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EVENT RULES + REGULATIONS

  1. Entry fees and deposits are non-refundable or transferable however can be used for future events.

  2. Legal Age. At least one competitor must be 18 years of age or older. Competitors under the age of 18 must have written parental consent from both parents.

  3. Lie Detector Test. If in question, any competitor must agree to take a lie detector test and pass before receiving their prize. The cost of the test will come out of the payback structure. If a team is protested and wins, the protesting team will pay the cost of the test.

  4. Unsportsmanlike Conduct. Zero tolerance for unsportsmanlike conduct. Automatic disqualification will result without refund (ethics are different, do not confuse). All Competitors are required to follow high standards of sportsmanship, courtesy and conservation and to conduct themselves in a manner that will be a credit to themselves, to the CSFL, DT Powersports & Marine, sponsors, the sport of fishing and the CSFL’s efforts to promote the sport. Conduct not complying with these standards includes, but is not limited to, the following:

    • Violation of, or failure to comply with, any of the rules for the 2021 season of the CSFL.

    • Consumption and/or possession of alcoholic beverages or any kind of mind-altering substance during tournament hours extending through the weigh-in procedure.

    • Abuse of, or addiction to, mind-altering substances.

    • Suspension/disqualification or ban from any tournament or fishing organization.

    • Any other words, conduct or actions reflecting unfavourably upon efforts to promote safety, sportsmanship, fair competition and compliance with tournament rules, or which fail to comply with the standards set forth in the first sentence of this paragraph.

      • In case of any conduct not complying with the standards outlined above, the CSFL shall have the right to refuse an application to compete, to deny a confirmed application to compete by returning the entry fee (minus deposit) or to disqualify a Competitor.

  5. Media: To uphold the integrity of the sport, the CSFL/DT Opens Tour, the event sponsors, the officials and the reputation of competitive sport fishing, it is an obligation of competitors to refrain from comments to news media that unreasonably attack or discredit the integrity of tournaments, tournament officials, sponsors, fellow anglers or the CSFL/DT Opens Tour organization. Reasonable expressions of legitimate disagreements with CSFL/DT Opens Tour policies are encouraged as opposed to attacks upon the integrity of rules or officials. Doing so will result in disciplinary actions.

  6. No live bait allowed (artificial lures only). Umbrella type rigs with multiple hooks are prohibited. Fish regurgitation will not be permitted.

  7. Species. You are not allowed to have the species of fish you are competing for in your live wells during pre-fish.

  8. Event fish. When competing in a CSFL/DT Opens Tour event you must only possess that event fish. Any other species of fish must be released. Other species of non-releasable fish must be reported at the check-in boat.

  9. Communication. There shall be no advantageous third party communication on or off the water during the event with competing or non-competing individuals. Doing so may result in disqualification. Competitors are not permitted to obtain any information from non- competitors who have been on the tournament body of water up to 8 days prior to the tournament and any cut off times. Additionally, competitors are not permitted to pre-fish with non-competitors who have been on the body of water within 8 days prior to the tournament or during any cut off time. It is not permitted to pre-fish during this time with an angler who has won a significant tournament on the body of water within 2 years. Competitors are not permitted to hire guide services; doing so will result in disqualification.

  10. Event Fish Limits: BASS 5. The penalty for retaining more than the event limit is as follows whether you are running or you are weighing-in. You will be asked to cull down to the event limit. Then the Tournament Director will cull the same amount of fish you are over with a maximum of 5 fish starting with the biggest fish. If you have retained more than double the event fish limit, this will result in disqualification.

  11. Culling: Only non-invasive clip type (i.e. non-piercing) culling systems may be used. When culling you must possess one less the legal limit. No traveling with more than the event fish limit. Immediate disqualification will result if found doing so.

  12. Live well: You must have an operating live well.

  13. Dead Fish Penalty: A 0.50 lb penalty per dead fish. A dead fish may be a Big Fish (if a Big Fish is dead, the penalty already applied for a dead fish would be deducted directly from the Big Fish and if it remains Big Fish it will stand as Big Fish). A Fish will be determined alive or dead at the marshall station.

  14. Cell Phones are for emergencies and communicating with the CSFL/DT Opens Tour only.

  15. Flotation Device. You must wear an approved flotation device while the outboard is running. Manual Sospenders/vests or manual inflatable life jackets will not be acceptable. Automatic Sospenders/vests or automatic inflatable life jackets are acceptable however they will be inspected for expiration at the time of check in. If you choose to wear, at your own risk, an automatic Suspender/vest, automatic inflatable life jacket or a U.S. COAST GUARD approved life jacket you must have an approved Department of Transport Canada life jacket within your vessel (if in question, Tournament Officials decision will stand). PRO must provide an AM/Non Boater with DTC approved life jacket.

  16. License. A fishing license is required and you may be asked to produce it at any time. Please ensure it is on your person at all times during the tournament. Failure to produce your license will not allow you to fish. (Conservation license not accepted). A boaters license is required by the Boater and may be asked to produce it at any time. Please ensure it is on your person at all times during the tournament. Failure to produce your boaters license will disqualify you from competition.

