65th Annual Light Tackle Sailfish Tournament
December 05 - December 08, 2018
- 1. Boats: Minimum size is 30 ft. Final determination of a boat’s eligibility will be made by the Tournament Rules Committee.
- 2. Pro Division Anglers: One angler, per boat, may be a person who has been paid for their professional services as a captain, mate or crew member, while engaging in fishing within the last twelve (12) months. Final determination of an angler’s eligibility will be made by the Tournament Rules Committee. All anglers must be registered. There is no limit on the number of registered anglers.
- 3. Photo release verification: All boats are required to verify all release with photo verification each day, as well as the color of the day. All pictures must be date and time stamped, showing a clear picture of fish and leader knot or swivel at rod tip, as well as the color card of the day, which will be assigned each morning. You will receive four color cards in your captain’s bag, All captains are responsible to drop off the SD card to the dockmasters office at the end of each day, before 6pm.
- 4. Fishing Days: Fishing days are 3 straight days December 6, 7, and 8th. There is no penalty for fishing less than 3 days. Documented mechanical failures which would compromise the safety of the anglers and/or crew will allow the boat the option to transfer crew to another boat to continue the day of fishing.
Should these circumstances arise, the Captain must report the situation and intentions to the Committee Boat. The Tournament Rules Committee will have final approval of any such transfers.
- 5. Daily Fishing Schedule
- a. Boats planning to fish must check out with the Committee Boat via VHF Channel 80a prior to leaving the crossroads
between 6:30am and 7:30am to declare they are fishing, and check in with the Committee Boat upon return. b. Angler substitutions must be made by 7:30am, via the Committee Boat. All anglers must be registered with the Tournament.
- c. Lines-in will be announced by the Committee Boat at 8:30am, lines-out at 3:30pm.
- d. Boats must depart and return through either Jupiter, St. Lucie or Ft. Pierce Inlets, but they must return by boat to
Marriot Resort Marina to turn in their Line and Leader Sample and Release Sheets for the day’s fishing by no later than 6:00pm on Day’s One and Two, and 5:30pm on Day Three. Any late return will be penalized by disqualifying the day’s catch. Mechanical or electrical problems will not excuse a late return.
- 6. Fishing Area: North boundary is N27.55, South boundary is N26.46, and East Boundary is W79.40.
- 7. Scoring: This is a Sailfish release tournament. All Sailfish must be released.
- a. Release is official when the leader knot or swivel touch the rod tip, or the mate takes control of the leader (must
have a minimum of three photos showing color of the day). Leader must be cut as close to the fish as possible.
Deliberately jerking or snatching of leaders is not permitted.
- b. Releases must be reported to the Committee Boat as released, providing boat name and angler name.
- c. Any fish hooked before 3:30pm and reported to the Committee Boat may be fought until caught; any fish hooked
after 3:30pm is ineligible.
- d. Winners will be determined by the total number of fish released regardless of number of days fished, up to three.
- e. Scoring ties will be broken by angler or team first achieving winning status, as determined by time recorded in
daily Committee Boat catch logs. The Committee Boat log is the official log for the tournament.
- 8. General: IGFA Rules apply except as otherwise noted in these Rules.
- a. Captains must attend the Captains Meeting to review the tournament rules.
- b. No more than six lines per boat. No spinning reels are allowed.
- c. Four teaser lines without hooks are permitted, 2 of which may be dredges. Downriggers and electric reels are
permitted for teasers only. Kites and live teasers are permitted. No teasers in the water until lines in is announced.
- d. 20lb. test Hi-Vis is the only line permitted in this tournament.
- e. The use of double line is not required. If one is used it must consist of the actual line used to catch the fish.
Double lines are measured from the start of the knot, braid, or splice, making the double to the furthermost end of the knot, splice, snap, swivel, or other device used for securing the trace, leader, lure, or hook to the double line. The double line shall be limited to 15 feet. The combined length of the double line and leader shall not exceed 20 ft., this includes the hook.
- f. There are no regulations regarding the material or strength of the leader. The leader shall be limited to 15 ft.
- g. This tournament is a single circle hook tournament. Only zero-degree offset circle hooks may be used. Hooks may not be altered in any manner whatsoever.
- h. Any natural dead bait or artificial lure may be used. Pitching bait to sailfish balling bait or into bait schools is prohibited. Chumming in any fashion is not permitted.
- i. Angler must remove rod from holder, hook the fish, and fight the fish to the boat unaided by any other person. The intent of this rule is that the angler and no one else hooks and fights the fish. Acts of any person other than the angler in adjusting the drag or touching any part of the rod, reel or main line disqualifies the catch. Any fish that strikes a bait while the rod is in the hand of a mate or anyone not registered as an angler that day is disqualified.
- j. In the event of a multiple hookup the angler may make use of the rod holder to hold the rod while fighting the other fish. Anglers may not fight the fish from the rod holder.
- 9. A line and leader sample shall be provided each day from one of the rods used that day for fishing. Crews are responsible for turning in proper lengths for testing purposes: A minimum of 10 feet of line plus the double line (if used) and leader all intact, including the hook without bait, is required for length and strength testing. A violation of the line, leader or hook rules will result in disqualification of entire catch for that day.
- 10. Polygraphs: Any crewmember or angler of winning boats is subject to polygraph testing at the discretion of the Tournament Committee. Refusal to take the test will result in disqualification. Polygraph tests will include but will not be limited to questions on angling and release procedures and species of fish. Polygraph tests are final, and winners are not official until test results are obtained. Any registered boat or angler so disqualified shall not be entitled to any prize, award, or entry fee refund.
- 11. Weather: It is agreed by all parties that each captain has the ultimate responsibility to determine if conditions are unsafe for his vessel.
- 12. It is the responsibility of all participants to be familiar with these rules. Participants are required to comply with all Florida and Federal laws and regulations, including but not limited to licenses, bag and size limits, speed limits etc. Failure to comply may result in disqualification without refund.
- 13. Any protest must be filed in writing by captain by 6:00 PM the same day as the infraction. This must be accompanied by a $500 deposit fee, returnable only if the Rules Committee finds the protest to be valid.