Rules Explained: 2021 Big Bass Championship

Rules Explained: 2021 Big Bass Championship


 

The MONSTERBASS Big Bass Championship is in full swing! But if you want a shot at claiming over $10,000 in cash and prizes, you need to follow the rules! 

Alex Rudd of Alex Rudd Fishing breaks it all down to help you properly measure your big bass so you'll qualify for prizes in your region! 

For those of you sticklers, you can the full breakdown of the rules, terms and conditions here.

To register:

  1. Download the TourneyX Pro App.
  2. Under Tourney Registration, search for MONSTERBASS and follow the prompts.
  3. Go fishing, register your catch and win amazing prizes or cold, hard cash!

To learn more, check out the 2021 Big Bass Championship. Good luck!

Video transcript:

Alex Rudd:

What's up, guys? Welcome back to the MONSTERBASS channel. My name is Alex Rudd from Alex Rudd Fishing for you guys that do not know me. Today, I've got a really good video for you guys, because today we're going to be talking about the MONSTERBASS Big Bass championship, and more importantly, how to properly measure and take a picture of a fish so that it can be an entry into the MONSTERBASS Big Bass championship that is being hosted on TourneyX. For you guys that don't know what it is, it is a year-long tournament, like I said, that MONSTERBASS is hosting on TourneyX.

Alex Rudd:

You'll be participating for over $10,000 in cash and prizes and all you've got to do is you've got to catch a big bass. You got to measure it. You got to take a picture of it and you got to submit it online and it's a one-fish tournament. So the person with the biggest bass will be rewarded throughout the year with different cash and prizes. And it is just going to be a really, really awesome competition.

Alex Rudd:

We've also broken the country up into regions for this competition so that you guys can fish not only within your region, but against MONSTERBASS pros within your region. So if that sounds like something that you want to do, there'll be a couple of links down below. One is for the TourneyX app. Go download that app. It's a really cool app. It's actually what most kayak tournaments use and how we submit fish for kayak tournaments.

Alex Rudd:

It's a really intuitive, smart app, really safe app that allows you to participate in this tournament. And then there'll also be a link that goes directly to the TourneyX page for you guys that already have TourneyX. So that'll allow you to register for the tournament, pay your $10 entry fee and be ready to rock and roll in the tournament.

Alex Rudd:

Now, like I said, today, we're going to be talking about how to properly measure and take a picture of a fish for the Big Bass championship and make sure that you've got all the key components that you need within your picture so that you have a good clear entry into the tournament. So let's start talking about it.

Alex Rudd:

First things first and first thing that you're going to need is a hard style fish measuring board. Now this is a Ketch board. This is actually what I use for all of my kayak tournaments. We'll be accepting FishUSA boards, Hawg troughs, Ketch boards, or any other hard plastic and/or metal style fish measuring board like this one. Measuring tapes, rulers and soft-sided measuring boards like the Working Class Zero Swimbait boards will not be allowed in the tournament. It must be a hard plastic and/or aluminum style board like this one right here.

Alex Rudd:

We will also only be accepting boards that have a quarter inch measuring marks. So you guys can see here that this board has quarter inch measurement marks. Here's your 10 inch. You have 10 and a quarter, 10 and a half, 10 and three quarters and then 11. Each increment in between the inch marks are in quarters of an inch and that's how you actually measure your fish and how your fish will be submitted in to the app.

Alex Rudd:

So if you catch a fish that is 17 and a quarter inches long, you will enter it into the app as a 17.25, 17 and a half is a 17.50 and then 17 and three quarter is a 17.75, so on and so forth, all the way up the measuring board. So make sure that you have a hard plastic and/or aluminum or some style metal measuring board with quarter inch measurement marks to be able to participate in the tournament.

Alex Rudd:

Another thing that you're going to need is a tournament identifier. Now you will get your unique tournament identifier when you actually register for the tournament within the TourneyX app. It will give you your identifier and that identity is super, super, I cannot stress this enough, super important for the tournament, because if that identifier is not somewhere in the picture, then your entry will not be accepted into the tournament.

Alex Rudd:

Now that identifier can be written down about anywhere. I've seen people write it on the back of their hand. I've seen people write it on a sticky note. I've seen people write it on a plastic bag. I've seen people write it everywhere. Now me, I use this little Tourney tag right here, and I actually just stick a piece of paper inside of there that has my unique identifier put on it. And then it is attached to my board like you guys can see here to make sure that it is always in my picture.

Alex Rudd:

Again, you do not have to have this for the tournament, but having a plastic bag or something that you can stick that identifier in to make sure that it is somewhere in the picture is super important. It does not have to be on the board, but it has to be somewhere in the picture. Make sure that it is not laying on the fish. If you do have it in a plastic bag, please don't lay the plastic bag on the fish because that could kind of muddy up the waters as far as how clear your entry is. And that's not something that we want happening. So just make sure that it's laying either under the board, over the board, beside the board or somewhere on the board, not touching the fish to make sure that it is clear in the picture and that way your entry can be submitted and be accepted into the tournament.

