Base Camp - 2023 Spring Smallmouth Bass Tournament

Saturday, March 25, 2023 to Sunday, March 26, 2023

Base Camp Smallmouth Bass Tournament

1. Registration and Entry Fee
All participants must completely fill out the official registration form available at or at the tournament location (on-site).

2. Format:
a. Anglers will be allowed to fish from land or boat.
b. Anglers will participate using a Catch Photo Release (CPR) format.
c. Anglers will submit photos of their best 10 smallmouth bass. Anglers should submit all catches, the system will cull their best 5 bass.
d. Anglers must be using an approved Hawg Trough measuring device.
e. Anglers can use the iAngler Tournament app to speed up and facilitate the judges.
f. The angler with the largest total inches from his five best smallmouth bass will win the tournament event.
g. All measurements will be made in inches.

3. Catch:
a. All fish must be taken with a fishing rod, line and hook during the tournament. IGFA rules apply except for the use of treble hooks.
b. Artificial lures, flies, live and dead bait are allowed.
c. Fish must be hooked in the mouth.
d. The use of umbrella rigs, scents, and Gulp, is permitted.
e. Bass must be alive during photograph and released alive.

4. Token/Card:
a. Anglers will be given a token/card for the tournament. This token/card is very important to the angler as it must be in the picture of your fish for the fish to count.
b. An angler is responsible for this token/card from the moment it is assigned to them.
c. No replacement token/cards will be available.

5. Photo:
All fish must be photographed on an approved Hawg Trough measuring device. You must use a camera phone or digital camera for the picture.
a. Fish must be lying flat, facing left to right, with mouth closed in a natural resting position centered against the vertical portion of the Hawg Trough. The fish must appear in a natural state. The tail will be measured as it lies.
b. “Angler Assist” shall be allowed when handling large fish. Anglers may summon a nearby competitor for assistance in measuring and photographing the fish, to get a clear measurement and ensure the safety of the fish. The photo must be taken with the angler’s own camera.
c. Photo must be taken on the angler’s vessel with the token/card clearly visible in every picture for it to count.
d. Anglers are responsible for having pictures clear and visible for the judge’s view. The judges and the tournament director have official say on a fish’s length.
e. Images may not be digitally altered or enhanced in any way.
f. Anglers will have the convenience of using the iAngler Tournament App to turn in fish from their smart phone immediately after they catch it. If an angler does not utilize this app, they must be prepared with an SD card and/or cord to plug the phone or camera in to a computer for submission. Expect to unlock cell phones that are used and to relinquish cell phones or cameras requiring cords for download until judging is completed. Pictures of submitted fish should not be deleted off of the device until the tournament has concluded.

6. CPR Photo Criteria:
a. All criteria must be met or the photo will not be scored.
b. Show the whole fish, tip to tail (aside from your hand, the fish must be clear of any devices. The eyes/mouth/fins/tail of the fish cannot be obstructed in the photo).
c. Lay the fish with the tip of the mouth at the beginning of the ruler.
d. Measurement markings on the measuring board shall be clearly visible.
e. An angler’s assigned official token/card shall be visible.
f. One overhead photo (taken from directly above, not at an angle).

7. CPR Judging:
a. The judge will round down to the closest .25” from where the tail lies.
b. Judges have full discretion on open mouth and where the tail lies.
c. If there is a questionable photo, judges can ask tournament director to make final ruling.
d. Each angler may submit as many fish photos as possible in the allotted time frame. The iAngler Tournament System will automatically cull the anglers 5 largest fish.

8. Ties:
a. Any ties in total inches will be broken by the single longest fish in each angler’s submissions.
b. In the case that the single longest fish are tied then the second single longest fish will be used and so on.
c. In the case that all five fish are identical length, then the earliest check-out time at the end of the tournament will break the tie.

9. Safety:
a. All anglers are to follow the laws specifically stated by the state of Pennsylvania.
b. Each angler must have a valid Pennsylvania fishing license for the duration of the tournament.

10. Ethics:
a. Anglers are to use sportsmanship on and off the water.
b. Be respectful of other participants that are launching or fishing in similar areas to you.
c. Anglers are expected to follow all the rules.
d. Anyone caught cheating could receive punishment by law and receive lifetime bans from other fishing events and tournaments.
e. During the hours of competition, contestants shall not obtain or receive assistance.

11. Penalties:
a. Open Mouth on fish; .25” deduction penalty.
b. Unnatural manipulation of the fish aside from pinching the tail; .5” deduction penalty
c. Token and/or card missing in photo; fish will be disqualified.

12. Disqualifications:
a. Any fish on a stringer or restrained to a Hawg Trough by any means other than the competitors hand or the approved bands. This includes: grips, stringers, hooks, lures, etc.
b. Token and/or card missing in photo; fish will be disqualified.

13. Formal complaints:
a. Any participant wishing to file a formal complaint against a competitor must do so in writing prior to the conclusion of check-in at each event. This complaint must be turned in, in writing; specifically explaining the violation and by whom. It
must be signed and turned into the Tournament Director with a $100 deposit. If the challenge is upheld the $100 will be returned.
b. Any concerns regarding clarification of rules shall be discussed with the Tournament Director BEFORE the start of the tournament.
c. The Tournament Director will have the final decision on any formal complaints.