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Presidential Flamingo Fishing Rodeo

Tournament Rules


1. GENERAL RULES AND LAWS: IGFA rules will apply to this Tournament except where they are inconsistent with these specific Tournament Rules. It is the responsibility of the captain and anglers to be familiar with these Tournament Rules and IGFA Rules. All registered boats and anglers must comply with all applicable Costa Rican Laws regarding fishing licenses and boundary limits, etc. Any infractions of the applicable rules will disqualify the registered anglers(s) and boat from the entire tournament, and any disqualified angler(s) will not be entitled to any refund.

2. TEAMS AND ANGLERS: Each team will consist of up to six(6) registered. Only registered anglers may fish in this Tournament.   Angler substitutes for any reason require approval from the Tournament Committee before the start of the fishing day.

3. BAIT AND TACKLE: Fishing with live bait is permitted for cubera snapper and roosterfish ONLY. Dead bait trolling and lures are required for billfish, dorado, tuna and wahoo. Anglers must fish with 30 pound test line or less. IGFA Rules for leader length must be followed. Non-offset circle hooks are mandatory. The traditional ‘J’ hook may be used with artificial lures only.

4. LINES: Boats may fish no more than six (6) lines.

5.HOOKING FISH:   Anglers are allowed to have assistance hooking the fish but once hooked the angler must fight the fish to completion/ the rod can only be passed one (1) time.

6. MULTIPLE HOOK UPS: If an angler hooks more than one fish at the same time the rod or rods not being handled by the registered angler must remain in the rod holders. The angler can manipulate the drags and wind up slack in the line but not remove the rods from the holders or turn the reel handles except to wind up slack. Once their original fish is released then an angler may pick up the additional rod and fight the fish. The mate(s) or other personnel may not touch the rods, reels or line at any time, only tournament registered anglers.

7. RADIO CHANNEL: TO BE DETERMINED

8. DAILY CHECK OUT: Tournament Boats may not leave the dock until 6AM and must check out with the Tournament Committee on the Official Radio Channel.

9. OFFICIAL FISHING TIME: The Official Fishing Time will be lines in the water at 8AM and out at 3:30PM.

10. WEIGH –IN: The weigh station location will be announced.

11. WEATHER: The Tournament Committee will make the final decision if the fishing should be delayed or called because of weather.

12. BOATS AND BOUNDARIES: Private and charter boats are allowed in the tournament. The area surrounding the Bat Islands is designated as a Marine Preserve and is off-limits to sport fishing of any sort. Detailed charts showing the demarcation lines will be distributed at the Captain's Meeting. Any team found violating the boundaries will be disqualified from the tournament. 

13. DENIAL OF ENTRY: The Tournament reserves the right to deny tournament entry to any person, persons or teams at their sole discretion for any reason and at any time.
14. PROTESTS:  The complaint must be presented to the Judges Committee in writing immediately upon disembarking on the day of the protest. Complaints received after 6:30pm on the day of the infraction will not be considered. The Judges Committee will make a decision based upon all facts available. 

 SPECIES AND SCORING:

 The eligible species are Marlin(release only), Sailfish(release only),Dorado, Tuna, Wahoo, Cubera Snapper, Roosterfish (release only).

 The following point system will be used:  

SCORED ONE (1) POINT PER POUND – TEAMS ARE ALLOWED TO WEIGH THREE(3) OF EACH SPECIES PER DAY/MINIMUM WEIGHT TWENTY (20) POUNDS:

Dorado

Tuna

Wahoo

 Cubera Snapper – one(1) point per pound – 1 per boat per day

 Sailfish – 20 points per release  

Marlin – 50 points per release  

 Roosterfish – 25 points per release – photo required. Teams will be given a ‘sign’ every morning on the radio that has to appear in the photograph. 

 

NOTE:  TEAMS FISHING FOR POINTS IN THE BILLFISH TOURNAMENT SERIES OF CENTRAL AMERICA ARE EXPECTED TO FOLLOW IGFA RULES REGARDING HOOKING FISH AND RELEASES WILL BE SCORED ACCORDING TO SERIES POINT ON A SEPARATE BASIS –

100 POINTS FOR SAILFISH (UNLIMITED RELEASE)

300 POINTS FOR MARLIN (UNLIMITED RELEASE)

  DISCLAIMER: All registered anglers enter and participate in this Presidential Flamingo Fishing Rodeo voluntarily and at their own risk. In consideration for the Presidential Flamingo Fishing Rodeo acceptance of his or her entry, each registered angler, for his or her heirs, executors, and administrators, agrees to release, hold harmless and indemnify the Presidential Flamingo Fishing Rodeo and the PRESIDENTIAL CHALLENGE CHARITABLE FOUNDATION, INC, the officers, managers, directors, agents sponsors, donors and all other persons connected directly or indirectly with the operation of the tournament, from and against any and all liabilities, claims, actions, damages, costs, fees or expenses which he or she may have against any above-described party arising out of or in any way connected with his or her participation in this Presidential Flamingo Fishing Rodeo, including any injury or death suffered by any registered angler. Each registered angler understands and agrees that this release specifically includes and waives any claims based on libel, slander, negligence, action or inaction of any above-named party.  