Alex Rudd:

So now what I'm going to do is I'm actually going to flash up a picture that I took of a fish in a kayak tournament just a few weeks ago. And we're going to break down some of the proper fish measuring and picture-taking methods within this picture to make sure that you guys can follow some of these methods and these measuring techniques to make sure that your picture is clear, your entry is clear so that you can enter the competition.

Alex Rudd:

So we can see this picture here. First things first, and probably the most important thing in measuring your fish, is that your fish is laying from left to right. And what I mean by that is that the nose and the mouth of the fish are to the left and the tail is to the right. Every picture should be taken this way. Any picture not taken this way will not be accepted into the tournament.

Alex Rudd:

So let's start at the very left and we will work our way to the right. So you can clearly see the bump of my board. You can also see that there is a sticker on the bump of my board. That is a Ruddweiser sticker. If you want one of those, there'll also be a link down below there on the MONSTERBASS website. But anyway, there's a sticker on the bump of my board. What that sticker is there for is to clearly make a distinguishing mark between the bump of the board and the board itself.

Alex Rudd:

Now you don't have to have this for the competition, but I would highly recommend it as it makes it easier on the tournament director when he is actually looking at the fish and whether he is going to accept it into the competition or reject it. So make sure that the fish's mouth is up against the bump of that board. Any fish's picture that is taken that the mouth of the fish is not clearly against the bump of the board will not be accepted.

Alex Rudd:

Another thing you need to keep in mind is that the fish's mouth must be closed and/or not have a gap greater than a quarter of an inch. So we are actually accepting a quarter-inch gap in the fish's mouth in all the pictures that are taken for this competition. If the tournament director believes it is a gap greater than a quarter of an inch, it will not be accepted. So my piece of advice is make sure the fish's mouth is closed. You want to give the tournament director absolutely nothing against you so that you can make sure that every fish catch is accepted.

Alex Rudd:

It is your job to make sure that this is done right, not ours. We're not going to argue the rules. It's just the way they are. So making sure that everything is done properly is the best way to make sure that everything goes as smoothly as possible. So make sure that the fish's mouth is closed and/or as close to closed as absolutely possible and that it is against the bump of the board.

Alex Rudd:

Moving to the right, you can clearly see that the fish's tail is laying on the board flat. It is not bent up in any way. It is not contorted in any way. If we think that the fish is being contorted and/or has been gaffed, stabbed, speared, netted, or any other form of catch other than rod, reel, line and hook, it will not be accepted into the competition.

Alex Rudd:

Now, it is perfectly fine for you to have your hand on the fish. Your hand just cannot be covering the fish's eyes, their mouth, the underneath of their gill plate and/or their tail. If your hand is covering any of these areas, the fish picture will not be accepted. It is fun to have a one finger on there, two fingers, three fingers or your entire hand laying over the meaty, scaly part of the fish not to, again, be covering its eyes, its mouth, under its gill plate or its tail, but you can have a hand on top of the fish.

Alex Rudd:

Now you can clearly see in this fish picture, I don't have my hands on the fish. And again, don't give the tournament director anything that he can use against you. You want to make sure that everything is perfect in the picture. And my suggestion is to keep your hands completely off the fish. Now I know sometimes these fish act crazy, they act wild, they jump all over the place. Here's another fish picture that I took where my hand was actually on the fish. You guys can clearly see that my hand is not near any areas that would make it where the tournament director could reject the fish that I've submitted and that is the proper way in holding a fish down while it is on your board.

Alex Rudd:

You can also clearly see my tournament identifier in this picture. Again, I can not stress to you guys how important it is to make sure that your tournament identifier is clearly represented in the picture because if it is not then we don't know when the fish picture was taken. It could have been a month ago, a week ago, a year ago, or it could have been a day ago. We don't know. We have to see that unique tournament identifier to make sure that the fish is going to be submitted and accepted into the tournament.

Alex Rudd:

Now let's go down to actually where the fish's tail touches the board. Where the fish's tail touches the board is super important because each one of those quarter-inch marks obviously represent a quarter of an inch that that fish can be in between the defined inch marks on your board. So if you have a fish whose tail is laying in between the half-inch mark and the three quarter-inch mark, then that fish is the half-inch mark.

Alex Rudd:

So let's say that this fish is 17 and its tail is laying in between the half and the three-quarter, that would be a 17-and-a-half-inch fish. The fish's tail has to be clearly touching and/or surpassing that quarter-inch mark to be considered a 17-and-three-quarter-inch fish. So, again, I will say if the fish's tail is laying in between the quarter-inch mark, you round down to the nearest quarter of an inch.

Alex Rudd:

That, guys, is about all that you need to know for this competition. It's not hard. It's super simple, but please go read the rules and regulations. Reread the rules and regulations and reread the rules and regulations again. Watch through this video, pause, ask any questions that you've got in the comments down below. I'll be down there answering questions so that we can make sure that every entry that you submit into the Big Bass championship is an entry that we can accept and that you can be part of the competition to win over $10,000 in cash and prizes. So make sure, go check the links down below for the TourneyX app, check out the link for the TourneyX tournament itself for the MONSTERBASS Big Bass championship. And as always, you guys are sweet and thanks for watching.

 

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