2017 HUK BIG FISH CLASSIC TOURNAMENT RULES AND REGULATIONS


1. REGISTRATION: BASIC ENTRY REGISTRATION FEE IS $600 PER BOAT THRU JULY 15, 2017 & $800 PER BOAT
THEREAFTER. CHARTER BOATS ARE PERMITTED TO FISH WITH MULTIPLE PARTIES DURING THEIR 32 HOUR
TOURNAMENT SLOT. NO LIMIT ON ANGLERS. ANY ENTRY FEE PAID WITH A DISHONORED CHECK OR CREDIT CARD
AUTOMATICALLY VOIDS BOAT ENTRY.


2. CAPTAIN'S MEETING RULE CLARIFICATION: CAPTAINS MEETING IS SCHEDULED FOR JULY 27, 2017 FROM 8 PM
- 8:30 PM
AT TALBOT STREET PIER. EACH BOAT ENTRY SHOULD HAVE A REPRESENTATIVE ATTEND THE CAPTAINS
MEETING. TOURNAMENT RULE CHANGES MAY BE MADE BY THE TOURNAMENT OFFICIALS AT ANY TIME THROUGHOUT THE
CAPTAIN’S MEETING & IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF ALL PARTICIPANTS TO FAMILIARIZE THEMSELVES & ABIDE
WITH ALL RULES & REGULATIONS OF THIS TOURNAMENT. A VIDEO OF THE CAPTAIN’S MEETING WILL BE AVAILABLE
TO VIEW ON THE WEBSITE & YOUTUBE. KICK-OFF PARTY STARTS AT 4:30PM SO COME HANG OUT FOR FREE DRINKS
& GREAT FOOD!

 

3. FISHING TOURNAMENT DATES & TIME SLOTS: JULY 28-JULY 30, 2017.

EACH TEAM ENTRY PICKS ONLY ONE OF THE TWO 32 HOUR TIME SLOTS TO FISH:


FRIDAY – SATURDAY 32 HR TIME SLOT- FRIDAY JULY 28, 2017 AT 3:00 AM BOATS MAY DEPART RESPECTIVE
DESIGNATED PORT’S SEA BUOY. LINES, TEASERS, LURES AND BAIT CATCHING PERMITTED IN WATER AT 7:00 AM. 
LINES OUT OF WATER AT 3:00 PM SATURDAY JULY 29, 2017. NO EXCEPTIONS.

SATURDAY- SUNDAY 32 HR TIME SLOT- SATURDAY JULY 29, 2017 AT 3:00 AM BOATS MAY DEPART RESPECTIVE
DESIGNATED PORT’S SEA BUOY. LINES, TEASERS, LUREs AND BAIT CATCHING PERMITTED IN WATER AT 7:00 AM. 
LINES OUT OF WATER AT 3:00PM SUNDAY JULY 30, 2017 AT 3:00 PM. NO EXCEPTIONS. IN ORDER TO FISH
SATURDAY-SUNDAY 32 HR TIME SLOT, LAY DAY FORMS MUST BE RECEIVED BY TOURNAMENT OFFICIALS NO LATER
THAN 10AM ON FRIDAY JULY 28, 2017. LAY DAY SUBMISSIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED AT www.bigfishclassic.com,

RECEIVED IN LAY DAY DROP BOX AT TALBOT STREET PIER DOCK OFFICE, OR EMAILED TO

thebigfishclassic@gmail.com

**TOURNAMENT OFFICIALS RESERVE THE RIGHT TO EXTEND TOURNAMENT TO MONDAY JULY 31, 2017 DUE TO
EXTREME INCLEMENT WEATHER CONDITIONS DETERMINED AT CAPTAINS MEETING**


4. PORTS & BOUNDARIES: BOATS MAY DEPART FROM NEW JERSEY TO VIRGINIA. FISHING PERMITTED WITHIN 125
NAUTICAL MILES FROM OCEAN CITY, MARYLAND SEA BUOY.


