BYLAWS OF THE LUGOFF BASSMASTERS (updated 9/07/2016)
This chapter shall be called the Lugoff
pursuant to the provisions of the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society.
Our purpose is to
create among fellow anglers, and
the public in general, an awareness of our chapter and
contributions to American angling, conservation and outdoor
recreation. To encourage and instruct the youth of our
in the art of bass fishing. To pledge ourselves to full
to all conservation codes and to detect and report polluters of our
a) Promote and
share camaraderie with fellow anglers.
b) Improve our
skills as bass anglers through the exchange of expert bass catching
techniques and ideas.
public awareness of bass fishing as a major participation sport, as
well as a relaxing and healthy past time.
d) Offer our
organized, moral, and political support and encouragement to our state
e) Promote full
adherence to all conservation codes.
adequate water standards and legal enforcement of existing regulatory
g) Detect and
report any polluter, call public and political attention to his/her
both private and governmental studies into any reason why fishing on
our lakes and streams is deteriorating, and to have them seek solutions
for restoring and
maintaining top bass fishing conditions
for ourselves,for our
children and their children.
i) Promote and
encourage youth fishing. (Kids don’t go fishing, they are
fishing) Instill at any early age an interest and love for
great recreation of angling.
and promote fishing tournaments to help stimulate public interest in
Membership is unlimited.
Requirements for new
express a genuine interest in membership, and the basis on which our
chapter was established.
recommendation for membership by a member in good standing during a
regular monthly meeting.
member will report to the club treasurer to be entered into an
associate membership at which time the initial membership fee of $35.00
d) Fish one
club tournament with an active club member.
e) Be voted on
by the club membership. Vote shall be by secret ballot and in
accordance with Article VI. This perspective member will be
excused and will not be present
during the vote for his/her
into active membership.
f) Must be a
member of B.A.S.S. or submit for membership to be eligible for Federal
membership dues shall be
$155.00 payable in the following manner:
a) An initial
payment of $85.00 will be due during the month of August for existing
members. For new members it will be due upon their acceptance
as an associate member.
additional club dues of $70.00 maybe paid in full, or set up on account
and paid in 7 consecutive monthly installments of $10.00 and paid in
full by the March tournament.
Club dues are paid by active members; associate members do
dues until they are voted into active membership.
c) New members
may not be required to pay the full $155.00. New associate
members will the initial fee of $85.00 as outlined in (paragraph a),
after being voted into active
membership he/she will paymonthly
membership dues of $10.00 until the membership has paid the
annual $155.00 or until the start of
the new tournament year which ever is less.
a) Members will
be set-up on account in good faith for payment of dues to the Chapter
for his/her membership, non-payment will not be tolerated.
that become 60 days or more delinquent will not be eligible to accrue
meeting or tournament points until the account is made current.
"Lost points are not
that become 90 days or more delinquent may result in the dismissal of
membership from this Chapter.
d) The only
exceptions for delinquency will be for those members that have formally
filed a valid leave of absence through one of the club officers.
ELECTIONS, ELIGIBILITY, TERMS AND VACANCIES
– The President shall have the usual powers of supervision
management which pertain to his/her office as well as the following
over all meetings and
direct all official business.
meetings are held on a
regular elections are
held. (Art. IV, Sec. 2).
and be an official
member of all committees.
Supervises all club functions.
Countersigns all meeting
minutes and financial reports.
President – The Vice President shall assist the President and
assume duties of the President during his/her absence as well as the
1. Act as
an official member of
the tournament committee.
2. Act as
a liaison between all
responsible to the President
for the cost analysis and coordination of all Chapter activities.
– Act as custodian of all Chapter correspondence and records
well as the following duties:
Maintain a list of names,
addresses, and phone numbers of all club members and associates.
over all meetings in
the absence of the President and Vice President.
the President and Vice
President when necessary.
minutes for all
meetings called for by the Chapter President.
Maintain regular communications
and act as liaison between the Chapter and B.A.S.S. and the South
Carolina Bass Federation.
and distribute meeting
agenda prior to all meetings.
