ESWATINI / SOUTH AFRICA INTERNATIONAL TEST 2022

TOURNAMENT RULES AND REGULATIONS
DEFINITIONS:

Tournament: The “Tournament” refers to and international test between Eswatini and South
Africa, to be held at Driekoppies Dam from the 14 to 18 June 2022.
Team: The “Team” refers to all the members (anglers) of each participating Bass Federation,
including the manager(s), the officials (to be nominated at the start of the tournament), the
reserve and the boats participating for that country.
Boat: A “Boat” refers to both the physical boat (vessel) as well as the one or both individual
anglers, fishing on that boat.
Angler: “Angler” refers to the individual member of a team. It includes the reserve but excludes
the manager(s) and officials.

1. PREAMBLE OF THE ESWATINI / SOUTH AFRICA TOURNAMENT

1.1. The National Teams of both participating countries must comply with their countries
respective sporting regulatory body, ministry of sports, sports commission, sports
federation and/or sports confederation and obtain full national colours for the
Tournament.

2. NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS

2.1. The number of participants in the participating National Teams of each country, will
consist of a maximum of twelve (12) anglers, and may include an additional Team
Manager and an additional Reserve Angler.
2.2. The maximum allowed number of participants per boat is two (2). Team Managers and
Reserve Anglers will share a (one) boat.
2.3. Teams will field a maximum of six (6) boats with a maximum of twelve (12) anglers (excl.
reserve and manager). Teams who wish to field less boats or one angler per boat, may do
so.

3. TEAM STATUS 

3.1. All Teams participating in the Tournament shall be subject to their countries official
team status regulations and shall compete against each other, as such, under the
respective Federation individual tournaments classification.
3.2. All Teams must compete in their respective countries national, or federation’s official
competition team dress code as prescribed by the Controlling Sports Body in the
respective countries. All teams are further to be in possession of full official formal
national dress (step outs), for use at the official closing ceremony

4. OFFICIAL FUNCTIONS

4.1. An official opening ceremony will be held on the eve of the Tournament and will mark
the commencement of the Tournament.
4.2. A closing and prize-giving ceremony will be held on the last day, upon conclusion of the
Tournament.
4.3. Participating Teams, Team Managers and Reserve Anglers will attend the prize-giving
function in their full official formal step out team dress code.
4.4. Teams may attend the remaining evenings of the Tournament in casual clothing or casual
team clothing.

5. CONTROL

5.1 The Tournament will be controlled by the Tournament Committee, consisting of the
Tournament Director, one manager of each team and the respective team captains.
5.2 The Tournament Director’s appointed Weight-Master and Officials will weigh the catches,
complete the score cards, ensure that the angling area is cleaned up by the participants
and determine the results, which must be made available to each team captain every
evening of the tournament days.
5.3 The Tournament Committee will be responsible for the settling of any matters, issues,
complaints, disputes etc. that may arise during the tournament.

6. TOURNAMENT PROCEDURES 

6.1. The Tournament Director will advise the Tournament Committee, at their first meeting,
on Boat-Launch, Boat-Extraction, Boat-Inspection as well as Boat, Trailer and Vehicle
parking procedures.
6.2. The Tournament Director will advise on the official start/finish line (or gate), on possible
no-wake and no-fishing areas, as well as possible venue-determined danger or no-go
areas.
6.3. The Tournament Director will establish the official time, as per GPS reading, at the
Tournament venue. The Tournament Director will also advise the Tournament
Committee of the official starting and finishing times, for each day of the tournament.
6.4. The exact check-out and check-in times and procedures will be announced at the opening
meeting of the Tournament Committee.
6.5. At check-in, failure to return the numbered tag within fifteen (15) minutes of finishing
time will result in a one (1) point penalty per tag, unless the tag is lost and so declared at
the weigh-in.
6.6. Venue permitting, the Tournament Director will wave 6 flights of boats, each comprising
one (1) boat from each country away, at the official start/finish line (gate). The
Tournament Director may use a visual or an audible signal, or a loudhailer / PA System to
do so.
6.7. At finishing time all boats must have crossed or be behind the start/finish line (inside the
gate) at the allotted time.
6.8. Boats who are late past the start/finish line or (gate), shall be penalized at the rate of one
point for each one minute late, to be deducted from the total weight of that team catch
for that day. Any boat more than fifteen (15) minutes late shall lose all credit for that
Tournament day’s catch. There shall be no excuse for tardiness and in no case shall a
team be allowed to make up “lost time”.
6.9. After the Tournament begins, fishing the Tournament waters is prohibited except during
the official tournament hours.
6.10. Any kind of communication device may be used by the Teams (including Team Managers
and Reserve Anglers) during the tournament.
6.11. Team Managers and Reserve Anglers may be present on the water during the duration of
the Tournament. They may fish on the tournament’s official practice days but may not
fish on the official tournament days.
6.12. The Tournament days may not commence before clear daylight and must be completed
at least one (1) hour before sunset with a minimum of eight (8) hour per tournament day.
The Tournament Director may delay the start of a Tournament Day, if mist or fog prevails,
if the conditions are deemed unsafe, due to high winds or whatever reasons may be
relevant (see section 7.).
6.13. A program of events will be given to the Team Managers, at the start of the Tournament.

