Thank you for your interest in the 7th Annual Andrew Claymon Memorial Fishing Tournament.  We hope to see you at this year's tournament.
 
Most importantly, please keep in mind the priorities of this tournament: (1) safety, (2) kids fishing and spending quality time doing so, and (3) the memory of our son, Andrew. 
 
We will be hosting a rules meeting and tournament dinner on Friday, June 9th at 6:00 p.m. (central time) in front of cabins 1 – 6 (weather permitting).  If there is inclement weather, the meeting/dinner will be held inside the Water’s Edge restaurant on the bottom level.  We will be providing dinner, soft drinks and water.  Attendance is not mandatory but highly encouraged. 

 
The bait shop plans on being open until approx. 9:00 p.m. on Friday, June 9th to accommodate bait and tackle, ice and any other needs.  The bait shop will NOT be open early enough on Saturday morning, June 10th, so make sure you get all of your bait shop items on Friday night.  
 
Tournament Details: 
 
Each team will consist of one of the following: (a) 1 adult (18 years or older) and 1 child (10 years or younger), (b) 1 adult (18 years or older) and 1 child (11 – 17 years old), or, (c) 1 adult (18 years or older) and 2 children (17 years old or younger).  Age is determined as of June 10, 2017.  One team per boat. NO SPECTATORS ARE ALLOWED IN THE BOATS.

Fish may either be released after weigh-in or harvested.  If you choose to weigh in fish prior to your final weigh in of the day, those fish MUST BE released after a tournament official has weighed and charted your catch. 
 
The following fish species are allowed to be weighed in and included in the “total heaviest catch” rankings (walleye, northern pike, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, white bass, crappie, bluegill and perch).  NO other species are allowed to be weighed.  PLEASE see below for 2017 tournament bag limit exceptions from the 2017 Nebraska state fishing regulations.   
 
Total heaviest catch is determined per team.  For example, a 2 child/1 adult team will weigh their entire catch together; maximum of 3 bag limits based on Nebraska state 2017 fishing regulations AND bag limit exceptions for this tournament as outlined below. 
 
All decisions by tournament officials will be final. 

Day of Tournament:

We will be serving a light breakfast consisting of coffee, OJ, milk and donuts starting at 6:00 AM (central time) at Beeds Landing boat ramp area.  When you arrive at Beeds that morning, please park in line, come get breakfast and then at 6:15 AM, we will start launching boats and inspecting live wells prior to your launch.  All teams must have checked in, received their team numbers (if they were unable to attend the rules meeting on Friday night) and had their live well inspected by tournament officials prior to the 7:00 AM (central time) start time.  
 
We will have volunteers available to assist with launching your boat and parking your vehicle/boat trailer.  Since boats will be released to follow the “release boat” to fish by their team number, please attempt to position your boat in the water according to your team number.  Once boats are in the water, they should all be to the east of the Beeds Landing boat ramp. 
 
Boats will be released one by one to fish based on their team number starting at 7:00 AM sharp (central time).  THERE WILL BE A “RELEASE BOAT” THAT WILL LEAD THE BOATS OUT OF THE BEEDS LANDING AREA TO FISH.  ONCE YOUR TEAM NUMBER IS CALLED, ALL BOATS MUST ABIDE BY THE “NO WAKE RULE” UNTIL THEY HAVE REACHED THE “RELEASE BOAT”. DO NOT PASS THE RELEASE BOAT UNTIL YOUR TEAM NUMBER IS CALLED.  This is to enforce safety for smaller boats and boats at the dock.  Failure to follow this rule can result in team disqualification.  Fishing hours will be from 7:00 AM – 3:00 PM (central time). 
 
All teams must be in the weigh-in line at Beeds Landing boat ramp area no later than 3:00 PM (central time) or be disqualified.  If you are unable to “dock” your boat due to heavy boat traffic, please “check in” with the person in the orange vest on the docks, by waving your team number at him or her and stay in that immediate area until you are able to dock your boat. 
 
An awards and celebration ceremony will be held immediately following team weigh-ins at approximately 3:30 PM near the weigh-in area at Beeds Landing. 
 
Fishing Rules and Regulations: 
 
All Nebraska state 2017 fishing regulations (bag, possession and length limits) will be followed with THESE EXCEPTIONS:
- Northern Pike; bag limit of 2 per person.
- Largemouth bass; bag limit of 4 per person.
- THESE bag limits are in order to maintain the spirit of this tournament being a “multi-species” tournament.
- A Nebraska Game & Parks official will be at the weigh-ins overseeing the length and bag limits.  Tickets can be issued for failure to follow these rules. 

