All Out Carp Out (Kentucky) Rules

Backwater Outdoors All Out Carp Out (Kentucky) Tournament Presented By Muzzy

Benefiting the Catch A Dream foundation

Lee S. Jones County Park, Eddyville KY

Over $50,000 cash and prizes guaranteed!

May 20- 22 2016

Official tournament hours 7:00 PM – 7:00 AM May 20-21 and 12:00 PM – 7:00 AM May 21-22

You can shoot from your boat, the bank, or the rocks at the dam, anywhere on the legal shooting waters.  Daytime shooting is included Saturday as well!

Prizes will be as follows:

Heaviest Overall Bighead Carp

(Overall biggest bighead carp of the tournament)

1st Place: $12,000

2nd Place: $6,000

3rd Place: $3,000

Winner of the overall heaviest bighead carp will get their fish in a mounted replica free to be picked up at the 2017 All Out Carp Out!  (Sponsored by Hereford Taxidermy)

Daily Designated Hour Payouts:

(Heaviest bighead carp on designated hours each day (Friday and Saturday night))

These times will be the only times contestants will be allowed to weigh in.

Friday night:

10:00 PM – 11:00 PM: (T-shirt bonus hour, double your money for 1st place with tournament t-shirt): 1st place: $1000, 2nd Place $750, 3rd Place $500, 4th Place $250, 5th place $100) (Sponsored by Muzzy)

1:00 AM – 2:00 AM: 1st Place: Prize Package, 2nd Place Prize Package, 3rd Place Prize Package (Sponsored by AMS Bowfishing)

4:00 AM5:00 AM: 1st place: $1000, 2nd Place $750, 3rd Place $500, 4th Place $250, 5th place $100  (Sponsored by Cajun Archery)

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM: 1st place: $1000, 2nd Place $750, 3rd Place $500, 4th Place $250, 5th place $100 (Sponsored by RPM Bowfishing)


6:00 PM7:00 PM: 1st place: $1000, 2nd Place $750, 3rd Place $500, 4th Place $250, 5th place $100 (Sponsored by Innerloc)

10:00 PM – 11:00 PM: (T-shirt bonus hour, double your money for 1st place with tournament t-shirt): 1st place: $1000, 2nd Place $750, 3rd Place $500, 4th Place $250, 5th place $100 (Sponsored by Monster Custom Boats)

1:00 AM – 2:00 AM: 1st Place: New Bow Package, 2nd Place New Bow Package, 3rd Place New Bow Package

4:00 AM5:00 AM: 1st place: $1000, 2nd Place $750, 3rd Place $500, 4th Place $250, 5th place $100

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM: 1st place: $1000, 2nd Place $750, 3rd Place $500, 4th Place $250, 5th place $100

Additional Prizes:

25.00 and 20.00 Exact Weight Bighead Carp:

The contest who weighs the first 25.00 and 20.00 lb bighead carp harvested for the tournament will be awarded $1000 each.

Ladies Night:

Each night, the woman weight the largest bighead carp of the evening will win a very nice prize package including a new bow!

Open Drawing: Open drawing for a huge amount of door prizes (TBA).

Optional Daily Bonus Games:

#1 Bonus Shirt – Doubles Your Money! ($15 for t-shirt)

Win first place in any of the bonus shirt hours and double your money (10:00 PM both days) (*Your shirt must be in possession when you weigh in)

#2 Bonus Pot – Big Silver Carp Pot ($15 for bonus pot)

This pot entitles you to be entered into the pot for the overall heaviest silver carp of the tournament. You may weigh in multiple silver carp with the largest one counting. $2000 prize

#3 Bonus Pot – Tagged Target Pot (Sponsored by Innerloc) ($5 for bonus pot)

The morning before the tournament begins two Innerloc Gar Targets will be placed on the tournament waters underneath the water. If you find and return one of these targets to the weigh in, you will receive $1000.  $1000 for each for each target found.  Targets will be marked.

 Youth Category

The largest overall bighead carp for the tournament weighed in by a youth age 15 years or younger will receive $150 Backwater Outdoors Gift Certificate. Carp must be harvested by the youth who weighs in the fish.

