Rules

Billfish Tournament Rules

Federal Government Requires All Billfish Tournaments to use circle hooks when using live or dead bait. This will require all participants in the Barta Boys and Girls Club Billfish Tournament to use circle hooks.

1. Anglers, boats, or teams must abide by all state and federal regulations. Release score sheets must be turned into the tournament at the weigh station, faxed or Emailed to director@bartabillfish.com to be officially entered into the tournament scoring. No release will be counted until a signed score sheet is turned in. All sheets must be turned in no later than 5:00pm on the final day of fishing.

2. All boats must be registered with the Tournament Committee and entry fee ($800.00) paid to qualify for trophies. Any boat may be substituted during the tournament, but must be registered with the Tournament Committee prior to fishing. Entry in the Billfish Tournament also includes entry in the Inshore Tournament.

3. Captains Choice of 2 out fo 3 fishing days. Fishing hours are 8:00 am to 2:00 pm. Fish hooked prior to or after fishing hours are not eligible. Lay forms must be completed (available online) emailed, faxed or dropped off before 7:30 am on each fishing day. No lay day form is necessary if you fish Thurs. & Friday. Fishing days and times will count as day #1 and day #2 eliminating any advantage for fishing on Thursday.

4. All boats fishing the tournament must fish between the southern boundary of 33 degrees 30 minutes north latitude and the northern boundary of 35 degrees 10 minutes north latitude.

5. Fishing hours are Thursday, Friday & Saturday 8:00am to 2:00pm. Fish hooked prior to or after fishing hours are not eligible.

6. All billfish must be reported to the committee boat when hooked, lost or released. Radio frequency shall be VHF Channel 73. No billfish will be intentionally killed or brought back to the dock under any conditions. Tagging is recommended but not mandatory.

7. Release score sheets must be turned into the tournament at the weigh station, faxed or Emailed to director@bartabillfish.com  to be officially entered into the tournament scoring. No release will be counted until a signed scoresheet is turned in. All sheets must be turned in no later than 5:00pm on the final day of fishing.

8. Billfish release points are the same for all species (400 points). This includes Blue Marlin, White Marlin, Sailfish, Spearfish and Hatchet Marlin. In the event of a tie, the winner will be determined by the first boat to achieve the winning total. In order for a billfish to be counted as a release, a member of the fishing team or crew member must touch the leader or the leader, swivel or the knot must touch the rod tip. All gamefish must be weighed in at the official Tournament weigh station. Gamefish can be brought to the scales by boat or by car. Gamefish scales will close daily at 6:00pm and 5:30pm on the final fishing day.

9. Winning gamefish will be determined by weight. In case of a tie, the first fish weighed-in will determine the winner.

10. Tuna that qualify for trophies are yellow fin and black fin only.

11. Double line and leader combined may not exceed 40ft; neither of which may exceed 30ft.

12. Dead bait; single hook rigs only.

13. No plastic enhancements devices, skirts or birds allowed. This is a classic clean, dead bait only trolling tournament.

14. Six (6) rods may be trolled and a seventh (7th) rod may be used but it must be a pitch bait .

15. Four teasers may be used; they can be artificial, daisy chains, or dredges (hookless).

16. There is no limit to the number of anglers on board as long as only six rods are being trolled.

17. Any protest must be made immediately at the end of the day’s fishing in writing to the Tournament Committee.

18. No kites or wire lines allowed. Release clip downriggers and planers may be used. No apparatus may stay on lines to inhibit fight

of the fish.

19. Weighted rigging attached to bait may be used to assist swimming baits.

20. No juicing or coloring baits.

21. No spinning rods allowed. Only conventional rods and reels. Short stand-up rods are allowed.

22. Junior Anglers may be assisted as needed as long as they are committed to fight and DON’T GIVE UP!

23. A rod may be passed from one angler to another angler as long as it is somewhat immediate and that the receiver fights the fish- a rod may not be handed off to more than two anglers.

JULY 16-18, 2015 (Captains Choice of two Fishing Days 16th, 17th or 18th)

INSHORE TOURNAMENT RULES

1. Anglers, boats, kayaks or teams must abide by all state and federal regulations.

2. All boats must be registered with the Tournament Committee and entry fee ($350.00) paid to qualify for trophies. Any boat may be substituted during the tournament, but must be registered with the Tournament Committee prior to fishing.

3. Captains Choice of 2 out of 3 fishing days. Fishing hours are 7:30am to 1:30pm. Fish hooked prior to or after fishing hours are not eligible. Lay forms must be completed (available online) emailed, faxed or dropped off before 7:30am on each fishing day. No lay from is necessary if you fish Thurs. & Friday. Fishing days and times will count as day #1 and day #2 eliminating any advantage for fishing on Thursday.

4. Winning King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, Bluefish and Pinfish will be determined by weight. In case of a tie the first fished weighed in will determine the winner.

5. Any protest must be made immediately at the end of the day’s fishing in writing to the Tournament Committee.

6. Weigh In for Inshore tournament will open daily at 2pm and close at 3:30pm.

7. Trophies will be awarded to the top 15 King Mackerel, 5 Spanish Mackerel and Bluefish there will only be a 1st place trophy for Pinfish.

JULY 16-18, 2015 (Captains Choice of two Fishing Days 16th, 17th or 18th)