2021 Official Tournament Rules.


1. Registration:

Entry registration for the tournament should be completed on CatchStat, the official registration partner of Jimmy Johnson’s Championship Fishing Week. Forms and fees should be paid online on CatchStat, but can also be emailed to info@jjfishweek.com or mailed to Fish Hard Events at 17301 SW 93rd Avenue, Miami, Fl 33157 via a paper entry form provided by tournament officials.  Checks are to be made payable to Fish Hard Events. Registrations paid by July 1, 2021.  Registration and Packet Pick Up Kick Off must be paid by cash, Mastercard, Visa or American Express. Checks will not be accepted on July 12.  Entry fees are not refundable for any reason.  For questions regarding registration, call (305) 255-3500.

2. Entry Forms/Online Registration:

Entry forms/online registration are to be completed by all participants with appropriate fees and registration information and can be completed with the assistance of a member of the tournament officials committee. IGFA Rules apply with the following exceptions listed below. Officials in the Jimmy Johnson’s Atlantic City Quest for the Ring Championship Fishing Week (JJFISHWEEKAC) reserve the right to refuse application or entry into the tournament at their discretion with or without cause. By registering for this tournament, the captain and/or owner agrees that all anglers, participants, and occupants of their boat will abide by all tournament rules.

3. Date & Location:

Tournament competition will be held July 12-17. Tournament kick off, to include registration and boat packet pick up as well as the official captain’s meeting, will be held Monday, July 12. A representative from your team SHOULD be present at the Captain’s meeting. There will be a sign in sheet and a video of the Captain’s Meeting. You are responsible to know the rules. Tuesday, July 13-Friday, July 16 will be the official competition days and the weekend will include the gifting experience and closing awards bash.

4. Eligible Species:

Blue Marlin, White Marlin (Hatchet Marlin, Round Scale Spearfish), Sailfish, Tuna (Big Eye & Yelllowfin), Dolphin, and Wahoo.

5. Maximum Anglers:

All anglers must be listed on CatchStat or a list must provided to tournament officials committee prior to the start of tournament competition on Tuesday, July 13 to be entered into CatchStat. There is no limit on anglers. Additional crewmembers or mates may accompany the team if desired.  Any teams with angler changes or substitutions must notify a member of the tournament officials committee prior to the start of fishing on each competition day in order for the angler to be eligible to participate and for their releases to be counted.

6. Maximum Lines:

There is no maximum number of lines.

7. Tackle:

All fish must be caught on rod and reel.  Max test line is manufactured stated 130 lb. No electric reels with the exception of teaser reels, dredge reels or downriggers. All teams must use a non-offset circle hook in the tournament with the exception of artificial lures, which may use J-Hooks.  The length of the leader may not exceed 15 feet.  IGFA Rules apply to all double line and leader for respective line pound test. No live bait is allowed.

8. Bait & Bait Fishing:

There is no live bait allowed. No stopping to cast by tailing fish or bait balls. Fish hooked when your boat is stopping to fight a hooked fish are allowed. The use of Chub Mackerel or Atlantic Mackerel is prohibited. The use of green sticks is not permitted. No spreader bars and no danglers with hooks.

9. Hook & Catch:

Hook and hand is permitted with the following stipulations: Once fish is hooked, it must immediately be handed off to the angler. That angler must then fight the fish to completion, either lost, boated, or released. A rod holder maybe used to hook a fish provided that the angler that picks up the rod must fight the fish to completion. Rod may not be handed off to another angler once hooked.

10. Tournament Channel:

The tournament officials committee will operate on channel 74.  Channel 68 will be used as an alternate.  The tournament channel is reserved for specific announcements and the report of angler releases.  All discussions among competitors should be conducted on alternate channels.

11. Boundaries:

The boundaries are 125 NW from the headpin into Atlantic City, NJ. A boat may not exit the boundaries when fighting a fish. Turn on your GPS tracking on your GPS. This may be used to verify your boat did not leave the boundaries, in the event of a protest. If your tracking is not on or available, you may be disqualified for any day there is no tracking.

12. Prize Structure:

The overall tournament prize structure is based on a hybrid payout, which includes a guaranteed payout and an accruing prize structure. See entry prize structure for details on the prize structure breakdown. A minimum of $1Million is guaranteed to be paid out for the tournament. Additional payout prize will be added based on the number of boats entered as noted in the official prize structure chart available on the tournament website and provided to tournament participants. The number of boats entered is based on paid general entries.  Prize structure and guarantees are subject to changes per the guarantor up until Tuesday, July 13, 2020 at 8:00AM. Prize structure will be provided in your packet at packet pick up on Monday.

