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TRF Tourney SZN - Stage 2

  • October 16, 2020
  • 12:00 AM
  • October 17, 2020
  • 10:00 PM
  • US or Canada

TRF Tournament


October 16th - October 17th

Cost  = $25 (Entry Fee $20 plus $5 processing fee)

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Prize = 100% Payout of Entry Fees.  Paid one spot for every 10 entries. Max paid out 6 Spots for 50+ Anglers.  See % Breakdown below in Prize Section. 


Best 5 Length Event - Winner determined by length of best 5 total of all eligible bass over 14 inches.  Catch must be over 14 inches before you log it. 

Tournament Code Will be posted in the app when the Event Starts.


  • In order for this tournament to go smoothly, do some preparation ahead of time. Each angler must have either an iPhone or Android and install the free ConnectScale app to record your catches.  To get the ConnectScale app iPhone Users - Download on iTunes App Store and Android Users - Download on Google Play.

  • Your entry fee and processing fee will be collected at time of registration on the ConnectFishingLeague.com website. 

  • We recommend the use of one of the measuring boards listed at the end of the rules.

  • This event is a No Limit total length Black Bass tournament (Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, or Spotted Bass).


    Read the rules carefully.  Failure to comply with the rules will result in disallowed catches and possible disqualification.

Prizes: 100% of Entry Fee paid out.  

Prizes to be paid out to one spot for every 10 Entires.  Max 6 Spots for 50+ Participants.  

Tournament % Payout Chart

$100 CONNECT FISHING LEAGUE BIG BASS BONUS PRIZE

 If the angler with the Biggest Individual Catch by Length is an active Connect Fishing League member then they will win $100.   Must be an Active Connect Fishing League Member to win the Big Bass Bonus).  Ties for Big Bass will be broken by which catch was logged 1st.   Click here to Join.  

What to do now?

  1. Get the ConnectScale app and become familiar with the app in advance.  The app can be found here for iPhone and here forAndroid.

  2. Instructional videos for the app can be found here: https://connectscale.com/pages/videos

When:

  • Starts – Friday October 16th at 12AM Eastern and ends Saturday October 17th at 10PM Eastern time.  

Where: 

  • Any Public waterway in United States or Canada.  GPS Location must be enabled and shared in app to allow us to check coordinate.  Public water way is defined as any waterway (Lake, River, Stream, Pond) that anyone can access. 

Who:  

  • Any Angler in United States or Canada who is not under a Shelter In Place Order from Local, State, or National Government.  All anglers must follow all applicable laws and have appropriate licenses.   

 

Instructions: 

Step 1 - The ConnectScale APP

All anglers must use the ConnectScale Fishing App to register and log entries.

Once you have downloaded the app.  Complete setting up your User Profile with First and Last names, Email and a Profile Picture that shows your face. 

The event ID code will be published in the event details page for the tournament in the ConnectScale app at the start of the event.   

Step 2 - Measuring Devices 

The Tournament is a length based tournament.  We recommend using one of the measuring devices listed at the end of the rules.

Step 3 - Go Fishing and Catch a Bass

Only “black bass” (largemouth, smallmouth or spotted bass) are eligible for scoring in this tournament.

Step 4 - Measure and Log

Measure the catch with your measuring device.  

The nose of the catch must touch the bump on the measuring device.  Lengths should be recorded in the nearest quarter inch rounded down.

Using the ConnectScale app, input the following data:

  • Length of the catch in the Length Field (See detailed rules below for instructions on increments)
  • Weight of the catch in Weight Field. Can be automatically obtained from ConnectScale or Manually input from another scale or best guess of weight.   Should be entered in Hundredths of Pounds. 
  • Select appropriate species of catch. (Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, or Spotted Bass)
  • Add Photo - A verification photo for each catch must be entered into the ConnectScale app at the time of the catch. Note: If you are fishing this tournament in an area with no service or limited/slow data coverage, please take photos of your catch with the native camera app on your device and upload photos to your catches in the ConnectScale app when you return to a good internet signal.
  • If registered for the event, the Tournament Code will automatically be added to your catches.  If you want to verify you may tap the Tournament Code Field to view the Tournament Events.  The green check mark indicates that the catch has been scored for this event. 

The Length Verification photo must show the catch on the Measuring device.   The fish needs to be measured from left to right with the mouth closed on the left and ending with the tail on the right.  The mouth must be completely closed. The photo must show the Unique Tournament ID on a card.  Tournament ID cards can be printed using the official Connect Fishing League Tournament card.  The Tournament Code will be released once event starts

This photo is an example of a good verification photo.

 

In the ConnectScale APP, make sure the Private catch slider is turned offand not showing Green.   If the catch is kept Private we will not see it in Public Feed or in the database when we are verifying results.   You may keep Share Map (GPS) Location private so that no other users will not know your location but the tournament admin will still be able to verify that the catch was weighed on a body of water and for safety verification.  After you have completed ALL of the steps above, tap Save in the top right-hand corner to save the catch submission and enter the catch in the competition.

