2016 Green River Lake Kayak Bass Classic
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Location: Longhunter Outfitters, 5147 Campbellsville Rd, Columbia, KY 42728
Check in: 6:00am (EDT) Weigh-in: 3:00pm (EDT)
(Note: No actual weigh-in will take place. This is a CPR event.)
Awards: Cash Payout for 1st Place (dependent on participation.)
2nd & 3rd Place will receive prizes
NOTE: Door prizes will also be giving out
Series: Kentucky Kayak Bass Fishing Series
$40 USDIndividual Angler
Tournament is over
Events & Schedule
06/25/2016 06:00 AM
Lines in the water
06/25/2016 06:30 AM
CPR Weigh-In: All anglers must be checked in
06/25/2016 03:00 AM
06/25/2016 03:30 AM
Rules and Regulations
Each Longhunter Outfitters (“LHO”) Bass Fishing Series, Tournament, (referred to herein as “Competition”) is conducted according to Competition Rules found in two documents:
1. LHO Competition Rules Standards (stipulated below and available for download in PDF form) cover about 85% of the Rules.
2. LHO Competition Rules Addendum deal with the remaining 15% of the rules and cover event-specific details such as dates, locations, times, fishable waters, and local restrictions. The may be found on each Competition Event page on this Website.
Together, these two documents comprise the LHO Competition Rules for each Competition. For each Competition, the Tournament Director has responsibility for interpretation and enforcement of the Competition Rules and may amplify or clarify them to make them more relevant or complete. LHO management will review the TD’s action and, if appropriate, incorporate the revisions in the LHO Competition Rules Standards or Addenda. Notifications of Competition Rules changes will be posted in the Kentucky Bass Fishing Series Facebook Forum and on the Longhunter Outfitters website at www.longhunteroutfitters.com
Table of Contents
1. Participation and Eligibility
2. Tournament Format
3. Eligible Species
4. Competition Period
6. Competition Area
7. Permitted Methods of Catching Fish
8. Fishing Tackle and Equipment
9. Watercraft & Propulsion
10. Photo Standards
12. Awarding of Prizes
15. Sale of Prizes
16. Disputes and Appeals
18. Competitor Conduct
19. Public Comment
20. Waiver and Release
1. Participation and Eligibility
A. iAngler Tournament Registration — All LHO Competitions are conducted using iAngler Tournament. Each angler who wishes to participate in such an event must sign up as an iAngler Tournament participant before the first day of competition.
i. Anglers who desire to compete in an LHO Online Challenge are required to sign up for the event and pay the entry fee on iAnlger Tournament.
ii. For all meet-up LHO Competitions, iAngler Tournament registration and use is strongly recommended but not absolutely required. If an angler does not have Internet access, he may register and pay the Entry Fee at the Tournament HQ Check-in Station.
C. Entry Fees — Entry fee amounts, registration deadlines, late fees, and refund or transfer restrictions are specified in the LHO Competition Rules Addendum for each Competition.
D. Pre-Tournament Check-in — Each angler participating (“Competitor”) in a meet-up Tournament is responsible for reviewing the schedule of events in each LHO Competition Rules Addendum for pre-event check-in times and location. Each Competitor must check in with official LHO Competition staff at the time and place designated in the schedule of events for verification of eligibility, signing of waivers, and rules acknowledgement. Late check-in and registration process (if permitted), event-specific instructions, and event schedule are specified in the LHO Competition Rules Addendum.
F. Captains Meeting Attendance — Official LHO/iAngler Tournament identifiers for meet-up Competitions are distributed at a Captains Meeting on the evening before the Competition Day. Competitors unable to attend the Captains Meeting must pick one up at the Late Arrival/Check-in Desk. Specific details for each event are found in the LHO Competition Rules Addendum.
2. Tournament Format — The Competition dates and hours and the number of fish scored are identified in each Event’s LHO Competition Rules Addendum. LHO Challenges may be just a few hours, a day, a few days, or a period of weeks. LHO Meet-up Tournaments are conducted in either one- or two-day formats. In two-day tournaments, the number of fish scored each day is specified in the Addendum, and each Competitor’s final score is the aggregate score from both days.
