BMSIBT follows the rules set by theInternational Game FishingAssociation (IGFA). A high level ofsportsmanship is expected from all, as there are no judges on boats.
Anglers can use 30, 50 and 80lb linetest categories.
Mono lament, multi lament and lead core multi lament lines can be used, but wire lines are prohibited.
As a billfish tournament, release points will be awarded for the following species only:
Blue Marlin – 600 points
White Marlin – 300 points
Sailfish – 300 points
Spearfish – 300 points
Please note that points can only be awarded based on identifying the species from the photograph or video supplied.
If the SIBT Committee are unableto positively identify the species, but make the decision to accept the release, 300 points will be awarded.
We encourage anglers to use circlehooks; J hooks are also allowed. Double or treble hooks are prohibited.
Kites and live bait can be used whentowed in a forward motion.
Drift shing, and shing at anchor is strictly prohibited.
Only registered anglers can catch sh during the tournament. Only the angler that hooks the fish can fight the fish, and no other person is allowed to handle the rod, reel orline during the fight. Boats must stay within Grenada’s waters.
Please refer to the IGFA Rules flyer supplied.
To receive release points, the following conditions must all be met:
• The fish must be caught in accordance with all the tournament rules.
• The initial hook up must be reported to Billfish Control at the time it happened.
• A digital image or video foot-age of the fish must be sub-mitted to the SIBT Committee at the end of that shing day. The camera and memory card/ USB cable should be brought to the weigh station as soon as the boat docks, and the image/video should clearly show the following:
1. The leader attached to the fish 2. The fish at boat side
3. Sufficient detail of the fish toallow identi cation as one ofthe species for which pointsare allocated.
After taking the release photographs / videos, the release should be immediately reported to Billfish Control, who will advise on the sequence photo to take. You will also need to declare the angler’s name and the type of billfish released.
Please note that points are not allocated until the photos / videos have been verified at the end of the day. Note: Tagging is not required for a release. Evidence of your Catch Each participating boat must have
a digital camera with a removable memory card on board for capturingphotos or videos of releases. Your camera should have a minimum resolution of 8 megapixels, with higher definitions preferable to produce clearer images. All cameras and video cameras must have removable memory cards or USB cables to transfer les to the SIBT laptop. Memory cards should be cleared of images at the start of thetournament.
At the end of each shing day that a release is claimed, cameras,memory cards and USB cablesshould be brought to the weighstation.
Each boat is allowed a back-up camera, in case the primary camerafails. The daily start picture must also be taken on the back-up camera.Do not delete any photos or videostaken during shing hours.
SIBT is not responsible for photos lost.
Note: Some models of Olympus cameras use a modi ed XD memory card which only ts Olympus cam-eras and card readers. This can be identi ed by the small plastic trian-gle protruding from the card. If youare using one of these cameras, youmust bring a USB cable to transfer photos.
Use of Photography
By entering a boat or registering as an angler in the tournament, anglers, owners and captains agree that the Tournament Committee may use, without payment or any restriction, any photographs or videos in which they or their boat appears, for any purpose, including but not limited
to resale, advertising, commercial or promotional material. The participants also release the TournamentCommittee from liability for any injury, loss or damage which may resultfrom the use of photos and videos.
On the Scales
Boated Billfish will score thefollowing points only if they equal or exceed the minimum weight:
Blue Marlin – 3 points per lb for 669lb and over
White Marlin and Sail sh – 4 points per lb for 82lb and over.
Spearfish will not score points if boated. However, if landed accidentally, it must be brought to the scale.
The points allocation above have a line class correction factor as follows:
30lb: x1.2 | 50lb : x1 | 80lb : x0.8
All boated Billfish MUST be brought to the scale. Any Billfish known to be boated and not brought to the scale will be assumed to be underweight.
Ocean Tide, Sunrise & Sunset.
For a fish to be considered for a record prize, it must beat the previous record by at least onepound (lb). If two fish record the same weight, the one that was caught first will be awarded the record prize.
Reporting to Billfish Control:
Each participating boat has the responsibility of maintaining
two-way radio contact with Billfish Control at all times. Real time relays
are accepted where absolutely necessary.
Boats are required to report to Billfish Control as follows (unreported fish will not be accepted at the scale):
At the beginning of each shing day. You will then be instructed on the daily start picture.
All strikes and hook ups are to be reported as soon as they occur.
Released Bill sh are to bereported after taking releasephotos / videos. The release species and angler’s name should be reported. You will then be instructed on what sequence photo to take. If there is a multiple hook up, a sequence photo of the angler must betaken after each release. Landed Billfish – immediately report to Billfish Control with the angler’s name, species of Billfish and the line test. Note that line test is only required for landed Billfish.
Other landed sh. Immediately inform Bill sh Control of the angler’s name and the species of sh landed.
In the event of a tie, the boat orangler reporting the catch first will be the winner. This is why it is so important to report Billfish catches to Bill sh Control IMMEDIATEY
Weather will be closely monitored.In the event of unfavourable weather, a weather committee will be formed, with one person from each participating country asked tojoin. A decision will then be made as to whether shing will be permitted on each day.
Any alleged offenses should be reported to Tournament Control within 3 hours. This should be followed by a written report of the complaint within 24 hours of thealleged offense.
A protest committee made up of 2 representatives from BMSIBT and 3 representatives from other participating countries will be announced at the briefing, and this committee will consider and deliver a verdict on any protests that are lodged.
• Once a fish is hooked and reported to Billfish Control during of cial shing times, itcan be fought after lines up, without any time limit, as longas all cameras and sh arepresented to the weigh station by 4pm on the final day.
• All types of boats may enter the tournament, provided that they comply with the Coastguard Regulations forSafety Equipment on Vessels. All registered anglers chartering boats do so at their own risk.
It is expressly understood that all those participating in theTournament do so entirely at their own risk. By registering as an angler, or taking part otherwise, you agree that the Tournament Committee, Judges, Sponsors, Donors and all persons connected directly and or indirectly with the operation of the tournament, be held blameless and free of any liability for libel, slander, loss, damage, negligence, harm, injury or death suffered by any participant, entrant, sports fisherman, their companions, boat, captain, crew, family, vessels and equipment which occur during or in conjunction with the Tournament. The aim is for a successful tournament to be enjoyed by all and held in a spirit of good fellowship and sportsmanship. All fishing conduct, behaviour and protests are to be within the spirit of the tournament. Unacceptable, conduct, whether ashore or at sea, unfounded protests or other such behaviour will be strongly considered as grounds for exclusion from future tournaments.