Yamaha Outboard shoot-out

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Rules and Entry

Rules - 2011 Yamaha Outboard Shootout

TOURNAMENT DATES & LOCATION - The tournament will take place from March 17, 2011 through March 19, 2011. The captains' meeting, weigh-in, check-out/in, awards ceremony and dock parties will take place at Miamarina at Bayside in Miami, Florida.

REGISTRATION AND FEES -Entry fee is $695 per boat/team if received on or before March 11, 2011 or $845 if received after. Each team entry includes 8 lines, tournament bag, 4 social bands, 4 tournament shirts, and other sponsor provided promotional items. Teams are not guaranteed bags or shirts as they are distributed on a first-come first-serve basis. Each registered team and angler is eligible for team and individual tournament prizes.

OFFICIAL TIME - The official time will be kept by the tournament director. It is urged that captains and anglers synchronize their watches with the director to avoid time related issues.

CAPTAIN'S MEETING - There will be a Captains' Meeting on Thursday May 13, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. at the tournament site. At least one representative from each boat/team must be present. All anglers are encouraged to attend. The rules of this tournament may be amended verbally or in writing at the time of the meeting. Anglers are responsible for being well informed of all rules.

LICENSES AND PERMITS - All participating anglers must possess necessary licenses and permits including, but not limited to Florida Saltwater Fishing License and the Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Angling Permit.

BILLFISH - Sailfish, marlin, spearfish, swordfish. 
FUN FISH - Dolphin, Tuna (blackfin & yellowfin), Kingfish.

BOUNDARIES- All teams must remain within a 25-mile offshore boundary. Teams must also remain south of Port Everglades (Latitude 26° 05' 35") and north of the Carysfort Reef Light (Latitude 25° 13' 15"). Fish caught within this area may be fought outside the area. No fish may be hooked while outside the designated area. Bait fishing may occur anywhere within or outside the boundaries.

COMMUNICATIONS - All participating boats should be equipped with a working VHF marine radio. The tournament committee will monitor VHF channel 82. The backup channel will be channel 80. Official times, releases, hook-ups, and other special notifications will be announced during the tournament on this channel. After releasing a billfish, notify the Committee Boat by radio with your boat/team number and the angler's letter. The Committee Boat will acknowledge information given with a confirmation number. Boats without radio contact shall contact another boat for a relay. This information will be acknowledged by radio to all participating boats. During the final 10 minutes of each day's fishing, all hook-ups (billfish and fun fish) must be called into the committee boat. NO TOURNAMENT STANDINGS OR WEIGH-IN STATISTICS WILL BE AVAILABLE ON THE VHF RADIO.

SUBSTITUTIONS - You may substitute anglers or boats. Boat and angler substitution may occur if done in writing and accepted by the tournament director before the day's fishing has commenced.

PHOTO PROCEDURE - Each team is required to use their own digital or video camera. Teams are encouraged to use video cameras, but at least a digital camera is mandatory. They are responsible for the proper operation of this camera and are urged to have a backup camera. Each team must take a photo of the checkout point each morning to initiate their camera for that's day's photos. Teams must take photos of each released fish during the fight and during the release. The photos must conclusively show the release AND the species of the fish. You will be required to take a photo of an item to mark the end of that fish's photo sequence. This will be announced by the radioman. Teams must submit their camera at the end if each day's fishing for examination. The camera is to be submitted with the release card. Cameras will be returned that same day. All photos and video become tournament property.

PHOTOS NOTES- Get acquainted with your camera. Most digital cameras experience "shutter-lag" which is a slight delay from when you press the button to when the photo is actually taken. Learn this and take PLENTY of photos. Taking the photo of the fish has now become part of the "official release" procedure. Just like touching the leader, taking a valid photo is now also necessary. If you do not have a photo of the release, then you do not have an official release. No photo, no release.

CHECK-OUT PROCEDURE - All boats must be visually checked-out at the southernmost point of Miami Beach Marina's south wall by the tournament director. All boats will be visually and verbally checked-out from this location. This checkpoint will be manned by tournament staff from 6:15 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. Any boat wishing to check-out after 7:00 a.m. must contact the tournament director or member of the rules committee to arrange a check-out at the marina. Boats not checked out will be disqualified from that day's fishing.

FISHING TIMES- The official start time is at 7:00 a.m. This will be marked by a radio announcement of "lines-in." The official end time is 5:00 p.m. and marked by a radio announcement of "lines-out." All anglers must discontinue fishing immediately except in the case where a fish was hooked-up and called into the committee boat during the last 10 minutes of fishing for that day. The weigh-station closes at 6:00 p.m. All fish must be weighed and release cards turned in by 6:00 p.m.

FISHING RULES - Unless otherwise stated elsewhere in these rules or amended at the captains' meeting, I.G.F.A. rules apply throughout the tournament. The maximum length of a double line is 5 feet. The maximum length of a leader, not including the double line, is 15 feet. These leader rules supersede I.G.F.A. rules. There are no other IGFA exceptions.

CHUMMING Live or dead bait chumming is strictly prohibited. Live or dead bait teasers, dredges, or daisy chains are also prohibited. Other boats may not chum on behalf of another boat. Any boat/team violating the chumming rule will be disqualified for the entire tournament. The "No Chumming" rule does not apply to bait fishing. The maximum length of a double line is 5 feet. The maximum length of a leader, not including the double line, is 15 feet. These leader rules supersede I.G.F.A. rules.

