By-Laws & Rules 2020-2021

Ocala, Florida
Established 2011
By Laws revised 2013
ARTICLE 1 – Name and Purpose

Section 1: Name
This Club shall be called the Marion County Bassmasters.

Section 2: Purpose
To stimulate public awareness of bass fishing as a major sport. To offer our state conservation department our organized moral and political support and encouragement. To promote full adherence to all conservation codes and to demand adequate water standards. To detect and report any polluter and call public and political attention to his crime. Improve our skills as bass anglers through a fellowship of friendly exchange of bass-catching techniques and ideas. Promote and encourage youth fishing and a love for this great recreational sport. To function as a dynamic and effective link with other clubs of the Florida B.A.S.S. Nation embracing the principles and purposes of the Bass Anglers Sportman Society (B.A.S.S.).

ARTICLE II – Membership

Section 1: Number of Members
The Club shall begin with and maintain at least six members.

Section 2: Requirements for Regular Membership
To become a Club Member, a person shall:
Voluntarily express a genuine interest in membership
Be a member of B.A.S.S.
Be 15 years of age or older (under 18 years old requires parent authorization)
Pay all dues on or before the first meeting of each year November.
Present membership has the right to review and refuse applications
Section 3: Membership Dues
Current and past members may pay their dues on or before the first meeting in November. All new members are required to pay dues upon being accepted into the club. All members of Marion County Bassmasters must also be members in good standing with B.A.S.S. (which is the responsibility of each individual member and is not payable to the club), The B.A.S.S. Nation and The Florida B.A.S.S. Nation. The dues for The B.A.S.S. Nation are $30.00 annually and dues for The Florida B.A.S.S. Nation are $15.00 annually. Marion County Bassmasters Dues are $5. All dues are payable to the club Treasurer. Becoming a member of B.A.S.S. is the responsibility of each individual member and is not payable to the club.
A member may not participate in a Club tournament until are dues are paid in full.
Dues are not refundable.

Section 4: Meetings of Members
The membership shall hold regular meetings at pre-established times and locations designated by the President. Regular meetings shall be held at least once a month. At each meeting of the members, the following shall be the order of business:
Reading of the minutes of the preceding meeting
Reports of Officers
Reports of Committees
Special meetings may be called at any time by the President and shall be called within 10 days after the receipt of a written request signed by three members of the Board of Directors or by six active members of the Club.

Section 5: Quorum
A majority of active members present, or ten percent (10%) of the Club’s membership, whichever is smaller, shall constitute a quorum for the purpose of business conducted at a general meeting.
For the purpose of conducting the business of the Club’s Board of Directors, sixty-seven percent (67%) of the Board Members shall constitute a quorum.

Section 6: Procedural Rules for Meetings
The rules set forth in Robert’s Rules of Order shall govern the Club in all meetings in which they are applicable and not in conflict with the provisions of the Constitution and Bylaws.

Section 7: Non-Discrimination

There shall be no discrimination in membership or participation in the activities of this Club by reason of race, creed, color, national origin, or sex.

ARTICLE III – Officers, Elections, Vacancies, and Eligibility

Section 1: Elected Officers and their Duties
The officers of the club shall consist of:
President: Preside over all meetings and direct all official business. Appoint and be ex-officio member of all committees. Supervise all club functions. Serve as a Club representative at The Florida B.A.S.S. Nation meetings.
Vice President: Act as program chairman, assist the president in their duties, and preside in the absence of the President.
Secretary: Maintain accurate minutes of all regular and special meetings as called for by the Club President. Shall carry on all correspondence of the Club, maintain membership, and perform such other duties as may be required by the Board of Directors.
Treasurer: Collect and disburse all monies. Maintain accurate financial records and present a current balance report at each regular meeting. Prepare and annual audit for review by the Club Board of Directors.
Tournament Director: It will be the responsibility of the Tournament Director to plan, organize, and operate all tournaments of the Marion County Bassmasters. Will submit the annual tournament schedule for the upcoming year at the September Board of Directors meeting for final distribution to the members in October. The Tournament Director will rule with final authority on proper conduct, procedures, qualifications and other matters relating to the orderly conduct of such tournaments. The Tournament Director shall appoint a committee to assist in the planning, organizing and operating of all tournaments.
Section 2: Elections
The nomination and elections of officers will be held annually at the general meeting held in October. Election shall be by simple majority of members present. Election for each officer shall be held separately in order listed in ARTICLE III, Section 1. All votes will be cast by secret ballot.

Section 3: Eligibility of Vote
Club Members must have attended three club meetings and also have fished in three club tournaments. Each member is entitled to one vote. Proxy votes are not permitted.

Section 4: Term of Office
The term of office is for one year, which shall begin on November 1st and end on October 31st or until the successor assumes office.

