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Tournaments => FLW Fishing => BFL Bass Fishing League => Topic started by: spinnerbation on February 11, 2016, 12:38:02 PM

Title: BFL Qualifier Pre-Fishing Rules
Post by: spinnerbation on February 11, 2016, 12:38:02 PM
I thought I would come on here to get some insight on this as I've gotten some good information here before. I want to clarify the rules of Pre Tournament Practice for BFL (MI) Events. I am strictly speaking of the Qualifiers / Super Tournament and not the Regional.

If I understand correctly there is No Official Practice Period for the Qualifiers and Super Tournaments as per Rule 5:

"5. OFF-LIMITS, PRACTICE &COMPETITION • There is no practice period or off-limits period prior to the pretournament meeting for each qualifying tournament, super tournament and the wild card."

Then Rule 4 States:

"4. PURCHASING OF INFORMATION •The purchasing of, or bartering for, information about locating or catching fish on tournament waters, including but not limited to GPS waypoints (other than through commercially available sources) and the hiring of fishing guide services is not permitted after the entry deadline for each qualifying tournament and super tournament…"
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If I am reading this correctly for the Qualifiers, Super Tournaments & Wild Cards only (not the Regionals) in theory, could I practice with anyone (except a Guide) whether or not they are registered in the event?

I am asking because I have a buddy who does not T-fish, he just likes going out for fun. He has virtually 0 knowledge of the waters from Sarnia/Port Huron to Pelee. If anything I am showing him stuff not him me. And I am not paying for a service. I would like to Pre-Fish in his boat because his is just much better than my own lol. Would I be breaking any rules by doing this? Has anyone else practiced this way without any issues before?

I would contact the T Director butI am not registered yet so I don't know who it is this year.
Title: Re: BFL Qualifier Pre-Fishing Rules
Post by: spinnerbation on February 11, 2016, 12:40:58 PM
I guess the main thing I am getting hung up on is even if I am not purchasing a guide or information, would fishing in a non competitors boat for fun be viewed as "bartering" for some obscure reason. Or if pitching in for gas could be construed as hiring a guide lol. I suppose this will likely be a case of the Tournament Director's discretion.
Title: Re: BFL Qualifier Pre-Fishing Rules
Post by: Team houston on February 11, 2016, 02:57:23 PM
Thats perfectly fine. Have fun.
Title: Re: BFL Qualifier Pre-Fishing Rules
Post by: djkimmel on February 12, 2016, 05:05:01 PM
Team houston is right on this. You can fish with anyone who you are not paying or otherwise offering a lot of value to in exchange for information. If your friend is not a licensed fishing guide you should be perfectly safe fishing with him.

Your intent is to spend a day or days in the boat with a buddy, not to get an unfair advantage over anyone else who can also do the same thing before the tournament with their buddy or friend. It's a rule of intent and your intent and situation wouldn't raise any flags that I can see.
Title: Re: BFL Qualifier Pre-Fishing Rules
Post by: spinnerbation on February 13, 2016, 09:06:19 AM
Great Thanks! That's what I was hoping to clarify! I am currently in the process of getting him to register on here so we can fish Mad Wags too lol. :D
Title: Re: BFL Qualifier Pre-Fishing Rules
Post by: dartag on February 13, 2016, 10:21:38 AM
If you have any question on the rules call FLW.  Nothing worse than losing your entry fee for something simple.