Coordinates and produces a
– Acts as record keeper and responsible agent for all
business transaction of the Chapter as well as the following duties:
Maintain all Chapter financial
Collects, deposits, disburses,
and receipts all monies, excluding regularly scheduled tournament
Prepares accurate financial
reports to be included as part of the meeting minutes during each
Prepares an annual audit for
review by the Chapter Board of Directors, which consists of all Chapter
Director – Presides over the tournament committee, to plan,
organize and operate all Chapter tournaments.
The elections of club officers shall be
annually during the July meeting. Elections shall be by
majority of members present. Election of each office shall be
held separately in order as listed in Article IV, Section I.
Eligibility to Vote
Each active member is entitled to one
vote for each
agenda item. Proxy votes are not permitted.
4: Terms of
The term of office is for one year,
begin on August 1st, and end on the last meeting day of July or until
the successor assumes office. Original slate of officers
serve until the last meeting day of
following July. The
interim period from August until November should be used as a
transition period to allow for a smooth and integral transition from
and to offices. The term of office for the Secretary and
Treasurer will be two years,
with elections for each office held every
In the event of an office becoming
nomination shall be solicited and an election held to fill the
remaining term of that office. B.A.S.S. headquarters shall be
notified immediately of the change in any office.
Eligibility for Office
To be eligible for holding any office
a) Be a active
member in good standing with the Chapter.
b) Have held
Chapter membership for a minimum of six months.
attended at least 75% of the Chapter meetings and functions.
d) Have shown
an active interest in all other Chapter functions.
All standing committees will serve for
one year or
until a new committee is appointed. The term of the committee
members will coincide with the terms identified in Article IV Section 4.
Committee –The purpose of the tournament committee shall be
to plan, organize and operate all chapter tournaments. The
committee will keep tournament records, enforce all tournament rules
and investigate all protests concerning tournaments and make
recommendation to the chapters general
membership. The committee has the authority to alter any
scheduled date, start and end times,
landing and/or lake for any
proposed by any club member if the proposal is deemed to have merit by
majority of the committee. Any change will be determined by a majority
the change by the committee. The committee also has the authority to
determine if a member requesting to fish an abbreviated tournament will
allowed to do so.
The tournament committee will consist of :
members at large.
Events Committee – Any and all functions for which there is
designated committee established. The Special events
will consist of:
members at large.
The Quorum shall consist of the active
members present provided that a minimum of 51% of the total Chapter
membership is present.
a) The President
will not vote in an open forum except in the event that the vote
results in a tie. The President will then carry the deciding
b) The only
time the President may vote in an open quorum is for the acceptance of
Regular Chapter meetings will be held on
evening the week prior to each scheduled tournament. The
officers will be responsible for notifying members in the event that
any changes occur to prevent scheduled meetings.
president may request unscheduled meetings as needs or situations
b) The Chapter
meeting will be held on Wednesday night the week before the scheduled
c) The Chapter
year will begin August 1st and end on July 31.
a) Approval of
Chapter bylaws by B.A.S.S.
B.A.S.S. with a Chapter membership roster once each year, immediately
following the election of new Chapter officers and directors.
c) Names and
addresses of all new members must be submitted to B.A.S.S. as they
occur. The necessary forms are included in the B.A.S.S.
d) Maintain a
100% B.A.S.S. membership.
e) Support the
State Federation, Conservation, youth programs and any additional
requirements that the State Federation establishes for chapters such as
meetings, etc…. that would be necessary in order
for the Chapter to participate in the State
Federation qualifying tournament and
other Federation sponsored
tournaments and events.
IX LEAVE OF
Any member in good
standing may request a leave of
absence when there is a reason that will preclude their attendance for
90 days or more, all requests must be in writing. A Leave of
Absence form should be used when ever possible.
a) A leave
of absence may be used
to project a
member’s nonavailability for 90 days or more, but not to
a leave of absence
exceed a 12 month period
the following requirement must be met:
1) Fish one club tournament.
