Tournament Rules & Regulations

Tournament Directors

Rich Lucas Cell 516-851-3078 Chris Squeri Cell 516-523-3444

Tournament Dates & Times:
Tournament starts July 14, 2017 at 6:30pm and ends Saturday July 23, 2017 12:00pm.

Tournament Inlets
Boats may depart from Montauk or Shinnecock Inlets or other tournament approved inlets that do not provide a competative advantage. Example Connecticut boat's may elect to run directly to Montauk Inlet then depart (38 hours from MTK) or leave from CT at a slight time disadvantage.  Director reserves the right to require any tournament boat to make way to MYC docks prior to departing. All boats must return directly to Montauk Yacht Club to weigh fish.  There is only one official weigh station – Montauk Yacht Club.

Overnight Fishing
Boats may choose to fish one 38 hour overnight fishing trip.  Before casting off lines, boats must text the director Rich 516-851-3078 or Chris 516-523-3444 the following information:
                                Boat Name:______________
                                Time:____________
                                Departure Inlet: _______________
                                Return Date & Time: ___________
                Do not depart until you receive a return text “Tight Lines”
Returning boats must clear the inlet markers within the tournament hours 38 or 19

Day Trip Fishing
Boats may choose to fish two 19 hour fishing trip.  Before casting off lines, boats must text the director the following information: "Same as Above"
                Do not depart until you receive a return text “Tight Lines”
Returning boats must clear the inlet markers within the tournament hours 38 or 19.

Weather Decision
There is no weather committee, Captains are responsible for reviewing all weather forecast and making weather related decisions.  The Director reserves the right to discuss each boat’s weather fishing decision but the ultimate decision belongs to the Captain.

Weigh Station
The Official Tournament Weigh Station is located at Montauk Yacht Club.
Boats arriving Between 7:00am – 9:00pm (except Sunday 7/23 7:00am to 12:00pm) Contact Channel  9 upon arrival at MYC and you will be directed to Club Dock (same location as Captain’s Meeting). Boats arriving between 9:00pm and 7:00am must call the Tournament Director upon entering Montauk Inlet.  After hour boats are required to slip up at MYC until morning and are responsible for any transient charges. The Tournament will arrange slips in advance and meet you at your slip, regardless of the hour.  Boats will be boarded by Tournament Staff, fish will be secured in place and photographed.   Boats arriving after 9:00pm will be required to bring boat to scales weigh their catch between 7:00am & 10:00am as instructed by Tournament Staff. Boats may not "cart" over their catch. Each boat may pick the heaviest fish from each category to be weight (plus Top 3 Yellowfins).  Only one fish of each species will count in each catagory except for Top 3 Yellowfins. If unable to determine, weigh master will weigh two fish of same species. All Captains must sign and verify the recorded weights. Weigh Master will provide time for photos of fish with crew and photo of signed weigh slip. If a boat wishes for a fish to be re-weighed, it must be done prior to leaving the scales.  Once a boat leaves the scales, fish cannot be re-weighed. No mutilated fish shall be eligible for competition.  A mutilated fish is defined as a damage to the fish that would impair the fighting ability of the fish. Fish may be retained by the Weigh Master for up to 24 hours.  If retention is refused, the fish will be disqualified. The Weigh Master and Tournament director reserves the right to cut open any weighed fish for inspection.  Again, if refused further inspection of the fish for species verification or insertion of weighed objects or water, fish will be disqualified.

Boats Requirements

Owners must be onboard as captain or a member of the crew during fishing and boats are required to have HMS Fishing Permits. Boats must meet all Coast Guard offshore safety equipment based on their respective HMS permit. Greensticks are not permitted to be used during the Tournament. Greenstick equipped boats must tie sticks forward to the bow to visibly demonstrate that Greenstick is not in use. 

Tackle Specifications
International Game Fish Association Rules and additional rules specified herein.
Maximum line class is “as stated, not tested breaking point” maximum line class is130lbs. Leaders may exceed the 130 lb limit but cannot be more than 40 feet in length from line to hook including double line, wind-on, etc. Spreader Bars are permitted, but may only have one hook per bar. Double Hook Rigs are not permitted with live or dead baits in this Tournament. Treble hooks may not be used with any lure or baits. A single J, Circle or Offset Hook must be used on live, dead or artificial baits. Fish must be fought either stand up, from a fighting chair, or rocket launcher with a floating gimbal. Fish may not be fought from Rod Holders.

Fishing Regulations
All fish must meet SIZE and bag limits of state and federal regulations to qualify for this tournament. All Boats must have a 2017 HMS Permit.  Bluefin Tuna is a "Calcutta Only" category species. All NOAA/HMS rules and reporting requirements apply to landing a Bluefin Tuna. The fishing territory is between Toms Canyon to the West(within 1 mile of West wall)  and Hydrographer Canyon to the East(within 1 mile of East wall). Captain must have continual knowledge of the vessel position in regard to the boundary limits at all times. This is a Polygraph question, be sure to stay within limits. The angler must fight and bring the fish to the gaff unaided by any other person (excluding gaff and leader man). The "One Pass Rule" provides the angler the opportunity to have the rod handed to them from the Rod Holder or Rocket Launcher as long as the reel is not advanced during the hand off. Fishing out of a Rod Holder is not permitted. This is a rod and reel, hook and line tournament. The use of hand lines, rope, nets, harpoons, and any other means of fish capture other than rod and reel are strictly prohibited. Outriggers & downriggers are permitted, greensticks are not allowed and must be tied forward to bow of boat.
Fish must be hooked, fought and landed or tagged from the same boat. In the event of a mechanical breakdown, fish cannot be transferred. No mutilated fish will be eligible for competition.There shall be no use of aircraft of any kind, for spotting or baiting fish. This includes recreational Drones; film your boat and spread at another time. 
There shall be no use of outside assistance for landing or acquiring fish.
Protest must be made prior to distribution of awards and prizes. The Tournament Director reserves the right to protest a fish at any time during the length of the Tournament.The ruling on each protest by the Tournament Director is final, there is no appeals process.Tournament Director reserves the right to refuse entry to any boat for any reason prior to the start of the Tournament. Tournament Director reserves the right to require a Polygraph test of any boat captain that receives more than $10,000 in combined winnings. All Polygraph questions are at the discretion of the Tournament Director and Examiner and may vary from boat to boat. The three top prize winners will be polygraphed unless a polygraph test is needed for a protested boat.

