1.1 For 2023 EBASS will host 8 qualifying events and a 2-day Ebass Classic.                                                                             1.2 In order for a team to qualify for the annual EBASS Classic, it must have paid the full annual team entry fees, paid all required membership fees, as well as have participated in at least 6 of the 8 qualifying tournaments, (irrespective of points scored).                                                                                                                                                                               1.3 The Team of the Year ranking will be determined by the highest points from the best 6 tournament scores from the 8 qualifying tournaments, plus the two-day EBASS final tournament scores.                                                                               1.4 Prize monies for the EBASS tournaments will be determined according to team participation.                                         1.5 There will be an annual team entry fee of R 7 000 that is payable in advance. Please note a “no pay no play” policy will be applied – all entry fees paid are non-refundable.                                                                                                               1.6 All team members must be registered SABAA members as well as Bassmaster Team Championship registered which fees are excluding in the R 7 000 series entry fees.                                                                                                             1.7 A maximum of 40 teams will be allowed entry for the 2023 season (excluding any day entrants).                                                                                                                                                                                 1.8 An invitation to compete in the annual SABAA Team Nationals will be determined by the highest points from the best 6 tournament scores from the 8 qualifying tournaments.                                 1.9 The number of teams to participate in the SABAA Team Super Final, will be based on proportional trail representation which will be dependent on the number of SABAA registered teams participating in each trail.


    1. The tournament is open to any participant, irrespective of age, creed, colour, or race, however, the EBASS committee reserves the right of admission to any participant.
    2. Anglers under the age of 16 (juniors) participating in the tournament, must be accompanied by an adult/ skipper.
    3. The EBASS committee reserves all rights to change venues not less than seven days before a tournament by notifying all participants via the EBASS website, social networks and/or email.


    1. The starting position of each team will be determined by a draw, which will take place live, on a virtual platform, at least 4 days before the start of each tournament.
    2. For the second tournament day of the EBASS Classic however, the starting order will be reversed (reversed grid) from the first day.
    3. During the start of each tournament, the starting numbers and team names will be called after which a called team must idle out through the starting gates, from the no-wake waiting zone.
    4. All engines must be switched off once in the start waiting area is reached, until the boat number and team name is called to proceed with a start.


    1. A team consists of two anglers (skipper and co-angler) fishing off one boat.
    2. A reserve angler may replace one of a team’s anglers under exceptional circumstances, for a regional qualifying event, however a team may only utilize a reserve angler for a maximum of 2 events per season.
    3. No reserve angler may be utilized by a team for a EBASS Classic event.
    4. Any team member of a qualifying team may compete solo in a EBASS Classic, subject to approval by the EBASS Committee.
    5. A reserve angler must be nominated by a team before the first event of a season and may not be replaced for the remainder of a season.
    6. No team may change or substitute any team member on a permanent basis during a season, except under extraordinary circumstances as detail in section 3.8 below.
    7. Any changes of team members during a season, will constitute the formation of a new team, and the score history for the season to date of such a team will be forfeited.
    8. Should one of a team’s members pass away, or suffer from a serious debilitating illness or injury, the EBASS Committee may at their discretion, sanction a team member replacement for the remainder of a season. The team may continue with the remainder of the season and participate in the EBASS Classic should they qualify.
    9. Should a team decide to make use of the reserve angler for any of the 8 qualifying tournaments, this must be communicated verbally and by WhatsApp message to the tournament director at least 12 hours before the start of a tournament.
    10. If both a team member and the reserve cannot fish any tournament, the remaining team member may fish alone. Should 2 different teams experience the same situation for a specific tournament, the two remaining members may fish from one boat, but as two separate teams – fish must be kept in separate live wells and weighed and scored separately for each team.
    11. A reserve team member may not fish for a team on his own.


    1. Teams not fishing the series as a whole may enter for any tournament they wish to compete in, provided they have honoured the 5-day pre-fish cut-off period.
    2. The fee is R 1000 per tournament and day entrants must pay the amount and complete an entry form at the weigh station on the day of the tournament (or on our website at least 24 hours before the start of a tournament).
    3. No day entrant can qualify to participate in the (EBASS Classic) tournament.
    4. All day entrants will receive the usual prize monies and trophies should they qualify.
    5. A starting number for a day entrant will be given to the team one hour before the start.


