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Official Ruling from Boondooma!

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B.A.S.S. AUSTRALIA NATION
Monday, July 30, 2018

Sorry for the delay on the Berkley AOY official standings, and the Championship invites, we have had 2 major incidents that held up proceedings, one has been finalised and we would like to inform you of what happened involving a protest against Troy Boulton & Cameron Jones after last weekend’s Atomic Boondooma AOY Championship.Sorry for the delay on the Berkley AOY official standings, and the Championship invites, we have had 2 major incidents that held up proceedings, one has 

Sorry for the delay on the Berkley AOY official standings, and the Championship invites, we have had 2 major incidents that held up proceedings, one has been finalised and we would like to inform you of what happened involving a protest against Troy Boulton & Cameron Jones after last weekend’s Atomic Boondooma AOY Championship.

A protest was laid after the event, which was well within the rights of the competitor who did so, and we had come up with a conclusion that not only is fair and just it also is for the betterment of the sport. 

The rule breach was stated in page 8 & 9 of the rules booklet that states:

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18. COMPETITORS MUST REMAIN IN BOAT: 

During the competition days, competitors must not depart the boat to land fish or to make the boat more accessible to fishing waters. Boats must remain in tournament waters during tournament days. Competitors must leave from and return …………………………………………………………………………. making another cast.

Rules booklet can be found here.

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This was a very difficult discussion, as we had worked out multiple scenarios that happen in our tournaments and found that this rule really needs to be adjusted, and I will explain why.

As a tournament director and Director of the Company, by law my first and foremost responsibility is to make sure the company and sport is in good shape, any deviation to that wouldn’t be appropriate. The protest and ruling is right and to the letter of the rules and regulations Cameron Jones and Troy Boulton did go outside the spectrum of the official rules. included in that it seems every single angler who competed in this event and every other event of the year have also broken this rule on multiple occasions. 

Every time the pair splits for the weigh-in process and releases the fish back into the lake/river at different times the rule is broken, every time an angler gets out of the boat and puts a key tag on the board this rule is broken, every time an angler waits for a weigh bag away from the pro or co the rule is broken and every time an angler retrieves a the car to pull the boat out before the weigh-in process the rule is broken. I therefore would have to systematically penalise every angler that has weighed in this season, every angler that has retrieved their boat and every angler that has waited for a weigh bag ect, which would be unimaginably damaging to the sport and Pty Ltd company of B.A.S.S. Australia Nation.

In saying this we will be changing the rule to align with our sport in Australia, this is a rule we inherited from the U.S.A. parent company where they have a large budget and many people working within the tournament staff group, along with docks at every event.

I want to thank you all for your patience on this matter and look forward to hearing feedback from you in regards to this.

The penalty laid down was an official warning, as to single out 2 individuals in a series of hundreds would be unfair and unjust.

Thanking You

Drew McGrath