 N Willow Ave
Tampa, FL 33607 ‎
*Sponsorship still available*
Title Sponsor- $5,000.00
2 Chartered Inshore Boats, Tournament Name, and all Advertising.

Gold Sponsor- $2000.00
2 Chartered Inshore Boats and All Advertising.

Silver Sponsor- $1500.00
1 Chartered Inshore Boat and all Advertising.

Bronze Sponsor- $1000.00
1 Chartered Inshore Boat and Company Logo on T-Shirt.
*Charters are up to 3 people per boat*

For More info & registration information
call or email Jennifer Underwood 813-516-1759813-957-2073 jen5367@aol.com


***Please pay fees or make donations above, then proceed to the link
at the bottom of the page and fill out entry form.***

Tournament Rules
Interpretation of these rules will be left exclusively to the Tournament Director. In the event of a rule violation, the Tournament Director may impose such sanctions, as he deems appropriate, including, without limitation, disqualifications, forfeiture of prizes and prohibition from participation in subsequent tournaments. Decisions of the Tournament Director are final in all matters and are not subject to appeal, and are not reviewable by any court of law. The Battle for Bella tournament reserves the right to make needed changes to these rules in order to ensure the safety, welfare of the Battle for Bella tournament anglers, and/or the public and preserve the integrity of The Battle for Bella tournament. Any rule changes will immediately supersede all previously published copies of rules. It is your responsibility to read and understand the rules and how you, your points and qualification for the Championship are affected by not complying with the following rules. Every Angler will be required to sign an affidavit that he/she has read, understands and accepts all rules.

1. ENTRY FEES AND PAYMENTS: An Entry Fee of $50 per person (in a private boat) is required to fish each event.. All deposits and entry fees are NON-TRANSFERABLE and NON-REFUNDABLE NO EXCEPTIONS.

2. REGISTRATION AND CAPTAIN’S MEETING: Registration will be from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM local time Thursday before each event followed by the Captain’s meeting at 7:00 PM. All teams are expected to attend the Captain’s Meeting, and sign in at the designated time and location. If a team is unable to attend a Captain’s meeting due to valid emergency reasons, they may designate an alternate to draw their number and attend in their place. In addition they must contact the Tournament Director prior to the start of competition. A designated alternate may not represent more than two teams at a Captain’s Meeting. Teams agree that it is their own responsibility to find out what was discussed at the Captain’s meeting.

3. FEDERAL, STATE, AND LOCAL LAWS: All contestants are expected to obey all applicable federal, state and local regulations and laws. Violation of such rules may result in your disqualification from the tournament. Repeated or flagrant violations will result in said contestants being banned from future participation in Inshore Fishing Association tournaments.

4. SPORTSMANSHIP: Competitors in Battle for Bella 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. 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 Battle for Bella’s effort to promote fisheries conservation, clean waters, and courtesy, shall be reason for disqualification. Any act deemed by the Tournament Director that gives a team or angler an unfair advantage not specifically covered under this set of rules shall be grounds for disqualification. Any violation by an angler deemed intentional or preconceived by the Tournament Director to gain an unfair advantage, would be grounds for permanent disqualification.

5. PARTICIPATION AND ELIGIBILITY: Any person under the age of 18 must have written consent from a parent or legal guardian.

6. SAFETY: Safe boating will be observed at all times. Each contestant is required to wear a fastened, U.S. Coast Guard approved, personal floatation device anytime the combustion engine is in operation. Tournament days may be shortened or canceled due to unsafe weather or water conditions. The decision to shorten or to cancel will be left totally to the discretion of the Tournament Director. A 4-hour period shall constitute a day of fishing.

