Tournament Rules

These rules will remain in effect during the 2023 season. Interpretation of these rules will be left exclusively to the Tournament Director, Ryan Williams. In the event of a rule violation, the Tournament Director may impose such sanctions, as he deems appropriate, including, without limitation, disqualifications, forfeiture of prizes and prohibition from participation in subsequent tournaments. Decisions of the Tournament Director are final in all matters and are not subject to appeal and are not reviewable by any court of law. The Belt's 100 Grand Slam reserves the right to make needed changes to these rules in order to ensure the safety, welfare of the anglers, and/or the public and preserve the integrity of the Belt's 100 Grand Slam Tournament. Any rule changes will immediately supersede all previously published copies of rules. It is your responsibility to read and understand the rules and how you are affected by not complying with the following rules. Every Angler will be required to sign an affidavit that he/she has read, understands and accepts all rules.

  1. Participation and Eligibility: Participation is open to anyone who is 18 years old and older. Any person entering this event under the age of 18 years must be paired with a partner 18 years of age or older and also have the signature of their parent or legal guardian in the provided space on the official entry form. Belt's 100 Grand Slam reserves the right to refuse participation in any and all events to any individual or team at the discretion of the Tournament Director. In addition: This tournament is eligible to ALL anglers no matter of Pro Status or if you are a guide.
  2. Federal, State and Local Laws: All contestants must have a valid fishing license and are required to obey all federal, state and local laws and regulations.
  3. Team or Solo: Belt's 100 Grand Slam is geared towards a Team Tournament platform, but you ARE allowed to fish solo if that is your choice. If one of the team members has an unexpected sickness or there is another unforeseen circumstance and can't fish this tournament, you may use an alternate. The Tournament Director must be notified of any changes ASAP. There will be no refunds of entry fees for any reason.
  4. Off limits and Information: Off limits on Sam Rayburn will be Sunday night, January 8th through 6:00 AM on Thursday, January 12th. You can not be on the water on those days for ANY reason. No fishing information may be purchased, bartered, solicited or otherwise received from any person who entered official tournament waters during the established off-limits period.
  5. Registration: 400 teams will be considered a full field and registration will be closed when 400 teams have registered. Registration will only be accepted online at Boat numbers will be randomly selected and assigned to each boat. You will be supplied a token with your boat number to be turned in at weigh in on or before your designated check in time, each day.
  6. Insurance: A minimum of $100,000 liability insurance is required of all contestants utilizing their boats in Belt's 100 Grand Slam Team Tournament. We reserve the right to check proof of this from each and every angler who's boat is utilized in the tournament.
  7. Safety: Safe boating must be observed at all times. Each Contestant is required to wear a fastened (fully zipped and/or all clips fastened), U.S. Coast Guard approved, personal flotation device anytime the combustion engine is in gear from boat check until weigh-in. All boats must be equipped with an emergency ignition shut-off device, which must be securely attached to the driver's body any time the combustion engine is in gear. The driver must be seated in the driver's seat anytime the combustion engine is engaged in gear. Tournament days may be shortened or canceled due to unsafe weather or any conditions that would endanger the safety of the competitors at the Tournament Director's sole and absolute discretion. Competitors are allowed to leave the boat and seek shelter in bad weather, at which time no fishing may occur.
  8. Permitted Fishing Methods: Only artificial lures may be used with the exception of pork trailers and biodegradable soft baits. Only one fishing rod per angler may be used at any one time. Additional rods may be in the boat and ready for use; however, each cast and retrieve must be completed before another cast is attempted or rod is used. Trolling as a method of fishing is prohibited. Switching or sharing fish with other teams or individuals is a violation of these rules and will result in immediate disqualification. All Bass must be caught alive, in a conventional, sporting manner. When sight fishing for Bass, all fish must be hooked inside the mouth to be counted as a legal fish (this might be a polygraph question). All angling must be conducted from the boat. At no time may a Contestant leave the boat to land a fish, or to make the boat more accessible to fishing waters.
  9. Sportsmanship and Conduct: All contestants are required to follow high standards of sportsmanship, courtesy, safety and conservation. Any infraction of these fundamental sporting principles may be deemed cause for disqualification. Maximum courtesy must be practiced at all times, especially with regard to boating and angling in the vicinity of non-competitors who may be on tournament waters. Any act of a competitor, which reflects unfavorably upon Belt's 100 Grand Slam Tournament effort to promote fisheries conservation, clean waters, and courtesy, shall be reason for disqualification. Other examples of conduct not complying with these standards include, but are not limited to, the following:
    1. Consumption and/or possession of alcoholic beverages or any mind-altering substance during tournament hours extending through the weigh-in procedure.
    2. Any previous conviction, charge, arrest, or investigation for a felony, a crime involving moral turpitude, or a crime related to, arising out of, or involving any fishing tournament or event, except with full, prior written disclosure to the Tournament Director under oath and by affidavit of all facts and circumstances surrounding such conviction, charge, arrest, or investigation at least ten (10) days before the Belt's 100 Grand Slam event being entered, and thereafter subject to the Tournament Director's sole and absolute discretion that such conviction, charge, arrest, or investigation does not result in the Contestant's honesty, integrity, character or qualifications to enter the event being unreasonably questionable.
    3. Actions or words which reflect unfavorably upon efforts to promote safety, sportsmanship, and fair competition.
    4. Disqualification from other fishing organizations that resulted from rule violations that result in a Contestant's honesty, integrity, character, and qualifications for entry into a Belt's 100 Grand Slam event being questionable in the Tournament Director's sole and absolute discretion.