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  THE PRESIDENTIAL CARIBBEAN CUP-ARUBA OFFICIAL RULES
                                                                     (Subject to Revision at the Rules Meeting)
 
1. ELIGIBLE SPECIES: This is a billfish tournament. Blue marlin and white marlin will be scored at 300 points per release and sailfish and spearfish will be scored at 100 points per release. In case of a tie, the angler and/or team scoring the most points first, according to official time, will be declared the winner. 
 
2. TEAMS: This series is a team competition. Each team will consist of two to four anglers. Up to six lines are allowed in the water at any given time. 
 
3. BOATS: Both private and charter boats are welcome although for the safety of the teams and observers, boats must be 30 feet or greater in length.
 
4. OBSERVERS: Impartial observers will be placed aboard top boats each day. It is the responsibility of the observer to verify that all Official Tournament Rules are followed. The observer must visually identify all species released and verify that the fish was released in accordance with Official Tournament Rules. In the event there are not a sufficient number of observers, there will be a boat draw for the first day of fishing then observers will be assigned according to the boat's ranking after Day One starting from first place.
 
5. TACKLE: Standard trolling tackle and Momoi Diamond Hi Vis 30-pound line will be used. Teams must supply their own line and tournament officials will be checking each team for compliance. Trolling only will be allowed, no live bait is to be used. The length of the double line and leader combined shall not exceed 40 feet. Leader length may not exceed 30 feet. ONLY NON OFFSET CIRCLE HOOKS MAY BE USED. The Eagle Claw Trokar  is the preferred hook style of the Series. Each team will be allowed to fish up to six (6) lines in the water at any given time.
 
6. RULES: IGFA rules will apply except where they are inconsistent with these specific tournament rules. 
 
7. WEATHER: There will be three days of tournament fishing unless called for weather. One fishing day will make the tournament complete. The tournament Rules Committe retains the right to cancel fishing due to the threat of severe weather at any time. All boats will fish at the discretion of the captain, who is responsible for the overall safety of the vessel, its crew, passengers and observers. 
 
8. SUBSTITUTIONS: There shall be two to four anglers fishing at all times on each boat. If an angler is unable to fish, he/she must notify the Tournament Committee immediately. If a crew member or alternate must substitute as an angler, fish caught will count for the boat point total but not for the team or individual angler prizes. 
 
9. FISHING HOURS: The fishing hours will be set in accordance with local customs at the Captain's Meeting. Neither lines nor teasers may be put in the water prior to the official starting time. No vessels may depart early from the marina. Lines must be removed immediately upon notification of the official end of fishing.
 
10. BAIT: Dead bait only may be used (no live bait or artificial lures). Any species or style of dead bait is permissible. Artificial skirts or chuggers may be used over dead baits.
 
11. TEASERS: Up to four teasers will be allowed. Dredges are allowed. 
 
12. RADIO CONTROL: All billfish RELEASES must be reported immediately to the Tournament Control. All hook-ups must be called in the last ten minutes of fishing each day. A billfish hook up must be called in prior to the start of Radio Control's communication signaling the end of fishing for the day. The official VHF channel will be announced at the rules meeting. 
 
13. LEGAL RELEASE: All fish must be released alive in order to score. An official release occurs when the swivel, leader knot or trace connecting the leader to the double line comes in contact with the rod tip (not the knot that forms the double line). The observer must announce this to anglers and crew. If an observer is not on board, the angler must announce the release to the crew before the mate grabs the leader.
 
14. TIME LIMIT: Official Tournament Time will be GPS time. There is no time limit for fighting a fish although scorecards must be turned in by the deadline in order to qualify. It is the observer and captain's responsibility to record and verify the release times and confirmation numbers of each billfish released.
 
15. DAILY SCORE CARDS: Anglers are responsible for turning in their signed score cards to the scorekeeper at the designated location by the designated time. NO EXCEPTIONS. The score cards must be filled out by every angler whether or not a fish was caught. If an angler fails to turn in a daily score card his/her fish will not be counted that day. THE OBSERVER MUST SIGN THE DAILY SCORE CARD. FAILURE TO SIGN WILL INDICATE A PROTEST (see Rule 21).
 
