THE GULF COAST’S ONLY MAJOR CATCH  & RELEASE BILLFISH TOURNAMENT
GENERAL INFORMATIONGULF COAST
8th ANNUAL
WHITE MARLIN SHOOTOUT
I. Location
The tournament will be held August 16th-20th 2017. Location of scales will be at Palafox Pier and Marina Dockside (end of Palafox Street) Pensacola. The mandatory captain’s meeting will be held Downtown Pensacola at Seville Quarter(130 East Government Street). For slip information, please contact Palafox Pier and Yacht Harbor Marina (850-430-9620). Crew party and banquet sponsored by Galati Yacht Sales will be held at Seville Quarter.
• Registration/Optional open at 5:00 P.M. Wednesday, August 16, 2017.
•Cocktails from 5:00 P.M.–7:00 P.M.
•Spankies Famous Barbque dinner 7:00-8:00 P.M.
•Captain’s meeting 8:00 P.M. All entrants must have team representative present to sign out at captains meeting.
II. Entry Fee
$1340 plus tax $100 =$1440.
 Captain, 2 Mates, 4 Anglers
 Early entry postmarked by July 15, 2017 $1240 + Tax $93.00 =$1333.
 Entrants receive Ditty Bag, 4 tournament shirts, 14 drink tickets, and dinners.
III. Start
Friday, August 18, 2017 Lines-In 6:00 A.M.
IV. Completion
Saturday, August 19th, 2017 Lines-Out 5:00 P.M.
All boats must be back to Palafox Pier in line and recognized with official time by 8:00 P.M.
For additional information, visit whitemarlinshootout.com OR call Rocky Jones 850-324-6601
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2017 GULF COAST WHITE MARLIN
SHOOTOUT RULES

1. CAPTAINS MEETING:

a. The Captain’s Meeting will be held at 8:00 pm Wednesday, August 16th at Seville Quarter Downtown Pensacola sponsored by Galati Yacht Sales.
b. One member of each fishing team is required to be present at the Captain’s Meeting and sign out at completion.

2. PERMITS AND LICENSES:

a. All boats weighing tuna or turning in video must have a HMS permit.
b. All anglers must have a Florida Saltwater fishing license.

3. FISHING START / FINISH:

a. All boats may leave from any pass entrance in the Gulf. A team member that will be on the boat MUST be present at the Captain’s Meeting Wednesday,August 16th at 8:00 pm and must sign out to be eligible.
b. Start/Stop – Fishing will begin at 6:00 A.M. on Friday. Continuous fishing is allowed until 5:00 P.M. (all lines out) Saturday afternoon, August 19th.All boats must be in line at the Palafox Pier Marina no later than 8:00 P.M.Saturday, August 19th.
c. ALL BOATS SHOULD video (without stopping the camera) the boat’s cockpit with all storage and fish boxes open clearly showing no fish on board. After the cockpit pan without stopping video, clearly video the GPS Date & Time.This should be done approximately 15 minutes prior to “lines in” or lines are deployed for tournament fishing. This is a precaution in the event of a protest or weighmaster concern that a fish was caught before “lines in”.
d. Baitfishing is allowed prior to “lines in” rule.
e. One day or part thereof of fishing by half the boats entered constitutes a complete tournament. In the event of inclement weather, the tournament will be completed on the first day that the tournament director declares fishable (Friday, Saturday or Sunday). If the tournament is cancelled, the entry fees will be refunded less the pro-rated share of tournament expenses as solely determined by the tournament committee.
f. If the boat is hooked up prior to 5:00 pm lines out, you may continue to fight the fish, but you must be back at the Palafox Pier and acknowledged in line by close of scales 8:00 P.M.
g. Scales will open at 5:00 pm daily Friday and Saturday and will be officially closed at 8:00 pm. All boats in line to turn in C/R or weighed fish by 8:00 P.M. each day will be eligible and will qualify for tournament awards.
h. Tournament Awards will take place around 10:00 AM Sunday, August 20st at Seville Quarter Downtown Pensacola.

4. ELIGIBLE SPECIES:

The Gulf Coast White Marlin Shootout Tournament uses the rules of the International Game Fish Association as a guideline. Exception: The rod may be handed off one time within the first minute of hook-up to an angler. That angler must fight the fish until caught or released. The following fish species are eligible for competition when caught by registered anglers in accordance with all tournament rules. It is the team captain’s responsibility to ensure all team members are familiar and abide by the tournament rules. Violation of the rules may be grounds for team disqualification at the discretion of the tournament director.
a. Eligible for weigh-in at the scales:
Tuna – 20 lbs minimum – Yellowfin or Big Eye 27-inch CFL Minimum
Wahoo – 15 lbs minimum
Dolphin – 15 lbs minimum
Swordfish – 49-inch minimum lower jaw/fork length (Max 1 fish / per
angler or 3 / per team, whichever is less)

