Bad Boys Fishing Tournaments are open to all types of anglers. You can fish from shore, dock, pontoon boat, bass boat, kayak, etc.
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1. Participation and Eligibility
A. Bad Boys Fishing Tournaments
i. By registering for any Bad Boys Fishing Tournament, the participating angler agrees to fully and completely comply with all Bad Boys Fishing Rules specified in these Tournament Rules Standards and the Bad Boys Fishing Tournament Waiver and Release of Liability Agreement (see below drop down menu).
B. iAngler Registration: All Bad Boys Fishing Tournaments are conducted using iAngler Tournaments. Each angler who wishes to participate in a tournament must sign up as an iAngler user before the first day of competition. It is completely free to sign up for iAngler.
i. Anglers who desire to compete in aBad Boys Fishing Online Tournament are required to sign up for the event and pay the entry fee on iAngler.
C. Entry Fees: Entry fee amounts and registration deadlines will be stated for each tournament on a case by case basis.
2. Eligible Species
Only “Black bass” are eligible for scoring during Bad Boys Fishing “Bass” Tournaments. That designation includes the three most common species: Largemouth Bass (Micropterus salmoides), Smallmouth Bass (Micropterus dolomieu), and Spotted or Kentucky Bass (Micropterus punctulatus). Other less well-known species or varieties may be eligible if abundant in the Competition Area:
A. Shoal Bass: Micropterus cataractae
B. Redeye Bass: Micropterus coosae
C. Suwannee Bass: Micropterus notius
D. Guadalupe Bass: Micropterus treculii
E. Bartram’s Bass: Micropterus bartrami
F. Mean Mouth Bass: Hybrid offspring of Micropterus dolomieu and Micropterus punctulatus
For Competitions involving other species (e.g,, Panfish, Northern Pike, Redfish, Peacock Bass, etc.) specifications will be stated accordingly.
3. Tournament Period
A. Tournament start/end dates and times are stated on both Events Page and iAngler event page for each event. No Competitor may begin fishing before the official Tournament Start Time on any day of competition or submit fish photographed after the official Tournament End Time. Under no circumstance will a fish photographed outside of the official Tournament Start and End times be considered for scoring.
4. Competition Area
A. Tournament fishing is allowed only on publicly accessible waters within in the geographic area stated for that specific tournament. Bad Boys Fishing Tournaments will be held nationwide unless otherwise noted.
B. Competitors may launch from any public-access shore. Crossing restricted property to reach eligible water is not permitted.
C. Areas posted continuously or during set hours as “Off-Limits” or “No Fishing” by state or federal agencies are excluded from “Eligible Waters.”
5. Permitted Methods of Capturing Fish
A. All fish must be caught live, the Competitor using only equipment and legal methods that comply with all sport fishing statutes and regulations of the states and body of water in which they are taken. Competitors are responsible for research of fishing and boating regulations. Snatching or snagging fish is not permitted. When visually fishing a bed for spawning bass, to be admissible all bass must be hooked inside the mouth.
6. Fishing Tackle and Equipment
A. All bass must be caught on rod, reel, line and hook with artificial lures only. No traps, snares, set lines or other methods of fishing other than rod, reel and line are permissible, even if allowed under state game laws.
B. The only acceptable measuring devices are a “Hawg Trough” or “Yak-Gear Floating Fish Ruler -36in”. Both of the before mentioned is a specific brand of measuring. It does not refer to any other rounded or flat measuring board. These measuring devices may not be broken, snapped, or cut apart and then reassembled at any point between the two ends. A crack that does not separate the measuring device into pieces and does not affect the accuracy of the measuring device may be repaired and reinforced for use.
C. Each competitor must have a mobile phone with camera. GPS Locating services must be turned on to verify the photo was taken in accordance with rules and regulations.
D. Nets and grippers (e.g., Fish Grip, Boga-Grip) may be used for landing fish during tournament competition, but grippers must not remain attached to the fish in photos.
E. Only artificial lures and biodegradable artificial lures may be used. No live bait, preserved bait, or prepared bait will be permitted during competition.
F. Only one rod/reel may be used at a time during tournament fishing.
7. Photo Standards
Photographs of bass submitted to iAngler for scoring must meet these criteria:
A. Legible. Photo must be clear enough to read identifier, including required ID codes and marks, and judge the length accurately. After carefully examining photo details and cross-referencing other photos submitted for scoring by the same angler in the same event, if the event judge is NOT able to verify with 100% confidence that Bad Boys Fishing Identifier Form and ID Codes or Marks in the photo are valid for both the competitive event and the competitor, then the photo will be denied.
B. Official Bad Boys Fishing/iAngler Identifier Form placed where it does not cover the bass’ eye or prevent measurement verification. An image of the unique identifier on a smartphone is not acceptable.