All prizes and cash will be presented at the awards ceremony at 10 AM on Sunday May 22nd at the tournament location.  Must be present to win.

Early registration has begun. Entry is limited to the first 500 people! First 300 people to sign up get a chance to win a new Oneida Osprey bowfishing bow! You may register up until 5 PM on May 19th. Register online here, or by calling 256-776-9109 during business hours.

Participants must pick up their entry packets and shirts at the tournament location between 10 AM and 6 PM  on May 2oth.  Remember you must sign and turn in a copy of the rules and release form before fishing.

Backwater Outdoors All Out Carp Out (Kentucky) Official RULES


These Rules will be STRICTLY ENFORCED! Rules are subject to change before May 20, 2016.

1. Each contestant will register individually.

2. Entry fees are as follows:

– $100 for Day 1 or Day 2 PER PERSON

– $150 for both days PER PERSON

3. Entry form with complete entry fee must be received before fishing.

4. Only bighead carp (Hypophthalmichthys nobilis) will be weighed in with the exception of the Big Silver Carp (Hypophthalmichthys molitrix) bonus card.


6. Tournament will go on rain or shine.

7. Registration times will end as listed on “How to Enter” page

8. Official tournament waters will be Kentucky Lake, Barkley Lake, Tennesse River tailwaters (Below KY Dam), Cumberland river tailwaters (Below Barkley Dam) , and all of the Ohio River. All legal waters for bowfishing and navigable (accessible from main river channel) waters of for each area.

9. Each participant must have a valid fishing license for the state you are fishing in unless exempt. License may be requested at time of weigh in.

10. There are no “teams” in this event, it is an individual event.  Each person in boat must be a paid contestant of official tournament and abide by all tournament rules and regulations. NO more than 4 people per boat.

11. Bank fishing is permissible in legal public areas.

12. Tournament officials have the right to refuse ANY ENTRY.

13. No one other than paid contestants or tournament officials is permitted in a competitor’s boat during tournament hours.  Official media personnel may be allowed if approved by tournament directors.

14. Participants under 16 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or adult with written parental permission.

15. Any contestant found to be in violation of any tournament rules and regulations will be subject to disqualification from this tournament and all future Backwater Outdoors tournaments.

16. Fish may be harvested by bow and arrow (bowfishing) only.

17. All fish harvested by contestants fishing together will be disqualified if any of the said contestants are found to be in violation of any tournament rules and regulations.

18. Any person who has been disqualified from any prior tournament may be subject to being refused entry into tournament.

19. All State & Federal penal code laws shall apply at all times.

20. All State, Coast Guard, Federal Parks & Wildlife regulations shall apply at all times.

21. This tournament is designed primarily for amateurs, anyone who has provided licensed guide service for pay within the past 90 days on these official tournament waters, will not be eligible to compete in this tournament.

22. All airboats must have a muffler on engine.

23. Each boat must have the following safety equipment: Running lights, fire extinguisher, one throw able life preserver, horn or whistle, and one life jacket per person.

24. All boats must be in compliance with all state and federal regulations pertaining to vessels.

25. Each team member must wear a Coast Guard approved life jacket anytime the boat is on plane.

26. Alcoholic beverages are PROHIBITED during tournament hours.

27. No bows  will be allowed in boat or on bank during official “Off Limits” which begins 24 hours prior to each tournament beginning, until 12 hours (7:00 AM) before the tournament starts for tournament contestants. Scouting may be done at any time.

28. Participants may use any public launch on the tournament waters and may be on the water before official tournament start time. No bow shots will be allowed until official tournament time.

29. Trailering will be allowed to any public boat ramp on tournament waters.

30. No shooting or casting until official tournament time begins by official clock. Official start-stop times will be determined by Backwater Outdoors Social Media. Weight updates will broadcast via Backwater Outdoors Facebook and Twitter feeds.

31. No electronic tracking devices (implanted microchips) may be used to locate fish for tournament purposes (Depth finders and graph charts are the only exception).