3. Eligible Species — For “Bass” LHO Competitions, only “black bass” are eligible for scoring. That designation includes the three most common species (Largemouth Bass – Micropterus salmoides, Smallmouth Bass – Micropterus dolomineu, and Spotted or Kentucky Bass – Micropterus punctulatus). Other less well-know species or varieties may be eligible if abundant in the Competition Area:
A. Shoal Bass – Micropterus cataactae
B. Redeye Bass – Micropterus coosae
C. Suwannee Bass – Micropterus notius
D. Guadalupe Bass- Micropterus treculi
E. Bartram’s Bass – Micropterus bartrami
F. Mean Mouth Bass – hybrid offspring of M. dolomieau and M. punctulatus
For Competitions involving other species (e.g, Hybrid Striped Bass, Striped Bass, Sea Trout, Flounder, Redfish, Walleye, Catfish, Musky, Pike) the species of fish permitted for scoring will be specified in the LHO Competition Rules Addendum.
4. Competition Period
A. Competition start and end dates and times are stated in the LHO Competition Rules Addendum for each event. No Competitor may begin fishing before the official Competition Start Time on any day of competition or submit fish photographed after the official Competition End Time. Under no circumstance will a fish photographed outside of the official Competition Start and End times be considered for scoring.
B. Check-in — Competitors at meet-up Tournaments who have already submitted digital photos by upload to iAngler Tournament, must be in the Judges Check-in Line at Tournament HQ by the Competition End Time.
C. Early Check-in — Competitors who could not or did not upload their photo submissions to iAnlger Tournament must be in Judges Check-in line at Tournament HQ one hour prior to the Competition End Time to turn in their digital media (i.e., memory card), camera, or camera phone with USB cable in order for judges or tournament staff to download them to a computer and then manually upload them to iAngler Tournament for subsequent evaluation and scoring.
D. Emergency Competition Termination — In the event of emergencies, such as weather conditions that pose an imminent threat to Competitors, the Tournament Director may terminate Competition before the scheduled Competition End Time. An Early Termination Announcement with an Adjusted End Time will be broadcast to Competitors via Email and Group Text Messaging and will also be posted on the iAngler Tournament site and media sites, The Announcement will specify a report-in time and location. If safe to do so, upon receiving the Announcement, Competitors should make their way to the specified location at the time identified.
Competitors are required to stop fishing as soon as they receive the Early Termination Announcement. No fish caught after the Adjusted End Time time may be submitted for scoring; however, to accommodate those seeking shelter immediately, Competitors have up to 15 minutes after the Adjusted End Time to take a photo of the fish caught before the Adjusted End Time. Only photos with time stamps 15 minutes or less after the Adjusted End Time, verified by the photo time stamp on the Competitor’s camera or camera phone, will be eligible for scoring regardless whether the Competitor was in cell range and received the Announcement at the Adjusted End Time.
Continuing to fish when bad weather rolls in can be hazardous. It’s up to the Tournament Director to decide whether to let the Competitors “tough it out” or pull the plug early. If the TD shuts down the competition early, he will send emails and texts announcing an “early quit time” to all competitors. No fish caught after the TD’s early quit time is eligible for scoring.
What if you catch a nice fish just seconds before the “early quit time” text; can you high-tail it to shelter before taking a photo? Yep, that’s fine. You have 15 minutes to get to safety and take the photo. THIS DOES NOT MEAN, HOWEVER, THAT YOU CAN KEEP FISHING FOR FIFTEEN MORE MINUTES.
Okay, but what if an angler is out of cell range and doesn’t get the “early quit time” message until much later? It doesn’t matter whether the angler gets the word immediately or hours afterwards; the TD’s official “early quit time” is what counts. Some anglers will choose to fish in areas with no or poor cell reception, and they may not get the text or email until they’re on their way back to HQ at the originally planned time. If they fish through the storm and catch some decent fish after the “early quit time” they are going to be disappointed. Those fish don’t count. Competitors who choose to fish in areas with poor cell reception must understand this is one of the risks they’re taking and decide for themselves if the rewards outweigh the risks.
5. Pre-fishing — Practice in Eligible Waters is permitted until 6:00 p.m. on the day prior to Competition. There are no restrictions regarding areas, type of watercraft, or types of bait used in pre-fishing; however, if fish caught during pre-fishing are submitted for other Competitions, Competitors must comply with those rules.