    1. The pre-competition off-limit period for the series is set at 5 (five) days prior to each tournament and includes the following restrictions:
      1. Fishing on the tournament waters.
      2. Scanning and mapping of the tournament waters.
      3. Receiving any fishing information on the tournament waters from a 3rd party, provided the information received was gathered by the 3rd party during the official competition cut-off period.
      4. Flying a drone or similar device over the tournament waters.
      5. Any team who violates the pre-competition off-limit period will be disqualified from the tournament.


    1. The following restrictions will be applied with regards to the use of mobile phones during fishing hours applicable only to the last 2 qualifying tournaments and the EBASS Classic.
      1. Mobile phones may not be utilized to obtain, communicate, or transmit any fishing information to any other competing team/s, including but not limited to details of fishing spots or invites to join in a certain fishing area or spot, fishing lures and techniques.
      2. Any transgression of the rule 1 above will lead to a 1st offence 2-point score penalty, 2nd offence disqualification from the day’s fishing, or 3rd offence series disqualification, for both transgressing teams.
      3. The use of mobile phones for any other business, family related calls are however permissible.


    1. A team briefing (captain’s meeting) will be held 20 minutes before the start of every tournament, outlining the most important rules, any extraordinary situations or safety rulings.
    2. The skipper of each boat is responsible for ensuring either he/she or his/her partner is present at this team briefing. No exceptions.
    3. It is the skipper’s duty to inform his partner/co-angler of all the rules whether it is EBASS rules or the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry rules. EBASS renounces any responsibility in this regard.
    4. Failure to attend a captain’s meeting as detailed above will result in a 2-point penalty for the transgressing team.


    1. Live wells of, adequately sized to accommodate a fish limit, must be used on each boat. These must be fitted with an aerated or freshwater supply capable of ensuring the fishes live until tournament end.
    2. The organizing committee will reject live-wells not conforming to the general international bass fishing standards, which will disqualify a team from the day’s fishing.


    1. Prior to the commencement of each tournament day, all live wells must be empty and checked by the weighmaster.
    2. Hatches for purposes other than live-wells, coolers, and other watertight containers regardless of their purpose, may also be opened for inspection.
    3. Inspections may be carried out on and off the water.
    4. It is the responsibility of each team to ensure that their live-wells have been checked by the weighmaster before the start of the captain’s meeting before each tournament, failing which, the transgressing team / boat will have to wait until the last boat has started, before their live-well will be checked.
    5. Failure to have a live-well inspected will lead to immediate disqualification of the transgressing team, from the day’s fishing.
    6. Any tournament official must be granted access to the competitor’s boat at any time during the competition days. Failure to grant such access may result in immediate disqualification.
    7. Once a live well has been satisfactory checked by the weighmaster, a weigh tag will be handed to the team, which will also serve as proof of a completed live-well check.


    1. Only Bass are allowed to be weighed. Bass are classified as Largemouth, and Smallmouth bass.
    2. An eligible fish will be classified as being a live Bass of 30cm or longer.
    3. A fish that is gilling will be deemed to be alive, with the final decision at the weigh-master’s discretion.
    4. A “bag / limit” of maximum five Bass are allowed to be weighed per team/ boat per day. Should more than five fish be presented to the weighmaster, this will result in disqualification from the day’s fishing.
    5. A GP points scoring system will be applied for each tournament based on the following:
      • One point per kilogram or part thereof.
      • Any dead or undersized fish will be excluded from the bag weight and carry a one-point score penalty.
    6. No fish may be swopped / traded / replaced / transferred between individual boats / teams, in order to increase a specific boat / team’s bag weight or to fill a limit. Should this take place at any stage during a tournament, it will result in disqualification of both teams involved in the transgression, from the series.
    7. he total points scored by each team, will be added together to determine the overall tournament score of each team and in case of a tie, the biggest fish caught by any of the team members involved in the tie, will be used as a tiebreaker.
    8. It remains the responsibility of each individual team to ensure that they weigh and record a big fish separately if deemed necessary. The weight of the big fish must be recorded on the official weigh/scoring sheet to be eligible as a tie-breaker fish.
    9. Fish that are presented to the weighmaster, that have partially ingested their prey will not be weighed until the protruding remains of such ingested prey are safely removed and not counted towards the weight.
    10. The introduction of materials or devices that increase the fish’s weight/mass will be deemed wilful damage and will be just cause for an immediate disqualification from the series.


