The entry fee is $250 per team. The event runs from Safelight to Noon. The payback is 1 place for every 5 entries and the top 2 biggest fish. This tournament does not require a membership, and is open to all anglers. There will be a 3 fish limit. 15 boat flights. Signing up with the link below puts you in the early draw for boat numbers. The random draw numbers will be listed the Thursday before the event on social media.
Cash is taken at the lake for payment. You will get a boat slip when you check in at the trailer that has the time you are due in. You will need to get your boat and livewell checked prior to launching the boat. Boat checks will start at 3am. Make sure that you only have Ricos and Persuader baits in the boat. Four packs of trailers are allowed. Prizes and awards are given out at the end of the tournament.
Contact Lyle at 623.565.6523 if you have any questions.
Sign up sheets at local tackle shops will have the first round of the early random draw boat numbers. This website link will be for the second random draw. The link to sign up closes on June 19th. After that, all anglers will need to sign up at the lake to enter the tournament.
These rules and regulations are the official rules of the Rico Persuader Bass Baits Topwater Tournament. These rules are subject to change at any time without notice. It is the responsibility of each competitor to read and understand these rules. By entering into this event you agree to abide by all of the rules and criteria set forth below. Furthermore you agree that the tournament director or his representative have the final decision in all matters related to the tournament and its outcome.
Should a protest for eligibility occur the tournament director will withhold any winnings while an investigation into the eligibility of the protested angler takes place. It is each angler’s responsibility to know and understand the eligibility requirements of the Rico Persuader Bass Baits Topwater Tournament event prior to entering that event.
Only Ricos and Persuader baits are allowed in the boat and can be used during this event. No other baits can be used. Four packs of trailers are allowed.
1: Participation: Everyone is eligible to fish.
2: Off-limits: There will be no off limits.
3: Membership: We do not require a membership to fish.
4: Safety: All participants shall observe local and state regulations specific to boating safety at all times during practice and competition and do not hold either Lyle Danuser/Southwest Custom Tackle, the Rico Persuader Bass Baits Topwater Tournament , its director, staff, or sponsors liable for anything that happens during an event. A United States Coast Guard approved life vest must be on and secured by all competitors anytime the outboard motor is on. The boat operator shall have the ignition shut off device (kill switch) attached to themselves anytime the outboard motor is running. Navigation lights must remain on during the tournament from dark until you take your boat off of the water.
5: Observers: The tournament director may grant permission for an angler to have an observer in the boat. This observer must be approved by the tournament director prior to registration and is not allowed to fish or assist in landing a fish in any way. This includes hanging onto an object to keep the boat from moving, handing the competing angler the net, netting the fish, handing the competing angler a rod, lure, or bait, bait selection, etc. The observer is only there for safety reasons.
6: Boat/License Requirements: All watercraft that is used during a Southwest Custom Tackle tournament/ Rico Persuader Bass Baits Topwater Tournament event if required by law must have attached a US Coast Guard rating plate. The horsepower of the boat shall not exceed the maximum horsepower requirements stated on the US Coast Guard rating plate. Each boat shall have a working kill switch, aerated livewells, and be properly registered. Each contestant must have and provide proof of upon request a current fishing license with necessary stamps or endorsements. Any citation given by local, state, or federal law enforcement officials shall be grounds for disqualification.
7: Insurance: It is the sole responsibility of all participants, competitors, and owners to carry and maintain the state required minimum liability coverage for themselves and their passengers.
8: Permitted Fish and Fishing Methods: All largemouth, smallmouth, and spotted bass must be taken in a conventional and sporting manner. At no time shall any angler be permitted to use more than one rod and one reel at a time. Anglers shall follow Arizona state regulations concerning quantity of hooks allowable by law. Intentional snagging of fish shall be grounds for disqualification. Any fish taken while site fishing must be hooked inside the mouth. The use of live or cut bait during practice or tournament hours shall be strictly prohibited. No team shall be allowed to troll using the outboard motor.
