CELEBRATION, Fla. - CITGO Bassmaster Elite Series angler Randy Howell has been disqualified from the recently completed CITGO Bassmaster Elite Series’ Santee Cooper Showdown for violating rules 3.2 and 12, BASS announced Monday.

Rule 3.2 states: “ ... During both the official practice and the tournament, a competitor may not have the assistance or advice of anyone for the purposes of locating or catching bass, nor enter the tournament waters with anyone who has been on the tournament waters during the off-limits period including, but not limited to, a professional guide, state or federal wildlife agency employee, or any other person deemed an "expert" on these tournament waters by the Tournament Director, unless they are a competitor in the tournament …”

Rule 12 states: “ … Non-boaters are only allowed to drive the boat in emergency situations in both practice and competition with the exception of loading and unloading from trailers … “

Howell will return the prize money, receive no points and the tournament results will be adjusted accordingly.