The MidAtlantic

The MidAtlantic

August 16 - August 21, 2020

Tournament Rules


1. Each registrant must designate their choice of Official Inlets; Cape May, NJ or Ocean City, MD. Boats must sail from and return to their designated inlet. All boats must return to their designated port for weigh-in. Canyon Club Resort Marina is the official weigh-in location for Cape May, NJ. Sunset Marina is the official weigh-in location for Ocean City, MD.

2. Boats are not permitted to clear the sea buoy at their designated inlet prior to 3:00 AM.

3. Fishing begins at 8:00 AM. No lines or bait of any kind may be put into the water until starting time.

4. Fishing ends at 3:30 PM on each scheduled fishing day. Any

fish hooked prior to the deadline may be played until boated or released, provided that said fish is announced hooked on the tour- nament channel before the deadline.

5. Boundaries for the tournament will be 125 nautical miles from the Cape May Sea Buoy.

6. Weigh-in begins at 5:00 PM. All eligible fish must be available for weigh-in by 9:00 PM aboard the boat on which they were caught.

7. Each boat must pick two NON-FISHING DAYS by submitting the official Lay Day Form prior to 11:00 AM on the days selected. Said forms must be physically delivered by a member of the boat’s crew to the dockmaster’s office at one of the Host Marinas. The boat must be dockside when the lay day is declared. Any boat not sub- mitting the proper form by the 11:00 AM deadline will be automat- ically assumed to be fishing on that day. Boats may not fish on lay days unless all of their available fish days have been used. Boats with mechanical problems or other emergencies may use lay days to arrive late to the tournament so long as it is with the advance permission of the Tournament Directors and they conform with all other rules.


8. Participants shall comply with I.G.F.A. equipment and angling

rules with the following exceptions: A) A fish may be hooked by someone other than the angler provided the rod is immediately transferred to the angler after hook-up. From that time on, the angler must fight the fish alone until boated or released; B) No harpoons, dart gaffs of greensticks. C) Live baiting is not permitted. The Tournament Directors retain sole authority for interpreting and implementing the I.G.F.A.’s rules.

9. There is no limit on the number of lines or teasers.

10. All billfish boated or released are to be announced on the tourna- ment channel at the time of the catch. Tuna over 100 lbs. should also be reported.

11. This is a trolling tournament. While hook-ups accomplished with no headway are permissible if they occur at a time when baits settle while fighting another fish, the use of live bait or stopping and cast- ing or pitching to tailing fish or fish balling bait is not permissible. Live baiting shall include live teasering and fishing for bait during the tournament. The use of Chub Mackerel or Atlantic Mackerel is prohibited.

12. For release purposes, a fish will be considered caught when the mate grabs the leader or the swivel touches the tip of the rod.

13. There are 5 available fishing days for the tournament. Fishing days for boats entered will be any 3 of the available 5 days, captains’ choice; no weather committee. The crew members of each individ- ual boat will be solely responsible for the decision as to which days to fish.

14. Anglers may not switch to another boat nor can anyone from another boat come aboard to assist in fighting or boating a fish.

15. Only one day need be fished for the tournament to be considered official & prizes to be awarded.

16. Fractional weights will be rounded to the nearest pound.

17. For release points to count, boats must be dockside by the weigh- in deadline and submit a Daily Catch report by 9:00 PM at the weigh station of one of the host marinas. Any catch report received after the deadline will lose 1/2 of its total value.

18. In the event of a tie in the point categories, the winner shall be the first boat reaching the winning point accumulation.

19. In the event of a tie in the cash prize categories, the prize money will be equally divided among those tying.

20. For the purpose of release points identification only, sailfish & long- bill spearfish will be considered white marlin.

21. In order to be eligible for awards and calcuttas, fish must be caught in compliance with all tournament rules. Said rules include conformance to state and federal size limits and possession of a current NMFS angling, general or charter/headboat category HMS permit.

22. All fish eligible for cash prizes may be subject to examination by the Tournament Directors, consulting biologists and/or Torrymeter, should there be any question as to the “freshness” of the catch.

It shall be the responsibility of the participant to keep all eligible catches in suitable and proper condition until weigh-in. In the event of any disputes arising from such examination, the decision of the Tournament Directors shall be final. Polygraph examination may be required of winning crews.


23. The designated tournament VHF radio channels are 69 (Primary) and 71 (Alternate).

24. Registration is by boat rather than by angler. The Tournament Directors reserve the right to decline the entry of any boat or crew.

25. The Tournament Directors and hosting facilities assume no liability or responsibility for any damage or loss.

26. In the event of boat disability, contestants may transfer to another boat not entered in the tournament and may fish in the name of the original, with prior approval of the Tournament Directors.

27. Allegations of violations of any of the above rules may be submit- ted only by an official tournament registrant and must be submitted in writing on the day of the alleged infraction. In the event of such an allegation, the tournament directors will have the sole and exclusive responsibility to investigate the alleged incident and to rule as to whether any violation materially aided the angler, crew, or vessel, or otherwise affected the outcome of the tournament. Any subsequent penalty will be solely at the discretion of the tourna- ment directors and shall be final. In all cases, registrant and their crews agree to be bound by the ruling of the tournament directors.