Mako, Thresher & Tuna Tournament

Rules & Regulations

  1. As per Environmental Conservation Law 50 CFR 635.21(f), federal law now requires that all anglers fishing for sharks use non-offset, corrodible hooks, except when fishing with flies or artificial lures.
  2. All boats must sail from and return through Lake Montauk each fishing day.
  3. Each boat will be issued a tournament number, which must be prominently displayed in the port side cabin window.
  4. No boat may leave the inlet before 6:00 A.M on Friday.  In order to weigh in, all boats must return through the inlet and have checked in with a committee boat by 6:00 P.M. on Friday and 5:00 P.M. on Saturday. However, if you do not have a fish to weigh in, or if you have weighed in, and want to go out again for overnight fishing, you may. While you are only allowed to bring in one shark per weigh-in period, you may bring in as many tuna of any species, including Blue Fin, in accordance with National Maritime Fisheries rules.
  5. The weigh-in scale will be open Friday 6:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M; Saturday 6:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
  6. Minimum weight on all Makos is 100 lbs. Threshers, 150 lbs. Tuna will be measured in inches as per National Maritime Fisheries rules. Minimum Tuna size will be decided by National Maritime Fisheries rules at the time of the tournament.
  7. Fish weighed that do not meet the minimum weight may count against a team’s qualifying fish weight.
  8. All I.G.F.A. tackle rules apply. Use of mammal blood or flesh is strictly prohibited. No guns, bang sticks or harpoons.
  9. Fishing will be held each scheduled day, Captain’s choice, no weather committee. Only one day needs to be fished for the tournament to be considered official.
  10. All boats must clear the inlet and check in with the committee boat by 6:00 P.M. on Friday and 5:00 P.M on Saturday.  Weights will be rounded to the nearest pound, with exact 1/2 lbs. being rounded up.
  11. In the event of fewer than 25 boat entries, the prize money will be adjusted accordingly in proportion to the number of entries.
  12. Should there be a tie in any cash prize category, the prize money will be divided equally among the winners.
  13. In the event of a boat disability, contestants are allowed to transfer to another boat not entered in the Tournament, and fish in the name of the original. Fish may not be transferred to another boat.
  14. Any protests must be presented, at the time of the alleged infraction, to the Tournament Directors. They, and the Weighmaster, shall serve as judges in such cases and their decision is final.
  15. In the event of a two-day blow, as per boat safety and judge’s decision, prize monies and trophies will be awarded by a drawing.