PMTT RULES AND
The following are NOT
the complete rules for the PMTT events. It is each contestant's responsibility to read and understand
all of the PMTT rules and regulations.
1. All Contestants must be current PMTT members of at least eighteen (18) years
of age OR fish with a parent or legal guardian.
2. The entry fee will be $600.00 per Team, per Event. Trail Event entry fee is
$1,800 or a $100 per subsequent event ($300) total nonrefundable deposit. The
balance of each Event Entry Fee ($500.00) will be DUE NO LATER THAN 30
DAYS before said event. However, full entry fees ($600.00) per Team,
per Event will be accepted no later than 1 week before said event. Failure to
forward Event Balance Due in a timely manner, will result in either FORFEITURE
OF DEPOSIT for that Trail Event or loss of existing starting position and your
team will start at the end of the tournament field for each day of the event. If
there is a forfeiture of deposit the resulting Trail Event opening will then be
offered to the next Team eligible on the waiting list. Should you be unable to
attend an Event, your prepaid entry fee will be returned if we are able to fill
that Event. No entry will be accepted later than 1 week (Saturday)
before said event, unless approved by the PMTT.
3. A Team shall consist
of one (1) or two (2) persons and there may be no more than one (1) team per
boat. Contestants fishing alone on the team's behalf shall be considered as a
"Team" by payment of a full team entry. All points accumulated while fishing
alone on the team's behalf will be counted toward the Team's point total for the
year. If a contestant fishes in more than one event and has multiple partners
along the way, he will receive one half of the total points accumulated with a
partner and all of the points for any event fished alone. If said contestant
qualifies for the Invitational Championship he must fish it alone.
4. There shall be no
refunds of PMTT Event entry fees unless the following conditions are met: a.
Sufficient prior notice must be given by the prepaid Team of their inability to
attend said Event which shall allow Tournament Officials a chance to fill their
spot, AND; b. Said Team's place can be filled, which means that the Event field,
one hundred twenty five (125) paid Teams, shall be filled prior to the entry deadline
date of one week (Saturday) before the said event. Tournament Officials will
make every attempt to refill the vacated spot, including, but not limited to,
contacting persons on the PMTT waiting list.
5. PMTT Officials have
the right, for valid reason, to reject any Team entry.
6. Starting positions
will be determined as follows: a. All teams wanting to fish the entire trail (3
qualifying events) that send their entry before February 16th will be placed in
a drawing for starting positions. This will be your starting position for the
first day for each of the qualifying events. For the trail teams that send in
and make the February 16th drawing, on day two of each of the three qualifying
events the starting positions shall be reversed. b. All other entries received
that are not fishing all four of the qualifying events, regardless of the number
of events they fish, will be drawn next. This will be your starting position for
both days of each of the qualifying events. c. All entries received after the
February 16th drawing will acquire the next available starting position on a
first come first serve basis by the date received. Yes, these teams will likely
have a different position at each of the qualifying events in which they
REGISTRATION shall take place on the Friday immediately preceding the scheduled
tournament Event, at a location to be specified by PMTT Officials, between the
hours of 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. sharp. A MANDATORY PRE TOURNAMENT RULES MEETING, will
follow registration, and shall commence at 7 p.m. sharp! ALL CONTESTANTS MUST
REGISTER IN PERSON — I.D. REQUIRED. If, for compelling reason, as determined by
PMTT Officials, a Team is unable to attend this meeting, that Team may still be
allowed to participate in the tournament, providing that Team has given advance
notice of at least two (2) days before said meeting, and have received approval
from PMTT Officials AND AFTER that Team has had a thorough briefing of the Rules
by PMTT Officials at a time and place to be determined by them, which may
include AFTER THE START of the tournament day. Each contestant must sign a
WAIVER/ENTRY FORM before fishing any PMTT event.
8. Tournament Central,
and any other places designated by Tournament Officials, shall be used as the
starting area, and/or for other purposes as determined by Tournament Officials
for each Event day.
9. All Teams
participating in any PMTT, Ltd. Tournament Trail Event MUST allow daily
inspection of their boat. All tournament boats MUST pass boat and livewell
inspection at Tournament Central, or alternate starting points as may be
designated by Tournament Officials, to the satisfaction of Tournament Officials,
immediately before their starting position number is released to start the
tournament day. Assigned starting number stickers provided by PMTT MUST be
placed on both sides of the outboard motor cowling or as specified by PMTT
Officials for inboard motor boats in a manner that shall allow it to be seen
from a distance at all times. These items must remain in place throughout the
tournament. Failure to comply could result in disqualification and forfeiture of
that Event's entry fee. It is the Team's responsibility, after passing
inspection each day, to CONFIRM with Tournament Officials that their Team number
has been marked approved on the Official tournament registry.