C. The tournament identifier will be available to print the night before the start of the tournament.
D. Bass, as depicted below:
i. Facing left on a Hawg Trough, left side of the fish visible, dorsal fin toward the top of the photo
ii. Lips touching the measuring device bump wall. Position camera lens directly over the center of the bass’ body to aid judges in determining that bass’ lip is in contact with the bump wall. Photos judged to have been taken deliberately at an angle in order to make the fish appear longer may be disqualified at the Tournament Director’s discretion.
iii. To confirm that the fish is alive, the bass’ eye must be uncovered in the photo. Photos of bass that appear to be dead, mutilated, frozen or similarly damaged will be disqualified without scoring. Photos of bass that appear to have been mangled, mashed, mauled or otherwise altered in ways that increase their length will be disqualified or approved for scoring at the discretion of the Tournament Director.
v. Securing the fish with any portion of a hand under the fish’s gill flap is prohibited.
A. Judges will evaluate each photograph to ensure that the digital file was created within the official Tournament Start and End Times and that it complies with Photo Criteria outlined in Rule 7, above.
B. Tournament standings, contingency awards and final winners shall be determined by the total length of each Competitor’s catch during the tournament competition day(s).
C. In a CPR (Catch, Photo, Release) tournament, unless a fish is hooked to a restraint device, they are not considered “in possession” by Competitors and Competitors may submit as many photos as they wish.
D. Fish length is determined by its tail touching or crossing a quarter-inch line on the measuring board. If it falls short of a line, the length is rounded down to the nearest 1/4-inch mark that the fish’ tail actually touches or crosses.
E. In the event of an exact tie in total score, ties will be broken according to the time that the competitors’ last fish photo was officially entered into iAngler for scoring. Should the last fish photo submission times be identical, then both Competitors’ highest single-fish score will be compared, and the higher score will be determine the outcome. If both Competitors’ highest single-fish score, too, is identical, then the second highest single-fish score of both Competitors will be compared, and so on until the tie is broken by the highest single-bass score.
F. During every Bad Boys Fishing Tournament, judges strive to be fair, consistent and objective, applying the following standards in approving or disqualifying photos, and in accepting or adjusting lengths.
9. Awarding of Prizes
A. Prizes and payouts are subject to change based on participation (lower value for less entries and higher value for more entries). The top 10% of anglers will be paid. Final payout will be adjusted based on entries.
B. Prizes will be processed as quickly as possible.
C. Prizes that require processing (e.g. kayaks, tackle, rods and reels, etc.) may require additional processing or delivery time. This is done to allow contestants some flexibility in picking the prize they want rather than win an awesome prize and be dissatisfied with the model, color or style. There will be some limitations on picking specific features and model availability, but this method is much better for the overall return on investment for sponsors and contestant satisfaction.
A. Failure of digital photos to conform to photo requirements will result in deductions of one inch or more in length for each infraction. Multiple violations may result in disqualification of the entry altogether.
C. In the event of a rule violation, the Tournament Director or a rules committee may impose such penalties as deemed appropriate by them, including without limitation, disqualification, forfeiture of entry fee and prizes, and prohibition from participation in subsequent Bad Boys Fishing Tournaments. Subject to the appeal process set forth below, the Tournament Director’s decisions on violations are final.
D. Penalties for rules violations may include the following:
i. Reduction of score (length) as determined by the Tournament Director
ii. Loss of catch for the day of the violation
iii. Disqualification from the tournament in question
iv. Disqualification from future Bad Boys Fishing Tournaments, which may be from a specific number of events, a specific period of time, or may be a lifetime ban or disqualification.
v. Any different or additional penalties determined by the Tournament Director including but not limited to monetary fines and/or reduction of points.
E. Each Competitor agrees to report to the Tournament Director immediately any violation or infraction of any tournament rules. Failure to report violations, or suggestions to another Competitor that they violate these rules, or false verification of fish length, may be cause for disqualification.
F. Following review, a determination by Bad Boys Fishing Management or conviction of cheating or fraud will result in permanent revocation of Bad Boys Fishing Tournament participation, suspension from all Bad Boys Fishing Tournaments and affiliated events, tours, and series, as well as banning from all Bad Boys Fishing Forum privileges. Also, the findings will be publicized via social media (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, Instagram), all participating fishing forums, and any other channel available for dissemination of such information.
G. All participants acknowledge that the use of polygraphs may be necessary to settle disputes and entry constitutes acceptance of this requirement and agreement to abide by its conclusion. Any Competitor refusing a polygraph will be immediately disqualified from all future challenges and banned from any future participation in any Bad Boys Fishing affiliated event.
H. The Tournament Director, rules committee, or such person designated by the Tournament Director, shall have the discretion to determine the need for a truth verification test. The Tournament Director or his designee shall be responsible for selecting an independent expert to administer and interpret the results and establishing, in consultation with the expert administrator, the scope of the questions which may be asked during the test. The Tournament Director or his designee shall have sole responsibility selecting the location, date, and time of the test nearest Bad Boys Fishing headquarters with respect to all concerned parties schedule and travel cost. The Competitor shall make himself/herself available at the location selected by the Tournament Director and shall cooperate in all respects with such test. Competitors taking a truth verification test may be responsible for any and all costs incurred.