13. Check-Out:

JJFISHWEEK will not have a land based check-out location.  At the start of fishing each day, all teams must video the time and their GPS coordinates to confirm that they are within the stated boundaries for the tournament.  The video must have the correct time and date stamp. Be sure to initialize all video recording devices you may use throughout the day. If you have to change video recording devices, all new devices need to be initialized. Video must show time, date and GPS location.  Boats may not deploy any lines in the water until they are within the stated boundaries.

14. Lines-In:

Lines in the water at 8:00AM on all fishing days. Boats may not leave the Atlantic City headpin before 4AM on each day of fishing.

15. Lines-Out:

Lines out of the water are at 3:30PM on all fishing days.

16. Check-In:

Boats with fish to be weighed or release cards and video memory cards to turn in must do so by 9:00pm on each of the fishing days.  There will be one official check-in location: Golden Nugget Marina. Dropbox upload is available for the Catch & Release teams. Any changes to the Check-in locations will be announced at the captain’s meeting as well as Dropbox shared details.  Check-in locations will be based on the location of where most boats are docked for the tournament.

If you are turning in release cards and video memory cards at an official check-in location, release cards and video memory cards must be turned in, in your provided bag, by a team representative to the CatchStat representative at each official check-in location prior to close of check-ins at 9PM. Each CatchStat representative will verify each card. Should there be a line during the verification process, the CatchStat representative will keep a sign in list to ensure you are checked in prior to 9PM. Each CatchStat representative will test the video memory card to ensure the videos are readable to be viewed by the tournament committee officials as confirmation and proof of your releases. The CatchStat representative will also verify the date/time stamp to ensure the videos was taken on the correct day. If the video memory card is not functioning, the tournament officials committee reserves the right to allow the team to provide a secondary form of video proof. Secondary evidence for verification can be done by any means deemed necessary and allowed by the tournament officials committee. Refer to rule #31 for further information on video requirements.

Online Check-In is available via Dropbox upload on all fishing days. If you are using the online check-in via Dropbox to upload your video and release cards, you must provide visual evidence to the tournament committee officials that you are tied up at the dock and you have started your upload prior to 9:00PM. This must be done by taking a picture of your boat tied up in the slip and a picture of your computer screen showing your upload has started. These pictures must be texted to a tournament committee representative prior to 9:00pm. Tournament officials’ information will be provided in your boat packet available at Monday’s Registration and Packet Pick Up. If a tournament committee official does not receive these two photos by cut-off, your fish will not count. If you are in contention, it is advisable to turn in your video memory cards to a check-in point to ensure the tournament committee officials received them on time.

It is each boats responsibility to get your release videos and release cards in on time. All video memory cards and release cards must be brought in on the boat in which they were caught. Names will be recorded by the CatchStat representative at your check-in location. You may not pass video memory cards and release cards to another vessel to bring in for you.  In the event of a boat mechanical breakdown, you must still be in on time.

If the tournament committee officials have trouble viewing your video or have questions about your video, the tournament officials reserve the right to give the team the opportunity to provide another device or mechanism to view the team’s videos of their releases given that the original video memory cards were provided to the CatchStat representative on time. Additionally, each captain needs to be available anytime throughout the evening of each fishing day to connect with the tournament officials and bring any additional evidence requested, should the need exist given again, that the original video memory cards were provided to the CatchStat representative on time. This could include, but not limited to, a cell phone, GoPro, the camera used, or any secondary video evidence available that can assist in verifying a release.

17. Weather:

In the event that weather conditions arise deemed unsafe for the average registered boat, by the tournament committee officials, the tournament schedule may be altered to accommodate the best weather & fishing conditions available to participating teams.  Any schedule adjustment due to inclement weather will be made at the sole discretion of the tournament committee officials.  Best effort will be made to achieve the original fishing format on the scheduled weekend of the tournament.  Saturday, July 17 may be used as a back up day. In the circumstance, as determined by the tournament committee officials, where one of more of the fishing days may be unachievable, the tournament can be decided by a one-day format.  Captains, anglers, and all other members of registered boats must determine in their own judgment whether to fish under the given conditions based on factors including but not limited to the seaworthiness of their boat and their own seamanship.