2) Individual must then be voted back
under Art. III, Sec. Item (f).
All guests sixteen (16) years of age of
pay tournament fees; excluding Chapter Progressive Tournament
fee. All guests, children (under 16 years of age) may fish
tournament prizes excluding progressive if desired.
Any active member may submit amendments
Chapter Bylaws and Tournament Rules in the form of a written
request. Submissions or request for change must be in the
Identify if your request is to
change, delete or
ad to the document in question.
Identify the Article (s),
section (s), or rule (s)
that are relevant to your request.
why you think the
change needs to be made,
i.e. how it will help the Chapter, or how it is hurting the Chapter.
a copy of your request
to one of the club
There will be no open floor discussions until the request has been
submitted in writing and included as part of the scheduled meetings
itinerary. At which time it will be presented to the voting
quorum for discussion and voting as long as there is at least 51% of
the Chapter membership present.
“Sportsman of the
Year” will chosen by
the general membership of the club at the June meeting of each
year. Each member will vote by secret ballot for the person
consider who has contributed the most to the well being of the club as
whole. “Angler of the Year” will be
determined by the
member who has accumulated the most points at the close of the club
year. In case of a tie, the biggest fish of the last
together by the anglers that are tied will determine “Angler
the Year”. “Big Fish” by the
weighed during the scheduled tournament year.
This document will become effective upon
adoption by the voting quorum identified in Article VI at a scheduled
meeting, and is subject to final review by B.A.S.S. This
will be reviewed annually. Amendments will be identified and
submitted under Article XI.
In the event the membership determines
need, nor the desire for this Chapter no longer exists, it will be
desolved. Dissolution in accordance with this provision will
require the same formalities with respect to notice and number of votes
required to pass the motion as required to amend this
Should dissolution ever be required prior to dissolution of the Chapter
all obligations will be liquidated. Any remaining assets will
towards sponsoring a social function, or will be donated to an
organization of the memberships choice.
Lugoff Bassmasters will
fish the scheduled
dates of each tournament and will meet on Wednesday prior to a
Members, not able to attend the
meeting, must inform one of the tournament committee members prior to
the scheduled meeting if they intend to fish
that meetings tournament. Members that have
indicated they will
fish the upcoming tournament and are not bringing a guest must enter
boater/non-boater draw to be eligible to fish the tournament.
member unable to fish an entire tournament and desires to fish as a
be allowed to forego the draw provided that the Tournament Committee
advised of the member’s circumstances and has approved the
approval is granted under the preceding stipulation the
member will not be allowed to bring a guest.
Extremely bad weather or water conditions can
cancel or change the scheduled site, any changes will be announced by
the Tournament Committee prior to
assembling at the tournament meeting place.
more non-boaters than
boaters are fishing,
unpaired non-boaters will then be paired and required to rent a boat at
their own expense. The same non-boaters will not be
subjected to this rule until
all non-boaters have rented a boat.
more boaters than
non-boaters are fishing,
unpaired boaters have the options of bringing a guest, fishing alone or
being paired with another boater.
6. No club
member will fish with
the same person two
consecutive tournaments. On a two day scheduled tournament,
members will fish with their partner for the same days. A
member bringing a guest to a two day tournament, also fishes with this
for the two days. No member may bring a guest at two
consecutive tournaments and no more than two guests a year.
If the members guest joins the club, that guest is not charged against
member. Unpaired boaters that elect to bring a
guest after the draw will not be
subject to the two consecutive rule. Members who leave the
club in good standing, retain the option to visit the club as a guest
without being sponsored by a club
member and fish two tournaments a year incurring tournament
expenses (i.e. boat and
towing vehicle gas)
will be shared equally. A $20.00 minimum per day
must be paid by the no-boater. Non-boaters who elect to
drive directly to the
launch site are still responsible for this
minimum fee. The $20.00 per day
must be paid to the boater by the non-boater prior to
the start of each
tournament. If costs (gas for boat or vehicle) are greater
the minimum will cover, the boater will notify the
non-boater prior to the end of the scheduled
tournament. The boater and non-boater must notify their
respective partner if they are to meet at he launch site.
have the responsibility to ask the boater what their
tournament. It is the boater's decision whether or not
rules and regulations must be observed at all times. Any
violation will constitute immediate tournament
Not wearing a personal floatation device (PFD) while the boat
is on plane will result immediate disqualification from the tournament.
