Tournament Registered Boat & Angler Requirement:

All Fish weighed for PRIZE consideration must be caught from a tournament registered boat.  All anglers fishing on a tournament registered boat must be identified and in writing to tournament officials the night of the Captain’s Meeting.

Tournament Flags:

All registered boats must fly the official tournament flag.

Prizes & Awards:

No fish will qualify for more than one tournament prize and/or category.  In the event of a tie, the first fish weighed at the official tournament scale will be declared the winner.

Catch & Release Awards:

For catch and release awards, a Bluefin tuna is considered caught when the leader is handheld and/or brought to the rod tip. The leader must be cut within six feet (6’) of the fish.

Catch & Release Affidavits:

Original affidavits must be presented at the awards ceremony on Saturday, August 27, 2016 by 5:00 pm when scales close.

Tournament Scales Are Open as Follows:

Friday: Scales are open from noon to 1:00 pm, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm, 10:00 pm to 11:30 pm

Saturday: Scales are open from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm


Conduct:

Sportsmanlike conduct is required of all participants and their guests onshore and offshore.
All anglers are responsible for taking care of their own fish.  Do not leave remains at the dock unless it has been cleared by a tournament official. A registered boat and/or angler may be disqualified at anytime by the tournament rules committee for condoning and/or engaging in unsportsmanlike behavior.


Postponement & Refunds:

In the circumstance of partial or full tournament postponement due unforeseen circumstances, the tournament rules committee will decide when, where and/or if the event will be rescheduled.  All registration fees are nonrefundable.


Assumption of Risk:

The Newburyport Shark and Tuna Tournament does not have an official weather committee.  The tournament rules committee will not predict and/or advise participants regarding weather conditions.  The decision to fish is the sole choice and responsibility of each angler individually.  Navigating the ocean in seasonal conditions may require movement and exposure to inherently dangerous situations that could result in severe injury including death.  All participants represent that they are in sufficient health to withstand the rigorous nature of this activity, practice safe fishing and boating tactics, as well as knowingly and willingly accept any and all associated risks.

It is the responsibility of tournament participants to obtain and become familiar with tournament rules and all applicable state and federal laws.  A person or vessel is ineligible to obtain or possess any type of award or certification associated with this tournament unless the fish submitted for consideration is caught legally and under compliance of tournament, state and federal laws.  In the event that one or more rule provisions appear to be in conflict, the most restrictive rule applies and is to be determined by the tournament rules Committee.  All landed fish are subject to examination by the tournament rules committee and/or tournament weigh master.

The tournament rules committee has final and sole authority to resolve questions and/or issues that arise.  All committee decisions are final.  Protests must be in writing and submitted by 5:00 pm Saturday, August 27, 2016.


Tuna Rules

Vessels fishing in the HMS General Category Tuna must follow all HMS General Category Rules EXCEPT:

  1. Electric Harpoons may not be used
  2. Airplanes may not be used directly or indirectly to locate and/or catch fish
  3. Bluefin Tuna must be hooked and boated by a manually operated rod and reel or hand line ONLY.  A person that is unable to operate a manual rod and reel may use an electric reel with the prior approval from the tournament rules committee.

Shark Rules

IGFA Rules (International Game Fishing Association):

IGFA Rules apply to all tournament participants.  IGFA Rules are available online at IGFA.ORG.
A copy of the IGFA rules is provided to each captain at the Captain’s Meeting on Thursday, August 25, 2016.

Catch and Release Division:

Mako, Thresher, Porbeagle and Blue sharks are eligible for the catch and release division.

Calcutta Division:

  1. Mako, Thresher, Porbeagle and Blue sharks are eligible for the calcutta division.
  2. Mako, thresher and porbeagle sharks must be over 150 lbs.  Blue Sharks must be
    over 325 lbs.
  3. Only one shark may be brought to the scales per calendar day.
  4. Prizes will be awarded based on combined total points.
  5. Mako, thresher and porbeagle sharks are worth 1.75 points per pound.
  6. Blue sharks under 400 lbs are worth 1.0 points.  Blue sharks 400 lbs and over are
    orth 1.5 points per pound.

Prizes:

Registration is open until the captain’s meeting.  Because many sign up at the captain’s meeting, we can never determine an exact amount of prize money.

  • PRIZE MONEY is split evenly between shark and tuna, and is paid out at 50%, 30%, 20% to first, second, and third place winners.
  • CATCH & RELEASE prizes have been generously donated by several of our sponsors and will be awarded to a first, second, and third place winner.
  • TROPHIES are provided to all winners in all categories.