2022 Northeast Bluefin Showdown
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Northeast Bluefin Showdown
July 9 - 16, 2022
As a first-class tuna fishing tournament, the Northeast Bluefin Showdown brings together highly-skilled anglers from all over the Northeast in a comradery based competition. The Northeast Bluefin Showdown Tuna Tournament will be raising funds for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute / Jimmy Fund in the area of pediatric oncology. To that end, we will use donations from our product auctions, raffle tickets, and our sponsors to raise funds to help cancer patients and their families.
TOURNAMENT ENTRY FEE: $1,650.00 minus a $150 Early Registration Discount
CURRENT GUARANTEED PRIZE MONEY:
- First Place $43,200.00
Second Place $21,600.00
Third Place $7,200.00
$1650 USDTeam Event
Min: 1 Angler
Max: 1 Angler
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2022 NORTHEAST BLUEFIN SHOWDOWN TOURNAMENT RULES
A representative from each registered vessel must be present and signed in prior to the Captain’s Meeting held on July 8, 2022. The vessel representative must be at least 18 years old. Any vessel that is not registered or has not completed a Waiver of Damages prior to the start of the Tournament will not be eligible to fish.
2. GENERAL COMPLIANCE
Tournament participants are responsible for obtaining and becoming familiar with tournament rules and all applicable State and Federal laws, rules and regulations.
All Tournament participants must be in full legal compliance with NOAA/ National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) regulations.
All entrants must be properly licensed to fish in the Atlantic Tunas General Category or HMS Charter/Headboat Category with commercial endorsement under NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) regulations and must meet all U.S. Coast Guard requirements
3. TOURNAMENT ENTRY
Bluefin Tuna base entry fee is $1,650 and it covers the registered vessel. All tournament entries are non-transferable and non-refundable. If a vessel is unable to compete in the event after submitting payment, you must contact one of the Tournament Officials below. 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 Ed Fontes 978-476-7187 firstname.lastname@example.org or Bob Freeman 978-270-8107, email@example.com
All participants must be familiar with state and federal permitting depending on each commercial category. An HMS charter/headboat permit is required for vessels taking for hire passengers recreational fishing for Atlantic HMS www.fisheries.noaa.gov/action/atlantic-bluefin-tuna-commercial-minimum-s...
5. 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.
There are no limitations on fishing area, except that tournament participants must fish in a location that allows fish to be landed.
There is no weather committee. The decision to fish is that of the captains and participants, and is strictly at their own risk. Upon signing the Waiver of Damages, the New England Bluefin Showdown Tournament cannot be held liable.
8. FISHING HOURS
Fishing hours will be governed by NOAA/National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) regulations at the time of the Tournament, we expect there will be limited daily fishing restrictions, it is the entered vessels responsibility to be aware of the current restrictions, if any.
9. 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)
- Bluefin Tuna (Commercial) – 73″ CFL or greater)
The Tournament Committee reserves the right to reject any fish entry because of poor or suspect 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 weighmaster. HIS DECISION IS FINAL.
All hookups should be reported or relayed to the Tournament Weighmaster or other boats in the area as soon as possible when the fish is hooked. Tournament channel – 8
Once fish is landed (subdued, tail-roped and is hanging from or lying on the deck) vessels MUST radio or relay notification to the Tournament Weighmaster, or other Tournament Official. Tournament channel – 8. Participants are also encouraged to take a digital photo of the fish with date and time stamp.
All participants are expected to operate in the spirit of cooperation and fair play. At the request of a boat fighting a fish, all others must stay clear.
General Category Rules apply with the following exceptions: a) no electric harpoons, b) no aerial reconnaissance allowed and c) all tuna are to be hooked, fought and brought to boat side only by manually operated rod and reel (hand line or conventional harpoon prohibited except cockpit harpoon may be used to land fish). Power driven reels or devices of any kind are prohibited, except when used as kite rods . This includes, but is not limited to motor, hydraulic or electrically driven devices. Fish may be fought from the rod holder or freestanding. Fish may be fought by multiple anglers.
All tuna must measure 73 inches curved fork length (CFL) or greater to be eligible for entry in this category. Please check updated regulations on the NMFS website: https://hmspermits.noaa.gov
Regardless of the duration of a fishing trip (e.g., whether a vessel takes a two-day trip or makes two trips in one day), no more than a single day’s daily retention limit may be possessed, retained or landed. For example, under a three-fish retention limit, whether a vessel fishing under the General category limit takes a two-day trip or makes two trips in one day, no more than three fish may be possessed, retained or landed in a single day.
11. BLUEFIN TAG & RELEASE
The tagging program by the Large Pelagic Research Center (LPRC) under the direction of Molly Lutcavage, PH.D has helped identify migration routes, growth patterns and potential spawning grounds of Bluefin Tuna.
The objective is to catch, measure, tag and release juvenile Bluefin Tuna. The winner will be determined by the greatest number of fish tagged and released during the Tournament.
In the event of a tie, the earliest fish tagged and released, ( by date stamped photo or video) will be declared the winner.
Prizes for this Category will be based on the number of entrants to this division.
Each boat that enters will receive the following:
A) Tagging Kit
B) Two Tournament Shirts
C) Two Awards Dinner Tickets
The “Tag a Tiny” Tagging Kit contains 5 conventional tags with associated data cards. You will also receive educational leaflets illustrating the proper technique and placement of the tags.
Once you have caught and brought the fish alongside insert the conventional tag into the muscle just below the 2nd dorsal fin. Take a photo of the fish showing the tag.
Complete the data card enclosed in the kit with the date, time, lat/long, fight time, condition of the fish, size, whether hook was removed, and contact information of the Captain and Angler, take a photo of the completed card.
By the end of the fishing day forward two photos ( by text or email )to the Tournament Committee or designated LPRC Representative. Bring your original completed data cards to the Awards Ceremony so that we may verify your catches.
12. WEIGH IN PROCEDURES
All vessels intending to weigh in a qualifying fish must contact the Tournament Weighmaster or Tournament Director for instructions on proceeding to the weigh station, any vessel failing this notification will be subject to delays if other vessels are at the weigh station.
13. WEIGH IN
All eligible fish must be weighed at the Tournament Authorized Weigh Station and must be delivered on the tournament registered vessel upon which it was boated. Per NOAA/NMFS regulations, transfer of fish between vessels is prohibited.
In order to be eligible, all bluefin tuna must be gilled and gutted which includes one gill plate, all internals and gonads, heads and tails must be left on prior to weighing. Fish will be weighed by the tail using a tail rope provided by the Tournament, the Tournament Weighmaster will inspect all GBFT to ensure proper dressing and may remove any portions of the GBFT not strictly conforming to the rules. All GBFT will be weighed only by the Weighmasters scale and the vessel and Tournament Director will receive a certified weight card.
Any protests relating to the tournament must be submitted in writing along with a $50 deposit by the team Captain to the Weighmaster or Tournament Committee no later than 60 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 Northeast Bluefin Showdown. Any violation of these rules will result in disqualification of the vessel and will result in forfeiture of entry fee and prize money.
The Tournament Committee reserves the right to reject any fish entry because of poor or suspect 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 Weighmaster, Tournament Director and Committee.
ALL DECISIONS OF THE TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR AND COMMITTEE WILL BE FINAL
15. TOURNAMENT AWARDS
There will be guaranteed cash awards for 1st, 2nd & 3rd place, awards will be published and updated as registration proceeds.