18. Competition Days:

The schedule calls for hours of fishing from 8:00am to 3:30pm on each day of fishing on Tuesday, July 13, Wednesday, July 14, Thursday, July 15, and Friday, July 16. Teams are allowed to fish a maximum of three out of four eligible fishing days. Saturday, July 17 will be used as a backup as need be.  Best effort will be made to ensure the full fishing schedule is met for each day of competition.  At least 4 hours of tournament fishing must occur on any given day in order for the points from that day to be factored into the overall score & standings for each team.  Should inclement weather or any other force majeure condition occur that limits the tournament to only 1 day of fishing, the daily calcutta money allocated for the cancelled day will be reallocated to the teams that won the daily calcutta of the full day of competition.  All other general prize and calcutta money will be paid according to standard procedure based on the standings from the single day of fishing. Tournament committee officials reserve the right to use their best discretion to reallocate the prize structure, should any changes be needed throughout the tournament.

19. Lay Day Declaration:

Teams may fish any of the three out of four available fishing days (Captain’s Choice). Lay Days must be designated by a team member by 8:00AM on the day being declared as a lay day, otherwise the boat is recorded as fishing that day.

There are two ways to declare your lay day to the tournament committee:

  1. Log into your team’s CatchStat account and on your account, there will be a tab to declare your lay day on your calendar
  2. As a backup, should you have issues logging into your CatchStat account, please text David Garcia from CatchStat at 954-650-8488 prior to 8:00AM on the day being declared as a lay day. You must receive a confirmation from David via text in order to be recorded properly for your lay day declaration.

20. Flying Devices:

The use of drones, planes, ultra lights, helicopters or any of this type of flying device used for observing the fishing grounds is prohibited. You may NOT have any of these aerial devices flying around looking for anything during tournament days. Including looking for fish, water conditions, other boats, etc.. This is grounds for immediate disqualification from the tournament. If you suspect someone is doing this; take a picture so we have something to track it with. Type of flying machine, color, tail numbers; anything to help track the owner will be important to prove any discretions and disqualifications.

21. Chumming:

No chumming or chunking of any kind is allowed. Having another person or persons in another boat set up current from you and chum in any manner is prohibited. This is grounds for disqualification.

22. Protests:

In order to file any and all protests related to the tournament competition, all protests must be submitted in writing along with $500 cash or check to the tournament officials within four hours of the conclusion of the day of fishing in which you are protesting. Protests must be made based on firsthand eyewitness information from the team or individual filing the protest and can only be submitted by a registered tournament participant. All participants agree and acknowledge by their participation that if a protest is filed, the protest shall be the sole remedy for any and all disputes arising from the competition. All registered participants expressly waive their right to trial and all decisions of the tournament officials regarding protests, prize structure, and purse disbursements are final.

23. Polygraph:

By entering the tournament, all participants, to include, but not limited to, captains, anglers, and occupants of their boats voluntarily consent to submit to a polygraph examination as deemed necessary by tournament officials.  All decisions of the polygraph examiner will be final and are not eligible to be protested.  Participants chosen to be polygraphed may not have consumed drugs or alcohol prior to the polygraph exam. If there are any captains, angler, or occupants of a registered boat refusing to take a polygraph or if they provide untruthful answers as determined by the examiner, the entire team will be subject to disqualification from the tournament without further notice.  Such a disqualification will eliminate payment or provision of any or all prize money, awards, and/or refund of entrance fees. All decisions, from tournament committee officials, of disqualifications based on polygraph issues are final and are not eligible to be protested.

24. Tournament Discretion:

All tournament committee officials reserve the right to implement his or her discretion at any time during the tournament as it may apply to the rules or any other circumstance that should arise during the course of the event.

25. Release:

All participants, to include but not limited to, registered captains, anglers and occupants of their registered boats consent that tournament officials may use without payment or restriction, any photographs or video in which he or she appears for any purpose whatsoever, including but not limited to resale, advertising and promotional material.

26. Hold Harmless:

It is expressly understood that all registered participants and non-registered occupants of their boats enter into the events in Fish Hard Events, Inc., dba Jimmy Johnson Quest for the Ring™ Championship Fishing Week, Quest for the Ring™, Jimmy Johnson’s Atlantic City Quest for the Ring Championship Fishing Week, JJFISHWEEKAC, or JJFISHWEEK, voluntarily and at their own risk. Further, each registered and non-registered participant on behalf of other family members and/or executors agrees to release and hold harmless Jimmy Johnson, Golden Nugget, Atlantic City Sports Commission, Meet AC, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Contender, Yamaha, Papa’s Pilar, CI Foundation, and CI Management Group, Inc, its officers, directors, owners, members, representatives, agents, employees, independent contractors, volunteers, promoters, advertisers, sponsors, partners, joint ventures, affiliates, assigns, polygraph examiner, the city and county where the events are held and all other persons connected directly or indirectly with the operation of any event under Fish Hard Events Inc (collectively, “Released and Indemnified Parties”) from any and all claims, losses, damages, demands, causes of action, suits and liabilities of every kind arising out of, related to, or resulting from the tournament, activity or event, including but not limited to all events in the Jimmy Johnson Quest for the Ring Tournament, including without limitation, any claim for loss, damage or destruction of property, or injury (including death), regardless of whether such loss arises in whole or in part from the negligence of any Released and Indemnified Party. This release is intended to be as broad and inclusive as possible under applicable law, and if any portion of this release is held invalid or unenforceable, the balance shall continue in full force and legal effect. Jurisdiction over the tournament shall be exclusively that of the tournament committee. All parties agree to be bound by the tournament committee officials’ decisions without exception.