5. TACKLE & ANGLING REQUIREMENTS: IGFA ANGLING & TACKLE RULES ARE ENCOURAGED BUT NOT ENFORCED. ALL
FISH MUST BE CAUGHT ON A FISHING ROD & REEL WITH A HOOK & LINE BY ANY CONVENTIONAL METHOD. 
NON-OFFSET CIRCLE HOOKS ARE MANDATORY FOR ALL SPECIES WHEN USING LIVE AND DEAD BAITS IN ACCORDANCE
WITH HMS TOURNAMENT REGULATIONS! J HOOKS ARE PERMITTED ON ARTIFICIAL LURES ONLY. TROLLING, 
CHUNKING, JIGGING, CASTING, KITE FISHING ARE PERMITTED. NO LIMITS ON LINES, LURES, OR TEASERS. NO
GREENSTICKS, DARTS, OR HARPOONS ARE PERMITTED. ELECTRIC REELS MAY ONLY BE USED FOR ANYTHING
HOOKLESS (DREDGES, TEASERS, PLANERS) AND TO CATCH BAIT. LIVE BAIT IS PERMITTED DURING THE
TOURNAMENT BUT WILL NOT QUALIFY AS RELEASES FOR POINTS IN DIVISION E (SEE DIVISION E BELOW).
6. FEDERAL & STATE REQUIREMENTS: EACH BOAT ENTRY AND TEAM MEMBERS SHALL FOLLOW THE ANGLING
POSSESSION LIMITS/SIZE REGULATIONS DETERMINED BY APPLICABLE FEDERAL/STATE LAWS & REGULATIONS; AND
SHALL OBTAIN ALL NECESSARY FEDERAL & STATE LICENSES BEFORE FISHING IN TOURNAMENT.
7. CATCH REPORTS, COMMITTEE BOATS: ALL REGISTERED BOATS ARE ACTING COMMITTEE BOATS. ALL FISH MUST
BE CONFIRMED ON AIR WITH COMMITTEE BOAT. UPON CATCH OF FISH, CATCH REPORTS MUST IDENTIFY SPECIES; 
TIME BOATED, & BOAT NUMBER OF CONFIRMED COMMITTEE BOAT. BIG FISH CLASSIC OFFICIAL TOURNAMENT
CHANNEL IS 69!
8. PASSING A FISH TO ANOTHER VESSEL: PASSING A FISH TO ANOTHER VESSEL IS PERMITTED ONLY DUE TO
MECHANICAL BREAKDOWN OF A VESSEL. FISH MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY A SIGNED CATCH REPORT & CONFIRMED
WITH COMMITTEE BOATS ON CHANNEL 69 AT TIME OF TRANSFER.


9. FISH WEIGH INS: QUALIFYING FISH MUST BE WEIGHED AT TALBOT STREET PIER ON FRIDAY & SATURDAY FROM
4-9PM OR SUNDAY FROM 4-8PM. BOATS MUST BE VISIBLE FROM TALBOT STREET PIER BY 9PM FRIDAY, 9PM
SATURDAY & 8PM SUNDAY TO OFFICIALLY WEIGH A QUALIFYING FISH. BOATS SHALL CONTACT TOURNAMENT
OFFICIALS VIA CHANNEL 69 OR SCALES PHONE NUMBER # 443-783-7410.

FISH MAY BE TRUCKED TO WEIGH STATION SCALE. NO MUTILATED FISH WILL BE WEIGHED AND IS DETERMINED BY

TOURNAMENT WEIGHMASTER! FISH SHALL BE ACCOMPANIED BY A SIGNED CATCH REPORT.  

WEIGHMASTER WILL ROUND OFF THE OFFICIAL WEIGHT TO THE NEAREST HALF POUND.

FISH ARE SUBJECT TO EXAMINATION BY TOURNAMENT OFFICIALS AND THEIR DELEGATED
REPRESENTATIVES TO INSPECT AND PERFORM TESTS AND TAKE SAMPLES FOR RESEARCH.


10. TIE BREAKER: IN THE EVENT OF A TIE THE WINNER WILL BE DECIDED BY THE CATCH REPORT TIME
CONFIRMED BY A COMMITTEE BOAT SO MAKE SURE YOU CONFIRM YOUR CATCH.


11. PROTESTS AND WINNINGS: PROTESTS ARE DISCOURAGED & REQUIRE A $2000 NONREFUNDABLE PROTEST FEE. 
TOURNAMENT OFFICIALS RESERVE THE RIGHT TO REQUEST A POLYGRAPH TEST OF ANY & ALL WINNING TEAMS. 
TOURNAMENT OFFICIALS WILL PAYOUT WINNINGS NO EARLIER THAN AUGUST 11TH AND AFTER RECEIVING A SINGLE
W-9.
MULTIPLE PAYOUTS PER TEAM ARE SUBJECT TO A FEE OF $100 PER CHECK DEDUCTED FROM THE WINNINGS. ANY
WRONGFUL PROTEST BY A TEAM WILL REQUIRE THAT TEAM TO PAY 5 TIMES THE TOURNAMENTS LEGAL AND
CONSULTING FEES TO THE TOURNAMENT.
 