32. All Tie breakers will be determined by which fish was weighed first.

33. Scales used at the tournament will be official scales for tournament and all judged weights are final and not open for dispute.

34. No baiting or chumming of fish.

35. Teams must assist in the handling and the removal of fish from weigh in area.

36. All arrows must have a line attached to it for retrieval.

37. No dip nets will be allowed in boats. Gaff hooks with a single hook and total length of no more than 6’ will be allowed for landing big fish.

38. All boats will be subjected to a random inspection by tournament officials 24 hrs. Prior to and until the end of the Tournament at tournament site, weigh in, boat ramps, and on the water.

39. No fish may be transferred from one team’s boat to another team FOR ANY REASON!

40. Sportsmanship, courtesy, safety and conservation are expected from every participant.

41. Boat must be present to weigh fish in, unless participant is bank fishing only.

42. All fish weighed in will become the property of the Tournament and will be utilized appropriately. Fish disposal will be provided at each weigh in.

43. All contestants shall be required to bring their boat and respective partner(s) with them to the weigh-in site when weighing in fish.

44. You must be in the weigh in line (line end marker will be displayed) at official weigh in hours for fish to count; fish will not be weighed outside of designated weigh in times.  Once you enter the weigh line, you may not leave line.

45. No contestant may weigh in more than one bighead carp per tournament hour. Bighead carp entered in the Big Carp of the Hour contest do not carry forward from hour to hour. Your biggest bighead carp is registered into the final overall standings.

46. Fish must be weighed in by the contestant who originally harvested the fish and it must be in said contestant’s physical possession in the weigh-in line. If fish is harvested by multiple contestants (multiple arrows, etc) it is up to the team to decide which contestant shall weigh the fish.  Grass carp pot included.  Person who shoots the fish first must be the one to weigh it.  Only if arrows make contact at the exact same time will you need to choose who weighs the fish.

47. Any artificially weighed or preserved fish will be disqualified and that contestant will be subject to prosecution under federal laws.

48. Any questionable entry will be subject to inspection by a marine biologist or similarly qualified expert of the applicable State’s Parks & Wildlife Dept.

49. Contestants are to be attentive to litter and should make every effort to maintain their trash in their boat and dispose of it properly.

50. Each contestant, by signing the entry form and/or participation in the tournament, agrees to submit to a polygraph/lie detector examination.

51. Polygraph/lie detector test will be given on a random basis and must be passed.

52. There may be random polygraph/lie detector tests given after the conclusion of each official tournament weigh in hour as soon as that hour has elapsed. All contestants who have placed during said hour, their respective partners and boats, if any may be asked to remain at the official Tournament site until said hourly winners are declared official. If not present, contestants will automatically be disqualified.

53. Polygraph/lie detector tests may also be given before awards ceremony.

54. Any contestant determined by the polygraph/lie detector examination or other Tournament officials to be intoxicated or on any type of illegal drugs at the time said contestant is required to take the polygraph examination, or in violation of Tournament rules, will be disqualified from this and all future Tournaments.

55. Any contestant found to be in possession of any illegal substance will be subject to disqualification and prosecution.

56. All contestants, by entering this Tournament, hereby agree to allow their boats to be boarded and inspected by Tournament officials at any time during said Tournament, and checked for items to include, but not limited to, their boat registration, and boat contents to include live well, fish containers, rod boxes, closed storage compartments, tackle boxes, life jackets, PFD’s and safety equipment.

57. The decisions of the Tournament officials will be FINAL

58. Failure to comply with Tournament Rules will result in disqualification, and the entry fee will be FORFEITED

59. Tournament officials are not responsible in assistance for towing or aid to disabled vessels

60. Restricted areas are enforced for this tournament-NO SCOUTING OR FISHING ALLOWED for 24 hours prior to event and during event. Violators will be disqualified. Know where these areas are; it is your responsibility! (See list below for restricted areas)

61. By entering all participants agree to waive their rights to sue Backwater Outdoors, LLC by participating in the 2016 Backwater Outdoors All Out Carp Out Tournament, for any injuries, death, emotional distress, pain and suffering, and all other forms of economic and non-economic damages. They waive all claims, and they will hold Backwater Outdoors, LLC harmless from any claims brought on their behalf.

