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Sailfish Challenge FAQ's

How much does it cost to enter the tournament?

  • Registration is $954 (tax included) per boat up until 1/31/18. After 1/31/18, entry fee is $1,696 (tax included) per boat.

Do I have to pay extra to add additional anglers?

  • No. This is a boat tournament and we do not charge additional fees for additional anglers.

Can the captain also be an angler?

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

Where can I register for the tournament?

  • Online at www.sailfishchallenge.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.

Can I pay with a check at the kickoff party?

  • No. Acceptable payment methods at the kickoff party are Cash, Mastercard, Visa, and American Express. 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

What is the minimum weight requirement for Funfish?

  • 10 pounds

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

  • 1 per species. Weigh scales will be available at all 3 inlets: Hillsboro, Government Cut, and Lake Worth.

What if there is a tie?

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

Can we use treble hooks?

  • No. As required by NMFS, all teams must use a non-offset circle hook in the tournament.

Can we use J hooks?

  • J hooks are not permissible when using live baits in the tournament, however, J hooks may be used on artificial lures only.

Can we use plastic teasers and/or artificial dredges?

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

How many lines can we fish?

  • All boats are permitted to fish up to seven (7) lines based on their general entry fee into the Sailfish Challenge.  Teasers do not factor in to the line count.

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 tournament rules.

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 card video is the only format for the tournament. Teams must provide their own SD cards.

Is live chumming allowed in the tournament?

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

What are the boundaries in the tournament?

  • North: 27.04  South: 25.28 East: 79.35  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 8:00am.

Do I have to designate a specific inlet to return my SD cards and release cards?

  • No. You may turn your release cards into any one of the 3 inlets. Just make sure to be checked in by 6:00pm.

Is there an official announcement of lines out of the water?

  • Yes. Lines are out of the water at 4:00pm. Boats with release cards to turn in must do so by visually checking in at the specified location inside any one of the (3) tournament inlets by 6:00pm. Check-in locations will be identified at the Captain's meeting. Kingfish, Dolphin, Wahoo, Tuna and Cobia may be weighed at any of the check-in locations.  Boats that do not check in at one of the specified locations by 6:00pm will be ineligible to submit their release cards or weigh their fish.

Do I need to call in hook-ups?

  • No. Only releases that are documented by your video camera should be called in unless otherwise stated by tournament committee.
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