Shoals Area Crappie Association Rules 2019


1.       Annual membership dues are $30 per person, and are due before the first tournament of the season.  Children under age of 16 are exempt from this fee but must fish with a current or paying member.


2.       Registration times will be from 5:30am until 6:00am on the morning of each regular tournament.  Each regular Tournament Entry Fee is $40 per boat and the Classic entry fee will be $50 per boat.  All participants must check in with designated SACA representative by 6:00am the morning of the tournament and pay entry.  Members may email, call or text the president by 7pm the Thursday before tournament and let him know they will be fishing and can pay entry at weigh in. If teams do not notify President prior or non-members will be required to pay the morning of tournament at designated weigh in site between 5:30am and 6:00am.  Non members may also join and pay tournament fee at this time.  All Paticipants must sign a waiver before entry into the tournament.


3.       Fishing start times will be 6:30 for each tournament, and all tournament fishing times end at 2:00 PM (any changes to fishing times will be published on the schedule ). You must be in the weigh-in line by 3:00 PM.  Teams may launch from any public boat ramp on the tournament lake and can be on their first fishing spot early, but they may not drop hooks into the water until the official Announced Start Time.  Fishing areas are limited to the navigable waters of tournament lake or impoundment that are open to public fishing and accessible from main lake. 

Tournament Entries may fish with up to sixteen (16) poles per boat with no more than 2 hook sets per pole.  No more than two people are allowed in tournament boats at any point during the tournament hours except for youth 16 and under, emergencies, assistance with boat troubles, or assignment of a tournament observer.  Cell phones, radios and any other form of electronic communication may not be used to get fishing information.  Electronic communication is allowed in the case of boat trouble, emergencies or personal, non-fishing related phone calls.


4.       Guest  Rule.  Each team may invite 1 guest 1 time to fish a regular tournament and receive points. Any guest after that will create a new team in points. If a team does use a guest the 2 man per boat does stay in effect ( only way 3 can be in boat is if one is 16 or under). Keep in mind a team must fish 4 tournaments for classic. Members may fish with other member if their normal partner cannot fish, the points and classic count will go to members boat they used.


5.       Weigh-in Rules. Teams must bring a maximum of 7 live crappie to the checkpoint to be verified.  Any dead or illegal fish will be removed then the team may proceed to the scales.  No dead fish can be replaced at checkpoint.


6.       Payouts will be based on the club's  Regular Tournament Payout Schedule.


7.       Overall Points Rules.  ***Updated for 2019 Season*** Overall points will be kept for the year, Teams will be recognized at the Awards Banquet.  Teams will receive the following points relative to their place of finish:  1st = 20, 2nd = 15, 3rd = 12, 4th= 9, 5th = 6, 6th= 3, 7th = 2, 8th-final team = 1.  Bonus Points:  If a team enters all points tournaments that team will receive an additional 5 points added to their end of year total points.  In event of final points tie, tie breaker will decided by big fish between teams tied. 


8.       Big Fish Rules.  Every boat is entered in the big fish pot upon registration.  This is not optional and is part ($5 per team) of the entry fee.  One Big Fish award will be made at each regular tournament.  Big fish award is the day's Big Fish Pot.  In the event of a tie the team with largest total weight will be the winner.

9.      Classic Qualification.  To qualify for the Classic Tournament, teams must have entered no less than 4 regular tournaments. Teams may pay  1 tournament entry fee to get their required 4.  Tournaments that were scheduled but not held do not count for or against a team.  ( See Payout sheet for Details.)


10.   In the event of inclement weather on tournament day, the Club President may cancel or postpone the tournament.  Decisions of cancelation and/or postponement are made soley for the safety of members.  Entry fees for canceled tournaments that are not rescheduled will be returned.

11.   The Tournament Director/Club President are in charge of all activities on tournament day.  At his discretion, teams may be subject to  boat checks prior to an event.  In the event a protest is lodged, the President will hear the complaint and make a decision if any rules have been broken.  Protests must be filed with the President on the day of the tournament.  Club President  decisions are final, there is no appeals process. 

12.  In general, we try to keep things as simple as possible but in the event a rule change  Is needed, a meeting will be scheduled and the rule change will be presented and voted on by club members present.

13. In the event of a tie at weigh-in or standings. The team with the 1 fish that weighs the most wins.  All teams will need to weigh a big fish in case of a tie.

14. All teams must have fun on the water this is the most important rule.  This club is not organized to make money, only to have fun on and off the water.  Any rule violations will result in disqualification from tournament.



Regular Tournament.

1. Entry is $40.00 per Team

2. Out of entry $5.00 goes to big fish and $5.00 goes to classic pot.

3. 1st is 50%, 2nd is 30%, 3rd is 20%.   Big fish is the $5.00x # of boats



1. Entry is $50.00 per team

2. Out of entry $5.00 goes to big fish

3. 1st  50% , 2nd 30%,  3rd 20%.  Big Fish is $5.00x # of boats.


End of Year

This payout comes from membership dues minus $40.00 web site fee and $75.00 cookout  and $5.00 per member toward big fish of year.

1st  50%,  2nd 30%, 3rd 20% 

Big fish:  1st 75% , 2nd 25%