27. Agreement:

By registering for this tournament, the captain and/or owner agrees that all anglers, participants, and occupants of their boat will abide by all tournament rules.

28. Winnings:

All winners are required to provide their social security number or FEIN number prior to receiving any awards.  Awards and prize money will be withheld as required by law if a social security number or FEIN number is not presented to the tournament committee officials in the form of a W9.

COMPETITION RULES

For the purpose of this tournament, the following fish will count towards the weighted division prizes:  Blue Marlin, White Marlin (Hatchet Marlin and Round Scale Spearfish will be considered White Marlin), Tuna (Yellow Fun and Big Eye), Dolphin, and Wahoo.

29. Mutilated Fish:

Any fish, determined by the tournament committee officials to be mutilated, will be disqualified. The fish must be brought to the scale in good condition. If the fish is gaffed and subdued boatside and then gets mutilated while trying to boat the fish, it will be disqualified.

30. Weigh Station Locations:

All fish must be checked in at our main weigh in at Golden Nugget Marina.

31. Weigh Station Times:

The weigh stations will be open from 4:00PM – 9:00PM on all fishing days. Any fish brought to the scale after 9:00PM will not be weighed. Weighed fish may be brought in by car but must be at the scale and checked in on time to the CatchStat representative or subsequent weigh station management, not in the parking lot. A tournament official will acknowledge that you are on time so you can wait your turn to weigh in. Boat must be clearly visible in front of the scale and acknowledged by the CatchStat representative before 9:00PM.

32. Weigh In:

Minimum Size requirements:

  • Blue Marlin 110“
  • White Marlin 68”
  • Tuna 50 lbs
  • Dolphin 15 lbs
  • Wahoo 15 lbs

We will have a rolling minimum size requirement for marlin. After the first day of fishing, if three eligible fish are caught, the minimum size will move up to the third place fish. This will not only be an inches measurement. If three eligible fish are not caught on the first day, the minimum size will not be changed until three eligible fish are caught. No fish maybe brought on board to measure. You must call in your boated fish to other boats in your area. You should give them time of boating and a short length measurement. Make note of your Catch card, which boat verified your catch. Your video should be rolling while boating your fish. If you call the fish in a release, you must release the fish. Measure the fish then call out you are releasing or boating.

IGFA Rules will be apply with the exception of rules specific to this tournament.

For Blue Marlin: You must bring the fish back to the dock and weigh in immediately after boating, if you were fighting it after hours.

33. Prize:

All weighted fish will be awarded one point per pound. Fractions will be rounded to the nearest pound.

34. Daily’s on the Board:

This optional category for each species pays out each time you have a fish on the scoreboard at the official close of each day’s weigh in. The prize structure breakdown can be found on the prize structure attachment. Those who are in this optional category and remain on the board at the end of each day’s weigh-in, will win their prize money based on their place for that day. If a boat wins prize money on Day 1, the weight of their fish will be carried over to the next day and eligible for prize money on the following days if the weight of their fish holds up as the heaviest weights. If there are no winners for a particular day, the un-won prize money will be split evenly among the other competition days. If there are no winners for the entire week, the money reallocated to the general entry.

35. The Last 15 Minutes:

Any boat fighting a fish must put it on the radio that they are hooked up prior to lines out. Your video must be rolling to prove you were hooked prior to lines out.

Any Blue Marlin hooked up prior to lines out has as long as needed to fight the fish to completion. You must notify another boat of your status prior to lines out. It is preferable for that boat to notify the Tournament committee via phone as soon as you have service or via SAT phone. All fish must be weighed in by Friday at 9:15PM. Once the fish is within the leader reach, your video must be rolling. It should be rolling throughout the boating process. Your fish will be weighed when you reach the scale.

36. Compliance:

All Boats must comply with New Jersey State rules and federal laws pertaining to Anglers and boating license requirements. Also for any minimum size requirements, this will be not grounds for disqualification, but you could be liable for fines or other penalties by law enforcement officials.

