2020 RULES & REGULATIONS
1. Entry fees and deposits are non-refundable or transferable however can be used for future events.
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 competitor 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. If a team is protested and wins, the protesting team will pay the cost of the test.
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 the CSFL, Canadian Pro Bass Tour (CPBT), sponsors, the sport of fishing and the CSFL/CPBT’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 2020 season of the CSFL/CPBT.
• 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, the CSFL/CPBT 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.
• Media: To uphold the integrity of the sport, the CSFL/CPBT, the event sponsors, the officials and the reputation of competitive sport fishing, it is an obligation of competitors to refrain from comments to news media that unreasonably attack or discredit the integrity of tournaments, tournament officials, sponsors, fellow anglers or the CSFL/CPBT organization. Reasonable expressions of legitimate disagreements with CSFL/CPBT policies are encouraged as opposed to attacks upon the integrity of rules or officials. Doing so will result in disciplinary actions.
5. No live bait allowed (artificial lures only). Umbrella type rigs with multiple hooks are prohibited. Fish regurgitation will not be permitted.
6. Species: You are not allowed to have the species of fish you are competing for in your live wells during pre-fish.
7. Event fish: When competing in a CSFL/CPBT event 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 non-competitors 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. 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 it remains “Big Fish” it will stand as “Big Fish”). Fish will be determined alive or dead at the marshall station.
13. Cell Phones are for emergencies and communicating with the CSFL/CPBT only.
14. Flotation Device: You must wear an approved flotation device while the outboard is running. Manual Sospenders/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 Suspender/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 an AM/Non Boater with DTC approved life jacket.
15. 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). A boater’s license is required by the Pro/Boater and 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 boater’s license will disqualify you from competition.
16. Laws: All Federal and Provincial fishing, boating and criminal laws must be obeyed at all times.
17. Ministry Net: No fishing within 100 yards of a ministry net.
18. No locking allowed.
19. Boundaries are any water accessible by boat except when legally marked “no trespassing” or “sanctioned”.
20. Identification numbers must be affixed on motor, outside windshield or flag post and made clearly visible.
21. 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.
22. Do not board or approach another vessel during the event unless there is an emergency.
23. 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.
24. Towing: If your boat is deemed no longer functional you may acquire tow by another vessel (competitor or non-competitor). 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.
25. 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 drawstring 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 the 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 for 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 CSFL/CPBT emergency number (416-802-2277) in keeping the officials informed.
26. Assistance: If a broken down team requires a tow by one of the event officials, the competitors must release their fish. The CSFL/CPBT 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.
27. 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 CSFL/CPBT Tournament Officials.
28. 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.
29. Pre-Fishing: CSFL Competitors must be off the water by 8:00 pm the Friday night prior to the weekend events during the months of June, July and August. Competitors must be off the water by 7:00 pm the Friday night prior to the weekend events during the month of September. Competitors must be off the water by 6:00 pm the Friday night prior to the weekend events during the month of October.
• Pre-fishing for Twi-Light events ends one-half hour before sunset the night prior to the event.
• Competitors are not permitted to compete in for-profit organized events taking place on Kawartha Lakes including Lake Simcoe tournament waters one weekend prior to the CSFL event.
• Anglers competing in non-profit events week prior are not permitted to release their own fish.
30. 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). During 2-day events, CSFL Special Events, Classic or back-to-back events, 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.
31. Weather: If in case of extreme weather conditions, state of emergency or pandemic, the event may be delayed, rescheduled, restricted, merged with an existing event or cancelled.
32. Boat Size: Boats must be 14’ or greater for CSFL and must be 17’ or greater for CPBT and canoes are not permitted.
33. Insurance: All boats must carry a minimum of $1,000,000.00 insurance liability. Proof of insurance must be made available upon request.
34. Horsepower Limits – all CSFL events are the maximum horsepower rated for your vessel, with the exception of the BM100s with a maximum of 150 horsepower plate rated or less. Kickers are permitted. The CSFL/CPBT reserves the right to refuse an unsafe vessel at its discretion.
35. Kill Switch: All motors must have a working kill switch which must be worn when outboard is running.
36. Temperature Rule: A minimum of 2 bags of ice or frozen water bottles in a cooler will be mandatory on days when forecasted air temperatures are expected to exceed 27 degrees celsius and on days when air temperatures exceed 30 degrees celsius the Tournament Director may reduce the catch limits to 4 fish.
37. Protest: Any protest of violations must be made to the Tournament Director prior to the awards presentation. Protest cost is $100.
38. Infractions: If you witness a rule being broken it is an infraction not to report it to the Tournament Director 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. CPBT PRO’s are responsible for the AM’s/Non-Boater’s well-being.
41. CPBT Ams/Non-Boaters are not permitted use of GPS units during event. AMs/Non-Boaters who share their PRO’s fishing locations during the event with other competitors will be disqualified along with persons utilizing this information.
42. Ties: In case there is a tie for first 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.
43. The 2020 Team of the Year is based on your best 5 out of 12 event points using 5 different lakes. If a partner is not able to participate in one of the five qualifying events, one partner may compete as an individual and maintain the points for the team. A partner can start or end the event and maintain the points for the team.
44. Field Size: The CSFL/CPBT reserves the right to exceed the limited field and pay back accordingly.
45. Paybacks: The CSFL/CPBT is solely responsible for the provision of the percentage paybacks and not responsible for sponsored prizes.
46. Prizes: All Am/Non Boater prizes are sponsor supported. If a sponsor prize position is not supported, the CPBT will pro-rate the position on field size and guarantee 50% of prize value in cash. Winners are responsible to pay any taxes payable for cash or prizes awarded.
47. Entries will be accepted with a 50% deposit and must be accompanied by the balance of entry fees in the form of a post dated cheque dated June 15, 2020. Full entry payments are due after June 15, 2020. A completed entry form together with payment secures a Pro Angler or Amateur/Non Boater a spot. Entries will be accepted with a 50% deposit and must be accompanied by the balance of entry fees in the form of a post-dated cheque dated June 15, 2020. A 4% administrative cost will be added to all payments made by VISA & MasterCard. Cheques payable to CSFL.
48. Orientation Meetings: All orientation meetings will be a virtual.platform. Participants will be notified. Meetings are as follows:
Canadian Open of Fishing: Ams/Non-Boaters are required to attend a pre-orientation meeting at 3:00 pm on Friday, July 10, 2020 to draw their Pros for the event. The order of the draw is determined by the date of registration wherein the entries are drawn daily, at the end of each day, until the field is full. The mandatory Orientation Meeting for all competitors will commence at 6:00 pm.
BronzeBack Cup: The mandatory Orientation Meeting for all competitors will commence at 6:00 pm on Friday, July 24.
Canada Cup: The mandatory Orientation Meeting for all competitors will commence at 6:00 pm on Friday, August 21.
Franny Cup: The mandatory Orientation Meeting for all competitors will commence at 6:00 pm on Friday, October 2.
49. 2021 Registration: At the end of the 2020 season the CSFL will retain your finish position for the following season until Wednesday, September 30. As of Thursday, October 1, 2020, at 9 am pre-registration for the 2021 CSFL season will open for all tours to the public. In keeping it fair for all competitors, multiple entries of the same tour received on the same day, start positions will be drawn at the end of each day for the 2021 season.
50. Rules & Regs: The CSFL/CPBT reserves the right to amend the rules and regulations as it sees fit.
51. Right to Refuse: The CSFL/CPBT reserves the right to refuse or deny a confirmed application by returning the entry fee of a previously accepted application.
52. Tournament Official rulings are final. All rules and regulations apply to all CSFL/CPBT anglers.