Polygraph Testing
There will be a mandatory Polygraph test given to the top three cash prize winners of this tournament. The Captain will be tested and must have knowledge of the vessel position for the entire trip, witnessed the fight and landing of the winning fish and a good knowledge of IGFA Rules.  If the Captain is excused by the Tournament Director and Examiner, the Tournament director reserves the right to choose a replacement from the crew.  If no crew member can attest to location, fish fight and IGFA rules, Boat will be disqualified. All polygraph test will take place on Sunday – July 23.  Please be available from 10:00am to 4:00pm.  Interviews take approx. 1 hour. Prize money categories for boats with winning fish being polygraphed, will not be given out until interviews are complete. Should there be a protest relating to a prize category not in the top three payouts, Tournament direct reserves the right to substitute a polygraph exam of one of the top three payout boats to settle the protest. All decisions of the Polygraph Examiner and Tournament Director are final, no appeals process. If Hudson (Tournament Director's Boat) or Dealer's Choice (Director & Sponsor Boat) are on the leaderboard and qualify for Prizes or Calcutta, each boat would have a mandatory Polygraph Test with Joe McVey as temporary acting Director.    

Prize Money Distribution
Trophies, Large Ceremonial Checks and Tournament Prize Checks will be distributed at the Awards BBQ. All Calcutta payouts will take place Sunday at 6:00pm.  Location to be announced to winners. Calcutta will be paid immediately after the Awards BBQ. Calcutta’s with no winning fish will be returned to participants in that Calcutta by check within 30 days of the close of fishing. Boats must provide the name, address and SS Number for recipient of Tournament Prize Checks (not Calcutta). Tournament Prize Money is based on 60 boats.  If the Tournament has less than 60 boats, Prize amounts will be pro-rated based on number of registered boats.  Example: 50 Boats Register, Heaviest Tuna $10,000.00 will be adjusted as follows - $10,000 divided by 60 = $166.67 then 50 X $166.67 = $8,333.50 Payout.  All Prize categories are pro-rated based on number of boats, except Junior and Lady Angler.   

Refunds – Entry Fees & Calcutta

Refund requests before the tournament will be considered by Tournament Committee and evaluated on case by case basis.
No Refunds for any reasons, including illness and mechanical failure after July 13, 2017 6:00pm. No refunds for disqualified fish or disqualified boats for breaking the Tournament Rules.


Hudson & Dealer's Choice

This tourney got it's start because we wanted to bring back competitive offshore fishing to a legendary marina, Montauk Yacht Club.  The first few years, it was like a dock tourney, all friends for years and we knew one another well.  As the tourney has grown, the money has grown as well.  Hudson & Dealer's Choice will be required to take a Polygraph Test if any amount of Calcutta is to be awarded to either boat.


Calcutta - Only 1 fish weighed per boat qualifies for each Calcutta except 3 Yellowfin Stringer (1 stringer per boat). Example: Boat 1 catches 85 & 84 lb yelloefins, Boat 2 catches an 83 lb yellowfin.  1st Place Yellowfin Prize & Calcutta 70% goes to Boat 1, 2nd Place Prize & Calcutta 30%  goes to Boat 2. In the event of a tie, "first fish caught" rule will apply.

Official Weigh Station: Montauk Yacht Club
Weigh Station open at Montauk Yacht Club between 7am & 9pm daily. On Sunday July 23, 2017 boats must weigh between 7am and 12pm. All fish will be inspected and weighed by two Tournament Officials, Tournament reserves the right to "hold" a fish for 24 hours. Boats with fish to weigh arriving outside the official weigh in times will be required to dock at Montauk Yacht Club Tournament Slip and have fishboxes inspected by a Tournament Official upon arrival until weigh station opens at 7:00am.
​ Cost of overnight slip will be the responsibility of the boat.
MYC Monitors Channel
#9 Offshore Tournament Channel: #68
Tournament Fish either Two Day Trips or One Overnight
Overnight Fishing Times Boats have 38 hours after departing from dock and must return directly to ​ Montauk.
 Day Trip Fishing Times Boats have 19 hours after departing the dock and must return directly to ​Montauk.. 
Boats may fish from 6:30 pm Friday July 14 until 12:00 pm Sunday July 23. We hope that this allows you to enjoy optimal fishing at a convenient time for you and your crew.  Boats may depart from Montauk Lake or other approved inlets that do not provide a competitive advantage (closer to fishing grounds). All Boats must return directly to Montauk Yacht Club - Official Weigh Station. 

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