GENERAL TOURNAMENT RULES

A. Boat Entry Guidelines

  1. The Basic Entry Fee is USD $2500 per boat on or before March 1st 2019 and USD $3000 after. (CI converted at 0.82. ie: USD $3,000 = CI $2,460)
  2. There is no minimum or maximum boat size. See note “A” pertaining to boats under 36’ LOA.
    1. Only boats under 36’ LOA are eligible to enter and receive awards in the Small Boat added entry levels. Length Over All (LOA) is the horizontal distance between the outboard side of the foremost part (bow) of the hull and the outboard side of the aftermost part (stern) of the hull. It does not include bowsprits, rudders, outboard motor brackets, swim platforms that do not contain buoyant volume, and other similar fittings and attachments that are not part of the buoyant hull envelope.
  3. An unlimited number of anglers are allowed per boat, but all must be registered before the day an angler is to fish.
  4. Any person listed on the Official Cayman Billfish Rundown entry form will be considered an angler (i.e. Captain, Mate, Boat Owner). Anglers may also be registered by calling 345-333-6500 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    All anglers must be registered prior to their day of fishing.
  5. In the event of a boat disability, contestants may transfer to a second boat and assume the original boat’s number without paying an additional entry fee.
  6. Only 1 day needs to be fished by at least 1 boat to make the tournament official and for prizes to be awarded.
  7. The Cayman Billfish Rundown (“CBR”) reserves the right to cancel the tournament at any time.
  8. It is expressly understood that all registered anglers and their companions, crew members and observers (the “Participants”) participate in the Cayman Billfish Rundown (the “Tournament”) at their own risk. The Participants hereby indemnify and agree to save harmless the Tournament, Cayman Billfish Rundown, and its respective officers, directors, employees, volunteers, agents, partners, members, and/or attorneys (collectively the “Tournament Indemnified Parties”) from and against any and all claims that arise from or in connection with any negligent act or omission of the Tournament Indemnified Parties. All persons connected directly or indirectly with the operation of the Cayman Billfish Rundown whether an individual, a corporation or other type of entity, shall have no liability whatsoever for any special, incidental, consequential, punitive, exemplary and/or any other damage including, without limitation, any damages arising from libel, slander, loss, damage, negligence, harm, injury or death. The Tournament Directors reserve the right to refuse entry to any boat, team or person. Participants specifically agree and consent to the use of any photograph or video in which they appear, and/or audio recordings of such participants, by the Tournament for any purpose whatsoever including, but not limited to, resale, advertising and promotional material without compensation or restriction of any kind. This liability Release shall be binding upon the Participants and their respective heirs, personal representatives, successors and assigns.
  9. All rules whether written or published on the Cayman Billfish Rundown website www.caymanbillfishrundown.com are subject to change without notice. It is the sole responsibility of the (participants) captains, anglers, crew and guests to know and abide by the Tournament Rules as published and amended prior to or during the Captain’s meeting.
  10. By registering in the Cayman Billfish Rundown and paying the entry fee, Participants acknowledge that they have read these Rules and the Liability Release. As a condition for the entry into the Cayman Billfish Rundown, all Participants hereby agree to be bound by all the Rules, and by the Liability Release.

