Please be advised – read the rules in their entirety. Captain’s are responsible to understanding all of the rules.

By participating in the Monster Kingfish Tournament you and your team agree to the rules stated below:

TOURNAMENT COMMUNICATIONS:
1. Announcements regarding weather & other important tournament information will be communicated to team captains via posting on the Monster Facebook Event Page, emails to captains and Angler Armory.com
2.Tournament Officials will operate on Channel 68 for any communications that need to be directed from or to teams while they are participating in each event.

PARTICIPATION:
1. All teams must fill out an application form & pay entry fee in order to participate in the Monster Kingfish Tournament
2. The Captain’s Meeting is not mandatory.  Captain’s meeting will take place Thursday, March 31st at Hooters in Johns Pass Village Madeira Beach
3. Teams must be entered into the main kingfish division in order to enter into any calcuttas.
4. Teams must be entered into the Spanish Mackerel Calcutta in order to participate in the Big Mack Calcutta
5. A Florida saltwater fishing license is required for each team member except from a boat which has a valid recreational vessel saltwater fishing license or any FL Resident 65 years or older, or anyone excluded by FL law. License not required when fishing with a charter captain. Go to www.myfwc.com to obtain current Florida fishing regulations.

POINT SYSTEM:
1. Only one kingfish can be weighed in for the main division. A separate fish may be weighed in for the Closest to 20.22lb calcutta.
2. Only one Spanish mackerel can be weighed in for the Spanish Mackerel division. The same fish will be used for the spanish mackerel Calcutta if entered.
5. 1 point per 1lb for both the kingfish and spanish mackerel divisions and calcuttas
6. Teams must be registered and paid in each division and/or calcutta in order to weigh in a fish for that division/calcutta.

CHECKOUTS:
1.There is no check out for this tournament.
2.Lines in the water at 7am

BOATS:
1.Tournament competition open to motorized boats only.
2.All boats must carry a Coast Guard approved flotation device for each person on their vessel plus all other safety devices required by the Coast Guard. Go to http://myfwc.com for current Coast Guard regulations.

BOUNDARIES:
1. North boundary for each tournament will be 28.17.100.  South boundary will be  26’53.700, West boundary is 83.20. This includes all of Tampa Bay.

WEATHER:
1. Alternate fishing date will be announced if weather or another Act of God should affect fishing conditions. Teams will be advised after Friday’s 4pm weather advisory if the tournament will be postponed. Generally the make up date will be that Sunday so please plan accordingly
2. It is the discretion of the Team Captain to determine if their craft is seaworthy for the existing conditions.
3. The captain has the choice whether or not to compete in the Monster Kingfish Tournament.

TOURNAMENT:
1.Fishing begins at 7am.
2.Bait fishing is allowed prior to 7am inside the call regs.
3. Hand held rods & reels only
4.The tournament encourages release of all fish not intended to be weighed in at tournament.
5. Fish weighed in at the tournament becomes the property of Angler Armory Inc. Proceeds from the sale of the fish will be donated to charity. (CLICK HERE to see the list of charities Angler Armory donates to)

CONDUCT:
1. The Honor System applies throughout the tournament
2. No passing of anything between boats during tournament hours. This will result in automatic disqualification from the Monster Kingfish Tournament
3. One angler must hook, fight & bring fish up to point of gaff.
4. There will be no feeding and/or stuffing of any kingfish or spanish mackerel with any bait fish, fish and/or any foreign objects (ie ice, weights, etc). This will result in immediate disqualification.
6. Hooks,wire,rigs (terminal tackle)and/or any other foreign objects must be removed from kingfish and/or spanish mackerel in order to be eligible for competition.
7. All fish entered into the tournaments will be inspected for cheating prior to fish being brought to the scale.
8. Fish will be sliced open after the fish has been weighed to verify there are no foreign objects or stuffing of fish.
9.Team members may be subjected to a polygraph test after the tournament. Failure to submit to a polygraph test will result in disqualification of the entire team for the remainder of the tournament series. Refunds of tournament entry fees will not be given for failure of a polygraph test. All decisions of the polygraph examiner will be final.
10. If a team is found guilty of cheating by the Tournament Director, they will automatically be disqualified from the tournament without refund of their entry fee, membership dues or calcutta fees.
11. All decisions made by the tournament director are final.
12. All participants in Monster Kingfish Tournament must maintain a high level of professionalism at all times.
13. Anglers are expected to be role models, and set a positive example to the recreational angling public.
14. Alcohol is not allowed on stage during the weigh in. If a team member refuses to place their alcoholic beverage on the designated table and brings their alcohol onstage with them, the team will automatically be disqualifed.

