BASS CAT BOAT CAPTAINS
A Note for Boat Owners Who Volunteer:
(Fishing Boat Standards)
Fishing boats may be made of fiberglass or aluminum.
They must be a minimum of 16’ in length with working bilge pump.
No pontoons, barges, or ski boats, fish and skis are permitted as long as they meet the criterion below.
The boat must have a bow mounted trolling motor, (foot or hand control) and have enough power to accommodate 3 people for an average fishing day.
Must be adequate room for contestant’s rods and tackle.
Fishing boats must have a live well and working aerator pump.
Boats must have a Kill Switch and safety lanyard attached to boat captain ANY time big engine is engaged.
Boat must have current TPW registration and clearly legible “Maximum Capacities” rating on boat.
The horsepower of the outboard engine must not exceed the maximum horsepower capacity specified on the capacity placard
60 MPH Maximum Speed Limit on all Boats.
All fuel tanks must be factory installed.
Boat captains MUST provide U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device for both contestants. All three members of boat MUST have flotation device on (zipped or buckled) when big engine is in gear.
Sitting on fishing chairs on casting decks while big engine is in gear is not permitted.
Contestants are to be seated in on manufacturer recommended on-plane seating area when big engine is in gear.
Contestants are not to drive boat FOR ANY REASON! Student anglers are permitted to assist in loading and unloading the boat ONLY if they have their Boater Safety Certification. In an emergency they are to contact the tournament director by cell phone.
Boat captains are to keep working cell phone in boat and be listening for any weather updates from tournament director if bad weather is in forecast. (Tournament may be shortened or canceled due to weather)However the use of cell phones to locate information for finding fish is prohibited.
All navigation lights must be in working order.
Boat Captains are there to supply and drive boats for their teams. Captains may provide assistance, including information about locating and catching fish, but are not permitted to fish. They are to teach students to read electronics, the conditions and suggest specific patterns to help with the days fishing.
Violation of any safety rules will be cause for immediate disqualification.
All members of NTXCAT are to follow high standards of sportsmanship, courtesy and conservation and to conduct themselves in a manner that will be a credit to themselves, their families, and the team.