DICK HILEY
ST. JUDE BASS CLASSIC

Friday, May 5 – Sunday, May 7, 2017

Wabasha, Minnesota

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The Dick Hiley St. Jude Bass Classic was founded in 1997 by a group of anglers from Minnesota and Wisconsin. This inspirational tournament unites their two passions, fishing and raising money to support the kids of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, where families never receive a bill for treatment, travel, housing or food — because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.

Each year, anglers come together in Wabasha, MN to enjoy two full days of fishing on the Mississippi River. This passionate group of anglers fundraise year-round for the tournament and have raised over $2.3 million since 1997 to support the lifesaving mission of St. Jude. Join us for the 19th annual tournament on May 5 – 7, 2017.

Register

$350 entry fee until April 1
$400 entry fee after April 1

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Fundraise

Participating anglers raised $341,000 last year.
Let's top that in 2017.

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Host

Host a fundraising event in your hometown for an even bigger catch.

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Each team must meet a $500 fundraising minimum to participate in the tournament.

Schedule of events

  1. Time
    Activity
    Location
    4 – 5 p.m.
    Team check-in
    Slippery's Bar and Grill
    10 Church Ave.
    Wabasha, Minn.
    5 – 6:30 p.m. Mandatory tournament rules meeting
    Slippery's Bar and Grill
  2. Time
    Activity
    Location
    5:30 a.m. Boat check in (breakfast and snack packs provided) Launch site
    6:30 a.m. All participants must be boat  checked with tournament officials
     
    7 a.m. Tournament begins
     
    3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Weigh-in
    Ike's Park
    5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Tournament Banquet Dinner
    Slippery’s Bar and Grill
  3. Time
    Activity
    Location
    5:30 a.m. Boat check in (breakfast and snack packs provided) Launch site
    6:30 a.m. All participants must be boat-checked with tournament officials
     
    7 a.m. Tournament begins
     
    3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Weigh-in
    Ike's Park
    4:30 p.m. Tournament award ceremony
     

Tournament information for anglers

 
  1. Insurance policy

    All contestants using their boat in the tournament must have a copy of a “paid in full” current boating liability policy. You must have a minimum of $300,000 liability to participate in this tournament.  Contestants are checked at random and all winners will be required to provide proof of insurance. Anyone without insurance will be immediately disqualified.

  2. Tournament rules

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    I. RULE CHANGES

    The following changes have been made to the 2016 tournament rules.

    III. B. Friday, May 1 is official practice day. All boats must be on a trailer
    by 3 p.m. NO EXCEPTIONS. The tournament days are Saturday and
    Sunday, May 2 and 3.

    IV. The pre-tournament meeting will be held on Friday, May 1, 2016 at a
    location to be determined. Check-in will be from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.,
    with the meeting beginning at 5 p.m. One representative from each
    team must be present by 5 p.m. Doors will close at 5 p.m. The
    meeting is mandatory for each team. NO EXCEPTIONS. Flight and boat
    positions to be determined at this meeting.

    VII. All contestants using their boat in the tournament must have a copy of a
    “paid in full” current boating liability policy with a minimum value of
    $300,000, (waivers and binders will not be accepted) with them throughout
    the tournament. Contestants checked at random, and all
    winners, will be required to provide proof of insurance. Any-one
    checked without insurance will be immediately disqualified.

    II. PARTICIPATION AND ELIGIBILITY

    A. Participation as team entry. At least one partner of each team
    shall be 21 years of age or older. Those anglers under the age of 18
    years must have written consent of parent or guardian.

    B. Each contestant must possess a valid state fishing license.

    C. The Invitational reserves the right to refuse entry to any team who
    has been barred from other Tournaments for rules violations or
    unsportsmanlike conduct. Determination will be made by
    Tournament Director only.

    III. TOURNAMENT FORMAT

    A. Entry Fee: The entry fee for the tournament is $350 per team if
    received by April 1. Beyond April 1, the fee is $400 per team. This
    is non-refundable. Entries must be in the tournament director’s
    possession no later than Friday April 27, 2016. Beyond that
    date applications will be rejected.

    B. Friday, May 1 is official practice day. All boats must be on a
    trailer by 3 p.m. NO EXCEPTIONS. The tournament days are
    Saturday and Sunday, May 2 and 3.

    C. Weigh-in will take place at the Wabasha Ramp. Boxing of bass or
    moving of fish from one location to another during pre-tournament
    practice is prohibited and will result in immediate disqualification.
    The Tournament officials will have the right to board tournament boats,
    during practice and on the tournament day, to check livewells, etc.

