Super-Fish, Since you are probably new to bass fishing I will explain.Keepers are a term for legal size fish,it does not mean I kept them,but they are the fish you are looking to catch in a tournament.Shorts are not legal size fish and you always let them go.I release all of my Bass and 95% of all the other species caught.
The terms "Keepers and Shorts" are not official tournament words.They are used by guys that fish tournaments.Whether their in a tournament,practicing, or just fun fishing they always judge their day by how many Keepers they had.Tournament anglers do not keep their Bass.
The officials don't always use the word "Keeper.They use the word "limit" more,for instance-The winner had a five fish limit weighing 15.23#.That means if the lake min.for bass was 14",then the winner caught 5 fish that were 14" or greater.If someone brought in a fish that was 13 7/8 " it would be considered "short" and he would be penalized.
My Windy City Bassmasters club in their rule book,uses the following terms--Keeper fish,short fish and legal number of fish.This will be my last post on this subject.You guys are being too technical and I think you are just trying to piss me off.
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Windy City Bassmasters is based out of Lemont Il.It is a points only,draw tournament with monthly tournaments from april thru oct.Monthly meetings nov thru march.We do have a cash big bass pot.Awards dinner in dec.The top 8 guys in points go to the 8-man.We do have some openings if anyone is interested.