9: Tournament limits: Unless lake rules state a lesser number the tournament limit of bass shall be 5 fish per team. The minimum size limit shall be determined by the tournament director prior to the event. If no minimum size limit is specified the minimum size shall be 12” for Central Arizona and 13″ for Lake Havasu and the Colorado River (both measured mouth closed and tail pinched on a flat board). At no time shall a team possess more than a limit of fish. Once a limit is achieved and the next fish is caught the team must cull immediately. No culling inside the host marina will be allowed. If one of your fish dies, it is to remain part of your limit and cannot be culled. If your big fish is a dead fish it will still be able to be weighed as a big fish.
10: Encroachment: While some lakes fish smaller than others, anglers are requested to use common sense and work with other competitors. As a general rule no team shall pull within 25 yards or 75 feet of another competitor’s boat. Having a cast land within 10 yards or 30 feet of another competitor’s boat shall be considered encroachment.
11: Penalties: All penalties shall be assessed by the tournament director if necessary. Dead fish shall have a penalty of .50lbs. Short fish or illegal fish (in case of slot lakes) shall be a loss of 1lb plus loss of fish. Don’t be late to check in, You will be disqualified if you are late.
12: Mechanical issues: In the case of a mechanical issue one member of the team may bring their fish in with another competitor. An angler/team can be towed in by any boat not in or in the tournament.
13: Alcohol and Drugs: The use/possession of alcohol or drugs during the tournament is strictly prohibited and cause for disqualification.
14: Angler Cooperation: All anglers/teams are required to cooperate with tournament officials at all times both on and off the water. This is included but not limited to a request for polygraphs, pictures, and information for press releases. All photographs taken by Southwest Custom Tackle staff are the property of SWCT and may be used at any time for advertising or information purposes.
15: Spot Holding/Spot Blocking: There will be no spot holding or spot blocking. This includes anglers in or not in the tournament, including but not limited to friends, family, members, or fishing guides. No anglers shall work as a team to guard or block other boats from entering an area of water. If a boater leaves a spot it is no longer his spot. This is a sport of sportsmanship and integrity and we expect everyone to act accordingly. Spot blocking or spot holding will result in disqualification.
16: Sportsmanship: All contestants are to follow the highest standards of sportsmanship. Any angler/team that is found to have brought unfavorable publicity to Southwest Custom Tackle or the sport of bass fishing shall be subject to disqualification, this includes online or social media comments.
17: Protests: All protests must be given in writing to the tournament director within 30 minutes of the anglers check in time. It will be the tournament director’s responsibility to make a decision based on the information provided by both parties. Both parties involved must be readily available for discussion with the tournament director when requested.
18: COVID Regulations: It is possible that certain agencies that issue Southwest Custom Tackle LLC (SWCT)the permit will require certain safety measures due to COVID. We respectfully ask that every participant when capable follow these guidelines put in place by the governing agency. At the same time we respect each person's right to do what they feel is best for their health and well being. By entering into a Southwest Custom Tackle tournament event you acknowledge that you may or may not come in close contact with another person. Furthermore, you agree you are entering this event at your own risk and hold harmless Southwest Custom Tackle LLC., and its sponsors.
19: Media Disclaimer: Southwest Custom Tackle LLC has the irrevocable right and permission to use photographs and/or video recordings of tournament anglers on www.swctackle.com, Facebook, Instagram, Youtube.com and other websites, as well as in publications, promotional flyers, or for any other similar purpose without compensation. Photographs and/or video recordings of anglers may be placed on the Internet. Anglers may be identified by name and/or title in printed, Internet or broadcast information that might accompany the photographs and/or video recordings.
All anglers waive the right to approve the final product. All such portraits, pictures, photographs, video and audio recordings, and any reproductions thereof, and all plates, negatives, recording tape and digital files are and shall remain the property of Southwest Custom Tackle LLC. Tournament anglers hereby release, acquit and forever discharge Southwest Custom Tackle LLC, its owner and employees from any and all claims, demands, rights, promises, damages and liabilities arising out of or in connection with the use or distribution of said photographs and/or video recordings, including but not limited to any claims for invasion of privacy, appropriation of likeness or defamation.
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