Open & Specialty Tournament Rules


 It is the responsibility of each entrant to Read and Know the Rules.

  Participation & Eligibility:

Participation is limited to the first 160 persons (80) Boats. There are no restrictions as to race, gender, creed, or color.  The minimum age of the Boater has to be 18 years or older.  The minimum age of 16 will be allowed as the non boater. A child of 8 years & older can fish with a parent or legal guardian.  Those under the age of 18 must have written consent and a release of liability from parent or legal guardian. The maximum and minimum allowed per team is (2) two people per boat.  


Each vessel entered into this tournament must be equipped with a working ignition kill switch. While the big motor is running the kill switch must be attached to the operator of the vessel. All constants must wear and have fastened a Coast Guard approved (type 111 PFD) life jacket while the big motor is running. Safe boating conduct and all safety precautions must be observed at all times.

  Vessels and Motor:

The tournament official reserves the right to ban any vessel from participating if the vessel is considered unsafe or the operator unqualified. All vessels must be a minimum of 16 feet and meet all coast guard safety requirements including Coast Guard approved running lights. All lighting shall be installed and working at boat inspection and can be removed at safe light. An approved throw cushion in addition to approved life jackets and fire extinguisher must be in the vessel. Vessel equipped with a motor shall not exceed the factory BIA Rating. 

  Speed Restrictions:

The Maximum speed limit during the entire tournament shall not exceed the City Lake speed limit.  If you are cited for speeding during the tournament your team will be subject to disqualification by the tournament authority.

  Fishing License:

Each contestant must observe all fish and game laws and have in his or her possession a valid state fishing license. Penalty for any violation will be disqualification. A contestant cited by officers for violation of State or Federal fishing or boating regulations may be subject to disqualification by the tournament authority.


Any contestant under the influence of, or in possession of alcohol, barbiturates, marijuana, or any other controlled substance in his/her boat will result in the immediate disqualification and will be banned from fishing any future San Diego Team Series Events.

  Insurance & Liability:

It is the sole responsibility of the boat owner to carry and have proof of adequate liability insurance covering them and a passengers. Contestants are required to have in their possession and provide proof of insurance on demand by the tournament director. By signing the entry form, you are declaring that you have read and agree to the General Rules, Release & Risk Agreement.  All contestants absolving the tournaments sponsor, co-sponsor, staff, tournament director, the City of San Diego and their employees from any responsibility for any damage or personal injury sustained as a result of their participation in the tournament or related activities. 


Any contestant who displays poor sportsmanship and/or violates any rules of this tournament including any rule of the state or local agency will be disqualified and removed from the lake. Disqualifications include forfeiture of all entry fees and prize money.

  Special Rules:

The tournament officials may announce special rules when necessary. The special rules will have the same effect as the written rules. Interpretation of all rules will be left exclusively to the tournament officials whose decision will be final. 

  Equipment/Tackle/Technique Restrictions:

Each vessel must be equipped with a functional aerated live well system which provides proper aeration to maintain fish in good condition. Only artificial lures may be used. No live bait, cut bait, or prepared baits other then pork rin or animal hide may be used. Fish attractants or scent may be utilized. All fishing must be accomplished with one rod and reel combination used at one time.  All Bass must be caught live in a conventional & sportsman like manner.  Rod may not exceed 8 feet in length. A contestant may have unlimited number of rods rigged and ready. The intentional snagging of a fish is prohibited. The act of trolling the lures by maneuvering the boat with either motor is prohibited. Landing nets are permitted. The use of underwater cameras is not permitted.


Once a team has reached the tournament limit of (3) Three bass, culling (replacing a live caught bass with a larger caught bass) is permitted, but must be done immediately. At no time during the tournament hours may contestants continue to fish while possessing more than five bass. 

  Size Limit/Bag Limit:

Only Largemouth Bass are permitted and must be a minimum of 13 inches in length measured laying flat with the mouth open on a flat board. The tournament limit will be three (3) Three bass per team.


A 25 yard rule is in effect at all times during the tournament.  No contestants boat shall move within 25 yards of another contestant for the purpose of fishing.  Protecting an area for another contestant is not pertmitted.  When anchoring the trolling motor must be in the stored position.  

  Dead Fish Penalty:

Contestants shall make every effort to keep all bass alive.  A penatly of .20 (20/100) of one pound is subtracted as a penalty for each dead bass as determined by the weight master.  The weigh master will make all judgements on the bass mortality.  Culling of dead fish is prohibitted and may result in disqualification.  It is the goal of San Diego Team Series to release all bass caught alive and healthy.  All short bass will have a (1) one pound penalty plus the loss of the fish. 


Once the bass are presented to the weigh master they immediately become the official catch of the contestant and become the possession of the weigh master to measure and record as such. When presenting the bass to be weighed the contestant cannot touch the bass while the weigh master is taking the measurement. The total weight for five bass will be the team’s total catch for the tournament. All big bass will be the responsibility of the contestant to choose.


There is no excuse for being late to the weigh-in. Any team returning to the check in point after the official time will be disqualified.


If two teams have the same weight at the end of the tournament, the big fish will break the tie. Big fish must be marked prior to handing it to the weigh master. It is the anglers responsibility to ask to weigh master to weigh their big bass at every event.  If neither team weighs a big bass during the event the point and prize money will be split equally between the teams.

  Breakdown / Emergencies:

Anglers are not permitted to leave their vessels or touch another contestant’s vessel with the exception of an emergency or major equipment failure. In the case of a breakdown, on the water assistance in the form of a tow or a ride to the weigh-in area is permitted. When accepting assistance, all contestants must stop fishing and return to the marina area with their catch. The tow vessel contestants may return to the tournament if time permits after their boat has been inspected before continuing to fish.

  Cellular Telephone:

Communication devices are allowed in a boat as an emergency tool only. Boat to boat communication is prohibited except for emergency purposes only.

  Lie Detector Testing:  

All contestants by virtue of entry into this event are subject to a test by lie detector apparatus if deemed necessary by the tournament director.

  Rules /Safety Meeting:

All contestants are required to attend the tournament rules and safety meeting before each tournament. Failure to attend meeting is grounds for assessed penalties or disqualification as directed by the tournament director.

  Change of Site:

Tournament sites may be changed by the tournament director if deemed necessary for any reason.


All protests must be submitted in writing to the tournament director before the scales are closed. The Tournament Director will hear protests and the decisions of the Tournament Director will be final.

  Tournament Protection:

Any act or inflammatory statement by any contestant that is detrimental to the bass tournament, damaging to its staff, sponsors, or to permitting agencies (such as park rangers, fisheries biologists, or other officials), during the tournament or after the tournament, may result in the temporary or permanent suspension from all future events. San Diego Teams Series reserves the right to refuse any entry into its team tournaments at the discretion of the Tournament Director.

Last Updated on Sep182014


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