A. Competitors are responsible for all applicable taxes on both cash and merchandise awards.
12. Disputes and Appeals
A. Any Competitor who wishes to dispute or protest a rules violation penalty, a judge’s scoring decision, or other action that materially affected the Competitor’s ranking or prize eligibility must file a protest with the Tournament Director in writing or via email within 24 hours from the time and date of the protested action. Only Competitors in the Tournament where the protested action occurred may lodge protests. Protests must be handled privately. All parties of interest will be provided a copy. The Tournament Director will review the Competitor’s claims, thoroughly investigate the disputed decision, and issue a ruling.
B. The Competitor who filed the protest may appeal the Tournament Director’s ruling. Appeals of rulings must be presented to Bad Boys Fishing Management in writing or via email 48 hours from the time and date of ruling. Bad Boys Fishing will impanel an appeals committee comprised of one Bad Boys Fishing staff member not involved directly in directing or judging the Tournament, and two Bad Boys Fishing Members who were not Competitors in the Tournament. Appeals hearings shall take place within seven (7) business days from the date of receipt of the written appeal, and all parties must make themselves available at prescribed time of hearing. Decisions of the appeals committee are final.
A. Comply with all state and local laws while boating.
14. Competitor Conduct
A. Competitors participating in any Bad Boys Fishing Tournament must observe the applicable rules for the specific event in which they are participating and must conduct themselves at all times in a manner that reflects favorably on the sport of competitive angling, Bad Boys Fishing, its members, officers or representatives, tournaments or sponsors. Competitors are expected to follow high standards of sportsmanship, courtesy, integrity, safety and conservation in support of the sport of competitive angling, especially when in the vicinity of non-Competitors who may be on or beside eligible waters. Any Competitor who violates these principles or behaves in ways that reflect unfavorably up Bad Boys Fishing efforts to promote fisheries conservation, clean waters and courtesy, may forfeit tournament winnings, face suspension from future Bad Boys Fishing Tournaments, be permanently banned from competition, or any combination thereof deemed appropriate by Bad Boys Fishing.
15. Public Comments
A. The favorable public reputation of Bad Boys Fishing as a sanctioning organization in the sport of competitive angling, the integrity of its officials, and the reputation of its media channels are valuable assets and tangible benefits for Bad Boys Fishing. Accordingly, it is an obligation of Competitors to refrain from comments in public forums and social media or to the news media that unreasonably attack or disparage the integrity of Bad Boys Fishing Tournaments, tournament officials, sponsors, fellow members, fellow Competitors or the Bad Boys Fishing organization. Competitors are encouraged to express themselves and have the right to question the rules officials. Responsible expressions of legitimate disagreement with Bad Boys Fishing policies are encouraged, as opposed to attacks upon the integrity of the rules or officials. However, public comments that a Competitor knows, or should reasonably know, will harm the reputation of Bad Boys Fishing Tournaments LLC, BBF officials, BBF members or sponsors, may result in disciplinary action.
B. Sponsor contributions will not be devalued by disputes or disagreements in public forums or social media platforms.
C. Publicly disputing any judgment decisions by Bad Boys Fishing Tournament Directors or judges will result in participants receiving one warning followed by permanent disqualification for repeated offenses. Any public dispute of final rulings, ongoing determination by judges or judging panel is grounds for immediate disqualification from the current event and termination of any eligibility for future events, even if previously qualified. This is not in place to prevent any disputes; it is done to ensure that a fair and unbiased approach is used and the approved challenge and appeals processes are followed in determining the best possible outcome.
16. Waivers and Releases
A. Name and Likeness Release: By registering for a Bad Boys Fishing Tournament, the Competitor grants to Bad Boys Fishing Tournaments LLC the right to use all photographs, likenesses, stories, accounts, details of Competitor contributions, exploits, interviews, bloopers, and information pertinent to the Bad Boys Fishing Tournament, as well as any video footage, photographs gathered during a tournament, for marketing and promotional purposes. This release is granted without expectation for additional compensation upon submission of Tournament Registration.
B. Waiver and Release of Liability: As a condition of participation in a tournament, and by virtue of registering for the Tournament, each Competitor agrees to accept the terms and condition of the Bad Boys Fishing Waiver and Release of Liability Agreement (found here). This Agreement absolves Bad Boys Fishing Tournaments, LLC, its officers, staff, and volunteers from responsibility and threat of litigation in the case of injury, loss, or death sustained by a Competitor in the Tournament. Registrants under the age of 18 must have their waiver/release agreed upon by the parent or adult guardian who will accompany them throughout tournament.