Tournament Rules

  1. Qualifying Areas: All of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries as permitted by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.
  2. Eligible Fish: Rockfish (Max 6 Rockfish per boat)
  3. Any changes or substitutions to the crew (Captain, Mate and Anglers) must be finalized at the Captain's meeting.
  4. A copy of your valid boat insurance declaration page for the boat being used in the tournament must be provided to the tournament commitee no later than the Captain's meeting.
  5. All fish must be caught on hook and line.
  6. Chumming, live bait and /or use of eels is permitted. All legal hook and line fishing methods are permitted.
  7. IGFA all-tackle rules apply.
  8. All Captains, Mates and Anglers must fill out a release form for a lie detector test prior to departure.
  9. All winners will be subjected to a lie detector test.
  10. All Anglers weighing fish must sign in at the judging station prior to weigh in.
  11. Prizes: One prize per boat for 1st, 2nd, 3rd place, and smallest Qualifying Rockfish. Excluding entered calcutas.
  12. Scales will not be open prior to 3:30pm.
  13. Winners: Largest Rockfish will be determined by weight. In case of a tie, the winning fish will be determined by length and weight. From tip of closed mouth to furthest point of fanned tail.
  14. Fishing Hours: No lines in before 6:00am on Saturday, May 4th. Must be off plane and in naked eye sight of the check in boat located at Tiki Lee's by 3pm.
  15. Boats can leave from any location, but must weigh in at Tiki Lee's by 3pm.
  16. No Gaffing. No Culling.
  17. Weather: The tournament does not provide a weather committee and it’s a Captain’s choice tournament. However, the tournament reserves the right to cancel one or all days of the tournament due to unfishable weather conditions.
  18. Mechanical Breakdown: Your boat’s condition, electronics and efficiency are equally as important as you’re fishing skills. All boats/teams are responsible for getting their fish to the weigh in station aboard their boat even if towed by another boat. No boats can be trailered at any point after fishing begins.
  19. Refund Policy: There is no refund on paid entries unless the tournament is canceled by the tournament committee.
  20. Tournament officials reserves the right to refuse entry to any person or team.
  21. Any boat may be boarded by tournament representative(s) for thorough inspection of fishing boxes, bilges, containers and compartments.
  22. Any fish entered in the tournament is subjected to disqualification if the judges decide it bears suspicious marks or characteristics. All decisions by the judges are final.
  23. Safety: All participants and guests of participants are responsible for their own personal safety and security of their personal property and expressly assume any and all risks to their personal safety and well-being. By electing to participate in Tiki Lee’s Rockfish Open, all participants agree to, and grant their release of liability and shall not be permitted to withdraw or disavow that release of liability.
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