12. RESPONSIBLE SEAMANSHIP: BOAT CAPTAINS, CREWS, ANGLERS & ANY OTHER MEMBERS ON A VESSEL ENTER
THIS TOURNAMENT AT THEIR OWN RISK.CAPTAINS, CREWS, & ANGLERS MUST MAKE THEIR OWN JUDGMENTS WHETHER
TO FISH UNDER THE PREVAILING WEATHER CONDITIONS BASED ON THE SIZE & SEAWORTHINESS OF THEIR
BOAT,THEIR SEAMANSHIP SKILLS & ANY OTHER RELEVANT FACTORS KNOWN.
13. DISCLAIMER: IT IS EXPRESSLY UNDERSTOOD THAT ALL REGISTERED BOAT CAPTAINS, ANGLERS, CREW AND ANY
OTHER PERSON HERE AS KNOWN AS PARTICIPANTS WHO PARTICIPATE IN THE BIG FISH CLASSIC HEREIN AS KNOWN
AS THE TOURNAMENT, DO SO AT THEIR OWN RISK & JUDGMENT. THE PARTICIPANTS HEREBY INDEMNIFY & AGREE TO
HOLD HARMLESS, THE TOURNAMENT, & ITS RESPECTIVE OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, VOLUNTEERS, AGENTS, 
SPONSORS, PARTNERS, MEMBERS, AND/OR ATTORNEYS (COLLECTIVELY THE “TOURNAMENT PARTIES”) FROM AND
AGAINST ANY AND ALL CLAIMS THAT ARISE FROM OR IN CONNECTION WITH ANY NEGLIGENT ACT OR OMISSION OF
THE TOURNAMENT INDEMNIFIED PARTIES. ALL PERSONS CONNECTED DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY WITH THE OPERATION
OF THE TOURNAMENT WHETHER INDIVIDUAL, LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY OR CORPORATION, SHALL HAVE NO
LIABILITY WHATSOEVER FOR ANY SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, PUNITIVE, EXEMPLARY AND/OR ANY
OTHER DAMAGE INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, ANY DAMAGES ARISING FROM LIBEL, SLANDER, LOSS, DAMAGE, 
NEGLIGENCE, HARM, INJURY OR DEATH. THE TOURNAMENT OFFICIALS RESERVES THE RIGHT TO REFUSE ENTRY TO
ANY BOAT TEAM OR PERSON. PARTICIPANTS SPECIFICALLY AGREE AND CONSENT TO THE USE OF ANY PHOTOGRAPHY
IN WHICH THEY APPEAR, OR AUDIO RECORDING, BY THE TOURNAMENT FOR ANY PURPOSE WHATSOEVER, INCLUDING
BUT NOT LIMITED TO, RESALE, ADVERTISING AND PROMOTIONAL MATERIAL WITHOUT COMPENSATION OR
RESTRICTION OF ANY KIND.


