There are a good amount of rules however they are all common sense that 99% of us would do any time we were on the water.
1. Tournament hours are from 7:45am-1:45pm. Check-in is from 7:00am-7:30am. If you are not at the ramp to check in 15 minutes prior to the start of the tournament you may not have the ability to participate.
2. No fishing lines may be in the water, regardless of if there is bait on the end of the lines, until the start of the tournament. Likewise all lines must be out of the water at the end of the tournament.
3. Teams must check in for the weigh-in no later than 45 minutes after the end of the tournament. At least one team member must be present during the weigh-in. A 1lb/16oz penalty will be enforced and deducted from any team checking in between 2:31-2:45pm. If you are not checked in by 2:45, your team will not be able to weigh-in.
4. Timing will be done using a GPS enabled device by the tournament director to ensure you stay within the rules please refer to the time on your cell phone as that will give you a much more accurate time. Your watch or clock in your boat may not be accurate.
5. Check-in and weigh-in will be at a specific ramp for each tournament. Please visit the tournament website to find out which ramp we will be at on each lake. After check-in boats can launch from any ramp at each tournament location unless otherwise noted.
6. You can launch at any ramp once you check in at the designated ramp in the morning however if you are launching from another ramp you must stay within 100 yards of the boat ramp until 15 minutes before the start of the tournament. All anglers who launch their boats from the designated check-in/weigh-in ramp must also follow the 100 yard rule until 15 minutes before the start of the tournament.
7. Using cell phones or other communication devices to gain an advantage by alerting other members to a fishing location is strictly prohibited and will result in disqualification by both the party making and the party receiving the call.
8. No boats may be in the water prior to check-in or you will be disqualified.
9. You may fish in any part of the lake/reservoir that is fully accessible and connected to the main part of the lake/reservoir. If you can get there floating in your boat, without getting out, that is permitted. The same rules apply to shore fisherman, if a boat cannot fish there, YOU CANNOT FISH THERE. If you have questions regarding a fishing location please consult the rules committee.
10. Punt boats are permitted as well as the use of a pole or oars when in shallow water. Please see rule above about legal fishing areas on a lake.
11. A team consists of up to 2 adults (18 & over considered an adult) and up to 2 kids (kids considered 17 & under). Regardless of if there are 1 or 2 adults and 1 or 2 kids on a team there is a 4 pole maximum per team.
12. Pre-registering is strongly encouraged at the following website: https://centralohiocrappiecircuit.itsyourrace.com/register/
13. You can register for a COCC Fishing Tournament in person at the ramp the morning of the tournament but pre-registering is preferred. Cash only, no checks or credit cards if entering the side pots.
14. Tournament is free, no fees to fish.
15. There is a shore fishing as well as a boat/kayak division.
16. In the case of all ties, participants will split the prize money 50-50. If 2 teams tie for 1st, they will split 1st and 2nd place money. If 2 teams tie for 2nd, they will split 2nd and 3rd place money, etc...
17. Optional Side Pots will be split between boat/shore for big fish (crappie) but will be a combined pot for non-crappie.
18. $20 Big Fish will pay out 40%/30%/20%/10% to the 4 heaviest crappies. You can only weigh-in 1 fish for the big fish pot.
19. $20 Non-Crappie will pay out 40%/30%/20%/10% to the 4 heaviest non-crappies. Any fish caught during the tournament on rod and reel that is not a crappie qualifies for the Non-Crappie pot. Turtles do not count, only fish.
20. Tournament winners will be decided by the weight of their 8 heaviest crappies. Teams must determine which fish they are going to weigh prior to checking in for the weigh-in.
21. Once your fish are weighed that is your official weight for the tournament. We will not re-weigh any fish at any time.
22. The tournament can be cancelled by the tournament director and/or rules committee due to weather. Tournament may be rescheduled however if it is not rescheduled, registration can be transferred to another COCC event in the same calendar year. It is the responsibility of each participant to know if the tournament is cancelled, so please check the Facebook group: www.facebook.com/groups/CRAPPIE for updates and to see if the tournament has been cancelled.
23. All fish must be alive in order to be weighed. Any dead fish will be removed prior to official weigh-in. Tournament director has final judgment on whether a fish is deemed dead or alive. If you have fish that are struggling please ask a rules committee member to check your fish immediately.
24. No refunds will be permitted for any tournament.
25. Fishing from a kayak or canoe is permitted at any tournament however you must register individually unless both team members are in the same kayak/canoe.