16. GRAND SLAM BONUS: There shall be a 100 point bonus for any team who releases a Grand Slam (three billfish species) in the same day of fishing. A Grand Slam is defined as one blue marlin, one white marlin, one sailfish and/or one spearfish (three different billfish species). This bonus is awarded to the team/boat score and not to the individual angler scores. 
 
17. DISQUALIFICATION: Any single fish hooked by two anglers is disqualified. Any mutilated fish shall be disqualified.
 
18. DENIAL OF ENTRY: The Tournament reserves the right to deny tournament entry to any person, persons or teams at their sole discretion for any reason and at any time.
 
19. PROTESTS: In the event of a protest the protesting angler/observer should refuse to sign the score sheet of the angler/boat in question. The complaint must be presented to the Judges Committee immediately upon disembarking on the day of the protest. The Judges Committee will make a decision based upon all facts available. 
 
DISCLAIMER: All registered anglers enter and participate in this Presidential Challenge of Central America (PCCA) voluntarily and at their own risk. In consideration for the PCCA's acceptance of his or her entry, each registered angler, for his or her heirs, executors, and administrators, agrees to release, hold harmless and indemnify the PCCA and SPORTING TRADITIONS/SPORTING TRADITIONS CHARITABLE FOUNDATION, INC, the officers, managers, directors, agents sponsors, donors and all other persons connected directly or indirectly with the operation of the tournament, from and against any and all liabilities, claims, actions, damages, costs, fees or expenses which he or she may have against any above-described party arising out of or in any way connected with his or her participation in this PCCA, including any injury or death suffered by any registered angler. Each registered angler understands and agrees that this release specifically includes and waives any claims based on libel, slander, negligence, action or inaction of any above-named party.
 
 


THE PRESIDENTIAL CHALLENGE OF CENTRAL AMERICA -EL SALVADOR OFFICIAL RULES
Official Rules for the PCCA El Salvador Tournament ONLY
(Subject to Revision at Rules Meeting)
 

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THE PRESIDENTIAL CHALLENGE OF CENTRAL AMERICA

EL SALVADOR OFFICIAL RULES

Official Rules for the PCCA El Salvador Tournament (Subject to Revision at Rules Meeting)

 

1. ELIGIBLE SPECIES: This is a billfish tournament. Blue, black and striped marlin will be scored at 300 points per release and sailfish and spearfish will be scored at 100 points per release. In case of a tie, the angler and/or team scoring the most points first, according to official time, will be declared the winner.  

 2. TEAMS: This series is a team and angler competition. Each team will consist of two up to four anglers.   

 3. OBSERVERS: Impartial observers will be placed aboard top boats each day. It is the responsibility of the observer to verify that all Official Tournament Rules are followed. The observer must visually identify all species released and verify that the fish was released in accordance with Official Tournament Rules. In the event there are not a sufficient number of observers, there will be a boat draw for the first day of fishing then observers will be assigned according to the boat's ranking after Day One starting from first place.

 4. TACKLE:  Standard trolling tackle and Momoi Diamond Hi Vis 30­pound line is suggested but not required. Teams must supply their own line and tournament officials will be checking each team for compliance. Trolling only will be allowed, no live bait is to be used. The length of the double line and leader combined shall not exceed 20 feet. Leader length may not exceed 15 feet. Only non­offset circle hooks may be used, and the Eagle Claw 2004EL is the preferred hook style of the Series. ‘J’ hooks may be used in Lures.

 5. RULES: IGFA rules will apply except where they are inconsistent with these specific tournament rules.

 6. ANGLERS: There will be two(2) or up to four (4) anglers fishing aboard each boat depending on entry selection – teams may have a maximum of four (6) lines in the water at one time. It is the intent of the tournament committee that anglers assign themselves rods so as not to ‘stack the deck’ for one angler. Rotation is not required but suggested in the interest of good sportsmanship.

7. WEATHER: There will be three days of tournament fishing unless called for weather. One fishing day will make the tournament complete. The tournament Rules Committee retains the right to cancel fishing due to the threat of severe weather at any time. All boats will fish at the discretion of the captain, who is responsible for the overall safety of the vessel, its crew, passengers and observers.  

 8. SUBSTITUTIONS: There shall be two, up to four anglers fishing at all times on each depending on entry selection. If an angler is unable to fish after the start of the tournament with registration closed, he/she must notify the Tournament Committee immediately so an alternate angler may be found. If a substitute angler is used, fish caught by the substitute angler will points will count for the boat/team but not for individual angler points.

9. FISHING HOURS: Fishing hours will be set at the Rules Meeting competition to keep in line with local conditions. Neither lines nor teasers may be put in the water prior to the official starting time. Lines must be removed immediately upon notification of the official end of fishing.

