Tournament Rules, Fees, & Payback Info
The Southeastern Catfish Club promotes friendly competition between its members during our tournaments, and it’s important that each participant be respectful toward your fellow competitors and display proper conduct throughout the event. Club tournaments are open to anyone that wants to compete, so consider yourself a member when participating in your first tournament. Our only requirement is that your boat is properly equipped to keep fish alive and healthy throughout the event. Even though tournaments are a major part of the club’s function, the promotion and education of Catch, Photo, Release (CPR) is a critical part of our mission. Club members are required to follow CPR during tournaments and encouraged to preach it to others in our community. It’s the only way to sustain our fisheries for future generations to enjoy many years to come.
Family and friends are encouraged to participate at our tournament weigh-ins. Thank you for your cooperation with the tournament rules, and we look forward to seeing you at the next event!
Brian Snipes & Josh Coggins
The Southeastern Catfish Club tournament rules are to provide a fair and equal playing field for all participants. Participants are expected to follow all tournament rules. Rule infractions are subject to disqualifications or permanent ban from club tournaments and events. All decisions regarding compliance with and interpretation of these rules will be made by the tournament directors.
- Southeastern Catfish Club tournaments are team events. Each team consists of members aboard a single boat. There is no limit to the number of team members a boat can have during a single tournament. The points system as it relates to team members will be described in the section below.
- A membership fee of $10 will be required for each angler above 18 year of age and is good for one (1) season.
- No one is allowed on tournament waters eight (8) hours prior to tournament start time except to catch bait with a cast net or ultra light tackle.
- Chumming prior to a tournament or fishing in a known baited or chummed hole of strictly prohibited.
- Signup will begin two (2) hours prior to the tournament start time. A captains meeting may be called prior to start of the tournament if required.
- Livewells, bait tanks, and coolers will be checked at signup. Failure to comply will result in disqualification from the tournament.
- Teams must compete from a boat. If a team member must exit the boat during tournaments hours for any reason, fishing must be suspended.
- All boats will leave the launch site at the designated blast-off time. No trailering or saving of spots will be allowed.
- Participants may not fish within 150 feet of another participant’s anchored boat.
- A maximum of ten (10) rods per boat may be used at one time.
- All fish must be caught on rod and reel. No catfish may be taken by jugs, limb-lines, or trotlines.
- Any commercial or natural bait will be allowed. The use of natural bait must comply with state and local fishing regulations.
- The use of stringers, ropes, or bags for keeping catfish alive is strictly prohibited. No exceptions. No fish that has been stringered will be weighed. All fish must be kept in a livewell that is equipped with a functional aeration system. Components should include fresh water pumps, re-circulation pumps, bubblers, agitators, or an oxygen system.
- All boats must be in the weigh-in line thirty (30) minutes after the tournament end time.
- The following species of catfish may be weighed; blue, channel, flathead, white, or bullhead.
- A team limit of three (3) fish per boat must be weighed in alive on Lake Wateree and Fishing Creek. Lake Wylie will have a 2-fish weigh-in.
- Due to the new North Carolina blue catfish state law effective August 1st, 2016, tournaments on Lake Wylie will have blue catfish restrictions. Teams with 2 or more anglers can weigh-in 2 blues over 32 inches. Single man teams can only weigh-in 1 blue over 32 inches. This rule does not apply to flatheads or channels.
- Anyone caught or seen discarding expired fish at the launch or weigh-in site will be disqualified from the tournament and suspended for one (1) year from club events on the 1st offense. 2nd offense will result in permanent ban from Southeastern Catfish Club events.
- Club members are required to follow Catch, Photo, Release (CPR) of trophy fish outside of club events. Tournament directors have the discretion to ban any club member from participation in club events if a member does not follow CPR.
- Only containers and totes provided by the Southeastern Catfish Club at the weigh-in may be used to transport catfish from the livewell to the scales. No nets, coolers, bags, or buckets are allowed.
- In case of a tie for total weight, the team with the biggest fish will earn the higher place. If a tie remains, a coin flip will decide the higher place.
- Any protest must be submitted in writing within fifteen (15) minutes of the announcement of the final results. The submission must include the team and the rule that was broken. Rulings will be made by the Southeastern Catfish Club directors, and their decisions are final.
- In case of extreme weather conditions, the Southeastern Catfish Club reserves the right to postpone or cancel the event.
- Teams must comply with all local and state fishing and boating regulations. Use of PFDs and kill-switches are strongly encouraged by all competitors. Proper fishing and boating licenses are the responsibility of tournament participants.
- The Southeastern Catfish Club, its directors, or entrants are not and will not be responsible for any accidents or injuries at any Southeastern Catfish Club tournament or event.
- By participating in tournaments and events, you agree to have your name and photo on our website or other publications and media.
- Team may be required to take a polygraph test before the tournament results are final. Any team having a member who fails or refuses to take a polygraph test or whose condition does not permit administration of a test due to the use alcohol or drugs will be disqualified from the tournament. Tournament directors have the authority to select any number of tournaments during the season to conduct a polygraph. The tournament directors will allocate $400 from the tournament entry fees to pay for the polygraph tests.
Tournament Fees & Payback Info
Entry Fees & Payouts
Entry Fee: $100 (10% set aside for Points Championship Fund)
Big Fish (optional): $20 (10% set aside for Big Fish of Year Fund)
Tournament Winners Payout: 1st 60%, 2nd 30%, 3rd 10%*
Big Fish Winners Payout: 1st 70%, 2nd 30%**
*In case of a tie, the tournament winner will be based on higher weight of the Big Fish. If a tie still remains, the 1st and 2nd place winners will split the combined prize money.
**In case of a tie, the big fish winner will be based on the higher total weight.
Points Champion & Big Fish of the Year Payouts
Points: 1st 60%, 2nd 30%, 3rd 10%
Big Fish:1st 100%
The tournament directors will allocate $200 from the total tournament entry fees to support the tournament operation fund.
Season's Championship Points System
The season’s points championship race will be determined by the total points accumulated per team throughout the year. A team can be created at any point during the season. A team must create a unique team name, be limited to a maximum of four (4) members, and designate a captain. No new team member can be added throughout the year. Any original team member can participant in a tournament and win points for their team. An angler can fish with another team, but no points will be awarded to the team for that angler.
Points will be rewarded to teams based on finishing position. Points are awarded to each team that enters a tournament and weighs in at least one fish. The breakdown for each tournament by finishing position are:
1st – 30
2nd – 28
3rd – 26
4th – 24
5th – 22
6th – 20
7th – 19
8th – 18
9th – 17
10th – 16
11th – 15
12th – 14
13th – 13
14th – 12
15th – 11
16th – 10
17th – 9
18th – 8
19th – 7
20th – 6
Remaining spots will be awarded 5 points each.
1st Big Fish – 5 bonus points
2nd Big Fish – 2 bonus points