Metroplex Bass Assassins By-Laws

Article I – Name and Purpose

Section 1:  Name

This club shall be known as Metroplex Bass Assassins.  Our members are located in and around the Dallas / Fort Worth Metroplex, with the club based in Keller, Texas.  

Section 2:  Purpose

To stimulate public awareness of bass fishing as a major sport.  To offer our state conservation department our organized moral and political support and encouragement. To promote full adherence to all conservation codes and to demand adequate water standards. To detect and report any polluter and call public and political attention to his/her crime.  To improve our skill as bass anglers through a fellowship of friendly exchange of expert bass-catching techniques and ideas, and to promote and encourage youth fishing and a love for this great recreation.  To function as a dynamic and effective link with other clubs of the state B.A.S.S. Nation, embracing the principles and purposes of B.A.S.S. R

Article II – Membership

Section 1:  Number of Members
The club shall begin with and maintain at least six (6) members.

Section 2:  Requirement for Regular Membership
To become a club member, a person shall:

Voluntarily express a genuine interest in membership.
Be a member of B.A.S.S. (See ARTICLE VI for affiliation requirements.)
Be a member of the State B.A.S.S. Nation.
Be recommended by two members at a regular monthly club meeting.
Be voted on by the membership.  Vote shall be made by secret ballot and affirmation shall be unanimous.  
Be sixteen (16) years of age.

Section 3:  Requirements for Junior Membership*
To become a junior member of an adult club, a person shall:
Voluntarily express a genuine interest in membership.
Be under sixteen (16) years of age.

*Junior members are not required to pay national membership dues and are not entitled to the benefits of a regular member.  The acceptance of junior members will not affect a club’s liability insurance policy.  Junior members may not hold office in an adult club nor may they be voting members.  At age 16, junior members may continue membership by joining the club as a regular member.  Junior membership ceases on a person’s sixteenth (16th) birthday.

Section 4:  Membership Dues
The membership dues shall be $95 annually, initially payable upon being voted into the club. $40 of which shall be for club dues, $30 of which shall be for B.A.S.S. Nation dues,  and $25 of which shall be Texas Bass Nation state dues.  A B.A.S.S. membership dues is also required at the current rate.  (See ARTICLE VI, Section 1 for state affiliation requirements.)

Section 5:  Meetings of Members
The membership shall hold regular meetings, on the first (1st) Wednesday of every month.  These meetings shall be held in various locations, rotating between 3 areas, the I-635/Plano area, the Mid-Cities/Arlington area, and the north Fort Worth area, the purpose is to ensure that all members essentially will be doing an equal amount of driving over the course of each year.

ARTICLE III – Officers, Elections, Vacancies, and Eligibility
Section 1:  Officers shall conduct the affairs of the club in a manner consistent with these bylaws.  In addition, the State B.A.S.S. Nation Board Members and Officers are not permitted to hold positions within any other B.A.S.S. Nation – type organization that is not affiliated with B.A.S.S.

Section 2:  Officers and their Duties
The officers of the club shall consist of:
President:  Preside over all meetings and direct all official business.  Appoint and be an ex-officio member of all committees.  Supervise all club functions.  Be the stand in for the vice president if he/she is not available during the weigh in of scheduled club, fun, or open tournaments hosted by the club throughout the year.  He/she shall also be the Youth Chairman, who will organize all youth activities and programs.  Coordinate youth events and start a Junior Bassmaster Club when the club is ready for this sponsorship.
Vice President:  Act as program chairman, assist the president in his/her duties and preside in the absence of the president. He/she shall also take charge of the weigh in of scheduled club, fun, or open tournaments hosted by the club throughout the year, in essence, the tournament director.  As such, his duties will also include scheduling the dates, times, and launch sites of the voted in lakes for all tournaments.  Measures and weighs fish, maintains club scales and weigh station, entry fees and dispenses winnings at each scheduled club, fun, or open tournament during the year.  Furthermore, due to his/her involvement as the tournament director, he/she will also serve the club as the conservation officer, who will serve as liaison between the club and state and national conservation/environmental agencies.  Plan club conservation projects and attend all meetings and hearings.
Secretary:  Maintain accurate minutes of all regular and special meetings as called for by the club president.  Maintain regular liaison between the club and the B.A.S.S. and the state B.A.S.S. club.  To work with the treasurer in planning our annual banquet / Christmas party, and award ceremony.
Treasurer:  Collect and disburse all monies.  Maintain accurate financial records and present a current balance report at each regular meeting.  Prepare an annual audit for the review by the club board of directors.  To work with the secretary in planning the annual club banquet, Christmas party and award ceremony.    

