This event may be recorded for possible video production and distribution.
These rules have been established to encourage fairness, safety, conservation, and significant care for the fish caught. It is the goal of this event to move our sport forward as an example for all to follow.
Entries made and paid for are prohibited from being sold, bartered, or given away without the expressed written consent of a tournament official.
All Entries Are Final! Any entry that will not be used will be offered at face value to a waiting list of teams/anglers on a first-come-first-serve basis. No “scalping” will be allowed. If it is discovered that any time a team has/had attempted to scalp or sell their entry for profit, they will automatically be disqualified and refunded their entry fee, less a $200 administrative processing charge only IF a replacement team can be secured. THIS EVENT IS CAPPED AT 150, 3 PERSON TEAMS plus up to 10 promotional entries.
1. Good sportsmanship is expected of all individuals before, during and after the tournament event. This includes social media bashing of the event and/or event participants. Failure to follow good sportsmanship may result in disqualification and/or revocation from fishing this and/or any further Mississippi River Monsters and/or Mega Bucs Tournament events.
2. Any disorderly conduct will be reason alone for disqualification.
3. At the Directors discretion, any violation may result in an automatic disqualification.
4. All State and Federal rules must be observed. It is up the anglers to determine what license or licenses may be needed.
5. Teams are limited to a minimum and maximum of 3 persons.
6. All children 16 and under MUST be accompanied by an adult.
7. Life vests are encouraged to be worn at take-off and while underway at all times.
8. Fish may only be caught by Rod and Reel method only.
9. All participating anglers from each team MUST be present at registration. Team photos will be taken at registration, so all teams are encouraged to come dressed with their official tournament day jerseys. Registration will take place on Friday afternoon between 3:00PM and 7:00PM. Registration location to be announced.
10. Tournament Hours: 7:30AM - 3:30PM. Boat Check-In will begin at 5:00AM at the Ingalls Harbor boat ramp. Lines in the water prior to 7:30AM will be cause for immediate disqualification.
11. Teams will be allowed to trailer. All boats must launch from Ingalls Harbor, Rogersville, KOA Ramp or Ditto Landing. All boats must be recovered at the same ramp that it was put in at the morning of the event. All participating boats must be back to their respected boat ramps no later than 4:00PM. Once launched, teams may get underway in a safe and orderly manner. There will be no exceptions to this rule.
12. Weigh-in will begin and take place at Ingalls Harbor at or before 5:00PM.
13. A maximum of 3 fish per boat will be allowed at the weigh-in. 2 over 34" and 1 under 34" will be allowed. Only 3 fish alive in the live-well will be allowed at weigh-in. dead fish in the live well will not be allowed.
14. Teams are allowed to have as many rods on board as needed. However, only 6 rods are allowed in the water at any given time.
15. No snagging will be allowed
16. No fouled hooked fish will be accepted (a fouled hook is any hook located behind the gill plate).
17. No chumming.
18. No fishing intentionally baited holes.
19. All tournament boats must maintain a distance of 50 yards between each other while anchored and 50 feet while drifting or spot locked. This includes all boats.
20. Buddy fishing or sharing of information during tournament hours including techniques, baits, location, etc. is strictly prohibited.
21. No fishing outside of the boat.
22. No alcoholic beverages, marijuana, or illegal substances are allowed onboard or used during tournament hours.
23. Due to possible inclement weather, all boat captains must decide for themselves and their fellow team members if it is safe to launch and proceed. The Mississippi River Monsters or Mega Bucs Tournament event will proceed with the event unless the director(s) along with 5 randomly selected team captains determine the conditions to be unsafe prior to the event.
24. Onboard live wells must be no less than 50 gallons and employ an electric freshwater circulating pump and includes proper aeration. OXYGEN USE IS ENCOURAGED.
25. There may not be any extra fish in live-well. If there are more than 3 fish in live-well dead or alive at weigh-in it will result in disqualification.