    D. Payback is over 100 percent of entry fees plus cash and prizes.

    IV. PRE-TOURNAMENT MEETING

    The pre-tournament meeting will be held on Friday, May 1, 2016 at
    a location to be determined. Check-in will be from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.,
    with the meeting beginning at 5 p.m. One representative from each
    team must be present by 5 p.m. Doors will close at 5 p.m. The
    meeting is mandatory for each team. NO EXCEPTIONS. Flight and boat
    positions to be determined at this meeting.

    V. SAFETY

    A. Each competitor must observe safe boating conduct at all times.

    B. Each angler is required to wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved chesttype
    life preserver which is fully secured whenever the main
    combustion engine is running.

    C. All competitors must have an emergency ignition shut-off device
    securely attached to the driver’s body whenever the combustion
    engine is in operation.

    D. All boats must be a minimum of 14-feet in length. Stick steering is not
    allowed. No barges or similar cumbersome craft will be permitted.
    Each boat must have all required U.S. Coast Guard safety equipment.
    Boats shall contain a properly aerated or re-circulating livewell
    space to maintain a live limit of bass.

    E. Use of and/or possession of alcohol or drugs (other than those
    prescribed by a licensed physician, or purchased over the counter),
    during the Tournament is prohibited; this includes the time prior to a
    teams weigh-in. Violation of this rule may result in disqualification.

    F. The Tournament Director retains the right to delay, cancel or restrict
    Tournament Waters in the case of severe weather.

    G. The Tournament Director reserves the right to disallow the use of
    any boat and/or motor he deems unsafe, inappropriate, or unsuitable
    for use in competition. The Tournament Director’s decision in this
    matter is final and may be made at any time.

    H. During practice and during the Tournament, contestants must follow
    and obey local ordinances governing the river, including speed limit
    laws and no wake zone. Any contestant issued a ticket by a law
    enforcement agency will be disqualified.

    VI. SPORTSMANSHIP

    A. All contestants are expected to follow high standards of sportsmanship,
    courtesy, safety and conservation. Any infraction of these fundamental
    sporting principles may be deemed cause for disqualification.

    B. Maximum courtesy must be practiced at all times, especially with
    regard to boating and angling in the vicinity of non-competitors who
    may be on Tournament waters. Violators of this rule will be disqualified.

    C. The use of mobile communication devices, including, but not limited
    to, cellular telephones, marine radios, walkie-talkies, CBs, etc., during
    tournament hours are prohibited except in emergency (severe weathers,
    etc.) or to communicate with lockmasters.

    D. During the tournament days, anglers may not obtain or receive fishing
    information and/or assistance in the catching of fish from a noncompetitor.
    Competitors may not follow a non-competitor’s boat or
    allow a non-competitor to anchor and/or hold spots for competitors.
    Competitors may not engage in the practice of paying non-competitors
    to practice fishing for them. Violation of this rule or intent of this
    rule will result in disqualification.

    VII. INSURANCE

    All contestants using their boat in the tournament must have a copy of
    a “paid in full” current boating liability policy with a minimum value
    of $300,000, (waivers and binders will not be accepted) with them throughout the tournament. Contestants checked at random, and all
    winners will be required to provide proof of insurance. Anyone checked
    without insurance will be immediately disqualified.

    VIII. PERMITTED FISHING METHODS


    All bass must be caught live and in a conventional sporting manner.
    Only artificial lures may be used with the exception of pork trailers. Only
    one fishing rod may be used at a time. Trolling as a method of fishing
    is prohibited.

    IX. PERMITTED FISHING LOCATIONS


    A. Mississippi River, Pools 4 and 5 from lock and dam 3 at Red Wing to
    the lock and dam 5. The lateral boundaries are the main railroad
    tracks running north/south on the Minnesota and Wisconsin sides of
    the river. Contestants may fish anywhere accessible by boat, within
    the boundaries, except areas designated by federal, state, local officials
    or Tournament Director.

    B. All angling must be conducted from the boat. At no time may a
    contestant leave the boat to land a fish or to make the boat more
    accessible to fishing waters. The boat must remain in the tournament
    waters during the Tournament day. Contestants must leave and
    return to the official checkpoint by boat, and must remain in contact
    with the boat at all times except in the case of dire emergency.

    X. OFFICIAL CHECKPOINTS


    Teams who fail to arrive at the official check-in location by the time
    established at the rules meeting will be held for inspection until all other
    boats have been released.

    XI. SCORING

    Scoring shall be determined by the pounds and ounces of each team’s
    catch during the Tournament. LARGEMOUTH and SMALLMOUTH BASS
    will be the only accepted species. The tournament limit shall be six
    bass per team. The minimum length of the bass shall be Fourteen (14”)
    inches. Any team who possesses more than the legal limit or
    brings more than 6 fish into the Wabasha Municipal Harbor
    weigh-in area shall be immediately disqualified. Bass presented
    for weigh-in which fail to measure the prescribed length violate
    Minnesota and Wisconsin Fish and Game Regulation and will result in
    disqualification of the days catch. NO CULLING STATE LAW.

