Cape Fear Blue Marlin Tournament

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Date(s) - 05/28/2014 - 05/31/2014
All Day

Location
Wrightsville Beach Marina

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Welcome To The 2014 Cape Fear Blue Marlin Tournament 41 Years And Counting!

THIS YEAR WE ARE ANNOUNCING NEW DATES, MORE WAYS TO WIN! AND A NEW ENTRY FORMAT, CHECK IT OUT.

The Cape Fear Blue Marlin Tournament would like to welcome all our sponsors, fishermen, participants, and spectators to this, our annual event. This year looks to be a great time to be had by all. Once again, the headquarters and weigh station will be at Wrightsville Beach Marina.

– 2014 Registration Form
– 2014 Layday Form
– CFBMT Billfish Release Affidavit
– 2014 Sponsorship Packet

CLICK HERE TO CHECK THE WEATHER

As last year, we are not requiring any tagging to help fish conservation.

We would like to extend a special thanks to all our sponsors for their help. Without them, we could not continue to bring you this Tournament. During the events, be sure to take time to visit with our sponsors, as they are committed to making the Cape Fear Blue Marlin Tournament what it is today!!

HOST MARINA SERVICES GRACIOUSLY PROVIDED BY WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH MARINA


Download 2012 Brochure

Rules & Regulations

RULES COMMITTEE
Bobby Brown, Ben Smith, Jon Huff, Chris Bailey, Jimmy Vass, Rob Tennille

COMMITTEE BOAT
To be announced

WEIGHMASTERS

Randy Gregory, George Lott

REPORTING STATION
Wrightsville Marina shall be the official weigh/reporting station

Cape Fear BMT Billfish Release Affidavit

Last Updated: 5/5/2014

Rules Committee
Bobby Brown, Ben Smith, Jon Huff, Chris Bailey, Jimmy Vass, Rob Tennille

Committee Boat
To Be Announced

Weigh Masters
Randy Gregory, George Lott

Reporting Station
Wrightsville Marina shall be the official weigh/reporting station

 

  1. All boats must be registered by 6:00 p.m. Wednesday May 28th and entry fee paid to qualify for prizes. Entry fees may be paid by cash or check, no credit cards accepted. Any boat entered in the CFBMT may not be entered in another tournament simultaneously except for the NC Governor’s Cup. Blue Marlin take priority over game fish at the scales. The same scales will be used for all fish including those entered in the Governor’s Cup series. The tournament or tournament host reserves the right to deny entry to anyone for any cause. Withdrawal from the tournament: 90% of the entry fee will be refunded 21 days after the tournament and clearing of funds.
  2. Polygraph test shall be administered to top money winners, (captain or mate), and by signing the entry form participants agree to the final decision of test. Refusal to submit to the test will be automatic disqualification from the tournament and winnings.
  3. Fishing time will be 8:30 am – 3:00 pm. Official times will be GPS time. Thursday May 29th, Friday May 30th and Saturday May 31st. This is a 2 out of 3 day event, Captain’s Choice. An official lay day form must be turned in by 8:30 am of the day declared as a non-fishing day. Fax 910-256-5796. The form must be signed by a participant. If a lay day form is not turned in that day will automatically be counted as a fishing day.
  4. All boats fishing the CFBMT must fish between Loran coordinates North 39550 and South 39000.
  5. All Blue Marlin, White Marlin or Sailfish must be reported to the committee boat when hooked, lost, released or boated. Fish hooked prior to or after fishing hours are not eligible. All Blue Marlin and Game fish eligible for prizes must be offloaded at the official weigh station from the boat landing the fish unless authorized by the weigh master. Scales open at 5:00pm and close at 8:00pm on Thursday and Friday. 5:00pm to 7:00pm on Saturday.
  6. Meat fish- 1st and 2nd place tuna, dolphin and Wahoo will be determined by weight. If two or more entries are the same weight the fish with largest total measurements (length + girth), shall be deemed winner. If weight and measurements are same the first fish weighed will win. All fish must adhere to State and Federal regulations. Yellowfin tuna – 27” curved fork length and 3 per person per day Wahoo – 2 per person per day, Dolphin – 10 per person per day.
  7. This is a total points tournament. All billfish except Blue Marlin weighing more than 400 lbs, or measuring 110 inches or more (from tip of lower jaw to fork of tail), must be released to obtain points. Released fish must be attested to by signatures of captain, mate & angler and time of release on form provided by CFBMT, and verified by video and/or digital photograph of release showing date, time, assigned tournament marker (to be given out with registration packet) and identifiable species. Form, video and/or digital photos shall be e-mailed to cfbmtrules@gmail.com or given to weigh master, tournament host or faxed to (910)256-5796. All materials must be received no later than 8:00pm the day of release. The crew cannot attempt to boat or gaff a released fish. In event of ties the 1st boat to achieve winning points will be winner. Released points: Blue Marlin 400, White Marlin & Spearfish 125, Sailfish 100, Captured Blue weighing 400-599.9 1 pt/lb Weighing 600 lbs or more 1.5 pt/lb. If Blue Marlin does not meet minimum requirements boat will be penalized 400 pts from their total score. No fish may be transferred unless original boat breaks down. Fish is boated when it breaks the plane of boat. All fish must adhere to State and Federal regulations. 1 per vessel per trip. Any Billfish boated shall not qualify for release points.
  8. One person from each boat is responsible for knowing rules, including any changes made.
  9. Prize money checks will be written to person/entity on registration form. S.S. # or tax I.D.# must be provided. 90% of prize money paid at awards ceremony, last 10% in 2 weeks pending clearance of checks.
  10. Disputes must be made in writing to rules committee. Protest must be made by 9 am the following day or 7 pm last day of tournament. Weigh master has right to hold any fish qualified for prize deemed questionable. If retention refused, fish is disqualified. Rules committee may cut open any fish for inspection. Fish with weight alteration are disqualified. IFGA rules apply regarding fish.
  11. This is a rod & reel, hook & line tournament. Double line and leader may not exceed 40 ft., neither of which may exceed 30 ft. No participant may transfer from one boat to another.
  12. In the event no qualifying fish are caught prize money will be refunded less 10%.
  13. All participants must adhere to state and federal regulations to qualify for prizes. Each participant (including captain and mate) is required by the state to have a saltwater fishing license. Mandatory use of non offset circle hooks with natural bait or natural bait/artificial combinations is required. J-Hooks may be deployed with artificial lures only.
  14. Any boat breaching above rules will be disqualified.
  15. Decisions of the Rules Committee are final.

