Battle Of The Bay Rules

2018 Battle of the Bay Tournament Rules

  1. All boats can not leave the dock to fish until 12am Friday, October 5th from any port.
  2. Boats must return to Brewers Boatyard inside breakwater and check in with Tournament Weigh Station on VHF channel 72 by water by 12:00 pm or 7:30 pm on Friday/Saturday and/or 12 pm on Sunday if declaring weighed fish or release footage.
  3. There will be 2 floating docks at Brewers Marina weigh station at the fuel dock area. Boats weighing fish are to proceed to those piers when instructed after checking in.
  4. Vessels bringing in fish to weigh must receive verification of arrival by weigh station, and wait until called on before tying up to weigh station.
  5. There will be a separate Most Caught Fish division which will include all caught fish including releases. All released catches will be worth 100 points regardless of size.
  6. All releases must be video documented with a tournament catch flag which will be handed out at registration. All releases must contain uninterrupted video footage documenting the time of leadering the fish to seeing the fish swimming away. All release video will need to incorporate a GPS time stamp as ties will be determined by time of catch.
  7. There will be no line class or rod placement restrictions in this tournament.
  8. Cockpit harpoons will be allowed in this tournament.
  9. Anglers will be allowed to fight fish from the rod holder.
  10. Spreader Bars will be allowed in this tournament, but must only contain one hook.
  11. J hooks are allowed.
  12. Green sticks will only be permitted using rod and reel. Fishing lines cannot be retrieved by winch.
  13. All fish must adhere to state and federal regulations to qualify for this tournament.
  14. Other than a midnight start on October 4th, there will be no lines in or lines out times enforced. Vessels declaring fish must bring in their fish on the day it was caught, and on that day only for the fish to count in the tournament. All vessels with fish must adhere to tournament weigh in rules and times.
  15. There will be no range limitations for vessels due to the time constraints of the tournament. Vessels without a fish onboard to weigh will be allowed to stay out on the water and not return to port in between fish days.
  16. Tournament channel will be VHF 72.
  17. This is a rod and reel, hook and line tournament. The use of hand lines, rope, nets, and any other means of fish capture other than rod and reel are strictly prohibited.
  18. There will be no weather committee. Boats will fish at their own risk.
  19. Fish must be hooked, fought and landed or released from the same boat.
  20. There will be no leader length restrictions.
  21. Weighed fish must be 73 inches or greater.
  22. In case of a tie, the winner will be determined by who caught the weight or number of fish first. So please document your time of catch.
  23. The official clock of the tournament will be kept on continuous GPS time.
  24. Boats are to respect fellow competitors, at all times. Reasonable distance should be kept from all boats fighting fish. If requested by a boat fighting a fish, other boats shall keep clear until the fight has concluded.
  25. Tackle/vessel inspection may be required at the time of weigh-in.
  26. There is no committee boat.
  27. All boats entering or leaving the harbor should adhere to the “NO WAKE” speed limit.
  28. The Battle Of The Bay tournament assumes no responsibility for the conduct or safety of any boats or entrants. All participants enter the tournament at their own risk. All participants must sign Indemnification Agreement upon registering.
  29. All participants and their crews, friends, and family shall be respectful of the tournament hosts, i.e. Brewers Marina, The Smokehouse, as well as their staff and residents.
  30. All tournament boats must weigh fish in at the official weight station at Brewers Boatyard in Plymouth MA
  31. Any and all protests must be filed in writing and handed off in person to weigh master by 4:00 pm on Sunday October 7th. There will be a $200 dollar fee for all protests which will go to the ONE MISSION FOUNDATION.
  32. After the weigh master releases the fish, its disposal must be done outside the harbor.
  33. If anyone wants to have a fish re-weighed, it must be done while the fish is still hanging. After the fish has been removed from the weigh station, the weight stands.
  34. No mutilated fish shall be eligible for competition. Mutilation shall be defined as damage which would impair the fighting ability of the fish before it is captured. All weighed commercial fish 73 inches or greater can be gutted through either gill plate, and stomach cavity can be filled with ice. Ice will be removed by weigh station staff. Guts can be weighed separately when weighing fish. So it is advised to keep the entrails of your caught fish.
  35. The weigh master reserves the right to retain any fish that is deemed questionable. Weighed fish will be inspected by qualified aquatic biologist. If retention is refused, the fish is automatically disqualified.
  36. The Weigh Master and the committee reserve the right to cut open any fish for inspection of any suspected weight altering. Insertion of weights, ice, water, etc. is not permitted.
  37. All weighed fish must be whole and in the round. Gutted fish WILL be accepted by way of removing gill plate and cleaning stomach cavity. Gutted fish will be inspected by weigh staff.
  38. Anglers and crew aboard winning boats will be subjected to a lie detector test.
  39. All released fish entries and fish under 73 inch entries for the most catches category must be documented with a digital VIDEO camera. All catches must be documented from the time of leadering to 5 full seconds after the time of release AND/OR a killed fish on the deck showing the clipping of the tail fin. This will be reviewed at captains meeting.
  40. Each vessel will be presented with a tournament flag upon registration. All captured video footage with tournament fish must contain tournament flag in the video clip.
  41. All video release footage must also contain a GPS time stamp after the fish is released. In the case of a tie, the winner will be determined by time(who caught the winning points first) So make sure to video document your vessel's GPS digital time stamp of all catches...even if you are weighing the fish!

All entrants must sign and/or check the respective "I agree" boxes on the online tournament REGISTRATION form in regards to the POLYGRAPH and INDEMNIFICATION AGREEMENT before being eligible to register for the event. Any breach of any of the above Tournament Rules will result in Disqualification. Decisions of the Tournament Committee are final.