21ST ANNUAL

DICK HILEY
ST. JUDE BASS CLASSIC

May 3 – 5, 2019

 
 
St. Jude patient Mason

St. Jude patient Mason with Dick Hiley St. Jude Bass Classic emcee Fat Cat Newton.

 

Join us for the 21st annual Dick Hiley St. Jude Bass Classic, celebrating 21 years of this unique fishing tournament that offers inspiration to all participating anglers.

Enjoy two full days of fising on the Mississippi River, weigh-ins and a dinner banquet featuring a local St. Jude patient family. Anglers will also have the opportunity to win payout at this year's tournament.

Over the past 20 years, this tournament has raised over $2.5 million for the kids of St. Jude. All proceeds from this event will benefit 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. 

Learn more about the history of the Dick Hiley St. Jude Bass Classic.

 
 

Tournament schedule

  1. Time
    Activity
    Location
    4 – 5 p.m.
    Team check-in
    Slippery's Bar and Grill
    10 Church Ave.
    Wabasha, Minnesota
    5 – 6:30 p.m. Mandatory tournament rules meeting
    Slippery's Bar and Grill
    10 Church Ave.
    Wabasha, Minnesota
  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
     
 

How you can participate

  1. Register for the tournament

    • $350 entry fee before April 1, 2019
    • $400 entry fee after April 2, 2019

    Online registration coming soon.

    Entry Fee

    Payment in full and entry forms must be postmarked by April 1, 2019 to qualify for the $350 early bird entry fee. All entries postmarked after April 2, 2019 will be required to pay the $400 entry fee. Please make all checks payable to St. Jude Bass Classic and send to:

    St. Jude Bass Classic
    c/o Eric Ronningen
    6556 70th Avenue NE
    Rochester, MN 55906

  2. Fundraise

    Over the past 20 years, participating anglers have made incredible strides in supporting the lifesaving mission of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. In 2018 anglers raised nearly $500,000, bringing the 20-year total to more than $2.5 million for the kids of St. Jude.

    Fundraising is a key component to this event. Your fundraising dollars ensure that no family ever receives a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food. In addition, it also determines the angler launch orders. Teams that place in the fundraising top 10 are guaranteed to be in the first flight. On day-one of the tournament, flights are determined by fundraising totals, day-two order is determined by day-one weight (top 10 fundraising teams will still remain in the first flight on day-two).

    Start Fundraising

    **Each participating team must meet a $500 fundraising minimum to participate in the tournament. Teams can raise money through side events, and through the online fundraising platoform. Anglers are encouraged to register online to create their personal pages to begin fundraising for the kids of St. Jude.

    Fundraising Ideas:

    1. Host an event: Download the event application
    2. Send solicitation letters to family and friends: Download donation letter sample
    3. Share your fundraising page after you register.
 

Information for Anglers
and participating teams

  1. Insurance policy

    Insurance is required for all participants. 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 checked at random, and all winners, will be required to provide proof of insurance.  Anyone checked without insurance will be immediately disqualified. 

  2. Tournament rules

    Download tournament rules

    I. PARTICIPATION AND ELIGIBILITY

    A. Participation as team entry. At least one (1) 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.

    II. TOURNAMENT FORMAT

    A. Entry Fee: The entry fee for the tournament is $350 per team if received by April 2. Beyond April 2, 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, 2018. Beyond that date applications will be rejected.

    B. Friday, May 4 is official practice day. All boats must be on a trailer by 3:00 pm. NO EXCEPTIONS. The tournament days are Saturday and Sunday, May 5 and 6.

    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.

    III. PRE-TOURNAMENT MEETING

    The pre-tournament meeting will be held on Friday, May 4, 2018 at Slippery’s Bar & Grill. Check-in will be from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm, with the meeting beginning at 5:00pm. One representative from each team must be present by 5:00 pm. Doors will close at 5:00 pm. The meeting is mandatory for each team. NO EXCEPTIONS. Flight and boat positions to be determined at this meeting.

