harpoons are allowed to be used on any sharks killed for weigh in
(flying gaffs are allowed). Also, line strength above 130 lb test
cannot be used. A copy of the current IGFA rules will be provided in the
Captain’s bags. Official tournament time is local GPS time.
2. Although there can be any number of anglers fishing on a registered
boat, no more than four (4) lines may be fished from any boat,
regardless of number of anglers.
3. ONLY ONE shark per boat may be brought to Camp Ellis Pier for
weighing per day. Exact 1/2 pounds will be rounded up when the shark
is weighed. A minimum forklength of 4.5 feet is required for all mako,
porbeagle, or thresher sharks. Do not kill any mako, porbeagle or
thesher shark with a forklength of less than 4.5 feet as you will be
subject to a federal fine if you do so!!
4. Although a forklength of 4.5 feet is the legal harvesting size for
blue sharks as well, only blue sharks with a fork length of 9.0 feet
or greater may be weighed in for the blue shark category. A blue shark
with a fork length of 9.0 feet or greater should easily weigh 350 lb. or
more, and it is expected that only a few blue sharks of this size will
be landed off the coast of Maine during this tournament. All blue
sharks retained during the tournament will be utilized for research purposes
by Dr. James Sulikowksi and his research team from the University of New
England’s Marine Science Center.
5. Fishing hours for tournament will be: Friday, August 24th: Lines in
at 4:00 a.m, and lines out on Saturday, August 25th at 4:00 p.m. If
you are hooked up prior to 3:00 pm on 8/25th, you may continue to fight the
fish, but you STILL MUST HAVE THE SHARK TO THE WEIGH-IN AT CAMP ELLIS
NO LATER THAN 6:00 PM (see below) FOR IT TO COUNT IN THE TOURNAMENT
6. Weigh in times. A weighmaster for the tournament will be available
at Camp Ellis Pier in Saco from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. on Friday,
August 24th. The weighmaster will also be available from 3:00 – 6:00 pm on
Saturday August 25th. ALL SHARKS MUST BE WEIGHED IN DURING THE
DESIGNATED WEIGH IN TIMES – THERE WILL BE NO EXCEPTIONS!!
7. Selection of Tournament channel will be done at the Captain’s
Meeting on Thursday 8/23/12.
8. All sharks weighed are subject to inspection by the Tournament
Committee. Cheating will not be tolerated in this tournament. All
sharks weighed in will be dissected for research purposes. Any shark found to
be weighted down by filling the abdominal cavity with water or by the
addition of lead weights, or any other form of manipulation to
artificially increase the shark’s body weight will result in the
immediate disqualification of the boat which brought the shark in.
9. There is no weather committee, and the decision to fish is left
solely to participants who do so at their own risk. Traveling out on
the ocean in seas and conditions which are subject to constant change and
engaging in a fishing tournament which requires movement and exposure
to these conditions is an inherently dangerous activity that could result
in severe injury and/or death. All participants knowingly and
willingly accept these risks. Participants represent that they are in good
health sufficient to withstand the rigorous nature of this activity and are
knowledgeable about safe fishing practices and boating safety.
10. All Tournament Committee decisions are final. There are no refunds.
11. All fish weighed in for prize consideration must be caught by a
registered fisherman fishing from a registered boat. This is a boat tournament, but the names of all persons fishing from a registered boat must be supplied to the tournament officials at the Captain’s dinner
(this is due to requirements from the company insuring the Grand prize
for any new Maine state record shark). Only in the event of a mechanical failure may participants registered to fish from one registered vessel be allowed to fish from another registered vessel. The Tournament
Committee must be advised in writing prior to a vessel change.
12. All participants are responsible for getting the information and
rules reviewed at the Captains Meeting on Thursday, 8/23/16.
13. A sportsmanlike conduct ashore and afloat is required of all
participants and their guests. This is a tournament to have lots of
fun and benefit kids and families at the same time * lets set a good
example for them.