10. Tournament hours
shall be 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday. There
shall be no fishing of any kind before the start of day one and between the end
of day one and the start of day two at each tournament. Tournament Officials
reserve the right to alter daily start and finish times, and if necessary, alter
or cancel dates of each Event day, due to severe weather conditions and any
11. Late Penalties. Any
team that is late shall receive the following point deductions, which shall
count against their point totals for that tournament and their point totals for
the year. Up to 1 minute late minus - 5 points. 1 to 5 minutes late minus - 10
points. 10 minutes or more late - lose all points for the day. If no points were
accumulated that day, 5 points shall be deducted from that event. Take off. Any
team that arrives late, after the last contestant boat leaves, can be
disqualified for that day.
boundaries shall be specified by PMTT Officials at the mandatory pre
tournament rules meeting.
13. For safety purposes
ONLY all teams must have a marine band radio and/or a cell phone on board to
participate in an event. (Marine band radios are recommended as cellular service
is not available in many areas.)
14. There shall be
NO ALCOHOL consumed by Tournament contestants immediately before the daily
starting times or during tournament fishing hours.
15. All fishing and
boating rules, regulations and licensing in effect in the State where the Event
is being held shall apply and be adhered to by all Event participants. It is the
contestants responsibility to know the rules and regulations of the State and
body of water they are fishing.
16. Only one (1)
fishing line AND one (1) lure per contestant is allowed in the water at any one
time, or 2 lines with 1 lure each per team if allowed by law on that body of
water, (for someone fishing alone as a team).
17. Neither live nor
dead natural bait shall be permitted.
18. During tournament
hours contestants MUST NOT leave the boat without checking out with Tournament
Officials at Tournament Central or designated checkpoints. Contestants must not
at any time place their boat on shore, except in inclement weather for safety,
or for special "site" circumstances, which shall be announced by Tournament
Officials at the pre tournament Rules meeting. Contestants must not, except
under pre announced special circumstances, position their boat or fish within
one hundred (100) feet of another boat of any kind. Permitted exceptions would
be Judge, Film or Press boats.
19. Motor trolling
shall be allowed where law permits motor trolling, and row trolling may be used
at any time. Contestants using such methods shall maintain a minimum distance of
one hundred (100) feet from all other boats AND shall not follow a trolling path
that will cause them to pass by a boat of casting anglers closer than two
hundred (200) feet. If a caster can reach any trolling boat with a cast, the
trolling boat's path is too close. Conversely, contestants that are employing
casting techniques may not motor in and cut off some fellow contestants trolling
paths closer than three hundred (300) feet. Consideration of your fellow
contestant shall contribute to the professionalism of the Professional Musky
20. CHEATING: Should
any contestant be caught cheating, it shall result in immediate disqualification
of the Team AND forfeiture of Event entry fee. Further, the Team shall be barred
from the Professional Musky Tournament Trail. In other word folks, we EXPECT and
DEMAND STRICT RULES AND COMPLIANCE in the interest of fairness, professionalism
and the sport!
21. When running big
motors above trolling speed, all contestants must wear Personal Flotation Device
(PFD) and use the appropriate motor kill switches. All
tournament boats must have all the Coast Guard required safety equipment.
22. The awards
presentation shall, at a place designated by tournament officials, begin between
the times of 3:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Sunday (time will be set at Friday
night's rules meeting). Prize awards shall be divided among team members. Places
will be determined based on the combined team total points accumulation of all
tournament qualifying fish, as spelled elsewhere in these rules, for both days
of the tournament event.
At the Awards ceremony on the final
day at each event the PMTT will draw one team from all of the participating
teams at that event. The team drawn will receive a Free Entry into
the next Qualifying Event. The team drawn must be present to win.
24. All PMTT events
that have less than a full field of 125 competing teams shall have the payout
amounts adjusted downwards based on a percentage figure determined by the actual
number of participating teams.