7. BOAT AND MOTOR: All boats must be a minimum of 15 feet in length. Each boat must have all required U.S. Coast Guard safety equipment. In addition, it must have a functional bilge pump and live well space, properly aerated to adequately maintain a live limit catch of Redfish by both contestants. For competitions held in Florida, a minimum live well size of 18 gallons is required. The Tournament Director shall have the sole responsibility for determining whether aeration and capacity is “proper and adequate”. For the safety of all contestants, ALL BOATS MUST BE EQUIPPED WITH SOME TYPE OF OPERABLE IGNITION SHUT-OFF DEVICE. This ignition SHUT-OFF device must be attached to the driver’s body anytime the combustion engine is operating. 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. A small electric trolling motor may be used for slow maneuvering. All bladder tanks and any other type of auxiliary gas tanks that are not installed by the boat manufacturer are prohibited. Fuel may be carried only in factory installed (built-in) fuel tanks. Any additional fuel used during the tournament day must be purchased from a retail facility open to the public. If participating boat was not factory equipped with a built-in tank, then participant may use up to two of the standard US Coast Guard approved portable tanks mounted at the stern in designated areas by the motor.

8. PERMITTED FISHING METHODS: All fish must be caught alive in a conventional sporting manner. Either live bait or artificial lures may be used during competition. Commercially sold pork trailers or scents may be added and used. Only one fishing rod may be used at a time per angler. A cast must be fully retrieved before an angler may pick up another rod. Trolling as a method of fishing is prohibited. Foul hooked fish shall not be weighed during competition. A foul hooked fish is defined as a fish that does not have at least one hook in its mouth, and it must be released. Anglers may not catch fish or weigh in fish that have been caged or confined in an area prior to the tournament.

9. PERMITTED FISHING LOCATIONS: Contestants may fish anywhere on tournament waters accessible to the public by boat, except areas designated as “off limits” or “no fishing” by private ownership or local, state and federal officials. Contestants may not fish within 50 yards of a competitor’s boat, which was in a location first, and anchored. (An anchored boat is a boat held in a stable position by a line attached to a weight, push pole, Power Pole, etc. with the trolling motor in the up position). If the boat does not have a trolling motor the definition of anchored still applies. Fishing within 100 yards of a boat that is chumming with live or dead bait is NOT allowed. Teams may not fish within 100 yards of a non-competitor that is chumming with either live bait, dead or ground chum. If during competition a non-competitor approaches within 100 yards and begins to chum, it is your responsibility to stop fishing. You may ask the non-competitor if he would consider leaving or not chumming. If the non-competitor fails to do so, then you must leave the area immediately.

10. INFORMATION: Tournament anglers may share information with each other up to and after competition hours. However, no communication whatsoever is allowed via cell phone, VHF radio, pager or any electronic device during competition, except for medical emergency or boat breakdown.

11. CONTESTANTS MUST REMAIN IN THE BOAT: All angling must be conducted from the boat. At no time may a contestant leave the boat to land a fish or to make the boat more accessible to fishing water. Contestants must leave and return to the official checkpoint by boat. In the event of equipment failure, anglers must call a designated number first to report their need for assistance before calling for towing assistance. There will be only two permitted methods of returning to the official check-in: (1) by both partners remaining in their boat and being towed by water (a commercial licensed tow company may be utilized, or another team may tow a fellow competitor,) (2) by one or both anglers entering the boat of another tournament contestant (fishing by all competitors involved in the rescue must cease at this time). Anglers are responsible for colored tie wrap or suitable material for marking and distinguishing their catch. Under these two conditions, the contestant’s catches may be counted without a penalty (except for late penalties, dead fish penalties or other penalties pertaining to other tournament rules). Contestants who elect to return to the official check-in by any other means than cited above will forfeit their day’s catch to that point in time of the tournament day. Any contestant returning to the check-in point will be eligible to restart and resume competition only under the supervision of the Tournament Director or his designated tournament official. It is the sole responsibility of contestants to locate the Tournament Director or official to request a restart. Failure to render assistance, when requested in an emergency is cause for immediate disqualification. Teams rendering assistance must communicate to the tournament official, the boat number(s) of the assisting boat and the assisted boat at time commencing aid.

