A 7% sales tax is added to entry fees (E1, E2, E3). There is no tax on jackpots.
There are three levels of entry: One mandatory base entry (E1) with an 80% return, an optional Release Division (E2) with an 85% return and an optional Crew Division (E3) with a 100% return. Each entry level pays out to three places with the following splits: three winners—50/30/20; two winners—60/40; one winner takes all. There are also twenty-seven optional jackpots with a 90% return. Each jackpot category pays out to three places with the following splits: three winners—60/25/15; two winners—65/35; one winner takes all. If no qualifying fish is caught in a jackpot category, the amount that was allocated to awards is refunded to only those teams entered in the category where no qualifying fish was caught.
E1—Base Entry (mandatory)—$6,000 ($6,420 with tax)
The base entry includes weighed blue marlin, dolphin, tuna and wahoo. Awards are based on the top three heaviest fish in each species. Of the amount allocated to awards, 60% goes to the top billfish and 40% goes to the top gamefish, split evenly between the three gamefish species. If there are no marlin weighed, the prize money rolls evenly into the gamefish categories. If there are no winners in a gamefish species category, the cash allocated for that species rolls evenly into the remaining species categories. If there are no gamefish caught in any species category, the prize money rolls to the billfish category.
E2—Release Division (optional)—$2,000 ($2,140 with tax)
The release division includes blue marlin, white marlin, sailfish and spearfish. Awards are given to the top three teams accumulating the most release points. Billfish releases must be video verified.
E3—Crew Division (optional)—$300 ($321 with tax)
The crew division includes the team’s overall catch—both weighed fish and billfish releases. Awards are given to the top three crews accumulating the most total weight (all species) plus release points.
You must be entered in the Release Division (E2) before you can enter the Release Jackpots.
You can enter any combination of jackpots (for example: B1, B2, B3, D2, W3). Jackpot winners are based on the top three heaviest fish, or most release points, in that jackpot category.
Blue Marlin: B1-$500, B2-$750, B3-$1,000, B4-$2,500, B5-$5,000, B6-$10,000
Release: R1-$500, R2-$750, R3-$1,000, R4-$2,500, R5-$5,000, R6-$10,000
Dolphin: D1-$500, D2-$750, D3-$1,000, D4-$2,500, D5-$5,000
Tuna: T1-$500, T2-$750, T3-$1,000, T4-$2,500, T5-$5,000
Wahoo: W1-$500, W2-$750, W3-$1,000, W4-$2,500, W5-$5,000