B. IGFA Rules Apply

  1. All-tackle I.G.F.A. rules apply unless otherwise noted. In the event of any conflict between the Cayman Billfish Rundown Rules and the I.G.F.A. Rules, the Cayman Billfish Rundown Rules apply.
  2. CBR mandates that all anglers participating in the tournament which bestows points, prizes, or awards for Atlantic Billfish (Blue & White Marlin, Sailfish, Spearfish, or Swordfish) must deploy only non-offset circle hooks when using natural bait and/or natural/artificial lure combinations. Anglers in this tournament may use J-hooks only in artificial or dead bait lures, but trailing hooks/stingers are not allowed.
  3. In the event that the Tournament increases the minimum length for landing Blue Marlin over and above the current Cayman Billfish Rundown minimums, then the new minimum length shall become the new Cayman Billfish Rundown minimum length.
  4. With the intention of preserving sportsmanship, rewarding angling skills and billfish conservation, the intentional use of live bait and/or live bait teasers in the attempt to catch billfish is not allowed.
  5. The use of Green Sticks is not permitted.
  6. The use of drones is permitted.
  7. Line class shall be limited to the manufacturer’s stated rating of no greater than 130 lbs. The use of Tournament Grade Line is not required. The use of any pound test backing is permitted.
  8. The use of dart gaffs, harpoons, and /or lance gaffs are prohibited.
  9. Any last-minute changes will be announced at the Captain’s meeting. Attendance by the Captain or another registered member of the team is mandatory and sign-in is required.

C. Fishing Days, Fishing Times, and Distance Parameters

  1. Each boat and/or angler is allowed to fish all three (3) days.
    1. Participants can’t be registered as a Captain, mate or angler on more than one boat.
  2. Fishing hours are 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day. No boat may place lines or teasers in the water prior to 7:00 a.m. All lines and teasers must be removed from the water at 4:00 p.m. Fun or Bait fishing before or after tournament hours is prohibited.
  3. Any fish hooked prior to 4:00 p.m. may be played until boated or released, but it must be made available for weigh-ins by 6:00 p.m that day (see exception under rule C4).
  4. Any boat still fighting a Billfish after the 4:00 p.m. deadline:
    1. Will be permitted to fight that fish until boated, released or lost – except that in order to be eligible for prize money, the blue marlin must be made available for weighing no later than 12:15 a.m. the next day to be eligible for prizes.
    2. If that boat has any other fish on board intended for weighing, it must report to another registered tournament boat, Tournament Directors or another boat that can be verified by 4:00 p.m. the species of boated fish, the exact length and girth, estimated weight and when the fish was boated. Only fish that match the reported length and girth will be weighed.
    3. If that boat does not return inside the reef by 12:15 a.m. on the day after the hookup, that boat cannot return outside the reef and fish that day, it must take a lay day and the day is considered lost.
  5. Boats may leave from any harbour on Grand Cayman, but all fish are to be registered and weighed at Tournament headquarters.
  6. No boat may pass through any channel prior to 12:00 a.m. on any fishing day.
  7. Additionally, there is a fishing distance limit of 120 nautical miles from Grand Cayman. All boats must fish within this limit regardless of the channel of departure. Boats are not permitted to cross the 120-mile boundary line at any time or for any reason, and any fish boated or suspected of being boated outside of the 120-mile limits will not be eligible for weigh-in or registration.

Reporting and Weigh-In Procedures

  1. All fish must be made available for weighing between the hours of 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. on the day the boat left the inlet to go fishing. Any fish not available for weighing by 6:00 p.m. for any reason other than a breakdown or line at the scale for fish to be weighed, will not be counted (see exception under General Rule C4).
  2. On arrival at the Weigh Station the boat representative must report to the Weighmaster for a weigh station number for the boat to weight the fish it intends to weight. The Weighmaster will announce over the PA system the numbers and only then should the boat immediately present their fish to be weighed. The starting time for weighing the fish will be determined and announced by the Weighmaster.
  3. All fish to be eligible for prizes must be weighed in on the official scale at Tournament headquarters.
  4. In the event of a malfunction in the primary weighing system, the Tournament shall switch to a calibrated backup system.
  5. All weights registered on either system will be considered official.
  6. All fish must be accompanied by a signed catch report. Signed catch and release reports must be turned in to the scorer’s table by 6:00 p.m. that day to receive full point value.
  7. All fish boated that the boat intends to present at weigh station must be measured and reported to Tournament Control on VHF Channel 68 as part of the catch reporting process. Only fish that meet the reported measurement on the catch report will be allowed to be weighed at the Weigh Station.
  8. If any boat still fighting a Blue Marlin after the 4:00 p.m. deadline has any other fish on board intended for weighing, it must report to another registered tournament boat, Tournament Directors or another boat that can be verified by 4:00 p.m. the species of boated fish, the exact length and girth, estimated weight and when the fish was boated. Only fish that match the reported length and girth will be weighed. (see General Rule C4)
  9. Once a fish is caught, an angler may use any means to make his fish available for weighing. This includes but is not limited to switching his fish to another boat to get it to the scales, being towed by another boat, or trucking the fish to the scale.
  10. In order to ensure that the tournament rules are preserved, Tournament Directors reserve the right to not weigh any fish that will clearly not place first, second, or third based on the following formula: Length(in.) x Girth²(in.) / 800 for fish registers under section (A8).
  11. The Tournament Directors reserve the right, in their sole and absolute discretion, to reject any fish that does not meet the requirements of the Tournament. Any decision of the Tournament Directors to reject a fish is final.