Tournament boats must be
equipped with a
functional safety kill switch with lanyard attached to the boat
operator. Livewells will be checked if
you are fishing
alone by a designated tournament committee member.
Failure to do so will
result in a disqualification of the boater in that tournament.
will be no shotgun
starts, all starts will
be approximately 10-15 seconds apart according to your drawn position.
Consumption of alcoholic
beverages is strictly
prohibited during tournament hours, which includes the meeting place
time until tournament partners separate.
Unsportsman like conduct will
tolerated. First time will result in tournament
second time removal from the club. The Tournament Committee
club officers will have the final decision.
All fish will be
retrieved from the deck of
Artificial lures only may be
greater than 8 ft. in length are prohibited, and only one rod may be
used at a time.
minimum of 50 yards will
boats that are anchored, and trolling motor raised.
17. A five
(5) fish limit per
person with 14 inch
minimum length (except where 12" in accordance with SC state
law). A penalty of .25lbs per dead fish will be
assessed at weigh-in.
Culling: You must cull to the
club limit of five
(5) fish whenever the sixth (6th) fish is caught. When the
fish is brought into the boat, one must be culled to maintain the 5
fish limit before the next cast or moving the
boat. Over 5 fish will result in that day’s catch
(1) pound per minute of
total weight will be
deducted in you are late for weigh in up to 15 minutes, after 15
minutes will result in disqualification.
fish will be released at
location. The only exception will be a trophy fish over 8
that may be retained for mounting, the dead fish penalty will
apply to this fish. Any dead fish may be retained by a club
member for consumption.
Tournament playback schedule
will be 1st place
50%, 2nd place 30% and 3rd place 20% paid at the tournament location
upon completion of weigh-in. All ties will be broken by
fees for each tournament will be $20.00
for most weight and $5.00 for tournament big fish.
Progressive Big Fish Pot will be $2.00 per
tournament. The pot will roll over until a fish of 5 lbs. or
greater is weighed in. All members entering the
Big Fish Pot will be obligated for all fees until the pot is paid out,
even if they do not fish a tournament. All fees are due at
the current tournament meeting no money
will be accepted after that point, with the exception of
members who could not attend the tournament meeting.
Withdrawal from the
pot must be submitted in writing, and all fees paid will be forfeited.
will be awarded to
active and associate
members in the following manner:
a. 10 points
for meeting attendance.
b. 10 points
for big fish. (Ties for big fish till be broken by total weight, then
total number then coin toss.)
c. 250 points
for 1st place, 225 points for 2nd
place, 200 points for 3rd place, 175 points for 4th place, 150 points
for 5th place.
d. Sixth place
through twenty-fifth place will have
five point separation, with sixth place being 145 points and
twenty-fifth place being 50 points.
~ 145, 7th ~ 140, 8th ~ 135, 9th ~ 130, etc.)
e. Members who
do not catch fish will be awarded 40
points for participating in the tournament.
will be deducted in the following manner:
a. 10 points
for failure to show at the meeting place
or launch site on time. Prior notification is not subject to
b. 100 points
for failure to show for a scheduled
tournament in which you stated your intent to fish and tournament fees
will be forfeited. The Tournament
Committee will evaluate the
points deduction case by case. (Emergencies,sickness, etc).
c. Failure to
show for a scheduled tournament in
which you stated your intent to fish will result in an immediate
disqualification for the participant at the tournament.
Protests may be filed verbally
or written to the
Tournament Committee before the closing of the scales. All
decisions of the Tournament Committee are final.
club will fish at least
one tournament as a
team tournament. Points and money will be shared