14. CREDIT CARD TRANSACTION FEE: CREDIT CARD TRANSACTIONS REQUIRE A 5% TRANSACTION FEE ON THE
AMOUNT CHARGED.


GENERAL ENTRY INFORMATION


DIVISION A -BASIC ENTRY REGISTRATION: BASIC ENTRY FEE IS REQUIRED TO FISH THE HUK BIG FISH CLASSIC
FISHING TOURNAMENT. HEAVIEST FISH FROM THE ATLANTIC CAUGHT DURING THE TOURNMANENT WINS! HEAVIEST
FISH SHALL INCLUDE QUALIFYING BILLFISH, TUNA, SHARKS, WAHOO, DOLPHIN, & ALL OTHER SPECIES ALLOWED
UNDER STATE & FEDERAL REGULATIONS FROM THE ATLANTIC OCEAN OR ITS TRIBUTARIES. SKATES, RAYS, EELS, 
TIGER SHARKS & HAMMERHEAD SHARKS ARE NOT QUALIFYING FISH OF ANY DIVISION. QUALIFYING FISH MUST
WEIGH AT LEAST 15LBS UNLESS STATED DIFFERENTLY ON THE REGISTRATION FORM.
DIVISION A -GUARANTEED PURSE: DIVISION A TOP THREE HEAVIEST SINGLE QUALIFYING FISH RECEIVES PORTION
OF GUARANTEED PURSE OF $20,000. ONLY ONE BOAT MUST ENTER, PAY BASIC ENTRY REGISTRATION & ATTEMPT TO
FISH TO BE CONSIDERED A TOURNAMENT. IF NO FISH ARE CAUGHT DURING THE TOURNAMENT, THE GUARANTEED
PURSE WILL BE ADDED TO FUTURE DIVISION A PURSE MONEY IN THE FOLLOWING YEAR. IF NO FISH QUALIFIES
FOR THIRD PLACE, THE 3RD PLACE PAYOUT IS SPLIT BETWEEN 1ST & 2NDPLACE. DISTRIBUTION OF GUARANTEED
PURSE: DIVISION A PURSE WILL BE DISTRIBUTED TO THE BOAT(S) WHO WEIGH THE THREE HEAVIEST SINGLE FISH
AS DIRECTED BELOW:
$15,000 GUARANTEED TO FIRST PLACE HEAVIEST FISH / $3,500 GUARANTEED TO SECOND PLACE HEAVIEST FISH / 
$1,500 GUARANTEED TO THIRD PLACE HEAVIEST FISH

DIVISON B - G OPTIONAL ENTRIES: ENTRY LEVELS IN DIVISION B-F ARE OPTIONAL ENTRIES. IN EACH LEVEL A
TOURNAMENT MANAGEMENT FEE OF 10% WILL BE DEDUCTED UPFRONT FROM PURSE. DISTRIBUTED PURSE WILL
CONSIST OF REMAINING 90% OF PURSE COLLECTED FOR EACH ENTRY LEVEL IN DIVISIONS B - H. IF A LEVEL HAS
MULTIPLE PRIZES BUT NOT ENOUGH QUALIFYING FISH THE REMAINING PRIZE FUNDS WILL BE DISBURSED EQUALLY
AMONG WINNING TEAM(S).
DIVISION B - BFC DIVISION LEVEL 1 & 2 - HEAVIEST FISH: HEAVIEST FISH-50% / 2ND HEAVIEST FISH-30% / 
3RD HEAVIEST FISH-20% OF PURSE. IF NO QUALIFYING FISH IN THESE LEVELS PURSE WILL BE TRANSFERRED TO
WINNER IN DIVISION A.
DIVISION B - BFC DIVISION LEVEL 3 - WINNER TAKE ALL: HEAVIEST FISH-100% OF DISTRIBUTED PURSE. 
DISTRIBUTED PURSE WILL BE REFUNDED IF NO QUALIFYING FISH.

DIVISION C – TALBOT STREET STRINGER DIVISION LEVEL 1 & 2: ENTRIES SELECT UP TO 4 QUALIFYING FISH

(ANY SPECIES) TO WEIGH SEPARATELY AT ANY TIME DURING THEIR 32 TIME SLOT. HEAVIEST COMBINED WEIGHT- 50% / 2ND HEAVIEST- 30% / 3RD
HEAVIEST- 20% IF NO QUALIFYING FISH PURSE WILL BE TRANSFERRED TO WINNER IN DIVISION A.

DIVISION D - BILLFISH DIVISION LEVEL 1 - WHITE MARLIN WINNER TAKE ALL: HEAVIEST WHITE MARLIN-100% OF PURSE. IF
THERE ARE NO QUALIFYING WHITE MARLIN IN THIS LEVEL, PURSE WILL BE TRANSFERRED TO WINNER IN DIVISION
D BILLFISH DIVISION LEVEL 3.
DIVISION D - BILLFISH DIVISION LEVEL 2 & 3 -HEAVIEST BILLFISH: HEAVIEST BILLFISH-65% / 2ND HEAVIEST
BILLFISH-25% / 3RD HEAVIEST FISH-10%. IF NO BILLFISH QUALIFY IN EACH LEVEL, PURSE WILL BE
TRANSFERRED TO WINNER IN DIVISION B BFC LEVEL 1 & DIVISON B BFC LEVEL 2 RESPECTIVELY (I.E., 
BILLFISH LEVEL 2 TO BFC LEVEL 1 AND BILLFISH LEVEL 3 TO BFC LEVEL 2.)
DIVISION E - RELEASE DIVISION LEVEL 1 – BILLFISH RELEASE (NO LIVE BAIT FOR QUALIFING RELEASE
POINTS IN THIS DIVISION ONLY): MOST POINTS FOR BILLFISH RELEASED- 70% / 2ND HIGHEST POINTS FOR
BILLFISH RELEASED-30%. DISTRIBUTED PURSE WILL BE REFUNDED IF NO ENTERED TEAM RELEASES A BILLFISH. 
QUALIFIED RELEASES ARE FISH NOT REMOVED FROM WATER CAUGHT ON DEAD BAIT TROLLED WHILE NO LIVE BAIT
IN SPREAD AND/OR ON TEASERS DURING RELEASE IN THIS DIVISION ONLY. SCORED 150 POINTS EACH FOR BLUE
MARLIN/SWORDFISH AND 100 POINTS ALL OTHER BILLFISH (INCLUDING L.B. SPEARFISH IN THIS LEVEL ONLY). 
RELEASE IS DETERMINED WHEN FISH IS WITHIN 30 FEET FROM BOAT. ENTERED TEAMS MUST CONFIRM TIME AND
DATE TO COMMITTEE BOAT AND COMPLETE CATCH REPORT & PRESENT TO SCALES DURING THEIR 32 HOUR SLOT
WEIGH IN TIMES.

