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2021 Orange Beach Billfish Classic

May 18 - May 23, 2021

Tournament Rules

  1. 1. Fishing Hours: Fishing hours are continuous beginning at 12 noon on Thursday, May 14th. Boats must clear the Perdido Bridge or Sailboat Bay in Bon Secour by 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 16th in order to weigh in. Please monitor VHF channel 88A when departing and returning to tournament headquarters. Landed blue marlin must be reported along with length of fish within 30 minutes of boating the fish to tournament headquarters. Fish tags must be filled out for each fish to be weighed. There is no limit to the number of anglers you can have, but they all must be registered.
  1. 2. Eligible Fish: Fish eligible for tournament awards will be; billfish Catch and Release, blue marlin, tuna, dolphin and wahoo. Spearfish are included in billfish Catch and Release. Swordfish are not an eligible tournament species. In billfish Catch and Release division, blue marlin will be scored at 500 points per release, white marlin, sailfish and spearfish will be scored at 200 points per release. Tuna, wahoo and dolphin must weigh at least 20 pounds and each species is limited to 3 per boat per trip. Blue marlin are required to have a 107” LJFL, and are limited to 1 per boat per trip. Discarding of billfish offshore is prohibited. Fish tags must be filled out for each fish to be weighed. There is no limit to the number of Anglers you can have but they ALL must be registered.
  2. 3. IGFA Rules: Participants agree to compete in IGFA rules with one exception only: rod may be transferred (handed off ) one time within the first minute of the fight.
  3. 4. Catch and Release: A billfish is considered caught when the leader connection is wound to the tip of the rod or a team member touches the leader. The billfish is considered released when, after being caught, the fish is no longer connected to the line. A color video must be presented to confirm all catch and release submissions. The video must clearly show the species of the fish, the angler fighting the fish, the release of the fish, a complete pan of the deck area after the release, the tournament designator and the GPS date and time of release. You must provide this video on a SD or micro SD card or a cable with your video camera. Cell phone video will be accepted. If possible please email video from the phone to dblaylock6@ gmail.com. ALL of these conditions MUST be met to receive billfish catch and release points.
  4. 5. Weigh In: The tournament weigh in location will be at The Wharf Marina. Hours of operation will be Friday, May 15th from 7 to 8 a.m. and 7 to 10 p.m. and Saturday, May 16th from 6 to 10 p.m. Monitor VHF channel 88A for docking instructions. In case of a tie in weight, the boat with the first check in number wins. Fish must be brought to the weigh dock aboard the boat that landed the fish. Frozen fish will not be accepted. No mutilated fish will be accepted. Disqualification will be determined by the weighmaster. All decisions will be final. Any boat in possession of an illegal fish will be disqualified from the tournament with no refunds. There may not be any pooling of the catch or transfer of the catch from one boat to another. Substitution of boats prior to the start of the tournament must have clearance from the OBBC Tournament Committee. All boats are responsible for their fish, the proper reporting documentation, confirmation in the Release category and the submission of any State Record applications.
  5. 6. Lady and Junior Angler: Junior anglers must be age 15 and under. Top junior angler and lady angler will be determined based upon points as follows: released blue marlin- 500 points each released white marlin- 200 points each released sailfish- 200 points each released spearfish- 200 points each weighed blue marlin- one point per pound tuna, wahoo and dolphin- one point per pound
  6. 7. Images: All participants give their consent to the OBBC for the use of any video or photograph recorded or taken during the tournament. OBBC may use these images for any purpose without compensation or restrictions.
  7. 8. Cancellation: In the event of inclement weather on Friday, May 15th or Saturday, May 16th then Sunday, May 17th will be used to complete the tournament. If it is necessary to reschedule the tournament a new date will be set. If the tournament is canceled due to circumstances beyond the control of the tournament committee refunds will be issued less tournament expenses.