  17. Laws. All Federal and Provincial fishing, boating and criminal laws must be obeyed at all times.

  18. Ministry Net. No fishing within 100 yards of a ministry net.

  19. No locking allowed.

  20. Boundaries are any water accessible by boat except when legally marked no trespassing or sanctioned.

  21. Identification numbers must be affixed on motor, outside windshield or flag post and made clearly visible.

  22. Distance. You must maintain 50 yards of another competitors boat. However in circumstances where there are two teams on river systems less than 50 yards, they may cross one another on opposite sides and sportsmanlike conduct will apply in this situation and other situations where there is less than 50 yards.

  23. Do not board or approach another vessel during the event unless there is an emergency.

  24. Fuel/Repairs. If in need of fuel or repairs, one competitor is to remain with the boat at all times and a receipt must be kept to show officials if required.

  25. Towing. If your boat is deemed no longer functional you may acquire tow by another vessel (competitor or non-competitor). If the towing team feels for any reason that they cannot tow you as it may jeopardize their standings, you must respect their decision and either abort your fish and seek a ride back or wait for another boat.

  26. Transfer. Fish can be transferred to another competitors boat only, one of the downed team members must stay with the fish. If you choose to transfer your fish into a competitors live well, the live well must be separate or you must use an approved fish friendly perforated sack complete with drawstring ensuring your fish cannot be combined with the rescuing teams fish. Tagging systems are not acceptable and if fish are combined accidentally or otherwise both weights will not be accepted. No fishing allowed while the rescued competitor is in the boat and you must proceed directly to the check-in point where fish will be transferred to the check-in boat for weigh-in show Once your fish have been transferred, the downed boat must be brought back directly to the tournament site for inspection. If, after inspection the boat is found tampered with then disqualification may result and the rescuing team questioned. If in payout position, prizes will be held until boats are inspected. Your team is responsible for making sure the rescued angler(s) is wearing a DTC approved life jacket, failure to do so will result in disqualification. Make all efforts in using the CSFL emergency number (416-802-2277) in keeping the officials informed.

  27. Assistance. If a broken down team requires a tow by one of the event officials, the competitors must release their fish. The CSFL acting as the Tournament Official must keep it fair and equal to all competing anglers and therefore cannot act in individual cases as it may conflict and could possibly alter the final results.

  28. Changing Boats. If a broken down boat returns to the tournament site and the team manages to repair their vessel or are changing boats, prior to transferring fish the boat must be rechecked by CSFL Tournament Officials.

  29. Check In and Late Penalty. All Teams must report to the designated Check-in Boat or location at the end of each day. Teams may check in at the tournament site up to 30 minutes prior to the check-in time otherwise you must return to the check-in point. Any boats arriving after the allowed time will be penalized 1 lb. per minute. The late penalty will be applied starting with the biggest fish.

  30. Pre-Fishing: CSFL Competitors must be off the water by 8:00 pm the Friday night prior to the weekend events during the months of June, July and August. 

    • Competitors are not permitted to compete in for-profit organized events taking place on Kawartha Lakes including Lake Simcoe tournament waters one weekend prior to the CSFL event.

    • Anglers competing in non-profit events week prior are not permitted to release their own fish.

  31. Blast off. The official blast-off time is 7:00 am and weigh-in time is 3:00 p.m. each day (if time changes are required, notification will be given). 

  32. Weather. If in case of extreme weather conditions, state of emergency or pandemic, the event may be delayed, rescheduled, restricted, merged with an existing event or cancelled.

  33. Boat Size. Boats must be 14’ or greater and canoes are not permitted.

  34. Teams can compete in DT Open Tour events using boat brands outside the White River Marine Group umbrella. These teams will not be eligible to qualify for the Bass Pro Shops US Open Championship.

  35. Insurance. All boats must carry a minimum of $1,000,000.00 insurance liability. Proof of insurance must be made available upon request.

  36. Horsepower Limits: All CSFL events are the maximum horsepower rated for your vessel. Kickers are permitted. The CSFL reserves the right to refuse an unsafe vessel at its discretion.

  37. Kill Switch. All motors must have a working kill switch which must be worn when outboard is running.

  38. Temperature Rule: A minimum of 2 bags of ice or frozen water bottles in a cooler will be mandatory on days when forecasted air temperatures are expected to exceed 27 degrees celsius and on days when air temperatures exceed 30 degrees celsius the Tournament Director may reduce the catch limits to 4 fish.

  39. Protest. Any protest of violations must be made to the Tournament Director prior to the awards presentation. Protest cost is $100. 

  40. Infractions. If you witness a rule being broken it is an infraction not to report it to the Tournament Director and may lead to a disqualification.

  41.  Disqualification. In the event of a disqualification the competitor may be fined or required to compensate to continue to fish in other events. No refunds if disqualified.

