Rules are subject to change. Final rules including any final revisions will be distributed at the Captains Meeting, Wednesday, July 11th, 2018.

Grant, Sanders & Taylor, P.C. - leading independent accounting firm will oversee the Tournament optional entries and will certify the Official Results prior to the Awards Ceremony.


TOURNAMENT ENTRY:

Tournament is limited to the first 60 boats to register by payment of $2,500 nonrefundable entry deposit. Balance of entry fee ($7,500) must be paid by June 30, 2018. Tournament dockage at the Wharf Marina will be guaranteed to the first 30 boats (size restrictions apply) to register. Regular dockage fees apply.

Note: Exceptions to the 60 boat limit:

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital benefiting entry - the 61st position will be auctioned to the single highest bidder when all 60 positions in the tournament are filled. 100% of the winning bid will be donated to St. Jude. The Gulf Coast Triple Crown Last Chance Qualifier allows the top ten teams as posted on the Gulf Coast Triple Crown website following the conclusion of the Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic to be eligible for registration in the BMGC Tournament above and beyond the 60 boat limit.

TOURNAMENT CASH AWARDS PAYOUTS:

Based on 60 boats entered.

60 boats @ $7,500 = $450,000

1st (50%) $225,000
2nd (30%) $135,000
3rd (15%) $67,500
4th (5%) $22,500

Optional Cash Awards will pay out 50/30/20 unless only two eligible fish are weighed then the cash awards for third place will be split 60/40 between 1st and 2nd place.

Note: 61st "St Jude Benefitting" position does not contribute to money pool.

CATCH AND RELEASE RULES:

Only Billfish caught and released according to the following rules are eligible for tournament awards and cash awards. Billfish are considered caught when the leader connection or swivel touches the tip of the rod or the mate or other team member touches the leader. Billfish removed from the water or boated will be disqualified.

GoPro or SD type video cameras are the preferred and recommended method of capturing catch and release video recording. If not recorded on a GoPro video camera the video must be captured on a digital video camera.
No cell phone, iPad, DVD or CD video will be accepted.

Video must include:


SPECIAL SITUATIONS:

1. Billfish breaks off or hook pulls.

There must be video showing the mate grabbing the leader or a clear shot of the connection touching the rod tip. Be sure to include a shot of the designator in the action of this segment. WITHOUT stopping the camera, pan the cockpit showing no other rods in play. Go directly to the GPS and CLEARLY video the date and time. If ALL of these requirements are NOT met the fish WILL BE disqualified! It may be difficult for the Judges to determine the Species under these circumstances.

2. When an Angler fights a fish to the Release.

Video the release. This may help the Judges determine the Species if questionable. During the video release, IMMEDIATELY WITHOUT stopping the camera, pan the cockpit and go directly to the GPS and film the Date and Time. Make sure you have a shot of the tournament designator in this segment. When the Angler fights the fish to the release as described above, you are NOT ALLOWED TO RECORD THE DATE & TIME AFTER THE LEADER GRAB OR CONNECTION TOUCH. You must wait till all of the above has occurred.

Note: If video shows time of release but no date, the GPS time as recorded will be used and the last date of tournament fishing is used as the official release date.

If date is shown but no release time, the date as recorded will be used and time of check-in at the official demarcation line (#103 & #104) Sailboat Bay is used as official release time.

Catch and Release Tiebreaker: ties are broken by the first team to reach the total amount of points as verified by the boats GPS time.


Verification Scorecard reports must be legibly completed and totaled along with date and time of last release prior to scoring and turned in with video. Videos must be turned in to scoring (having checked in at Sailboat Bay prior to 7:00pm and waiting in line) prior to the closing of the weigh in scales.

Video Scoring Tips:


2018 BLUE MARLIN GRAND CHAMPIONSHIP ACCEPTANCE

In consideration for being accepted by the Tournament Organizers for participation in the Blue Marlin Grand Championship of the Gulf, the Participants hereby release, forever discharge, and agree to hold harmless the Tournament Committee, Sponsors, Blue Marlin Grand Championship, LLC, The Wharf Entertainment Properties, LLC, Wharf Retail Properties, LLC, Coastal Marina Management, LLC and their respective officers, directors, employees, agents, volunteers, partners, members, the and/or attorneys for any and all losses, claims, or demands of any kind or character whatsoever arising from the negligence or gross negligence of the Releases or from any other cause connected with or occurring during the Tournament. The Participants expressly acknowledge that he/she has received, reviewed, and agrees to abide by the Tournament Rules and this Release. Furthermore, the Participants expressly acknowledge that activities relating to deep sea fishing are extremely dangerous and involve the risk of serious injury or death. Having so acknowledged, the Participants hereby assume full responsibility for the risk of bodily injury or death due to the negligence or gross negligence of the Releases or any other cause connected with or occurring during the Tournament


ON BEHALF OF TEAM__________________________________________________

I UNDERSTAND, ACCEPT AND AGREE TO THE ABOVE RELEASE AND ACCEPT AND AGREE TO COMPLY WITH THE RULES OF COMPITITION AS PRESENTED FOR THE 2018 BLUE MARLIN GRAND CHAMPIONSHIP. FURTHER, I UNDERSTAND POLYGRAPH TESTING IS A REQUIREMENT UPON WINNING IN A CATAGORY.

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