6. Competition Area
A. Competitive fishing is allowed only on public waters within the geographic area designated by the LHO Competition Rules Addendum as “Eligible Waters.”
B. Competitors may launch from any public-access shore. Crossing private property to reach public water is not permitted.
C. Areas posted “Off-Limits” or “No Fishing” by state or federal agencies are excluded from “Eligible Waters” and will be identified at the pre-tournament Captains Meeting.
D. Competitors are not restricted to fishing where they start out each day but are permitted to paddle, pedal, motor, drag, carry, or transport boats on vehicles or trailers to other eligible water area during tournament hours. “Mothershipping” or towing by powerboats is prohibited. See Rule 9.D.
E. Kayaks must not be anchored in such a position as to prevent or block access for other kayaks or powerboats.
F. Wade fishing is permitted provided the Competitor uses his kayak to access the fishing location. Bass caught while wading or walking the shoreline ARE eligible for submission; however, each Competitor must be within sight of his kayak while fishing, and the kayak must appear in every bass photo submitted. Competitors may depart the boat to catch and land fish or to make the boat more accessible to fishing waters. If a Competitor must go out of sight of his kayak for any reason (e.g., for a restroom break or to contact a tournament official by phone or other means, or to report an emergency), he must cease fishing until he returns to his kayak, at which time he may resume fishing.
7. Permitted Methods of Capturing Fish — All bass must be caught live, the Competitor using only equipment and legal methods that comply with all sportfishing 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.
8. 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 level under state game laws.
B. Each Competitor must have a “Hawg Trough”, the only acceptable measuring device. “Hawg Trough” is a specific brand of measuring device manufactured by Hagen’s. It does not refer to any other rounded or flat measuring board. The “Hawg Trough” is available for purchase from Longhunter Outfitters or online at www.longhunteroutfitters.com.
C. Each competitor must have a mobile phone with camera or a digital camera with memory card and/or download cable to submit digital photographs.
D. Nets and grippers (e.g., Fish Grip, Boga-Grip) may be used for landing bass 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, with the exception of pork strips or rinds.
F. Only ONE casting, spin-casting, spinning, or fly rod and reel may be in use at any one time. A hung lure that is not in or on the water is not considered in use and may be set aside while another is in use. Other rigs as specified above may be in boat ready for use; however, only ONE is permitted in use at any given time.
G. If a Competitor breaks his line while setting the hook or retrieving a fish, he is allowed to make an attempt with the rod being used or by hand to secure the line and land the fish to be counted as legal. He may NOT hook the line with another lure, rod and reel, or other device. If a Competitor loses his rod and reel while landing a bass he MAY use another rod and reel to retrieve the lost outfit. If that rod and reel is verified to be the lost outfit that and the bass is still hooked, it may be landed, photographed, and submitted as a legal fish.
H. Competitors are allowed to share baits and tackle at all times.
9. Watercraft & Propulsion
A. Only bass caught from kayaks or other acceptable watercraft are eligible for scoring. Acceptable watercraft is defined as any watercraft defined by the manufacturer as a kayak and sold as a kayak and/or canoe.
B. Trolling is permitted as long as the Competitor adheres to the one-rod rule (8.A, above).
C. The use of motherships (i.e., transport or assistance from a powerboat in moving locations) is NOT permitted. Assistance from powerboats is permitted only in emergencies, as when pulling a kayak from a danger zone or restricted area. Fishing may resume following emergency assistance only if no appreciable relocation occurred.
D. Competitors may not fish from watercraft operating with gasoline or other petroleum power propulsion. Watercraft permitted for use during competition are limited to those propelled by paddle OR pedal.
F. Electric or gasoline motors are NOT permitted in any LHO competition.
10. Photo Standards Digital photographs of bass submitted to judges for scoring must meet these criteria:
A. Legible. Photo must be clear enough to read identifier and judge the length accurately.
B. Official LHO/iAngler Tournament identifier placed where it does not cover the bass’ eye or prevent measurement verification. An image of the unique identifier on a smart phone is not acceptable.
