FLW Canada Cup Rules

FLW CANADA RULES

1. Entry fees and deposits are non-refundable or transferable.

2. Legal Age. At least one competitor must be 18 years of age or older. Competitors (including AM’s) under the age of 18 must have written parental consent from both parents.

3. Lie Detector Test. If in question, any cash winning competitors must agree to take a lie detector test and pass before receiving their prize. The cost of the test will come out of the payback structure.

4. Unsportsmanlike Conduct. Zero tolerance for unsportsmanlike conduct. Automatic disqualification will result without refund (ethics are different, do not confuse). All Competitors 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, to FLW Canada, FLW Canada sponsors, Canadian Pro Bass Tour, the sport of fishing and FLW Canada’s efforts to promote the sport. Conduct not complying with these standards includes, but is not limited to, the following:

• Violation of, or failure to comply with, any of the rules for the FLW Canada Cup.

• Consumption and/or possession of alcoholic beverages or any kind of mind-altering substance during tournament hours extending through the weigh-in procedure.

• Abuse of, or addiction to, mind-altering substances.

• Suspension/disqualification or ban from any tournament or fishing organization.

• Any other words, conduct or actions reflecting unfavourably 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 this paragraph.

• In case of any conduct not complying with the standards outlined above, FLW Canada/Canadian Pro Bass Tour shall have the right to refuse an application to compete, to deny a confirmed application to compete by returning the entry fee (minus deposit) or to disqualify a Competitor.

5. No live bait allowed (artificial lures only). Fish regurgitation will not be permitted.

6. Pre-Fishing Possession. You are not allowed to possess any bass in your live wells from August 10th to the 15th.

7. Event fish. When competing in the FLW Canada Cup you must only possess that event fish. Any other species of fish must be released. Other species of non-releasable fish must be reported at the check-in boat.

8. Communication. There shall be no advantageous third party communication on or off the water during the event with competing or non-competing individuals. Doing so may result in disqualification. Competitors are not permitted to obtain any information from non-competitors who have been on the tournament body of water up to 8 days prior to the tournament and any cut off times. Additionally, competitors are not permitted to pre-fish with noncompetitors who have been on the body of water within 8 days prior to the tournament or during any cut off time. It is not permitted to pre-fish during this time with an angler who has won a significant tournament on the body of water within 2 years. Competitors are not permitted to hire guide services; doing so will result in disqualification.

9. Event Fish Limits: BASS 5. The penalty for retaining more than the event limit is as follows whether you are running or you are weighing-in. You will be asked to cull down to the event limit. Then the Tournament Director will cull the same amount of fish you are over with a maximum of 5 fish starting with the biggest fish. If you have retained more than double the event fish limit, this will result in disqualification.

10. Culling. Only non-invasive clip type (i.e. non-piercing) culling systems may be used. When culling you must possess one less the legal limit. No traveling with more than the event fish limit. Immediate disqualification will result if found doing so.

11. Live well. You must have an operating live well.

12. Minimum sizes: BASS 13”. Short fish will not be weighed and a 1 lb penalty will be applied for each short fish.

13. Dead Fish Penalty. A 0.50 lb penalty per dead fish. A dead fish may be “Big Fish” (if a “Big Fish” is dead, the penalty already applied for a dead fish would be deducted directly from the “Big Fish” and if remains “Big Fish” it will stand as “Big Fish”).

14. Cell Phones are for emergencies and communicating with the Tournament Officials only.

15. Flotation Device. You must wear an approved flotation device while the outboard is running. Manual Suspenders/vests or manual inflatable life jackets will not be acceptable. Automatic Sospenders/vests or automatic inflatable life jackets are acceptable however they will be inspected for expiration at the time of check in. If you choose to wear, at your own risk, an automatic Sospender/vest, automatic inflatable life jacket or a U.S. COAST GUARD approved life jacket you must have an approved Department of Transport Canada life jacket within your vessel (if in question, Tournament Official’s decision will stand). PRO must provide AM/Non Boater with DTC approved life jacket.

16. License. A fishing license is required and you may be asked to produce it at any time. Please ensure it is on your person at all times during the tournament. Failure to produce your license will not allow you to fish. (Conservation license not accepted).

17. Laws. All Federal and Provincial fishing, boating and criminal laws must be obeyed at all times.

18. Ministry Net. No fishing within 100 yards of a ministry net.

19. No locking allowed.

20. Boundaries are all water between the mouth of the Murray Canal and the Glenora Ferry except when legally marked “no trespassing” or “sanctioned”.

21. Identification numbers must be affixed on motor, outside windshield or flag post and made clearly visible.

22. Distance. You must maintain 50 yards of another competitor’s boat. However in circumstances where there are two teams on river systems less than 50 yards, they may cross one another on opposite sides and sportsmanlike conduct will apply in this situation and other situations where there is less than 50 yards.

23. Do not board or approach another vessel during the event unless there is an emergency.

24. Fuel/Repairs. If in need of fuel or repairs, one competitor is to remain with the boat at all times and a receipt must be kept to show officials if required.

25. Towing. If your boat is deemed no longer functional you may acquire tow by another vessel (competitor or noncompetitor). If the towing team feels for any reason that they cannot tow you as it may jeopardize their standings, you must respect their decision and either abort your fish and seek a ride back or wait for another boat.

