TRITON OWNERS TOURNAMENT WEST

RULES

1. OVERVIEW

The 2019 Triton Owners’ Tournament (the “Tournament”) will be held on October 4 - October 6, 2019 at the Konocti Vista Casino Resort in Clear Lake, California. 

2. ELIGIBILITY

The Tournament is open to anyone who owns a Triton boat and their fishing partners (individually a “Competitor” and collectively “Competitors”). Triton boat owners may fish alone or have up to (but no more than) one (1) fishing partner per boat for a total of no more than 2 people per boat. During the Tournament, the Competitors must fish out
of the Triton boat owned. The owner of the Triton boat must be the registered boat owner of record at White River Marine Group (Triton Boats) and have a valid state registration for their Triton boat, in their name and from their state of residency. Anglers who are sponsored by Triton Boats and cannot meet the above requirements are not eligible to participate in the Tournament as a boat owner. Also ineligible to participate in the Tournament are any anglers who have paid more than $2000.00 in entry fees to any professional level tournament during the last 2 years prior to the start date of the Tournament i.e. October 5, 2017. Any Competitor that has been suspended or disqualified from any tournament or fishing organization is ineligible to participate in the Tournament. Each Competitor must have a fishing license for the Tournament water in which they intend to fish.

3. SAFETY

Safe boating must be observed at all times. Each boat owner and fishing partner is required to wear a Coast Guard-approved life preserver any time the combustion engine is running. All boats are required to have an emergency engine shutoff switch and it must be attached to the boat driver any time the gas engine is running. Running lights on the
boat must be operational and on during the times required by State regulations.

4. LIABILITY INSURANCE

All boat owners must carry a minimum of $100,000 of liability insurance on any boat they use during the Tournament. Failure to do so or the reporting of false insurance information will result in disqualification from the Tournament. Boat owners must include the insurance company name and either the insurance policy number or the name of the agent binding the insurance coverage on the Tournament entry form.

5. LIABILITY AGREEMENT

Each Competitor must read and sign an “Assumption of Risk and Release of Liability” form prior to participating in the Tournament. If a Competitor is a minor, the form must be signed by the minor’s parent or legal guardian. Any Competitor that does not complete the form will not be permitted to compete in the Tournament. Any boat
owner who chooses a minor as a fishing partner assumes full responsibility for the minor.

6. ENTRY

To enter the Tournament, each boat owner must complete an entry form, read and sign an Assumption of Risk and Release of Liability form, as noted above, and pay a $200 entry fee to Triton Boats. This fee covers the boat owner and their fishing partner. There is an additional $50 side pot option pool payable at the lake or at time of entry that will pay 3 highest entered teams. Big Fish prize is included in tournament entry fee.

7. REFUNDS

No refunds will be given on entry fees after October 1, 2019. No refunds will be given on late fees.

8. STARTING POSITION ASSIGNMENT

150 Triton boats may participate in the Tournament. Tournament starting positions will be assigned in the order that teams sign up for Day 1 and reversed for Day 2.  No entries will be accepted after the Tournament Rules Meeting which will occur on Friday, October 4, 2019 at approximately 6:00 P.M. Blastoff will take place from the end of the docks inside Konocti Vista Marina Harbor.

9. PRACTICE

Clear Lake is open to practice fishing until Friday, October 4, 2019 at 6:00 P.M.

10. ON-SITE CHECK-IN AND TOURNAMENT RULES MEETING

A) On-Site Check-In: Tournament Check-in will be on Friday, October4, 2019 at the Banquet Room of Konocti Vista Casino beginning at 2:30 P.M. If fishing with a partner, each member of the team must be present at Check-In to sign the Assumption of Risk and Release of Liability form. (B) Tournament Rules Meeting: A Tournament rules meeting will be held at 5:30 P.M.. on Friday October 4, 2019 .  At least one member from each team must attend the mandatory rules meeting. Any team not represented at the mandatory rules meeting will not be permitted to compete in the Tournament. There will be a banquet and leader board review on Saturday October 5, 2019 at the Konocti Vista Banquet Room beginning at 6:00 for all competitors. Additional dinner tickets for family are available on a limited bases at $20 per person.

11. BOAT CHECK

All boats must be checked before participating in the Tournament. The boat check will start at 4:30 A.M. on both October 5 and October 6, 2019 at the Konocti Vista Casino Docks and Launch Ramp. All Competitors must have their boats checked both days. Any boat that is not checked both days will not be allowed to participate in the Tournament.

12. TOURNAMENT HOURS

Tournament hours will be from Safe Light to 3:00 P.M. local time on Saturday, October 5, 2019 and Safe Light till 2:00 P.M. local time on Sunday, October 6, 2019. Triton Boats reserves the right to assign flights and change hours, if necessary. There will be an official check-in boat. 