  10. Assistance: The use of mobile communication devices such as cellular telephones, marine radios, walkie-talkies, CBs, pagers or any electronic device to obtain and use fishing information from anyone during tournament hours is strictly prohibited. In the event of an emergency situation, competitors should call 911 first and then notify the Tournament Director, Ryan Williams, at (903) 372-3231.
  11. Boat and Horsepower Regulation: Each boat must have all required U.S. Coast Guard safety equipment. Boats must contain a properly aerated live well space to maintain alive a limit catch of Bass. Maximum horsepower for all outboards used in tournament competition may not exceed the horsepower limitations as set by the U. S. Coast Guard in such vessel. Falsifying information on entry forms or altering the horsepower numbers on the motor or rating plate to conceal such limitations will be cause for disqualification from the tournament. No Contestant may have a platform, raised deck, or ladder which is higher than the gunnel of the boat. Standing on the fishing seats or outboard motor will not be allowed in Belt's 100 Grand Slam events. No air or jet drive boats will be permitted. Fuel may be carried only in factory-installed (built-in) fuel tanks. Optional remote engine fuel tanks must be factory or factory authorized dealer installed and be strapped or otherwise secured. Any additional fuel used during the tournament day must be purchased from a retail facility open to the public and pumped through a hose with a nozzle.
  12. Permitted Fishing Locations: Contestants may fish anywhere on tournament waters accessible by boat, except areas designated as "off limits", 'no boats', 'keep out', 'restricted' or "no fishing" (or similar language or markings intended to restrict public access) by state or federal officials, or within 50 yards of a competitor's boat which was first anchored. An anchored boat is a boat held in a stable position by a line attached to a weight or by a Power Pole or similar shallow water anchor with the trolling motor in the up position. The act of moving Bass from one area of the lake to another confined area of the same lake at any time during competition days, is not permitted.
  13. Trailering is Allowed: Trailering will be allowed during the first two days of Belt's 100 Grand Slam. (Thursday and Friday). You can launch from any PUBLIC boat ramp on Sam Rayburn. Only the top 20 teams will fish the final day (Saturday) and will be flighted out. The 1st place team will be released first, then the 2nd place team will be released second, and so on'. It is the contestants' responsibility to ensure their boat number is checked in on time to the Tournament Official on or before your check in time.
  14. Late Penalty: Contestants who are not at the official check-in point at the appointed time will be assessed a ONE (1) pound per minute penalty from their total weight including any weight to be counted toward a Big Bass award. Any Contestant more than 15 minutes late will forfeit that day's catch.
  15. Scoring: Will be determined by the official weight of each angler's catch during the tournament. Only Largemouth, Spotted, Red Eye or Smallmouth Bass (collectively, 'Bass') are accepted species. The limit will be five Bass per team, per day. Any Contestant who possesses more than the tournament limit, unless actively culling, will have their catch for that day disqualified. Culling must be done immediately. The minimum official length limit for all species for Belt's 100 Grand Slam events will be 14' unless the lake limit is more than 14', in which case, the lake limit will prevail. Bass presented for weigh-in, which fail to measure the prescribed length limit, will result in loss of that particular fish and a one-pound penalty to the weight of the remaining fish. Each Contestant's catch must be presented in an official weigh-in bag and verified by the signature of at least one team member. Bass will be measured with mouth closed, tail compressed and swiped to achieve overall greatest length. A measuring board will be provided at check-in and will serve as the official measuring standard for Belt's 100 Grand Slam events. It is the contestant's responsibility to ensure all fish presented for weigh-in are of legal length according solely to the Belt's 100 Grand Slam official measuring board.
  16. Live Fish: Every effort must be made to keep bass alive through the use of a properly aerated live well. The use of chemical live well additives which promote the healthy return of bass to their natural habitat are recommended. A half pound (.50) penalty will be deducted for each dead Bass presented for weigh-in. Culling of dead bass is prohibited. No dead bass will be eligible for Big Bass awards or prizes.
  17. Closing of the Scales: Scales will close 60 minutes after the last flight is due in. Due to certain weigh-in locations this time may be lengthened or shortened at the Tournament Director's sole and absolute discretion. Any change to the above stated official scale closing time will be announced during registration, during boat check-out., or during weigh-in. It is the angler's responsibility to verify the official scale closing time and to be in the weigh-in line by such time.
  18. Ties: In the event of a tie for first place, the Tournament Director shall designate, depending on time and safety conditions, a fish-off period to be held within 24 hours of the closing of the scales. If an angler/team declines to compete in the fish off, the other team involved will be awarded first place.
  19. Polygraph: Polygraph exams will be administered on-site at each event. The first-place team and a team randomly selected will automatically be tested. Each contestant who fishes a Belt's 100 Grand Slam event also agrees to submit to a polygraph examination should it be deemed necessary at a time and location determined by the Tournament Director following the competition. Failure to pass the examination will result in disqualification.
  20. Protest and Reporting Procedure: All protests must be submitted in writing along with a $100 cash deposit within fifteen (15) minutes of the last flight check-in to the tournament director or designated tournament official. The protestor also agrees that if there is a question with regards to verifying the protest charge, he or she may be subject to a polygraph exam and agree to testify in a court of law if necessary. If the Tournament Director, or polygraph, upholds the protest, the cash deposit shall be returned to the contestant submitting the protest.
  21. Media Coverage: Contestants are required to comply with all requests (included but not limited to video, still camera, access to boat and access to fishing area) made by Belt's 100 Grand Slam production crew for the purpose of gathering media coverage. Failure to coordinate with and accommodate Belt's 100 Grand Slam production crew needs will result in disqualification of that event.

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