    1. Only one line per angler to be in the water at any given time.
    2. No more than one artificial lure may be attached to a line at one time.
    3. One artificial lure is defined as a single manmade device designed to attract and/or catch one fish at a time.
    4. Adding trailer hooks, plastic trailers, blades, etc., to a single lure is acceptable.
    5. If multiple fish are caught on a single manmade lure, on a single cast, all fish are considered legal and may be added to the daily catch.
    6. No “live bait,” “dead bait,” or “prepared bait” will be permitted during the competition, except for pork strips or rinds.
    7. Any umbrella-type rigging, harness, or other device designed to hold more than one lure at a time – with or without hooks – is not allowed.
    8. Twin arm spinnerbaits, underspins or buzz baits are allowed.
    9. Trailer hooks and plastic trailers must be on the main hook of the bait; only spinner blades can be affixed to the arms.
    10. Trolling is not allowed. Trolling is defined as having a line in the water, while the main combustion engine is running.
    11. No feeding areas are allowed to be prepared in order to attract any fish species to a specific area on tournament waters, during the pre-fish period or tournament day.
    12. Tournament Waters shall be established by the Tournament Director. Any water within these boundaries posted “Off-Limits” or “No Fishing” by provisional, conservation or any other authority, as well as areas established by the Tournament Director, will be OFF-LIMITS and will be announced at the tournament briefing.
    13. Any transgression of the rules 12.1 – 12.12 above will lead to a 1st offence 2-point score penalty; 2nd offence disqualification from the day’s fishing, or 3rd offence series disqualification.


    1. For the safety of all competitors, all boats must be equipped with an approved type of operable ignition kill switch and lanyard.
    2. Fishing boats that are 4 meters or more in length may be used, during any tournament.
    3. Every boat must have all required SAMSA safety equipment and a functional bilge pump.
    4. Any violation of any boat rule will immediately disqualify a team from the day’s fishing.


    1. Safe boat conduct must be observed at all times by competitors.
    2. Each competitor must wear a chest-type life preserver anytime the combustion engine is in operation. This preserver must be strapped, snapped or zippered securely, and maintained in that condition until the combustion engine is shut off.
    3. All anglers taking part in a tournament are obliged to have their boats fitted with a safety ignition kill switch, which must be attached to the skipper’s life jacket any time the combustion engine is in operation.
    4. When boating in low visibility situations i.e. fog, heavy rain, competitors must operate their boats at a safe speed and in a safe manner as determined by tournament director.
    5. Standard safety rules pertaining to local waters, including the “rule of the road” must be observed at all times:
    6. Counter clockwise rotation on the fishing waters – shore on right hand side, resulting in counter clockwise movement of boats, will be observed at all times.
    7. When boats approach ahead, they will pass with the other boat to the left (port) at a distance and speed such that a wake will not endanger other competitors.
    8. Overtaking in the same direction will be executed with discretion and the overtaking boat will maintain its course until well clear of overtaken the boat. Generally, the overtaking boat should keep to the deep-water side of the other without endangering boats approaching head-on.
    9. Boats approaching at right angles will apply the starboard-rule. The boat with the other on the port (left) side has right of way. The other boat will alter course and/or speed to astern of the boat with right of way.
    10. Powerboats will give way to boats under sail or hand power, irrespective of the right of way.
    11. Any transgression of rules 10.1 to 10.5 will lead to disqualification of the transgressing team, from the day’s fishing.
    12. The tournament director have the right to delay, shorten or cancel the start of an official tournament day, because of bad weather, or other factors that would endanger the safety of the competitors.
    13. If a participant appears incapable of safely operating his/her boat, the tournament director may exercise their right to disqualify that person for the tournament.
    14. All captains must be in possession of a valid Certificate of Competence and Certificate of Fitness for their boats. Both certificates must be available for inspection at all times during a tournament. (Failure to produce these documents shall be cause for automatic disqualification from the tournament).


