Official Rules
Qualifiers, please note that since Monday, the 18th, is a holiday, the lakes do not go off limits until midnight the 18th!
16th Annual TuffMan Rules
Interpretation of these rules shall be left exclusively to the tournament director and weighmaster.  Failure to comply may result in disqualification and the decison of the tournament officials shall be final in all such matters.
Patricipation & Eligibility
Participation is open to all who are 18 years of age or older on Sept. 1, 2015.  Applicants under age 18 may fish with an adult.  Proof of age is the responsibility of the competitor and must be furnished when requested. A properly completed and signed entry form as approved by the tournament officials must be presented prior to the tournament.  No team that has not been assigned a team number the morning of the tournament shall begin to fish until such number is released by the director.  The tournament director reserves the right to refund/refuse any entry fee.
Registration & Checkpoint
Each contestant must register in person at the designated site, before the start of the tournament.  Start time will be at "Safe Daylight". No more than two fishermen in a boat and they must both be paid contestants. Registration is $250 after 6:00 PM on the Thursday preceeding the tournament.  Pre-registration is $200.  Registration includes big bass side pot.
Tournament Qualifications
Teams may fish as many qualifiers as they wish.  Once they have qualified their registration fee drops to $110 for early registration or $150 for late registration. The 2014-2015 Anglers of the Year pay only $10 per tournament which goes into the big bass pot. A team qualifies for the championship by 1) being last year's champions, 2) finishing in the top 12 of a qualifier, or 3) being in the top 12 in points after the 4th qualifying tournament and all other qualifiers have been removed.  This results in 61 teams being able to participate in the championship.  The team with the overall highest score in the four qualifiers will become Anglers of the Year for 2015-2016.  You must fish the championship with the same partner you qualified with.  If one partner is unable to fish then you may fish solo.
General Rules & Information
The tournament lake is off limits Sunday at midnight the week before the tournament unless the Monday before the tournament is a Federal holiday then the off limits occurs at midnight on that Monday. Licensed black bass guides that have guided on the body of water in the previous 14 days are not allowed to fish. No trailering to the qualifying weigh-ins from offsite ramps is allowed unless deemed necessary for safety purposes by the weighmaster. If you launch at the headquarters ramp, you may check in at the checkpoint and then load your boat onto your trailer before bringing the fish to the scales. From the tournament site boat ramp to the tournament site pavilion is not considered trailering.  There will be only one official headquarters. Flights will be 25 boats per flight with weigh-in starting at 3:00 PM and each flight will be in increments of 15 minutes. There will be only two flights at the championship. Teams will start based on their drawn team number. Competitors not at the official check-in point on time will be penalized one ounce per minute up to 15 minutes at which time they will be disqualified without recourse.  There will also be dead fish and small fish penalties. The scales will close 15 minutes after the last flight is due in at the check point so be sure to have a member of your team in line with your fish.
All contestants are expected to follow high standards of sportsmanship, coutesy, safety and conservation.  Cell phones are not to be used to assist in the location of fish during the event. Violation of this rule can be reason for disqualification.  No aloholic beverages or non-prescribed drugs are allowed in the boat.  Each contestant must keep the waters and grounds clean and free of litter.  Violation of any state, local or federal laws can result in immediate disqualification without recourse. This is a 5 fish per team black bass tournament with 14" being the minimum length to bring to the scales.
Each contestant agrees to submit to a polygraph examination and to abide by its conclusion.  Failure to pass the exam will result in disqualificaiton.  Polygraphs will be used at CTMA, Inc.'s sole discretion and the determination of the meaning of the results will be made solely by CTMA, Inc.
Safe boating will be observed at all times.  Each competitor must wear a servicable U.S.C.G. approved life perserver (PFD) any time the combustion engine is in operation and until the combustion engine is shut-off.  The boat operator must have a safety-stop switch lanyard (kill switch) engaged and attached to their person when the combustion engine is running.  Boats may not have engines larger than the boats horsepower rating. 
Protests must be submitted to the weighmaster within 15 minutes of the closing of the scales.
Closing of the Scales
Scales will be closed 15 minutes after the last flight is due in.  It is the angler's responsibilty to verify the official scale closing time and to be in the weigh-in line by such time.
For a complete list of the rules and regulations pick up one of the TuffMan flyers at the headquarters tent before the start of the tournament.  Participants are solely responsible for understanding and obeying the rules.  By participating in this tournament trail you are declaring that you have read the complete set of rules and will abide by them accordingly accepting any decisions by the weighmaster as final.

The Championship will be a two day tournament with the winners determined by the team that has the highest total culmination weight of legal fish (small and largemouth bass) after the two day event.  The first day will be fished from safe daylight to 3:00 PM with the weigh-in to be held in the dome at the Bell County Exposition Center in Belton starting at 3:30 PM.  The second day the teams will fish starting at safe daylight until 2:00 PM with the weigh-in to be held in the dome at the Bell County Exposition Center in Belton starting at 2:30 PM.  Teams will pre-register for their starting number Friday evening before the championship at the Bell County Exposition Center starting at 5:00 PM with a captain's meeting to follow at 7:00 PM.  Teams may participate in a side pot payable at $100 per team with payout of the side pot starting with the highest finishing 6th place team.  The highest finishing first 5 places will be paid by the tournament.  There is no cost to the qualifying participants to fish the championship unless they wish to participate in the side pot.

Points of Contact
Gary Wendeborn--254.223-0764 ** Rick Smith--254.534-5399