1st Place $7,500 Cash Guaranteed

Additional place paybacks based on 200 boat field. Paying 10% of the field.

Entry Fee- $200 per Boat

2 Man Team

 

 

 

October 14th – 15th, 2017 (safelight-3pm)

October 13th – Mandatory Open House Registration   

(6pm – 7pm @ Energy Center)

 

 

2017 Tournament Winners

Gary Watters, Whitley City, KY / Sam Cotton, Stearns, KY

Boat #85 10/10 26.03 lbs 

 

 

**Register Here**

  • Registration online –  starting 9/12/17                     
    • Online registration requires payment via credit card or paypal. There is a $10.00 processing fee in addition to the $200 team entry fee for a total of $210.00 ($105.00 each)
  • Register via mail – starting 9/12/17
    • Print and complete this registration packet. It includes team information, terms and conditions
    • Both members must complete application
    • Check for $200. made payable to : City of Somerset-Battle of the Bass
    • Mail to : Attn: Battle of the Bass c/o City of Somerset P O Box 989 Somerset, KY 42502
  • Registration in person – starting 9/12/17
    • The Energy Center 306 E. Mt. Vernon Street Somerset, KY 42501
    • Cash and checks accepted. $200. made payable to: City of Somerset-Battle of the Bass
    • Hours: 8-4:30, Monday – Friday (except holidays)

 

You may also register at the mandatory meeting on 10/13/17

  • Mandatory Open House / Registration – 10/13/17 6pm – 7pm @ Energy Center
  • If already registered-only one team member must attend to draw your boat number
  • If new registration both team members must be present to complete registration paperwork
  • Tournament Director, Donnie Keeton, will on hand to answer questions as needed.
  • Boat numbers will be drawn upon arrival

 

DISCLAIMER/WAIVER

*I/WE HAVE COMPLETED THIS APPLICATION AND WE HAVE SUBMITTED THE ENTRY FEE FOR PARTICIPATION IN THE TOURNAMENT. IN CONSIDERATIONS OF THE PRIVILEGES OF PARTICIPATING IN THE EVENT, I/WE WAIVE AND RELEASE THE TOURNAMENT OFFICIALS AND SPONSORING ORGANIZATIONS FROM ALL CLAIMS AND DAMAGES INCURRED IN CONNECTION WITH THIS EVENT. I/WE AGREE THAT THE TOURNAMENT SPONSORS AND HOSTS SHALL HAVE EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS TO TAKE PHOTOGRAPHS, VIDEOS OR AUDIO RECORDINGS OF OURSELVES/MYSELF AND USE OF SUCH MATERIAL IN ANY LAWFUL MANNER.

*THE CITY OF SOMERSET WILL BE NOT BE HELD LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES OR EVENTS THAT MAY OCCUR PRIOR, DURING, OR AFTER THE BATTLE OF THE BASS EVENT TOURNAMENT.

*BY SIGNING THE ENTRY FORM, OR CALLING IN ENTRY VIA TELEPHONE OR COMPUTER GENERATED DEVICE, THE ENTRY FORM IS BINDING AND THE CITY OF SOMERSET IS NOT LIABLE FOR FRAUDULENT ENTRIES. *Refund Policy: Please see Tournament Rules section on this website.

NEED MORE INFORMATION?

For any additional information pertaining to The Battle of the Bass Fishing Tournament, you may contact:

Leslie Ikerd
Director of Tourism
(606) 679-6366
(606) 383-1476

Sharon Stevenson
sstevenson@cityofsomerset.com

 

 

Event Info / Locations

 

Tournament Schedule

 

