The Captain's Meeting will be held Wednesday, May 26th, 2021 during the kickoff dinner under the Tournament Tent at the Walker's Cay Resort Bahamas for all registered teams. A team representative must be in attendance, as rules are subject to change.
All boats must stay at Walker's Cay Marina & depart each day,
Any fish that is harvested, must be brought in on the boat on which the fish was caught.
- PERMITS & LICENSES
All teams must possess a Bahamas Fishing Permit.
- Invitation only. Inboard Sportfishing boats over 33' (no outboards)
- FISHING HOURS
The Tournament will begin with the call of "lines in" at 8:30am and continue until 4:30pm on May 27th, 28th , and May 29th, 2021.
(Also watch your GPS time, if you cannot hear the committee boat)
All boats must be inside the marina before 7pm each evening,
as the Committee must have your catch affidavits and video by then.
An angler may fight a fish until it is lost, released or boated so long as it was hooked and reported to the Committee Boat prior to lines out of the water.
If you are hooked up after the closing of fishing on Day 1 or on Day 2, you may continue fighting the fish until you catch that fish.
You will then have 2 hours to get to the weigh station.
A billfish caught after 12:00 midnight will count as a release or capture for the day
it was hooked-up On Day 3 of fishing you will have until 9pm to get to the dock!
No exceptions! Any gamefish requiring a weigh-in must at the scales prior to closing at 7pm.
There are no lay days or weather days, unless determined by the Committee. Fish at your own risk.
There is a 40-mile boundary rule - radius from the marina.
- ANGLING & EQUIPMENT
- International Billfish Tournament Regulations apply.
- Six anglers per team per day are permitted, with no restrictions.
- A maximum of six lines (with hooks) are permitted at any one time. An unlimited amount of hookless baits or teasers are allowed. "J" hooks may be used on lures only. Natural baits must be deployed with non-offset circle hooks. No live bait allowed.
- Maximum line 130 pound test..
- TOURNAMENT SPECIES
Blue Marlin are eligible for catch and release or may be eligible for weigh-in, with a minimum 101" LJFL (lower jaw to fork length) measurement requirement, however only one per boat may be killed per fishing day.
- REPORTING OF BILLFISH
A billfish hook-up must be called in to the "Committee Boat" as soon as possible on VHF channel 71. The "Committee Boat" will validate your hook-up by announcement. A
billfish release must be called in to the "Committee Boat" with the following information: species released, boat name, angler name, and type of tag, if applicable. The "Committee Boat" will then verify your information by announcement and give you a release time, which must be recorded on your daily catch affidavit and turned in at the end of the fishing day, with your video evidence. It is unnecessary to call in any other species besides billfish. If you lose your fish prior to release (i.e. jump-off, pulled hook, etc.) please inform the "Committee Boat" as soon as possible. If you call in a release, then it will be recorded as a release. The time stamp of the digital image is the official release time and must be within (plus or minus) fifteen (15) minutes of the time reported by radio to the Committee Boat. If the timestamp of the identification of the fish is over fifteen minutes from the VHF call, then the release time will be moved to the time of the identification time.
- REPORTING A KILL FISH
If you call in a release, then you may not kill your fish. Be sure of your intent before calling the catch in to the "Committee Boat". Once you call in a "release" it is recorded as a release and cannot be changed. "Deck-checking" is not permitted. Once you have decided you have a kill fish on the leader, please inform the "Committee Boat" of your intent, and again when it is landed. The fish's measurements must be given to the Committee within 15 minutes of landing, and will be relayed to the fleet by the "Committee Boat". It is highly recommended you continue to capture your kill on video, although not required.
- BLUE MARLIN WEIGH-IN
A boat may kill only one fish per day. To qualify for weigh-in, the fish must measure a minimum of 101" LJFL. If the fish does not meet the minimum measurement requirement, then the undersized fish is disqualified and no points will be awarded. Fish meeting the minimum measurement requirement will be awarded 1 point per pound. This division only pays three places. The fish must be brought to the weigh-in station on the boat it was caught on!
- CATCH & RELEASE RULES
A Blue Marlin must be released to qualify. A marlin is considered released when: a) the swivel between the mainline or double line and leader hits the rod tip b) the mate grabs the leader or c) the wind-on leader comes through the rod tip. Please release the fish in good condition by either removing the hook-set or cutting the leader as close to the hook-set as possible. "Popping" the leader is not a good method of healthy release, and we ask that you refrain from doing so..
- CATCH & RELEASE POINTS
- Blue Marlin: 500 points
- Unidentifiable marlin: 0 points
- All ties will be broken on time.
- CATCH & RELEASE VERIFICATION
- Identification Markers - each team will obtain a marker prior to the day's fishing. This marker must be displayed during the fight and recorded. Failure to show the marker in your video proof will disqualify your catch, even if it is time-stamped.
- Release Verification Recordings - each team is required to show video evidence of billfish catch and release. This recording shall be time and date stamped in accordance with the "official time" as stated by the "Committee Boat" prior to each day's fishing. Your video proof shall include: 1) registered angler fighting the fish 2) proper identification marker 3) sufficient footage of the fish in order to accurately determine the species 4) proper release evidence - see Rule 10 above. All recordings submitted must be easily viewed by the Committee. It is the team's responsibility to have these items and the video cued up for immediate viewing. Failure to do so will delay the verification process. We highly recommend you have at least two recordings on different cameras, and underwater shots are the best way to accurately identify the species.
- Billfish Release Affidavit - each billfish release is required to be noted on the day's Affidavit and submitted with your video to the Committee each fishing day. Failure to turn in your Affidavit will disqualify that day's catch(es). Affidavits are supplied with your registration package. If you do not have one for each day, please see the Committee for a replacement.
- Submission of Recordings - Verification recordings must be submitted to the Committee between 4:30pm and 7pm each day of fishing. All recordings, images, sounds, etc. may become property of the Tournament and may be used at any time. Recordings and/or images will be downloaded from the team's device(s), if needed.
- Disputes or Protests - All disputes will be settled by the Committee. All decisions are final.
- Boated Fish Verification
You must video the GPS time of the hookup (as close as possible) and the boating of the fish with the GPS coordinates. This helps when a fish is caught out of radio contact and other disputes.
- Angler points. (for top angler trophy only)
- 500 points for pitch bait
- 450 bait in rigger or flat line
- 400 lure
- One point a pound for boated fish.
- 15. No hook and hand.
- Trophies: from David A Wirth Inc.
Top Boat: Total points, release and boated marlin points apply, (one point per pound)
2nd Place: same as above
3rd Place: same as above
Top Capt and Crew: (total points, release and boated marlin points apply)
Top Angler: (total points, release and boated marlin points apply)
Top Lady Angler: same as above
- PAYMENT OF CASH AWARDS
- Participation in optional jackpots is not required to compete for awards.
- 90% of all optional jackpot fees are distributed in the form of cash prizes/awards except for the Captain/Crew categories (if applicable), where 100% of fees will be distributed.
- Participants wishing to pay optional jackpot fees, may pay by U.S. currency, check (payable to Skip's Tournaments, LLC), or wire transfer.
- Cash awards for Catch & Release divisions are determined by points as stated in these rules.
- Heaviest Marlin (if applicable) divisions are determined by weight as stated in these rules. In the event no qualifying fish are weighed, 100% of all fees collected for this/these division(s) will be refunded. One point per pound.
- Please reference U.S. Company Disclosure in regard to award payouts.