Section 5: Vacancies
In the event of an office becoming vacant, nominations shall be asked for and an election held to fill the unexpired term of the individual vacating the office. The B.A.S.S. Nation Headquarters shall be notified immediately of the change of any officers.

Section 6: Eligibility for Holding Office
To be eligible for an office, a member must:
Been a member for 1-year
Attended at least 50% of the Club functions during the calendar year
Shown an active interest in all Club functions
Maintain current B.A.S.S. membership

Section 7: Club Membership
To become a member of the club, one must fill out an application and be voted in by majority of membership at the monthly meeting.

ARTICLE IV – Standing Committees
All Standing Committees will serve for one year or until a new committee is appointed. The terms of the committee members will coincide with that of the President. Each committee shall elect a chairman.
Members of the club may serve on more than one committee.
Board of Directors: The Board of Directors will consist of seven (7) members: President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Tournament Director, and two members elected at large by majority vote of the members present at the October regular meeting.
The President will call all meetings of the Board of Directors and preside at such meetings.
The Secretary will record the minutes of these meetings.
The board will decide all protests and rule on all violations of tournament rules and bylaws of the Club when appropriately received.
The board will develop agendas for the monthly meetings.
Tournament Committee: Will be headed by the Tournament Director. The purpose of the tournament committee shall be to plan, organize and operate all Club tournaments. The committee will draft tournament rules that must then be approved by the general membership. The committee will keep tournament records, enforce all tournament rules, and investigate all protests concerning tournaments and make recommendations to the Board of Directors. Tournament Schedule for the upcoming year will be selected by and voted on by the club members.
By-Laws Committee: Consists of the Board of Directors and is responsible for collecting and reviewing any proposed changes to the Constitution or By-Laws, Any member desiring a change in Constitution or By-Laws shall present them to this committee prior to introducing them to the general membership.
Youth Committee: The purpose of this committee shall be to organize all youth activities and programs supported by the club. It will coordinate an open tournament event at least once a year. It will be responsible for the operations of the Junior Club of Marion County Bassmasters and will plan, organize, and implement a youth program that will introduce young people to the goals of B.A.S.S.; to give them a basis for respect of our national heritage, an appreciation of the basic rules of honesty, integrity, fair play and good sportsmanship; and to give them an introduction to the sheer joy of fishing.

ARTICLE V – Removal of Membership
A member can be dropped from the membership roll for the following reasons:
Failure to pay dues
Any action that would reflect dishonor and disgrace on this Club and/or B.A.S.S.
Disqualification for any reason from participating in B.A.S.S. sponsored events, including disqualification for use of non-prescription or illegal drugs or consumption of alcohol during tournament hours.
Any act such as littering, destruction of private property, trespassing without right, blatant dishonesty, theft, unsafe boating, continued disrespect and disregard of others rights, shall be construed as a breach of unsportsmanlike conduct and constitute a just a proper grievance.
Any member, either by personal observation or by reliable report, may file a written, signed complaint to the Board of Directors who shall review and pass judgement against any other member for alleged breaches of conduct. The Board may decree probation, suspension or dismissal.

ARTICLE VI – Affiliation

Section 1: Requirements for Affiliation
Approval of Club Charter by B.A.S.S.
Update B.A.S.S. with a Club membership roster once each year
Names and addresses of new members joining the Club during the year must be submitted to B.A.S.S. as they occur
Maintain 100% B.A.S.S. Membership
Must affiliate with the Florida B.A.S.S. Nation and support its conservation, youth programs, and any additional requirements that it establishes

ARTICLE VII – Method of Amending Bylaws
Section 1: Amending the ByLaws
The Constitution and By-Laws will be reviewed by the By-Laws Committee yearly. A final draft of any amendments or changes will be provided to the membership in September for discussions. The membership will vote on the Constitution and By-Laws for the following year in October. A copy of the new Constitution and By-Laws will be distributed to each member after any changes.
The Constitution and By-Laws may be amended at any regular meeting by a two-thirds vote of the members present, provided written notice of the proposed has been presented to the By-Laws Committee for review and the general memberships has had at east one regular meeting prior to the vote to review the proposed change.

ARTICLE VIII – Tournament Rules
Tournament Rules will be prepared by the Tournament Committee of this Club. Tournament rules must be voted on and accepted by the general membership.

