Two OPEN Events scheduled for 2016


2016 OPEN BUDDY TOURNAMENTS
 
These events are open to any 2 person team 
Entry is paid in cash the morning of the event
6 Bass limit- 15 inches in length  
Top places and big bass will be paid at each event 
These events are not associated with the Hot Rod Baits Bass Series
 
 
"Frosty Rods Tournament"  
Saturday, April 9th- Rock Creek Lake 9am-3pm
(Use the ramp just north of the beach area)
 
"Summer Sizzler"  
Saturday, August 14th- West Lake Osceola 7am-2pm
(use the main ramp next to dam)
 

A.  GENERAL Hot Rod Baits OPEN RULES

    1. Teams will consist of 2 anglers only
    2. Entry fee of $80 cash to be paid the morning of the event
    3. 6 Bass limit per team

B.   PAYOUTS

    1. The top teams will be paid after the weigh-in in cluding a Big Bass prize
    2. One payout per 4 boats entered
    3. Over 80% payout at each event

C.  BOATING AND SAFETY RULES
  1. Each contestant will conduct himself in a sportsmanlike manner.  Obey all state and federal boating safety laws.  Obey all conservation laws.  Persons guilty of violations may be expelled from future tournaments and possibly disqualified from this event.
  2. Extend courtesy to all people using the tournament waters; including recreational anglers on shore or in a boat.
  3. Passing of another tournament boater is to be done on the center side of the water.  (no passing on landside)
  4. No alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs will be consumed in the boats during the tournament hours.
  5. When a person enters the tournament or functions as a boater, he/she is thus stating that they are carrying liability insurance on their craft and all passengers, further protecting the organizers and himself from any liability issues, which may arise.
  6. Life vests are encouraged to be worn at all times, however it is not a tournament regulation, all DNR rules apply.
D.  FISHING RULES
  1. Fish may be taken by pole and line method, with use of artificial lures only, trolling for fish will not be allowed.
  2. No fishing within 20 yards of another boat
  3. Aerated live-wells are required on all boats. The use of a live well treatment to ease the stress placed on the contained fish during a tournament is a good way to ensure the future of fishing and should be the responsibility of the boater.
  4. Any angler/team that breaks any Hot Rod Baits Bass Series or Iowa DNR rule (ticketed) can be disqualified from the event and all further events.
  5. Nets are allowed to be used
E.  TOURNAMENT HOURS AND STARTING TIMES
  1. Tournament hours are listed as 9am-3pm for April event and 7am-2pm for August event
  2. It will be the responsibility of each contestant to check in with the Tournament Director at least 20 minutes prior to the scheduled starting time. The Tournament Director will keep the official time and will announce it prior to the start of the contest.
  3. Boats will be checked prior to the start of the tournament and marked for all to see.
  4. Boats will be started on an "ooze off" basis by the number chosen when entry fee is paid.
F.   WEIGH IN
  1. Contestants must be in the official docking area on time.  Late is late, and penalties will occur atone pound per minute late.
  2. Minimum length limit will be 15-inches on lakes, and 14-inches on the river, the length of the fish will be measured with the mouth closed. Any short fish weighed in will be released un-weighed and you will be deducted one pound per short bass.
  3. Weigh in will be conducted by the tournament committee members.  The tournaments will emphasize "DON'T KILL YOUR CATCH".  A penalty of one pound will be deducted for each dead fish weighed in.
  4. Scoring will be determined by pounds. One pound will be deducted for any fish weighed in dead.  Tournament committee members will have official say on measurements.  For any under-sized fish, 1 pound will be deducted from the contestant’s total of other legal fish (you may use the board to measure or courtesy check your fish, just ask).
  5. Largest bass will be weighed first. The contestant will pick his largest fish.  If a tie between places occurs, then the contestant with the largest bass will win the place in question. If a dead heat occurs, monies in question would be split equally between contestants involved. If there should be a tie for Big Bass, the contestant with the highest total weight will win the prize money.

Pro-Staff Members Qualify for BASS NATION Regional


Trent Beier and Greg Vance have both qualified for the Bass Nation Regional tournament next spring by finishing 2nd and 5th place respectively overall for the 2015 season.  Trent finished 3rd in the spring event and 5th in the fall event.  Greg had finishes of 12th and 7th.  Both men turned to Hot Rod Baits to bring them the high finishes in these events and others throughout the year.  Trent credits both of his top finishes to the Wig's Jig/Hot Rod Baits Jig Chunk combo and the Hot Rod Baits Big Craws.  Vance threw the Hot Rod Baits tubes to gather his great finishes this year.  
Note: Mike Luenberger, who placed 3rd overall reported using Hot Rod Baits also.
 
3 anglers using Hot Rod Baits to finish in the top 5 for the State of Iowa!!! 

 Trent Beier- Chicago, IL 

Greg Vance- Dubuque, IA

Loving and Tubandt WIN Team of the Year


Travis Loving and Dave Tubandt become the Hot Rod Baits Bass Series Team of the Year today by besting Ken Lunsford and Jimmy Gaard by 4 points.  Loving and Tubandt started the year with a 5th place finish at 12-Mile Lake, a win at Pool 10 of the Mississppi River, and finished the year with an 8th place finish to wrap up Team of the Year honors, the hardware and the $500 bonus!  CONGRATULATIONS!
 

Cranston and Markham WIN at Lake Belva Deer


Tom Cranston and David Markham won by a half of a pound today Lake Belva Deer.  On a day that 16 out of 19 teams brought in 5 or more keepers, it took exactly 15.00 pounds to win today.  Second place was Jeremy and Jon King with 14.50 pounds.  Third place went to Ken Lunsford and Jim Wiegand, they also caught the big bass of the event at 4.91#.  Randy Ellison and Savanna Lawson took 4th place with 13.35 pounds and rounding out the top 5 was Randy Hileman and Brett Nossaman with 12.97 pounds.  Congratulations to all the anglers who were able to enjoy a beautiful day on Lake Belva Deer.
 
Full standings on the "Tournaments" page: http://hotrodbaits.com/e107/page.php?36
 

Kary Ray scores a top 5 in the BFL using Hot Rod Baits!


PRO-STAFFER Kary Ray finishes 4th!!! Here's a couple bass from Saturday's FLW-BFL Tournament out of LaCrosse, Wisconsin. 

"Hot Rod Baits green pumpkin tubes were the nail in the bag at the end of the day. Switched up to smallmouth with 1 1/2 hours to go and put that stud in the bag to help get that 4th place finish. Thanks again to all my friends, family and sponsors." ~ Kary Ray