    1. Competitors are expected to follow high standards of sportsmanship, courtesy, safety, and conservation. Any infraction of these fundamental sporting principles may be deemed cause for disqualification from the tournament.
    2. Use of alcohol or drugs (other than those drugs purchased over the counter or prescribed by a physician) by any competitor during the tournament will not be tolerated and shall be cause for disqualification from the tournament.
    3. A casting distance shall be maintained between two competing boats unless mutually agreed to maintain a distance less than casting distance.
    4. When a boat allows another team’s boat to be within casting distance, all other boats may enter that area without having to adhere to the casting distance rule.
    5. When a boat has moved into casting distance of another boat, the other boat must verbally inform the transgressing boat accordingly.
    6. In order to show that a transgressing boat has moved into casting distance of another boat, an angler my cast across the bow or stern of the transgressing boat, provided that the cast is made with the same rod and lure the casting angler was fishing with, prior to this confirming cast being made. The casting angler may not change his fishing rod or lure in order to obtain a longer casting distance, in this regard.
    7. Under no circumstances may an angler cast a lure, fishing weight or any other object onto another boat in order to show that a casting distance has not been maintained – this is considered to be dangerous conduct and will lead to disqualification from the tournament.
    8. A stationary boat may not block/refuse entry/thoroughfare of another boat in a river or narrow section if the entering boat has enough space to fish beyond the stationary boat outside of its casting distance. The entering boat shall idle (no wake), in a sportsmanlike manner and with no lines in the water, past the stationary boat, which must afford them the opportunity to move past.
    9. Any violation of rules 15.3, 15.4, 15.5, and 15.7 will result in a 2-point score penalty for the transgressing team.


    1. Anglers shall, at all times, conduct themselves in a professional manner that demonstrates integrity, honour and respect toward fellow competitors, tournament staff and the general public and does not reflect unfavourably on any EBASS tournament, committee members, participants, officers or representatives, as well as all sponsors.
    2. Anglers are frequently in the public eye, therefore it is imperative that tournament competitors demonstrate good sportsmanship in fishing. Sportsmanship is defined as fair play, respect for opponents and polite behaviour while competing in the sport.
    3. Following are examples of unacceptable behaviour by competitors before, during or after any EBASS tournament, which will be cause for penalties as outlined in this document.
      • Heated public disagreements with tournament officials, other competitors and fans and volunteers during a tournament.
      • Public attacks through media, including social media, upon the integrity of tournament rules or officials.
      • Public comments that an angler knows, or should reasonably know, will harm the reputation of EBASS, tournament officials, or tournament sponsors.
      • Displays of anger and displeasure for reasons related to fishing competition where members of the public, including other anglers, spectators and the media, are present.
      • Publicly questioning or criticizing a tournament official or official decision, ruling or penalty except through the proper channels.
      • Abuse (physical, verbal, threatening or slanderous) of tournament officials, volunteers, fellow competitors or others connected with a EBASS tournament.
      • Offensive or slanderous comments with racial, cultural or sexual overtones regarding tournament officials, tournament personnel or fellow anglers.
      • Intentionally interfering with a fellow angler’s ability to compete.
    4. Any angler who violates any of the provisions of the Sportsmanship Rules or the Angler Code of Conduct may be subject to fines, reduction of points, forfeiture of tournament winnings, suspension from competing in individual SABAA sanctioned tournament trail tournament, permanent ban from competition, or any combination thereof deemed appropriate by the tournament committee.


    1. Both competitors must remain in the boat during tournament hours, except when their boat is beached in the weigh station area.EXT
    2. During tournament hours, competitors may not depart the boat to land a fish or to make their boat more accessible to fishing waters.
    3. Competitors are allowed to leave the boat to retrieve a lure. All fishing by both team members must cease until both competitors are back in the boat.
    4. Competitors are allowed to leave the boat to relieve themselves or to seek safe shelter in bad weather or any other emergency situation where danger may be imminent. All fishing by both team members must cease until both competitors are back in the boat.
    5. Any transgression of rules 13.1 to 13.4 will result in a 1 point score penalty.