25. Failure of any team
to comply with any tournament rule may result in team disqualification and
forfeiture of the event entry fee and a review by Professional Musky Tournament
Trail, LTD. officials as to whether or not the team involved shall be allowed to
participate in future PMTT events.
26. Contestants shall
conduct themselves in a sportsmanship-like manner at all times, especially when
fishing near another boat or contestants.
27. Event winners may
be subject to a polygraph examination.
28. All contestants
shall cooperate with members of the press after tournament events for interviews
and photographs, and with Professional Musky Tournament Trail, LTD. for use of
names and photographs that may be used for publicity and advertising purposes.
No angler/s competing in
any PMTT event is allowed to have spotter boats or guide boats of any kind
assisting them with locations, information, presentation or details of any kind
during tournament hours and from the end of day one until the start of day two
of any PMTT tournament.
30. All rules
potentially have "loopholes". It is the intention of the Professional Musky
Tournament Trail, LTD. to conduct a fair, honest and professional tournament
trail. "Common sense" and "spirit of the rule" shall apply at all times. Should
any contestants have any questions about these written rules, those questions
should be resolved with Tournament Officials BEFORE the start of any event.
31. All decisions of
the Professional Musky Tournament Trail, LTD. Officials shall be final.
a. 30 (thirty)
points for a 34 (thirty-four) inch fish. (Size limits and points will be
adjusted higher or lower on some lakes with different size limits and
b. 1 (one)
additional point for each 1/4 (one-quarter) inch over said size limit.
c. Any measurement
falling “between” 1/4 inch marks shall be “rounded down.”
d. In addition,
there shall be 10 (ten) BONUS points for a “GOOD RELEASE.” A “good release”
is defined as a musky released “upright and healthy.” A good release shall
be at the discretion of the Judge or Tournament Official presiding over the
measurement and release.
e. All teams having
fished an event shall receive 10 attendance points good toward year end
point totals for the Invitational and Top Gun point totals.
f. Please see
below: NEW TOP GUN AND WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFICATION
Once a musky
is caught, keep the fish in the water (either in the net or livewell). DO NOT
put a fish on the floor of your boat. There shall be no further fishing by
either Team member, until the Judgment of that fish is complete, and the release
completed or the fish taken to Tournament Central or designated checkpoint.
There shall be no more than one fish at a time in a tournament contestant’s
Measurement may be taken
with the fish’s tail “pinched.” The fish shall be handled and placed on the
Judge or Tournament Official’s measuring board by the contestants. The
tournament Judge or Official shall then make his or her determination of LENGTH,
and shall ask for confirmation and agreement from the contestants. Once
agreement is made, the fish may be photographed if desired and placed in the
water beside the boat, with control of the fish being maintained by the
contestant. There shall be NO BONUS POINTS AWARDED, if in the opinion of the
Judge or Tournament Official, the release was not successful, i.e., the fish
would not remain upright on its own when the contestant released their grip on
the fish. Should the fish die, or the contestant decide to keep the fish, it
must be taken immediately to Tournament Central or a designated checkpoint.
There shall be a
TEN-POINT DEDUCTION from the total points scored for a fish that dies. Should a
fish die, that contestant shall be done for the day and the fish must be taken
immediately to Tournament Central or a designated checkpoint before that
contestant’s partner may resume fishing. The other team member may continue to
fish thereafter. The contestant that is done may assist his partner, but MUST
NOT be observed with a fishing rod of any kind in his hands, no shall there be
more than one fishing line in the water.
All judges will have
marine band radios. Any team that chooses not to transport a fish MUST have a
marine band radio to contact a judge to come to witness their fish.
All teams are
responsible for turning in their fish forums and discs at the end of each day's
checkout procedure on the water. Failure to turn in your fish forums and
discs at the end of the day checkout procedure on the water will result in those
fish not counting for the tournament that day.
All teams MUST have a
livewell of sufficient size to, in the opinion of the PMTT tournament judges or
officials, adequately handle the size of the fish being transported. If this
requirement is not met, there shall be no BONUS points awarded, even if the
release is apparently successful.
Consideration for the
fish’s and contestants safety is uppermost at all times. The PMTT recommends
that all contestants have marine band radios to contact judges for fish
registration rather than transport a fish, except in extreme weather or
extenuating circumstances that are in the best interest of safety.
