If you are planning to fish for giant bluefin and planning to release them boat side, you must still follow the rules for the tournament as it relates to "Released Fish". These rules require the measurement of the fish clearly on video prior to release, which is very difficult to get accurate for giants to be clearly visible on video. The Offshore Cup was not designed around releasing giants in the water and points will only be rewarded on what we can see in the video, as this is the same criteria for all fish and points.
If you don't know them by now (you should!), these rules can be found on the back of your Trip Number cards, inside your tournament folder, online at https://www.offshorecup.com/trip-instructions, and here:
RELEASED FISH VIDEO:
Video must be one continuous uninterrupted video at the time of catch.
1) Trip Number. All videos must display the Trip Number at some point in the video.
2) Identify & Measure. Identify and measure each fish. You DO NOT need to measure Marlin, but they should be CLEARLY identified on video. (TIP: Video as many fins and details to help identify.)
3) Leader & Release. Crew member touching leader or leader/swivel touching rod tip and then continue to show the FULL release, including the hook/line CLEARLY disconnected from the fish. (TIP: Keep video taping for approx. 10 seconds after the release to CLEARLY detail the fish is not connected anymore.)
Please call if you have any questions.