TUNA AND TIARAS TOURNAMENT RULES
This is a fish ONE (1) out of TWO (2) day tournament. Six (6) Lady anglers maximum per team. Fishing days are Friday June 17th and Saturday June 18th, 2021. Fishing hours will be 7:00am, lines in, to 3:00pm, lines out. No lines or teasers are allowed in the water prior to 7:00am. Boats may not pass the Ocean City sea buoy prior to 12:01am of their designated fishing day. There is an 8 rod limit per boat with 4 teasers maximum of any kind at one time.
All IGFA rules apply with the following exceptions. Hook and hand IS permitted. Fish shall NOT be handed off to a male angler at any time to gain line. Fish shall be handed off to a registered lady angler without delay. Once a registered angler has received the rod there shall be no assistance gaining line from anyone other than other registered lady anglers. Mates may assist in rod hand off, without gaining line between registered lady anglers if necessary. You may use J hooks in natural or artificial baits. No chunking/chumming. No live bait. No tinker mackerel. No green sticks. No Kites. No Dangler rigs. Spreader bars and wide trackers are permitted. In order for a fish to qualify, it must be HOOKED while the boat is in gear in a trolling motion. You may take the boat out of gear to fight or land fish. Fish may be fought from a fighting chair, belt, harness or rod holder.
At least one person from each boat should attend the Captains meeting virtually. Regardless, each boat is responsible for knowing all tournament rules, including changes to the rules that may take place at the captains meeting. There will be a set of rules in the buckets.
Tuna and Tiaras holds the right to take any questions or questionable action to a preselected committee for vote at any time. All committee decisions are final. Tuna and Tiaras reserves the right to disqualify any boat without reason at any time. In the case of a boat being disqualified, said boat(s) will forfeit any entry money or winnings.
When arriving into the inlet, you must use channel 72 to notify your arrival and await instruction. DO NOT enter the Ocean City Fishing Center cut until you're called on and receive instruction to do so by the Intrinsic Yacht Sale's catch boat. Please announce if OCFC is your home harbor.
Lay-days must be declared by 7:00am the day of fishing. NO EXCEPTIONS. If your team opts to fish Friday (Day One), declaring a Saturday lay-day is not necessary. If your lay-day is not on your registration form you may declare your lay day VIA email to Admin@tunaandtiaras.com or via text message to 410-212-7159 when you decide. Each team will receive a response once your lay day is received. If no response is received assume we haven't received notice. If NO notice of lay-day is given by 7:00am on fishing day, those anglers are automatically considered as fishing Friday.
There is a fishing distance limit of 100 nautical miles from the Ocean City inlet sea buoy. Boats must fish within this limit regardless of the inlet of departure. Boats are not permitted to cross the 100 mile boundary line at any time for any reason.
Scales open at 4:30pm and close at 7pm each day.
Any fish hooked prior to 3:00 p.m. may be played until boated, however it must be made available for weigh-ins by 7:00 pm that day in order for the fish to qualify. ALL boats must be inside (West) of the Ocean City Sea buoy no later than 6:45pm. Any boat inside of the sea buoy at this time will be considered on time and their fish will be weighed. No boats can assist another in landing fish. In the case of mechanical failure the transfer of fish from one boat to another is permitted. All fish are to be weighed by a Tuna and Tiaras weigh master in order to qualify. In the event of a tie in weight, prize monies will be split evenly by tying entries. Qualifying fish may be trucked or walked to the scales.
Eligible species are BIG EYE, YELLOW FIN, BLUE FIN* and LONG FIN.
*Blue fin tuna must be tagged prior to being removed from the boat in order to qualifying.
Tuna must weigh a minimum of 30 pounds. Minimum weight for Wahoo is 15 pounds and Dolphin is 10 pounds.
Heaviest Stringer (Tuna only): Each boat can weigh a stringer of up to 5 tuna each day. Each tuna in the stinger must qualify as a tournament eligible fish by weighing a minimum of 30 pounds. If a fish does not meet the minimum weight another fish may be presented for consideration. A team’s single largest fish may NOT also be included in their stringer weight. Multiple Big Eye Tuna can be added to the stringer weight.
www.tunaandtiaras.com Online and phone registration will be open Thursday June 16th 10am-1pm. In person registration will be Thursday June 16th from 5pm-8pm. NO EXCEPTIONS. By registering for the tournament, you agree to not hold Tuna and Tiaras responsible for any personal or private property loss or damage.
Entry fees are as follows;
Registration fee - $400/boat up to 6 anglers PLUS you must enter at least one Calcutta. Registration fee does not enter you into any prizes or cash monies.
Heaviest Single Tuna Split (50/30/20) - $500
Heaviest Single Tuna WTA - $500
Tuna Stringer split (Up to five fish) (50/30/20) - $500
Tuna stringer WTA - $500
Heaviest Single Mahi (10lb minimum) WTA - $250
Heaviest Single Wahoo WTA - $250
If a Calcutta is not filled - prize monies will be moved to Calcutta.
The photo contest will have the below categories. This is not a cash prize or a mandatory event. Photos must be taken on the day of your registered trip. All photos must be turned in to firstname.lastname@example.org by 9pm Monday June 20th. Photos will be posted to our social media the following Wednesday June 22nd. One entry per category per team. Winners will be determined by the amount of “likes” on the Tuna and Tiaras Facebook page only. The Contest will run until June 29th, 2022 at 8pm. Tuna and Tiaras logo must be clearly shown in the image to qualify. Winners will be announced shortly after. Prizes will be given in person or at the winner’s expense for shipping. Prizes will be announced prior to fishing days.
· Best group photo with fish (may be taken at the dock on registered boat or while fishing)
· Best photo of Tuna and Tiaras logo’d merchandise (Koozie on gunnel, shirt while fighting fish, etc)
· Best sleepy angler photo
· Best fighting a fish photo
· Funniest photo of the tournament
· Theme photo on registered boat or at scale. (costume, decorations etc)
By submitting your videos or photos to any Tuna and Tiaras public forum, social media or otherwise, including tagging the tournament or using tournament hashtags, you agree to allow Tuna and Tiaras to use the footage/photos for other monetizing marketing in public forums or printed material. By registering for the tournament, you and your team agree to not hold Tuna and Tiaras, the property event is held or its staff/volunteers responsible for any personal or private property loss or damage during any of the Atlantic Tournaments events. All protests must be made to the committee by 9pm on Saturday, June 18th 2022. All checks will be mailed on Monday June 27th, 2022. Please note, winners must email ONE address to email@example.com per category. We will not write individual checks per angler. All winners must complete a W-9 form not provided by Tunas and Tiaras. Once you are registered and paid, there will be no refunds for any reason. If committee deems weather non-fishable, a rain date will be announced. Tournament rules can be edited at our discretion until registration closes.