Log as many catches as you like during the tournament.  This is a Best 5 Length Tournament.  All scoreable catches must be over 14 inches. Leaderboard will automatically calculate the total length of your best 5 catches logged.     

Live Leaderboard: 

Keep up to date with standings of all our events by using our new Live Tournament Leaderboard 

Rules:

  • Boat, Kayak, Tube and Bank/Shore Fishing Permitted

  • Catches must be submitted to the tournament at time of catch.

  • All catches are submitted using the ConnectScale Fishing App.

  • Adding Length Measurement must be done in Inches in .25 inch increments.  For instance, x.00 x.25 x.50 or x.75 where x is the number of inches.

  • Users must Round Down and enter to the closest .25 or (¼) Inch mark. 

  • Any submission not rounded to .00 .25 .50 .75 will be disqualified.

     Board Measurement  Rounding   Length Entered on App
     11 1/8  11  11.00
     11 3/8  11 1/4  11.25
     11 5/8  11 1/2  11.50
     11 7/8  11 3/4  11.75

  • Tie breakers:
  1. Total Number of Fish Legally submitted
  2. Longest Fish
  3. Next Longest Fish until all fish have been accounted
  4. If a tie still exist, the winner will be determined by earliest photo submitted of their largest fish

Photo Requirements:

  • Each submission must be a unique catch.

  • Each submission must include Unique Tournament ID.  This code will be published in the Event Details page in the app at the start of the event.

  • Each photo must show the entire fish from mouth to tail.   (Violations are excluded)

  • The mouth/lip, eye, and tail fin must not be covered or obstructed in photo. (Violations are excluded)

  • Tail of the fish may be pinched. 

  • The mouth of the fish must be closed and placed against the beginning of the board.  (Violations are penalized 1 Inch)

  • The measurement must be from left to right with dorsal fins on top of photo and pelvic and anal fins downward.   (Violations are excluded)

  • Measurement markings on board must be clearly visible.  (Violations are excluded)

  • Second generation (screen shot, or photo of photos) will be excluded.  Photos must be taken with participants' own phone using the native camera or In app photo feature.   (Violations are excluded)

  • Photos should be taken from directly overhead and not at an angle to ensure verification of the catch length.  If the tournament director is not able to easily read the measurement, entries may be disallowed.  

  • Blurry photos or photos where the length marker is unclear will be excluded. (Violations are excluded)

  • Catch must be in a natural state and unaltered.  (Violations are excluded)

  • Any catch submitted that does not meet all of the criteria will be excluded from total. 

Tournament judges and the tournament director will have final decision on any violations and rulings.  We reserve the rights to adjust readings to verified length. 



MEASUREMENT BOARDS

Any FLAT bump board used for measuring Bass in ¼ inch manufactured by a company is permitted.  Tick marks must clearly be visible. 

Recommended Boards: Gator Grip Ruler, Golden Ruler, Bass Pro Shop Ruler, Hawg Trough and Ketch Board

  • Contestants are responsible for their own measuring device.
  • Tournament Admin’s have the right to verify those devices.
  • Anyone found to be using a measuring device that is determined to not be legal, will be disqualified from the tournament.
  • Please ensure the markings on your measuring device are clear but not excessive and can be seen by the scoring official.
  • A clean and clearly marked measuring device is expected.

Entry Fees

The tournament's entry fee is $20 with a $5 processing fee. Total cost $25.  Entry fees and tournament fees are non-refundable if for any reason you are unable to fish.

Registration available in app or at this Link -> CLICK HERE TO REGISTER 

Disputes and Complaints

Any concerns about the rules should be discussed before the start of the tournament.

The tournament director has the final decision on any complaints. 

Formal Complaints must be submitted to the tournament director and provide documentation including event, title date, name of angler, catch #, description of condition being disputed, and reason for dispute and requested action. 

Unless a clear violation of law or fraud, any dispute issued after 24 hours of the end of the event will be reviewed without affecting the results. 

Prizes 

Advertised Payout amounts may be modified based on the final number of paid participants.  Prizes will be processed after all photos submitted have been judged and results reviewed. Winners of Sponsored Prizes must complete Prize Claim Form that will be emailed to them.  

Taxes

Competitors are responsible for all applicable taxes.  Participants that win a cumulative prize for the year of over $600 must complete a IRS W9 Form before any prize amount exceeding $600 will be distributed.

Waivers and Releases

By registering for an event the participant grants Connect Outdoors, Inc the right to use all photographs, likeness, stories, accounts, interviews, and information pertaining to the event for marketing and promotional purposes.  This release is granted without expectation of additional compensation.

As a condition of participation and by virtue of registering for competitions, each participant agrees to accept the terms and conditions of Connect Outdoors, Inc Waiver and Release of Liability.  This absolves Connect Outdoors, Inc, its officers, staff, and volunteers from responsibility and threat of litigation in the case of injury, loss, or death sustained by a participant while participating in an event.