C. Competitor’s kayak clearly visible
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. Mouth completely closed with jaw and/or lips touching the Hawg Trough “fence.” Position camera lens directly over the center of the bass’ body to aid judges in determining that bass’ mouth is closed and in contact with the fence. 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. Tail centered and in a relaxed, un-pinched condition and its tip in contact with the Hawg Trough. Regardless whether or not fingers are squeezing the tail, if the tip is less than 50% as wide as the base, or the longer lobe of the tail is compressed over 50%, that tail will be considered “pinched” and should be spread before photographing to avoid a point deduction.
iv. 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.
At every LHO tournament and challenge, judges strive to be fair, consistent and objective, applying the following standards in approving or disqualifying photos, and in accepting or adjusting lengths.
Blurry photos will be scored at the highest mark of which there is no doubt
Photo that is too blurry to judge at all
Photo appears to be second-generation (photo of a photo)
Photo submitted before or after event date and time limits
GPS photo tag or other evidence indicates photo was uploaded out of tournament “permitted waters” zone
Multiple digital photos unintentionally submitted of the same bass
Multiple digital photos intentionally submitted of the same bass; fraud
Bass is positioned with the head pointing to the right
Bass is positioned with dorsal fin at bottom of photo, pelvic and anal fins upward
Tournament Identifier missing, counterfeit, or incorrect for the event or competitor
Competitor’s kayak not visible in photo
Fish lip or mouth not touching Hawg Trough fence (the upright end plate)
Mouth slightly open, but less than 1/8 inch
Mouth open 1/8 to 1/4 inch, even if it appears to be structurally unable to close completely.
Mouth open 1/4 to 1/2 inch, even if it appears to be structurally unable to close completely.
Mouth open wider than 1/2 inch, even if it appears to be structurally unable to close completely.
Restraining device, stringer, tape, or clip of any kind is attached to bass or being used to secure it.
Body off-center or curved so that one lobe of the tail extends 1/2 inch or more past the other lobe
Fingers are pinching the tail lobes together, or even without being constrained by fingers or a restraint the tail tip is 40% or less as wide as the tail base.
Tail lifted off the Hawg Trough; fish flapping tail so its tip is not in contact with the board
Any other fish than the species or varieties approved for the Competition
Fish appears to have been snagged, snatched, or hooked in the body rather than mouth
Fish appears to be dead, mutilated, frozen, mangled, or otherwise damaged so that it may not to have been taken according to the rules, or eye is covered so the condition of the fish cannot be ascertained.
Bass appears to have been mashed, mauled, or otherwise altered to increase its length
A. Judges will evaluate each photograph to ensure that (a) the digital file was created within the official Competition Start and End Times and that (b) it complies with Photo Criteria outlined in Rule 6, above.
B. Tournament standings, contingency awards and final winners shall be determined by the aggregate length of each Competitor’s catch during the tournament competition day(s).
C. In a CPR tournament, unless a bass is hooked to a restraint device, they are not considered “in possession” by Competitors, so minimum length requirement do not apply for photo submissions, and Competitors may submit as many photos as they wish.
i. Unless otherwise stipulated in the LHO Competition Rules Addendum, in one-day tournaments the scores of the five longest bass will be combined to determine the aggregate score.
ii. Unless otherwise stipulated in the LHO Competition Rules Addendum, in two-day tournaments, the scores of the five longest bass of Day 1 and the five longest bass on Day 2 will be combined to determine the aggregate score.
iii. Exceptions to these daily creels will be stipulated
D. Bass length is determined by its tail touching or crossing a quarter-inch line on the Hawg Trough. If it falls short of a line, the length is rounded down to the nearest 1/4-inch mark that the bass’ tail actually touches or crosses. Pinching the tail or angling the fish to achieve additional length will not result in a higher score and may result in deduction in length, as described in paragraph “f,” below.
E. In the event of an exact tie in aggregate score, ties will be broken according to the time that the competitors’ fish photos were officially entered into iAngler Tournament for scoring or were checked in by the Judges. Should the fish photo submission times be identical, then both Competitors’ highest single-bass score will be compared, and the higher score will be determine the outcome. If both Competitors’ highest single-bass score, too, is identical, then the second highest single-bass score of both Competitors will be compared, and so on until the tie is broken by the highest single-bass score.
12. 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 cash awards and product prizes shown below are based on 200 entries. Final payout will be adjusted based on entries and sponsorship commitments
B. Prizes will be processed as quickly as possible.
C. Prizes that require processing (e.g. kayaks, paddles, propulsion units) 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.
