Parent or Gaurdian should use the participants information in the form and enter their own name and relation in the co-signer section and then sign their own name in the signature box. A WMB membership is not required. All boat captains require a waiver as well.
All participants must be a full-time middle or high school student. Students that are incoming middle schoolers are eligible to fish the middle school circuit, and incoming freshman are eligible to participate at the high school level. All participates must be prepared to prove their eligibility at any event.
Tournaments will be held at the scheduled date, time and location on this website and are scheduled to run 8 hours. Launch time may be affected by sunrise times, weather or other circumstance and therefore will be announced at the ramp prior to take-off. It is the responsibility of the director to announce the weigh-in time prior to take off, however it is the responsibility of the angler to know the weigh-in time. If the angler misses the announcement, they should ask the director prior to take-off or on the water during competition.
There is no membership fee to participate. All members 18 years and older must read and sign liability waiver before participating in any MHSBC, MMSBC or WMB tournament. All members under the age of 18 must have the liability waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian. A signed waiver is considered valid for one tournament season. The entry fee for a regular event is $60.00 per boat. $5.00 of that entry fee goes for a big bass pot.
The winner of the tournament is determined by the weight of the 5 or less largemouth and/or smallmouth bass. In the event of a tie in total weight, big bass weight will be used to determine the winning team (followed by # of fish). Anglers are only allowed to fish with one line per person at a time. Anglers may only use artificial baits to catch bass during the tournament. Anglers may not intentionally snag fish or troll for fish. The Great Lakes are off limits on any body of water that is connected to the Great Lakes - you may not go past the end of the pier heads.
The resolution of protests will be handled by the director(s) at the time of the protest is presented. All protests must be presented within 10 minutes of the scales closing. MMSBC/MHSBC & WMB requires the use of USGC approved life vest and kill switch lanyards at any time when using the outboard engine. Failure to wear a life vest can result in disqualification. The use of piercing or puncture type cull tags are strictly prohibited during any WMB tournament.
Tournament boats will be operated by the 3rd party, non-angler. Middle and High School anglers are not allowed to operate the tournament boat except for the trolling motor at any time during the tournament. It is the boat owner’s responsibility to comply with all state and local regulations and have the watercraft equipped properly with safety equipment. It is the boat operator’s responsibility to know and understand all boating laws, no wake restrictions, high speed boating restrictions, lake speed limits or other similar rules or restrictions. All boats are required to be equipped with a functional live well. No fish baskets or stringers may be used. Homemade or cooler based live wells are allowed if equipped with an aeration or oxiginator system. Boat operators must carry reasonable liability insurance on their vessel.
All state and local laws must be followed by anglers and boaters. Sportsmanship and courtesy will be shown by all teams and boaters towards fellow tournament participants as well as any local fishermen, other boaters, or property owners. Failure to comply can result in disqualification at the discretion of the Director(s). Disqualification will include forfeit of entry fees. Participants are not allowed to use illegal drugs or alcohol during tournament hours.
MMSBC/MHSBC encourages the continued learning of middle school and high school anglers. This means the boat operator is able coach and assist the anglers during the tournament. Please see, Boater Operator Do’s and Don’ts for more details on this.
Points are accumulated and tracked per team and are accumulated as follows (per team, per event):
School of the Year will be determined by taking the highest average points per whole team.
Example: School 1 has 450 points total, they had 5 teams, 450/5= 90 pts
School 2 has 800 points total, they have 10 teams, 800/10= 80 pts.
School 1 would be school of the year
The Angler of the Year will be determined by the total points earned by team or individual at the end of the regular season events.
The end of the year classic is an invite only tournament for the top teams for both middle school and high school. These teams will be determined at the end of the year based on points earned throughout regular season. (please see “TEAMS” section above for more details)
*For the Middle School boat captains, there is some leniency in “helping” their anglers. We want this to be a positive experience for these anglers as many of them are just learning the ropes of tournament fishing. Please use your judgement on what is acceptable help and what might be considered “too much help” by another team.