Protecting the rights of Bowfishermen since 1990

BAA World Championships Rules

Legal species of fish:

All species of gar
All species of carp (Buffalo must follow state law size and bag limit)
Catfish only count towards big 20
Limit 10 per boat. 
Bowfin must follow state regulations on size limit.
Needle Fish


1.Each team member must be a member of the BAA

2.Each team member must have the proper registration papers and registration numbers.

3. Each team member must have the proper state fishing license.

4. All airboats/fan boats must have a suitable shroud protecting the fan blade. Anything questionable will be brought before the BAA board that is in attendance at the tournament.

5. Each boat must have the following safety equipment: ( running lights, fire extinguisher, one throw able life preserver, horn/whistle, life jackets-one per person, unless the hosting state requires additional items then it will be required also.

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

7. No shooting fish while wading.

8. Alcoholic beverages are PROHIBITED during tournament hours.

9. Any citation form the hosting states Fish and Game department may disqualify the participants from the tournament. It is not the responsibility of the BAA or the tournament directors to enforce state or federal fishing/boating laws, but any citations or violations issued from hosting state waterway law enforcement may result in disqualification. (This will be up to the tournament committee, which consists of the tournament director and BAA officers present, which must be an odd number).

10. 1-4 persons per team, one team per boat. (no passengers)

11. All boats will leave and return to the landing in a NO WAKE idle.

12. The winning team will be decided by the total numbers/weight of fish shot by each team, depending on designated category for each division.

13. Only legal/designated bowfishing species for that state will be accepted for the total fish count.

14. Certificates, cash, or merchandise will be given away to the team shooting the biggest fish (by weight) in each of the fish categories. It is the teams responsibility to enter the fish into the BIG FISH categories. These will be determined yearly.

15. It will be the responsibility of the TEAM to determine the largest fish from the count to be both weighed and measured by tournament officials to be used for the tie-breaker.

16. Scouting may be done anytime. Any boat that is on the tournament water with bows, arrows, nets, gigs, or gaffs in the boat 36 hours prior to the tournament will be DISQUALIFIED, unless otherwise decided by the tournament director/ officers for that event.

17. No baiting or chumming of fish before or during the tournament.

18. A token with the team number will be given to each team prior to the beginning of the tournament. It will then be the responsibility of the team to return their token to the fish counter prior to counting that teams fish. Teams will assist in the counting and removal of fish from the counting area. Tokens may also be taken up during the return to the ramp, depending upon the tournament director.

19. Fish entries must be taken with bow(compound, recurve, longbow, or crossbow.) and a single point arrow only.

20. No hollow shaft hunting arrows may be used during the tournament.

21. No fish points or arrow with explosive or other shocking devices are allowed.

22. All arrows must have a line attached to it for retrieval, and line must be attached to the bow.

23. No nets or gigs will be allowed in the boats. Gaff hooks with a single hook and a handle of no more than 6 foot will be allowed for landing big fish.

24. All boats will be subjected to a random inspection by the tournament officials 36 hours prior to and until the end of the tournament.

25. Trailering will be decided by the tournament director.

26. There is no limit to the number of miles you can travel by boat.

27. Each team will be allowed the use of only one boat during the tournament. If mechanical trouble requires the use of another boat, that boat must be inspected prior to leaving the tournament site. (you may have multiple boats for back-up, but they must all be inspected before they are allowed to leave for replacement)

28. If you have a boat go down during the tournament, you may bring the boat back to the tournament site to switch out boats, but all team members must come and switch out boats at the site.

29. For safety reasons, a team may drop off equipment ( to insure that boats are not overloaded), provided that all team members leave the landing and all team members and their fish returns for their weigh in.

30. Officials will check all boats and only then will a boat be allowed to leave the tournament site.

31. All boats will leave when their number is called by the starting official, and in the order in which the entries were received.

32. It is the responsibility of each team to know weight limits and capacities for their boat. Anyone found guilty of disobeying these laws by the DNR or other government agencies will be disqualified for the WORLD SHOOT.

33. Anyone not back at the launch site at the pre-determined time will be docked one fish per minute up to 30 minutes, after 30 minutes, that team will be disqualified.

34. If you break down and cannot get back to the check-in point by your own means, you can get towed back to the launch site by another boat, but your team and your teams fish must not leave your vessel. Boat must return to the tournament site.

35. If you are towed back by another boat that is in the tournament, the boat towing will not be penalized, but needs to be back in a fair amount of time, or call one of the officials to help with recovery measures. We ask that if towing time will be more than one hour past time, please call so as to not hold up the weigh in .

36. The BAA is in no way responsible for towing back to the tournament site, though we will get help sent out to you as soon as possible.

37. Protest during the WORLDS SHOOT may be brought up one hour before the awards ceremonies, and to the tournament committee with a fee of $100.00. If the protest is found to be warranted, the protest fee will be refunded. Fee must be paid before protest can be filed.

38. All teams must lunch from a public boat ramp.

Red Zones:

The red zones are Salvador Management Area and Delta Farms located in Lafitte. Delta Duck management area in Venice.