b. Boated Swordfish must measure at least 49 inches from the tip of the lower jaw to the fork of the tail (LJFL). Boats may have no more than 3 swordfish in possession or one per person, whichever is less. All swordfish landed must be reported to NOAA within 24 hours (800-894-5528).
c. Tournament anglers are encouraged to use non-offset circle hooks when deploying natural bait or natural bait / lure combinations.
d. Eligible fish for Catch and Release: Blue Marlin. White Marlin. Sailfish. Spearfish.
e. Weigh-in Procedures:
Each angler must accompany their fish to the weigh-in scales at the Palafox Pier dock. All fish must be brought to the scales by the boat which it was caught. Transferring fish is not allowed. Each angler must sign and verify their fish’s weight and sign the official weigh-in sheet. No tuna or swordfish will be accepted without an HMS permit number. HMS Permits may be obtained by calling 1-888-872-8862 OR online http://hmspermits.noaa.gov/

5. TOURNAMENT AWARDS

a. All Tournament Cash Awards are based on 40 registered boats. (See awards breakdown for payouts.)
The following awards will be awarded in the following categories:
Top Boat (Champion) Cash, Award Orca Cooler *Biloxi Vacation

2nd Place Boat Cash, Award Plaque and Orca Cooler
3rd Place Boat Cash, Award Plaque, and Orca Cooler
Top Lady Angler Jewelry from Bere’ Jewelers
Top Jr Angler (< 16 yrs. Old) Award and Tackle Surprise from Outcast
1st Place Dolphin Award Plaque
1st Place Wahoo Award Plaque
1st Place Tuna Award Plaque
1st Place Swordfish Award Plaque
b. The Top Boat, Top Lady Anger, & Top Jr. Angler is based on the most total combined points calculated for Catch and Release points. In the case that no points are made in these categories, the winner will be the heaviest weighed single meatfish or swordfish.
*Biloxi Vacation – 2 night stay in a suite at the Golden Nugget and $100 Dinner.

6. CATCH AND RELEASE POINTS:

Tournament Cash Awards will be based on the following calculations:
Released White Marlin 101 points
Released Blue Marlin 100 points
Released Spearfish 101 points
Released Sailfish 99 points
Released Unidentified fish 99 points
The team with the most total points wins 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place respectively. In the event of a tie, the team who reached the highest total points first by earliest GPS time as shown on video wins.
CASH AWARDS
CATCH & RELEASE POINTS
(BASED ON 40 BOATS – $ 24,000 TOTAL POOL)
1ST PLACE 2ND PLACE 3RD PLACE
$12,000 $7,200 $4,800
50% 30% 20%

7. CATCH AND RELEASE RULES:

Only billfish caught and released according to the rules are eligible for tournament awards and optional cash awards as described herein. A billfish is considered officially caught and released when the swivel hits the top of the rod or crew member grabs the leader or leader comes onto the rod tip. Video verification is required for the billfish to be eligible for competition. A catch and release form will be provided at the Captain’s meeting and must accompany the video when turning it in to the video judge. Videos must be turned in between 5 – 8 PM Friday or Saturday evening. Videos must be brought to the scales by boat only.

8. VIDEO REQUIREMENTS:

Please use one of the following video sources for video: Digital, Hi-8, GoPro. No cell phone video is acceptable. Bring all necessary cables have video ready to play. Fish caught should be in order as shown on the catch and release sheet. An identification marker will be given out at the Captain’s meeting. There will be a separate designator for each day – Friday, and Saturday.

All recordings submitted should include the following:
a. A recorded segment of the angler fighting the fish; A clear view of the Tournament Designator must be in the segment.

b. A recorded segment of the billfish in the water that clearly shows the species of the fish
c. A recorded segment of the leader in the mate’s hand
d. Video the release and/or break off of leader of the fish.
e. After release without stopping the video, pan the cockpit showing no other rods in play.
EXCEPTION: If there are double or multiple hook ups, show the anglers fighting the fish. Video a clear close-up of the GPS Date and Time. All GPS should be set to Central Standard Time.
f. If the GPS time and date is not clearly shown, the official catch time will be the last minute of the fishing day it was caught, determined by the daily designator that is in the video. For example, if you catch the fish on Friday, then your time would be 11:59 P.M. day of catch. If you catch it on Saturday, your time would be 8:00 P.M. If there is a tie on total points for 2 or more fish, the team who reaches the total most points first as shown on the video showing the earliest time & date is declared the winner of the tie. In the case the tie is between teams with only one fish, the team who catches the first fish according to the GPS Date & Time is the winner of the tie. The GPS date and time is extremely important as there are usually several ties in the catch & release categories. All other rule requirements previously stated must be adhered to including ALL rules of Paragraph 7 “Catch and Release Rules” and Paragraph 8 “Video Requirements”. This rule applies also to Paragraph 5 “Tournament Awards” and Paragraph 9 “Optional Entry Awards”.
g. Make sure that you check camera for batteries and bring necessary cables to allow the video to be viewed on television. It is a good idea to have a back-up camera ready to go.
h. Please, only one angler should bring the camera and cables ready to play back to the video judge. Have the cameras rewound to the beginning of the first fish caught.
i. Set the date and time on your camera and make sure it displays on the image.
j. Test your camera that your GPS will be clearly seen in the video.
k. Make sure your camera is outside not in air conditioning prior to fishing.
l. Please don’t have video from other tournaments or fishing that confuse the judge.