Red Zone Areas: TBD

(Maps will be available for participants)

 2016 All Out Carp Out Release Form (must be signed and turned in by each competitor)

Copyright 2016 Backwater Outdoors All Out Carp Out (Kentucky) Rules – All Rights Reserved.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Each person must register individually (per person), but only 4 paid participants per boat.

Entry fee is $100 per night or $150 for both nights per person, not per team.  Each person in the boat must be registered.

Big silver carp pot is for the single largest silver carp overall for the event.  You may enter more than one silver carp.

For the weigh in, if using a boat it must  come to weigh in

You can win multiple weigh-ins and more than one place in the top 3 overall. If you have the three biggest fish you win all 3!

4 or 5 weigh-ins per night, you can weigh 1 bighead carp &/silvercarp per weigh in. There will be a winner for each hour for cash/prizes & that fish will go to your overall biggest. Once you weigh that fish it’s gone, so you can weight it in or hold it till the next/last weigh in. The winning weight each hour will be posted ASAP on FB and twitter, so you can keep up with what’s being weighed in. You just can’t carry it over from night 1 to night 2. There’s strategy in whether to weigh it..or wait till the next weigh in, etc…

If you get a check you will most likely take a lie detector test, period. This will eliminate any cheating issues.

You only weigh one bighead carp and/or silver carp per weigh in

If you double arrow one fish in your boat, it’s up to your team to decide who weighs it in.

Up to 4 paid contestants per boat, even though you are competing individually, you’re still a team, only paid contestants in the boat.  If you start the night in boat, you must stay with that boat.  You can change boats for night 2 if necessary, but cannot switch during the middle of the night.

There is no blast off, you can be on the water up to 12 hours before with your gear; you just can’t start shooting until official time. Lie detector will take care of any issues on that.  You may be on the water with your bows and gear up to 12 hours before official start time. 7:00 PM is official start time (official time will be announced).  No bows in the boat 24 hours prior to 7 AM May 20

Boat and all using that boat must be at weigh in, if you choose to come to that weigh in. You don’t have to come unless you think you got a winning fish.

For bonus shirt hours of each night, if you have the tournament t-shirt in  your possession first place will double their money ($2000)

This is how the weigh in will go down. You can start weighing as soon as the hour starts, we will have a clock up there. We will have 3-5  chairs set out, for 1st, 2nd  3rd, 4th, 5th. When you move into one of those places, you will sit in one of those chairs. If somebody weighs a heavier carp you will get bumped. Once you get bumped out of the chairs you can go back to fishing. If you’re still in a chair at the end of the hour you’ll get your check, and may be subject to polygraph and/ boat inspection. There will be a line or marker that you must be past before the end of that hour. Once you cross that line you must weigh your fish, even if somebody ahead of you weighs a bigger fish. You may choose to stand back and watch before choosing to weigh your fish, but once you’re across the line you can’t back and the fish becomes property of the tournament.  Should be exciting at the weigh ins!

Also the person that puts the first arrow in the fish must be the one to weigh it. If you happen to shoot it at the same time then you must pick who weighs it. So spread your shots out among people in your boat. You don’t want to fail that polygraph and you and everyone in your boat be disqualified.

You can purchase non-resident fishing licenses here:

You must be registered in the silver carp pot to weigh in a silver carp, and the person that put the first arrow in the silver carp must be the one to weigh the fish.

If start fishing in one boat for the evening, you must remain in that boat the rest of the night, you may switch for night 2 if necessary.

On Friday May 20th, we will have a Meet and Greet at the tournament site for all participants from 1:00 – 3:00 PM.  We will be providing free food, live music, a remote from a local radio station, shooting competitions and games, the latest in bowfishing gear and equipment on display and for sale, and more.  This will be a fun afternoon and your friends and family are welcome to attend as well.  All registrations after 12:00 PM on May 20th will be done on site at the tournament location.  We do highly encourage you to be registered before then if possible. 


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