RULES AND REGULATIONS

1. REGISTRATION: BASIC ENTRY REGISTRATION FEE IS $600 PER BOAT THRU JULY 1, 2019 & $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 25, 2019 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 26-JULY 28, 2019. EACH TEAM ENTRY PICKS ONLY ONE OF THE TWO 32 HOUR TIME SLOTS TO FISH:

FRIDAY – SATURDAY 32 HR TIME SLOT- FRIDAY JULY 26, 2019 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 27, 2019. NO EXCEPTIONS.

SATURDAY- SUNDAY 32 HR TIME SLOT- SATURDAY JULY 27, 2019 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 28, 2019 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 26, 2019. LAY DAY SUBMISSIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED AT www.bigfishclassic.com , RECEIVED IN LAY DAY DROP BOX AT TALBOT STREET PIER DOCK OFFICE, BY PHONE CONFIRMATION, OR EMAILED TO thebigfishclassic@gmail.com

****TOURNAMENT OFFICIALS RESERVE THE RIGHT TO EXTEND TOURNAMENT TO MONDAY JULY 29, 2019 DUE TO EXTREME INCLEMENT WEATHER CONDITIONS DETERMINED AT CAPTAINS MEETING AND TO POSTPONE ENTIRE TOURNAMENT UNTIL THE WEEKEND AFTER LABOR DAY IN SEPTEMBER.**

 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 & MANUALLY REELED ON A REEL WITH A HOOK & LINE BY ANY CONVENTIONAL METHOD (YOU CAN USE THE “REEL CRANKIE” DEVICE WITH DRILL TO CHECK BAITS). 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 BE USED FOR ANYTHING HOOKLESS (DREDGES, TEASERS, PLANERS) AND TO CATCH BAIT IN ELECTRIC SETTING. 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. MAKE SURE SHARK CERTIFICATION HAS BEEN COMPLETED ALSO FOR THOSE TARGETING SHARKS AND YOU FOLLOW SHARK POSSESSION GUIDELINES AND CIRCLE HOOKS! NO BLUE SHARKS QUALIFY!

 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 BUT NO FISH MAY BE WEIGHED ON LAND BEFORE BEING WEIGHED AT TALBOT STREET. NO MUTILATED FISH WILL BE WEIGHED AND IS DETERMINED BY TOURNAMENT WEIGH MASTER! FISH SHALL BE ACCOMPANIED BY A SIGNED CATCH REPORT. WEIGH MASTER WILL ROUND OFF THE OFFICIAL WEIGHT TO THE NEAREST HALF POUND. ALL FISH ARE SUBJECT TO EXAMINATION BY TOURNAMENT OFFICIALS AND THEIR DELEGATED REPRESENTATIVES TO INSPECT AND PERFORM TESTS AND TAKE SAMPLES FOR RESEARCH. ALL FISH MUST BE MEASURED BY TOURNAMENT OFFICIALS WHO WILL REPORT LENGTH AND GIRTH AND ON CATCH REPORT BEFORE BEING PLACED ON SCALES TO SATISFY HMS TOURNAMENT REPORTING REQUIREMENTS.

