33rd Annual DCFBA Fishing Tournament

June 17 - June 19, 2019


Tournament Rules

Rules & Regulations

“Fish-n it Old School”

Tournament Fees

Fishing teams comprised of all DCFBA members* registering

on/before April 29, 2019 $300 (4 anglers)

Fishing teams comprised of Members and Guests registering on/before April 29, 2019 $350 (4 anglers)

Any team registering after April 29th, 2019 $400 (4 anglers)

Registration closes 1800 hrs. June 17th, 2019

$50.00 per additional Anglers in all above cases

Entry includes: Tournament T-shirt, Award dinner ticket, gift bag. Additional Dinner tickets can be purchased for $10.00 each

Fishing Day: Wednesday June 19, 2019. (In the event of bad weather the committee will decide on new fishing dates)

Fishing Time: Lines in the water - 7:00 a.m. (0700 hours) There is no designated time for lines out.

Boats must depart from United States waters the morning of the Tournament. Fish must be delivered by boat to the weigh station before 1600 hrs. on June 19th. (unless prevented by low tide, or long line. In those cases contact must be made to the Weigh Station both visually and via Radio (station 72) prior to 1545hrs. At that point the Weigh Master or designee will make arrangements to collect Crew member, catch and weigh Ticket. Weigh tickets must be turned into the Weigh Master before 4:00pm (1600 hours) the weigh station will open at 2:00 p.m. (1400 hours) June 19, 2019

Eligible Fish: This tournament is limited to Dolphin only. All fish accepted for weigh-in must be in fresh, edible condition of legal size, and caught on the tournament day. No mutilated fish will be accepted. The weigh-in officials will make the decision on accepting the fish for weigh-in.

Two Tournament Categories:

1) Aggregate

2) Big Fish

Aggregate Scoring: (the largest combined weight of three Dolphin). Up to but no more than, three (3) Dolphin may be entered per boat. A fish must be of legal length (20” to the fork) and weigh a minimum of 5lbs to be entered.

Big Fish: The heaviest Dolphin weighed

Check-in: All boats entering fish for weigh-in must visually check in at the official check-in point according to the Fishing Time Rule.

Weigh-in Station: Boats weighing in fish are to proceed in an orderly manner to the Weigh-in Station. At the weigh-in station only three (3) fish will be off loaded. Either the captain or a crew member must remain with the fish to verify the weigh-in and sign the weigh ticket. In order to expedite the weigh-in, boats will not tie up.

Protest: Any protest concerning conduct of an angler or rules violations, must be filed in writing the day of the alleged violation and within one hour after the last fish of the day is weighed. All decisions of the committee will be final.

Registration: All boats must be registered by a State Certified Firefighter, Police Officer, active or retired Military (boat may be owned by a non-firefighter, non-police officer or non-Military). Registration may be made by electronic mail, conventional postage or delivered in person to any Benevolent Officer or @ Captains meeting. Registration must be in no later than 1800 hours June 17 2019. There will be no changes permitted in the registered boat after the close of the captains meeting on Monday, June 17, 2019. All boats must meet USCG and FL. Dept. of Natural Resources safety regulations for their size.

Captains Meeting: Monday, “A” Shift June 17, 2019. at “Biscayne Bay Brewing Company” 8000 NW 25 st. Miami Fl. 33122. Doors open at 6:00 pm and the meetings will start promptly at 7 p.m. The meeting will last approximately one hour or until all information is passed. All participating Captains (or representatives) must be present at the meeting to receive their tournament packets. The rules and regulations may be amended by additional verbal and printed materials, which may be disseminated at the captains meeting prior to the tournament.

Entry Forms: All Captains are required to fill out completely and sign their entry forms as certification that all participants have read and agree to abide by all rules and regulations. All entry forms MUST be completed and signed by the end of the Captains meeting.

Awards: The tournament prizes will be given at the Awards Dinner. The Dinner location is the Coconut Palm Inn 198 Harborview Dr. Tavernier, Fl. and will be on the same day as the tournament June 19, 2019, Winnings will be paid by check from the Dade County Firefighters Benevolent.

Ties: In the event there is a tie at weigh-in, the winner will be determined by the earliest weigh-in time.

Responsibility of Contestants: All fishing, conduct, protest and rulings are to be with the intentions and spirit of the tournament. It is intended to be enjoyable, in good fellowship, and for everyone to have a great time. Unacceptable conduct ashore or at sea will not be condoned and may be grounds for disqualification for your boat.

Release of Tournament from Liability: It is expressly understood that all participants in the DCFBA’s Dolphin Tournament enter at their own risk, and that the Dade County Firefighters Benevolent Association, Inc, Coconut Palm Inn, their officers/directors and all persons connected directly or indirectly with the operation of the tournament, or any sponsor of the tournament shall be exempt from any liability for libel, slander, loss, damage, negligence, harm injury or death suffered by any participant, entrant, sport fisherman, their companions, by captains, mates, crew members, guest, vessels and or equipment which may occur during this tournament.


Subject to increase upon participation

Single Largest Dolphin Largest Combined Weight (Fish)

Grand Prize $2000.00 Grand Prize $ 2000.00

Second Prize $ 1500.00

Third Prize $ 1000.00

Fourth Prize $ 750.00

Single Largest Dolphin Caught by Junior Angler 12 years or younger ******** Prize TBA

Early Registration by April 29th & receive an AFTCO tip Aluminum 4ft Gaff ($85 value)

I understand that I am responsible for my boat and crew at all times, and that the decision to fish is the responsibility of the Captain. I further understand that it is my responsibility to be fully informed of all rules and regulations. I hereby release the D.C.F.B.A., Inc., Coconut Palm Inn, its principals, its sponsors and affiliates from all liability. I acknowledge that I have read and understand the rules and regulations.



To enter the TNT you must sign up at the Captains Meeting held on Monday, June 17, 2019. (Participation is optional)

Fee: $50.00 per boat (cash only)

Rules: Your boat must be entered into the Firemen’s Dolphin Tournament and abide by all its rules. TNT rules and entry will be held at the Captains meeting

Awards Banquet

The Awards Banquet will be held at:

Coconut Palm Inn

198 Harbor View Dr. Tavernier Fl, 33070

Food & drinks will be served at 6:00 p.m.

Award presentations to start at 7:00 p.m., June 19, 2019.