Rules & Regulations

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2021 Rules and Regulations

  • 1. Registration: The Carolina Boat Builder's Tournament is open to all boats, regardless of size or builder, and includes all boats custom or production. Registration can be either online through our website,, or in person on registration night, Wednesday, July 21, 2021.

  • 2. Schedule: Boats will fish 2 out of the 3 fishing days, Captain's choice. Fishing days/hours are:
    Thursday, July 22, 2020 :: 8:30 am - 3:00 pm
    Friday, July 23, 2020 :: 8:30 am - 3:00 pm
    Saturday, July 24, 2020 :: 8:00 am - 2:30 pm
    No lines or teasers in the water prior to fishing hours. Any billfish hooked and reported to the Committee Boat prior to the close of the fishing day may be played until caught.

  • 3. This is a fish 2 out of 3 day event, and all teams will have one Lay Day. Each Team must designate one Lay Day and turn in a Lay Day form signed by a team member by 8:30 am on their designated Lay Day. Forms can be turned in at the Ships Store Booking Desk the morning of the chosen day or to the Tournament Directors at the tent the evening prior.

    In order to qualify as a fishing day 10% of the registered boats must fish.

  • 4. Official Clock: TIME STARTS THE FIRST DAY OF THE TOURNAMENT. Official tournament time will be continuous GPS time. In case of a tie, time of catch/release will be used to determine the winner. The Rules Committee may consult the Committee Boat log to reach a decision based on fractions of a minute or sequence of catch.

  • 5. Boundaries: All boats will leave and return from Oregon Inlet. Tournament boundary is 75 nautical miles from the Oregon Inlet Sea Buoy.

  • 6. Billfish Release Point System: This is a "release only" billfish tournament. Species eligible for release points are white marlin, sailfish, spearfish and blue marlin. Point system as follows: Sailfish, white marlin, spearfish — 100 points per release
    Blue marlin — 300 points per release, with photo/video verification | 100 points, without photo/video verification.
    Bonus Grand Slam Points (Blue marlin, sailfish, and either a white marlin or spearfish/single day) — 300 additional points. (Requires photo verification of each species.)

  • 6A. Photo/Video Documentation: All Blue Marlin releases and Grand Slam releases require photo verification in order to be scored at 300 points. Photo and/or video must clearly display angler or mate and the fish to be identified. The daily colored ribbon must also be visible at some point during the photo/video.

  • 6B. Daily Ribbons: In your tournament kit, you will receive three sets of colored ribbons—a color for each day fished. The color shall be announced by the committee boat each day before lines in. The appropriate color ribbon must be somewhere visible in each photo or video submitted for points verification, i.e., "Friday is Blue Ribbon Day." It is advised that even though there are no photo/video requirements for white marlin, sailfish or spearfish, that teams still verify in case the opportunity for a Grand Slam presents itself. Grand Slam points are only awarded with photo/video verification. Any Grand Slam must include a Blue Marlin, a Sailfish and EITHER a White Marlin or a Spearfish.

  • 7. Tackle: All IGFA rules apply unless otherwise noted. Unconventional, non-trolling techniques are strictly prohibited. No backing into schools, casting, use of casting tackle, use of live bait or live bait teasers. CIRCLE HOOKS — Federal Law mandates that all anglers participating in a Tournament which bestows points, prizes, or awards for Atlantic Billfish (Blue & White Marlin, Sailfish, and Spearfish) must deploy only non-offset circle hooks when using natural bait and/or natural/artificial lure combinations. Anglers in these Tournaments may use J-hooks only in artificial lures.

  • 8. Anglers: Anyone on the boat, including the captain or Mate may hook a fish, and the rod is allowed to be passed ONCE to an angler. If this occurs, angler must fight fish until release unassisted. There is no limit to the number of eligible anglers per boat. All anglers must be registered with the Tournament Director prior to each eligible day's fishing. Any fish caught by a non-registered angler will be disqualified.

  • 9. Releases: In order to qualify a billfish as a release one of the following conditions must be met: (1) the leader is touched by a team leader, angler or mate, OR (2) the knot or swivel connecting the leader to the main line touches the rod tip.

  • 10. Scoring/Score sheets: The scoring table, located in the Tournament Pavilion, will close Thursday and Friday at 8 pm and Saturday at 6 pm. Scorecards must be turned in by closing in order to receive points that day. Scorecard must show date, angler's name, junior or lady angler designation, time of release and signature of anglers and captain.

  • 11. Reporting catch: All billfish released must be reported to a committee boat (to be announced at the Captain's meeting) on the VHF radio channel 74. Only billfish releases need be reported. Hook-ups in the last 10 minutes of each day will also require reporting to the committee boat. The committee boat will respond with a time of release. If committee boat cannot be raised, then a verifiable report must be given to another tournament boat. Note boat name on scorecard.

  • 12. Game fish: 7 Game Fish Points System - 1 point per pound will be awarded to each eligible dolphin, tuna (big eye, blackfin or yellowfin) and wahoo weighed at the official weigh scale. Prizes awarded to the heaviest game fish per species category. All game fish are to arrive at the scales before 8 pm on Thursday and Friday, and before 6:30 pm on Saturday. If two or more entries are the same weight, the fish weighed first shall be deemed the winner.

  • 13. Protests / disputes: Must be submitted in writing to the Tournament Director by 9 am on the day following the catch of the disputed fish and by 6:00 pm on Saturday, July 24. The rules committee at their discretion may use polygraph test to reach a decision. By virtue of signing the entry form all participants agree to the final decision of the rules committee.

  • 14. Cancellation Policy: If the weather and/or other conditions exist that require cancellation of the tournament, refunds will be paid less tournament expenses. The decision to cancel the tournament will be made by the tournament director.

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