August 28 - September 5, 2022

Bluefin Tuna Rules

Tournament Entry 

Bluefin Tuna base entry fee is $2000 and it covers all crew members. All tournament entries are non-transferable and non-refundable. If your vessel is unable to compete in the event after submitting payment, your entry will be rolled over to the following year for full credit. Payment of the entry fee constitutes a representation by each entrant that he/she has read and fully understands the tournament rules that he/she will abide by such rules and the decisions of the Event Director and/or Committee. Please read the rules and regulations very carefully. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to Robbie Carter 337-849-8642 rfcarter4@gmail.com

 

Captains’ Meeting

The Captains’ Meeting will be held at 3:30pm at the observation deck by weigh-in. Rules are subject to change. Any changes to the rules and final instructions will be given at the meeting. Please present all HMS Tuna and Permits as well as states landing permits during registration.

 

Permits

All participants must be familiar with state and federal permitting depending on each commercial category.Link Here Anglers must obtain a State of Massachusetts fishing license. An HMS charter/headboat permit is required for vessels taking for hire passengers recreational fishing for Atlantic HMS  https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/action/atlantic-bluefin-tuna-commercial-minimum-sizes-and-retention-limits Teams leaving outside of the State of Massachusetts please present your Massachusetts landing permits at registration.

 

Tournament Start

Bluefin Tuna teams must initially depart from Marina Bay, and there will be a parade of teams at 6:00pm. It is encouraged for teams to post their departure on Facebook or Instagram and tag @BostonBSC via post. ie: BostonBSC Fishing team out! @BostonBSC

 

Fishing Hours

There will be 3 fishing days Wednesday, Thursday & Sunday. Boats may begin fishing at 12:01 am on Wednesday. Teams declaring consecutive days, are allowed to fish overnight during their declared days. For teams that fish overnight only one Bluefin Tuna is allowed to be weighed at the scale per day. All boats with tag & release videos must check in by 8pm on Sunday. All boats must have the ability to fish without any outside help. There will be no transfer of fish from one boat to another. The boat that caught the fish must bring the fish to weigh-in station.

 

Weigh Station Hours 

Scales will be open 3:00pm-11:59pm on Wednesday & Thursday, 3pm-8pm on Sunday. Scales will close immediately after the last fish is weighed, each day. All Bluefin Tuna catch verification forms for boated and/or released fish must be turned in to officials before the scales close. Teams must be at the dock by 11:59pm on Wednesday & Thursday, and Buoy Marker 8 located at N 42°18.806′ W 71°01.560′ (by Kennedy Library) by 8:00 pm on Sunday.

 

Qualifying Fish

The following species are eligible for competition when caught by registered anglers in accordance with tournament rules:

 

  • Bluefin Tuna

 

Eligible for Weigh-in at Scales 

 

The tournament committee reserves the right to reject any fish entry because of poor condition or one that does not meet the eligible requirements set by this tournament.  The condition of the fish will be left to the scrutiny of the tournament director and committee.  THEIR DECISION IS FINAL.

 

Tackle Requirements

All fish must be caught with traditional rod and reel.

Electric reels are not allowed.

Greenstick and bandit reels are not allowed.

Harpoons are allowed when landing the fish.

 

Weigh-in Procedures

IMPORTANT:  Tournament scales will be located at Marina Bay and will be open 3:00pm-11:59pm on Wednesday & Thursday and 3:00pm-8:00pm on Sunday. All bluefin tuna being weighed must arrive by water. Boats must be checked in at Marina Bay on the declared day to have their fish weighed in. Teams must be at the dock by 11:59pm on Wednesday & Thursday and Buoy Marker 8 located at N 42°18.806′ W 71°01.560′ (by Kennedy Library) by 8:00pm on Sunday. Anglers must remain with their fish until completion of the weigh-in procedure.  The angler must sign the weigh-in stat sheet to verify the weight, at which time will make the weight official. All bluefin tuna must be gilled and gutted. This is defined as all gills, viscera (guts) and both gonads, removed.  All guts removed must accompany the fish to the scales. The tournament will have a buyer onsite weigh-in day. Scales will close immediately after the last fish is weighed, each day. 

