Magnolia Crappie Club

Magnolia Crappie Club Regular Tournament Rules
2021-2022 Season

1. Annual Membership

  • Dues are $60 per person. 
  •  Our new year begins on August 22, 2021. 
  •  Children under the age of 18 are exempt from the Membership Fee. 
  • Membership cut-off is at the end of registration of the last regular-season tournament. Special exemptions can be approved by the BOD for emergency partner changes for the championship tournament only. 
  • NO Saturday Morning Registration unless announced by the Tournament Director. 
  • Participants may mail registration to the Secretary/Treasurer before Tournament, but it’s up to the Participants to VERIFY that payment is received beforehand. 
  • The Tournament Entry Fee is $120 per boat for each regular & $110 per boat for each Big Mama Open Tournament. 
  •  Teams may pay entry fees for the entire season at the beginning of the season or remaining fees at any time during the season. 
  • Team Members may Pay and Pick up tickets for other Team Members 
  •  A TEAM MEMBER must turn in weigh ticket at the weigh-in to receive 75 points to a designated person (Katie or Paula) before the cut-off for Weigh-Tickets (3:00) set by the Tournament Director. IF A TEAM MEMBER DOES NOT TURN IN their weigh-in ticket before the cut-off time, the team will only receive 50 points for participation. 
  • Teams found with fish in their boat during a boat check will be disqualified—no points awarded for participation. No entry fee refund will be refunded. 
  •  TEAMS WILL BE REQUIRED TO COMPLETE AND EXPENSE RECAP FORMS FOR EACH EVENT AT   REGISTRATION 

2. FISHING HOURS 

  • Start fishing times will be announced for each tournament, and stop fishing times will be 2:00 PM for every Tournament UNLESS OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCED BY THE TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR.
  • Teams may be on their first fishing spot early, but teams may not drop hooks into the water until the Official
    Announced Start Time. All Poles must be out of the water by Designated Stop Fishing Time  

3. People/Pole Limits

  • Teams may fish with up to EIGHT (8) poles per boat with no more than 2 hook sets per pole unless local lake rules lower the number of poles allowed.
  • Teams are allowed to fish an unlimited number of kids in the boat as long as they are under 18.
  • No more than 2 adults are allowed in tournament boats at any point during the tournament hours except for Elite Sponsors, a member of the press, outdoor writers, photographers, emergencies, assistance with boat troubles, or assignment of a tournament observer.

4. Mobile Communications

  • Binoculars and other magnifying devices are not allowed during Tournament Week. Underwater cameras during
    competition are not allowed. VIOLATORS WILL BE DISQUALIFIED.• The use of mobile communication devices such as cellular
  • phones, marine radios, walkie-talkies, CB’S, etc., to
    communicate fishing information during tournament hours is prohibited. VIOLATORS WILL BE
    DISQUALIFIED
  • Electronic communication is allowed ONLY in the case of boat trouble, emergencies, or personal, nonfishingrelated
  •  phone calls.

5. Guest Rule

  •  Teams may invite guests to fish in our regular tournaments.
  •  TEAMS ARE ALLOWED TO HAVE ONE (1) FREE GUEST PER SEASON. ALL OTHER FISHING PARTNERS MUST
    PURCHASE A MEMBERSHIP. (Your 1st Guest of the Season is on MCC, all remaining Guests must
    purchase amembership.)
  •  There is no limit to the number of guests a team can use during the regular season.
  • No guest may fish the State Championship event unless a special exemption is granted by the MCC Board. Teams
    must declare who the “regular” partners are before the end of the weigh-in of the last regular tournament for
    the season.