B. A minimum 1/2-inch deduction will be enforced for a photograph of a bass with its mouth open. Maximum deduction shall be at the judges’ discretion, up to and including disqualification of the entry.
C. Competitors who have not already submitted their digital photos and are not in the Judges Check-in line by the Early Check-in deadline, as described in Rule 12, shall be penalized at the rate of four inches per minute late; to be deducted from the total length of his catch that day. Any Competitor more than 15 minutes late shall lose all credit for that day’s catch. There shall be no excuse for tardiness, and in no case, shall a Competitor be allowed to make up “lost time.” After proper recognition at the Judges Station line, Competitors will be allowed ample time to submit their photos; however, all fishing must cease at the official Competition End Time.
D. 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 LHO tournaments. Subject to the appeal process set forth below, the Tournament Director’s decisions on violations are final.
E. 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 LHO events, 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 Competitor of Year points.
F. 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 weigh-in forms, may be cause for disqualification.
G. Following review, a determination by LHO Management or conviction of cheating or fraud will result in permanent disqualification from all LHO competitions and LHO-affiliated events, tours, and series, and banning from all LHO Forum privileges, and the findings will be publicized via social media (e.g., Facebook, Twitter), all participating kayak fishing forums and any other channel available for dissemination of such information.
H. 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 LHO-affiliated event.
I. 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 LHO 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.
J. Random truth verification tests may be administered on site during the course of any LHO Series Event.
14. Taxes — All state and federal taxes are the responsibility of the competitor. LHO will provide a 1099 in accordance with law. Where and when state laws require income taxes be paid on cash awards to non-residents, the taxes will be the responsibility of the winners. Competitors are responsible for all applicable taxes on both cash and merchandise awards. Various States require withholding tax on merchandise be paid upon the awarding of certificates, and Competitors awarded merchandise certificates in these States are responsible for remitting their tax to said state revenue authority. Failure to meet those obligations may result in disqualification from all future LHO events. All prize recipients must complete a W-9 and, when required a Form 590, or W-8 BEN, provided by LHO (one time) when required by state or federal law. Competitor must provide name, email, phone number and city and state of residence. Additional information may be required upon winning for prize verification.
15. Sale of Prizes — No prizes won participating in LHO Series Events may be sold on LHO forums or any affiliate Website, Facebook page, or event page for a period of one full year. After one year, challenge prizes may only be sold after receiving permission from LHO administration. Violation of this rule will result in ineligibility for all future events and forfeiture of qualification status.
16. 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 LHO Management in writing or via email 48 hours from the time and date of ruling. The Appeals Processing Fee is $100, which may be paid to LHO via cash, check, or PayPal Funds Transfer. LHO will impanel an appeals committee comprised of one LHO staff member and two other persons 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. If the appeals committee rules in the Competitor favor and reverses or nullifies the ruling, then the entire Appeal Processing Fee will be refunded; however, if the ruling stands, then the Fee is forfeited.
A. During pre-practice and competition, every Competitor must have all required Coast Guard safety equipment, (e.g., light source, whistle or other audible signal device, Coast Guard-approved chest-type life preserver [PFD]). See http:// www.uscgboating.org/.
B. Competitors must wear PFD at all times while on the water during the hours of competition.
C. The Tournament Director has the right to postpone or cancel the start of an official tournament day because of bad weather or other factors that would endanger the safety of the Competitors. Tournament waters may also be restricted at any time because of bad weather. As stated in Rule 4.D., the Tournament Director has the discretion to terminate Competition early due to hazardous weather conditions.
D. In the event of an emergency situation, Competitors should call 911 first and then notify tournament officials as soon as possible.
E. Use of alcohol or drugs (other than those purchased over-the-counter or prescribed by a licensed physician) by any Competitor, during the official practice or during the tournament, will not be tolerated and will be cause for automatic disqualification from this and all future LHO tournaments. No alcoholic beverages or other non-prescription stimulants or depressants shall be allowed in kayaks during the official practice or competition days. vi. Chemical substance addiction or abuse, conviction of a felony or other crimes involving moral turpitude, or other conduct reflecting unfavorably upon efforts to promote safety, sportsmanship, fair competition and compliance with tournament rules, shall be grounds for rejecting any application for participation and/or for disqualification after circumstances are reviewed by the Tournament Director. Any disqualification, suspension from, or other disciplinary action regarding any tournament or fishing organization, shall be grounds for rejecting any application for participation in a LHO tournament, and/or disqualification from a LHO tournament, after circumstances are reviewed by the Tournament Director.