9. OPTIONAL ENTRY AWARDS:

a. Optional entry is not required to compete for Tournament Awards.

b. 90% of all Optional Entry Fees collected will be distributed in the form of Optional Cash Awards.
c. Optional Entry may be paid by check if paid by August 12, 2016. Payment can be mailed in time to Gulf Coast Tournament Events – PO Box 9547, Pensacola, FL 32513. Payment must be received before 8/12/16. After 8/12/16, personal or business checks cannot be accepted. Only Cash, Cashiers Check, or Credit Card will be accepted. There will be a 3.5% handling fee added for credit cards.

10. OPTIONAL CASH AWARD CATEGORIES:

CATCH AND RELEASE PTS $3000 $2000 $1000 $500 $250
CATCH AND RELEASE PTS (WINNER TAKE ALL $500 $1500)
DOLPHIN $2000 $1000 $500 $250
TUNA $2000 $1000 $500 $250
WAHOO $2000 $1000 $500 $250
WEIGHED SWORDFISH $2000 $1000 $500 $250
All divisions with 4 or more entries pay 1st, 2nd, & 3rd (50%, 30%, 20% Split)
All divisions with 3 entries pay 1st and 2nd (60% – 40%)
2 entries – Winner Take All
TOTAL ACROSS THE BOARD WITH SWORDFISH $ 23,750
TOTAL ACROSS THE BOARD W/O SWORDFISH $ 20,000
Catch and release points ties are determined by the first team to reach total points according to recorded GPS time of last fish. Earliest time is the winner.
Rules 7 & 8 specifically apply.Weighed fish ties are determined by earliest time boats return for weigh-in. After you return to Palafox Pier for weigh-in, call in on radio VHF CH68 for your official time. Boats with slips may return to your slip and we will come get your fish to be weighed. If you do not have a slip, wait outside the marina in line until you are called to proceed to the weigh-in slip. For final clarification, your official time for the breaker is the time tournament official gives you in order of the line up if boats get backed up.

11. PROTEST:

All protests must be presented in writing along with a $1000 cash deposit by the team captain to the tournament committee no later than 15 minutes after the last fish weighed on the final day of the tournament. All entrants agree to abide by tournament rules. All decisions of the tournament director and rules committee are final. Any violation of these rules resulting in disqualification will result in forfeiture of entry fee and prize money.

12. WAIVER / DISCLAIMER:

It is expressly understood that all participants in this tournament, Gulf Coast White Marlin Shootout, enter at their own risk and that the Gulf Coast White Marlin Shootout, Hot Spots Bait & Tackle, Gulf Coast Tournament Events, officers, sponsors, directors, and all persons connected directly or indirectly with the operation of said tournament, shall be exempt form any liability for libel, slander, loss, damage, negligence, harm, injury, or death suffered by any participant, entrant, sportfisherman, his/her companions, boat captains, mates, crew members, vessels and equipment which may occur during or in conjunction with the tournament. By tournament entry, the captain consents that the Gulf Coast White Marlin Shootout,
Hot Spots Bait & Tackle, Gulf Coast Tournament Events may use without payment or restriction, any photographs in which he/she or any of their crew may appear for any purpose whatsoever; including, but not limited to resale, advertising, commercial or promotional material. The captain and his crew further release the Gulf Coast White Marlin Shootout, Hot Spots Bait & Tackle, Gulf Coast Tournament Events, officers, sponsors and directors, and all persons from injury, loss or damage which may result. All entrants agree to submit a polygraph examination at the request of the tournament committee if there is a conflict involving said entrant. Failure to submit to such an examination will result in disqualification of the entrant at the sole discretion of the tournament committee.

13. FINAL DECISIONS:

All decisions of Tournament Director, Judges and Weighmaster are FINAL.

14. SIGNING OF THE RULES:

Final rules will be handed out at the Captains Meeting Wednesday, August 12th,2015. The team captain or team representative must sign and acknowledge that they have read and agree with all rules as printed herein. By signing, team representative agrees to provide the rules to all persons involved on the fishing team, and they also agree to be bound by these rules as if they signed individually.

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Tournament Director – Rocky Jones (850-324-6601)
Tournament Director – Chris Phillips (850-255-7288)
Tournament Radio Communications – Channel 68

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