Registration Form – By signing the entry form and paying the entry fee, I have read and understand the rules for the 2014 Cape Fear Blue Marlin Tournament.

HMS Permits – All boats must have one of the following valid permits – HMS Angling (recreational), HMS Charter/Headboat, or Atlantic Tunas General Category Permit (commercial). Current permits expire annually on December 31st each year. Permits must be on board the vessel when engaged in fishing. The 2014 Cape Fear Blue Marlin Tournament is a registered recreational HMS tournament. For more information on HMS permits (888)-872-8862.Rule – State and Federal Size and Bag Limits. Blue Marlin – 99” Lower Jaw Fork Length (LJFL). To be eligible for prize money, Blue Marlin must weigh 400 pounds or measure at least 110” LJFL.

 

 

Prize Payment

LEVEL 1 – $1,500.00

MANDATORY ENTRY
10% Retained for tournament expense
TOTAL BILLFISH POINTS CATEGORY

Based on 40 boats =$54,000.00
1st Place 60%=$32,400.00
2nd Place 30%=$16,200.00
3rd Place 10%=$5,400.00

LEVEL 2 – OPTIONAL $1,000.00
MUST ENTER LEVEL 1
10% Retained for tournament expense
TOTAL BLUE MARLIN POINTS CATEGORY

Based on 40 boats =$36,000.00
1st Place 80%=$28,800.00
2nd Place 20%=$7,200.00

LEVEL 3 – OPTIONAL $500.00
MUST ENTER LEVEL 1
10% Retained for tournament expense
DAILY BILLFISH POINTS CATEGORY

Based on 40 boats =$18,000.00
TOTAL BILLFISH POINTS EACH DAY
70% of Level 3 entry divided by 3 =$4,200.00 each day
1st BILLFISH EACH DAY
30% of Level 3 entry divide by 3 =$1,800.00 each day

LEVEL 4 – OPTIONAL $500.00
MUST ENTER LEVEL 1
DOLPHIN – YELLOWFIN TUNA – WAHOO CATEGORY

Based on 40 boats=$20,000.00
HEAVIEST MEATFISH OF THE TOURNAMENT
25% of Level 4 entry =$5,000.00
(Dolphin, Yellowfin Tuna or Wahoo)

MEATFISH PRIZES
(Dolphin 25% – Yellowfin Tuna 25% – Wahoo 25%)
25% of Level 4 entry =$5,000.00 for each category
1st Place 60% =$3000.00 per category
2nd Place 40% =$2000.00 per category

ALL PRIZE CALCULATIONS ARE BASED ON 40 BOAT ENTRY

TOURNAMENT HEADQUARTERS
Wrightsville Beach Marina
PO Box 554 Wrightsville Beach
NC 28480 910.256.6666

Download Your Entry Form
CapeFearBlueMarlinTournament.com

Schedule Of Events

Below are the schedule of events for the Cape Fear Blue Marlin Tournament.

WEDNESDAY MAY28TH
Registration
3pm – 5pm Lumina Hall

Captain’s Party
6:00pm – 10:00pm
Open Bar, Food and Live Music
Lumina Hall (next to the Wrightsville Beach Post Office)

THURSDAY MAY 29TH
Fishing Day 8:30am – 3pm
Weigh-in 4:00pm – 8:00pm

Party Under the Gazebo at Wrightsville Beach Marina
6:00pm – 8:00pm

FRIDAY MAY 30TH
Fishing Day 8:30am – 3pm
Weigh-in 4:00pm – 8:00pm

SATURDAY MAY 31ST
Fishing Day 8:30am – 3pm
Weigh-in 4:00pm – 8:00pm

Awards Ceremony
7:00pm – Until
Open Bar, Food and Live Music
Lumina Hall (next to the Wrightsville Beach Post Office)

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