Section 3:  Elections
The election of officers shall be held annually, at a regular meeting during the month of December.  Election shall be by simple majority of members present.  Election for each officer shall be held separately in the order listed in ARTICLE III, Section 2.

Section 4:  Eligibility of Vote
Each member is entitled to one vote.  Proxy votes are not permitted.  

Section 5:  Term of Office
The term of office is for one (1) year, which shall begin on January 1st and end on December 31st or until the successor assumes the office and duties.

Section 6:  Vacancies
In the event of an office becoming vacant, nominations shall be asked for and an election held to fill the unexpired term of the individual vacating the office at the next regularly scheduled club meeting, following the announced vacancy.  It will be the responsibility of the club secretary to formally notify the National B.A.S.S. headquarters immediately upon the change of any officers.

Section 7:  Eligibility for Holding Office.
To be eligible for an office, a member must:

Have been a member for six (6) months.  (Six months’ requirement waived during first 12 months of club existence.)
Have attended at least 75% of the club meetings and 75% of the club functions during a twelve (12) month period.
Have shown an active interest in all club functions.
Maintain current B.A.S.S. membership.

ARTICLE IV - Standing Committees
All standing committees will serve for one year or until a new committee is appointed. The terms of the committee members will coincide with that of the president.  Each committee shall elect a chairman.

Board of Directors:  The board of directors will consist of seven (7) members:  president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, immediate past president providing available, and/or enough at large members to total seven (7), the at large members elected by majority vote of the members present at the December meeting. The president will call all meeting of the board of directors and preside at such meetings. The secretary will record the minutes of these meetings. The board will rule on all tournament rules infractions, club bylaws violations, and all protests when appropriately received. The board will develop agendas for the monthly meetings.

Youth Committee:  The purpose of this committee shall be to plan, organize, and implement a club youth project; to introduce young people to the goals of B.A.S.S.; to give them a basis of respect for our national heritage and an appreciation of the basic rules of honesty, integrity, fair play, and good sportsmanship; and to give them an introduction to the sheer joy of fishing.

Conservation Committee:  The purpose of this committee shall be to protect our natural environment from harmful change; to document and report to the proper authorities violations of local, state, and federal antipollution laws, statutes, regulations, ordinances, and other regulatory devices; to take legal action where appropriate; to undertake informational and educational programs to bring public awareness of threats to our environment; and to take a leadership role in repairing the harm that has already been done to the life giving waters of America.

Tournament Committee:  The purpose of the tournament committee shall be to plan, organize, and operate all club tournaments. The tournament committee will draft tournament rules, which then must be approved by the general membership.  The committee will keep tournament records, enforce all tournament rules, investigate all protests concerning tournaments and make recommendations to the board of directors.

ARTICLE V – Removal of Membership

Section 1:  Removal of Membership
Members may be dropped from the membership roll for the following reasons:

Failure to pay dues, which includes failure to keep their B.A.S.S. membership current.
Any action that would reflect dishonor and disgrace on the club and/or B.A.S.S.
Failure to attend 50% of club meetings and 50% of club functions during a 12-month period.
Disqualification for any reason from participating in B.A.S.S. sponsored events, including disqualification for use of drugs or alcohol.
Military deployment exempt.
Removal of a member must be the result of a majority vote of active club members.

ARTICLE VI – Affiliation

Section 1:  Requirements for Affiliation
Approval of club charter by B.A.S.S.
Update B.A.S.S. with club membership roster once a year.  Annual update cycle begins each year on Nov. 1.  B.A.S.S. Nation membership is not on a calendar year.  The membership is from October 1st through September 30th of the following year.
Names and addresses of new members joining the club during the year must be submitted on line to B.A.S.S. as they occur.  (See ARTICLE II, Section 3, for dues requirements.)
Maintain 100% B.A.S.S. membership.
Must affiliate with the state Nation and support it’s conservation and youth programs.  Any additional requirements that the state establishes for clubs, such as memberships, dues, attendance at meetings, etc., would be necessary for the club to participate in the state qualifying tournament(s) and any other Nation sponsored tournaments or events.

