Tournament Rules

fishing tournament rules
All tournament participants must meet the current Bahamas Covid requirements according to
  • Registration: Teams may register for the tournament online at registration fee for 2022 is $1800 through October 1, 2022. After October 1st, the entry fee is $2000. Entry fee covers the boat tournament participation and up to 6 registered participants per boat. All Registered Tournament participants receive 1 shirt, cocktails and appetizers at the Captain’s Meeting on 11/17/2022 at Old Bahama Bay, and Awards Ceremony dinner on 11/19/2022 at Old Bahama Bay. (Boats can have unlimited number of anglers & guests but they must purchase additional Tournament Tickets to participate in any of the Tournament events.) *Registration fee is non-refundable! Cancellation of tournament due to weather will result in non-charitable portion (70%) of the entry fee being refunded.

  • Check in and boundaries: All boats fishing in tournament from the United States must clear Bahamian Customs prior to fishing and all boats must abide by Bahamian Law. There are no geographical boundaries.

  • Fish: No mutilated or frozen fish will be weighed. No fish under 10 lbs. will be accepted. Each boat will be allowed to weigh up to 3 fish per day, which must be caught the same day they are weighed after marina departure time (6:00 a.m.). All fish must be brought to the weigh station in the boat that they were caught on. Transferring of fish to another boat will result in disqualification. Eligible species for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place overall, as well as lady angler is Wahoo. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place overall will be awarded based on boat’s aggregate weight of 3 biggest Wahoo over two days. Eligible species for biggest “fun fish” of the tournament are dolphin, yellowfin, and blackfin tuna.

  • Tackle: All fish must be caught on rod and reel. No electric reels are permitted. The only exception to this will be teaser reels and down riggers. Wire lines are permitted. A maximum of six (6) rods per boat may be fished at a time.

  • Fishing Times & Weigh-In: Boats may depart marina no earlier than 6:00 a.m. to start fishing. At least one team member (and their fish to weigh) must be in line at the weigh station by 4:30 p.m. each day (11/18/2022 & 11/19/2022). Scales will open at 2:00 p.m. each day. It is each team’s responsibility to be back to the weigh station on time or their fish will not be weighed. At 4:30pm everyone currently in the weigh-in line will be issued a number and be called to the scale. If you get to the weigh-in line after 4:30pm, you will not be issued a number and will not be allowed to weigh that day.

  • Adjudication: All decisions of the weigh master and tournament committee are final.

  • Decision to Fish: All Boats and Anglers shall fish each day based on their own desire and ability and hereby acknowledge the tournament committee or any charity partners are not responsible for any decisions made to fish in the event of questionable sea conditions.

  • Cancellation of Tournament: Tournament committee will make the official call on weather 3-5 days before the tournament. If tournament is called due to bad weather, the non-charitable portion of the entry fee will be refunded.

  • Cancellation by Participant: The registration fee is not refundable unless the tournament committee determines that the entire tournament must be cancelled.