Tournament Rules

FIRST AND FOREMOST, THIS IS A TOURNAMENT TO BE ENJOYED. THE MOST IMPORTANT RULE THAT HAS TO BE FOLLOWED IS: HAVE FUN!

TOURNAMENT RULES

FIRST AND FOREMOST, THIS IS A TOURNAMENT TO BE ENJOYED. THE MOST IMPORTANT RULE THAT HAS TO BE FOLLOWED IS: HAVE FUN!

Only billfish will qualify for the tournament. Species will be scored according to the following point value:

SAILFISH 100 Points MARLIN – All 500 Points

All billfish must be released. NO EXCEPTIONS.

TIME LIMIT

There is a time limit of 20 minutes for releasing individual SAILFISH and 60 minutes to release a MARLIN.

Any other species including but not limited to Mahi-mahi, Wahoo and Tunas have a 20 minute fight time.

After the expiration of the time limit, the fish is disqualified and the angler must break the line.

To break the line, the angler must lock the spool so it fails at the knots near the fish and the billfish is not dragging hundreds of yards of monofilament.

BOATS AND ANGLERS

Every boat must have a captain and at least one fishing mate working in the cockpit.

Each morning anglers on each boat will flip coins or use some other appropriate means to determine starting positions (starboard, port or flat line) and anglers will then exchange positions every hour.

Each angler may have only one line in the water.

IGFA RULES

The International Angling Rules formulated by the International Game Fish Association will apply, with the following exceptions:

Only single non-offset circle hooks are permitted on natural baits or bait/lure combinations. Only single hooks are permitted on artificial baits or lures.
Stainless steel hooks are prohibited.
No spinning tackle will be allowed.

All other rules relating to rods and reels will apply, including terminal tackle.

BAITS AND TEASERS

Tournament Organizers will supply all boats fishing the tournament with natural baits on a daily basis. Only bait supplied by the tournament may be used. Any bait remaining at the end of the day must be discarded. Only supplied circle hooks may be used with natural baits. All bait shall be considered community property of the anglers.

TACKLE

Lines complying with IGFA 30 and 50 pound requirements will be used. No braided lines will be allowed. Boats have been supplied with official Tournament Line. Marlins can be targeted with #50 line and reels with pitch bait technique.

HOOKUP

When an angler has hooked a fish, the other anglers CAN work with the team and Captain to obtain a second, third and even a fourth hookup. Since this is a Team Event, anglers can determine which billfish gets priority. The objective is to release the most amount of billfish within the least amount of fight time.

For multiple hookups, time contemplated starts with the first hookup and each additional fish has only 10 additional minutes to complete the process.

REPORTING

Daily fish reports duly signed by all anglers each boat and the Boat Captain must be submitted by each angler at the end of each day of fishing

SCORING

Points will be awarded as follow:
A billfish will be considered as released (or tipped) when the swivel touches the rod tip, or if no

swivel is used, when the leader touches the rod tip. Should either of these events occur, the fish is scored irrespective of subsequent events.

To release the fish, the person holding the leader shall try to disengage the hook from the fish or shall cut the leader as close to the fish as possible. No jerking of the leader to break it or pull the hook free shall be permitted.

If an angler, captain or crew wishes to tag a fish, it should be done no more than five (5) minutes after it has complied with the requisites established under a released billfish. If the fish has not being tagged after five (5) minutes it must be released. Tagging billfish will not affect the overall accumulated score of anglers,boats or teams.

All billfish must be released. NO EXCEPTIONS.

Any fish mutilated so as to impair its fighting ability is disqualified and any fish hooked by more than one angler is disqualified.

In case of a tie, the angler, boat, captain or team first achieving the points will win.

TEAMS

This is a team tournament, each team will be composed of a minimum of 3 anglers.

WEATHER

There will be 3 days of Tournament fishing unless any is canceled due to reasons of weather. One fishing day will make the tournament complete.