TRANSPORTATION OF FISH ON SOME TOURNAMENT WATERS IS NOT ALLOWED. ANY TEAM THAT
TRANSPORTS A FISH WHERE IT IS NOT ALLOWED UNDER TOURNAMENT RULES WILL BE
In case of places not
claimed: In the event an insufficient number of teams catch fish to claim all
Fifteen places, the places not claimed shall be totaled up and divided equally
among the teams that did place in the event.
TIE BREAKERS FOR
In the case of a tie in
any of the PMTT qualifying tournaments and championship, the following methods
will be used in the tie breaker, in the order they are listed, until the tie has
1. Whichever team catches
fish first or on both days (both days overrides first).
2. Whichever team has the
largest one day (either day) point total of that tournament.
3. Whichever team
registered the longest fish of that tournament.
4. Whichever team has
registered the 2nd, then 3rd, then 4th, etc. longest fish of that tournament.
5. Whichever team caught
the longest fish first of that tournament.
6. Whichever team caught
the 2nd, then 3rd, then 4th, etc. longest fish first of that tournament.
7. If at this point there
is still a tie, it will then be determined with a coin toss.
TIE BREAKERS FOR TOP GUN
In the case of a tie in
the TOP GUN Point Standings, the following methods
will be used in the tie breaker, in the order they are listed, until the tie has
1. Whichever team has the
highest finishing place in a tournament that year.
2. Whichever team has the
largest total fish points in a tournament that year.
3. Whichever team has the
largest one day (either day) point total in a tournament that year.
4. Whichever team
registered the longest fish in a tournament.
5. Whichever team has
registered the 2nd, then 3rd, then 4th, etc. longest fish in a tournament that
6. If at this point there
is still a tie, it will then be determined with a coin toss.
Big Fish Award: if there
is a tie for the biggest fish award, the team that
Caught their fish first
shall win. If the fish were caught at the exact same time, the winners shall
split the prize money.
Top Gun Award: if a tie
occurs, this will determine the tiebreaker. The team that registered fish in the
most qualifying tournaments shall be the winners. Still tied,the team with the
largest individual tournament point total shall win. Still tied, second largest
tournament point total wins and so on. Still tied, biggest fish through out the
year wins. Then second biggest, then third, and so on until tie is broken.
IF ANY INFORMATION IS LEFT
BLANK OR UNREADABLE ON THE FISH REGISTRATION FORM THAT IS NEEDED TO DETERMINE
THE TIE-BREAKER, THAT TEAM SHALL LOSE THE TIE-BREAKER.
NEW TOP GUN AND WORLD
New Top Gun and World
Championship qualification scoring shall be as follows.
1) The first place team at
any event receives 150 standings points. Each subsequent place receives one
fewer standings point. (For example: 2nd place receives 149 points,
3rd place receives 148 points, etc.) Standings points will only be awarded for
teams that place in an event by catching a legal fish. (i.e. if there are only
25 teams that catch legal fish, all the remaining teams shall receive no
2) Each team will also
receive 10 attendance points for competing at each event.
Failure to catch a
fish at an event will result in contestants receiving only 10 attendance points
and zero standings points.
The top 30 point teams,
based on the New Top Gun and World Championship scoring system, accumulated
throughout the year will be invited to compete in the Championship. To be
eligible, you must have fished in at least two or more of the qualifying events
and have registered at least one musky during one of the qualifying events, to
be eligible to attend the Ranger Boats World Championship.
The starting positions for
the World Championship will be determined from the annual point standings.
Whatever number you finish in the point standings after the last qualifying
tournament will be your starting position for the Championship. It will be
reversed on day two and ties will be determined by a coin toss.
The three qualifying event winners will not get an automatic invite to the
championship. The three event winners will be invited to competed in the
championship only if they have competed in at least two of the qualifying
events. They do NOT need to be in the top 50 to receive an
In case there is a tie for
the last spot (# 30), all tournament anglers that are eligible and are tied for
the last spot, will be invited to the Championship. Yes, this would mean there
could be a couple more than 30 teams total.
At the time of this release all rules displayed here are considered accurate,
but the Professional Musky Tournament Trail, LTD. reserves the right to modify
these rules at any time. For the latest printed version of our rules please feel
free to contact us. Again, it is each contestant's responsibility to read and
understand all of the currently printed PMTT rules and regulations. The printed
copy of our rules will always be considered the OFFICIAL RULES of the
Professional Musky Tournament Trail, LTD. and will supersede all other versions
including the rules displayed here.