Changes Are Coming!

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We always recommend that you read all of the rules every year, but here’s a summary of the changes we’ve made for this year. The changes will also be covered in the Captain’s Meeting scheduled for June 18th starting at 6pm.


You may have as many anglers as you want, but they must all be registered. Captains and mates are automatically considered anglers.


The Release Division is an optional entry level. You must be entered in the Release Division to enter the Release Jackpots and be eligible for the Perpetual Trophy. The Release Division is $2,000 in addition to the $5,000 entry fee.


The tournament start time has been changed to 3:00pm on Thursday – that’s when you can depart through the East Pass in Destin. If you’re weighing a fish or turning in scorecards on Friday or Saturday you must be under the Mid-Bay Bridge by 8:00pm.


Dolphin, wahoo and tuna must be at least 20 lbs., bigeye and yellowfin tuna must also be at least 27 inches and blackfin tuna must be at least 12 inches.


To be eligible for release points, billfish scorecards must be turned in to the Video Judges with a video of the release. If you’re not entered in the Release Division, but did release a billfish, turn in your scorecard at the weigh station or take a photo of the scorecard and email to or text to 910-264-3947—this helps us keep track of the actual number of billfish released.

Julia Brakhage

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