Verification Truth Test

  • 1.     Each participant agrees to submit to a Test using polygraph or voice stress analysis and to abide by its findings.
  • 2.     Mind-Altering substance and alcohol consumption prior to test is prohibited.
  • 3.     Refusal to participate in Test will result in disqualification of the tournament.
  • 4.     Test failure will result in disqualification of the tournament.
  • 5.     Verification Truth Test will be used by the Tournament Director’s sole discretion and the determination of the meaning of the Test results will be made by the Tournament Director.



Liability Release

In consideration of membership in CONNECT OUTDOORS, INC and or CONNECTSCALE, LLC  Tournament Fishing Circuit as well as being granted permission to participate in the fishing tournaments and other events held or sponsored by CONNECT OUTDOORS, INC and or CONNECTSCALE, LLC  THE VIRTUAL ENTRY PARTCIPANT HEREBY RELEASES, DISCHARGES, WAIVES AND RELINQUISHES ANY AND ALL ACTIONS OR CAUSES OF ACTION INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, PERSONAL INJURY, PROPERTY DAMAGE, OR WRONGFUL DEATH OCCURRING TO HIM/HERSELF ARISING OUT OF, RELATED TO , OR CONNECTED WITH IN ANY MANNER ENTRY OR PARTICIPATION IN THE EVENTS, wherever or however the same may occur and for whatever period said activities may continue, and the VIRTUAL ENTRY PARTCIAPANT agrees that under no circumstances will he/she or his/her heirs, executors, administrators, and assigns prosecute or present any claim for personal injury, property damage, or wrongful death against CONNECT OUTDOORS, INC and or CONNECTSCALE, LLC: PARTCIPANTS UNDER 18  or any of their principals, officers, directors, employees or agents (“Released Persons”) for any of said causes of actions, whether the same shall arise by the negligence of any of said persons, or otherwise. The VIRTUAL ENTRY PARTCIAPANT further and separately agrees to indemnify, save, and hold harmless Released Persons from any loss, liability, damage, or cost, including but not limited to court costs and attorney’s fees, that they may incur, in connection with participation in Events, whether caused by the negligence of Released Persons or otherwise. This release is intended to be as broad and inclusive as permitted by the applicable law. The  further states that he/she has carefully read the foregoing, knows the contents thereof, and has AGREED TO TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF this release as his/her own free act. ALL PARTCIAPANTS agrees, by his or her ACCEPTANCE OF TERMS AND CONDITIONS on this agreement, to a polygraph or voice stress analysis examination, commonly referred to as a truth verification test, and to abide by its conclusion. Truth verifications test(s) will be used at CONNECT OUTDOORS, INC and or CONNECTSCALE, LLC sole discretion and administered by it or its agents. Refusal to take or failure to pass the examination as determined by CONNECT OUTDOORS, INC and or CONNECTSCALE, LLC will result in disqualification, at the sole discretion of CONNECT OUTDOORS, INC and or CONNECTSCALE, LLC  . The ACCEPTANCE OF TERMS AND CONDITIONS HEREBY WAIVES TRIAL BY JURY in any action, proceeding, or counterclaim brought by or against the undersigned regarding any matter whatsoever in connection with the tournament. Verification of liability insurance: I, the ACCEPTANCE OF TERMS AND CONDITIONS, further state that I maintain liability insurance on any watercraft used in any CONNECT OUTDOORS, INC and or CONNECTSCALE, LLC  Tournament Fishing event. Attorney’s Fees: Only CONNECT OUTDOORS, INC and or CONNECTSCALE, LLC  and Released Persons are entitled to recover their attorney’s fees. The undersigned is not entitled to recover attorney’s fees regardless of the outcome of any litigation or settlement. The laws of the State of Tennessee, excluding only its choice of law provisions, shall govern the validity, enforcement, and interpretation of this Contract. Any dispute or cause of action under this Contract shall exclusively be filed and resolved in a state court located in Washington County, Tennessee and the VIRTUAL ENTRY PARTCIAPANT irrevocably agrees to submit to personal and subject matter jurisdiction in the same. I AGREE by my ACCEPTANCE OF TERMS AND CONDITIONS that I have read and understand the above agreement and all Rules.


Final Details

Connect Outdoors, Inc and its staff reserves the right to disqualify or omit any catches that do not meet the rules described above.  All decisions are FINAL.   

All users must practice safe social distancing measures as outlined by the CDC.  The tournament will be postponed if a national quarantine or shelter in place order is given.  

CDC Guidelines to protect yourself:https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html

CDC guidelines regarding travel in the US:https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-in-the-us.html 

As a condition of participation in a competition, and by virtue of using the app, each competitor agrees to accept the terms and conditions of the ConnectScale terms & conditions including a waiver and release of liability. 

OTHER LINKS:

Download the ConnectScale App   iOS    Android

ConnectScale education videos - https://connectscale.com/pages/videos

Join the Connect Fishing League - LINK

Download and Print the Connect Fishing League Tournament Card -LINK

Live Tournament Leaderboard - www.connectscale.app 

Recommended measuring boards - Frabill Bump Board, Hawg Trough, Ketch, Check It Stick

CDC Guidelines to protect yourself:https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html

CDC guidelines regarding travel in the US:https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-in-the-us.html 

If you have any questions please reach out via email to info@connectscale.com 

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