Constitution and Bylaws
Chartered since 1977
ONE WHO SPENDS AN ENTIRE PAYCHECK
ON EQUIPMENT AND TACKLE TRYING TO
OUTWIT A FISH WITH A BRAIN
NO BIGGER THAN A BREADCRUMB
AND GETTING LICKED IN THE
Our purpose is to improve our skills as bass anglers through a fellowship of friendly exchanges of techniques and ideas. We pledge full adherence to all Federal and State conservation codes and regulatory standards. We offer our organized moral and political support to our State conservation department, and do all in our power to maintain adequate water standards.
Article 1 - Constitution
This organization shall be known henceforth as, "South Florida Bass Pros?" voted unanimously on the 4th day of October 1977. The “South Florida Bass Pros?” is a not-for-profit organization. Any dues collected as stated in said bylaws will be used for purchasing food, peripherals, and awards for the end of the year function and any other items for the club or its members that is agreed upon by a majority vote of members present at a meeting.
The fiscal year will start in September and end in August. Meetings will be held the first Tuesday of each month and a fishing tournament will be held the following Saturday or Saturday and Sunday.
The meeting day and/or location may be changed one month in advance by a vote of 75% of the members present at the meeting. The tournament day and/or location may be changed at the meeting prior to the tournament (4 days) by 75% of the members present at the meeting or the Tournament Committee (see Article 4 Sec C). It is the responsibility of the President or Secretary to notify any members by phone (or alternately Email or Text if not available by phone) that are affected by either change.
Article 2 - Prospective Members
New members must voluntarily express an interest in club membership and must have attained an age of at least 21 years old.
After acceptance as a prospective member, the individual will face a 90 day probation period. During this time the prospective member must attend two meetings and fish in two club tournaments.
Voting on a new member will be conducted by a secret ballot of the club members present at the time of the vote. An affirmative acceptance into the club will consist of no more than two negative votes being cast. The votes will be tallied with no less than two members in attendance as witnesses.
Article 3 - Membership / Dues
- Each member must declare "Boater" or "Non-Boater" at the beginning of the fiscal year (at the September meeting). A "Boater" cannot option to be a "Non-Boater" in a tournament if boats are needed and their boat is operable.
- Club members shall not exceed thirty-six (36) at any given time.
- A list of members (as defined above) and prospective members will be kept by the Club Secretary. The ratio of boater/non-boater will be at the club's discretion, but 60% boater will be the general rule (22 boaters, 14 non-boaters).
Section B: (Leave of Absence)
If a member takes a leave of absence and wishes to remain on the club roster, membership dues must be current (considered in good standing). When he returns to participate in tournament, dues must be paid up to date prior to the Tournament. No exceptions.
Section C: (Resignation)
If a member resigns (in good standing) from the club and later would like to rejoin, he does so without having to fulfill new member obligations. A vote with the same requirements as a new member applies. If any points were accumulated prior to resignation they will be reinstated upon active return to the club.
Section D: (Dissmissal)
A member may be dismissed from the club's roster for failure to pay membership dues for three months. The club's roster will be reviewed by the Treasurer every three months beginning September 1, of the current year to determine if there are any offenders. The member must be contacted by the President and will no longer be a member.
If a member misses three consecutive tournaments and meetings he must contact at least 3 club officers via e-mail and declare his intentions to remain active in the club regardless of his dues status.
Should this requirement not be met, then he will automatically be taken off the Active roster, opening up a roster position for a new or previous member that has intentions of being active. The member may request to be reconsidered for membership if still in good standing, subject to roster availability and confirmed by membership vote.
Dismissal for any reason (except as outlined in these bylaws) must be passed by an affirmative vote of 75% of the club members present at the meeting.
Section G: (Dues)
Club dues are $12.00 per month and will be paid to the treasurer. Anyone willing to pay the entire season in full in the month of September only, may pay $120 for the entire season. In the case of early withdrawal form the club, any dues paid in advance will be refunded at $10 per unused month, regardless of Payment method selected or amounts paid in advance.
Any special assessments must receive 75% affirmative vote by the members present at the meeting.
All deposits on rooms for any club tournament or function will be paid by the club member. Any member agreeing to share a room will be liable for his share of the room and any provisions purchased on his behalf.
Article 4 - Tournaments / Scoring System
Section A (Tourn Fees)
Tournament fees shall consist of $20.00 per person, per tournament and they will be paid at the regular club tournament meeting by members, guests, and prospective members fishing the tournament. Any late entries must pay Tournament fees prior to start of tournament. Only club members in good standing, prospective members, and guests are allowed to participate in club tournaments. All tournament monies will be paid to the Vice President in the form of cash and are non-refundable. Tournament monies will be paid out at the tournament or next monthly meeting. If a club member is behind on club dues he will not be allowed to fish the tournament.