7. ANGLING WATERS

7.1. Tournament and Pre-Tournament Practice: The tournament waters shall be off-limits to
all Tournament Competitors as well as all affiliated Members, from midnight Sunday 05
June 2022.
7.2. A competitor may not seek or obtain the assistance or advice of anyone for the purpose
of locating or catching bass, nor enter the tournament waters with anyone who has been
on the tournament waters during the off-limit period referred to in 7.1 above.
7.3. Any team member may not ‘SKIN DIVE’ or ‘SCUBA DIVE’ on the tournament waters,
during the Tournament.
7.4. The Tournament Director will explain the Tournament Area on a simplified map of the
water, to the Tournament Committee, before the start of the practice day. In case of
danger- or no-go areas, these will be identified clearly, by means of GPS coordinates.
7.5. A map of the water will be given to each Team Manager indicating dangerous areas and
no-go areas.
7.6. The Tournament will comprise of practice day on the water and three (3) tournament
days of official competition.

8. ALLOCATION OF BOATS

8.1. Participating countries will bring and use their own boats.
8.2. Each Team Captain or Manager must submit a written Team list, reflecting their Anglers
Details, full names, surname, and country of each angler, to the Tournament Director
during the first meeting of the Tournament Committee before the start of the
competition.

9. SAFETY

9.1. Safe boat conduct must be observed at all times by tournament competitors. In the event
of any competitor driving their boat in such a manner as to endanger other competitor’s
property or lives, a complaint may be lodged by the affected Team’s Team Manager, with
the Tournament Director and/or the Tournament Committee, on the day that the
incident took place.
9.2. During the Tournament, each competitor is required to wear a chest type life preserver.
This preserver must be worn anytime the combustion engine is operating. This preserver
must be strapped, snapped, or zippered securely and maintained in that condition until
the combustion engine is shut off. Violation of this rule shall be reason for a complaint to
be forwarded to the Tournament Committee.
9.3. The Tournament Director, or the assigned officials have the right to delay or cancel the
start of an official tournament day because of bad weather or other factors that would
endanger the safety of the competitors.
9.4. Tournament waters may be restricted and tournament days, may be cut short at any time
because of a sudden, emerging bad weather. In such a case, the Tournament Director will
contact the Team Managers, who will in turn instruct their anglers to suspend the
tournament day or cancel the rest of a tournament day and be back at the start/finish
line (gate) at a time to be determined by the Tournament Director.
9.5. All boats taking part in the Tournament are obliged to have operable ignition kill-switches
fitted. This kill-switch device must be always attached to the driver’s body or life
preserver, when the main combustion engine is running.
9.6. At any time when the combustion engine is operating, the driver must be in the driver’s
seat and must be in full control of the boat. The passenger (co-angler) must be seated in
his/her seat.
9.7. Standard safety rules pertaining to local waters, including the “rule of the road” (shore
on right hand side, resulting in counter clockwise movement) will be observed at all times.
9.8. In narrow channels, every boat shall keep to their right of the middle of the channel.
When boats approach ahead, they shall pass with the other boat to the left (port rule) at
a distance and speed so that the wake of neither will endanger the other.
9.9. Overtaking in the same direction shall be executed with discretion and the overtaken
boat shall maintain its course until well clear of overtaken boat(s).
9.10. Generally, the overtaking boat should keep to the deep-water side of the other, without
endangering boats approaching head-on.
9.11. Entering or exiting a narrow channel, backwater area, in the back of a tributary arm of a
river or a secondary arm for example shall only be done at idle speed so that no wake is
created. This narrow water area is an area where it is possible to cast to both banks, from
the middle of the arm or channel.
9.12. Idle-speed is defined at no-wake traveling at 1,200 rpm’s. The Tournament Director
and/or Host Nation will identify these areas, at the opening of the Tournament.
9.13. These narrow-water areas may not be blocked off by a boat or a marker-buoy and
competitors must be allowed to pass. In such a case, the competing boat (boat that
arrived second on the scene) may not infringe on the first boat’s angling waters.
9.14. Boats on trolling motor use may pass each other, however each must observe a forty (40)
meter courtesy distance. Moving boats must pass behind (behind the fishing direction of
the other competitor’s) the stationary boat.
9.15. When two boats are fishing (both moving) towards each other than the boat that is
closest to the bank will stay against the bank and the other shall give a reasonable birth
(forty (40) meter courtesy distance) around the boat on the bank.
9.16. Contestants may not depart the boat to land fish or to make the boat more accessible to
fishing waters. Competitors must leave and return to the official check-in point by boat
Both competitors must remain in the boat at all times except in case of dire emergency
or breakdown