12. OFFICIAL CHECKPOINTS: There will be only one official checkpoint for boat check in the morning and one official check-in point in the afternoon. Failure to go through boat check and checkout in the morning will result in disqualification. All fishing must cease upon check-in. Teams that experience equipment failures may have them repaired and check out late for an event. However, it is the team’s responsibility to find and notify the tournament director or tournament official in order to check out. All running lights must be in place and working at time of launch.

13. LATE PENALTY: Contestants who are not at the official check-in area at the appointed time will be penalized at one (1) inch per minute deducted from the total length including any length to be counted toward a big fish award. Any contestant more than fifteen (15) minutes late will not receive credit for the day’s catch.

14. BOAT AND TEAM IDENTIFICATION: Prior to tournament start, a number will be given to each boat. This number MUST remain with the boat during tournament competition.

15. TACKLE AND EQUIPMENT: Either live bait or artificial lures may be used. No “prepared bait” will be permitted, with the exception of pork strips, or commercially sold scents, etc. Only ONE casting, spin casting, spinning rod and reel or fly rod (10-foot maximum length from butt of handle to rod tip) may be used at any one time per angler. Be prepared to show your current fishing license, at registration, from the state in which the tournament is being held.

16. COMMUNICATIONS: A VHF radio is mandatory for all tournament vessels. The VHF may be mounted or portable. The use of mobile communication devices such as cellular telephones, marine radios, walkie-talkies, CBs, pagers or any electronic device to communicate fishing information or contact with anyone (wives or girl friend included) during tournament hours is strictly prohibited. Communication among anglers is allowed on the water only by non-electronic methods. Medical emergency calls may be made and then a tournament official should be contacted.

17. INSURANCE: $100,000 liability insurance is required of all contestants utilizing their boats in any Inshore Fishing Association tournament. Each team prior to competition is required to have a current copy of insurance on file at the IFA business office.

18. TIES: Ties shall be broken by the Largest Fish for the Event. The team with the heaviest single fish shall receive precedence. In the event a tie should occur for any special honors or awards, the tie will be broken by the total cumulative weight for the day. The team with the most weight will be deemed as the winner.

19. POLYGRAPH: Each contestant who fishes an IFA Redfish Tour event agrees to submit to a polygraph examination at a time and location determined by the Tournament Director following the end of the competition in each tournament and abide by its conclusion. Failure to pass the polygraph will result in disqualification.

20. PROTEST AND REPORTING PROCEDURE: All protests must be submitted in writing on an IFA protest form, along with a $200 cash deposit, within fifteen (15) minutes of the last flight check-in to the tournament director or designated tournament official. The protester also agrees that if there is a question of verifying the charge of a protest that he or she also may be subject to take a polygraph and agree to testify in a court of law if necessary. If the Tournament Director, or polygraph, upholds the protest, the cash deposit shall be returned to the contestant submitting the protest

Divisions

Chartered boats: Snook, Trout, Redfish, and Master Angler
Recreation Boats: Snook, Trout, Redfish, and Master Angler
Kayak Division: Snook, Trout, Redfish, and Master Angler
Kids Division: Master Angler

Master Angler will be the aggregate of Snook, Trout, and Redfish

Explanation of the Tournament

1. Tournament starts at sunrise
2. Bait gathering is permitted before sunset
3. Any type of conventional tackle may be used
4. Tournament is based on a points system
5. 2 Points for every inch.
6. 5 Points added to your total if you leave by boat from Rick’s on the River
7. 10 Points added to your total if you return by boat to Rick’s on the River
8. All photos must have the angler / boat number in the pic
9. Chumming is permitted
10. No fishing within 100 yards of another tournament anglers chum slick
11. Battle for Bella fishing tournament is not liable for any injuries while tournament is under way
12. Tournament ends at 12 Noon. Turn in chips and camera cards at Rick’s on the River by 12:30pm. Winners announced at the after party.
Inshore Tournament Rules