ARTICLE VII – Method of Amending the Bylaws
Section 1:  Amending the Bylaws
The bylaws may be amended at any regular meeting by a two-thirds vote of the members present, provided written notice of the proposed amendment has been presented to the membership at least one regular meeting prior to the vote.
Metroplex Bass Assassins Tournament Rules
Section 1 – Tournament Director and Co-Tournament Director –
Per the Club Constitution, the Tournament Director duties fall under the office of the Vice President. The Co-Tournament Director shall be the club president.  It shall be the duty of the Tournament Director to ”Implement the provisions of these by-laws, which pertain to the planning, and conducting of the Club’s tournaments.” Act as the presiding tournament official and may act as a judge or delegate that responsibility. Submit the tournament results after each tournament to the Webmaster and the Webmaster shall maintain the cumulative tournament record and point standings.  Perform all other duties as may properly and ordinarily relate to such-office and as may be delegated to him by the Board of Directors. Properly secure the tournament prizes and distribute at the end of each tournament. Along with the Tournament Committee (Officers of the Club), shall make all decisions necessary and fitting to carry out the Club’s regular fishing tournaments.

1.1 - Officers of the club cannot be held liable for accidents of any kind related to all reasonable aspects of fishing in a club sponsored event or tournament.

Section 2 – Schedule - The schedule shall be established by club vote by the end of the prior scheduled year. The Club will fish no less than 12 (twelve) tournaments per year.

2.1 - Officer Lake Selection - Officers of the club will be allowed to pick one (1) lake each during the annual lake selection process. Officers will also be able to participate in the additional lake selection process along with the rest of the ‘active’ club members.

2.2 - Tournament of Champions lake selection - The AOY for the previous season will select the Tournament of Champions (ToC) lake for the following year from the lakes selected by the club. Excluded will be all team tournaments. Participants will fish the regularly scheduled tournament and pay all assoicated tournament fees. Qualified ToC participants will fish the ToC Tournament as a side pot tournament based on payout schedule in section 5.4 below.

Section 3 - Payout Schedule - Tournament fees will be $40.00 per person per boat or $80.00 per team per boat for team tournaments. 2-Day events will follow the $40.00 per person for the entire tournament.

3.1 - Payout Schedule - The club will keep $5 of all entry fees. Additionally, $5 of the entry fee will go towards the Big Bass Pot. The remaining will be dispersed as follows:
1-15           50%, 30%, 20%                    1st Place - 100%
16-25         45%, 25%, 20%,10%           1st Place - 75%, 2nd Place 25%
26-40         40%, 25%, 20%,10%, 5%    1st Place - 75%, 2nd Place 25%

MBA Payout Schedule

3.1.1 - In the event of a tournament in which no fish are weighed, all entry fees will be rolled over into the pot for the next tournament.

3.1.2 - In the event of a tournament in which only one person or team weighs fish, they will only get the 50%, 1st Place payout plus the Big Bass pot and the remainder will carry over to the next tournament. If only 2 participants weigh fish, then 20% (30% if greater than 16 entries and less than 25, greater than 25 entries) will roll over into the next tournament. If only 3 participants weigh-in fish with 16 or more entries, 10% will carry over (15% if over 25 entries).

3.1.3 - In the event of a tie, the following will be used to break the tie in the following order:
Largest fish
Total number of fish
If still tied, then the position earnings will be split evenly

3.1.4 - Heaviest stringer will decide a tie on big bass

3.1.5 - All prize money will be paid at the ramp following the conclusion of the weigh-in and the tournament being deemed ‘closed’ by the Tournament Director.

Section 4 – Safety - Each member participating in a club sponsored tournament shall conduct himself in a safe, courteous, and sportsman-like manner. Each contestant is required to wear a Coast Guard approved life preserver anytime the boat is on plane. The kill switch (if equipped) must be attached to the boat operator any time the boat is on plane. Due to inclement weather, the tournament director may shorten the tournament hours or cancel the tournament for the safety of its members.