Fishing Guidelines

  • For the purpose of identification and prize money eligibility during the Cayman Billfish Rundown, a hatchet marlin/round scale spearfish will be considered a white marlin.
  • In the event of a tie in the weight of a Blue Marlin, the fish that is not gaffed and landed first will be considered the winner of the two.
  • A fish may be hooked by anyone (Captain, mate or other registered angler) The angler, from that time on, shall fight the fish alone until boated or released.
    • Once the fishing rod has been transferred to the angler, the act of a person other than the angler touching the rod, reel, or line either bodily or with a device is prohibited. Holding or touching an angler in a manner that assists them in fighting the fish or takes pressure off the angler is prohibited. Touching or briefly holding the angler to prevent them from falling is permitted.
  • No help, in either manpower or equipment, can be given by another boat nor can anglers from another boat help in any aspect of fighting, boating or releasing the fish.
  • In the event of a boat disability while fighting a fish, the angler may not switch to another boat nor can anglers from another boat help with either manpower or equipment in any aspect of fighting, boating, or releasing the fish.
  • When a rod breaks (while the fish is being played) in a manner that reduces the length of the tip below minimum dimensions or severely impairs its angling characteristics.
  • Mutilation to the fish, prior to landing or boating the catch, caused by sharks, other fish, mammals, or propellers that remove or penetrate the flesh. (Injuries caused by leader or line, scratches, old healed scars or regeneration deformities are not considered to be disqualifying injuries.) Any mutilation on the fish must be shown in a photograph and fully explained in a separate report accompanying the record application.
  • When a fish is hooked or entangled on more than one line.
  • The following minimum weights/lengths must be met for a fish to qualify for prize money and/or billfish points:

Protest

  • A protest may only be filed by a registered angler, registered crew member, or Tournament Director.
  • The Cayman Billfish Rundown must be notified immediately (by calling 345-333-6500 or speaking directly with a Tournament Director) that a protest is being filed.
  • All protests must be put in writing and include the registered angler(s) names(s), a local contact phone number and $500 in cash or check made payable to the Hurley’s Production. It must contain a detailed description of the protested matter and include any supporting evidence available. It must be signed by the protesting angler(s) or crew member(s) and be delivered to the Tournament Directors as soon as possible from the time the protested action occurs. If no Tournament official is available at Tournament headquarters, turn in the written report to Hurley’s Media office at Camana Bay- Tournament headquarters and call 345-333-6500 to report the written protest has been delivered there.
  • All protests in compliance with these procedures will be given to the judges. That decision is final. If the judges’ rule in favor of the person(s) that filed a protest, the $500 protest fee will be refunded.
  • No protest will be accepted after 6pm Friday May 17th.
  • Protests should be carefully considered by contestants as they delay or interfere with the awarding of prizes to the tournament winners. Unjustified protests in tournaments cause extra expense, turmoil, and unfavorable and unacceptable conditions with respect to the bona fide winners of prizes receiving their awards. Any person filing an unsuccessful protest will reimburse the Cayman Billfish Rundown for all costs and fees incurred by the Cayman Billfish Rundown, including reasonable attorneys’ fees, relating to the protest and/or any litigation involving the same subject matter as the protest. In the event of a successful protest, the person who was the subject of the protest shall pay the Cayman Billfish Rundown $500 and reimburse the Cayman Billfish Rundown for all costs and fees incurred by the Cayman Billfish Rundown, including reasonable attorneys’ fees, relating to the protest and/or any litigation involving the same subject matter as the protest. Reasonable attorney’s fees include, but are not limited to, providing legal advice, and investigation of legal matters in conjunction with any protest as well as legal fees for any litigation which results.