6. Weigh-in Rules

  • At least one team member must be in the weigh-in line with no more than 7 live crappie caught by the tournament team
    on tournament day in a container by the Weigh-In Deadline for that tournament.
  •  You must have your Big Fish tagged with the zip-tie, provided to you with your weigh-in ticket, before you get
    your fish checked.
  • If you have no fish to weigh, turn in your weigh-in ticket to the secretary by the Weigh-In Deadline, and you will receive 75
    points for participation in the tournament.
  • Teams that have not turned in weigh-in tickets by the Weigh-In Deadline will be declared late and receive 50 points only
    for entering.
  • Fish will be checked as soon as the proper tournament officials are ready to receive teams at the Check Station. You are
    advised to keep your fish in your live well or aerated cooler until the tournament officials are ready.
  • The weigh-in will begin as soon as the equipment is ready and a weigh-in line is established.
  • Fish must be kept alive until they have been checked and your weigh-in ticket signed by the tournament official.
  • Teams will be allowed to weigh-in a maximum of 2 dead fish with a 0.25 pound penalty for each dead fish
    weighed. This penalty also applies to your Big Fish if dead when checked.
  • There is no penalty for any fish that die once they have been checked by the tournament official.
  • Dead fish must be in fresh condition. It is still the Tournament Director’s discretion to throw out any questionable
    fish.
  • Dead fish must be noted on your weigh-in ticket when checked.
  • Any additional dead fish will be thrown out and you will weigh your remaining fish.
  • Fish will be checked only once. Whatever fish you present to the tournament official is final.
  • Teams WILL have no form of ice or bait, minnows, jigs, etc., in the container when the container is handed to the weigh-in
    crew.
  •  If ice, bait, or any objects other than legal crappie are present when presented to the weigh-in crew, that team will be
    (MOVED TO THE BACK OF THE LINE) and weighed last after they have removed objects in question from the container.
  •  Fish will be weighed only one time.
  • Fish judged by the Tournament Director or Weigh-Master that are under 10 inches (or not over 12 inches on some COE
    Lakes) are considered to be SHORT FISH.
  •  Illegal (undersized “short fish”) or more than 7 fish presented to the weigh team, the team will be disqualified.\
  • Disqualified teams will receive NO POINTS AWARDED.

7. POLYGRAPH:

  • By your participation in an MCC tournament, you agree to comply with the rules and agree to submit to and
    pass a polygraph test or similar truth test in order to qualify for the receipt of any prize.
  • MCC shall have the right to polygraph any competing team.
  • A team member who failed to pass a polygraph or whose condition does not permit the administration of a test
    will be disqualified.

8. Points & Payouts

  • Payouts will be based on the club’s NEW 2021-2021 Regular Tournament Payout Schedule.
  • A TEAM MEMBER MUST BE PRESENT TO RECEIVE PRIZE PAYOUTS.
  •  Overall points will be kept for the year, and the Top 50 Teams will be recognized at the Awards Banquet.
  •  Points will be calculated with the 200 point system. Points will be rewarded on place finished in the tournament.
  •  TEAM MEMBERS MUST TURN IN WEIGH TICKETS TO RECEIVE 75 POINTS FOR PARTICIPATION.
  • Teams that are pre-paid or designated as a sponsored paid team will receive 50 points for entering
    the tournament. IF THE WEIGH-IN TICKET IS NOT TURNED IN BY A TEAM MEMBER BY CUT-OFF
    TIME

9. Big Fish Rules

  •  Every boat is entered in the big fish pot at every regular tournament.
  • This is not optional and is part of the entry fee.
  • TWO BIG FISH WINNER PRIZES FOR EACH REGULAR TOURNAMENT.
  • TEAMS CAN ONLY WEIGH ONE (1) BIG FISH.

