Duluth Area Bass League (DABL)
Fishing League Rules
Important rule changes for 2008:
Now 11 nights scheduled, 3 throws
No President, changed to 3 person Board of Directors (BOD)
1. Rule changes
These rules will remain unchanged during the year 2008. Interpretation of these rules will be left exclusively to DABL. Decisions of the tournament director(s) are final in all matters and are not subject to appeal. Protests must be made in writing within 30 minutes of the official check-in time of the final flight of each tournament day.
Participation is open all anglers who are 16 years of age or older. Any person entering a tournament under the age of majority must also have the signature of their parent or legal guardian. All contestants must have in their possession a valid fishing license.
Guaranteed status is given at the time both the boater and the co-angler are entered in the event and have listed each other's names and have paid the registration fee.
All entry fees must be paid prior to the start of a tournament night to participate and receive points.
Points are awarded to each participating team based on total weight and other bonus points. See the official points/scoring page.
A maximum of two anglers are allowed in a boat. At least one team member must be present in a boat to participate and receive points.
Reserved teams will be given priority over non-reserved teams. Reserved teams have paid the $70 for the entire year. We will only accept up to 15 teams on any Entire Group League night; 7-8 teams on split nights . There will be unforeseen circumstances where the league might have more or less then 15 teams on Entire Group League night or might have more or less then 7-8 teams on split nights. Non-reserved teams will only be allowed to participate if there are less then 15 reserved teams on Entire Group League nights and less then 7-8 reserved teams on split nights. For example, if we have only 14 reserved teams, then that will leave 1 available slots each night, or until team another team has paid the $70 for the entire year. If league officials recieve word that a reserved team will not be showing for a particular night, then that slot opens for a non-reserved team. If a non-registered team wants to particpate for an individual night, they need to call Al Ansell 218-390-5676 to find out if there has been any cancellations or any available slots open.
No pre-fishing or practice fishing on the same day as the tournament.
Safe boating must be observed at all times. Each contestant is required to wear a fastened, U.S. Coast Guard approved, personal flotation device anytime the combustion engine is in operation and boat is on plane speed from boat check until weigh-in. DABL recommends the use (if applicable) of an emergency ignition shut-off device that must be securely attached to the driver's body whenever the combustion engine is in operation. At the discretion of the tournament director tournament days may be shortened, postponed or canceled due to unsafe weather or water conditions.
All contestants are required to follow high standards of sportsmanship, courtesy and conservation and to conduct themselves in a manner that will be a credit to themselves, MMTS and DABL, MMTS and DABL sponsors, the sport of fishing and MMTS and DABL efforts to promote the sport. Examples of conduct not complying with those standards include, but are not limited to, the following:
Violation of and/or failure to comply with, any of the official rules for the Duluth Area Bass League as well as State and Local laws.
Abuse of, or addiction to, mind-altering substances.
Suspension/disqualification from any tournament or fishing organization.
Any other words, conduct or actions reflecting unfavorably upon efforts to promote safety, sportsmanship, fair competition and compliance with tournament rules, or which fail to comply with the standards set forth in the first sentence of paragraph 7.
In case of any conduct not complying with the standards, DABL shall have the right to disqualify a contestant.
6. Boat operation
Boaters will have complete control of boat operation and waters to be fished. Any boater that, in the judgment of the tournament director(s), operates the boat in a manner that unfairly handicaps other teams will be disqualified for that day.
Any boater that, in the judgment of the tournament director(s), operates the boat in a manner that endangers the boaters safety, safety of another team, or the safety of non-competitors will be disqualified for that day.
During tournament hours contestants may not obtain or receive assistance from non-competitors, follow a non-competitor's boat or participate in the practice of "hole sitting" or the placing of markers by anyone.
The use of mobile communication devices, including, but not limited to, cellular phones, marine radios, walkie-talkies, CBs, etc., during tournament hours is strictly prohibited except in an emergency (severe weather, etc.) or to communicate with league directors.
7. Boat and horsepower regulations
Each boat must have all required U.S. Coast Guard safety equipment.
Boats must contain a properly aerated live well space to maintain alive a limit catch of bass. Live well space can be anything that can be used to keep fish alive. Live well checks can be requested to the League President by any member of the DABL at anytime.
8. Permitted fishing methods
All bass must be caught alive in a conventional sporting manner.
Only artificial lures may be used, with the exception of pork trailers
Only one fishing rod may be used at a time, except where allowed.
9. Permitted fishing locations
Contestants may fish anywhere on tournament waters available to the public and accessible by boat, except areas designated as "off limits" or "no fishing" by local, state, or federal officials or within 50 yards of a competitor's boat that was first anchored (an anchored boat is a boat held in a stable position by a line attached to a weight with the trolling motor in the up position).
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 waters.
Contestants must leave and return to the official checkpoint by boat.
The boat must remain in the tournament waters during the tournament day.
In the event of equipment failure or an emergency, 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, or
2. by both partners entering the boat of another tournament contestant.
Under these two conditions the contestants' 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 under the supervision of the tournament director or his designated tournament official. It is the sole responsibility of contestants to locate the tournament director to request a restart.
Partners must remain together at all times and within sight of each other until the weigh-in slip is signed in order for their catch for that day to be counted. The momentary condition of being out of sight of each other for restroom breaks is permitted. If a contestant must violate any part of this rule due to an emergency or for any other reason their catch for that day will not be counted.
10. Official checkpoints
There will be only one official checkpoint that will be at the designated launch point for the tournament night. All fishing must cease at .
11. Late penalty
Contestants who are not at the official check-in area at the appointed time will be penalized 1 pound per minute deducted from the total weight including any weight to be counted toward a big bass award. Any contestant more than 15 minutes late will lose credit for that day's weight.
12. Live fish
Every effort must be made to keep bass alive through the use of a properly aerated live well or aerated system. DABL recommends the use of live well additives that promote the healthy return of bass to their natural habitat. Two (2) ounces will be deducted from the total weight for each dead bass presented for weigh-in.
Scoring will be determined by the pounds and ounces, plus any length bonuses, or species bonuses of each contestant's catch during the tournament.
Only largemouth and smallmouth bass are accepted species.
The tournament limit is Five (5) fish per team unless the local, state or lake limit is less than three per angler; in which case the local, state or lake limit will prevail. Contestants possessing more than the tournament limit will have their catch for that day disqualified. If only one (1) team member is present on the boat, that person can take there daily limit allowed under local, state or lake limit, but not exceeding the tournament limit of Five (5).
The official length limit for bass is 12 inches unless the local, state or lake limit is more than 12 inches; in which case the local, state or lake limit will prevail. Bass presented for weigh-in that fail to measure the prescribed tournament length limit will be penalized at the rate of 1 pound for each non-legal bass presented. Bass presented for weigh-in that fail to measure the prescribed local, state, lake length limit will forfeit the nights points and receive zero points.
Length of fish is measured from tip of closed mouth to end of pinched tail. When in doubt or too close to call, play it safe and put the fish back.
In a case of ties, points will be resolved by giving tied teams the same points for the night.
Liability insurance, with coverage in reasonable amounts, is required of all contestants in DABL tournaments.
No team member from another team in the league can sub for another team. Subs can be any other angler not from another team and meet the other guidelines set forth in the rules.
The captions at the beginning of each paragraph are intended to facilitate convenience in referring to the various rules. The captions are not part of the substance of the paragraph and should not be used in construction of any paragraph or of this overall set of rules.