1.  By entering this tournament, participants agree to abide by all rules and decisions. All committee decisions are final.
  2. Contestants are boats. There may not be any pooling of catch or transfer of catch from one boat to an other. In the event of a mechanical failure that disables a participant’s boat, a substitute boat may be used at the discretion of, and coordinated with, the tournament director. Any substitution must take place at the dock, not offshore.
  3. All boats must be registered and all fees paid before leaving their respective ports. A committee boat will be stationed in most ports to supervise boats leaving on Thursday, Aug 10th. Boats may depart any time after 5pm.
  4. All boats are required to return to Port Aransas, Texas to weigh any fish or submit any videos, regardless of departure port.
  5. Fishing time starts at 12:01 am on August 11, 2017 and ends at 6 pm August 12, 2017 at the close of the weigh station. Stop fishing in time to make the 6 pm deadline if you boat or release a fish. Boats must be inside the Port Aransas Municipal Harbor Breakwater (not Port Aransas jetties) at 6 pm. Boats waiting in line to weigh fish inside the Port Aransas Harbor at 6 pm will be considered on time and able to weigh fish and submit videos.

 NO EXCEPTIONS

All times are GPS times (CDT=Coordinated Universal Time – 5)

USE YOUR GPS FOR THE CORRECT TIME

    •      Call Tournament Headquarters at 409-739-4817 / 713-725-2757 or a Committee Boat immediately after boating or releasing an eligible billfish. Contacting Tournament Headquarters helps us keep our website up to date with the latest fishing results! It is not necessary to call in hook-ups, only release information or short length of any blue marlin boated. It is also not necessary to call in tuna, wahoo or dolphin. For released billfish, Tournament Headquarters or the Committee Boat will also record the time of your release. Be sure your information has been received. A list of committee boats and contact information will be included in your tournament bag. If no contact can be made have another tournament boat relay your information. Be sure to get that boat’s name and make sure they record the time.

    •     All boats are required to have a video camera to verify release of billfish. NO EXCEPTIONS.

JUNGLE RULES!
THERE ARE NO ANGLING RULES OTHER THAN THE FISH MUST BE CAUGHT ON A CONVENTIONAL ROD AND REEL AND BOATED BY HAND OR GAFF. ANYONE MAY HANDLE THE FISHING ROD. NO HARPOONS, SHOOTING, EXPLOSIVES, POISON, ELECTRIC REELS, ELECTRIC SHOCK, ENTANGLING DEVICES, NETS, LONGLINES OR OTHER NON-SPORTING DEVICES MAY BE USED.

  • Fish must be weighed in good condition. No frozen fish will be accepted! Remember to take plenty of ice and insulated fish bags.
  • Boats weighing fish will be responsible for those fish after weigh- in. This includes Blue Marlin.
  • A boat may fish as many lines as desired.
  • All fish must be caught in accordance with State and Federal Laws.
  • REMINDER!! FEDERAL LAW requires the use of non-offset circle hooks in billfish tournaments when using natural baits (dead or live) or natural baits in combination with lures or skirts.
  • FISHING IN MEXICAN WATERS NOT PERMITTED. The tournament has been informed by the United States Coast Guard in Port Isabel, TX, that it is against Federal Law to leave a Texas port, fish in Mexican waters and return to a Texas port. Therefore, fishing in Mexican waters which extend south from 26 degrees N Latitude is not permitted in this tournament.
  • WEATHER: Regardless of weather, the captain/owner of each vessel is responsible for decisions made regarding the safety of their vessel! In case of bad weather, the Tournament Committee may decide to postpone tournament and Sunday, August 13th may be used as a weather day. One day fishing constitutes the tournament. If the tournament is completely cancelled, all boat pools will be refunded and entry fees will be refunded less tournament expenses.
  • CONDUCT: The committee will consider unsportsmanlike conduct as grounds for disqualification. Contestants are responsible for their crew’s actions. Committee decisions are final.
  • PROTESTS: The only situation where a protest will be considered is in regards to a violation of the tournament rules. All protests must be substantial in nature, include documented evidence and must be submitted to the tournament director, in writing, before 7 pm August 13, 2017. A $500 cash deposit must be included with the protest. Deposit returned only if protest is upheld. The Tournament Committee will resolve all disputes and their decision is FINAL.
  • POLYGRAPH: All participants (including captain, crew or guests) agree to submit to a polygraph test if requested by the Tournament Committee. Failure to submit to such an exam will result in the disqualification of the boat, at the discretion of the Tournament Committee. Any participant disqualified by the Tournament Committee for cheating, attempting to cheat or any other dishonest conduct may not be allowed to participate in future tournaments. Intentionally filling a fish with water or any other substance is considered cheating.