10. Post-Season Payout Rules

  1. Finish in the TOP 50 in the Points Race AND PAY A $200 Championship Entry Fee per Boat – DEADLINE FOR
    CHAMPIONSHIP ENTRY FEE – MAY 14, 2022 – MUST BE POSTMARKED ON OR BEFORE THIS DATE AND
    MAILED TO MCC SECRETARY.
  2. There will be 4 Post-Season Payout pots.
  3. Big Mama Pots. The regular season will be divided into two splits. The first split includes the first 5
    held regular tournaments. The second split includes the remaining held regular tournaments. 1st HALF
    BIG MAMA SPLIT –
  4. . $500, 2ND HALF BIG MAMA SPLIT – $500. Additionally, a $500 Biggest Big Mama prize will be awarded
    for the heaviest fish caught during the regular season.
  5.  25% OF THE FUNDS AVAILABLE AT END OF SEASON WILL PAID OUT IN THE
  6.  POINTS RACE. The remaining 75% will be paid out in the championship tournament.
  7. “Championship” Payout. This event will be two (2) one-day tournaments + the team with the heaviest
    2-day total weight will be declared State Champions and receive an additional $500 prize. Exact dates
    and lake site(s) will be announced later. “Championship” RULES WILL BE IDENTICAL TO REGULAR
    SEASON RULES.

11. OPEN TOURNAMENTS

• TEAMS MAY PARTICIPATE IN THE OPEN BIG MAMA TOURNAMENTS WITH NO MEMBERSHIP REQUIRED. ENTRY FEEIS
$110.00
• TO PARTICIPATE IN CLUB TOURNAMENTS ONE TEAM MEMBER MUST BE A MEMBER AND THE OTHER TEAM
MEMBER CAN BE CONSIDERED A GUEST. HOWEVER, A TEAM CAN ONLY USE THIS EXCEPTION ONCE PER
SEASON.

12. INFORMATION SHARING/GATHERING

ACT tournaments will operate under a NO INFORMATION RULE.  Once the 7 day off limit period starts, contestants cannot purchase, barter, solicit, or receive information from any person who entered official tournament waters during the established off-limits period for all ACT events. Passing of GPS coordinates is not allowed.  Talking with Game and Fish officials during off limits or practice to obtain information is not allowed. Asking bait and tackle stores or guides is not allowed. Any information that is available to the public is fair game in “scouting” a tournament water. Using the internet and or social media is considered public information and is permitted.  Contestants that are confirmed for the tournament are permitted to talk and share information with each other. If you have fished a tournament with a guide and they choose to not compete in a tournament on their home lake, then you may not gather information from your partner as well.

13. Tournament Cancellation

• In the event of inclement weather on tournament day, the President may call a Board meeting to discuss cancellation.
• Those members of the Governing Board present will meet and may cancel the tournament.
• Entry fees for canceled tournaments that are not rescheduled will be returned.
• Canceled Tournaments do not count toward qualification for Post-Season activities or payouts

14. The Tournament Director oversees all (is in charge ALL) activities on tournament day.

• At his discretion, teams may be subject to polygraphs, boat checks, and official observers.
• In the event a Verbal Protest is lodged, the Tournament Director will listen to the initial complaint and may
decide to take the protest to the Protest Committee as provided in the Club’s By-Laws.
• Verbal Protests must be filed with the Tournament Director prior to prize payouts being distributed.
• All Protest Committee and Tournament Director decisions are final.
• There is no appeals process.

15. FISHABLE WATERS

• Fishing within 50 feet of a Marina gas pump or within SAFE & COURTEOUS DISTANCE of a competitor’s boat,
which is first anchored, is prohibited (Trolling motors must be in up position and anchor rope visible to be
considered anchored).
• A safe and courteous distance MUST be maintained when trolling motors are in use.
o If you can touch a boat with your pole tip then that’s TOO CLOSE.
• Boats may fish anywhere except areas designated as “off limits” or “no fishing” by Local, State or Federal
officials or as announced by Tournament Officials.
• Any violation of off-limits water will result in disqualification. Tournament Officials reserve the right to restrict or
enhance tournament waters based on conversations with local authorities.
• MUST USE PUBLIC LANDINGS ON ALL LAKES ACCESIABLE TO EVERYONE. NO PRIVATE LANDING
ALLOWED

16. SAFETY

  • Safe boat conduct must be observed at all times by contestants

17. WAIVER AND RELEASE

• As a condition of participation in each tournament, each contestant must execute a waiver and release of liability.

18. TIES

• In the case of a tie for first place, big fish of each team will determine the winner. Second place and on down, all ties
split the combined purse of that prize level.