  42. Ties. In case there is a tie for first place, there will be a fish off and the first regulation fish weighed in wins. Combining the pay back spots and splitting the money equally will resolve ties for other positions.

  43. The 2021 DT Team of the Year is based on your best 3 out of 4 event points. If a partner is not able to participate in one of the four qualifying events, one partner may compete as an individual and maintain the points for the team. A partner can start or end the event and maintain the points for the team.

  44. Qualifying for CSFL National Classic XXV: Top 10 from the DT Opens Tour will advance to the CSFL National Classic XXV. Qualification is based on combined points within the respective tour using the best four events utilizing only one of the Wildcards as a substitution. A minimum of four events is required to qualify for all tours. Competitors fishing with various partners in a tour may qualify as an individual. If a partner is not able to participate in one of the four qualifying events, one partner may compete as an individual and maintain the points for the team. If you qualify as a team as well as an individual, team qualification overrules the individual qualification. No double qualifying within one tour however Teams/Angler may qualify in each tour eliminating Classic positions. However should a team forfeit their lower Classic position, the position will be filled with the next eligible team within the tour.

  45. 2021 All Canadian Team is based on your best 4 out of 4 event points within each division (excluding Wildcard events) using the same point system as Team of the Year plus the National Classic points.

  46. National Classic Champions have an automatic qualification for the next season's CSFL National Classic. The Champion(s) must compete in at least four qualifying events. If the Champions do not compete as a team they will lose this privilege and will have to re- qualify with their new partners.

  47. Field Size. The CSFL reserves the right to exceed the limited field and pay back accordingly.

  48. Paybacks. The CSFL is solely responsible for the provision of the percentage paybacks and not responsible for sponsored prizes. 

  49. Contingencies: The CSFL is not responsible for any sponsor or contingency prizes.

  50. Entries will be accepted with a 50% deposit. Full entry payments are due after June 11, 2021. A completed entry form together with payment secures a Pro Angler or Amateur/Non Boater a spot. Entries will be accepted with a 50% deposit. Payment Options Available: Credit Card (Visa, MasterCard & American Express), E-Transfer to victoria@csfl.ca, Bank Draft, Money Order, and Cheques payable to CSFL. 

  51. Orientation Meetings: All orientation meetings will be a virtual platform. Participants will be notified. Meetings will commence the Friday prior to the event for all DT Open Tour events

  52. Rules & Regs. The CSFL reserves the right to amend the rules and regulations as it sees fit.

  53. Right to Refuse. The CSFL reserves the right to refuse or deny a confirmed application by returning the entry fee of a previously accepted application.

  54. Tournament Official rulings are final. All rules and regulations apply to all CSFL anglers

 

BASS PRO SHOPS US OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFICATION RULES

  1. You must be an amateur. An amateur is someone who:

    • Has not competed as a boater/pro in a MLF Major or BASS Elite Series event within the last two years immediately preceding the DT Open Tour event being entered.

    • Anglers have never paid an entry fee greater than $2,500 (CAD/USD).

    • Anglers that do not have lifetime earnings greater than $100,000 (CAD/USD).

  2. At least one teammate must be the registered owner of a White River Marine Group brand: Tracker, Ranger, Nitro, Mako, Sun Tracker, Triton and Tahoe. This boat must be registered and used in the event. 

    • Boat may be registered to an immediate family member, the team must provide written consent by the boat owner when registering.​

  3. Teams must provide proof of ownership by submitting the Boat Serial Number and a Copy of Registration, Title or Bill of Sale at time of registration.

  4. The team must start their first event of the DT Open series with a White River Marine Group Boat brand to be eligible. Should a team's White River Marine boat breakdown mid-event and not be repaired for the teams following event a team may use an alternative brand boat, please review CSFL Event Rule #28.

  5. The boat must have a properly aerated factory-installed live well.

  6. The DT Team of the Year is based on your best 3 out of 4 event points - points are based on finishing position. There will not be additional points assigned for teams qualifying in the Bass Pro Shops US Open. 

    • If a partner is not able to participate in one of the four qualifying events, one partner may compete as an individual and maintain the points for the team.

    • A partner can start or end the event and maintain the points for the team.

  7. The DT Team of the Year will advance to the Bass Pro Shops US Open Championship, November 19 - 21, 2021, Table Rock Lake, Missouri *COVID pending.

  8. Should the DT Team of the Year be unable to compete in the Bass Pro Shops US Open Championship as a team, the next White River Marine Group qualifying team with the highest points will advance and so on. The registered and qualified team must compete in the Bass Pro Shops US Open Championship together.

  9. Contingencies: The CSFL and DT Powersports are not responsible for any contingency or sponsor prizes associated with the DT Opens Tour event.

  10. The BASS PRO SHOPS US OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFICATION RULES are in addition to existing CSFL rules and regulations. All competing teams must abide by rules outlined above.
     

*DT Powersports and the CSFL are not responsible for this prize should COVID-19 restrictions prevent the qualifying team from crossing the border to participate in the Bass Pro Shops US Open Championship. This prize is not transferable and does not hold any cash value.