10. EMERGENCY, DISTRESS OR BREAKDOWN 

Safety and security of all involved are of the utmost importance during the Tournament.
10.1. In case of an emergency, distress or breakdown at the Tournament, competitors may be
removed from their boat to a fellow nation’s boat, or a boat operated by other
competitors or a rescue boat. In extreme cases competitors may abandon their boat.
10.2. In the case of an emergency, distress, or breakdown a competitor may flag down, or draw
the attention of any fellow competitor, by making use of one of the emergency
equipment (see 10.3. below).
10.3. The competitor seeing a fellow competitor seeking assistance, or seeing a fellow
competitor in distress, may not pass and/or leave the competitor in distress, but must
assist wherever possible, to the best of their ability without endangering their own safety.
Failure to respond to a distress signal, yellow flag, mirror, or flare will be forwarded to
the Tournament Committee.
10.4. All emergencies, distresses and/or breakdowns must be communicated to that countries
Team Manager as well as the Tournament Director as soon as possible.
10.5. In the event of an emergency or a breakdown a boat may transfer their catch in separate
weigh bags to the rescue boat and one member of that team may proceed to the weighin whilst the other remains with the boat to await the boat retrieval, should they wish to
do so.
10.6. If the rescuing boat is a competitor’s boat and as a result of the rescue (to include towing)
they are late to weigh in, they will not be subject to late penalties, but the rescued boat
will.
10.7. If a competitor must violate any of the Tournament Rules & Regulations, both anglers of
the boat in distress and/or the boat in an emergency and/or the boat in a broken-down
state must cease fishing at this point, and a tournament official must verify their catch in
order to be counted in the tournament. If after the emergency situation is resolved by
the tournament officials and enough time is left for the competitors to resume fishing, a
restart will be allowed, and the competitor will continue, and their catch will be counted.
10.8. The above applies only in dire emergency situations. Boats must remain in the
tournament waters during tournament hours. “Trailering” of boats during tournament
hours is prohibited, except with the permission of the Tournament Director tournament
officials.
10.9. The boat must be towed back on the water, to the weigh-in area to be trailered. Should
the manager of the affected team feel that he would like to swop back the boats, the
normal transfer rule applies, with prior consent by the Tournament Director, who’s
decision in the matter is final.
10.10. Misuse or misconduct of the emergency, distress, or breakdown rules, by any
participant of the Tournament, will be brought forward to the Tournament Committee.

