2019 GULF COAST WHITE MARLIN SHOOTOUT
RULES

1. CAPTAINS MEETING:
a. The captain’s meeting will be held at 8 p.m. Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at Seville Quarter located in Downtown Pensacola sponsored by Galati Yacht Sales. Registration is open from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at Seville Quarter.

b. One member of each fishing team is required to be present at the captain’s meeting and sign out.

2. ENTRY FEE
a. Entry Fee $1675 + TAX $125 = $1800

3. 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.

4. FISHING START / FINISH:
a. Boats may leave from any pass in the Gulf of Mexico. A team member that will be on the boat MUST be present at the captain’s meeting Wednesday, August 14th at 8:00 pm and must sign out to be eligible.

b. Start/Stop – Fishing will begin at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday August 15, 2019. Continuous fishing is allowed until 5:00 p.m. (all lines out) Saturday afternoon, August 17, 2019. All boats must be in line at the Palafox Pier Marina no later than 8 p.m. Saturday, August 17, 2019.

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. Bait fishing 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 p.m. August 17, 2019.

g. Scales will open from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday August 16, 2019 and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday August 17, 2019. All boats in line to turn in C/R or weighed fish by 8 p.m. each day will be eligible and will qualify for tournament awards.

h. Tournament Awards will take place around 10 a.m. Sunday, August 18, 2019 at Seville Quarter in Downtown Pensacola.

5. 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 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’s 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:
White Marlin – 68 inch minimum (Only 1 fish per boat may be weighed in tournament.)
Tuna – 10 pounds minimum – Yellowfin or Big Eye 27-inch CFL Minimum
Wahoo – 15 pounds minimum
Dolphin – 15 pounds minimum
Swordfish – 49 inch minimum

b. Boated White Marlin must measure at least 68 inches from the tip of the lower jaw to the fork of the tail (LJFL).
No angler or boat may have possession of more than one white marlin. Any violation of this rule will result in disqualification and will be banned from all Gulf Coast Tournament Events without refund.

c. 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).

d. Tournament anglers are encouraged to use non-offset circle hooks when deploying natural bait or natural bait / lure combinations.

e. Eligible fish for Catch and Release:
Blue Marlin, White Marlin, Sailfish, and Spearfish.

f. Weigh-in Procedures:
Each angler must accompany their fish to the weigh-in scales. 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 billfish, tuna or swordfish will be accepted without an HMS permit number.

6. TOURNAMENT AWARDS:
a. All tournament awards are based on 40 registered boats. (See awards breakdown for payouts.)
The following awards will be awarded in the following categories:

Top Boat (Tournament Champion) – Cash, Plaque, and Cooler
2nd Place Boat – Cash, Plaque, and Cooler
3rd Place Boat – Cash, Plaque, and Cooler
Top Lady Angler – Plaque and Award from Bere’ Jewelers
Top Junior Angler (15 and under) Plaque and Award from Outcast
1st Place Dolphin – Plaque and Cooler
1st Place Wahoo – Plaque and Cooler
1st Place Tuna – Plaque and Cooler
1st Place Swordfish – Plaque and Cooler

TOURNAMENT CASH AWARDS
TOTAL WEIGHED WHITE MARLIN POINTS AND CATCH & RELEASE POINTS
(BASED ON 40 BOATS – $ 24,000 TOTAL POOL)
1ST Place – 50% – $12,000 / 2ND Place 30% $7,200 / 3RD Place – 20% $4,800

b. The Top Boat, Top Lady Anger, & Top Junior Angler is based on the most total combined points calculated for weighed White Marlin points and Catch and Release points. In the case that no points are made in these categories, the winner will be the heaviest weighed single meat fish or swordfish.

Tournament Awards will be based on the following calculations:
Weighed White Marlin 101 points
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.

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 and 8 p.m. Friday August 16, 2019 or Saturday August 17, 2019. Videos must be brought to the scales by boat only.

Optional Cash Awards for Catch and Release 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

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. Weighed white marlin should be included in your video for verification purposes. 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 your choice is Friday/Saturday fishing and you catch the fish on Friday, then your time would be 11:59 pm Friday. If you catch it on Saturday, your time would be 3:00 pm. If Saturday/Sunday is your fishing choice and you catch it on Saturday, your time would be 11:59 pm Saturday. If you catch it on Sunday, time would be 3:00 pm. If for some reason there is still a tie then the winner of the tie goes to whoever had the earliest first billfish caught, as shown on the boats GPS. However, if the judge is not convinced that this is a good catch, the fish may be disqualified for lack of proof it was caught according to all other rules.

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 personal check if paid by August 11, 2019. Payment can be mailed in time to Gulf Coast Tournament Events – PO Box 9547, Pensacola, FL 32513. After August 11, 2019, 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:
WEIGHED WHITE MARLIN $5000 $2500 $1000 $500 $250
CATCH AND RELEASE $5000 $2500 $1000 $500 $250
DOLPHIN $1000 $500 $250
TUNA $1000 $500 $250
WAHOO $1000 $500 $250
SWORDFISH $1000 $500 $250

All divisions with 5 or more entries pay 1st, 2nd, & 3rd (50%, 30%, 20% Split)
All divisions with 3-4 entries pay 1st and 2nd (60% – 40%)
2 entries – Winner Take All
If no fish are weighed, 90% of entry is returned to participant.

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 6 & 7 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.

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.

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, 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, sport fisherman, 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, 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, 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:
All rules subject to change. Final rules will be handed out at the captain’s meeting Wednesday, August 14th, 2019. The boats 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.

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

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