DIVISION F - TUNA DIVISION LEVEL 1 - HEAVIEST YELLOWFIN TUNA: HEAVIEST YELLOWFIN TUNA-65% /

2ND HEAVIEST YELLOWFIN TUNA-25% / 3RD HEAVIEST YELLOWFIN TUNA - 10%. IF NO YELLOWFIN TUNA QUALIFY IN THIS LEVEL,

PURSE WILL BE TRANSFERRED TO WINNER IN DIVISION F TUNA DIVISION LEVEL 3.
DIVISION F - TUNA DIVISION LEVEL 2 & 3 -HEAVIEST TUNA: HEAVIEST TUNA-65% / 2ND HEAVIEST TUNA-25% / 
3RD HEAVIEST TUNA-10%. IF NO TUNA QUALIFY IN EACH LEVEL, PURSE WILL BE TRANSFERRED TO WINNER IN
DIVISION B BFC LEVEL 1 & DIVISON B BFC LEVEL 2 RESPECTIVELY (I.E., TUNA LEVEL 2 TO BFC LEVEL 1 AND
TUNA LEVEL 3 TO BFC LEVEL 2.)

DIVISION G - MEATFISH DIVISION LEVEL 1 – HEAVIEST DOLPHIN WINNER TAKE
ALL:
HEAVIEST DOLPHIN- 100% OF PURSE. IF NO DOLPHIN QUALIFY IN THIS LEVEL, PURSE WILL
BE TRANSFERRED TO WINNER IN DIVISION B BFC LEVEL 2.
DIVISION G - MEATFISH DIVISION LEVEL 2 - HEAVIEST WAHOO WINNER TAKE ALL: HEAVIEST WAHOO- 100% OF
PURSE. IF NO WAHOO QUALIFY IN THIS LEVEL, PURSE WILL BE TRANSFERRED TO WINNER IN DIVISION B BFC
LEVEL 2.
DIVISION G - MEATFISH DIVISION LEVEL 3 - HEAVIEST SHARK WINNER TAKE ALL: HEAVIEST SHARK-100% OF
PURSE. IF NO SHARKS QUALIFY IN THIS LEVEL, PURSE WILL BE TRANSFERRED TO WINNER IN DIVISION B BFC
LEVEL 2.
DIVISION H - SMALL BOAT DIVISION LEVEL 1 - 38' & UNDER HEAVIEST FISH WINNER TAKE ALL: HEAVIEST FISH
CAUGHT BY TEAMS ENTERED WITH BOATS 38' & UNDER (I.E., COAST GUARD REGISTERED LENGTH) HEAVIEST
FISH-100%. IF NO FISH QUALIFY IN THIS LEVEL, PURSE WILL BE TRANSFERRED TO DIVISION H LEVEL 2.
DIVISION H - SMALL BOAT DIVISION LEVEL 2- 38'  & UNDER HEAVIEST FISH:FISH CAUGHT BY TEAMS ENTERED WITH REGISTERED BOATS 38' & UNDER.
HEAVIEST FISH-70% / 2ND HEAVIEST FISH 30% OF PURSE. IF NO FISH QUALIFY IN THIS LEVEL PURSE WILL
TRANSFERRED TO DIVISION B BFC LEVEL 1.