Prize Money Payout Procedures

  • If no second or third place fish is weighed, that guaranteed prize money will go to winner in that specific category.
  • If a category is not won at all, the guaranteed prize money for that category will be equally divided among the other winning categories.
  • Prize money will be awarded to the registered angler catching the winning fish
  • Each winning angler (or boat in Level R and Daily Points) prize money checks will be made available for collection within 7 business days of the awards ceremony.
  • All anglers winning $50,000 or more and any anglers winning any amount in Level R may be required, at the discretion of the Tournament Directors, to take and pass, at the determination of the polygraph examiner, a polygraph examination prior to the distribution of any awards.
  • Tournament Directors may, at their discretion, also request that a polygraph examination be taken by any other angler or crew member registered to that boat. The Tournament Directors may, at their discretion, also request that any angler or crew member take additional polygraph examinations. All anglers and crew members requested to take polygraph examinations are encouraged to provide the polygraph examiner(s) and/or the Tournament Directors with any information the angler and/or crew member may consider relevant to the issues that are the subject of the polygraph examination(s).
  • If a polygraph examination is required, the angler, Captain or other crew member will be notified by a Tournament Director after the scale closes at 6:00 p.m. on Friday May 17th with the time and location of the examination. Unless otherwise specified by the Tournament Directors, Polygraph examinations will take place on Saturday May 18th.
  • In the event that an examination can’t be taken at a scheduled time, the Tournament Directors reserve the right to reschedule the examination within 30 days of the date on which the fish was caught. The rescheduled examination must be administered by a Cayman Billfish Rundown approved examiner who is a member in good standing of the American Polygraph Association, and the examination will be at the angler’s expense.
  • If an angler (or crew member on an angler’s boat) fails to take any polygraph at the time requested by the Tournament Directors, that angler will be disqualified unless the Tournament Directors agree to reschedule the examination as provided above. If an angler (or crew member on an angler’s boat) is, in the opinion of the polygraph examiner, not in a condition suitable to take the polygraph at the time requested by Cayman Billfish Rundown, that angler may be disqualified, at the discretion of the Tournament Directors.
  • If an angler wishes to dispute an unfavorable polygraph result, the angler may have a second polygraph conducted within 10 days by a qualified polygraph examiner at the angler’s expense. This polygraph must be administered by an examiner who is a member in good standing of the American Polygraph Association.
  • Tournament Directors will decide, based on the polygraph examination(s), whether the angler is eligible for the prize money. The decision of the Tournament Directors is final.
  • In the event of any dispute concerning prize money, Cayman Billfish Rundown reserves the right to file an interpleader and/or declaratory judgment action in court, seeking the court’s determination of the dispute.
  • In the event of any litigation regarding prize money, whether filed by Cayman Billfish Rundown or by a Participant, Cayman Billfish Rundown shall be entitled to its reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs, to be paid out of the prize money in dispute. If the prize money in dispute is insufficient to pay Cayman Billfish Rundown’s reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs, each Participant in the litigation shall be jointly and severally liable to pay Cayman Billfish Rundown’s reasonable attorneys’ fees and cost. In no event shall Cayman Billfish Rundown be liable to any Participant for any attorneys’ fees or costs.
  • 90% of added entry fees are paid out unless otherwise noted.