19. VIOLATIONS

  •  Each contestant agrees to report any violation or infraction of any tournament rules immediately to the
    tournament director VERBALLY BEFORE PAYOUTS ARE HANDED OUT.

20. WEIGH IN

Teams are allowed one (1) weigh in on tournament day.

21. OFF LIMITS

• Anglers must STOP FISHING 30 minutes before sunset the day prior to the start of the competition, then
exit the water and be off the water by sunset.
• Anglers ARE ADVISED TO NOT LEAVE THE BOAT RAMP BEFORE DAYLIGHT for safety concerns.
• Anglers ARE ADVISED TO CALL THE TD or Secretary if they are not coming to the Weigh-in for safety
concerns

2021 – 2022 RULE CHANGES IN RED

CONDUCT AND SPORTSMANSHIP 

22. CONDUCT 

• Contestants participating in any MCC event shall abide by this code of conduct and the applicable rules for the
event in which they are participating.
• Contestants shall, at all times, conduct themselves in a manner becoming of a professional that will
not reflect unfavorably on MCC, its members, events or representatives.
• The favorable public reputation of MCC as an organization in the sport of fishing, the integrity of its officials,
and the reputation of its media properties are valuable assets and tangible benefits for MCC.
• It is an obligation of contestants to refrain from comments to the media that unreasonably attack or
disparages the integrity of tournaments, tournament officials, sponsors, fellow members, fellow contestants
or the MCC organization.
• Responsible expressions of disagreement with MCC policies are acceptable; however, attacks upon the
integrity of the rules or officials are not tolerated.
• Public comments that an angler knows, or should reasonably know, will harm the reputation of MCC, MCC
officials or sponsors shall be considered unacceptable conduct and may result in disciplinary action.
Including Social Media Comments made by a team member.
• Contestants shall demonstrate professionalism and integrity in support of the sport of professional fishing.
Any angler who violates any portion of the Angler Code of Conduct may be subject to disqualification

23. HONESTY & SPORTSMANSHIP

• Contestants in MCC tournaments are expected to follow high standards of sportsmanship, courtesy,
safety, and conservation.
• Any infraction of these fundamental sporting principles may be deemed cause for disqualification.
• Use of alcohol or drugs (other than those purchased over the counter or prescribed by a licensed
physician) by any contestant during the tournament will be cause for automatic disqualification from this
MCC tournament. The tournament director will disqualify any team where a team member is deemed to be
intoxicated.
• Maximum courtesy must always be practice, especially with regard to boating and angling in the vicinity of
non- contestants who may be on tournament waters.
• Any act of a contestant which reflects unfavorably upon efforts to promote fisheries conservation, clean
waters and courtesy will be the reason for disqualification.
• All contestants are bound by the prevailing statutes and regulations of the various states within which they fish.
• Contestants are responsible for knowing state laws and regulations of fishing and boating practices.
• Contestant agrees that the integrity and competitive honesty of fishing contests are paramount to any
crappie fishing club’s continued existence and success.
• Contestants compete in MCC contests at the sole discretion of MCC.
• MCC reserves the right to refuse service to any potential contestant and enforce its tournament rules at its
discretion.
• Contestants are expected to conduct themselves in accordance with the highest standards of morality,
honesty, fair play and sportsmanship.
• Contestants will not do anything which shall be detrimental to MCC, its sponsors.
• Contestants agree to conduct themselves, at all times, with regard to public conventions and morals.
• Contestants agree not to engage in any conduct that will reasonably tend to degrade him/her or bring MCC
into public hatred, contempt or ridicule or integrity of competitive angling.
• Contestant agrees that this provision is necessary to protect MCC’s goodwill in the community in which the
contestant represents it and to protect the competitive integrity of MCC’s business.
• MCC may ban any member from any contests for a serious or intentional violation of any law, rule,
regulation, bylaw, or any act of dishonesty, theft or misappropriation of MCC property, moral turpitude,
insubordination, or any act injuring, abusing, or endangering others.
• MCC does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, or national origin.