  • Registration online –  starting 9/12/17                     
    • Online registration requires payment via credit card or paypal. There is a $10.00 processing fee in addition to the $200 team entry fee for a total of $210.00 ($105.00 each)
  • Register via mail – starting 9/12/17
    • Print and complete this registration packet. It includes team information, terms and conditions
    • Both members must complete application
    • Check for $200. made payable to : City of Somerset-Battle of the Bass
    • Mail to : Attn: Battle of the Bass c/o City of Somerset P O Box 989 Somerset, KY 42502
  • Registration in person – starting 9/12/17
    • The Energy Center 306 E. Mt. Vernon Street Somerset, KY 42501
    • Cash and checks accepted. $200. made payable to: City of Somerset-Battle of the Bass
    • Hours: 8-4:30, Monday – Friday (except holidays)
  • Mandatory Open House / Registration – 10/13/17 6pm – 7pm @ Energy Center
    • If already registered-only one team member must attend to draw your boat number
    • If new registration both team members must be present to complete registration paperwork
    • Tournament Director, Donnie Keeton, will on hand to answer questions as needed.
    • Boat numbers will be drawn upon arrival

 

Registration on October 13, 2017, will be located at:

The Energy Center
306 E. Mt Vernon Street
Somerset, KY 42501

 

The tournament launch site and weigh-in site will all be held at:

General Burnside Island State Park
8801 South Highway 27
Somerset, KY 42519

 

 

Tournament Rules

It is the Responsibility of the participant to read and understand all rules prior to tournament start!

 

  • State Fishing license required.
  • No one under 16 years of age unless accompanied by parent or guardian.
  • U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket must be worn anytime outboard engine is running.
  • A working aerated live well is required, no stringer or baskets allowed.
  • Artificial lures only! Use only 1 rod at a time, no trolling. Casting only. No live or prepared bait.
  • Only Largemouth(15”), Smallmouth(18”), and KY Spotted Bass(12”) are allowed. MeanMouth Bass will be considered as Smallmouth. Minimum length will follow state regulations for that lake. Fish will be measured on Golden Rule!
  • Maximum number of bass will be 5 per team. Any team attempting to weigh in a short fish will be deducted 1 lb.0 oz per fish unless a request for length check is made prior to weigh in.
  • Competitors who are not at the official check in site by designated quitting time will be penalized 1 lb.0 oz/minute up to 15 minutes then will be disqualified. NO EXCEPTIONS!
  • Any Fish that appears to have mutilated in any way will be weighed at discretion of the tournament officials at the weigh in and their decision is final.
  • Penalty of 8 oz. will be deducted for each dead fish weighed in. Tournament officials at weigh-in site will determine live fish and their decision is final.
  • In case of a tie, the following tiebreakers will be used in order: (#1) The individual with the largest number of legal fish weighed in during the competition. (#2) The individual with the largest number of legal LIVE fish weighed in during the competition. (#3) The individual with the heaviest single day’s catch during the competition. (#4) The individual with the second heaviest single day’s catch during the competition. In the unlikely event that they remain tied after these four tiebreakers are employed, then a flip of a coin will be used to determine the winner(s) and the money, if any, will be equally split. Ties for lesser positions shall be resolved by means selected by the Tournament Director.
  • All fish will become property of Battle of the Bass, which will be returned back to tournament waters, with the exception of 1 trophy fish per tournament.
  • Any complaints or questions must be brought in writing and signed to the attention of the tournament officials either prior to the start of the tournament or the closing of the weigh-in. Complaints will not be accepted after that time and decision of the tournament officials WILL BE FINAL!
  • Anyone participating in the Battle of the Bass tournament will be subject to a polygraph exam and or voice stress analysis if requested by the tournament officials. Examiner’s decision must be accepted without appeal. Entrants understand that the failure of such test or refusal to take the test will disqualify them from the tournament.
  • Due to the stress and mortality of the fish, those that are weighed in at the Battle of the Bass MAY NOT BE USED IN ANY ADDITIONAL TOURNAMENT unless other tournament will use a Battle of the Bass weigh slip.
  • There will be no culling of fish inside the buoys at the weigh-in site.
  • Absolutely no hole-setting or holding of a fishing spot by an alternate boater. THIS WILL NOT BE PERMITTED!
  • Boat owner must have a minimum of 100,000.00 liability insurance.
  • All boaters must obey State boating laws.
  • No alcoholic beverages allowed in boat or around immediate weigh-in area or at Registration.
  • A contestant must stay in boat at all times. If a contestant leaves the boat for any reason, no fishing equipment will be allowed in his/her possession.
  • No more than a 5 fish limit in your possession at any given time.
  • If a contestant fishes by his/herself during the Battle of the Bass, the director reserves the right to place an observer in the boat with them that day.
  • Cancellation policy: Contestants have up until 7 days prior to Tournament (October 7, 2017), to receive a refund for their entry fee. Only legitimate excuses will be taken at the discretion of the tournament officials and Battle of the Bass event director.
  • Dire Emergency/Breakdown: In the case of a dire emergency or breakdown competitors or observers may separate from one another while either returns to the weigh-in site with all legally caught fish in another competitors boat. In this situation the fish must be clearly separated and verified during transfer and at the weigh-in site by the observer/non-boater of the rescue boat. Must get approval from the Tournament director.
  • INFRENGEMENT OF THESE RULES SHALL BE CONSIDERED CAUSE FOR DISQUALIFICATION, INTERPRETATION OF THESE RULES SHALL BE LEFT EXCLUSIVELY TO TOURNMENT OFFICIALS.

