Pro Pêche VG Bass Challenge Rules 2020
1- Registration: Contestants must register in teams. A team is made of one or two fishers.
2- Departures start at 7 AM at L’Huile d’Olive restaurant at lake Trente-et-un milles in the municipality of Bouchette (or later if an official decides otherwise in case of bad weather conditions), with a lap of 10 seconds or so between each team. Time of return is 4 PM, at the same place. There will be a 15$ fee for parking.
3- The ranking at the starting line will be decided according to the team’s subscription date and are identified with the number on the boats’ main motor.
4- Before start (7 AM), the person responsible for the team must make sure they paid the subscription fee of 200.00 $. They must also make sure an official has inspected their boat and that they are ready, on the water at 7 AM, for the go signal. The team number, visible on both side of the outboard motor, determines their rank at the starting line.
*Make sure you arrive early enough in the morning to be ready.
5- The Pro Pêche Vallée-de-la-Gatineau Bass Challenge is held at lake Trente-et-un Milles, in the fishing area 10. Contestants must respect fishing laws applicable in Quebec. All navigation rules must also be respected.
6- During competition hours, the contestants may not get off their boat, except at the registration station, or with the agreement of an official (1-866-285-1377), or in case of extreme weather conditions.
7- A contestant cannot get closer than 20 meters to another’s team boat.
8- At any time, contestants may not keep more than five (5) basses in their boat the stage’s specie and only artificial lures are allowed.
9- All boats must be equipped with a functional livewell when the start signal is given.
10- The participants may navigate wherever they want on the water plan, starting from the starting line, as long as it is accessible with their boat.
11- There will be surveillance on the water during the competitions. Officials may check up a boat at any time.
*Any failure to respect rules 4 to 11 may lead to the team’s disqualification by an official, without refund. The decision is final.
12- All fish will be returned to water alive after the team’s official weighing. If one of them cannot go on properly, the team will take possession of it. A penalty of 8 oz for each dead fish will be withdrawn from the team’s total weight.
13- The participants must wear a visible life jacket when their boat is moving with its main motor. The driver must be attached to the kill switch. After a first warning, a team seen for a second time without life jackets during the day will automatically get a penalty of 1 pound during the official weighing.
14- About the protection of our lakes against invading species, you are invited to wash your boat in one of many free service areas along road 105. You can also google “exotic invading species”.
15- For security reasons, each team must report at the end of the stage, even if they did not catch anything.
16- Bursaries and participation prizes will be distributed on site, at the registration station, once all the official weightings have been performed, which should be around 5 PM. The top 5 positions get prizes in money. The 1st position receives 50% of the subscription fees, the 2nd position, 25%, the 3rd position, 15%, and the 4th, 5 %. The 5th position receives a gift certificate of 200 $. (The administration keeps 5% to cover the expenses of the day.)
17- In case of a tie, the money of the next position will be split between the tied teams.
18- Five (5) basses per team. Only basses of a length of 30 cm of more are accepted.
19- Lunker: The biggest (and second biggest) catch of the day is optional. To be eligible, the lunker must be alive, which means it can stand alone (30 sec) in swimming position. Only one choice per team. The biggest fish will get 75% of the prize and 25% for the second lunker.
20- Any decision from an official is final.
21- OFFICIALS 2020: Mireille ERICKSEN, Andrée DANIS, Hector HUBERT, Jacques CARRIÈRE, Rosa OUELLETTE and Christopher HOULE.