RULES

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    INTRODUCTION
    The Burbot Bash is a Burbot (ling cod) only fishing tournament instituted to reduce and control the Burbot population in the Flaming Gorge.  This year’s bash has three segments to it:  There will be two weekend fishing tournaments with a similar format to previous years, and a tagged fish contest.  One registration fee enables anglers to participate in all three activities.  It is recommended (but not required) that you release all other fish except Burbot. Neither Utah nor Wyoming has a creel limit on Burbot, and all Burbot caught must be kept.

    TIMELINE
    Opening Weekend (November 15-17, 2013): 
    Friday, November 15:
    Registration and Packet Pick-up – 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
    Educational and Instructional Activities-1:00 pm – 3:30 pm.
    Fishing begins-5:00 pm

    Saturday, November 16
    Fish Check-in (Manila and Wyoming)-8:00 – 11:00 am

    Sunday, November 17
    Weekend Closing Ceremonies*-10:30 am – 2:00 pm
    Fishing ends-8:00 am
    Fish Check-in at Manila Park Pavilion-8:00 – 11:00 am

    *Fish caught between 5:00 pm Friday, November 15 and 8:00 am on Sunday, November 17, 2014 will be eligible for prizes awarded on November 17th.

    Closing Weekend (January 24-26, 2014): 
    Friday, January 24:
    Registration and Packet Pick-up -11:00 am – 9:00 pm
    Educational and Instructional Activities – 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm.
    Fishing begins- 5:00 pm

    Saturday, November 16
    Fish Check-in (Manila and Wyoming)-8:00 – 11:00 am

    Sunday, January 26:
    Weekend Closing Ceremonies*-10:30 am – 2:00 pm
    Fishing ends – 8:00 am
    Fish Check-in at Manila Park Pavilion-8:00 – 11:00 am

    *Fish caught between 5 pm Friday, January 24th and 8:00 am on Sunday, January 26, 2014 will be eligible for prizes awarded on January 26th.

    CONTESTS AND PRIZES
    Opening and Closing Weekend Contests:  Fish caught during opening and closing weekends as specified in the above timeline will be eligible for prizes outlined in the Prize section below. The decision of tournament officials with regard to prizes is final.

    Tagged Fish Contest:  Tagged fish caught anytime between 5:00 pm Friday, November 15 and 8:00 am on Sunday, January 26, 2014 will be eligible for prizes associated with the tagged fish contest.

    Cash Grand Prizes: Only fish tagged immediately prior to the contest by the designated government entity, caught during the contest, and scanned in accordance with the rules below will be counted towards tagged fish cash grand prizes.  Cash grand prizes are outlined in the Prize section below.

    Tagged Fish “Bounty” Payments:  A “bounty” of $200 in cash and/or gift certificates will be paid for any tagged fish caught during the period of the Tagged Fish Contest, so long as the fish was tagged by the participating tagging authority, and scanned in accordance with the rules below.

    Non-Cash Prizes: Non-cash prizes will be awarded on the closing weekend. Each registered participant is eligible for non-cash prizes.  You must be present to win non-cash prizes.

    Prizes
    Tagged Fish Contest:
    1 – $25,000 fish
    2 – $10,000 fish
    1 – $5,000 fish
    $200 bounty for each tagged fish

    Opening Weekend Contest:
    Most Fish (Five places) – $2500, $1800, $1200, $800, $600
    Biggest Fish (Five places) – $1500, $1200, $1000, $800, $600
    Smallest Fish (Five places) – $600, $500, $400, $250, $100

    Closing Weekend Contest:
    Most Fish (Five places) – $2500, $1800, $1200, $800, $600
    Biggest Fish (Five places) – $1500, $1200, $1000, $800, $600
    Smallest Fish (Five places) – $600, $500, $400, $250, $100

    ELIGIBILITY AND REGISTRATION INFORMATION
    Eligibility:  The Promotion is open only to legal residents of the fifty United States and District of Columbia. Employees, officers, and directors of Daggett County, the Flaming Gorge Chamber, Local and State Fish & Game Licensing Officials, Official Promotion Fish Taggers, prize providers, are ineligible to enter the Promotion or win a prize. This is a team contest, but each team member must register and complete the necessary paperwork. The contest is not open to commercial charter boat captains or crewmen, or professional fishing tour guides; however, paying charter customers/individuals on those boats are eligible to participate.

    Participants must have a valid fishing license and adhere to all the rules and regulations for the state in which they are fishing, including Utah & Wyoming Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) regulations and all U.S. Coast Guard, Utah State Parks and U.S. Forest Service regulations. As a reminder, the use or possession of Live Bait Fish is not allowed on Flaming Gorge Reservoir. Also, if using more than 2 lines (rods) through the ice, lines must be labeled with anglers’ name. If a person is cited for a fishing violation by a state officer his/her whole team will be disqualified. Unregistered fishermen in your party will jeopardize the validity of fish caught by registered fishermen.

