It is the responsibility for each Captain & team members to understand & abide by the tournament rules listed below:

Wild West General Rules:
These rules will remain in effect during the Fall  Wild West Tournament in Madeira Beach, FL. Interpretation of these rules will be left exclusively to the Tournament Committee. In the event of a rule violation, the Tournament Committee may impose such sanctions as they deem appropriate, including, without limitation, disqualifications, forfeiture of prizes and prohibition from participation in subsequent tournaments. By competing in the Wild West all competitors agree that decisions of the Tournament Committee are final in all matters and are not subject to appeal, and are not reviewable by any court of law. The Tournament Director can make changes to the stated rules at any time. By participating in the Wild West Tournament you and your team agree to the previous statements, to sign a written legal release form, and to obey the rules stated below, or face expulsion without refund or compensation or any kind.


  1. Entry for the Inshore Division is $500 plus tax
  2. All calcuttas are optional and include sales tax
  3. Registration and calcuttas must be paid for online only no later than midnight on October 22nd.
  4. All applications must be approved by the Tournament Committee in order to fish the Wild West
  5. The entry fee and calcuttas are non-refundable unless your application is denied. If your application is denied then you will receive a full refund.
  6. Teams can only sign up for one Division.
  7. The team member that signs the Wild West application has the ultimate authority over the team including all decisions regarding team composition, boat, sponsors, boat #, etc regardless if they are named team captain or not.
  8. The Captain listed on application is responsible for the safety and conduct of his/her anglers on tournament days.
  9. A Co-Captain must be listed on application. If a Co-Captain change is requested, the new Co-Captain must be an individual listed on the original application.
  10. In the event that the Captain is unable to fish a tournament/s, the Co-Captain is then responsible for the safety and conduct of his/her anglers on tournament day.
  11. Either the Captain or the Co-Captain must be on the boat on tournament day. If both the Captain and Co-Captain are unable to fish, the team will not be allowed to fish & forfeits that tournament.
  12. If there is a change to the original application regarding team members, captain or boat, the tournament must be notified in writing no later than 1 day prior to the tournament. The change/s must be approved by Tournament Committee.
  13. Team Name cannot be changed after the Captain’s Meeting. Name change after application has been submitted but prior to the Captain’s Meeting must be approved by the Tournament Committee.
  14. At the time of check out, only registered crew and approved auxiliary personnel ie: camera crew, observers, vets etc. are allowed on your boat from check out to check in.
  15. In the event an auxiliary person or persons are needed or desired to be on your boat, you are required to get approval from the tournament director at least 1 day prior to checkout and provide the name/s and purpose of the additional people.
  16. 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 to obtain current Florida fishing regulations.


  1. Announcements regarding weather & other important tournament information will be communicated to team captains & co-captains via text messages, phone calls, emails and/or posting on the Wild West home page on
  2. Tournament Officials will operate on Channel 68 for check out, check in and any communications that needs to be directed from or to teams while they are participating in each event.


  1. The Captain’s Meeting will take Thursday, October 28th. Location TBD


  1. Bait Fishing is allowed prior to 7am
  2. The use of federally managed reef fish as bait is illegal. This includes all rudderfish and snapper species regardless of size. Having a reef fish in your bait well at check out or check in will result in disqualification from tournament.


  1. There is no checkout for the Inshore Division
  2. Lines in the water at 7am
  3. Inshore Teams are invited to participate in the shotgun start of the Offshore Division at approximately 7:15am but are not required to do so.

These are in nautical miles


  1. Only one kingfish per tournament can be weighed in for the main tournament.
  2. The heaviest fish weighed in during the tournament wins the 1st Place award for that tournament
  3. Teams may weigh in separate kingfish for the Closest to 22lbs Calcutta and the Closest to 20.20lb Contest if entered.
  4. An optional aggregate competition is available for teams fishing in the Wild West. This will be a best 2 fish aggregate competition for the Fall 2020 Wild West and the Spring 2021 Wild West.
  5. Hand held rods and reels only


  1. Tournament competition limited to motorized boats only.
  2. All boats must carry a Coast Guard approved flotation device for each person on their vessel plus an approved EPIRB and/or PLB plus an approved fire extinguisher and all other safety devices required by the Coast Guard. Go to for current Coast Guard regulations.
  3. A team may request to use a back up boat. The change in boat must be submitted in writing at least 1 days prior to the affected tournament & approved by the committee.
  4. If an approved Team Boat experiences mechanical issues on their approved boat they may request to use a back up boat up until the shot gun start. If the team boat breaks down after the shot gun start they will not be allowed to fish that event. If a break down occurs the morning of the tournament but occurs prior to the shot gun start, the team may call the Tournament Director and request a boat change and a late check out.
  5. Fuel bladders are NOT allowed to be used on any boat during the tournament. If a team has a fuel bladder on board during check out they will not be allowed to compete in the event.