 

Tournament Awards

Tournament awards for Bluefin Tuna are based on 75 registered tournament boats, and will be presented to the teams with the heaviest fish.

 

 

Optional Cash Awards

This is a separate entry and is not required to compete for Tournament Awards. Participants may pay an Optional Entry fee in one or more of the following:

 


***Payout amounts will be the total amount of the monies received, less 10% deducted for administration fees with the remaining 90% to be awarded.

Bluefin Tuna, Bluefin Tuna Aggregate, Bluefin Tuna Tag & Release will pay 1st, 2nd, and 3rd with a 50%, 30%, 20% split. In the event of limited participation in any category listed above, the payouts will be modified as follows: One team entered will be refunded in full, 2-5 teams will be winner-take-all, 6-9 teams will be 60/40 split and 10 or more teams will be the standard 50/30/20 split. Participants who wish to pay an Optional Entry Fee may submit a credit card, cashier’s or business check made payable to the Boston Bluefin & Striper Classic.

Optional Awards for Tag & Release divisions are determined by points according to Tournament Rules. Optional Awards for boated Bluefin Tuna, determined by weight. In the event that no qualifying fish are weighed by an Optional Entry participant in a given Division eligible for an

Optional Award 90% of the Optional Entry Fees  collected for that division are returned to the participant(s) who paid Optional Entry Fees for that division.

 

Bluefin Tuna 

  • Entry cost for the category is $500, $1,500 and $3,000
  • Winner is determined by the heaviest fish

Bluefin Tuna Aggregate 

  • Entry cost for the category is $500, $1,500 and $3,000
  • Winner is determined by the 2 heaviest fish
Bluefin Tuna T&R
  • Entry cost for the category is $500
  • Winner is determined by most released fish
 

 

Payment for Cash Awards

Prior to fishing, each tournament boat must designate a representative payee to receive payment of all cash awards.  Payment of cash awards is by check. A single check will be written to the boat’s representative payee for the combined total of tournament cash awards and optional cash awards.Checks will be written after the Awards Ceremony on Monday. Boston Bluefin & Striper Classic accepts no responsibility for the division of any cash awards between team members.

 

Bluefin Tag & Release

For this category, ALL TAGS are provided at registration to each boat entered in the optional cash categories. Each boat entered  is required to record all bluefin that are tagged and released. The tag and release must be recorded with video timestamp and tag and release flag. The order of the recorded releases should match the order that appears on the boat’s tag & release video. The bluefin tuna scorecard will be available in your boat information packet.  This form is also used to record all boated bluefin tuna.

Be prepared to give the following information:

  • Name of Boat
  • Name of Angler
  • Time tagged and released
  • Tag #

 

Tournament Designator / Identification Markers

Designators will be assigned at the mandatory Captain’s Meeting. These markers must appear in all video submissions.

 

Tag & Release Scoring and Video Verification 

Video submitted for consideration for scoring must include the following technical elements:

  • Angler fighting fish, including video of rod and reel
  • Cockpit panoramic view
  • Tournament designator
  • Entire measurement of fish being submitted for scoring
  • Secondary cockpit panoramic view after the release
  • After the secondary cockpit panoramic view, a clear video of GPS date & time to be used for official release time.  Hold camera steady for several seconds to allow clear focus of GPS Date & Time (This is critical.) GPS must display in EST.  Show designator alongside GPS if possible.

       Verification Videos become the property of the tournament.  Verification videos and  scorecards must be turned in to the video judges at the designated

        judging location near the weigh station by 8pm on all tournament days.Polygraph Test may be administered at the discretion of the

       Tournament Director and/or Committee.

 

Bluefin Tuna Scorecards

All bluefin tuna tagged and released or boated must be logged on the bluefin tuna and striper scorecards in the sequence in which they were caught; scorecards must be signed by the Boat Captain indicating they agree to the information as recorded. The scorecard must include boat name, angler’s name, species, date and time of release.  Detailed instructions are printed on the bluefin tuna and striper scorecards which is included in the team packet handed out at registration.

