Tournament Rules

Tournament winner will be boat that accumulates the most overall points. Fish can be weighed Thursday and Friday 5 pm – 8 pm, and on Saturday 2 pm - 5 pm at OB weigh station. Vessels will be allowed to fish overnight. All vessels must return and register with weigh station staff at Harbor Entrance by 7 pm on Thursday/Friday and by 4 pm on Saturday. Tournament catch forms and release footage must be submitted when weighing fish.

All vessels will be allowed to fish 2 out of the 3 tournament fish days. Overnight fishing is allowed. Vessels opting not to fish overnight and return to port will be allowed to weigh fish on one or both days, providing tournament times and rules are adhered to.

Vessels can leave from any port, but have to abide by the rules and designated times. Violations will result in disqualification.

Boat Points For Qualifying Fish

All catches may be used to qualify in the 2017 Northeast Offshore Cup Tournament

BLUE MARLIN: 300 points for each released fish (unlimited releases allowed)
WHITE MARLIN: 100 points for each released fish (unlimited releases allowed)
ROUNDSCALE SPEARFISH: 100 points for each released fish (unlimited releases allowed)
BLUEFIN TUNA: 75 points for released fish (3 fish allowed total for tournament)
SWORDFISH: 2 points per pound (60" inch minimum, 3 fish maximum to be weighed in per vessel) and 100 points per released and or caught fish under 60 inches
YELLOWFIN: 1 point per pound (3 fish allowed total for tournament)
ALBACORE: 1 point per pound (3 fish allowed total for tournament)
BIG EYE: 1 point per pound (2 fish allowed total for tournament)
DOLPHIN: 1 point per pound (3 fish allowed total for tournament)
WAHOO: 1 point per pound (3 fish allowed total for tournament)

2017 OBBC Tournament Rules

  1. All boats must have the ability to fish without any outside help.
  2. All registered vessels must have a representative present for Wednesday registration and captains meeting.
  3. All boats weighing fish must return to the designated weigh in area next to the harbor entrance buoy, and also check in with tournament weigh station staff on tournament channel.
  4. Check in time for vessels weighing fish will be no later than 7 pm on Thursday and Friday, and 4 pm on Saturday.
  5. All vessels returning to designated weigh area must check in by VHF radio to the OBBC Weigh Station on tournament channel 72. Vessels must receive verification of arrival by weigh station staff. That means your vessel has to be physically seen and verified. Vessels will be given instructions on when to approach the weigh station.
  6. The OBBC will follow International Game Fish Association Rules and additional rules specified herein.
  7. 130 lb Line class is the maximum allowed in this tournament.
  8. Any member of the tournament committee reserves right to inspect tackle at their discretion.
  9. Leaders are to be no longer than 30 ft. in total to comply with IGFA rules. This 30 ft. shall include any double line, wind-on, or any other type of leader.
  10. Vessels will be allowed to retain legal swordfish under 60 inches and such fish will count as 100 points.
  11. Spreader Bars will be allowed in the OBBC, but must only contain one hook.
  12. Double hooks and J hooks are allowed
  13. All fish must adhere to state and federal regulations to qualify for this tournament.
  14. In case of a tie(same number of points), winner will be determined by earliest time of cumulative points attained during fish days.
  15. Tournament catch forms(documenting catch times and species) must be filled out and submitted to weigh station staff when weighing in fish or declaring release footage. All forms and release footage must be handed in to weigh station staff by 8 pm on Thursday and Friday, and by 5 pm on Saturday. If you are not weighing any fish, but have release footage to declare, you still need to hand in catch forms and footage to the weigh station staff by designated times. If your vessel is checked in and in line for weigh in, you may present your catch form at the time of your weigh in. Just be sure and check in and be verified at harbor entrance by designated times. 7 pm on Thursday and Friday and 4 pm on Saturday.
  16. There will be a 130 mile range limit for all vessels from Hooter Buoy.
  17. The angler must hook, fight and bring the fish to the gaff or tag stick unaided by any other person (excluding gaff and leader man). An alternate angler will be allowed to hook and hand the rod one time for each fish hooked.
  18. This is a rod and reel, hook and line tournament. The use of hand lines, rope, nets, harpoons, and any other means of fish capture other than rod and reel are strictly prohibited.
  19. Fish cannot be fought from the rod holder.
  20. Harpoons are not allowed.
  21. Each vessel will be presented with a tournament flag at the captains meeting. All released fish entries must be documented with a digital video camera only. All catches must be documented from the time of leadering to 5 full seconds after the time of release. All captured video footage with tournament fish must contain a clear view of the tournament flag. Video must be uninterrupted video only.
  22. Tournament boats must call in all releases of billfish as they happen. If a committee boat is not within range to acknowledge the release, the release will still count.
  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. All boats entering or leaving the harbor should adhere to the “NO WAKE” speed limit.
  26. The OBBC assumes no responsibility for the conduct or safety of any boats or entrants. All participants enter the tournament at their own risk
  27. All participants and their crews, friends, and family shall be respectful of the tournament hosts Oak Bluffs Harbor, as well as its staff and residents.
  28. There is no tournament weather committee. All boats are responsible for making decisions regarding weather, and do so at their own risk.
  29. All Tournament Boats must weigh fish in at the official weigh station in Oak Bluffs Harbor
  30. Any and all protests must be filed in writing and handed off in person to Damon Sacco or Christian Giardini by 7 pm each day of fishing. Protests will cost $250 and proceeds will go to the designated tournament charity.
  31. All tournament caught fish are the property of the boat. After the weigh master releases the fish, its disposal must be done outside the harbor.
  32. 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.
  33. No mutilated fish shall be eligible for competition. Mutilation shall be defined as damage which would impair the fighting ability of the fish.
  34. The weigh master reserves the right to retain and inspect any fish that is deemed questionable. If retention is refused, the fish is automatically disqualified.
  35. All weighed fish must be whole and in the round. Gutted fish will not be accepted.
  36. Anglers and crew aboard winning boats may be subjected to a lie detector test.

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.