WEIGH IN:

  1. Fish will be weighed in at the John’s Pass Village Bell Tower (Madeira Beach, FL)
  2. Scales will open at 3pm
  3. Teams must be checked in with a tournament official either at Bell Tower or Don’s Dock no later than 5pm
  4. Fish may be brought to the scales by boat or by car.
  5. All teams arriving by boat must check in with Tournament Official on Channel 68 and unload fish at Don’s Dock located at the east end of John’s Pass.
  6. All teams arriving by car must pull up to the Bell Tower and unload their fish. One team member will check in with Tournament Official.
  7. Boat must be the vessel listed on tournament documents for that specific tournament day.
  8. Tournament officials have the right to inspect any or all boats entered into the series, after check in.
  9. Fish being weighed in the tournament will be inspected for all manners of cheating by a tournament official.
  10. Fish must be weighed in by a registered team member that fished on the team that day.
  11. No rotten or mutilated fish will be allowed to be weighed in.
  12. In the event of a tie, the team that checked in first with the Tournament Check In official wins.
  13. Results are unofficial until determined by tournament director.
  14. All kingfish weighed in at tournament become the property of Angler Armory Inc. Fish are donated to Nachman’s Native Seafood and the proceeds are donated to charity.
  15. Weigh in will begin at 3pm. Teams must be under the John’s Pass bridge and checked in with a tournament official no later than 4pm.
  16. Teams will bump the dock and one or more team members will disembark with their fish. Fish must be in a closed fish bag.
  17. Kingfish must have a minimum size of 24” fork length
  18. Results are unofficial until determined by tournament director.

DISPUTES:
1. Protests must be submitted in writing along with a $500 cash deposit to a tournament official within 10 minutes of the last fish weighed in.
2. The cash deposit will be returned to the contestant submitting the protest if the protest is upheld.
3. If there is a dispute of any kind, the decision of the Tournament Director is final.

TOURNAMENT DISCRETION:
1. The tournament director reserves the right to implement his discretion at any time during the tournament as it may apply to the rules or any other circumstance that should arise during the course of the tournament series.

AWARDS:
Kingfish Division

*One spot per 10 boats paid out

Main Event – Biggest kingfish wins. In the event there is a tie the team that checked in with tournament official first will win 1st Place. $15,000 First Place prize based off 100 registered teams.

Ladies Division – The registered lady angler must be on board for tournament. The top lady angler award is given to the highest winning team that has a lady angler on its team.

Youth Division – The registered youth angler must be on board for tournament. The top youth angler award is giving to the highest winning team with a youth 15 & under on its team.

Closest to 20.22lb Calcutta – teams may chose to use their overall fish for this calcutta or weigh in a separate fish. This is a winner take all calcutta

Big Fish & High Roller Calcuttas – The teams overall fish will be used for this calcutta. 50/30/20 split unless less than 30 teams sign up for this calcutta. If less than 30 sign up then the split will be 60/40. If less then 19 teams sign up then it will be winner take all.

2 Fish Aggregate Calcutta – teams may weigh in their overall fish plus an additional kingfish for this calcutta. 50/30/20 split unless less than 30 teams sign up for this calcutta. If less than 30 sign up then the split will be 60/40. If less then 19 teams sign up then it will be winner take all.

Spanish Mackerel Calcutta – biggest spanish mackerel wins.  50/30/20 split unless less than 30 teams sign up for this calcutta. If less than 30 sign up then the split will be 60/40. If less then 19 teams sign up then it will be winner take all.

Big Mack Calcutta – same spanish mackerel that is weighed in for regular spanish mackerel calcutta will be used for this calcutta. Separate fish cannot be weighed in. 50/30/20 split unless less than 30 teams sign up for this calcutta. If less than 30 sign up then the split will be 60/40. If less then 19 teams sign up then it will be winner take all.

Checks for the winning teams will be made out to the person listed as Captain on the registration form unless otherwise noted at the Captain’s Party.
W9’s for all winnings over $599 will also be made out to the person listed on the check that was written for the team’s winnings.
Lady Angler and Youth Angler awards for Kingfish Division only
At least one person from each winning team must be present to receive check. If no one from team is at event for Awards Ceremony, they forfeit their winnings.
If a team loses their check, they will be charged a fee of $35 in order for a new check to be written.