VTF Tournaments Rules and Information
*Register for the upcoming event on the Virtual Tournament Fishing Homepage
VTF Series Overview and Qualifying Events Format:
VTF hosts a variety of online bass tournaments between the months of March and October. Competitors can register and compete in each tournament to earn prizes and qualify for the 2022 VTF World Championship.
Each month, VTF hosts a different type of online fishing tournament: a lunker tournament, standard tournament, open tournament, or super tournament (See below for details).
In every standard tournament and lunker tournament, the winner and the median placing competitor qualify for the 2022 VTF World Championship.
In every open tournament, the winner qualifies for the 2022 VTF World Championship.
In every super tournament, the competitors who qualify for the 2022 VTF World Championship will be specified before the event.
In the event that a competitor who is already qualified for the 2022 VTF World Championship qualifies for the event again, the next competitor down in the results will be automatically qualified.
When a competitor qualifies for the 2022 VTF World Championship, they cannot decline the invitation and pass their qualification down to the next competitor (If they refuse to participate, they will simply not submit any catches during the tournament).
How To Register for a VTF Tournament:
Step 1): Purchase the entry fee for the upcoming VTF Tournament on the Virtual Tournament Fishing Homepage (If a free open tournament, just fill out the registration form)
Step 2): Within 24 hours, you will receive a confirmation email with details and information regarding the upcoming event
Step 3): Be sure to tune in the Live Streamed VTF Pre-Tournament Meeting on the VTF Facebook Page
Prizes Awarded In This Tournament:
To encourage participation and provide equal opportunities for competitors to earn prizes, VTF awards prizes to different anglers throughout the field. VTF standard tournaments, lunker tournaments, and super tournaments follow this payout system (Prizes for free open tournaments are announced specially before the event):
-1st Place: 30% of entry fees collected paid out in prizes
-Top quarter placing competitor (Rounded up if necessary): 25% of entry fees collected paid out in prizes
-Median placing competitor (Rounded up if necessary): 20% of entry fees collected paid out in prizes
-Bottom quarter placing competitor (Rounded up if necessary): 15% of entry fees collected paid out in prizes
*10% of entry fees collected from every event are saved to pay out in the 2022 VTF World Championship
EXAMPLE of how VTF pays out prizes (Based on 15 competitor field)
1st place: 5 fish for 90", Earns 30% of entry fees collected paid out in prizes (1st Place Prize)
2nd place: 5 fish for 85", Earns 25% of entry fees collected paid out in prizes (Top Quarter Prize)
3rd place: 5 fish for 80", No prize
4th place: 5 fish for 75", No prize
5th place: 4 fish for 70", Earns 20% of entry fees collected paid out in prizes (Median Prize)
6th place: 4 fish for 65", No prize
7th place: 4 fish for 60", Earns 15% of entry fees collected paid out in prizes (Bottom Quarter Prize)
8th place: 4 fish for 55", No prize
9th place: 3 fish for 50", No prize
10th place: 3 fish for 45", No prize
11th place: 0 fish for 0", No prize
12th place: 0 fish for 0", No prize
13th place: 0 fish for 0", No prize
14th place: 0 fish for 0", No prize
15th place: 0 fish for 0", No prize
How to Win a VTF Standard Tournament:
To win a VTF Standard Tournament or free open tournament, the longest cumulative length of 5 largemouth, smallmouth, and/or spotted bass wins.
To win a VTF Lunker Tournament, the competitor who submits the longest length largemouth, smallmouth, or spotted bass wins
To win a VTF Super Tournament, the longest cumulative length of 7 largemouth, smallmouth, and/or spotted bass wins.
*All catches must be correctly measured, documented, and submitted (See sections below) before the end of the tournament
How to Document and Measure Your Fish:
All fish submitted must be documented by photograph and follow these important instructions:
#1): Use an approved measuring device such as a hawg-trough, a tournament ruler, or a measuring board. The measuring device must have quarter inch increments and clearly contrasting print that can be seen clearly in the photograph. Measuring tapes and yard sticks are unacceptable measuring devices and may incur penalties or catch DQ's.
