All boats must be registered with the Tournament committee and entry
fee paid prior to 8PM on May 9, 2017 to qualify for prizes. Any boat
may be withdrawn or substituted prior to 6:00 PM on
the Tuesday before the first fishing day. A full refund will be given
to boats withdrawn prior to that time. Any substitute boat must be
registered with the Tournament committee and entry fee paid.
TIME AND LAYDAYS-
No lines or teasers in the water before official fishing hours each
day. Available fishing days and hours: May 10, 8:00 AM –
3:00 PM, May 11, 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM, May 12, 8:00 AM
– 3:00 PM, May 13, 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM. Fishing days for all
eligible boats shall be any three out of the available four days,
captain’s choice. No single boat can fish more than 3 total days
per entry, during the tournament. Non-fishing days must be reported to
one of the official reporting stations on the official lay-day form
prior to 8:00 AM of the day declared as a non-fishing day. Forms will
be available at Registration and at the Weigh Station. A member of the
fishing team or boat’s crew must sign the form. If a boat does
not declare a day as non-fishing, the Tournament Committee will
automatically count the day to be a fishing day for that boat.
All boats fishing in the Hatteras Village Offshore Open must fish
between LORAN coordinates East 26750, North 40500, and South 39800.
AND STATE REGULATIONS-
All boats entered must have proper Federal and State permits to
participate. No Blue Marlin will be weighed until a current HMS permit
is produced for that boat. All crew, anglers, and any other individual
participating in fishing shall have a valid NC Coastal Recreational
Fishing License (CRFL) or be covered under a valid For Hire CRFL
blanket license. All boats must also conform to state and federal
regulations with regards to bait, tackle, size limits &
limits. J-hooks may be used with artificial lures only.
All billfish (blue marlin, white marlin, sailfish, swordfish and
spearfish) must be reported to the committee boat when hooked, lost,
boated or released. To be considered as a release, the crew cannot have
attempted to boat or gaff the fish. Once the gaff breaks the plane of
the boat, the billfish cannot be considered a release. Any member of
the crew may set the hook and the rod may be passed no more than twice
to the angler. Radio frequency shall be VHF channel 74. No hookup
reporting is required for game fish.
All billfish eligible for prizes must be off-loaded and weighed at the
official tournament weigh station at Hatteras Harbor Marina or Big Rock Landing Scale from the
boat landing the fish. The tournament weigh master must enter the fish
on the official entry form. Game fish (Yellowfin tuna, dolphin, wahoo)
will be tagged when brought to the docks. A tournament representative
will record the species, boat name & angler's name on the tag.
meat fish will be transported by vehicle with a crew member to the
official tournament weigh station. Tournament weigh station will be
closed at 7:00 PM
unless notified of incoming blue marlin. All yellowfin tuna brought to
the scales must be a minimum of 27” curved fork length. Only one
fish per species per day per boat will be weighed at the
Winners of level I
& II will be determined by points, In the event of a Level I
and II tie, winner will be determined by the first boat to reach the
Points are awarded as follows:
200 points will be awarded for all Billfish releases. 400 points
will be awarded for a Blue Marlin release with a photo identification.
200 points will be awarded for a released White Marlin, Spearfish,
Sailfish, or a boated or released Swordfish.
BLUE MARLIN- In
the largest Blue Marlin category, level IV, the winning Blue Marlin
will be determined by weight. Any blue marlin that is boated
must be weighed in at the official weigh station.
the event of a tie, the largest total measurement of girth plus length
will be determined the winner. Length
will be measured from the V-notch in the tail to the tip of the lower
Marlin weighing 400 pounds or more, or measuring 110 inches or more
will be eligible for prize money. In the event a blue marlin does not
meet either of these qualifications, the fish will be disqualified and
the boat will be penalized 200 points. Blue Marlin weighed in
awarded points as follows: 400-599
pounds – 1 point per pound.
600 pounds and over
– 2 points per pound. A
Blue Marlin less than 99 inches will be automatically disqualified. No
official weigh slip
will be given for any disqualified fish.
- GAMEFISH- Winning game fish
will be determined by weight in pounds and ounces.
case of a Level III or Level V tie, the winner will be determined by
total sum of length and girth as measured by the official weighmaster.
Fish must be in fresh edible condition; fit for human
consumption and weighed in the day they are caught.
Released fish must be attested to by signature of the angler, boat
captain and mate on board the boat at the time of the release on the
Official Release Form provided by the NC Governor’s Cup. This
form shall be turned into the official Weighmaster either in Hatteras or Morehead City by 7:00 pm. Release forms must be
turned in the day the fish is released to qualify. To be considered a
release, the mate must touch the leader before the fish is released.
All leaders must not exceed 30 feet. In the event of a tie, the first
boat to achieve the winning total shall be declared the winner.
Polygraph tests will be administered to the top money winners and
others as necessary. (captain and mate only) Qualifying
crew must be available for polygraph at the discretion of the
Tournament Committee either Friday or Saturday of the Tournament in
marlins take priority over game fish at the scales.
The same scales and
weigh station will be used for all fish including those entered in the
Governor’s Cup Series. Any
Billfish or Game fish being weighed in at the scales are property of
tournament boat and must be disposed of properly.
At least one person from each boat should be represented and is
responsible for knowing the rules, including any changes that may take
place at the Captains Meeting on Tuesday, May 9 at 7:00 pm at
the Hatteras Village Civic Center and Big Rock Landing Scale.
money checks will be made payable to the person or entity so indicated
on the registration form of the winning boat.
Social security number
or Taxpayer ID number of the recipient must be provided on the entry
from. You must be entered in a level to receive prize money
from that level.
- PROTEST- Any dispute must
be submitted in writing to the Tournament Rules Committee within one
hour of weighing the last fish for that day.
The Rules Committee reserves the right to cut open the fish for
inspection of any suspected weight altering efforts such as inserted
weights, ice, water, etc. Attempted
alteration of any blue marlin or game fish will automatically
disqualify the boat from the tournament.
IGFA rules apply
regarding mutilated fish.
In the event that no
qualifying fish are caught, all prize money will be retained and added
to the following year’s purse to the established prize
schedule. In the
event that no qualifying Blue marlin are weighed in level IV, prize
money will be awarded to the boat with the most points entered in level
IV. No refunds will
be made. In the
event that all places are not won, all prize money will be paid
proportionately among winners.
You must enter Level I
before you can enter any other level.
- DISQUALIFICATION- Any boat breaching
any of the above Tournament Rules will be disqualified, except as
previously stated. Decisions
of the Rules committee and Board of Directors are final. Any
captain or mate that refuses to be polygraphed will be disqualified.
Boats entered will be eligible for only one major prize in each
All participants, owners of vessels or pro hoc owners of vessels,
consent and agree that the federal and state courts for Dare County,
North Carolina, shall serve as the sole venue for all litigation and
disputes arising out of a person or vessel’s participation in
the tournament. If
a participant does not secure the signature of the vessel’s
owner and/or pro hoc owner for this agreement, the participant(s)
agrees to indemnify the tournament against all claims brought by the
owner and or pro hoc owners of the vessel(s).