One hundred percent of all tournament fees will be paid out as prize money each month:
1st Place 50%
2nd Place 30%
3rd Place 20%
(Winnings based on $15 per Anger)
Big fish winnings paid at $5 per Angler
Section C (Tournament Committee)
A tournament committee will consist of at least three volunteer members (at least one of which is a "Boater") who have not been on a tournament committee for the prior 4-month period. The tournament committee will serve for a four-month period and will recommend tournament location, Start and End times, a minimum of one month in advance. A Club officer will call for a vote to approve or Alter the committee's recommendations by a majority vote. Tournament Committee will be responsible to start the tournament announcing the official start time and oversee the "clocking-in" of any tardy anglers at weigh-in.
Only one two day tournament may be held during a committee's four month period.
All two-day tournaments will be conducted on the same basis as a one-day tournament. (i.e., prize money will be the same, only one 1st Place, 2nd Place, 3rd Place and only one large fish.)
Section F (Pairing)
The selection method for pairing members fishing a tournament is as follows: A draw will occur to determine which Co-Angler will be paired with which boater (e.g. this may be computerized or alternately, Co-Anglers will pick Boaters out of a hat randomly). In the event there are not enough boaters for all Co-Anglers to fish, Co-Anglers will be prioritized on the basis of percentage of meetings attended (on a rolling 12 meeting basis). In the event of a tie the Co-Angler attending the meeting will have priority. Partners must change each month.
In the case of any inconsistencies, errors or omissions during a tournament draw, a total re-draw is required
Section G (Pairing and Handicap)
During pairings, if there are more Boaters than Co-Anglers, Boaters with out co anglers, will be paired based on their order of the draw. Boaters that are forced to boat alone, because of an odd number of Boaters or not enough Co Anglers, will be eligible for a handicap equal to the average bag weight (or average total weight if MLF method) of all participating Co-Anglers. Boaters may volunteer to fish alone (without a member Co-Angler) if there are more boaters than Co Anglers. However, no person exercising this option may fish alone two months in succession or more than twice a season and these individuals will be paired FIRST in the succeeding tournament. Also, Boaters who choose to boat alone are not eligible for the handicap.
Section H (Undecided)
If, at the meeting, a member is undecided as to whether he will fish or not; he must enter the draw as a Co-Angler, provided there are enough boaters to accommodate members. In addition, if a member does not show up to the meeting and does not communicate that he is undecided to another club member BEFORE the meeting starts and still wishes to fish, may do so but will not earn any points for the tournament.
Section I (Guests)
A boating member may request to fish with a guest or prospective member provided the members’ boat is not needed for club members in the draw. The club meeting and fishing tournament may count toward new membership qualifying requirements. All guests or prospective members must pay the $20 Tournament fee and are eligible for an equal share of the boat winnings. Big fish pot winnings can be by agreement of the anglers on that boat.
Section J (No-Shows)
If a boater does not show up at the tournament site or cannot fish for any reason, a draw (which includes all single boaters) will occur to determine which boat the Co-Angler will fish from. If a Co Angler does not show up for any reason, the Boater is then eligible for the Co-Angler handicap if forced to fish alone (See Article 4, section G.) If you are running late, you must call or text your partner and at least 2 club officers 30 minutes in advance to inform them. At that point, the Boater will wait 15 minutes after start time as a courtesy. If you do not call or text these individuals, your partner does not have to wait for you. If you get to the ramp and your boater has left prior to the prescribed 15 min Courtesy period, Please call or text a club officer to verify the time.
Section K (Point System)
- A point system will be used to determine the Angler of the Year in the club. Total points will be based on the best ten tournaments out of a possible twelve tournaments in a year for each member (two drops per year).
- There will be 12 tournaments per fiscal year, one each month (except August), including one "wild card" tourney. The wild card tourney will be fished in January, February, or March, two (2) weeks after the regularly scheduled tournament that month. The time and location will be selected by the Tournament committee or general membership.
- First place will receive 300 points with a 5 pt decrease per position through 5th place. There is a 4 pt decrease from 6th to 10th, a 3 pt decrease from 11th to 15th, a 2 pt decrease from 16th to 20th and place 21 through 36 are declining at increments of 1 each.
- When there is a tie for a place, the next place given should be the actual place (i.e., if two people tied for fifth place the next place should be seven and so forth).
- A 10 Point bonus per tournament will be earned by Club members that attend the regular club tournament meeting.
All ties consisting of weight and/or points will be allowed with duplicate awards for position or prize money.
- Tie for first place - split first and second place money, second place receives third place money.
- Tie for third place - split third place money
- Tie for year-end awards - duplicate awards will be given.
When a prospective member fishes in a team tournament during his qualification period, his fish will be counted for that tournament, but no points will be awarded to the prospective member.
Club members who are able to pre-fish a tournament site will be expected to share information with other members whenever possible.
If a member shows up at the launch ramp with every intention of fishing the tournament and must leave before weigh in, he will earn last place points.