    XII. LIVE FISH


    Every effort must be made to keep the bass alive through the use of a
    properly aerated or re-circulated livewell. Four ounces shall be
    deducted from the total weight for each dead bass weighed in. Under no
    circumstances can a fish be purposely altered.

    XIII. LATE PENALTY


    Contestants who are not within the municipal harbor mouth at the
    appointed time shall have their day’s catch disqualified. All fishing shall
    cease upon check-in.

    XIV. TIES

    In case of ties, positions will be determined by: 1st tiebreaker – number
    of fish alive, 2nd tiebreaker – total number of fish, 3rd tiebreaker – big
    fish, and last tiebreaker – coin toss.

    XV. RULES AND INTERPRETATIONS

    A. Contestants will be responsible for knowing the Invitational rules as
    well as state and local rules and regulations, which pertain to the
    Tournament waters.

    B. All protests must be lodged with the Tournament Director within 30
    minutes of completion of daily weigh-in. Following interviews with
    concerned parties, a ruling will be made. The Tournament Director
    will interpret rules according to the spirit and intent of the rule and
    his decision in all disputes is final.

    C. Tournament Director reserves the right to polygraph any contestant.
    Contestant agrees to submit to a polygraph when signing the
    Tournament waiver. Winnings will be withheld pending results of
    the test.

    D. In the event rules infractions are brought to the Tournament
    Director’s attention at any time, and investigation proves a violation
    occurred, disqualification from the tournament could result. Also,
    cash prizes and awards must be returned if so requested.

    • $5,000 guaranteed first place
    • 150% payout to any team fundraising $1,500 and over
    • Payout to 20% of field
    • Additonal prizes will be awarded for Big Bass and Comeback Award winners

    Sample payout based on 80 boats:

    Place
    Base
    Bonus
    Potential total
    1st $5,000
    $2,500
    $7,500
    2nd $3,500
    $1,750
    $5,250
    3rd $2,500
    $1,250
    $3,750
    4th $1,500
    $750
    $2,250
    5th $1,000
    $500
    $1,500
    6th $900 $450
    $1,350
    7th $800 $400
    $1,200
    8th $700 $350
    $1,050
    9th $600 $300
    $900
    10th $500 $250
    $750
    11th $475 $237.50 $712.50
    12th $450 $225 $675
    13th $425 $212.50 $637.50
    14th $400 $200 $600
    15th $375 $187.50 $562.50
    16th $350 $175
    $525

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Sponsorship opportunities

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Presenting Sponsor - $15,000

  • speaking opportunity and check presentation during final weigh-in
  • one boat entry into the 2017 Dick Hiley St. Jude Bass Classic
  • speaking opportunity during dinner banquet
  • display banners at registration, dinner and weigh-ins
  • tabling opportunity for promotional materials during weigh-in
  • logo placement and sponsor recognition on all of the following:
    • more than 400 angler shirts and sweatshirts
    • more than 300 entry forms
    • all mailings
    • official event posters
    • all press release and media communication

Smallmouth Sponsor - $10,000

  • speaking opportunity during dinner banquet
  • tabling opportunity for promotional materials during weigh-in
  • display banners at registration, dinner and weigh-ins
  • recognition during banquet and weigh-ins
  • logo placement and sponsor recognition on all of the following:
    • more than 400 angler shirts and sweatshirts
    • more than 300 entry forms
    • all mailings
    • official event poster
    • all press release and media communication

Crappie Sponsor - $5,000

  • display banners at registration, dinner and weigh-ins
  • recognition during banquet and weigh-ins
  • logo placement and sponsor recognition on all of the following:
    • more than 400 angler shirts and sweatshirts
    • more than 300 entry forms
    • all mailings
    • official event poster

Sunfish Sponsor - $2,500

  • recognition during banquet and weigh-ins
  • logo placement and sponsor recognition on all of the following:
    • more than 400 angler shirts and sweatshirts
    • more than 300 entry forms
    • all mailings
    • official event poster

Request Sponsorship Information

Weigh-In Sponsor
Ranger
Committee

Corey Waller, Committee Chair

Troy Barrett
Matt Hall
Jason Holmer

Aaron LaRoque
George Liddle

Eric Ronningen
John Schlee
Glenn Walker

Questions? Please contact:

Melissa Bargmann
ALSAC/St. Jude
Melissa.Bargmann@stjude.org
(952) 715-4400
(888) 950-6466

Corey Waller
Committee chair
cwaller@robinsonoutdoors.com
(651) 214-8875