  1. The Tournament Director will announce any alternate fishing dates if weather or another Act of God should affect fishing conditions.
  2. If a tournament has to be postponed due to inclement weather,  the alternative fish date will be that Sunday following. If Sunday is unfishable due to weather, then an alternate date will be selected by the Tournament Committee and forwarded to all teams as soon as possible.
  3. Teams will be advised after the 4pm weather advisory on the Friday preceding the tournament if the tournament will be postponed. However, the Tournament Committee reserves the right to cancel a tournament up until check out.
  4. It is up to the discretion of the participating Team Captain to determine if their craft is seaworthy for the existing conditions.
  5. The Team Captain is solely responsible for the safety and conduct of their crew, both on and off the water.
  6. The captain has the choice whether or not to compete in any of the events.
  7. In the event of incliment weather, the tournament will be postponed until that Sunday. If that Sunday is also unfishable, a new date will be announced.  The tournament committee holds the right to make the final decision on tournament postponement up until Friday at 5pm. Please plan accordingly


  1. The Honor System applies throughout the tournament.
  2. No passing of anything between boats during the tournaments. This would result in automatic disqualification from that specific tournament event day.
  3. Once a boat is checked out, if they touch land for any reason they will be automatically disqualified from that specific tournament event day.
  4. After inspection but before the shot gun start, a team may receive bait from a bait boat inside John’s Pass. Once the shot gun start takes place a team may not meet up with any other boat, including bait boats, or they will be automatically disqualified.
  5. There will be no feeding and/or stuffing of any kingfish with any bait fish, fish and/or any foreign objects (ie ice, weights, etc). This will result in immediate disqualification from all future Wild West events
  6. Any hooks, wire, rigs (terminal tackle) and/or any other foreign objects must be removed from kingfish eligible for competition.
  7. The tournament committee reserves the right to place a tournament representative on any team’s boat during competition for the purpose of observation.
  8. All fish entered into the tournaments will be inspected for all manners of cheating prior to fish being brought to the scale.
  9. Fish will be sliced open after the fish has been weighed to verify there are no foreign objects or stuffing of fish.
  10. Winning teams may be subjected to a polygraph test after each tournament. Polygraph will take the morning after the tournament. Failure to submit to a polygraph test will result in disqualification of the entire team from the tournament, entry fees will not be returned and team will forfeit their winnings.
  11. Refunds of tournament entry fees will not be given for failure of a polygraph test. All decisions of the polygraph examiner will be final.
  12. If a team is found guilty of cheating by the Tournament Director and/or the tournament steering committee, they will automatically be disqualified from all future Wild West tournaments.
  13. All decisions made by the weigh master & tournament director are final.
  14. All participants in the Wild West must maintain a high level of professionalism at all times.
  15. Anglers are expected to be role models, and set a positive example to the recreational angling public.
  16. Any team who displays poor sportsmanship, violates these rules, or any Florida Fish & Wild Life Commission, state or local laws, or brings unfavorable publicity to the sport of king fishing is subject to disqualification at the tournament director’s discretion.
  17. The tournament encourages the release of all fish not intended to be weighed in at tournament.


  1. Fish will be weighed in at Don’s Dock located at the East end of  John’s Pass Village (215 Boardwalk Place East. Madeira Beach, FL).
  2. Inshore Division teams may check in for weigh in starting at 3pm.
  3. Boats must be through John’s Pass bridge & checked in with a tournament official by VHF Radio Channel 68 no later than 4:30pm
  4. Teams MUST check in with tournament official (Channel 68) prior to coming into the weigh in dock.
  5. We ask that teams that decide not to participate in weigh in still check in with the tournament check in official to announce they have made it back in safely.
  6. Fish may only be brought to the scales by boat.
  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. Teams cannot touch land until their fish has been off loaded at Don’s Dock.
  10. Tournament official will call boats into the dock one at a time to off load fish and weigh in.
  11. One boat at a time will be allowed to dock at Don’s Dock. Fish will be weighed in and then team must immediately depart from Don’s Dock.
  12. Each team may weigh in one fish for judging in the main event/aggregate. If entered, teams may weigh in a separate fish for the 22lb Calcutta.
  13. Fish being weighed in the tournament will be inspected for all manners of cheating by a tournament official.
  14. Fish must be weighed in by a registered team member that fished on the team that day.
  15. No rotten or mutilated fish will be allowed to be weighed in.
  16. In the event of a tie, the team that checked in first with the Tournament Check In official wins. If a team failed to check in with the Tournament Check In official, they automatically lose the tie.
  17. Results are unofficial until determined by tournament director.
  18. All kingfish weighed in at tournament become the property of the Wild West Tournament. Fish are donated to Nachman’s Native Seafood and the proceeds are donated to charity.


  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.


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.


  1. The 1st Place winning team must make themselves available for a lie detector test at 9am on Sunday following tournament. One person from the team may be selected to take part in the lie detector test.
  2. Checks for the winning teams will be made out to the person on team that filled out the W9 Form
  3. 1099’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.
  4. If a winning team is unavailable to receive their check and trophy after weigh in on Oct 24th, they will be mailed to them.
  5. Checks & trophies will be mailed out to the winners on Monday, October 26th.
  6. If a team loses their check, they will be charged a fee of $35 in order for a new check to be written.