General Information – Bill Fish and Game Fish Shoot Outs
- Every Shootout will consist of a Billfish Tournament and a Game Fish Tournament. General Members will be automatically entered in all Shootout Tournaments.
- The NEFMA Shootouts will be 1/1/2016 until 2/29/2016, 3/1/2016 until 4/30/2016, 5/1/2016 until 6/30, 7/1/2016 until 8/31/2016, 9/1/2016 until 10/31/2016 and 11/1/2016 until 12/31/2016.
- Each shootout will consist of 3 fishing days. 2 of the Captains choice and 1 as a designated day for all boats prior to the beginning of each tournament. That designated day maybe changed based on weather.
- Notification/Declaration shall be done at the club website or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Designated tournament weigh stations will be provided to all Boats prior to the start of each shootout.
- The Captain and crew of all entrants are subject to a polygraph at any time during the tournament.
- Failure to submit to a polygraph test automatically revokes all claims to prizes and disqualifies the Captain and crew from the tournament.
- Electric reels and Wire Lines are not allowed.
- Boats are required to comply with all State, Federal, and HMS regulations.
- The NEFMA Board reserves the right to change any of the Shootout rules prior to the start of each tournament.
- Any modification to these rules will be printed and discussed at the Captains meeting for each shootout.
- Protests: All protests must be made in writing within 72 hours of discovery of the infraction.
- All decisions by tournament chairman are final.
- Weather: Shootouts are Captain's Choice tournaments. Each captain is solely responsible for the safety of his or her vessel and crew at all times. Captains and crews are responsible for following any federal, state and local fishing or boating laws. We encourage all Captains to heed any weather warnings or dangerous weather conditions, as safety is paramount. It is up to each Participant to determine whether their craft is seaworthy for the conditions of any given fishing day.
Prior to departure requirements
- The Captain must declare their fishing day no later than 8:00 PM the day before departure. (See Notification/Declaration above)
- These are no checkout tournaments.
- You may substitute a boat once if the substitute boat is not registered in the tournament.
- Mechanical Breakdown: Boats must depart and return under their own power for their fish to count for that day. Once a boat is "under tow" it is disqualified for that fishing day.
- Boats must leave from and return to one of the eligible ports .
- Eligible ports are Mayport, St Augustine, Ponce Inlet, or Fernandina.
- All fishing must take place in US Waters in the Atlantic Ocean
2016 Shootout Weigh-In Stations – St Augustine
North East Florida Marlin Club
24 hours, 7 days a week
The outside scale is always available.
Camachee Cove Marina
3030 Harbor Drive
St Augustine, Fl 32084
M – F 7am to 6pm
Sat 6 – 6 and Sunday 6 – 2.
2101 North Ponce De Leon Boulevard
St. Augustine, FL 32084
Return / Check in / Weigh in requirements –
- Boats may depart any time after 12:00 AM and must return before 11:59 PM.
- Boats must check in no later than 11:59 PM on their fishing day. This is required. Boats subject to disqualification. (See Notification / Declaration above)
- Boats wishing to stay overnight must declare 2 days of fishing prior to departing on their first eligible day. A fishing day runs from 12:00 am until 11:59 pm
- All fish must be weighed at a approved weigh station.
- No mutilated fish will be accepted.
- You can weigh fish in all categories.
- You can weigh as many fish in each category as you choose.
- Boats fishing in other sanctioned tournaments will be allowed to weigh fish at those designated locations per the tournament chairman.
- All Catch and release Billfish require a digital photo or video of the fish under control boatside.
- Landed fish require a photograph/video of the catch. Photograph/video must be posted to the NEFMA website.
- In the case of a tie winner will be determined by earliest catch or release time.
- You can place multiple times in each category.
- There will be a winner in each category and an overall winner for Gamefish and Billfish.
- Points will be awarded to NEFMA members based on the club's point structure.
List of eligible shootout billfish and gamefish –
|Blue Marlin||BLUE MARLIN MINIMUM SIZE: Any Blue Marlin caught and weighed that measures less than 115 inches (tip of lower jaw to fork of tail)|
|White Marlin||WHITE MARLIN MINIMUM SIZE: Any White Marlin caught and weighed in that measures less than 66 inches (tip of lower jaw to fork of tail)|
|Swordfish||SWORDFISH MINIMUM SIZE: The minimum size for Swordfish as set forth by the National Marine Fisheries Service is 47 inches (tip of lower jaw to fork of tail) not less than 75 lbs.|
|Sailfish||SAILFISH MINIMUM SIZE: The Any Sailfish caught and weighed in that measures less than 63 inches (tip of lower jaw to fork of tail.|
MAKO SHARK MINIMUM WEIGHT: 75 Lbs. Possession of Mako Sharks is regulated by the National Marine Fisheries Service and is subject to closure
YELLOWFIN TUNA MINIMUM WEIGHT/SIZE: 20 Lbs. Tuna size is 27-inchs from the tip of the upper jaw to the fork of the tail.
BLACKFIN TUNA MINIMUM WEIGHT/SIZE: 10 Lbs
WAHOO MINIMUM WEIGHT: 10 Lbs.
DOLPHIN MINIMUM WEIGHT: 10 Lbs.
KINGFISH MINIMUM WEIGHT: 10 Lbs.
Points awarded for billfish and gamefish –
- BILLFISH DIVISION: The following point structure will apply for all boated and weighed billfish.
SPECIES 1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place 4th Place 5th Place Blue Marlin 500 425 350 275 200 White Marlin 200 175 150 125 100 Swordfish 150 125 100 75 50 Sailfish 125 100 75 50 25 Non-Designated Billfish 125 100 75 50 25
Release Points will be awarded for all Billfish released in accordance with NEFMA rules. The points awarded per release will be equal to the first place points for the respective species as defined above.
- GAMEFISH DIVISION: The following point structure will apply for all boated and weighed gamefish.
SPECIES 1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place 4th Place 5th Place Wahoo 250 200 150 100 75 Dolphin 250 200 150 100 75 Yellowfin Tuna 250 200 150 100 75 Blackfin Tuna 150 125 100 75 50 Mako Shark 150 125 100 75 50 Kingfish 100 75 50 20 10
Release Points will be awarded for all Mako Sharks released in accordance with NEFMA rules. The points awarded per release will be equal to the first place points for Mako Sharks as defined above.