26. Personal flotation devices must be worn at all times while the vessel's motor is running.
27. All fish must be of legal size. Any fish brought to weigh-in that is under the legal limit will result in automatic disqualification and forfeiture of any and all money paid into and for the COCC. It is the angler’s responsibility to find out the fish size limits for each lake/reservoir however most are 9”.
28. All participants must have a valid Ohio fishing license and may be asked to show proof of license at any time during the tournament. All ODNR, State of Ohio, local and site specific fishing laws and regulations must be followed. Anyone found breaking any laws or regulations will be disqualified and will forfeit any and all money paid into and for the COCC.
29. All vessel/boating regulations must be followed according to site-specific regulations.
30. Anyone found cheating in any way during the tournament will be disqualified and will forfeit any and all money paid into and for the COCC.
31. No participant may pay or compensate another person for their fish or to fish with/for you during the tournament. Fish caught for weigh-in at the tournament must be caught yourself or caught by your team member. Anyone found to break that rule will be disqualified, membership revoked and will forfeit any and all money paid into and for the COCC.
32. There will be no "hole sitting" or "spot saving" by anyone before or during the tournament.
33. Each lake/reservoir, where there is a COCC event, is off limits to all participants the evening before the tournament starting at ODNR sunset until the morning of tournament. Anyone caught still in the water at 8:00pm will be disqualified from the next day’s tournament.
34. Each participant may use up to 2 fishing rods at one time and can use artificial or live bait. If fishing as a team see rule #11 which outlines the 4 pole maximum per team.
35. Fish may only be hooked in the mouth. Any fish snagged, netted or caught in any way other than by a hook in the mouth will result in disqualification and forfeiture of any and all money paid into and for the COCC.
36. The use of alcohol and/or drugs will result in automatic disqualification and forfeiture of any and all money paid into and for the COCC.
37. Every participant must be paid in full and sign a waiver before they will be granted permission to participate in the COCC.
38. Be respectful of your competitors and keep a safe and courteous distance from each other (50 ft minimum).
39. All anglers are subject to a polygraph exam and any failure or refusal to take the test will result in disqualification and forfeiture of any and all money paid into and for the COCC. Protests must be made in writing to any member of the rules committee within 10 minutes after the official weigh-in has concluded. One half of a polygraph fee ($200.00) must accompany the written protest. Whoever is wrong based on the outcome of the polygraph test, whether it is the accuser or the accused, will be responsible for the full polygraph fee ($400.00). Once again, if refusal to take or failure of a polygraph, that competitors' membership will be terminated with no refund, also the individual(s) will be banned from any future COCC events and forfeit the right to any cash, bonus, and/or prizes allegedly won. Anyone caught in the wrong may be subject to criminal charges. Cheating in any event is the same as stealing! We also reserve the right to make this information available to the public. We do not tolerate any type of cheating and are very serious about this.
40. Any anglers who are disqualified at a tournament for a minor infraction will be given a warning. A second minor infraction or any major infractions or cheating will be automatic revocation of membership and forfeiture of any and all money paid for previous or future tournaments. Any disqualified member of a tournament in any of the COCC’s previous years is subject to a one strike and you’re out membership ban. Anyone found to break any rules and receive a disqualification from any tournament will be subject to a membership ban from the rules committee.
41. The tournament director has final say in all matters and reserves the right to accompany or follow any team during the tournament. In the case of a tie vote by the rules committee a coin will be flipped to determine the outcome.
42. Once the season starts the rules cannot be changed or altered however an amendment can be made, see below:
43. If there are any issues that come up during the season where a specific situation is not written in the rules the rules committee members that are present at the tournament when the issue arises will determine the outcome and the decision will be added to the rules as an amendment that way if it comes up again the situation will be handled in the exact same manner each time.
44. If any participant suspects or sees another participant cheating in any way, it must be reported in person no later than the weigh-in time (45 minutes after tournament fishing hours end).
45. Professional guiding service may not be used on a lake within 2 weeks of an event date. Guides may fish the tournaments but are not allowed to be utilized by any members within 2 weeks of an event date. Utilized means paying a guide with cash or goods for their services on the water.
46. Please present extenuating circumstances to the tournament director prior to weigh in.
The tournament director has the final say regarding enforcement of rules and disqualifications during the tournament.
MOST IMPORTANTLY: HAVE FUN, BE SAFE & GOOD LUCK!