CATCH & RELEASE DIVISION

37. Scoring: Billfish Points –

Registered anglers will receive the following points for rlease of these billfish species:

  • Blue Marlin – 400 Points
  • White Marlin – 150 Points
  • Spearfish – 150 Points
  • Sailfish – 100 Points
  • Unidentifiable Billfish – 100 Points

A hatchet marlin and roundscale spearfish will be considered a white marlin in this tournament and therefore categorized as such.   All team and individual prize categories will be awarded based on the individual or team’s overall point standings.  In the event of a tie, winners will be determined by the team or individual that releases their last fish first.

38.Billfish Release Criteria:

All billfish must be properly released in order for the points to be scored to the registered angler and his or her team.  The requirements for a release are as follows: (1) The double line and leader must leave the tip of the rod once a strike occurs. (2) At the conclusion of the fight the fish must be brought close enough to the boat for a mate or crewmember to touch the leader, not the double line.  (3) In a continuous sequence, video footage must clearly identify the fish as well as the leader touch by a crew member. (4) Evidence on video of the leader being cut at the time of release. (5) The proper color card and confirmation # must be displayed on video by the angler who released the fish to mark the completion of a catch and recorded properly no your release card. The fish must be called in to other boats in the surrounding area and the name of the boat verifying the release must be noted on your release card.

39.Video Requirement:

Every billfish released in the tournament must be verified by video footage clearly identifying the release.  The first video clip to be shot by all teams should be to initialize the video device daily with the time, date and GPS location at the start of fishing.  If you fill your first video and need to switch to a 2nd video during fishing, please contact the radio room for a new establishing shot to begin your video.

Each team is responsible for providing their own video device and the appropriate video memory cards to record video footage that documents the releases on their boat.  Video media will not be provided to teams by the tournament committee officials.  All video must be date and time stamped in order to comply with the tournament rules. Video memory cards are considered the following, but not limited to, SD cards and GoPro memory cards. In the event of a discrepancy or issue, the tournament committee officials reserve the right to request and accept secondary sources of video, to include, but are not limited to, cell phone videos, the actual camera used to shoot video, GoPros, and any other formats the tournament committee deem appropriate as a secondary video format for use as verification for proof of releases for a team. The secondary back up release videos will be used only in the event that there is an issue with the video memory cards appropriately turned in during the times allowed for check-in at the official check-in locations provided and to the designated CatchStat representative at the location selected. In the event of a cell phone, camera, GoPro, or alternative devices being requested by a tournament committee official, the official will call the owner or captain to bring their device to be reviewed at tournament headquarters. The team representative will need to surrender his or her device until the release verification process is complete.

40. Continuous Video Sequence:

In reference to release requirements #3 and #4 in Rule 30, the Billfish Release Criteria, to ensure the authenticity of the releases, each team is required to maintain a continuous video sequence from the time video evidence of the fish is established up to the time the leader touch is verified on video. If a break in the footage should occur, the team must reestablish video evidence of the fish again with a continuous video sequence up to the leader touch. In regards to the angler, the angler should remove buffs or face protection, briefly, so the committee can establish the angler’s face. It is not necessary to keep the camera rolling after the release while waiting for a confirmation # and color card verification from the tournament committee officials to create the Confirmation Break Image.

41.Confirmation Break Image:

In reference to release requirement #5 in Rule 30, the Billfish Release Criteria, once a release has occurred, the captain must contact the radio room for a confirmation # and instructions on which color card to create a video at the end of the release that includes the angler holding the correct color card and stating the confirmation # on video. This video should happen before footage of a subsequent release begins. The angler’s face should be visible with the color card in the video.

If a team is hooked up to multiple fish, a crewmember should state that on camera with video evidence to support it.  If both fish are brought boat side at the same time, the break image can be made once both fish are properly released and confirmation numbers are received.

42. The Last 15 Minutes:

The last 15 minutes of fishing each day, all hook ups must be reported over the VHF that they are hooked up and fighting a fish. The fish can be fought until completion, either released or lost. Be sure your video is rolling and shows the time and date stamp. This will be used to verify you were hooked up prior to lines out of the water. This must be a continuous video sequence with no breaks in footage.

43. Prize Winnings:

JJFISHWEEKAC is a boat tournament and all points accumulated will go to the boat and not the individual anglers.

The JJFISHWEEKAC overall winner will be determined by the boat winning the overall most money.   In the event of a tie in prize winning, the release division will be determine the overall winner. Boats must be entered into the release division to add their release standings to break the tie.

Should there be any questions in the meantime, please contact:

Fishing Tournament Director: Bric Peeples , 305-282-1006, supersti@aol.com

Event Producer and Tournament Committee Officials: Fish Hard Events, 305-255-3500, info@jjfishweek.com

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