11. SPORTSMANSHIP AND CONDUCT

11.1. Competitors, Team Managers and Reserve Anglers are expected to follow high standards
of sportsmanship, courtesy, safety, and conservation. Any infraction of these
fundamental sporting principles may be deemed cause for the matter to be forwarded as
a complaint, to the Tournament Committee.
11.2. Maximum courtesy must be practiced at all times, with regard to boating and angling in
the vicinity of non-competitors who may be on tournament waters. Any act of a
competitor that reflects unfavourably upon efforts to promote fisheries conservation,
clean waters, and courtesy shall be reason for a complaint to be forwarded to the
Tournament Committee.
11.3. No alcoholic beverages or other stimulants or depressants, shall be allowed in the boats
during the competition days. No participant may consume any alcohol during
competition sessions or participate in competition sessions while under the influence of
any intoxicating substance. Chemical-substance addiction or abuse, conviction of a felony
or other crimes involving moral turpitude, or other conduct reflecting unfavourably upon
efforts to promote safety, sportsmanship, fair competition and compliance with the
Tournament Rules & Regulations, shall be grounds for rejecting any application for
participation. Any disqualification or suspension from, or other disciplinary action
regarding any tournament or fishing organization, shall be grounds for rejecting any
application for participation.

12. TACKLE, EQUIPMENT AND ANGLING RULES

12.1. Only artificial lures may be used. No live bait, prepared bait or bait made from a natural
substance may be used, with the exclusion of pork strips pork rinds etc.
12.2. Only one (1) casting, spinning or spin-casting rod (maximum 10 foot long from tip to buttend) to fall in line with B.A.S.S. rules and a manual, mechanically operated reel may be
used by a (1) angler at one time. All other rods are prohibited. A snagged rod or a rod that
has a fish attached to it is considered in-use.
12.3. All bass must be caught live and in a conventional sporting manner. Anyone guilty of
snatching or snagging visible fish will have their day’s catch disqualified.
12.4. When visually fishing for bedding bass (sight fishing), all bass must be hooked inside the
mouth and must be verified by your angling partner before being unhooked to be
counted as a legal fish.
12.5. Only knotless, approved landing nets may be used to boat bass. No gaffs or grippers may
be used to boat bass.
12.6. Competitors may not touch another competitor’s rod, reel, or line from the time a
competitor has made a cast until the end of the retrieval.
12.7. A competitor’s partner may land his partner’s fish. It is acceptable for the “landing
partner” to touch the line up to 1 meter from the fish to assist in landing that fish. If a line
breaks during the playing or landing of a fish, only the competitor whose fish it is, may
retrieve the fish by hand. Any fish landed on a “broken line” in any other manner must
be returned to the water.
12.8. A maximum of 2 lures may be tied to one line. Umbrella rigs, Alabama rigs or any similar
rigs are not permitted, unless they have a maximum of 2 hooks attached. These may be
a maximum of 4 treble hooks.
12.9. Casting distance shall be casting distance of the lure, rig and rod currently fished, or a
maximum radius of 40 meters around the boat. No fellow or competing boat is allowed
within this casting distance radius, except to lend assistance in a distress situation. (See
Section 10.)
12.10. No areas may be claimed verbally by any competitor or boat. Anglers are permitted
to use marker-buoys to demarcate a fishing area but will remain within a casting distance
of any marker buoy. In the event of a marker buoy being used, the radius of forty (40)
meters shifts from a competitor’s boat to a radius around the marker-buoy being fished.
Any marker-buoy falling outside of this casting distance, neglected by a competitor, or
not being fished by a competitor becomes null and void to the above regulations, unless
it is retrieved and re-set by the original competing angler. An approaching angler may
claim a null and void marker-buoy for his/her own use.
12.11. Marker buoys may only be dispatched or “thrown out” when the boat is at idle speed
or slower or has reached no-wake idling speed and 1,200 rpm’s or less.
12.13. Fishing tackle, lures may only be exchanged by team members before the start of a
fishing session. In the case of emergency assistance, an exception will be made.