Section 5 – Eligibility to Participate - Any member in good standing of the Metroplex Bass Assassins Club may fish in any tournament upon payment of the proper entry fee. A non-member may fish in 2 (two) tournaments per calendar year as a guest of a member in good standing. This same non-member may not fish as a guest of another member in the same Club tournament year.  Non-members must fish in the same boat with the inviting member of the Club.  Non-members must pay the proper entry fee in order to participate in any Metroplex Bass Assassins Club tournament.  

5.1 - Metroplex Bass Assassins Member Only (non BASS) - Members will be voted on by the members in attendance at the monthly meeting. This will be an 'open' vote. The prospective member will need to be voted in by a majority vote (show of hands) in order to become a new member.

5.2 - Top 6 Participation - The Club will send a minimum of 1 (one) team of three boats to the annual Fun N Sun Top 6 tournament. The club will subsidize “Team 1” for an amount not to exceed $300 and is intended to cover the entry fee for “Team 1”. “Team 1” will consist of the top six points earners, individual or team, that will fill a three boat team. The Club will pay the entry fee for Team 1. In the event The Club roster allows more than one team to participate, “Team 2” will consist of the next 6 points earners individual or team in the standings. Team 2 will pay the entry fee and all other expenses accrued for the Top Six. Any money or prizes won by Top 6 participants are theirs to keep. The determination of Top 6 participants will be made after the July Tournament. If any qualified members choose not to participate, the next qualified individual will be invited until the teams are full.

5.3 – Pairing of Contestants - The club encourages the 'pairing' of all contestants for all club tournaments. The Tournament Director will make a 'best effort' attempt to pair Boaters with open back seats with non-Boaters. Boaters can declare their partner at the time they indicate participation in a tournament. Open back seats will then be filled based on current AOY standings, starting with the highest ranked non-boater. If, after the pairing efforts have been exhausted, and there is still an open back seat, that boater can fish solo.

5.4 - Tournament of Champions - Members who fished in at least four (4) events, placed in the top ten in the AOY points, win first place heavy stringer at any club tournament, big bass of the year, and the lady angler of the year are eligible to participate in the Tournament of Champions held the following year. There will be no entry fee for each participant and the Club will contribute an amount of $200 as the purse for the ToC tournament. Payout will be: 1st - 50%, 2nd - 30% and 3rd - 20%. There will be NO Big Bass pay out.

5.5 - Pay to Play - A member can pay the entry fee for any tournament to the Tournament Director in advance of a tournament. Should the member not participate in that tournament, he/she foreits their entry fee, but the member would receive the minimum AOY points of 60.

5.6 - A Junior angler may participate in club sponsored tournaments so long as they fish with their parent/guardian. The Junior angler will only be eligible for the Big Bass pot and will be required to pay $5 dollars per tournament that will go towards the Big Bass pot. Junior anglers total weight will be recorded and AOY points will be tracked for the year they participate. Upon turning 16 years of age, the Junior angler will need to convert to a standard club member and will then be required to pay the defined tournament fees a standard club member.

Section 6 – Tournament Rules - The following general rules apply to all regular Club tournaments:

6.1 - All Federal, State, and Local laws, as well as TP&W (Texas Parks & Wildlife) rules and regulations must be observed. Any violations of the rules by an individual or team will be subject to penalty or disqualification by the tournament director.

6.2 - The tournament will be held based on the schedule set forth by the voting club members and published by January 1st of each year.

6.3 - Only Largemouth, Smallmouth, and Spotted Bass will be weighed. State and lake rules apply to the size limit. The Club measuring ruler will be the official measuring board used by the Tournament Director. All bass must be of legal length based on the TPWD regulations for the lake being fished. Fish will be measured with mouth closed and tail squeezed to produce maximum length. For all tournaments, the minimum size fish allowed at weigh-in will be 12 inches for all non largemouth species and will also be applied to all slot lakes for all species.

6.4 - The Tournament Director or assisting Tournament Committee member(s) must check all bass at weigh-in

6.5 - Any fish not of legal length at the time of weigh in will be disqualified and the fisherman will be assessed a one (1.0) pound penalty per disqualified fish. There will be a one-half pound (.5) penalty for each and every dead fish brought to the weigh-in. If the big bass to be weighed is dead, a one-half pound (.5) penalty will be subtracted from the big bass weight.