 

Submission For Video Recordings

Verification video recordings must be submitted not later than the closing of the scales on final day of fishing.  Recordings should be submitted immediately upon return to the marina.

All recorded images and sounds become the property of the tournament and may be used by the tournament for display purposes during weigh in and future marketing campaigns.  Images will be copied from digital hard drive cameras onto tapes, CD’s and/or DVD’s, etc.

Video Tips and Recommendations

  • Use fresh, new SD cards
  • SD type Sony and GoPro, etc. cameras which generate consumer type files allowing the judges to quickly copy the recording to a computer which facilitates slow motion and segment by segment scoring
  • Files with .MXF filename extension cannot be opened or viewed by the judges.
  • Judges will accept more than one video of the same release from a different camera (of the same type), provided the same previous video requirements are met.
  • Underwater video of the release is helpful with identification.  Ensure video is adequately long to allow identification.
  • Limit recordings to only video release recordings from this tournament with the segments staged, cued and ready for scoring.  Before entering the scoring room, know where images are located on the recording.  Have the SD card ready to be inserted into scoring computer.
  • It is critical the person sent to scoring clearly understands how to provide the video digital media to the scoring judge.  One person per team is allowed in video scoring.
  • Understand how to properly display the GPS date and time on your boat GPS prior to the tournament.  This is critical for a tie-breaker.
  • Cell phones are acceptable for digital video submission, or for date and time of release but you must use newer phone with high resolution and the ability to upload footage to Dropbox.
 

Weather: Tournament Delay or Cancellation

In the event the tournament committee feels in their best judgement fishing is unsafe due to severe weather, high seas, or any cause beyond the control of the Boston Bluefin & Striper Classic, the tournament may be delayed or cancelled.  If delayed, a new start time or date will be announced should weather conditions improve. If cancelled, entry fees will be rolled over to the following year in their entirety. If one day is fished, the tournament goes on.

Entrants shall have no claim against the Boston Bluefin & Striper Classic for return of paid entry fees. All teams and participants should make their decision to fish based solely on their own judgement.  Fish at your own risk.

 

Tie Breakers 

For Tag & Release and Catch & Release, team placement is determined by the first team to reach the highest total points as verified by the boats GPS time.

For fish weighed in, any category of fish brought to the scales, placement is determined by the order of weigh-in at the scales.  The recorded time of weigh-in determines placement.

 

Protest

Any protests relating to the tournament must be submitted in writing along with a $500 deposit by the team captain to the tournament committee no later than 15 minutes after the last fish is weighed on the final day of the tournament. All entrants agree to abide by tournament rules and regulations.

All disputes are decided by the Tournament Director and Committee. Their decision is final. Poor sportsmanship will be grounds for disqualification from the Boston Bluefin & Striper Classic. Any violation of these rules resulting in disqualification will result in forfeiture of entry fee and prize money.

 

Waiver / Disclaimer 

It is understood that all participants in the Boston Bluefin & Striper Classic enter at their own risk, and that the officers, committee members, sponsors, directors, tournament venue and all persons connected directly or indirectly with the operation of said tournament, shall be exempt from any liability for libel, slander, loss, damage, negligence, harm, injury or death suffered by any participant, entrant, anglers, his/her companions, boat captains, mates, crew members, vessels and equipment which may occur during or in conjunction with the tournament.  By tournament entry, the captain consents that the Boston Bluefin & Striper Classic may use without payment or restriction, any photographs in which he/she or any of their crew may appear for any purpose whatsoever; including, but not limited to resale, advertising, commercial or promotional material. The captain and his crew further release the Boston Bluefin & Striper Classic, officers and directors, and all persons from injury, loss or damage which may result. All state record winners must submit to and pass in a conclusive manner, a polygraph examination administered by a licensed polygraphist provided by tournament officials.  All entrants agree to submit to a polygraph examination at the request of the tournament committee if there is a conflict involving said entrant. Failure to submit to such an examination will result in disqualification of the entrant at the sole discretion of the tournament committee.

 

ALL DECISIONS OF THE TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR AND COMMITTEE WILL BE FINAL.