    1. The weigh station will be open the entire day during tournament hours.
    2. Should a team be required to weigh a fish during the day or at tournament closing time, they shall enter the weigh station area through the starting gate ONLY and adhere to a no wake zone rule.
    3. All fish to be weighed must be presented to the weigh master in a weigh bag with water. No fish are allowed to be transported by hand / physical contact between the team’s boat and weigh station.
    4. No culling is allowed within the weigh station area.
    5. Invasive culling systems are strictly prohibited and may not be used.
    6. All over inflated fish and fish in need of recovery must be presented to the recovery station and handed to the conservation officer for treatment, after the fish had been weighed and photographed.
    7. Any violation of a weigh-in or conservation rules will result in a 2 point score penalty for the transgressing team.


    1. Competitors are responsible for synchronizing their watches to the weighmaster clock.
    2. A tag board system will be utilized for the tournament and if a competitor’s numbered tag is not on the weigh station’s tag board by cut-off time, the team will be disqualified from the day’s fishing.
    3. The cut-off time will be indicated visually or audibly at the weigh station. Any team rendering emergency assistance to another team, which results in its late arrival, may have its catch weighed if the team provides satisfactory proof of such assistance given.
    4. In case of a lost tag the team must identify itself to the weighmaster and inform him of a lost tag before the dedicated cut-off time, to avoid disqualification.
    5. Emergency assistance does not allow for the following:
      • battery
      • Running out of fuel
    6. The tournament director’s cell number will be displayed or given to all anglers at the weigh station in cases of emergency.
    7. Failure to weigh-in on time will lead to an automatic disqualification from the day’s fishing.


    1. No dead fish will be allowed on any boats. Dead fish are to be returned to the water as soon as it becomes evident.
    2. No culling will take place in the vicinity of the weigh station.
    3. Violation of rules 19.1 and 19.2 will result in a 2-point score penalty.


    1. Protest forms will be available during the tournament at the weigh station.
    2. All protests will be subject to an R500 non-refundable protest fee.
    3. A protesting team must complete a protesting form, signed by all their witnesses.
    4. The protest form, including the R500 protest fee, must be handed to the tournament director no later than 30 minutes after the tagboard closed.
    5. Failure by the protesting team to comply with protesting rules 21.2 – 21.4 will result in the protest being rejected by the tournament director.
    6. All parties of interest must be made aware of the pending protest by the tournament director or appointed designate.
    7. Once received all the parties must attend a hearing at a place and time determined by the tournament director, who will convene the tournament committee for a protest hearing.
    8. Once the outcome has been decided, penalties/disqualifications will be handed down ASAP by the tournament committee.


    1. Each competitor/team agrees to report to the tournament director, within 30 minutes of their flight weigh-in cut-off, any violation or infraction of any tournament rules. Failure to report such violations will be cause for disqualification.
    2. By his/her signature on the official tournament entry form, each competitor/team agrees to submit to a truth verification test and abide by its conclusion should he/she be accused of any rule violation. The tournament director shall have the discretion to determine the need for a truth verification test.
    3. The tournament director or his/her designee shall have sole responsibility selecting the location, date, and time of the test, with respect to all concerned parties schedules and travel cost. The competitor/team shall make themselves available at the location selected by the tournament director and shall co-operate in all respects with such test.
    4. Random truth verifications tests may be administered onsite during the course of any EBASS tournament.


    1. Only fishing, tow vehicle, boat, trailer, humoristic and daily chit chat related posts will be permitted on the EBASS WhatsApp group.
    2. No posts containing foul language, swearing or pornography will be permitted.
    3. No rude, racist, sexist, political or religious statements on the group will be permitted.
    4. Any transgressions of rules 23.1 to 22.3 will lead to a 1st offence warning; 2nd offence one month group ban and 3rd offence a total group ban.
    5. No EBASS competitor will engage or react to any social media post which involve or put EBASS, the SABAA Team Tournament Trail or SABAA in a bad light or affect in a negative way.
    6. Any negative social media post or attacks must be brought under attention of the EBASS committee for response but will not be debated heatedly by any EBASS member on social media.
    7. Any transgressions of rules 23.4 to 23.5 will lead to a 1st offence 2 point score penalty; 2nd offence a 1 tournament ban.