6.6 - All tournament participants must be at the weigh-in site at the time of weigh-in. The weigh-in site is considered within the No Wake buoy of the designated tournament launch area or ramp parking lot in the event the participant “trailered”. A late penalty of 1 (one) pound per minute will be assessed on the total tournament weight up to 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, the total catch will be disqualified. You will receive “show up” points only, even if your total weight is below 0

6.7 - No more than 5 bass can be in a contestants live well at any one time during a tournament. Culling MUST be done when a larger fish is caught when already in possession of a limit. Culling of dead fish is not allowed.

6.7.1 - In the event that a slot lake is selected as a Team Tournament lake, Texas Parks & Wildlife rules pertaining to the number of ‘over the slot’ fish retention will apply. In the case of a Team Tournament where an individual participates, each team will only be allowed to retain ‘over’ fish as though the team was an individual. If there are no single participants, then TPWD rules will apply and both team members can retain fish per TPWD rules for the lake.

6.8 - Fishing is allowed from boats only

6.9 - Fishing is allowed only on the designated tournament lake.

6.10 - No fishing is allowed from outside your boat or within 50 yards of an anchored or tied boat with its trolling motor in the stored position without the express permission of its occupants unless they are blocking a right of way.

6.11 - Boats will be allowed to trailer to another boat ramp on the designated lake. All boats must check-in at the designated tournament launch site and will not be allowed to leave until 30 minutes before the actual launch time of the tournament, giving everyone the same opportunity to get to a location on the body of water. You will not be allowed to leave the ramp area you launch from until the official launch time of the tournament.

6.12 - All contestants are encouraged to notify the Tournament Director that they have concluded their tournament day. Should a contestant leave the tournament early, they are encouraged to leave a note on the Tournament Director’s vehicle or contact them by cell phone. If a contestant shows up late for a tournament and leave early without paying the entry fee, that contestant or team must pay at or before the next club meeting. Failure to do so will result in loss of membership.

6.12.1 - Late arrival live well check - If a member shows up late for the launch, it is their responsibility to locate an officer of the club on the lake and ensure that a live well check is conducted prior to first cast. Failure to do so will result in that contestant/team being disqualified.

6.13 - All fish must be caught on artificial baits by casting

6.14 - No trolling with the big motor is allowed

6.15 - All fish must be transported to and from the weigh-in line in a bag filled with water.

6.16 - It is up to the participant to determine their big bass and ask to have it weighed.

6.17 - Start and stop times for each tournament will be posted with the annual schedule. Start and stop times can be modified by the Tournament Director during the course of the year. If a start or stop time is modified, the new times will be posted to the club’s website as well as an email notification distributed to all active members at a minimum of 1 (one) week prior to the scheduled event. The Tournament Director will have final say on times.

6.18 – There will be NO “OFF LIMITS” times set on any body of water that the scheduled club tournaments will be held.  In regards to B.A.S.S. Nation and Texas B.A.S.S. Nation tournaments, their “OFF LIMITS” rules, if any, will apply.

6.19 - Launch location, Start time, and weigh-in times for each Club tournament will be set as part of the annual posted tournament schedule and can be modified if necessary due to unforeseen lake conditions, other major events going out of same launch site or the need to relocate the scheduled tournament lake. All changes will be communicated no later than 1 (one) week prior to the scheduled date of the tournament.

6.20 - No alcohol may be consumed during tournament hours. This will result in disqualification.

Section 7 - Protests - All protests must be submitted to the Tournament Director within 15 minutes of the last fish weighed in.

7.1 - The available members of the Tournament Committee will arbitrate tournament protests

7.2 - The Tournament Committee will determine the merit of the protest

7.3 - The contestant making the protest and the contestant in question will remain at the tournament site until the Tournament Committee has reached a decision

7.4 - Once a decision is made, the matter is closed and will be given no further consideration

Section 8 - Standings - The Club will use a point system to determine Angler of the Year (AOY), Annual Club Championship tournament and for determining eligibility of participation in the Top 6 tournament. The Webmaster shall maintain and publish individual club standings on the web site.

8.1 - Standings will be determined as follows:

8.1.1 - We will use a points system for year to date standings. The winner will receive 100 points plus his weight for that day, 2nd place 99 points plus weight. If you zero out you will be receive 60 “show up” points. If it is a team tournament both partners will receive the same points.

8.1.2 - Members will drop one (1) lowest score tournament per year.