Pelican Yacht Club Invitational Billfish Tournament Rules
Pelican Yacht Club Invitational Billfish Tournament is governed by IGFA
Rules and the Pelican Yacht Club.
fishing days: January 10
-14, 2023. The Captain's meeting is Monday, January 9th at 6 PM in the
clubhouse. It is mandatory to have a
boat representative, preferably the Captain, at this meeting. Each boat may fish three (3) out of the five
(5) days of competition. The choice of fishing days will be up to each boat.
tournament boat length - There will
be a minimum boat size of 30 feet. Inboard powered boats only.
This is a
billfish release tournament: Billfish are classified as Blue Marlin, White Marlin,
and Sailfish. All participants are to release all billfish. Tagging is
encouraged but not required. No points will be awarded for any boated billfish.
Measurements for mounts should be carefully taken in the water.
Fishing hours: 8:30am to 3:30pm. Tournament boats may depart the
Pelican Yacht Club no earlier than 7:00am each morning. No lines are allowed
overboard before the 8:30am " lines in" announcement and each line
must be removed from the water by 3:30pm "lines out" announcement
unless your hook-up time is prior to 3:30pm and has been announced to the
tournament radio. The deadline for weigh-in will be 5:30pm.
boundaries are limited to 50NM from the entrance buoy of the Fort Pierce Inlet
(N 27d 28.38m AND W 80 d16.84m). Boats may depart from the Fort Pierce Inlet.
Tournament boats must maintain idle speed to the end of the inlet.
Radio channel will be
announced at the Captain’s meeting.
A team may
consist of one (1) to four (4) registered Anglers. All Angler substitutions
must be announced to tournament radio prior to 8:00am the day the Angler
participates in the tournament.
professional angler will be allowed. Persons who have been paid for services as
a Captain, Mate, or crew member while engaging in fishing within the last 12
months are considered professional.
tackle- IGFA Rules apply with the following
Six (6) lines
are permitted per boat. Four (4) hooked lines; Two (2) teaser lines with no
Rated 30# test is permitted. There is no bonus for lighter line and lines will
be subject to random testing by the tournament committee. Conventional
revolving spool reels only are allowed.
shall be limited to 15 feet. The combined length of a double line and leader
shall be limited to 35 feet.
Federally regulated hooks are required.
are not permitted. Live Bait - Kites - Backing into Schools - Pitching Baits
is only allowed when hooked-up and fighting a fish.
rule: The angler may fight multiple fish
concurrently. The angler must remove the rod from the rod holder as quickly as
possible with the intent that the angler hook the fish with rod in hand. The
angler may then change between rods as he/she chooses, using the rod holder to
rest the rod not in use. Angler may not fight the fish from the rod holder.
Angler must fight one fish at a time.
Scoring: Only released billfish will qualify for scoring. The
scoring for all billfish is 100 points. The team that accumulates the most
billfish points will be declared winners. In the event of a tie the angler
obtaining the highest score first is declared winner.
Kingfish, Wahoo and Tuna. Meat fish must be weighed in by 5:30 pm and must be
weighed on the Pelican Yacht Club Scale. These species of fish do not earn any
points but winners are determined by heaviest weight and are eligible for a
will receive a daily log that must be turned in by 6:00pm daily by
Billfish must be called into the official tournament radio.
i. Boat name
transmitting is an issue, you may call or text 772-370-6273 or 772-979-0986.
Regardless of transmission you must relay your catch on the radio. To qualify
the release, the angler must hook, fight, and retrieve the line until the
swivel, snap or leader touches the rod tip or the mate has control of the
leader. Deliberately jerking or snatching the leaders to release the fish is
forbidden and will disqualify the release. Crewmen are reminded to exercise
extreme caution at all times to ensure that no catch is disqualified because
someone other than the angler touches the rod, reel or line while the fish is
Hook up times
should not be called in unless the fish is hooked within 15 minutes of the
All meat fish
must be weighed on the Pelican yacht club's scale and verified by the Weigh
master on the boat's daily log. Any fish weighed after 5:30pm will not be
radio will be the official time.
Protests: This is an honor system tournament with each angler
being responsible for his/her own performance. Any person witnessing a rules
violation can enter a protest in writing to the Judges Committee no later than
6:00pm the day of the alleged violation. The Judges committee decision shall be
tournament committee has the right to Amend the rules at any time.