13. BASIC BOAT EQUIPMENT

13.1. All boats competing in the Tournament, must have the following safety equipment:
✓ A set of paddles or electric trolling motor.
✓ A torch.
✓ A fire extinguisher.
✓ A piece of yellow material, one meter square, to be used as a distress flag (see
Section 10.).
✓ A mirror (A CD-ROM or highly reflective piece of aluminium is sufficed).
✓ One (1) life preserver per person on the boat.
✓ A rope no less than 10m in length and of sufficient strength to tow a bass boat.
✓ A raised pole light in working order, reaching above the cowling of the boat engine,
which sheds 360 degrees of light. In the event of a boat’s pole light not working,
this boat will only be released at the tournament director’s discretion (during safe
light or no mist conditions).
✓ A baling bucket of not less than five (5) liters capacity. (May be flat-pack, fold-up
type)
✓ A suitable anchor of sufficient strength to anchor a bass boat.
✓ A devise able to make an audible noise, such as a hooter, whistle, etc.
13.2. In addition to the above a boat must have a functional bilge pump and live-well space,
properly aerated, to adequately maintain alive a limit catch of five (5) bass. The
Tournament Director and Tournament Officials shall have the sole responsibility for
determining whether aeration and capacity is “proper and adequate”.
13.3. All boats will be made available for inspection by the Tournament Director and/or
Tournament Officials at the start of the Tournament. Equipment will be laid out on the
deck for inspection before the start of the tournament. The Tournament Director and/or
Tournament Officials reserve the right to re-inspect boats at any time and verify easy
access to all safety equipment.
13.4. After initial inspection the boat will be allocated a numbered sticker. The numbered
sticker will identify the country of representation (by flag) and the number of the boat
The sticker will be attached to the front of the driver console preferably or the front of
the engine (should the boat not have a driver console or have a carpeted console) so that
it is clearly visible when approaching the boat from the front, when the boat is stationary
in the water.
13.5. Pole lights must be switched on at the start of each day’s fishing, when boats are launched
and may only be switched off and/or removed at full daylight. Non-functioning lights will
result in the matter being brought forward to the Tournament Committee.

