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Chisago Lake , NAIFC Ice Fishing Qualifier 3/9/2008

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NAIFC Tournament 3/9/2008

Part 1: Friday Night with the NAIFC Pro Staff

Part 2: Fishing with the NAIFC Pro Staff

Part 3: Chisago Lake NAIFC Qualifier March 9th

NAIFC Tournament Series - Chisago Lake, MN

Class: Open Qualifier Registration Deadline: March 7, 2008, 6:00pm CST

Date: 2008-03-09 Registration Fee: $120/Team

Start Time: 8:00am, CST Late Registration Fee:* $20

Location: ChisagoLake, Chisago City, MN Rules Meeting:** March 8th, 2008, 6:00pm CST Frankie's Bait & Tackle

Launch Venue: Boat Launch on channel of Chisago Lake Event Coordinator: Kathy Roberts

Species: 8 Crappie 8 Sunfish Phone: (320) 252-0428

Estimated Field: 150 Teams Fax: (320) 229-0107

Estimated Payout: $12,000 More Info:

The Top 15 teams qualify for the NAIFC Tournament Series Championship in December, 2008.

*Late fee for registrations within 24 hours of the Rules Meeting.

**The Rules Meeting is mandatory. Dinner will be served 1 hour prior to the Rules Meeting

Free* Seminar and On-Ice Clinic

This premier event is aimed at fishers who want to learn innovative techniques that will help them catch fish on Chisago Lake. Dave Genz and the top National Ice Fishing Pros will be on hand to educate all registrants with up to date techniques featuring the best ice fishing technology available.

Part 1: Friday Night with the NAIFC Pro Staff

Location: Frankie's Bait & Tackle Shop

Date: Friday, March 7th, 2008

Start Time: 7:00pm sharp

Agenda: Dave Genz presents a seminar featuring "Modern Tactics of Ice Fishing". Afterwards, the fishers will break up into smaller groups with the top ice fishing pros in the nation. The pros will introduce new ideas and techniques proven to catch fish on Chisago Lake. This clinic is geared towards educating average fishers to prepare them to compete in Sunday's NAIFC Tournament Series qualifier for the North American Ice Fishing Championship to be held in December 2008.

Part 2: Fishing with the NAIFC Pro Staff

Location: On the Ice

Date: Saturday, March 8th, 2008

Start Time: 8:00am sharp

Agenda: The fishers will meet the pros on the ice for a first hand look at Chisago Lake. Three hours will be spent fishing and preparing for the NAIFC qualifier on Sunday. The pros will show the fishers techniques and lures that are currently producing results on Chisago Lake (think guided trip without the cost).

*Attendance is limited to paid registrants of the NAIFC Tournament Series Chisago Lake Qualifier on March 9th, 2008.

NAIFC Tournament Series Official Rules (2008 Season)

Participants may fish with or without a portable fish house. No hard side/wheeled houses. All shelters must be open until the 8:00 am start time.

No third-party fishing during the event. Each team must fish alone. Family members or friends who are not in the competition may not fish within established tournament boundaries. No communication/sharing of information between teams that may give another team a fishing advantage.

Participants can fish with only one line at a time.

Fish must be kept alive in a five gallon bucket or similar container at least half full of water and without ice. No frozen fish.

Participants may drill as many holes as they wish. However, any open hole may be fished by any competitor as long as they maintain the 10ft rule.

Teams may not fish closer than 10 feet from another team.

Team partners must stay within 30 paces from one another from the time their team has passed inspection until their team's fish have been weighed. This includes the inspection, traveling on and off the ice, tournament fishing hours, and weigh-ins.

All teams must fish within the designated tournament boundary area.

Prefishing or practice fishing on the lake the day of the tournament is prohibited.

At least (1) one team member must attend rules meeting/registration.

There will be mandatory fish house and equipment inspections before participants are allowed to proceed onto the ice. The time inspections begin will be announced at the Rules Meeting (generally inspections begin at 6:30 am). Any area that is big enough to hold a fish (like but not limited to: buckets, coolers, bags, storage compartments, electronics, clothing and fish shelter) must be open and ready to be inspected.

Teams must return to the official tournament weigh station by 1:00 pm with all fish culled and ready to be weighed. Your BIG FISH must be marked and ready to weigh.

State laws must be observed at all times. Receiving a fishing violation citation may result in immediate disqualification. All laws pertaining to Snowmobile/ATV's (registration, licensing, insurance, and helmet laws) must be observed at all times. NO ALCOHOL ALLOWED during tournament!

Cars and trucks will not be permitted inside the tournament area during the event. Snowmobiles and ATV's can be used when possible. Tournament officials will make the final decision on whether ice conditions are satisfactory for snowmobile and ATV use.

This is a one-day, total weight tournament. Designated species and total number of fish will be announced for each individual tournament site. If a team is over their total number of fish, that team shall be penalized in the following manner;

The big fish they register at weigh-ins will be the fish that is culled from their total bag number. Example: A team comes to scale with 17 fish, when the total bag limit is only 16 fish. Their big fish will be removed to bring your count to the designated limit of 16 fish.

That team will also be deducted the weight of their big fish from total weight. Example: The big fish weighed .75lbs. Their bag limit weight after the corrected number of fish was 5.75lbs. Their official weight will be 5.00lbs.

If a team witnesses a violation of these rules, it is the obligation of that team to notify an official immediately. If a violation is reported after the fact (up to one hour after the 1:00 pm stop fishing time), the team filing the grievance must do so in writing, with a form provided and a processing fee. If the grievance is deemed valid, the processing fee will be refunded.

*NAIFC Tournament Series reserves the right to amend and introduce rules.

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