OCMTC 40TH ANNIVERSARY OVERNIGHT BILLFISH TOURNAMENT
It’s on! The 40th Anniversary of our “signature tournament” kicked off last night with a Captain’s meeting at the Ocean City Yacht Club. Close to 150 anglers and their families gathered for a night of fishing stories and camaraderie on a beautiful August evening overlooking the Great Egg Bay. The event began with registration and open bar, followed by a delicious Prime Rib dinner. Thirty-three boats are registered to compete in the week long competition, with over $40,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs. Weigh-ins will be held each evening this week at the OCYC docks from 5-8PM. Make sure to visit the scales beginning Tuesday night at the street end of Battersea Road to view the boats and crews returning from the Canyons to weigh their catch. The weather forecast is favorable all week, allowing boats from 25 feet to 60 feet to pick their days to fish the tournament. Expect the heaviest action at the scales to be on Thursday night, as talk at the OCYC last night was that most boats were planning to fish Wed.-Thurs. Check for daily tournament updates on Facebook, and results and updates HERE. Good luck to all the boats and crews involved!
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2017 OCMTC Overnight Billfish Tournament Brochure
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Schedule of Events
Captain’s Dinner & Meeting for five
OCEAN CITY YACHT CLUB
100 Bay Road (Battersea & Bay Ave.)
6:00pm- Boat packet distribution & open bar
7:30pm – Dinner served
Available Fishing Days
Mon. Aug. 14 - Fish from 8am Mon. to 3:30pm Tue.
Tues. Aug. 15 - Fish from 8am Tue. to 3:30pm Wed.
Wed. Aug. 16 - Fish from 8am Wed. to 3:30pm Thurs.
Thurs. Aug. 17 - Fish from 8am Thurs. to 3:30pm Fri.
Friday Aug.18 - Fish from 8am Fri. to 3:30pm Sat.
Awards BBQ & Cocktail Party
Ocean City Yacht Club
100 Bay Road (Battersea & Bay Ave.)
Fishing times for single days are from 7:00am to 3:30pm each day
Weigh in is from 5:00pm to 8:00pm
OCMTC Overnight Tournament 2016
Rules & Regulations
1. All boats must be represented at the Captain’s dinner to be held at the Ocean
City Yacht Club on Sunday August 9, 2015 at 6pm.
2. Boats must report the day they are fishing. You must do this by calling and leaving
a message at (855) GET-TUNA. Please report your fishing day the morning of departure
or the evening prior to departure. If fishing two single days, then you must report
both individual days. Failure to report your fishing day may result in disqualification of
fish weighed and releases reported. This is a Captain’s choice format with no weather
committee. The crew members of each individual boat will be solely responsible for
the decision as to which day to fish. The OCMTC assumes no liability or responsibility
for any damage or loss.
3. Boats may leave any inlet from Manasquan inlet to Cape May inlet after 5am.
Fishing times are 7am to 3:30pm on the day you are fishing and if fishing
overnight, fishing times are 7am day 1 to 3:30pm day 2. If fishing two single
days, fishing times are 7am to 3:30 pm each day. Weigh in is from 5:00pm to
8:00pm. Fishing boundaries are up to 125 miles from the GE Bell Buoy.
4. All Billfish must be reported to a committee boat at the time of release. Provide
your boat name and number. If you cannot raise a committee boat, you must report
your release to another boat fishing this tournament or call the Tournament line via sat
phone (leave message) at (855) GET-TUNA.
5. Any fish hooked prior to 3:30pm may be played until boated or released, but the
hookup must be reported to a committee boat prior to 3:30pm on Day 2. All boats must
reach the weigh dock by 8pm. No exceptions.
6. All boats must make weigh-in from 5pm to 8pm on the day you return. All boats
weighing fish must return via Great Egg Inlet directly to the weigh dock in order
to qualify for prize consideration. Boats with no fish to weigh may return their
release form to the weigh dock in person or via fax. Release forms must be faxed in by
8:00pm on the day you return to port including single days fished. Faxes may be sent
to: (855) GET-TUNA by 8pm.
7. In the event of a tie in the Billfish release category, the winner will be the boat with
the earliest time of release of the last Billfish.
8. Boated Billfish, except Swordfish, do not count for points in this Tournament.
9. Junior anglers are those 16 years of age and younger as of August 9, 2015.
10. In the event of a tie in a cash prize category the prize money will be equally divided
among the tying parties.
11. VHF channel 71 is the Tournament channel.
12. Charter boats are permitted.
13. Awards, prizes, and calcutta payout eligibility – Fish must be caught in accordance
with the following:
a. State and Federal regulations apply. The Tournament is a registered recreational
HMS tournament. For more information, please visit www.nmfspermits.com.
b. NMFS circle hook requirements – This is a billfish tournament. Any natural bait or
natural bait/artificial lure combination may only be rigged with non-offset circle hooks.
J-hooks may be used on artificial lures that are not combined with natural baits.
c. IGFA rules apply – no restriction on weight class of tackle. The Tournament
chairman and committee retain sole authority for interpreting IGFA rules and
administering any such interpretation. EXCEPTION: Spreader bars are permitted,
bang sticks/guns may be used to dispatch a Mako shark.
14. Any protests must be submitted in writing to the Tournament chairman or weigh
master on the day of the alleged infraction. In the event of a protest, the Tournament
directors will have the sole and exclusive responsibility to investigate the alleged
violation with the intent to determine if the alleged violation materially aided the
angler, crew, or vessel or otherwise affected the outcome of the Tournament. The
chairman, co-chairman, and weigh master shall serve as judges and their decision
will be final. In all cases, each registrant and their respective crew agree to be bound
by the ruling of the Tournament committee. Polygraph examination may be required
of any crew claiming available prizes.
15. By entering this Tournament, the angler holds harmless the Ocean City Marlin &
Tuna Club, its members, and Tournament directors from any and all liability.