This tournament is based on a single biggest fish with an optional two fish aggregate weight calcutta. Prize money for the largest single fish will be paid out for the top three places. The optional Calcutta is winner take all. In the event that two fish have identical weights, the fish boated first will take the top place. Each team will only be permitted to place once, if a team has two fish that would place, they will receive prize money for their larger fish. If they are in the Calcutta both fish would be added together for the aggregate weight. Just as in the single fish category, if two aggregate weights are identical then we will revert to whichever team’s fish were landed first. Teams are all eligible to win both the tournament “Big Fish” and the aggregate calcutta.
Registration: $500 (with optional $500 2 fish aggregate calcutta)
Teams may pre-register for the tournament in person at Strike-Zone of Melbourne (2771 W New Haven Ave) or on swordfishshootout.net. Payment may be made by cash (in store only) or credit card (MasterCard, Visa, Discover & American Express accepted.) 3% service charge will be added to ALL credit card transactions. TEAMS CAN LEAVE FROM ANY INLET. We will require a recording of the fish immediately after being boated. On Thursday Aug 6th at least one member of each team will be required to come to Strike-Zone to pick up their “Token”. The token must be displayed in the video of the landed swordfish. This is to ensure no fish were landed on a previous trip. We will have a captain’s meeting on Thursday, the meeting is not mandatory but coming to receive the token will be. You make pick up your token from 9am-7pm, the captain’s meeting will be at 6pm. Tournament will be held August 6th 2021 through August 7th 2021. You will have 24 hours of fishing time. Lines in at 9pm on Friday the 6th and lines out by 9pm Saturday August 7th.
Entry Forms: All entry forms must be completely filled out by all participants in the tournament and entry paid before the captain’s meeting begins.
Anglers: Each boat may register as many anglers as they choose. All anglers should be listed on the form. Please notify the committee of any angler changes prior to the start of fishing. ALL ANGLERS MUST HAVE A VALID FLORIDA FISHING LICENSE! All registered anglers must comply with all applicable FEDERAL AND FLORIDA LAWS regarding fishing licenses, size limits, bag limits, speed limits, highly migratory species permit, etc. Visit http://myfwc.com/ for all regulations.
Eligible Species: SWORDFISH.
Fish Limit: Each boat may weigh up to 2 swordfish (in the event that a boat has more than two fish we will offer a curtesy weigh if two fish are similar in size). Largest of the two will be in the running for the tournament and the largest two fish aggregate will win the Calcutta (if entered). Swordfish may be weighed if bit by shark or run over by vessel only if the remainder the fish is at least 47” lower jaw fork length. Any eligible fish must have either a head or tail attached to be able to be weighed. We will not weigh a core of a fish.
*** Teams must film an approximately 10 second time stamped cell phone video stating team/boat name used on registration form and video of fish after it has been brought onboard with the token given at captain’s meeting clearly visible***
Tackle: All fish must be caught on rod and reel. Electric reels are allowed. Teams can fish more than one rod at a time. (No limit on number of lines in the water)
Tournament Channel: The tournament committee will operate on Channel 80. Channel 72 will be used as an alternate. We will monitor Channel 80 on Sunday to assist with weigh in.
Boundaries: No Boundaries.
Check-Out: Leave from any inlet. Gentleman’s lines in at 9:00PM Friday evening.
10. Landfall: Following check-out, or once fishing hours have begun, no boats will be permitted to touch land until reaching the dock at the end of their fishing day. 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.
Boat Check: Tournament officials reserve the right to inspect any boat participating in the tournament prior to the start of fishing. Any boat that refuses inspection will be automatically disqualified from the tournament. *No fish can be on-board caught from previous days.
Weigh-In: All boats with fish to weigh-in must check in by texting Matt (321-243-9268) when you have arrived back at port safely. Please include Boat Name, number of fish to be weighed and video of landed fish. If you are unable to text the video please email it to MTFowler32@gmail.com as soon as possible. Boats that do not check in via text (or email) will not be eligible to weigh their catch. If your team is hooked up at 8:30 P.M. Saturday evening you will need to film a 10 second time stamped video showing your team hooked up. If your team is still hooked up to a fish at 9:00PM or after, you must attempt to contact another team or boat and ask them to relay via text to Matt that you were hooked up before “lines out”. This will validate your hookup. Once your team is in cell phone range, please text Matt with a time the fish is landed, the video showing that you were hooked up at 8:30 and the video of the boated fish.
Weather: Weather cancellations are made by tournament directors. If we have to move the tournament dates due to weather, we will contact teams on the phone numbers provided on registration form. We will also post cancelation and new dates on Facebook and Instagram. Weather permitting the makeup dates will be, fishing Friday Aug 13th through Saturday August 14th and weigh-in on that Sunday the 15th. 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.
Protests: All protests must be made within 1 hour of the conclusion of weigh-in along with $500 cash to the tournament officials. Protests should be made based on firsthand eyewitness information. All decisions of the tournament officials regarding protests are final.
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.
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 or video in which he or she may appear for any purpose whatsoever, including but not limited to resale, advertising and promotional material.
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.
Weigh In Location: Capt’n Butcher’s in Sebastian. Address: 1732 Indian River Dr. Sebastian, Fl 32958
Winnings: Checks for the winning teams will be made out to the person that filled out the registration form.
*100% PAYOUT BASED ON 30 PARTICIPATING BOATS
Thursday August 5th
Captain’s Meeting at 6pm (Held at Strike-Zone Fishing, 2771 W New Haven Ave. Melbourne, Fl 32904.)
Friday August 6th
Lines in at 9pm
Saturday August 7th
Lines out at 9pm
Sunday August 8th
Weigh In: Capt’n Butcher’s in Sebastian from 12pm – 3pm