13. SPORTSMANSHIP

All Competitors are required to follow high standards of sportsmanship, courtesy and conservation during the Tournament. Competitors cannot consume alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs or be under their influence during the Tournament Rules Meeting and during the Tournament hours, including the weigh-in. Violators will be disqualified from the Tournament.

14. PERMITTED FISHING METHODS

All bass must be caught live, in a conventional sporting manner, from Clear Lake. Only artificial lures may be used with the exception of pork trailers. Only one fishing rod (not to exceed 8 feet in length) may be used at a time. Trolling as a method of fishing is prohibited. Competitors are not allowed to change fishing partners at any time during the Tournament.

15. PERMITTED FISHING LOCATIONS

Competitors must fish Clear Lake. Competitors cannot fish within fifty (50) yards of a refueling dock of a marina or within fifty (50) yards of another Competitor’s boat, which is anchored with the trolling motor up. No fishing is allowed in areas that are designated as “Off Limits” or “No Fishing” by local officials. No fishing is allowed inside the harbor of Konocti Vista Casino. Inside the harbor is from point to point of the harbor entrance.

16. EQUIPMENT FAILURES OR EMERGENCIES

In the event of an equipment failure or emergency, there are only two methods of returning to the official check-in: (1) By all fishing partners remaining in their boat and being towed in by water, or (2) by one partner entering the boat of another Tournament Competitor with their fish. Under these two conditions, catches
may be counted (normal penalties apply, however, such as dead fish, late penalty, etc.) If a team violates any part of this rule due to an emergency, equipment failure or any other reason, the catch will not be counted.

17. SCORING

Scoring will be determined by the weight (in pounds and ounces) of each team’s catch; only Largemouth, Smallmouth, and Spotted Bass will be weighed. The limit will be five (5) fish per boat. Culling must begin as soon as the sixth legal fish is caught. Any boat found to have more than the five (5) fish limit will be disqualified. The official fish length limit is thirteen (13) inches on all species. Fish will be measured on a flat (Triton rule) board with mouth closed and by moving tail side-to-side. There will be a one (1) pound penalty assessed for each short fish and the short fish will be removed from the creel. DEAD FISH: one (1) pound will be deducted from the total weight for each dead fish weighed in. The one (1) pound dead fish rule also applies to the Big Bass Competition. It is the competitor’s responsibility to have their fish weighed for any Big Fish awards. All fish will be released by competitors at least ¼ mile from the Konocti Vista Marina Harbor Opening after they are weighed. Release of fish in the harbor may result in disqualification.

18. LATE PENALTY

Failure to report to the official check-in point on time will result in a one (1) pound per minute late penalty; if late by more than fifteen (15) minutes, the entire weight will be lost.

19. POLYGRAPHS AND PROTESTS

Polygraph tests may be given to Competitors. To participate in the Tournament, all Competitors must agree to submit to polygraph testing and agree to abide by the outcome of the test and the decisions of the Tournament directors. Any Competitor who fails to submit to a polygraph test upon request will be immediately disqualified from the Tournament. Any Competitor who fails a polygraph test will be disqualified from the Tournament. Any competitor filing a protest must do so in writing by 4:45 P.M. local time on October 5, 2019 for the first day of the Tournament and 3:45 P.M. local time on October 6, 2019 for the second day of the Tournament. The Tournament directors will rule on any protests and their decisions will be final. All contestants agree to abide by the decisions of the Tournament directors.

20. PAYOUTS

The payout schedule for the winners of the Tournament will be posted on the Tournament registration day at the registration location (see rule number 10).

21. TIES

In the case of ties, the payouts will be divided equally among the tying teams.

22. TAXES

Winners will be solely responsible for any and all federal, state, and local taxes on their winnings.

23. WINNERS

For a list of winners or the Tournament rules, go to www.tritonboats.com.

24. VOICE, IMAGE & INFORMATION RELEASE

Competitors grant Triton Boats, Tournament officials and sponsors the unconditional right to use their names, voices, photographic likenesses and biographical information in video/audio productions, promotions, press releases and/or articles, and shall not be entitled to receive any royalties or other
compensation in connection with such use.

25. BOAT DRAWING

A $10,000 Triton boat certificate will be given away during the Tournament on Sunday, October 6, 2019. All boat owners who register for the Tournament will be automatically entered in the drawing for the giveaway boat certificate. However, YOU MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN on Sunday October 6, 2019.

26. RULES INTERPRETATION

Interpretation of these rules will be left exclusively to the tournament directors. 

27. QUAGGA INSPECTION:

All boats must have a current (October or 2019 Resident) Quagga Inspection Sticker attached to the boat and trailer prior to entering Clear Lake for practice or competition days. It is the responsibility of the anglers to have their boat inspected at one of the inspection stations in Lake County.

The decision of the tournament directors will be final in all matters.