Tournament Rules


All boats will leave in order of registration the first day and the second day the order will be reversed.

All decisions of the Tournament Director are final and not subject to appeal.

The Carl Perkins Bass Classic Tournament Committee reserves the right to disqualify any applicant for any reason.

  1. No consumption of alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs during tournament hours or during weigh-in.
  2. All boats must meet Coast Guard specifications. You must have life jackets on anytime the boat is on plane. Boat horsepower must not exceed the limit listed on the placard placed on the boat by the manufacturer.
  3. Artificial baits only, with the exception of pork trailers. Trolling is not permitted. All bass must be caught alive in a conventional manner.
  4. Boat must have adequate live wells to keep a limit of fish alive. Each dead fish will result in an 8 ounce penalty. You are NOT allowed to cull a dead fish.
  5. Each team may only weigh 5 fish. Fish will be measured on a Gold Rule Board with mouth closed. Short fish will be thrown out and penalized one pound per short fish.
  6. Size limit for largemouth, smallmouth, and spotted bass will be 15 inches.
  7. All boats leaving the Perryville Marina must immediately proceed to the weigh-in area at the fairgrounds without delay. Number of fish and alive fish must be recorded at ramp before leaving for fairgrounds.
  8. Anyone checking in after weigh-in time will receive a penalty of 1 lb. per minute. Anyone more than 15 minutes late will be disqualified for that day.
  9. Culling MUST begin on the sixth fish. Returning to the check-in with more than 5 fish is a violation. If you have more than 5 fish when you are checked, the tournament director will cull to the limit, starting with the largest fish first.
  10. Competitors must stay at least 50 yards away from any competitor who is first anchored with trolling motor in the upright position.
  11. All angling must be done from the boat. Tournament waters shall consist of KY LAKE ONLY. NO LOCKING is ALLOWED. Contestants must leave and return to the official checkpoint by boat. Contestants cannot leave the boat to land a fish or to make the boat accessible to more water. If there is equipment failure, there are two options: (1) be towed back by anyone or (2) you may ride back with any other competitor, with your fish clearly marked or in another bag. Otherwise, your catch will not be counted for that day.
  12. Polygraph test will be administered and any participating team may be subjected to test on any competition day. The top three place winners shall be tested.
  13. Protests must be submitted in writing within 15 minutes of the final call to the scales for that day.
  14. It is the responsibility of the boat owner to have the appropriate insurance and registration. Each contestant must also have a valid fishing license, and must obey all federal and state fish and game laws.
  15. By signing the entry form you agree to hold harmless The Exchange Club – Carl Perkins Center, the employees, heirs, and sponsors.
  16. Weigh-in both days will be at the Decatur County Fairgrounds. Any ties on the final results, in the money positions, will be decided by the heaviest one day weight.