18. Competitor Conduct — Competitors participating in any LHO sanctioned event 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 kayak bass fishing, LHO, 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 kayak bass fishing, 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 the reflect unfavorably up LHO efforts to promote fisheries conservation, clean waters and courtesy, may forfeit tournament winnings, face suspension from future LHO sanctioned events, be permanently banned from competition, or any combination thereof deemed appropriate by LHO.
19. Public Comments
A. The favorable public reputation of LHO as a sanctioning organization in the sport of kayak bass fishing, the integrity of its officials, and the reputation of its media channels are valuable assets and tangible benefits for LHO. 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 LHO events, tournaments, tournament officials, sponsors, fellow Competitors or the LHO organization. Competitors are encouraged to express themselves and have the right to question the rules officials. Responsible expressions of legitimate disagreement with LHO 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 Longhunter Outfitters, LHO officials, 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 LHO 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.
20. Waivers and Releases
A. Name and Likeness Release — By registering for this Longhunter Outfitters Event, the Competitor grants to Longhunter Outfitters, Black Gnat Tackle, Yakalicious and Hunt-Fish-Shoot Kentucky Radio Show the right to use all photographs, likenesses, stories, accounts, details of Competitor contributions, exploits, interviews, bloopers, and information pertinent to the LHO Event, as well as any video footage, photographs gathered at the Event, for marketing and promotional purposes. This release is granted without expectation for additional compensation upon submission of Event Registration.
B. Waiver and Release of Liability — As a condition of participation in a Competition, and by virtue of registering for the Competition, each Competitor agrees to accept the terms and condition of the LHO Waiver and Release of Liability Agreement (below). This Agreement absolves Longhunter Outfitters, 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 Event. Registrants under the age of 18 must have their waiver/release form signed by the parent or adult guardian who will accompany them throughout competition. A printed copy of the Longhunter Outfitters Waiver and Release Form (below) is available at the Event HQ Check-in Table and must be signed and on file with Longhunter Outfitters before a registrant is eligible to compete.
Kentucky Kayak Bass Fishing Series
I am aware that these activities are hazardous activities and that I could be seriously injured or even killed. I am voluntarily participating in these activities with knowledge of the dangers involved, and agree to assume any and all risk of bodily injury, death or property damage, whether those risks are known or unknown.
As consideration for being permitted by Longhunter Outfitters and the Kentucky Kayak Bass Fishing Series to participate in these activities, I forever release Longhunter Outfitters and the Kentucky Kayak Bass Fishing Series or any Kentucky Kayak Bass Fishing Series affiliated organization, and their respective directors, officers, employees, volunteers, agents, contractors, and representatives from any and all actions, claims, or demands that I, my assignees, heirs, distributes, guardians, next of kin, spouse, and legal representatives now have, or may have in the future, for injury, death, or property damage, related to (I) my participation in these activities, (ii) the negligence or other acts, whether directly connected to these activities or not, and however caused, by any Release. I also agree that I, my assignees, heirs, distributes, guardians, next of kin, spouse, and legal representatives will not make a claim against, sue, or attach property of any Releasee in connection with any of the matters covered by the foregoing release.
All photos will become sole permission of Longhunter Outfitters and the Kentucky Kayak Bass Fishing Series and may be posted on the internet or used in any Longhunter Outfitters and the Kentucky Kayak Bass Fishing Series promotions, advertising, or legal disputes. Anyone caught cheating will have their photos posted all around the world via ALL social networking outlets, and their names will be forwarded to all tournament directors in the world.
I have carefully read this agreement and fully understand its contents. I am aware that this is a release of liability, and contract between myself and Longhunter Outfitters and the Kentucky Kayak Bass Fishing Series, the state, and the parish and sign it of my own free will.
If signed by a parent or guardian: I verify that the dangers of the activities and the significance of this release and waiver were explained to the participant and that the participant understood them.