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Tournament Rules

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GENERAL RULES


1. Early Registration: $500 – Teams may pre-register for the tournament online, by phone or mail. Payment may be made by cash, check or credit card (MasterCard, Visa & American Express accepted.) All checks and credit card payments are subject to a 7% sales tax. Also a 3% service charge will be added to ALL credit card transactions. Please make check payable to FISHING FOR MD FOUNDATION, INC. Payments by phone please call 609.954.5868. After April 1st registration fee is $600. *Registration fee is non-refundable!*


2. Late Registration: Late registration may be paid until the night of the kickoff party! Entry fees are not refundable for any reason.


3. Entry Forms: All entry forms must be completely filled out by all participants. Tournament officials reserve the right to refuse application or entry into the tournament at their discretion with or without cause.


4. Anglers: Each boat will be required to register each angler and identify specifically any anglers that are Youth or Female. Each boat may have as many anglers as they choose. ALL ANGLERS MUST HAVE A VALID FLORIDA FISHING LICENSE!


5. Eligible Species: Kingfish, Dolphin/Mahi, Blackfin Tuna, Wahoo & Cobia.


6. Fish Limit: A maximum of twelve (12) fish may be weighed in per boat. Each fish must weigh a minimum of 10 lbs. Fish that do not meet these requirements will not count. All boats must adhere to state of Florida recreational bag limits as they pertain to all eligible species. For the Huck Bucket Calcutta there is no limit to the number of fish.


7. Tackle: All fish must be caught on rod and reel. Wire lines are permitted. No electric reels (except kite rods & down riggers.) Treble hooks are permitted.


8. Hook & Pass: Passing the rod after hookup (hook and hand) is allowed to a registered angler only once per fish. The pass must occur as close to immediately after hookup as possible and as soon as the line is tight. Any fish where the rod is passed more than once or other assistance is provided shall not be eligible. The use of a rod holder to hook a fish is allowable provided there is not more than one (1) pass as listed above.


9. Bait & Bait Fishing: Fishing with live bait is permitted in the tournament; however, live chumming is not permitted. Live baits may not be removed from a hook or bait well, thrown against any object or surface on the boat and then placed in the water. Live baits may not be removed from a hook or bait well, then cut in half and thrown into the water. If a bait is not attached to a hook connected by line to a fishing rod, it must be completely dead before it is placed in the water. Live bait teasers are not allowed. All teams in the tournaments are prohibited from having any boats outside the tournament to live chum on their behalf. Frozen chum and cut bait are permitted.


10. Tournament Channel: The tournament committee will operate on Channel 80. Channel 72 will be used as an alternate. All discussions among competitors should be conducted on alternate channels.


11. Boundaries: Participating boats are limited to the waters off the east coast of Florida no more than 30 miles offshore. Boats may fish as far north or south as they wish, as long as they return to the Hillsborough Committee Boat in the inlet no later than 4:00 P.M. You must display your boat number to the tournament committee boat in Hillsborough Inlet. 


12. Check-Out: There will be a gentlemen’s lines in @ 7:00 AM from whichever inlet you decide to leave from as long as you are visually checked in by displaying your boat #  to the tournament committee boat no later than 4:00 PM. Each boat will be required to provide their preferred location to weigh in and a # will be provided for the weigh in position.  This is a tournament that benefits a charity so please be honest and do not start fishing until 7:00 AM! ALL WINNERS WILL BE SUBJECT TO POLYGRAPGH. LINES IN EARLY WILL RESULT IN IMMEDIATE DISQUALIFICATION!


13. Check-In: There is no specific time for lines out of the water. All boats with fish to weigh must be visually & verbally checked in by displaying their boat # to the tournament committee boat no later than 4:00 PM, regardless of hook-ups. Boats that do not check in by 4:00 PM will not be eligible to weigh their fish. Check in boat will be anchored inside Hillsborough Inlet and will fly an MDA (Muscular Dystrophy Association) Flag.


14. Landfall: Following check-out, or once fishing hours have begun, no boats will be permitted to touch land until reaching the dock at an approved weigh station for weigh-in. Special consideration will be given for medical conditions and special circumstances that may arise during the day of fishing. The committee must be notified in advance of any situation that may warrant exception to this rule.


15. Inspection: Tournament officials reserve the right to inspect any boat participating in the tournament prior to the start of fishing on Saturday morning. Any boat that refuses inspection will be automatically disqualified from the tournament. No lines out of the water.


16. Weigh-In: The weigh station is located at Alsdorf Park Boat Ramp and Lighthouse Point Marina. The scale will open at 3:00 PM. All fish must be brought to the weigh station in the boat that they were caught. Transferring of fish to another boat will result in disqualification. All decisions of the weigh master are final.  The weigh master reserves the right to inspect any fish by any means including but not limited to internal inspection.


17. Weather: In the event that weather conditions arise deemed unsafe for the average registered boat, by the tournament officials, the tournament may be called off for that day. No refunds will be made in the event of cancellation. Any notice of cancellation will be broadcast on channel 80. If Saturday is weathered out, the tournament will be moved to the same hours on Sunday. It is expressly understood that the permitting of fishing by tournament officials does not ensure the safety of registered anglers or any other occupants of their vessels. Captains, anglers and all other members of registered boats must determine in their own judgment whether to fish under the given conditions based on factors including but not limited to the seaworthiness of their boat and their own seamanship.


18. Protests: All protests must be made within 2 hours of the conclusion of weigh-in along with $500 cash or check to the tournament officials. Protests should be made based on first hand eyewitness information. All decisions of the tournament officials regarding protests are final.


19. Polygraph: By entering the tournament all captains, anglers and occupants of their boats voluntarily consent to submit to a polygraph examination as deemed necessary by tournament officials. All decisions of the polygraph examiner will be final. Any captain, angler or occupant of a registered boat who refuses to take a polygraph or provides untruthful answers as determined by the examiner will be disqualified from the tournament without further notice. Such a disqualification will eliminate payment or provision of any prize money, awards and/or refund of entrance fees or calcuttas.


20. Release: By signing the entry form, all captains, anglers and occupants of their boat hereby consent that tournament officials may use without payment or restriction, any photographs, video or interviews in which he or she may appear for any purpose whatsoever, including but not limited to resale, advertising and promotional material.


21. Tournament Discretion: The tournament director reserves the right to implement his discretion at any time during the tournament as it may apply to the rules or any other circumstance that should arise during the course of the event.