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Official Rules

October 24, 25 & 26, 2008

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All time references in the rules are based off of Airport time.

1. It is the participant’s responsibility to read and understand the Rules before the start of the Tournament.

2. The Entry Fee for the Tournament shall be $1,000.00 USD. For Entry Fees received after October 10th, 2008, including payments made at the Captains Meeting on October 24th, 2008, the Entry Fee shall be $1,100.00 USD. Payments, including those made at the Captains Meeting, shall be accepted in USD only cash or credit.

Advance payment instructions may be found in the Registration section.

3. Each team may have up to a maximum of six anglers. No limit to non-fishing crew or guests. One team member shall be designated as Team Captain. Team Captain must report to mandatory Captains Meeting on Friday, October 24th, 2008. Captains Meeting shall be held at the Paradise Village Resort  ( specific location at Paradise Village TBA).

Each Team Entry Fee shall include four paid tickets to the awards dinner on Sunday. Additional dinner tickets may be purchased separately.

4. Teams may substitute boats, if necessary, provided Tournament Control is notified before the commencement of the respective fishing day.

5. All anglers must have a valid Mexican fishing license.

6. IGFA rules will apply in the Tournament unless specifically modified in this document. IGFA rules are incorporated herein by reference.

7. Non-Team members (deckhands, mates, captains) may handle all equipment but may not set hooks on fish and then hand the rod off to a Team member. Any fish caught while a non-Team member is bringing in or letting out a line is disqualified. Non-Team members may assist in the leader, gaff, tag, unhook or release of any fish. After hook up only one angler may fight the fish until it is successfully boated or released. “Hand lining” a hooked fish will be cause for disqualification.

8. The use of harpoons, entangling devices or firearms is prohibited. Use of spotter planes or contact with commercial fishing vessels is prohibited.

9. Team boats may depart from any port. Once entering the Tournament boundaries during fishing hours boats must remain within the boundaries. Fishing hours shall be:

Saturday October 25th – 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.  Weigh in 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Sunday October 26th – 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.  Weigh in 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Any boat hooked up prior to lines out may continue to fight the fish until caught or lost but all tuna must be weighed at the official Tournament weight station at Paradise Village, Nuevo Vallarta prior to 8:00pm each day. ANY FISH NOT WEIGHED IN BY 8:00pm THE DAY CAUGHT SHALL NOT BE ELIGIBLE TO WIN.

10. The Fishing boundaries shall be 75 nautical miles from Nuevo Vallarta breakwater.

11. In the event of rough seas or weather, the Tournament may be postponed until conditions permit and further notice.

12. Any intent of protesting the violation of the Tournament Rules must be made in writing to the Tournament Committee on the day of the alleged violation. If there is any disagreement, controversy or necessary clarification of any tournament rules, the final decision will be made in the sole discretion of the Tournament Committee.

13. The Tournament or Bloodydecks LLC is not responsible for the actions, of any persons in the operation of the boat, conduct of fishing endeavors, transfer of personnel, fishing equipment or personal property on or off boats, docks or otherwise. Each participant assumes all risk and liabilities in connection with their participation. There will no responsibility borne to any of the promoters or event organizers as a result of inappropriate conduct by any of the participants or guests and that each individual participant will hold harmless The Tournament and Bloodydecks LLC.

14. Accepting fish from another source, boat or otherwise, live or dead, and/or weighing fish caught during non-tournament days and/or placing any foreign substance/object inside a weighed fish shall be automatic grounds for disqualification from the Tournament.

15. No one under 18 years of age may participate in the Tournament unless accompanied by a parent or guardian.


17. Boat owner must have a minimum of $100,000 liability insurance.

18. All boaters must obey Mexican boating laws.

19. Tournament boats shall monitor Channel 65 during fishing hours.

20.  Anglers may use monofilament, Dacron or braided (spectra) for their main lines. The IGFA maximum breaking strength of 132lbs shall waived for the purposes of this tournament.

Only three tuna may be weighed in by a Team each day. Tuna must exceed 75lbs in weight to be eligible for a qualifying tuna.

Tuna Payout
$700 of the Tournament Entry Fee per team shall be allocated to the Tuna purse.
Total Tuna purse shall be paid as follows:
1) Largest Tuna Day 1 – 33% of Total Tuna purse
2) Largest Tuna Day 2 – 33% of Total Tuna purse
3) Largest Tuna of Tournament – 34% of Total Tuna purse

If no qualifying daily tuna are caught on day one then the payout for day one shall roll to day two. In the event no qualifying tuna are caught on day two then the jackpot for day two will be awarded to the day one winner. If no qualifying tuna are caught on either day, $700 of the Entry Fees will be returned to respective teams.

Optional jackpot of $1,000USD for tuna is available to interested teams. The jackpot amount of $1,000USD shall be allocated equally ($500/$500) between the two days of fishing. The optional daily jackpots are WINNER TAKE ALL format. Jackpots are 85% payback. If no qualifying daily tuna are caught on day one then the jackpot shall roll to day two. In the event no qualifying tuna are caught on day two then the jackpot for day two will be awarded to the day one winner. If no qualifying tuna are caught on either day, 85% of the jackpot fees will be returned to respective teams.

Jackpot fees may be paid in advance with Entry Fee or paid at Captains Meeting in USD.

SPECIAL PRIZES Shall be awarded to the Team with the following:

  1. Largest Dorado weighed in.
  2. Most Marlin Released – A photo must be taken of each marlin released while at boatside. To qualify as a valid release each photo must show 1) the marlin 2) a portion of the boat or mate leadering the fish 3) a Tournament mandated item. Teams must report all marlin hookups and successful releases on CH. 65.


October 24th  8pm Captains Meeting at Paradise Village

October 25th  6:30am Lines in for Day One Fishing 
                       6:30pm to 8:00pm Weigh-in at Paradise Village

October 26th  6:30am Lines in for Day Two Fishing
                       6:30pm to 8:00pm Weigh-in at Paradise Village
                       8:30pm Awards Dinner – Paradise Village




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