Section P - TOURNAMENT RULES:
- No alcoholic beverages are to be consumed during tournament hours. Violators will be disqualified from the tournament. A two-time offender will be kicked out of the club.
- No live bait of any type.
- No contestant may leave the boat unless the reason does not pertain to fishing.
4. Only one rod per person in the water at any given time, and all fish must be caught on a rod and reel.
- When the Major League Format is used, all fish must be weighed and verified by a co angler, documented and released (With the exception of your biggest Fish!). Otherwise a Legal club limit by each tournament contestant is five fish. A minimum length of twelve inches measured from the nose to any point of the tail with the mouth closed and the tail squeezed. A four ounce (1/4 lb) penalty will be assessed for each dead fish brought to weigh-in if a live weigh-in is required. One Courtesy measurement will be granted by the weigh master automatically. Any subsequent fish brought in by any person or team that is deemed to be a short fish loses that fish and the biggest fish of their limit.
- A late penalty will be assessed to each tournament member who is late for weigh- in (as defined by the tournament committee on the tournament day). Such penalty will allow for a five-minute grace period. Official time will be kept and announced by the tournament committee. The penalty shall consist of the deduction of one point for each minute late, to a maximum deduction of fifteen points. Exceeding fifteen minutes late (16 minutes or more), including the grace period, will constitute a "no weigh in." Members are responsible to weigh in their own fish. The only allowable exception is equipment breakdown.
- No fish may be received into a contestant's boat unless said person legitimately catches it during the tournament hours.
- Only Black Bass and Peacock Bass per state regulations will be allowed as an accepted species.
- All fish brought to the weigh in must be transported in a plastic watertight bag supplied by the club and released from the bag.
- Fly rods are allowed as a method of fishing.
- Life vests must be worn while boats are on plane. A violation of this rule will result in disqualification from the tournament. If available, kill switches must be worn.
- If a rule is broken and disqualification occurs, the disqualification will be only for the day of the broken rule.
- All boaters or non-boaters must have a valid Florida fishing license to fish any tournament, unless otherwise exempted from such requirement by Florida Law.
- No boater or non-boater can give or receive any information from any source during a tournament. Cell phone use between tournament participants shall be limited to emergencies or matters of safety.
Non-boaters are required to offer the boater $40 for a one day and $80.00 for a 2 day tournaments.
In the event at any time, between the meeting and the day of the tournament, the site is deemed unfishable, unsafe, or unacceptable for any reason or the weather is deemed unsafe, by any angler in the tournament, a vote will be taken by the President of all members fishing said tournament to change tournament location and/or tournament date. A 75% affirmative vote of club members fishing and voting on such vote will be required.
Article 5 - Awards
End of Season awards will be given for the following:
Angler of the Year - most points.
Second place - second most points.
Third place - third most points.
Largest fish caught in a tournament during the year.
Horse's Ass award, voted by the members.
Nominations for special appreciation awards.
Co-Angler of the Year, Top Non-Boater (Cannot bring a boat to any a tournament to qualify, unless it is for the benefit of the club)
Article 6 - Club Officers
Section A (Officers)
The officers of the club shall consist of:
The President will preside over all meetings, direct all official business, and will supervise all club functions.
The Vice President will assist President and preside in absence of the President. The Vice President will secure the fishing exemptions and will fill out the fishing reports.
The Secretary will maintain accurate minutes for all meetings and must report the minutes at all meetings. Secretary will also keep an active club roster.
The Treasurer will maintain accurate records of clubs finances, be responsible for club payments, and must give a financial report at all meetings.
SERGEANT AT ARMS
The Sergeant At Arms will maintain all tournament results and member standings. He is responsible for maintaining order at meetings and enforces bylaws
The Weigh master(s) will ensure that the official weigh in scales, weigh in basket, bags, and golden rule are kept in clean, safe and in working order. If there is a problem with anything, it is their responsibility to inform the club members and propose a resolution.
There are no paid positions in this club.
Section C (Elections)
The election of officers shall be held annually at a regular meeting during the month of August, with nomination for officers to be held in July. Voting will be 50% plus one affirmative of the members present. Each member is allowed one vote and no proxy votes are accepted.
To be eligible for any office a member must have been in the club for at least six months, attended at least 75% of all club functions, and show an active interest in all club activities.
Article 7 - Bylaw Changes
Changes to Tournament Rules (Article 4, Sec Q) may be proposed at any meeting with a 75% approval of members present. Ample time for discussion must be provided to the membership. All other proposed By Law changes will be noted in the minutes. The Secretary will document the proposed change along with the name of the person who recommended the change and will repost this suggestion in all subsequent minutes for the season until July. At that time, all proposed By Law changes must be formally submitted with Article/Section reference via email no later than the 3rd Friday of July, to the Club Secretary for inclusion on the August Rules Meeting agenda.