26. Transfer. Fish can be transferred to another competitor’s boat only, one of the downed team members must stay with the fish. If you choose to transfer your fish into a competitor’s live well, the live well must be separate or you must use an approved fish friendly perforated sack complete with draw string ensuring your fish cannot be combined with the rescuing team’s fish. Tagging systems are not acceptable and if fish are combined accidentally or otherwise both weights will not be accepted. No fishing allowed while rescued competitor is in the boat and you must proceed directly to the check-in point where fish will be transferred to the check-in boat for weigh-in show Once your fish have been transferred, the downed boat must be brought back directly to the tournament site for inspection. If, after inspection the boat is found tampered with then disqualification may result and the rescuing team questioned. If in payout position, prizes will be held until boats are inspected. Your team is responsible in making sure the rescued angler(s) is wearing a DTC approved life jacket, failure to do so will result in disqualification. Make all efforts in using the FLW Canada emergency number (416-802-2277) in keeping the officials informed.

27. Assistance. If a broken down team requires a tow by one of the event officials, the competitors must release their fish. FLW Canada acting as the Tournament Official must keep it fair and equal to all competing anglers and therefore cannot act in individual cases as it may conflict and could possibly alter the final results.

28. Changing Boats. If a broken down boat returns to the tournament site and the team manages to repair their vessel or are changing boats, prior to transferring fish the boat must be rechecked by FLW Canada Tournament Official.

29. Check In and Late Penalty. All Teams must report to the designated Check-in Boat or location at the end of each day. Teams may check in at the tournament site up to 30 minutes prior to the check-in time otherwise you must return to the check-in point. Any boats arriving after the allowed time will be penalized 1 lb. per minute. The late penalty will be applied starting with the biggest fish.

30. Pre-Fishing. Competitors must be off the water by 5:00 pm Wednesday, August 15:

• FLW Canada Cup: The lake will be closed to all pre-fishing from midnight Monday, August 6 until midnight Friday, August 10.

31. Blast off. The official blast-off time is 7:00 am and weigh-in time is 3:00 p.m. each day (if time changes are required, notification will be given). Your boat must be out of the water or docked for the day within 2 hours after the final weigh in. This also applies 2 hours before check in on the morning or afternoon of all events. Fishing is also prohibited during these times.

32. Weather. If in case of extreme weather conditions or state of emergency, the event may be delayed, rescheduled, restricted or cancelled. The official Rain Date for the FLW Canada Cup is Sunday, August 18, 2018.

33. Boat Size. Boats must be 14’ or greater and canoes are not permitted.

34. Insurance. All boats must carry a minimum of $1,000,000 insurance liability. Proof of insurance must be made available upon request.

35. Horsepower limits – FLW Canada Cup are the maximum horsepower rated for your vessel. FLW Canada reserves the right to refuse an unsafe vessel at its discretion.

36. Kill Switch. All motors must have a working kill switch which must be worn when outboard is running.

37. Protest. Any protest of violations made prior to check-in time must be made at the check-in boat. Any violations occurring after check-in can be made to the Tournament Official. Protest cost is $100.

38. Infractions. If you witness a rule being broken it is an infraction not to report it to the Tournament Official and may lead to a disqualification.

39. Disqualification. In the event of a disqualification the competitor may be fined or required to compensate to continue to fish in other events. No refunds if disqualified.

40. Ties. In case of a tie for first or second place, there will be a fish off and the first regulation fish weighed in wins. Combining the pay back spots and splitting the money equally will resolve ties for other positions.

41. Field Size. FLW Canada reserves the right to exceed the limited field and pay back accordingly.  All teams fish Day 1 and Day 2 with a cut to 15 teams on Day 3.

42. Paybacks. The Canadian Pro Bass Tour is solely responsible for the provision of the percentage paybacks and not responsible for sponsored prizes and the FLW Costa Championship contingency.

43. Entries will be accepted with a 50% deposit and must be accompanied by the balance of entry fees in the form of a postdated cheque dated for June 15, 2018. A 4% administrative cost will be added to all payments made by VISA & MasterCard. Full entry payments are due after June 15, 2018.

44. Eligibility. All teams from FLW affiliated countries, including Canada, China, Mexico, Korea, South Africa and the United States, are invited to participate in the FLW Canada Cup and compete for cash awards and contingencies. Advancement to the FLW Series Championship, however, is available only to Canadian citizens/permanent resident of Canada . Pros fishing the 2018 FLW Tour or Bassmaster Elite Series are not eligible to compete in the FLW Canada Cup. Co-anglers fishing the 2018 FLW Tour are eligible to compete. Advancement to the FLW Series Championship is based on each team’s finish and eligibility, so both members of the team must be eligible for advancement for either team member to claim their spot in the FLW Series Championship

45. Advancement. The top 2 teams will be awarded 1 Pro Angler and 1 Co-Angler position per team. Two Pros and two Co-Anglers will advance to the Costa FLW Series Championship. Anglers advancing to the Costa FLW Series Championship through FLW Canada Cup must confirm participation within 24 hours of qualifying. Should any one of the Canadian positions become available the next angler following would advance to the position – Pro for Pro and Co-Angler for Co-Angler.

46. Travel costs to the Costa FLW Series Championship and Forrest Wood Cup are the responsibility of the qualifying anglers.  Anglers who qualify for the Costa FLW Series Championship and Forrest Wood Cup must supply their own boats for practice and competition in such events. The Top International Pro Angler will advance to the Forrest Wood Cup.

47. 2019 Registration. At the end of the 2018 FLW Canada Cup, FLW Canada will retain the 2018 Champion’s position. As of Tuesday, August 28, 2018 at 8 am pre-registration for the 2019 FLW Canada Cup will open. In keeping it fair for all competitors, multiple entries received on the same day, start positions will be drawn at the end of each day for the 2019 FLW Canada Cup.

48. Rules & Regs. FLW Canada reserves the right to amend the rules and regulations as it sees fit.

49. Right to Refuse. FLW Canada reserves the right to refuse or deny a confirmed application by returning the entry fee of a previously accepted application.

50. Tournament Official rulings are final. All rules and regulations apply to all FLW Canada anglers.