2017 Lake Muskoka Pike Open Rules and Regulations
OFFICIAL HOURS AND WATERS
Sat May 20th, 2017 from 7:30 am to 4:00pm at Boston Pizza docks on Lake Muskoka. Boundaries are the lake proper ( No Locking) or closed areas ( Muskoka River).
All Federal and provincial boating / fishing rules and regulations must be adhered to. Failure to do so will result in disqualification.
Will be conducted by officials from 5am to 7am at Boston Pizza docks. All boats must be checked. Please check in as soon as possible as take off will take place 7:30 am SHARP.
This will take place right outside of the narrows of Gravenhurst Bay, Boat number sticker must be placed on back of outboard, get in position before blast off. Boat numbers will be called out starting with #1 and so on with a 5 sec ( On plane) delay between boats. When your number is called you must put your hand up and drive by the blast off pontoon boat. We will be checking of all boats blasting off for your number. If you missed your position in blast off you go to the end of the pack.
Final weigh in will be held at the docks at Boston Pizza at 4:00pm SHARP. Teams coming in late will receive a 5 inch per minute penalty (applied to your largest pike). Boats must be past Greavette Island and in sight by 4:00pm sharp
Each boat will be given a numbered tag that is to be shown to officials when weighing in any fish, this will be your score card.. Tags must be handed in at the end of the tournament so we know everyone is back.
Each boat will be given a boat # sticker that is to be placed on the back of your motor. This is so teams can line up in close order for blast off.
There will be no pre-fishing rules set in place as the season is not open until the day of the tournament. You can look around up until the day of the tournament.
SCORING AND SIZE LIMITS
Each team may enter 5 pike. Scoring is measured from the tip of the nose to the tip of the tail. A 20 inch minimum will apply. Fish under 20 inches will not be scored but will count as one of your 5 fish total.
All Boats must have a working livewell. Any fish entered that are dead will receive a 5 inch penalty.
All boats must be equipped with a working kill switch
Life Jackets must be worn at all times other than trolling or drifting speeds.
NO LIVE BAIT
No dead or prepared bait, pork rind is permitted.
Alcoholic beverages are prohibited during tournament hours.
All prizes are team prizes. In case of a tie, the team entering the single biggest fish will be awarded the higher position.
UNSPORTSMAN LIKE CONDUCT
Will not be tolerated and may result in disqualification. First boat on a spot has priority. No boat may fish within 50 feet of another boat.
Members of the tournament committee at the end of the day settle any disputes. Their decision is not subject to appeal.
Have the discretion to disqualify competitors for any violation of rules without refund.
Any protest of violations made prior to Boat check time must be made at the registration tent to officials. Any violations occurring during tournament or after the weigh in must be made to tournament officials at weigh in stations at Boston Pizza. Protest must be accompanied by in writing followed by a cost of $75
$210 PER TEAM
$20 FOR BIG FISH
Fish must be alive to qualify for big fish prize
Overview of the tournament day rules
-Five Pike Limit
-Minimum 20 inches, scored to the nearest 1/4 inch
-Dead fish receives a five inch penalty
-Score cards must be presented at the time of scoring so have them ready.
All TEAMS MUST return score cards at the end of day, regardless of fish or not. This is so we know that everyone has returned safe and sound. And we will also be using your score card for some draw prizes.
-Big fish must be alive to qualify for big fish win. (75% 1st big fish 25% 2nd Big Fish payback)
Tournament Emergency Phone Number.
TBA, Tournament Official.
7:30am to 4:00pm sharp in sight of Boston pizza, 5 inch penalty for every minute after 4:00pm
This will take place right outside of the narrows of Gravenhurst Bay, Boat number sticker must be placed on back of outboard, get in position before blast off. Boat numbers will be called out starting with #1 and so on with a 10sec delay between boats. When your number is called you must put your hand up and drive by the blast off pontoon boat. We will be checking of all boats blasting off for your number. If you missed your position in blast off you go to the end of the pack.
Milford Bay (Town Docks) - Open 8:00am to 2:00pm
Boston Pizza (docks) - Open all day
Any fish measured during the day will count as one of your 5 fish. If you measure in Milford Bay your score will be called in immediately to the tournament official and entered in the system.
Use these stations during the day if you have a big fish to help reduce travel time with fish and to help with the healthy releasing of that fish.
River Off Limits
Muskoka River including the north channel (town of Bracebridge) from Bracebridge downstream to the mouth of the river at Lake Muskoka including the main channel to the green buoy (E.E.1) and the second channel known as the Gap to the red lighted buoy (E.C.2). Fish Sanctuary, no fishing from April 1st to the Friday before the second Sat in June.
Dead Fish Rule
Fish must show signs of being alive to count, moving gills and able to swim. If these signs are not prominent the Official will call it dead.
Enjoy the tournament and good luck.