 
A Nebraska 2017 Fishing Regulation book will be included in your team bag when you check in either Friday night at the tournament dinner/rules meeting OR on Saturday morning prior to 7:00 AM.  We would highly encourage you to take this book out on your boat during the tournament to answer any questions that may arise.  Visit  http://digital.outdoornebraska.gov/i/769053-fishing-guide-2017-web 
 
Park permits are required on all vehicles on Nebraska Game and Parks grounds, including Beeds Landing boat ramp area.  Fishing licenses are required for all tournament entrants including youth entrant if 16 years or over or a nonresident under age 16 if not accompanied by someone who has a Nebraska fishing permit.  If youth entrant is 15 years or younger and a Nebraska resident, they are not required to have a fishing license.  It is highly recommended that you obtain any necessary fishing licenses and park permits prior to arriving at Merritt Reservoir.  Fishing licenses and park permits can be obtained by visiting http://outdoornebraska.gov/fishingguidesandreports/ and Click on Buy a Permit. 
 
No child under 13 is allowed aboard any vessel when not wearing a Coast Guard-approved life preserver. Vessel operators shall be held responsible. 
 
Prizes and Awards: 
 
There are 3 Divisions for Top 3 total heaviest catch:  (a) 1 adult and 1 child 10 years old and under, (b)  1 adult and 1 child 11 years old to 17 years old, and (c) 1 adult and 2 children 17 years old and younger.  Ages are determined by child’s age as of June 10, 2017.

Prizes will be awarded to the Top 3 total heaviest catch per division.  Prizes will include: Cabela’s gift cards, cash and prizes from our prize table (fishing, camping and outdoors related prizes).  Trophies will also be awarded to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers of each division.  Tie breaker for these divisions will be based on (1) heaviest fish caught then, if necessary, (2) total number of fish caught. 
 
Additionally, trophies will be awarded to the (1) overall heaviest fish and (2) heaviest fish by species for 4 different species: (a) walleye, (b) northern pike, (c) largemouth bass, and (d) smallmouth bass.  EACH CHILD will compete for these awards individually; NOT per team.  There will be no heaviest fish awards for crappie, bluegill, and perch (these 3 species only count toward total heaviest catch).  Tie breaker for these awards will be applied as follows (1) total heaviest catch then, if necessary, (2) total number of fish caught. 
 
At weigh-ins, each youth participant will have the opportunity to tell their “hard luck” story to a judge and based on the judge’s decision of the hardest luck story win $50 which is a prize funded by Andrew’s Uncle Danny. 
 
EVERY youth participant will be recognized and receive a prize from the prize table and a fishing medal. 
 
Random Drawings:

Random drawings will be held from all youth tournament entrants at the awards ceremony for the following donated drawings: 
 
• FREE Youth lifetime permit – hunt/fish combo –  authorized by Nebraska Game & Parks Foundation and funded by Nebraska Game & Parks Foundation and Andrew’s grandparents, Jim & Sherry Davenport (youth MUST BE a Nebraska resident and 15 years or younger)
• FREE Youth lifetime permit – hunt/fish combo –  authorized by Nebraska Game & Parks Foundation and funded by Nebraska Game & Parks Foundation and Andrew’s parents and brother, Mike, Joni and Brian Claymon (youth MUST BE a Nebraska resident and 15 years or younger)
• Fishing with 1 or more member()s of the University of Nebraska Husker Bass Anglers fishing team at Merritt Reservoir or at another time and location to be determined by the winner of the drawing and the Husker Bass Angler team members.
• Gift certificate for merchandise at Merritt Trading Post Resort (not including beer, gas or tobacco products) – donated by John and Regina Bauer and family
• Gift certificate for merchandise at Merritt Trading Post Resort (not including beer, gas or tobacco products) – donated by John and Regina Bauer and family ____________________________________________________________________________________
PLEASE CONTACT US WITH ANY QUESTIONS.  We will be at Merritt mid-afternoon on Thursday, June 8th staying in cabin number 5 so feel free to stop in and say hi. 
 
Tournament Organizers and Officials:
Joni and Mike Claymon, Andrew’s parents
Joni cell: 970-445-8190
Mike cell:  970-376-0811