26. It is encouraged that ALL fish handled at weigh-in MUST BE handled with a gripper and/or gloves. Weigh slings are encouraged. Larger fish are encouraged to be handled by 2 anglers.
27. Dropping of fish at weigh-in is discouraged.
28. Placing of ALL fish into the weigh totes must be completed with care. No throwing or mishandling will be tolerated.
29. Dead fish will not be allowed on the weigh-in stage and will disqualify your team if presented on stage or weigh-in.
30. No culling of fish once competing boat has been removed from the water.
31. Ties will be decided by a coin toss.
32. Any protests must be made before the Awards Ceremony and must be in writing. We will not accept any protests thereafter.
33. This is a catch and release tournament. All fish must be alive and healthy at the time of weigh-in. It is the objective of the event to release all fish alive and healthy. However, if a fish dies after weigh-in and prior to its release, arrangements have already been made to donate said fish to a local food bank. Fish alive or not, may not be taken home with tournament participants.
34. Angler's that consider their catch to be a possible record will have the sole responsibility for caring for the fish until the proper authorities are notified and arrive for verification purposes. Once verified, the fish must be released alive and healthy.
35. Social Media live feeds are allowed and encouraged. However, caution must be used not to reveal too much relevant information when going live during the tournament hours. (see rule #20)
36. After the published cut-off date, any team that experiences a mishap or mechanical issue before or during the tournament event will still be considered a valid tournament participant and will not be provided any relief or forgiveness of the rules as published.
Upon your entry into the tournament, you agree to and are placed under the Waiver/Release for the Mississippi River Monsters and/or Mega Bucs Tournaments.
Please read below:
WAIVER/RELEASE FOR Mississippi River Monsters Bama Blues
By entering the Mississippi River Monsters Bama Blues Tournament, you attest to have read the accompanying event information and understand the policies and rules of this event. I know that fishing on a river or lake is a potentially hazardous activity. I should not enter unless I am medically able and properly trained. I assume all risks associated with my voluntary participation in this event, including but not limited to, falls and potential drowning, the effects of the weather, including extreme temperatures, boat traffic, and all conditions on the waterways, all such risks being known and appreciated by me. Knowing these facts, and in consideration of your accepting my entry, I for myself, my heirs, executors, administrators, or anyone else who might claim on my behalf, covenant not to sue and WAIVE, RELEASE AND DISCHARGE Mississippi River Monsters Bama Blues Tournament, the City of Decatur and all sponsors, officials, workers or volunteers, their representatives, successors or assigns for ANY AND ALL claims or liability, whether foreseen or unforeseen, for death, personal injury or property damage and/or loss arising out of, or in the course of my participation in this event. I further grant full permission to the above-mentioned sponsors, organizers, and or agents authorized by them, to use any photographs, videotapes, motion pictures, recordings, or other records of the event for any reasonable public or private purpose.
All fishermen are subject to a polygraph exam.
NOTE: There will be someone at the weigh-in site throughout the tournament. If you have a large fish or fish that will not survive until weigh-in, you may bring your fish to be weighed and recorded. We will then release the fish and you can continue to fish. Once the weight has been recorded and the amount of fish you may not cull when you come back in.
If you have fish that you feel will not survive until weigh-in time, bring them in so they can be weighed and released. That is why we have someone at the weigh-in. Make fish care a priority so that the fish(s) can be released with the least amount of stress and a successful survival rate.
Registration Fee/Payment Schedule
All teams must include payment with their registration. Any registration that does not make a payment will be disallowed and removed from the tournament.
Total Fee for this event (including Big Fish and Processing fees): $400.00
All team members must be in place by no later than December 15, 2022
If a team elects to withdraw from this event, they will have up to the cut-off date of December 15, 2022 to find a suitable team to purchase their entry.
Boat numbers will be issued by time and date of paid registration.
During the event setup period, this document will remain live and is subject to change without notice. 30 days prior to the event, all rules will become final, with the exception of a rule(s) that may affect the safety or fairness of and for the participating anglers.
Last revised: 07/31/2022