Tournament Rules 2021-22

1)   There will be no minimum fish size. It is the participant’s responsibility to attain and sign a Black Bass Tournament Exemption Permit in his/her possession from take-off to release (after weigh-in) of the fish into the same body of water from which it was caught.
2) All Boats must have a working livewell capable of sustaining their catch.
3) Safe boating conduct must be observed at all times. Life vests must be worn when the boat in on plane and boat lights are required til after sunrise. No Alcoholic beverages permitted during tournament hours. The kill switch is recommended to be hooked up to the driver when the gas powered motor is on and running.
4) No more than five fish per boat. Culling of dead fish is prohibited. Note on slot lakes you can only keep three fish per boat.  There will be a 1/4lb penalty per dead fish. If that dead fish is big bass a 1/4lb will be deducted from big bass.
5) In the event of a tie. The angler/team that has a legal live limit will win the tie. In the result the anglers/teams that are both tied have legal live limits then the angler/team with the biggest bass will win the tie.
6) Only artificial baits may be used.  Also, only one pole per angler in the water at one time.  Trolling as a method of fishing is prohibited.  Culling of fish at the ramp is prohibited.
7) At least one angler in the boat must be 18yrs of age. All boats must return their boat chip number prior to weigh-in to a tournament official. All boats must be at the ramp by 3:00p.m. Late penalty is 1/4lb penalty per minute, after 15 minutes you will be disqualified. Unless approved by the Tournament Director in the state of an emergency with the President being the final authority.
8) No fishing within 50 yards of another contestant who has their trolling motor is the stowed position and is anchored. No fishing within 50 feet from a contestant with the trolling in the down position.
9) Protests must be received prior to payouts to the Tournament Director. Tournament Committee will vote and announce the final decision.
10) Any contestant receiving a fine or citation while fishing a tournament will be disqualified.  All state and local laws as well as club rules must be complied with at all times.  Any violation of club and or tournament rules may be grounds for disqualification.
11) Anyone arriving late to tournament take-off must call and inform a club officer. Additionally the boater must find a club officer to have their livewell checked.
12) Tournament Committee has the right to refuse any entry.
13) To fish the classic the boater and co-angler must fish at least 5 of the Marion County Bassmaster tournaments. Up to one tournament can be paid for in the event the club member can’t fish 5 tournaments. There must be a tournament on the schedule to be paid in on.
14) All boaters must show and maintain $300,000 liability insurance coverage on their boats in order to participate in tournaments.
15) Guests may come and fish one tournament by invite of a club member only (Lifetime) and must fish with a member of the club. Guests will not be required to pay dues, however they must be members of B.A.S.S. and have proper required insurance on their boats. They must pay tournament entry.
16) Refunds. Once boat numbers begin to be called off at launch there will be no refunds of tournament entries. If you are experiencing any boat issues or issues of any kind and are at the tournament, but, choose not to fish or are unable to fish you must notify a club officer and/or the tournament director before boat numbers are called off in order to get a refund.
17) The Classic will be chosen in the following manner. The winner of each tournament will choose a lake from the schedule as their classic pick. That pick will go in a sealed envelope. At the last tournament prior to the classic all the envelopes will be opened and the majority of picks for a certain lake will be the Classic Location. In the result of a tie of Lake Picks then the club will vote between the Lake Picks that are tied and that will be deemed the Classic Location. The Lake Pick coming in second will be the alternate Classic Location.
18) Bass Nation Members from other clubs may join Marion County Bassmasters for the $5 Club Dues as long as their Bass Nation Dues are Current. Said member has from Nov until Feb to join the club for $5. Bass Nation Members from other clubs that wish to join after the Feb tournament must pay the complete $60 dues to Marion County Bassmasters and that money will go into the Classic Pot.
19) When participating in Marion County Bassmaster’s Club tournaments members will only be allowed to participate in the Marion County Club Tournament. It is prohibited to fish another tournament that may be in process on the same date at the same location for club members. The only exception to this rule is if there is a Bass Nation Tournament in process on the same date and location (meaning boat ramp) then members will be permitted to fish in both the club tournament and the Bass Nation event, however, club members must launch with Marion County Bassmasters and weigh in on Marion County Bassmaster’s scales first.

Big Bass of the Year Side Pot

1) $20 per angler. Must be paid before angler fishes a tournament. Also angler must fish a minimum of 5 tournaments to be eligible to win the pot. Largest Bass (based on weight) wins the pot. If said angler does not meet the eligibility requirements then the next largest bass caught by an an angler meeting the requirements will win the pot.

2) During a tournament all anglers on a team must be in the side pot in order for any bass caught to be counted as the Big Bass of the year.

Points Race

1) Each team will receive 25 points once they pay their entry.

2) Teams weighing in fish will receive extra points as follows:

    1st    2nd        3rd    4th    5th    6th     7th     8th      9th    10th    11th and so one will be one point increments.
    200    195    190    185    180    174    168    162    156    150    144

3) The top 3 teams will be awarded cash prizes at the end of the season. Payouts will be done on after the conclusion of the Classic Day 2 weigh in. Amount of Prizes depends on monies raised at the open tournaments (Designed to raise money for the classic fund and points race, 50% goes to classic pot and 50% goes to the points race)