14. WEIGH-IN, ELIGIBLE FISH AND SCORING

14.1. After the boat passes through the official check-in point, they must present all legal fish
in their possession to the appointed Weight-Master or Tournament Official, upon
request, to be counted, measured and weighed.
14.2. Once a boat’s catch is presented to the Weight-Master and/or weigh bay that boat
(individual anglers) may not return to their boat (vessel) until their catch has been
recorded and signed for by the Team Manager or the individual angler. No disputes
regarding weights of fish will be entered into after the score sheet has been signed.
14.3. All live fish will be released under the supervision of a designated Tournament Official.
14.4. Only bass will be weighed. Only bass with a length of 300 mm and over will qualify to be
weighed. Any dead or undersized fish will be excluded from the bag weight and carry a
one point (1 kg) score penalty to be deducted from that boat’s daily score.
14.5. Any bass under 280mm will disqualify the boat’s catch for the day. The appointed WeightMaster shall have sole authority of assessing these penalty points.
14.6. The measurement of bass is done in a straight line from the tip of the closed mouth to
the tip of the tail. Fanning of the tail and pinching the tail will be permitted and anglers
will be allowed to turn over a bass, to measure it from the opposite lateral side.
Competitors will be briefed on this issue. Any bass that appears to have been mangled,
mashed, mauled or otherwise altered will be weighed and credited only at the discretion
of the Tournament Committee.
14.7. The measurement device utilized by the weigh-in official, will have a 90° bend to place
the fish’s snout against gently and the construction methodology must ensure that this
bend remains at this angle. The ruler will be fixed in place on the base and will be affixed
at a right angle to the bend. The position of the ruler will take into account any error
introduced by the bend radius of the 90° bend. Anglers may check their measuring
devices, against those used by the weigh-in officials before the start of the official
tournament days.
14.8. To determine whether a fish is dead or not the Weighmaster must determine whether a
fish is still gilling. To determine whether a fish is still gilling, the Weighmaster will put a
finger down the throat of a suspect fish for 10 seconds to establish whether there is any
gilling movement of the crusher plates of the fish. The Weighmasters decision will be
final.
14.9. A boat is permitted to weigh in five (5) bass. They may not have more than five (5) bass
in their live well at any time. Tournament officials may at any time conduct checks for
violation of this provision. In the event a competitor having more than the abovedescribed limit, Tournament officials shall cull the largest bass first, down to the limit
described.
14.10. The points scoring system for each of the tournament days are as follows:
14.10.1 One point per kilogram or part thereof for every live fish weighed – to a
maximum of five (5) fish per (boat) team. The five (5) fish limit of fish in your
live-well shall take into account any fish that have been weighed; no “spare”
fish shall be permitted at any time.
14.11. Boat points shall be calculated by adding the weight of the fish caught by the
individual boat.
14.12. The competition points of every team will be calculated by adding together the points
as described in 14.10. above to determine the total points of each Team. This shall be
done individually for each day and then accumulated to determine the final standings of
the Tournament.
14.13 Should one country not be in a position to field 6 boats, the competition points of the
other country shall be calculated by adding the points of the top scoring boats, equal to
the number of boats the other country managed to field, so that the total points of both
Teams are based on the same number of scoring boats.
14.14. If two Teams have the same total weight at the end of the tournament, the higher
position will be awarded to the Team that weighed the most fish, over the 3-day
tournament period.
14.15. Should the number of fish also be the same, the team with the boat that weighed the
biggest day bag, over the 3-day tournament period, will determine the higher position.
Should that be the same then a draw shall be announced.
14.16. The Team Captain, Team Manager or Team Angler must sign the weigh sheet at the
weigh-in station. The results of each day must be presented to each Team Manager at
the Tournament Committee meeting each evening.
14.17. The Host Nation will be responsible to supply electronic scales for the weighing of the
fish. All scales must be in good working order, calibrated by a recognized calibration
authority (Company) and must be able to weigh to the second decimal. The weigh-in
station must have a primary and a back-up scale. The fish caught will be weighed in the
demarcated weigh-in station, prepared for that purpose.
14.18. Fish may only be brought to the scale in weigh bags as provided by the Host Nation.
Each Nation will be allocated 2 bags and can only use those bags to weigh in. Teams must
rotate through the weigh bay with these bags only.
14.19 . Only the Team Manager and an angler or the two anglers of a (boat) team, whose
catch is being weighed at that stage, will be allowed in the demarcated weigh-in station
area, for controlling purposes.

15. COMPLAINTS & OBJECTIONS

15.1. Each competitor, Team Captain and/or Team Manager agrees to report any violation or
infraction of these Tournament Rules and Regulations, to the Tournament Director
and/or the Tournament Committee, within 30 minutes of the end of that days fishing. No
discussion or correspondence will be entered into, after the time limit has been
exceeded. If there is discovery of a contravention of any Tournament Rules after this
period, the Tournament Committee will convene and will decide on the matter at hand.
15.2. Failure to report violations or suggestions to violate these Rules and Regulations, or false
verification of weigh-in forms will also be cause for the matter to be forwarded to the
Tournament Committee.

16. GENERAL

None of the above rules shall prohibit a properly designated Tournament official from
approaching or boarding any competitor’s boat at any time during the official
competition days.
16.1. All competitors must acquaint themselves with the contents of these Rules. Any violation
of or deviation from these Rules due to ignorance will not be accepted as an excuse.
16.2. An Indemnity Form (provided by the host Nation) as well as the Code of Conduct
(Annexure A) must be completed by all participants.
16.3. Should a member of a team be unable to fish after the days start due to illness or injury,
the boat may still weigh five (5) fish per boat. Should a participant not be able to compete
because of injury or illness, he/she may be replaced by the team’s reserve angler, failing
provision of a reserve angler, the manager.
16.4. Countries may alternate and substitute team members at will during the official practice
days. During tournament days, each country gets one (1) substitution per day, unless it is
due to illness or injury.
16.5 Angler substitutions will only occur in the presence of the Tournament Director, at the
official weigh-in station. Boats may beach at this time for a substitution. The angler that
is dropped on shore, may only re-enter the tournament day, onto the boat that he/she
originally came from and the angler that substituted him/her has to stay on shore.