    IV. 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.

    V. 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 non-competitor. 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 noncompetitors to practice fishing for them. Violation of this rule or intent of this rule will result in disqualification.

    VI. 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.

    VII. 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.

    VIII. 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.

    IX. 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.

    X. 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 (6) 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.

    XI. LIVE FISH

    Every effort must be made to keep the bass alive through the use of a properly aerated or re-circulated livewell. Four (4) 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 on day 2, positions will be determined by: 1st tiebreaker – team fundraising total, 2nd tiebreaker – day 1 weight, 3rd tiebreaker – coin toss. *Or gentlemen’s agreement

    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

  3. Payout

    For teams to qualify for the $20K first place payout, teams must raise a minimum of $5,000. The enhanced payout is only for first place, the team that places second (and so on) will return back to the tournament’s original payout structure with the bonus payout being offered to teams that fundraise $1,500+. Each participating team must meet a $500 fundraising minimum to participate in the tournament.  

    Base Pay Multiplier (if team fundraises $1,500+) 1st Place Bonus (if team fundraises $5,000+) Possible Total Payout
    $5,000 $2,500 $15,000 $20,000
    $3,500 $1,750 N/A $5,250
    $2,500 $1,250 N/A $3,750
    $1,500 $750 N/A $2,250
    $1,000 $500 N/A $1,500
    $900 $450 N/A $1,350
    $800 $400 N/A $1,200
    $700 $350 N/A $1,050
    $600 $300 N/A $900
    $550 $275 N/A $825
    $525 $262.50 N/A $787.50
    $500 $250 N/A $750
    $475 $237.50 N/A $712.50
    $450 $225 N/A $675
    $425 $212.50 N/A $637.50
    $400 $200 N/A $600
    $375 $187.50 N/A $562.50
    $350 $175 N/A $525

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Sponsorship opportunities

  1. Benefits include:

    • speaking opportunity and check presentation during final weigh-in
    • one boat entry into the 2019 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
  2. Benefits include:

    • 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
  3. Benefits include:

    • 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
  4. Benefits include:

    • 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

For more information on becoming a sponsor, contact

Gretchen Simon
Gretchen.Simon@stjude.org
(952) 715-4400

 

About the Dick Hiley St. Jude Bass Classic

  1. History of the tournament

    The Dick Hiley St. Jude Bass Classic was founded in 1999 by a group of anglers from Minnesota and Wisconsin. This inspiration tournament unites their two passions, fishing and raising money to support the kids of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The first tournament, hosted at Treasure Island Resort and Casino, raised over $11,000 and has grown to be one of Minnesota’s biggest charity fishing tournaments.

    Since 2006, the tournament has been held in Wabasha, MN, at Slippery’s Bar and Grill, home to the movie “Grumpy Old Men.” The City of Wabasha and community members have shown unwavering support of this tournament and the kids of St. Jude.

    Each year, anglers come together with their fundraising dollars to enjoy two full days of fishing on the Mississippi River. The anglers fundraise year-round for the tournament and to date have raised nearly $2.7 million to support the lifesaving mission of St. Jude

    Important dates

    1999 – 1st annual tournament raising $11,000

    2006 – 8th annual tournament – anglers fundraised over $100K in that year – tournament moved to Wabasha, MN

    2011 – 13th annual – “The Million Dollar Year” – fundraising totals to date surpassed the $1 million mark

    2013 – 15th annual – anglers fundraised over $200K in that year

    2015 – 17th annual – anglers fundraised over $300K in that year

    2017 – Anglers raised over $370k – highest total to date

  2. Photos from the Dick Hiley St. Jude Bass Classic 1998 – 2017

 

Committee

 
 

Committee Chair
Corey Waller

Troy Barrett
Matt Hall

Aaron LaRoque
Eric Ronningen

John Schlee
Alison and Chad Springer 
Glenn Walker

 

Questions? Please contact:

Gretchen Simon
ALSAC/St. Jude
Gretchen.Simon@stjude.org
(952) 715-4400

Corey Waller 
Committee chair
cwallerbass1@hotmail.com 
(651) 214-8875

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