4th Annual Ocean City Offshore Challenge
1. Registration & Eligibility: Boats may register for the tournament at any time. Boats must be registered and all fees paid prior to fishing. All registrations must be submitted by mail or directly and in person to a tournament official. Do not submit registrations to any weigh station. Mail-in registrations shall be effective one calendar day after the postmark date. In the event that a registered boat becomes unable to finish the tournament, registration may be transferred to another boat. Substituted boats must be registered with the tournament prior to fishing. Affiliation with Ocean Events, Inc., the tournament, or its sponsors shall not affect eligibility.
2. Fishing Days and Fishing Time: No boat may have lines in the water prior to 12:00 am May 1. All fish must arrive to the scales no later than 8:00 pm September 30. Overnight and Multi-day trips are permitted.
3. Tackle Requirements: All fish must be landed using hook and line, rod and reel. All persons aboard the registered boat, including captain and mate, are eligible anglers. There's no limit to the number of anglers who may fight the fish. No boat may receive assistance of any kind from another boat in the fighting or boating of fish. In the event of mechanical failure or breakdown, boated fish may be transferred to another boat for transportation to the scales. All fish must arrive to the scales in whole, fresh condition.
4. Fishing Grounds: All fish must be hooked within 125 nautical miles of the Ocean City Sea Buoy. No boat shall be penalized should they be drawn beyond this boundary during the course of battle.
5. Weigh-In: All fish must be weighed at a tournament approved weigh station: Ake Marine, Captain Mac's, Bahia Marina, Sunset Marina, The Ocean City Fishing Center, and Indian River Marina. Fish may be transported to the scales by land or water. All qualifying fish must be recorded on an official catch report signed by the weighmaster, angler(s), and one witness (preferably Captain or Mate) who was on board when the fish was caught. Qualifying fish must be photographed with photos submitted to the tournament within 10 days of weigh-in. Weigh stations are not responsible for taking photos. It is recommended that catch reports / photos be submitted by mail.
6. Disqualification: Attempted weight alteration or failure to abide by any tournament rules will result in disqualification. All Entrants must observe and obey all federal and local fishing regulations in order to remain eligible for prize money.
7. Disputes: Disputes regarding any qualifying catch must be made in writing and submitted to the tournament within 14 days of the disputed fish being weighed. All disputes must include written details regarding the catch in question as well as $100 check or money order made payable to Ocean Events, Inc. Fee will be refunded only if the ruling is in favor of protester. Disputes will be resolved at the discretion of the Tournament Director. All decisions are final.
8. Polygraph Testing: At the tournament's discretion, polygraph tests may be administered to Entrant(s), crewmembers, and/or any individuals receiving prize money in the tournament. Refusal to submit to such tests will result in disqualification. By signing the entry form, entrant agrees to accept the final decision of polygraph tests.
9. Entry Fees:
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Winner Take-All Level
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|Level T (Tuna)
|Level D (Dolphin)
|Level W (Wahoo)
|Level M (Mako)
|Level B (Bluefish)
10. Payout Schedule: Eighty percent of entry fees will be paid out as follows:
Basic Entry Prize Money
1st, 2nd and 3rd Place in each category will receive 17%, 5% and 3% respectively.
Prize money will be divided equally between entrants with tying fish. In the absence of a 2nd or 3rd place fish in any category, prize money for that fish will be divided equally between winners in that category. If no qualifying fish is weighed for any category, prize money in that category will be divided equally among the other categories.
Added Entry Level Prize Money
Tuna Monthly prize money will be paid out one-third to the heaviest yellowfin caught during each of the three months: June, July and August.
Prize money in Levels T, D, W and M will be paid out 50/30/20 to 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place.
Winner Take-All prize money will be paid out 25% to the heaviest fish in each category.
Level B prize money will be paid out 100% to the heaviest bluefish.
Prize money will be divided equally between entrants with tying fish. Absence of qualifying fish in Levels T, D, W or M will be handled in the same manner as Basic Entry Prize Money. In the absence of qualifying fish in any category of the Winner Take-All Level, prize money for that fish will be divided equally between the other winners in that level.
11. Minimum Weight: All fish must meet the following
Tuna 60 lbs.
Dolphin 15 lbs.
Wahoo 40 lbs.
Mako 150 lbs.
Bluefish 10 lbs.
12. Notice of Release: By entering the tournament, participants do Release, Discharge, and Hold Harmless Ocean Events, Inc., The Tournament and all its sponsors, of and from all claims, demands, causes of action, and legal liability due to the Tournament's and/or its Associates' ordinary negligence. Participants further agree that, except in the event of the Tournament's gross and willful negligence, participants shall bring no claims, demands, actions and causes of action, and/or litigation against the Tournament and/or its Associates for losses due to bodily injury, death, or property damage sustained in relation to the operation of the Tournament. This release applies to crewmembers and all parties fishing from my boat. This release shall also be binding on my heirs, executors, administrators or assigns.