Fish Disqualification guidelines

  • White Marlin/Sailfish -- Release Only for points, must be validated with video which shows the CBR wristband for that day and the Billfish. Wristband will be provided at the registration and weight station for the following day. Wristbands will be a different color each day.
  • Blue Marlin 120” – no minimum weight. To be eligible for weighing, a blue marlin must meet the minimum length of 120”. The measurement must be taken from the bottom jaw to the fork of the tail. The winner will be determined by weight. Accepted calculation is Length(in.) x Girth²(in.) / 800.
  • Tuna 40 lbs
  • Dolphin 20 lbs
  • Wahoo 30 lbs

Tournament Directors’ Decisions Are Final.

Any Participant in violation of any Tournament Rule may be disqualified. By participating in the Tournament, all Participants acknowledge that all Tournament Rules are material and that disqualification is permitted and appropriate sanction for any violation of any Tournament Rule(s).

The Cayman Billfish Rundown Rules have been established for the best interest of all concerned. In the event of necessity, any rule may be altered at the discretion of the Tournament Directors.

Decisions regarding the interpretation of Rules, violation of Rules, penalties, the suspension of any Rules or Penalties, and the calculation of prize money will be made by the Tournament Directors in their sole and absolute discretion. All decisions by the Tournament Directors are final.

BILLFISH POINTS

Points will be awarded for releases of billfish as follows:

WHITE MARLIN

Release = 100 points

White Marlin are a no kill fish. Any White Marlin killed or brought in for any reason will not be eligible for points or prizes. Catch reports must be accompanied by a time-stamped photograph or video.

 

BLUE MARLIN

Release = 175 points

Boated = 1/2 point per pound (must meet 120” length minimum – no minimum weight. In order to be eligible for weighing, a Blue Marlin must meet the minimum length of 120”. The winner will be determined by weight, and there are no points for fish that doesn’t meet the minimum length.)

 

SAILFISH

Release = 100 points

Sailfish are a no kill fish. Any Sailfish killed or brought in for any reason will not be eligible for points or prizes. Catch reports must be accompanied by a time-stamped photograph.

 

  1. A billfish will be considered released when the swivel touches the rod tip, when the mate grabs the leader material, or when the leader goes through the rod tip.
  2. In case of a tie (i.e., 2 anglers with 2 Blue marlins released, each have 350 points) the anglers scoring the tying points earliest in the respective 1st, 2nd, or 3rd day of fishing is the winner, regardless of what day in the week the points were scored.
  3. All fish must be accompanied by a signed catch report. Signed catch and release reports must be turned in to the scorer’s table.
  4. All general tournament rules apply.

 

ADDED ENTRY LEVELS

Registration for the added entry levels can be completed through the website registration software or during registration Monday, May 13th (location to be determined). Each boat may be entered into as many skill levels as the anglers feel their capabilities allow.

Each skill level will be independent from the others.

Levels A, B, C, & D:

60% Most Billfish Release Points

24% 2nd Most Billfish Release Points

16% 3rd Most Billfish Release Points

Level E: Most Sail Fish Release Points (Winner Take All)

Level F: Most Blue Marlin Release Points (Winner Take All)

Level WM: Most White Marlin Releases Points (Winner Take All)

Levels D1 & D2: Dolphin
65% Heaviest Dolphin
25% 2nd Dolphin
10% 3rd Dolphin

Level D3: Heaviest Dolphin Winner Take All

Level M: Daily Meat Fish:

50% Heaviest Dolphin Daily

50% Heaviest Wahoo Daily

Level DT: Daily Tuna

Heaviest Tuna Daily Winner Take All

Level SBB: Small Boat Most Billfish Pts Winner Take All

Boats under 36’ LOA (see rule A2a)

 

Level SBBF: Small Boat Big Fish – The heaviest qualifying tuna, dolphin, wahoo winner takes all

Boats under 36’ LOA (see rule A2a)

