Rules Acceptance - Rules, including published rules in print or on the website www.MongoOffshore.com, are subject to change. It is the sole responsibility of the participating anglers, captains, crews, and guests (“Participants”) to know and abide by the Tournament Rules as published. By entering the Mongo Offshore Challenge and paying entry fees, Participants agree to abide by the Tournament Rules and accept decisions made by the Rules Committee as final. The MONGO Offshore Challenge has the right to refuse entry of an individual or team. The MONGO Offshore Challenge has the right to disqualify without refund; an individual or team from the competition if the committee discovers any cheating, or misconduct towards other teams, weigh stations, or tournament rules.
Nature of Tournament -The Mongo Offshore Challenge is a fishing team competition. Participants enter at their own risk, and understand the possibility exists that there may be no winners if no qualifying fish are caught.
In the event no qualifying fish are caught in a given Tournament category, the Tournament category entry pot will be rolled over to the following year. Teams are required to re-enter the rolled over category in order to compete for that pot for that year.“
"Optional" bonus category pots will be refunded less 15% if no qualifying fish are caught in the “optional” bonus category.
In Good faith - In any unforeseen man made events, or Acts of God, major regulatory changes, fishery closures etc. that could affect the schedule or categories of the tournament. The tournament committee will act in good faith and take all efforts to make fair and equal decisions that could affect the tournament our participants and sponsors.
Anglers and Team boats - There is no limit to the number of anglers on a team. Team members can change, however, if the owner of the (team boat) decides to use a different boat than registered during the season, then the Mongo Tournament committee needs to be notified in writing and approved in order to roll the MOC entry fees onto the (new team boat). One entry per team boat. The owner cannot use 2 team boats at once for 1 tourney entry. The owner can use 2 team boats for 2 tourney entries.
All entry fees must be paid in full, and funds cleared prior to May 1, 2023, to be entered in the Tournament.
Cancellations -100% refunds will be made prior to May 1, 2023, No Refunds for Cancelations after May 1.
EAST COAST MUST REGISTER BEFORE JUNE 30
Winners and Prizes - Official Winners will be announced on October 1, 2023, All Cash Prizes will be paid to winners by their choice either by check, or wire transfer only (USD).
Permits, Licenses & Judging - Judging in the Mongo Offshore Challenge is based solely on tournament rules. Teams are encouraged to comply with all Federal and State laws regarding fishing licenses, size limits, bag limits and any other regulations that may apply. For information regarding State laws and regulations refer to your state’s regulation departments. For information regarding Federal, HMS Permits call 877.376.4877 or refer to hmspermits.noaa.gov.
Weather – Participants fish at their own risk, teams are urged to make sound decisions utilizing marine forecasts to assist and taking in the seaworthiness of their own vessel solely deciding on their own when it is safe for their team to fish.
Fishing Days, Times, and Boundaries – Fishing starts 12:01 am (Central time) May 1, 2023, Fishing ends September 30, 2023, must be at a MONGO weigh dock by 7:00 pm in your Division.
Gulf Division -Gulf of Mexico, areas North of (Lat 25 N)
East Division- Up to 250 miles East of shore – Cape Cod, Ma south to Key West, Fl.
Florida Atlantic swordfish - Atlantic waters Jacksonville to Key west Florida out 50 nautical miles from Florida coast.
Hawaiian islands - US Hawaiian island chain offshore up to 100 miles from land.
Equipment & Angling Rules - The MONGO Offshore Challenge tournament organizers expect the highest level of integrity and sportsmanship from their Participants and for them to compete in the “spirit” of the IGFA.
MONGO approved tournament weights -Official weights from MONGO approved tournaments are excepted, and we will defer to that tournaments tackle and angling rules to qualify those fish. (MONGO approved tournaments are tournaments that are annual established tournament events that use certified scales and have weigh master and spectator witnesses.)
SWORD FISH - (Gulf/ East division) -Electric assist reels with a handle can be used ONLY if unplugged from power source while fighting the fish. Gunnel hand crank is allowed, darts are allowed, no drift jug or buoy fishing, fish must be caught on rod and reel.
Special Florida ATLANTIC coast SWORDFISH division- FLORIDA ATLANTIC COAST SWORDFISH IS A SEPARATE DIVISION. PLUGGED IN ELECTRIC REELS WITH POWER IS ALLOWED, ALL OTHER MONGO RULES APPLY.
BLUE MARLIN END GAME - Blue Marlin end game needs to be captured on video. The Videos should be emailed to or uploaded to a given drop box account within 48 hours after weigh-in. Teams are encouraged to use their best conservation efforts to ensure not killing short or underweight tournament legal fish.
“Let the small ones go so they can GROW”
Eligible Species, Disqualification & Points - Blue marlin minimum length 118 inches, from tip of lower jaw to fork of the tail. Fish caught not according to tournament rules are disqualified. Fish cannot be transferred onto another boat. Fish under minimum weight and/or length do not qualify. Mutilated fish, mutilation defined as anything that impairs the fighting ability of the fish, like shark bites and propeller trauma are not eligible to weigh. Small cookie cutter shark bites may be accepted upon approval of tournament committee. Fish’s internals may be inspected to ensure no hidden foreign objects were added for weight.
BLUE MARLIN - 118 inch (tip of the lower jaw-fork of tail)
SWORDFISH - 200 lbs minimum
TUNA: Bigeye or Yellowfin (No Bluefin) -150 lbs minimum (Gulf Coast)
TUNA: Yellowfin (No Bluefin) -100 lbs minimum (East Coast)
MAHI MAHI - 40 lbs minimum
WAHOO - 60 lbs minimum
Check out and Weigh process: Check out for a Mongo fishing trip by using the MONGO Mobile App, follow instructions under your team account to check out prior to your trips. If for some reason you are having technical difficulties with the App, you are allowed to text or email a picture or video of your crew, and of your GPS position, with time and date shown when checking out for a trip.
**Official certified and published weights from Gulf and East Coast MONGO approved tourneys will be accepted
Weighed fish tie-breakers – In the event, there is a tied official weight in a category, the team who has arrived at a official weigh dock first wins.
Polygraph Examination - MONGO reserves the right to require winners to submit to and pass a Polygraph examination. Failure to comply or failure of the test results in disqualification of the entire team. Disqualified teams forfeit all entry money, prizes or prize money and, at the discretion of the Rules Committee could be refused entry to future MONGO Offshore Challenge events. In the event the winning team fails a Polygraph examination the second-place team will be considered the new winners and will have to submit to the same Polygraph rules.
Release of All Claims -
Disputes - All disputes, protests, claims, differences or controversies relating to any aspect of the Tournament, including, without limitation, Tournament Rules, must be submitted to the MONGO Offshore Challenge Rules Committee no later than (24) hrs. following the close of scales on the last day of the disputes tourney month (5pm central) or are deemed waived. All such disputes must be presented in writing along with a non-refundable fee of $1000. All such disputes shall be decided by the Rules Committee and shall be final and binding upon all parties.