    Registration:  A team must be registered to be eligible for prizes. Teams can register online at www.burbotbash.com or with a personal check, cash or certified funds. Each team needs to designate a team captain at registration. Teams can be 2 to 4 people. For those who pre-register by November 1, 2013, the fee will be $60 per person. Registrations completed after November 1, 2013 will be charged $70 per person. Online registrations will be accepted at $70 per person through 9:00 pm, November 24, 2014. There will be no refunds on registration regardless of weather or other circumstances.

    RULES
    Overall:

    1. All registered fishermen must sign a risk waiver and an affidavit agreeing to comply with all derby rules.
    2. For your safety:  The Flaming Gorge is above 6000’ in elevation and weather can be unpredictable – come prepared for changing weather. The use of lifejackets is strongly recommended, even when not required. Boats are required to carry all safety equipment and follow appropriate State and local regulations. During times when ice fishing is possible, each team must have a throw rope and ice picks for each participant. A cell phone, floatation device, and cleats are also highly recommended.
    3. The Tournament Committee claims no responsibility for accidents relating to weather, ice or road conditions or anything else related to the Derby. The Tournament is subject to cancellation (or temporary suspension) due to weather conditions. Cancellation decision will be made by tournament officials, US Forest Service, or Utah DWR. Anglers will be notified by Marine Band Radio and the Burbot Bash Mobile App.
    4. Fisherman using fee areas during any stage of the tournament will need a Recreation Use Pass.
    5. Participants using boats must sign and display the Mussel-Aware Boater Program Certificate of Decontamination Certification and follow all other Utah and/or Wyoming Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) regulations and protocols.  Any contest watercraft coming from out of the state of Wyoming into Wyoming, is required to undergo a mandatory inspection by an authorized AIS inspector prior to launching (http://gf.state.wy.us/web2011/fishing-1000218.aspx ).  Participants violating that regulation or any other AIS regulations will be disqualified.
    6. All contestants fishing in Wyoming must abide by all Wyoming Game and Fish regulations concerning fishing, aquatic invasive species and boating.  Any participant found to violate any Game and Fish regulation from 5 PM Friday until 11 AM Sunday will be disqualified.
    7. Linwood Bay west of a line from the easternmost point of the south shore of Linwood Bay (mouth of canyon) to easternmost point of north shore of Linwood Bay (Lucerne Point), is CLOSED to nighttime angling (sunset to sunrise) from Oct. 15 through 6 a.m. on the second Saturday of December.
    8. Tournament officials reserve the right to conduct checks to ensure the contestants are following all rules. Disqualified contestant(s) will not receive a refund of tournament fees, nor will they be qualified for any prizes.

    Opening and Closing Weekend Contests:

    1. Burbot must be checked in and scanned for internal tags during the scheduled check-in period. To qualify for opening and closing weekend contest prizes, all Burbot must be kept fresh. Burbot that are frozen, partially frozen, or otherwise determined “not fresh” by contest officials, will be disqualified for these prizes. We recommend fish be kept in a cooler to prevent them from freezing.
    2. After the Burbot are inspected by tournament officials, all contestants will be required to remove the tails of all Burbot prior to leaving the check-in station. The decision to accept or reject any fish by tournament officials is final.
    3. To participate in either of the weekend events, the Team must be present during registration or for pre-registered teams the Captain or one team member must check-in to receive the team’s packets and be eligible for Prizes. A team member must be present to collect non-cash prizes.  Non-cash prizes will be awarded to another team if a team representative is not present. Cash prizes will be awarded even if the winner is not present and will be mailed to the Team Captain.

    Tagged Fish Contest:

    1. To qualify for tagged fish prizes, fish must be scanned by a contest official at a designated scanning station. Frozen fish can be scanned for tags and are eligible for the tagged fish contest only.
    2. To participate in the tagged fish event, the Team must be present during registration or for pre-registered teams the Captain or one team member must check-in to receive the team’s packets and be eligible for Prizes. Cash prizes will be awarded even if the winner is not present and will be mailed to the Team Captain.

    Scanning:

    1. Fish can be scanned for tags at designated scanning stations during the opening and closing weekend events, and at the official scanning station(s) during specified hours between the weekend events (location(s) still to be determined).  Fish can be scanned at the scanning stations through the end of the event regardless of when the fish are caught.
    2. Burbot scanning stations for Saturday, November 16, 2013 and January 25, 2014 will be the Rodeo Grounds in Manila and at least one Wyoming scanning station that is yet to be determined.  There will be only one Final scanning station on Sunday, November 17th and Sunday, January 26th.  All burbot must be scanned and checked-in at the Manila Park Pavilion near the Rodeo grounds.  Fish will be scanned from 8 am-11am. No fish will be scanned after 11:00 am January 26th.

    PUBLICITY RELEASE
    By participating in the Burbot Bash each participant irrevocably grants the tournament organizers and their respective successors, assigns, and licensees the right to use such participant’s name, likeness, and biographical information and any photos that may be submitted to the Website in any and all media for any purpose, including without limitation, advertising and promotional purposes, where permitted by law, and hereby release the Promotion Entities from any liability with respect thereto.

    Signed Acknowledgement Must be Received by Flaming Gorge Chamber of Commerce or Daggett County. Please register online or download, print, sign and return form.

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