HOOKS - As per the NMFS, all teams must use non-offset circle hooks. Such as the Gamakatsu 265416/7/8 or 221416/7/8.

RELEASE CARDS - Each team will be given release cards at the beginning of the tournament. Additional release cards are available at the tournament site. Teams are responsible for COMPLETELY and ACCURATELY filling out the information on the release card. A team member must turn in the release card to the tournament committee at the end of each day's fishing. Incomplete or improperly completed cards may be rejected by the tournament committee. The weigh-station closes at 6:00 p.m. All fish must be weighed and release cards turned in by 6:00 p.m.

BILLFISH SCORING - All billfish should be released unharmed. Any angler bringing a billfish into the weigh station shall forfeit any claim he/she and their team may have to tournament prizes. Each successful release of a billfish and verified photo will earn the angler 100 points and their team the same number of points. A successful release is when a team member touches the leader (not the double line), or the swivel attaching the leader touches the rod tip, or the knot attaching the leader to the fishing line touches the rod tip, or in the case where a float is used: when the float touches the rod tip and the swivel AND a successful photograph has been taken of the release and the billfish. Release + Release photo/video=100 points. The weigh-station closes at 6:00 p.m. All fish must be weighed and release cards turned in by 6:00 p.m.

FUN FISH SCORING- All fish presented for weigh-in must be in fresh, edible condition and caught that tournament day. No mutilated fish (based on tournament committee's opinion) will be accepted. Minimum acceptable weight of 10 pounds is required for entry into the tournament. All participating anglers are urged to release those fish not to be entered into the tournament. The release of fish should be in keeping with the best conservation methods to ensure continued life. All entries must be weighed at the certified scale at the official weigh-in location in the presence of the boat/team entering them. Any fish may be examined by any means necessary. No more than 1 fish of any eligible species may be weighed in per team per day. The fish will be weighed to the nearest tenth (1/10) of a pound. Fun fish prizes are only available to team participating in Fun Fish Additional Categories. The weigh-station closes at 6:00 p.m. All fish must be weighed and release cards turned in by 6:00 p.m.

PRIZES FOR OVERALL TOURNAMENT - Team Awards will be awarded based on the overall score of the entire team. Prize amounts are based on the number of boats entered for each division. See website for breakdown.

ADDITIONAL PRIZE CATEGORIES - There are additional prize categories that are elective. These prize categories are scored as are the overall tournament billfish releases. Every prize is a 90% payout. The percentages below reflect the balance AFTER the tournament has retained 10%. 
Fun Fish Categories: $100 per species and pays winner-take-all per species.
Morning Bite (7a-10a): $200 per team and pays winner-take-all.
Afternoon Bite: (2p-5p): $200 per team and pays winner-take-all.
Overall Entire Day: (7a-5p): $200 per team and pays 60/30/10.
King's Ransom: $500 per team and pays winner-take-all.
Heavy Hitter (must be in across the board): $1000 per team and pays 70/30.

WEATHER CONDITIONS - In the event of unsafe weather conditions, the tournament committee may choose to move the tournament to Sunday. Captains are ultimately responsible for their crew and should make the decision as to safe sea conditions.

PROTESTS - Any protests concerning the conduct of an angler or rules violations must be filed in writing with the tournament committee no later than the close of the weigh station on the day of the alleged violation. Protests will be handled by the rules committee. The decisions of the rules committee are final.

REFUNDS - No refunds will be given for any reason including, but not limited to acts of nature, war, national security, or travel restrictions.
TIES - All ties will be broken based on time. The earlier billfish release or earlier fun fish weigh-in will win the tie.

POLYGRAPH - Polygraph will be administered at the end of competition. Each registered angler specifically agrees and consents to voluntarily submit to a polygraph examination or examinations at any time until all prize winners and awards are determined and announced. Further, each registered angler agrees to obtain the agreement and consent of each and every occupant of the boat from which he or she fishes during the tournament (including but not limited to the captain and crew) to submit to a polygraph examination or examinations as described above. The method and conduct of all polygraph examinations, and the interpretation of the results thereof, shall be in the sole judgment of the polygraph examiner appointed by the Tournament, whose opinion shall be final. If any registered angler or occupant of a vessel refuses to submit to a polygraph examination, or if any registered angler or occupant gives a response which, in the sole opinion of the polygraph examiner, is untruthful, then all registered anglers on the boat shall be immediately disqualified without further notice from the Tournament. Any registered angler so disqualified shall not be entitled to any prize, award, or entry fee refund.

RELEASE OF LIABILITY - It is expressly understood that all participants in the Tournament enter at their own risk and that the Tournament or Ocean Promotions and Events, LLC. their officers and directors and all persons connected directly or indirectly with the operations of the tournament, or any sponsor of the tournament shall be exempt from any liability for slander, loss, damage, negligence, harm, injury or death suffered by any participant, entrant, anglers or their companions, boat captains, mates, crew members, guests, vessels and equipment which may occur during the tournament.

SIGNING OF THE ENTRY FORM - By signing the entry form, the angler agrees to follow the above tournament rules and that the tournament and/or its sponsors may use without payment or restriction any photographs and/or video in which he or she appears for any purpose whatsoever but not limited to resale, advertising, commercial or promotional material. All anglers are required to sign their entry blank form as certification that they have read and agreed to abide by all rules and the above liability release.

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