#2): Measure the fish from left to right starting from the mouth to the tail with the fish facing upright and the fish's dorsal fins at the top of the photograph. The fish must be laid over and centered on the measuring device.
#3): The photograph must not be blurry or low quality. The picture of the fish being measured must be taken from a perfect bird's eye view.
#4): When measuring in the picture, ensure that the fish's mouth is 100% closed. The fish's upper lip must be COMPLETELY touching the bottom lip or there will be penalties (Pushing the fish's mouth against the fence of your measuring board ensures the mouth stays closed). No cull rings, restraints, or clips may be placed on the fish in the photograph.
#5): When measuring in the picture, ensure that the fish's tail is 100% straight and centered. The fish's tail may either be pinched or relaxed as long as it's straight and centered.
#6): The angler may place their hands on the fish while measuring to keep the fish straight while photographing, but the hand may not cover the fish's eye, may not be blocking the fish's tail, or may not be covering or blocking the beginning of the measuring device and the end of the fish's tail.
#7): Measure the fish to the prior quarter inch. The tail must touch/pass the quarter inch mark to receive credit for the increment (If a bass is almost 15" long but falls just short of touching the increment, it'll be judged as 14.75" by the tournament director/judges).
#8): A random tournament code will be generated in the Live Stream Pre-Tournament Meeting on the VTF Facebook Page (The code will be emailed to all competitors before the tournament starts). This random code must be handwritten and present in the photograph for the fish to count.
*A correctly documented photograph of your fish requires patience and effort by the competitor. Have a friend help you take the photograph for better quality. Take your time to get a property documented photograph and make sure you have a properly documented photograph of your fish before releasing it to avoid penalties and disqualifications. Here is a picture of a properly documented catch:
How to Officially Submit Your Catches:
For standard tournaments, submit up to 5 photographs correctly documenting only your 5 longest bass.
For lunker tournaments, submit only 1 photograph correctly documenting your longest bass.
For super tournaments, submit up to 7 photographs correctly documenting only your 7 longest bass.
You may only submit one photograph per fish, multiple photographs will not be accepted
Videos documenting your catch will not be accepted, only photographs
Email your final submission and photographs to the tournament director at firstname.lastname@example.org before the end of the tournament at Sunday @ 11:59 PM EST
Permitted Locations and Fishing Methods:
You may fish in any lake, pond, river, stream, or body of water at least 1/2 acre in size.
You may use any legal baits or lures to catch fish in this tournament (No snagging permitted)
No netting fish (Except for a landing net)
Official Penalty List:
Unacceptable measuring device used: Catch DQ
Increments on measuring board are not clear, contrasting, or visible: Catch DQ
Fish is not laid over and centered on the measuring device: -1.00" & TD's Discretion
Fish is not being measured upright from left to right and mouth to tail: -1.00" & TD's Discretion
Fish's mouth is not making contact with beginning of measuring device: -1.00" & TD's Discretion
Photograph angle is altered and is not a good bird's eye view: -1.00" & TD's Discretion
Fish's mouth is not completely 100% closed: -0.50" & TD's Discretion
Fish's tail is not straight and centered: -0.50" & TD's Discretion
Fish appears bleeding from gills or dead in photograph: -2.00"
Competitor's hand is covering the fish's eye: -2.00"
Competitor's hand is blocking the beginning or end of measurements: Catch DQ
Randomly generated tournament code is not present, visible, and/or handwritten in photograph: Catch DQ
Other offenses at the TD's discretion: TBD at TD's discretion
*Other penalties may be applied at the discretion of the tournament director. All tournament director rulings and decisions are final. Competitors will be given a 24 hour period to appeal and challenge a tournament director's ruling or decision.
In addition to all VTF rules and regulations, competitors must abide by their state's fish & game laws and regulations
The success of this organization depends on the integrity of our competitors; before finalizing results and awarding prizes, any competitor may be randomly contacted to verify and confirm they honored all VTF rules and regulations during competition (Please refer to the VTF Anglers Code of Conduct for more information)
By registering in a VTF tournament, competitors provide Virtual Tournament Fishing with permission to share their name and any digital media they produce during the competition on the VTF website and on VTF social media