 10. ROTATION: It is the intent of the Tournament that anglers assign themselves to fishing positions. Rotation is suggested but no required.  In the interest of good sportsmanship we strongly suggest that teams not ‘stack the deck’ in favor on one angler.

 11. BAIT: The bait will be provided by the individual boats. Dead bait or lures will be used by all anglers.   Single hooks are suggested but not requires in any artificial lures. Non­offset circle hooks only are to be used with bait or bait/lure combinations. Chuggers and artificial skirts may be added to dead bait.  

 12. FLAT LINES AND TEASERS:  Boats are allowed up to four teasers. Dredges and/or heavily weighted, subsurface teasers are allowed.  The flat line or lines must be located shorter than, and kept well away from, the lines from the outriggers. The flat lines may be positioned in front of, in between or behind any and all teasers. The flat line angler(s) may not drop back to fish raised by outrigger baits and the angler in the outrigger position may not reel up to a fish raised on the teasers.  The flat line or lines may be fished out of the outriggers in the short rigger position as long as they are kept in front of, and well away from, the outrigger baits.

 13. OUTRIGGER LINES: The outrigger baits must be kept well away from, and behind, the flat line bait(s) and the teasers at all times.

 14. HOOK­UP PROCEDURES: When an angler has a fish approaching his bait or has a strike, the other anglers may not attempt to bait that fish. In the case of a double, triple or quadruple hook­up, the first angler hooking a fish has command of the boat and can instruct the Captain as to which hooked fish to pursue.

15. CLEARING LINES: If a crew member must reel in a bait then it must be cleared immediately and as rapidly as possible. That line is declared deadas soon as the crew member touches the rod and another bait can be introduced by an angler immediately.

 16. RADIO CONTROL: All billfish RELEASES must be reported immediately to Tournament Control on the assigned VHF radio channel. All hook­ups must be reported the last ten minutes of fishing. A billfish hook up must be reported prior to the start of Radio Control's announcement signaling the end of fishing for the day. In the event of no communication with Radio Control, the Observer should verify the release time using the boats GPS time. Releases must continue to be called in on the tournament VHF channel even if there is no reply from Tournament Control. RELEASED OR LAST MINUTE HOOK UPS MUST BE CALLED IN BEFORE THE TOURNAMENT RADIO’S MIC IS KEYED TO CALL LINES OUT 

 17. LEGAL  RELEASE: All fish must be released alive in order to score. An official release occurs when the swivel, leader knot or trace connecting the leader to the double line comes in contact with the rod tip (not the knot that forms the double line) or the mate grabs the leader. The observer must announce this to anglers and crew. If an observer is not on board, the angler must announce the release to the crew.

 18. TIME LIMIT: There is no time limit for fighting a billfish. Scorecards MUST be turned in to the TournamenCommittee no later than the mandated time on all three days.

19. DAILY SCORE SHEETS: Anglers are responsible for turning in their signed score sheets to the scorekeeper on the dock before the mandated time on all three days.(They may give score cards to Observers to turn in ) The score sheets must be filled out by every angler whether or not a fish was caught. If an angler fails to turn in a daily score sheet his/her fish will not be counted that day. OBSERVERS MUST SIGN THE SCORE SHEETS. FAILURE TO SIGN WILL INDICATE A PROTEST (see Rule 22)

 

20. DISQUALIFICATION: Any single fish hooked by two anglers is disqualified. Any mutilated fish is disqualified.

 21. DENIAL OF ENTRY:  The Tournament reserves the right to deny tournament entry to any person, persons or teams at their sole discretion for any reason and at any time.

22. PROTESTS: In the event of a protest the protesting observer should refuse to sign the score sheet of the angler in question. A protesting angler/team must submit a formal written complaint. The complaint must be presented to the Judges Committee immediately upon disembarking on the day of the protest. The Judges Committee will make a decision based upon all facts available.

 

DISCLAIMER: All registered anglers enter and participate in this Presidential Challenge of Central America (PCCA) voluntarily and at their own risk. In consideration for the PCCAs acceptance of his or her entry, each registered angler, for his or her heirs, executors, and administrators, agrees to release, hold harmless and indemnify the PCCA and the PRESIDENTIAL CHALLENGE CHARITABLE FOUNDATION, INC., the officers, managers, directors, agents sponsors, donors and all other persons connected directly or indirectly with the operation of the tournament, from and against any and all liabilities, claims, actions, damages, costs, fees or expenses which he or she may have against any above­described party arising out of or in any way connected with his or her participation in this PCCA, including any injury or death suffered by any registered angler. Photographs taken during this event may be used for publication including use on the tournament web page. Each registered angler understands and agrees that this release specifically includes and waives any claims based on libel, slander, negligence, action or inaction of any above­named party.


 
                                                                  

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