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from staff reports

   It's time to make plans to fish the 19th Annual Carter County Industrial League Bass Tournament.
   This year the tournament will be on April 26 from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., launching at Fish Springs Dock. This year the launch will be included in entry fee.
   A list of the participants will be given to the security guard at Fish Springs, so when you arrive make sure you tell him you are fishing the Industrial League Tournament.
   Each year this tournament has had one of the most successful turnouts on Watauga Lake. Tournament officials offer a reminder that this tournament is for fun and bragging rights.
   The format will remain essentially the same as in the past and is as follows:
   I. Industries, businesses or government agencies within Carter County are eligible to enter teams. The members of that company's team must be employed, retired or on laid-off status.
   II. Entry fee will be $30 per team. All money generated from the entry fees will be used to purchase trophies, doorprizes and launch fees.
   III. A team will consist of three boats and two anglers per boat. A company can enter as many teams as they wish. Should any company only be able to enter a partial team (ex. 2 boats), they can be paired with other partial teams if feasible. The catch of the partial teams can be added to the company's weight.
   IV. Checks should be made payable to Carter County Industrial League Bass Tournament and be submitted along with a list of the participants no later than Friday, April 11, 2003.
   V. Both men and women are eligible to participate.
   VI. Trophies will be awarded as in the past: Overall Company, Best 2-Man Team, Big Largemouth, Big Smallmouth, Biggest Non-Bass, Sportsmanship and, of course, the dreaded Skunk Trophy.
   VII. In determining a company champion, the weight of each company's top three boats will be combined. This gives the smaller companies/businesses that can only field three boats a chance to compete with a company with multiple teams.
   VII. Each year doorprizes are awarded to just about every participant, and hopefully this year will be no different. Participants are encouraged to patronize the businesses of those furnishing doorprizes: Little Roy's Tackle, Fish Springs Dock, Cole's Bait and Tackle, Watson's Marine, Wal-Mart, Snap-On Tools, Green Springs Sports, Carter County Motors, Dino's Restaurant, Broad St. 66 and Jewel Bait Company.
   Should you have any questions, call Mike Peters at 543-7318 (home), 547-6413 (work) or Joe Greenwell at 542-8004 or Todd Montgomery at 725-4794.
   Try to arrive as early as possible to avoid delaying the blast off, and please have entries in by the deadline. This year tournament officials will attempt to give every participant a hat depicting the 19th Annual Industrial League Bass Tournament.
   Please read the attached rules:
   * Only artificial baits may be used. No live bait!
   * There will be an 8-fish boat limit.
   * Only largemouth bass, smallmouth bass and spotted bass will be weighed. Each fish must be 12 inches in length. A golden rule measuring board will be used.
   * Only one dead fish will be weighed per boat. Make every effort to keep your catch alive.
   * Starting positions will be determined before the tournament by drawing a position when live wells are checked. Boats must leave in the position drawn. Boats will assemble within the buoy line and leave as their starting number is called.
   * For those participants that have smaller boats and wish to trailer to another ramp to launch, they will be released prior to blast off.
   * Each company will elect a captain to represent them. He/she will serve as a member of the Tournament Rules Committee to help settle disputes should the need arise. They will also help select the company or individual for the Bud Rainbolt Memorial Sportsmanship Award.
   * Live wells will be inspected prior to launch (remember to pick up your door prize ticket at this time). You must be present at the drawing to win.