10. TIE BREAKER: IN THE EVENT OF A TIE, THE PURSE WILL BE SPLIT BETWEEN TIED WINNERS IN THE LEVEL WHERE THE TIE OCCURS.

11.PROTESTS AND WINNINGS: PROTESTS ARE DISCOURAGED & REQUIRE A $3000 NONREFUNDABLE PROTEST FEE. TOURNAMENT OFFICIALS RESERVE THE RIGHT TO REQUEST A POLYGRAPH TEST OF ANY & ALL WINNING TEAMS AT TOURNAMENTS DISCRETION EVEN WITHOUT A PROTEST. TOURNAMENT OFFICIALS WILL PAYOUT WINNINGS NO EARLIER THAN AUGUST 2ND 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 LITIGATION INVOLVING THE BIG FISH CLASSIC OR MEMBERS OF THE ENTITY OF THE TOURNAMENT SHALL BE ENTITLED TO ITS REASONABLE ATTORNEYS’ FEES AND COST TO BE PAID OUT OF THE PRIZE MONEY IN DISPUTE. IF PRIZE MONEY IN DISPUTE IS INSUFFICIENT TO PAY THE BIG FISH CLASSIC OR MEMBERS OF THE ENTITY OF THE TOURNAMENT ATTORNEYS FEES AND REASONABLE COSTS, EACH TEAM IN THE LITIGATION SHALL BE JOINTLY AND SEVERALLY LIABLE TO PAY THE AFOREMENTIONED ATTORNEYS’ FEES AND REASONABLE COSTS. ADDITIONALLY, THE BIG FISH CLASSIC OR MEMBERS OF THE ENTITY OF THE TOURNAMENT SHALL NOT BE LIABLE TO PAY ANY TEAM OR PARTICIPANTS ATTORNEYS FEES OR RELATED COSTS REGARDLESS OF THE OUTCOME.

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 QUALIFYING FISH FROM THE ATLANTIC CAUGHT DURING THE TOURNAMENT WINS! HEAVIEST QUALIFYING FISH SHALL INCLUDE QUALIFYING BILLFISH, TUNA, SHARKS, WAHOO, DOLPHIN, & ALL OTHER QUALIFYING SPECIES (e.g., OPAH, WRECKFISH, BLUEFISH, COBIA) ALLOWED UNDER STATE & FEDERAL REGULATIONS FROM THE ATLANTIC OCEAN OR ITS TRIBUTARIES AND MUST WEIGH AT LEAST 15LBS UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED ON THE REGISTRATION FORM. SKATES, RAYS, EELS, SUNFISH, TIGER SHARKS, BLUE SHARKS & HAMMERHEAD SHARKS ARE NOT QUALIFYING FISH.

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 & 2ND PLACE.

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

DIVISION B – H OPTIONAL ENTRIES: ENTRY LEVELS IN DIVISION B-H 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-65% / 2ND HEAVIEST FISH-25% / 3RD HEAVIEST FISH-10% 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) FOR DIVISION C TO WEIGH SEPARATELY AT ANY TIME DURING THEIR 32 TIME SLOT. HEAVIEST COMBINED WEIGHT- 65% / 2ND HEAVIEST- 25% / 3RD HEAVIEST- 10% IF NO QUALIFYING FISH PURSE WILL BE TRANSFERRED TO WINNER IN DIVISION A.

DIVISION C – TALBOT STREET STRINGER LEVEL 3 – WINNER TAKE ALL: HEAVIEST STRINGER-100% OF DISTRIBUTED PURSE. DISTRIBUTED PURSE WILL BE REFUNDED IF NO QUALIFYING STRINGER. STRINGER IS DEFINED IN DIVISION C- LEVEL 1&2 INFORMATION ABOVE.

DIVISION D – BILLFISH DIVISION LEVEL 1 & 4 – SWORDFISH & WHITE MARLIN WINNER TAKE ALL LEVELS: HEAVIEST RELATED SPECIES OF LEVEL-100% OF DISTRIBUTED PURSE. IF THERE ARE NO QUALIFYING FISH BY BOATS IN A LEVEL, THEN THAT 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 & DIVISION 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 QUALIFYING 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 & DIVISION B BFC LEVEL 2 RESPECTIVELY (I.E., TUNA LEVEL 2 TO BFC LEVEL 1 AND TUNA LEVEL 3 TO BFC LEVEL 2).

DIVISION F – TUNA DIVISION LEVEL 4 – HEAVIEST TUNA STRINGER: ENTRIES SELECT UP TO 4 QUALIFYING TUNA FISH (ANY SPECIES OF TUNA) DIVISION F TO WEIGH SEPARATELY AT ANY TIME DURING THEIR 32 TIME SLOT. HEAVIEST COMBINED WEIGHT- 65% / 2ND HEAVIEST- 25% / 3RD HEAVIEST- 10% IF NO QUALIFYING FISH, PURSE WILL BE TRANSFERRED TO WINNER IN DIVISION F LEVEL 3.

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 OR MANUFACTURERS 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: HEAVIEST 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.