  8. 9.Tournament Cash Awards: The largest blue marlin weighed is considered the tournament champion; if no blue marlin are weighed then first place catch and release is considered the tournament champion. In the event that no eligible blue marlin (107” minimum) are weighed in, the tournament cash awards for that category will be added to the Catch and Release awards in the same proportion. If there are only two billfish released then the catch and release award will be split 60/40 between first and second place. If only one billfish is released then that team will win all categories. The Blue Marlin (107” minimum) and billfish Catch and Release Awards will equally split the tournament prize money which will be distributed on a 50/30/20 percent basis to the first, second and third place finishers. The tournament will be capped at 60 paid entries. The entry fee is $6,500. In the event of participant cancellation, $1,500 is non-refundable and non-transferable and the remaining $5,000 may be rolled over for one year. No refund of entry fee or optional cash awards due to mechanical breakdown or any other reason once the tournament officially begins.
  9. 10. Optional Cash Awards: There will be Optional Jackpots for blue marlin (107” minimum), billfish catch and release, tuna, wahoo and dolphin in the amounts of $500, $1,000, $2,500 and $5,000. In addition, there will be a “Winner Take All” in the $10,000 and $5,000 divisions for blue marlin and billfish catch and release. Cash, checks and credit cards(subject to a 3.5% service charge) will be accepted. The tournament retains 10 percent of all funds in the Optional Jackpot divisions.
  10. 11. Payouts: All payouts will be mailed within 10 business days following the tournament. Winners must provide a tax ID or social security number and mailing address. OBBC will issue 1099s to winners. ANY PRIZEWINNER MAY BE SUBJECTED TO A POLYGRAPH TEST. Checks must be cashed within 180 days of issuance.
  11. 12. Rules Committee: The 2020 Rules Committee members will be Johnny Dorland, Tim Jones, and Craig Martin. The Honorary Conservation hostess will be Ellen Peel, President of The Billfish Foundation.
  12. 13. Disputes: The Orange Beach Billfish Classic is an honor system tournament; each entry will be responsible for their team and crew’s performance. Should anyone have a complaint of any nature, it must be submitted in writing along with $500.00 cash to the Tournament Committee at least 30 minutes prior to the close of the weigh in on Saturday. Any decision rendered by the Tournament Committee shall be final and binding.
  13. 14. Rules Acceptance: OBBC rules are subject to change. The Captain’s meeting is mandatory and must be attended by at least one representative from each boat. All participants are responsible to know the rules and representatives will be informed of any rule changes. Sign out is required at the Captain’s meeting.
  14. 15. RELEASE OF ALL CLAIMS: This section must be read carefully by each participant. In consideration for being accepted by the Tournament organizers for participation in the Orange Beach Billfish Classic, the Participants hereby release, forever discharge and agree to hold harmless the Tournament Committee, Sponsors, OBBC, LLC, The Wharf Entertainment Properties, LLC, Coastal Marina Management, LLC and their respective officers, directors, employees, agents, volunteers, partners, members, and/or attorneys for any and all losses, claims or demands of any kind or character whatsoever arising from the negligence of the Releases or from any other cause connected with or occurring during the tournament. The participants expressly acknowledge that he/she has received, reviewed and agrees to abide by the Tournament Rules and this Release. Furthermore, the Participants expressly acknowledge that activities relating to deep sea fishing are extremely dangerous and involve the risk of serious injury or death. Having so acknowledged, the Participants herby assume full responsibility for the risk of bodily injury or death due to the negligence or gross negligence of the Releases or any other cause connected with or occurring during the Tournament.
  15. 16. BINDING ARBITRATION: In the event the Tournament Organizers/Rules Committee cannot render or refuses to render a final and binding decision with respect to any dispute, protest, claim, difference, or controversy under review, the matter shall be resolved by binding arbitration under the commercial arbitration rules of the American Arbitration Association. The decision rendered in arbitration shall be in writing and shall be final and binding upon all parties. The parties shall have no further recourse, except as provided for by the commercial rules of the American Arbitration Association. Once the decision is rendered, it will produce the effect of “redudicata” and the parties shall fully comply with the decision without delay. The participants specifically waive the right to a trial by judge or jury.