Rules of Engagement

These rules shall be enforced for all participating members.  Read them!

Tournament Rules

  1. All competitors shall abide by all state and local regulations/laws.

  2. The Tournament Director has authority in the interpretation and enforcement of all tournament rules and decisions are final.

  3. The Tournament Director reserves the right to refuse any entry at its discretion.

  4. All competitors must be (16) years of age or have a legal guardian present at all times.

  5. All competitors must have valid fishing license unless they are under the legal guardian’s license.

  6. Sponsors and the Tournament Personnel are not held liable for any accidents or damages on or off the water.

  7. Launch order determined by paid registration time.  Blast off location provided morning of event.

  8. Live wells are checked prior to blast off.

  9. There is a maximum of (2) persons per tournament vessel.

  10. The creel limit is (2) bowfin, any size.

  11. Tournament Weighs are total creel only by default; anglers may obtain big fish weighs on request only

  12. Dead fish penalty is (0.0) lb each.

  13. Check in at launch site required prior to fishing hours end. There is a (2.00) lb per minute penalty for late arrivals with a maximum (10) lb deduction before disqualification.

  14. All protests (written or verbal) shall be made to the tournament director within 35 minutes of fishing hours ending.

  15. Scales close 35 minutes after fishing hours end.

  16. Polygraphs may be requested of any participant following closing of scales for any reason, with failure to comply or pass just cause for disqualification.

  17. Ties on total creel weight will split award, unless both teams weigh Big Fish, then Big Fish breaks tie.

  18. Ties on big fish are broken by total creel weight.

  19. Entry, Field, and Payout will be predetermined and listed on all marketing content and website prior to event.

  20. Field is set when all provided entries are registered AND paid, with no further entries granted except to replace withdrawals on a first come first serve basis (wait list takes precedence). 

  21. By participating in this event I accept the waiver of liability shown herein and on the rules page of




I HEREBY ASSUME ALL OF THE RISKS OF PARTICIPATING IN ANY/ALL ACTIVITIES ASSOCIATED WITH THIS EVENT, including by way of example and not limitation, any risks that may arise from negligence or carelessness on the part of the persons or entities being released, from dangerous or defective equipment or property owned, maintained, or controlled by them, or because of their possible liability without fault.

I certify that I am physically fit, have sufficiently prepared or trained for participation in this activity, and have not been advised to not participate by a qualified medical professional. I certify that there are no health-related reasons or problems which preclude my participation in this activity.

I acknowledge that this Accident Waiver and Release of Liability Form will be used by the event holders, sponsors, and organizers of the activity in which I may participate, and that it will govern my actions and responsibilities at said activity.

In consideration of my application and permitting me to participate in this activity, I hereby take action for myself, my executors, administrators, heirs, next of kin, successors, and assigns as follows:

(A) I WAIVE, RELEASE, AND DISCHARGE from any and all liability, including but not limited to, liability arising from the negligence or fault of the entities or persons released, for my death, disability, personal injury, property damage, property theft, or actions of any kind which may hereafter occur to me including my traveling to and from this activity, THE FOLLOWING ENTITIES OR PERSONS: The Soil Ecology Society, (H&L Enterprises) and/or their affiliates, directors, officers, employees, volunteers, representatives, and agents, and the activity holders, sponsors, and volunteers;

(B) INDEMNIFY, HOLD HARMLESS, AND PROMISE NOT TO SUE the entities or persons mentioned in this paragraph from any and all liabilities or claims made as a result of participation in this activity, whether caused by the negligence of release or otherwise.

I acknowledge that H&L Enterprises and their affiliates, directors, officers, volunteers, representatives, and agents are NOT responsible for the errors, omissions, acts, or failures to act of any party or entity conducting a specific activity on their behalf.

I acknowledge that this activity may involve a test of a person's physical and mental limits and carries with it the potential for death, serious injury, and property loss. The risks include, but are not limited to, those caused by terrain, facilities, temperature, weather, condition of participants, equipment, vehicular traffic, lack of hydration, and actions of other people including, but not limited to, participants, volunteers, monitors, and/or producers of the activity. These risks are not only inherent to participants, but are also present for volunteers.

I hereby consent to receive medical treatment which may be deemed advisable in the event of injury, accident, and/or illness during this activity.

I understand while participating in this activity, I may be photographed. I agree to allow my photo, video, or film likeness to be used for any legitimate purpose by the activity holders, producers, sponsors, organizers, and assigns.

The Accident Waiver and Release of Liability Form shall be construed broadly to provide a release and waiver to the maximum extent permissible under applicable law.