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Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost to enter the tournament?

Registration is $3,975 per boat (tax included) until 11/15/17. After 11/15/17, entry fee is $4,770 per boat (tax included).

How many anglers can we register for the tournament?

There is no limit on the number of anglers that can be registered by a team.  All anglers should be registered for the tournament for reporting purposes.

Can the captain also be an angler?

Yes. Completion of the captain's section of the online form will qualify him or her as an angler.

Are there social passes for the tournament?

Yes.  Each team receives (6) social passes with their general entry fee into the tournament.  Additional passes may be purchased if necessary.  Credentials are required for access to hospitality parties and other activities for the tournament.

Where can I register for the tournament?

Online: www.operationsailfish.com
By Mail: Make checks payable to Bluewater Movements, Inc. PO Box 50114, Lighthouse Point, FL 33074. Upon receipt of check in the mail, a staff member will contact captain to complete registration process. Kickoff Party: Late registration will take place the evening of the kickoff party on December 6th, 2017.

Can I pay with a check at the kickoff party?

No. Acceptable payment methods at the kickoff party are Cash, Mastercard, Visa & AmEx Only. No business or personal checks will be accepted at the kickoff party.

What are the eligible species of fish?

Sailfish, White Marlin, Blue Marlin, Dolphin, Wahoo, Kingfish, Tuna and Cobia

How many Funfish can we weigh and where can we weigh them?

1 per species. Weigh scales will be available at Sailfish Marina

What is the minimum weight requirement for funfish?

10 pounds

What if there is a tie?

In the event of a tie in the sailfish division, winners will be determined by the team or individual that releases their last fish first.  

What are the hook requirements?

As required by NMFS, all teams must use a non-offset circle hook in the tournament.

Does the tournament operate according to IGFA rules?

No.  While there are aspects of the tournament rules that are consistent with IGFA standards, there are some elements of the rules that are in contrast to IGFA mandated rules.  Contact the tournament director if there are any specific questions related to Operation Sailfish tournament rules.

How many lines can we fish?

All boats are permitted to fish up to seven lines in the water during the tournament.  Artificial dredges are allowed (maximum of 2) and do not factor into the count for the permitted number of lines in the water.

What method is used to verify Sailfish releases in the tournament?

All releases must be documented on video by each team as stated in the rules.  SD Cards are the only acceptable form of video media in the tournament.  Teams must provide their own media.

Is live chumming allowed in the tournament?

No. Live chumming is not permitted. Frozen chum is allowed.

Are teasers permitted in the tournament?

Yes. Maximum of two artificial bait teasers are permitted in the tournament.  Live bait teasers are not permitted.

What are the boundaries in the tournament?

North: 27.15 South: 26.15 East: 79.22. Teams may not exit the boundaries when fighting a fish.

Is there an official announcement of lines in the water?

Yes. The announcement will be made at 8:00 am.

What time are lines out of the water?

Lines are out of the water at 4pm.  Boats have until 6pm to return to Sailfish Marina and turn in their SD cards & release cards each day.

 

 

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