Captain: Captain of boat that has most Billfish release points– winner take all

Mate: Mate of boat that has most Billfish Release Points – winner take all

Non-Billfish Doubler: The tournament will double the listed guaranteed prize money for all non-billfish categories. For example, the angler landing the 1st place Tuna would receive $10,000 for the guaranteed prize money plus a $10,000 bonus. Each winning fish will count for only one doubling bonus. If an angler lands the 1st and 2nd place Tuna, there is no 3rd place qualifying Tuna, that angler would receive $10,000, $5,000, and $2,500 from the guaranteed prize money plus a $10,000 and $5,000 bonus. There is no limit to the number of bonus categories an angler may win.

Dolphin Bonus: $10,000 bonus to the heaviest Dolphin entered in the Dolphin Bonus.

Daily Billfish Points: There will be a daily cash award for the most billfish points accumulated by a boat each day. In the event that there is no daily billfish points winner on a given day, that day’s prize money will be divided equally among the other daily winners.

To be eligible for prize money all fish must meet the minimum lengths & weights set by the tournament.

A, B, C, D Levels –

E & WM Levels – In the event that no Sail Fish, White Marlins or Swordfish are released, the prize money will go to the boat with the most Blue Marlin Release.

SBB Level- In the event that no Bill Fish are leased in the SBB level the prize money will be divided equally between the first-place qualifying fish: Mahi, Wahoo and Tuna

WM Level - In the event that no White Marlins are released, 90% of the added entry fee for Level WM will be refunded to the boats that are entered in that level.

F Level - In the event that no Blue Marlins are released, the prize money will go to the heaviest qualifying tuna. In the event that a qualifying tuna is not caught, the prize money will go to the first-place qualifying fish in the following order: wahoo, dolphin.

D1 & D2 Levels - If no minimum weight Dolphin is caught, the prize money will go to the heaviest qualifying fish in the following order: Wahoo, Tuna.

D3 Level – In the event that a qualifying Dolphin is not caught, the prize money will go to the first-place qualifying fish in the following order: Wahoo, Tuna

M Level – In the event that there is no daily Meat Fish winner on a given day, that day’s prize will be divided equally among the other daily winners for that particular species.

DT Level - In the event that there is no daily Tuna winner on a given day, that day’s prize will be divided equally among the other daily winners.

*90% of all added entry level entry fees are paid out unless otherwise specified.

No added entry level fees will be accepted after May 13, 2019.

 

GUARANTEED CASH PRIZES

The Cayman Billfish Rundown furnishes $272,500 in guaranteed cash and prize money. Actual cash prizes are determined by guaranteed prize money amounts and added entry prize money amounts for the specific added entry levels in which a boat is entered. Minimum lengths and/or weights must be met for all species in order to be eligible for prize money. Guaranteed cash prizes are listed below.

Most Billfish Releases

$100,000

Captain’s Award (Heaviest Blue Marlin or Most Release)

$10,000

2rd Most Billfish Release Points

$35,000

3rd Most Billfish Release Points

$20,000

Heaviest Tuna

$10,000

2nd Heaviest Tuna

$5,000

3rd Heaviest Tuna

$2,500

Heaviest Wahoo

$10,000

2nd Heaviest Wahoo

$5,000

3rd Heaviest Wahoo

$2,500

Heaviest Dolphin

$10,000

2nd Heaviest Dolphin

$5,000

3rd Heaviest Dolphin

$2,500

Guaranteed payout for winner of added entry*
 

Dolphin Bonus

$10,000

Non- Billfish Doubler (Tuna)

$15,000 

Non- Billfish Doubler (Wahoo)

$15,000 

Non- Billfish Doubler (Dolphin)

$15,000 


 

*Payout of winners of added entry categories:

Non-billfish doubler (Tuna) 

Non-billfish doubler (Wahoo) 

Non-billfish doubler (Dolphin)

Dolphin bonus (heaviest)