 

  • Registration online –  starting 9/12/17                     
    • Online registration requires payment via credit card or paypal. There is a $10.00 processing fee in addition to the $200 team entry fee for a total of $210.00 ($105.00 each)
  • Register via mail – starting 9/12/17
    • Print and complete this registration packet. It includes team information, terms and conditions
    • Both members must complete application
    • Check for $200. made payable to : City of Somerset-Battle of the Bass
    • Mail to : Attn: Battle of the Bass c/o City of Somerset P O Box 989 Somerset, KY 42502
  • Registration in person – starting 9/12/17
    • The Energy Center 306 E. Mt. Vernon Street Somerset, KY 42501
    • Cash and checks accepted. $200. made payable to: City of Somerset-Battle of the Bass
    • Hours: 8-4:30, Monday – Friday (except holidays)

 

You may also register at the mandatory meeting on 10/13/17

  • Mandatory Open House / Registration – 10/13/17 6pm – 7pm @ Energy Center
  • If already registered-only one team member must attend to draw your boat number
  • If new registration both team members must be present to complete registration paperwork
  • Tournament Director, Donnie Keeton, will on hand to answer questions as needed.
  • Boat numbers will be drawn upon arrival

 

 

10/14/17 (Saturday) @ Burnside Island

    • safelight – 3pm
    • cumulative weigh day 1
    • door prizes

 

10/15/17 (Sunday) @ Burnside Island

  • safelight – 3pm
  • big fish cumulative weight
  • winners announced

 

 

 

2017 Battle of the Bass Contact Information

City Clerk’s Office
306 E. Mt. Vernon St.
Somerset, KY 42501
606.679.6366

Mailing Address:
City of Somerset
P O Box 989​
Somerset, KY 42502
ATTN: Battle of the Bass

You may also contact the coordinator

Leslie Ikerd
likerd@cityofsomerset.com
606-679-6366
606-383-1476

Sharon Stevenson
sstevenson@cityofsomerset.com

Sponsorship Opportunities

 

GOLD PACKAGE: $1000.00

  • Website Ad on Battle of the Bass page for one year
  • Large Logo on All Banners
  • Named Sponsor from event stage

 

SILVER PACKAGE: $500.00

  • Website Ad on Battle of the Bass page for six months
  • small logo on All Banners

 

***for more information, please contact Leslie Ikerd, the Director of Tourism for Somerset Tourist & Convention Commission 606-383-1476 or by email: Likerd@cityofsomerset.com

The Energy Center
306 E. Mt Vernon Street
Somerset, KY 42501

Energy Center

 

General Burnside Island State Park
8801 South Highway 27
Somerset, KY 42519

 

 

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