April 4-7, 2018
  GALLERY 2017 RESULTS RULES 2018 SCHEDULE 2017 REGISTRATION
 
Rules
 
 
Key West, Florida
April 5-8, 2017
Official Rules
     
  1. Mandatory Captain’s Meeting April 5, 2017 at the Conch Harbor Marina at 6:00 pm.
  2. Fishing days, April 6 and April 8, 2017. Lay day is April 7. No weather day.
  3. Fishing hours are 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM. You may clear the sea buoy anytime after 6:30 AM. Geographical boundary limits: Eastern boundary W 81.20 (Big Pine Key); Western boundary W 82.20 (35 miles SSW Key West)
  4. IGFA rules apply with the following exception: rod hand-offs permitted.
  5. Non-offset circle hooks must be used for billfish. All billfish must be released unharmed.
  6. There is no weather committee. Fishing is up to the decision of the captains who assume all liability for their decision.
  7. Live and dead bait may be used. No live bait chumming. No live bait teasers.
  8. No more than two kites are permitted to be used with live bait; two artificial teasers may be used with live bait;  no more than two dredges, and  two teasers for trolling. 
  9. Only six rods are permitted in the water at any one time. This includes pitch bait rods.
  10. There are no restrictions on line tests.
 
 
Fishing Regulations
     
  11. All anglers must comply with state and federal boating and fishing regulations with appropriate licenses and necessary documentation. To learn more about Florida fishing regulations go to www.myfwc.com/license. All boats fishing in the tournament are required to carry liability insurance.
  12. A release will be official when the mate touches the leader, or the leader reaches the inside of the rod tip. Honor system in effect.
  13. All billfish releases must be called in over the VHF radio channel 78 (80 backup) with boat and angler’s name. Once verbally acknowledged by the radio host the time of release will be noted.   In case of a tie, earliest release prevails.
  14. Any boat that hooks up between 3:20 and 3:29 pm MUST alert the radio committee and then confirm its release or break off time.
 
Team Awards
 
Grand Champion Award –
Most Points Boat, Winner Take All
Overall Releases & Meat
First, Second, Third Places in all Categories
Sailfish, Billfish, Tuna, Dolphin, Cobia, Kingfish, Wahoo
 
Angler Awards
 
Grand Champion Award –
Most Points Angler, Winner Take All
Overall Releases & Meat
First, Second, Third Places in all Categories
Sailfish, Billfish, Tuna, Dolphin, Cobia, Kingfish, Wahoo
 
Top Female Angler
Overall Releases & Meat
 
Top Junior Angler
15 and under
Overall Releases & Meat
 
Point Scores
Sailfish 100; White Marlin 200; Blue Marlin 300
Tuna, Dolphin, Cobia, Kingfish, Wahoo, 1 point per pound
Anglers can qualify one fish of each species per day
Weigh in location Conch Harbor.
Scales open at 3 pm and close at 5:30 pm
 
 
 
 
 
 
  GALLERY 2017 RESULTS RULES 2018 SCHEDULE 2017 REGISTRATION