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Official Rules & Prize Structure:

Fishing Schedule & Boundaries:
  1. Fishing Days - January 22 & 23, 2016. No Lay Day.
  2. Depart Inlets at 6:30 AM both days.
  3. Fishing Hours - Lines in 8:00 AM. Line’s out 3:30 PM.
  4. Boundaries: From 27.30.00 latitude (Ft. Pierce Inlet area) to 26.02.00 latitude (Ft. Lauderdale Inlet area) and no further offshore than 072.50 longitude.
  5. Boats may depart Lake Worth or Jupiter Inlets no earlier than 6:30 AM and must return catch logs to Sailfish Marina or Castaway Marina by 5:00 PM.
  6. Boats need only fish one day for tournament to be official.
  7. There is no weather committee. The determination to fish is at the sole discretion of the captain and crew, who assume all liability for their decisions.
  8. Certified Observers may be provided by the tournament as available.

    Fishing Regulations & Points Structure:
  9. I.G.F.A. Rules apply except as follows.
  10. Only non-offset circle hooks and maximum 20-lb. test line may be used. Leader length is limited to a total of 20 feet and neither the double line nor leader may exceed 15 feet including knots and swivel.
  11. Live or dead baits may be used, but only one type of bait is permitted in the water at any time. Chumming of any kind, including with live bait, is prohibited. Backing into schools and casting from a dead boat are prohibited.
  12. No more than six rods are permitted in the water at any time. This includes rods being used to catch bait.
  13. No more than two kites for live bait and no more than two teasers or dredges for trolling are permitted. Live bait teasers are prohibited.

    Catch Validation
  14. To qualify for points each release must be called in to the Tournament Committee including the angler'sfull name immediately by VHF radio or cell phone and be acknowledged with an assigned catch numberandofficial time of release. Hook ups 15 minutes prior to the end of fishing must be called in for release after lines out to qualify.
  15. A release is official when either the leader is touched by the mate or the leader is wound inside the rod tip.
  16. Your entry into either tournament implies expressed approval that you and all anglers and crew members will submit to a polygraph test if requested by the rules committee. Failure to do will result in disqualification.

    Point Structure & Scoring:
  17. Release points will be awarded as follows:
    • 200 points for sailfish on live bait.
    • 300 point for sailfish on dead bait.
    • 400 points for marlin on either bait.
  18. In case of a tie the winners will be determined by earliest release times.
  19. Protests must be submitted to the Rules Committee in writing accompanied by a nonrefundable $500 filing fee no later than 5:30 PM on Saturday and 4:30 PM on Sunday. In all cases the decision of the Rules Committee is final.

    General Requirements:
  20. Boats and anglers must comply with all state and federal fishing regulations and licensing requirements. Failure to do so may result in disqualification. All boats must carry appropriate iability insurance.
  21. All boats must be a minimum of 27 feet LOA. The final determination of a boat’s eligibility will be at the discretion of the Rules Committee.

  • $5,000 for most points live bait
  • $5,000 for most points dead bait

Added Entry Levels:
  • Most Points Overall $5000 (Winner Take All)
  • Most Points Overall $3000 (1500per day 50/30/20 split)
  • Daily Points $3000 (60/40 split)
  • Most Billfish Released $1500 (60/40 split)
  • Most Points Live Bait $2000 (Winner Take All)
  • Most Points Live Bait daily $2000 (60/40 split)
  • Most Points Dead Daily $2000 (60/40 split)
  • Most Points Dead Bait $2000 (Winner Take All)
  • Big Fish K D W $500 (Winner Take All)
  • Top Angler $250 (Winner Take All)
  • Charity 50/50 $500 (Free Entry to 2016 Buc)
  • **85% payout in all categories 15% donated to charities

All participants, captains and crews in the Buccaneer Cup Sailfish Release Tournament enter at their own risk. Committee members and all other persons connected directly or indirectly with the operation of the tournaments shall be exempt from any liability for loss, damage, negligence, harm or injury suffered to any participant, boat captain, crew member, vessel and/or equipment, which may occur during the tournament