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Tournament Rules

The Tournament will be fished according to the IGFA Rules & Regulations as well as to the Tournament RELEASE PROCEDURES. The tournament organizing committee reserves the right of changing the starting and finishing times according to the tides and for any other necessary reason.

1. BOAT AND EQUIPMENT SPECIFICATIONS

The minimum length of a participating Boat is 25 Feet with twin engines.
The boat must be equipped with a VHF radio, two cell phones and all safety equipment as per pleasure craft act.
The maximum line test allowed is 130 lbs IGFA Class
No extra points will be awarded for the use lighter line category.
Only rods and reels will be used
Dead baits and artificial lures may be used, live bait must be caught during the fishing hours of the day.
The use of non-offset circle hooks for fishing live/dead bait is compulsory.

 

2. QUALIFYING FISH & POINTS

RELEASED - QUALIFYING FISH

Blue, Black or Striped Marlin1000 Points
Sailfish 400 Points
Spearfish200 Points
Shark250 Points

BOATED FISH

Tuna, Dorado, Wahoo (min 15 Lbs)1 Points / Lb
Any Billfish1 Points / Lb

RELEASED BONUS & SCHEME

First released Marlin of each day100
Second released Marlin of each day70
Third released Marlin of each day50
Two or more marlins released each day200

A 100 points penalty will apply to any dead billfish
A boated shark will not be eligible for points
A mutilated fish will not qualify

 

3. TIES

In the event that one or more teams end up with the same amount of points, the victory will be attributed to the team who reached the total points first during the Tournament.

 

4. RELEASE RULES & PROCEDURES

A fish will be considered as released according to the IGFA rules as well as to Tournament RELEASE PROCEDURES. Only one Angler is allowed to handle the rod after the strike.

Tournament Release Rules:
The technical committee will consider a fish officially released when one of the following actions is completed:

A. The crew is able to grab the leader
B. The swivel hits the rod tip
C. The connection (knot, splice, etc.) between the leader and the mainline/double passes through the rod tip

Tournament Release Procedure:

1. Report the strike to the technical committee on Cell (230) 57 27 88 94 or VHF 09 the name of Boat, the fishing zone and the fish species.
2. Take a picture and a film of the angler during the fight with the bracelet of the day.
3. Record film as per release video camera requirements.
4. Report the release of the fish to the technical committee on Cell (230) 57 27 88 94 or VHF 09

 

5. RELEASE VIDEO CAMERA REQUIREMENTS

All teams must provide their own video Camera(s) and know how to operate them to verify releases. All video recording equipment must be synchronized to the official tournament time (GMT+4) and checked in by the tournament organizers.

To score an official release, the video footage must include sufficient continuous footage to:

(1) Show a team member or crew touching the leader with the bracelet of the day while the fish is still hooked
(2) Show part of the fight and full release of the healthy fish swimming away
(3) Clearly identify the species

The video must be continuous with no breaks in recording and identify all of these elements. Do not delete any video taken during fishing hours, even if it does not include the above elements and will not be used to prove a catch. Each registered angler and boat captain must then sign the catch-report affidavit. At the end of the day’s fishing, the video camera and it’s connection devices, score card signed by the team captain and skipper and all video footage must be brought to the weigh station for verification of official release points. Unless a team is still fighting a fish all score cards must be returned to the weigh master before weigh master closing time.

Failure to do so will result in disqualification of the catch.
The organisers reserve the right to use all images for advertising purposes. 

 

6. THE COMMITTEE OBSERVER

The Committee reserves the right to place an observer on each participating Boat on each Tournament day.

 

7. FISHING EQUIPMENT

The tournament will be fished according the IGFA rules and regulations. The technical committee may request from the angler the lure, line, and reel used to catch/release the fish. The technical Committee has the right to investigate and act upon any incident occurring during the tournament. It shall have the right to disqualify any capture following examination and measurement of tackle and equipment used on the boat. The technical committee holds the right to examine any tackle, hooks, line and/or leaders anytime during the event. Refusal to allow the committee to examine any tackle, line and/or leaders will result in immediate disqualification from the event without a refund of any registration fees. All decisions of the Ruling Committee are final and non-appealable.

 

8. PROTESTS

Any protest should be filed in writing by the Captain of the protesting Boat to the technical committee within one hour after the Weigh Master Closing Time.

 

9. WEATHER

The Organizing Committee may move or cancel any tournament fishing day if, in their judgment, unsafe conditions may exist at sea. If rough weather conditions exist and the tournament committee takes the decision to allow the participating boats to fish, the final decision to fish will be based solely on the judgment of the crew of each participating boat, keeping in mind the level of seaworthiness of their fishing vessel. All attempts will be made to fish as many days as possible, but as little as one day of fishing or any part thereof constitutes a complete tournament. If a scheduled day of fishing must be canceled, Monday 8th Febuary, 2016 automatically becomes a fishing day.

Notice – bad weather conditions and exceptional situations: The Organising Committee can change, modify and/or cancel fishing dates in case of bad weather conditions resulting from cyclones, cyclone alert, strong winds, tidal wave, rough seas, flooding and any other natural disaster or exceptional situations beyond its control, occurring during or prior the period of the tournament.

 

10. RIGHT OF ADMISSION

The committee reserves the right of admission to the tournament. Furthermore, any team member threatening or insulting a member of the committee will subject the team to immediate disqualification.

IN ALL CASES THE DECISIONS MADE BY THE COMMITTEE ARE IRREVOCABLE AND FINAL.
The organisers reserve the right to use all images for advertising purposes.

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