About the Kingfish Cup

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

There are two ways:  If you signed up for the wait-list last year, invites will be sent to you.  Once the wait list is exhausted, entry will open to the public on Thursday, March 15th at 10am.  You will need to go to this page - https://www.kingfishcup.com/kingfish-cup-entry -  If you get on this page before 10am, the page WILL NOT allow you to enter.  You will want to hit the "refresh" button frequently leading up to 10am until the entry will go live and will allow you to enter your information necessary to enter the tournament.  You will need:

Captain's name, birthdate, cell, email, boat name, mailing address, credit card billing address from card you are using to enter with, 4 t-shirt sizes for crew, credit card number, type and expiration date.

***  Once you enter, you MAY NOT go back in and change your captain's name.  The person's name entered into the Capt. field is fixed and will be the recognized captain for the team through the entire Kingfish Cup season.

 

Yes.  Once all grandfathered teams have had a chance to enter, there will be a known number of open spots for the coming season.  Starting at the top of the Wait List, that number of captains on the wait list will be invited to participate in the Kingfish Cup.  Once the invite has been sent by email, the captain will have 24 hours to login on-line and enter to fish the Kingfish Cup.  This process will continue until either the field is filled or all captains on the wait list have been invited.

The Kingfish Cup will allow 120 teams to compete in 2018.

No, the captain is fixed and cannot change.  You can change the Co-Captain up until the first qualifying event, but the Captain's name cannot be changed once entry is recieved.

The Jolly Mon, Got'em On........are like they always have been.  You can pay them direclty on-line, by phone or at their Capt. Meeting.  The Kingfish Cup isn't changing anything about these events; it is simply an umbrella riding over the top of these all ready great events.  However, you DO have to enter them in order to earn points to qualify for the Kingfish Cup Championship.

If you win 1st place in any of the qualifying events, (Jolly Mon, Got'em On, Fall Brawl, Rumble) then you get an automatic invite to the Kingfish Cup Championship.  You have to win 1st overall in the event to get the event though, not just top Kingfish Cup boat.

The Kingfish Cup has its own entry.  It is an "umbrella" that rides over top of the Jolly Mon, Got'em On, Fall Brawl and Rumble.  Thus you will pay entry fees like you always have to participate in the Jolly Mon etal. and the Kingfish Cup will be a seperate entry fee.  

Absolutley YES !  The Kingfish Cup is proud to be a part of these awesome local events, but in no way will it affect how these events have been and will continue to be operated.  Kingfish Cup or not, we want you at the Jolly Mon, Got'em On, Fall Brawl and Rumble.

If the Championship can not be held for whatever reason, prize moneys will be awarded based on point total accumulated from Qualifying event; your end of year rank.  However, there are no parameters or rules as to when a reschedule of the Championship may be attempted, thus all options are open to insure a Championship event takes place.

As relates to points; it will remain your best three fish point total.  Thus there would be no drop fish.  

As relates to prize money designated towards payout in that Qualifying event; it would be pushed to the next Qualifying event to double that payout.  In the event it was the last Qualifying event that was cancelled, the money would be pushed to the Championship.  If the event is rescheduled, but it is after the Championship, the prize money will stay with the Qualifying event to give all participants a chance at that money.


At the end of the last qualifying event, each team will have a rank based on their total combined 3 fish weight.  The top 30 teams will be invited to the Championship.  If by chance none of these 30 teams are in Level 2 and/or Level 3, then monies from either Level would go to the top three highest ranked teams.  If only two teams make the Championship that are in Level 2 or 3, those two teams will be battling it out for who gets first place money from that Level, while the third place money would go to the highest ranked team that did not make the Championship top 30.  

No.  The Championship is a recreational event and thus recreational rules will apply.  Teams will be required to abide by state bag limit laws during competition.  

If you enter AT LEAST two Levels of entry, then you will be offered the opportunity to enter next year's Kingfish Cup before entry is opened up to new teams.  This is called being "Grandfathered".

You can bring any of your entry monies to the Ocean Isle Fishing Center so long as received prior to closing of entry for the first Qualifying event.  This will be the Jolly Mon, June 15, 2018.

Entry for grandfathered teams opens February 15th and closes at 11:59pm on February 28th.  This will determine how many open spots are available to fill the 120 boat field.  Next, captains who joined the Wait List in 2017 will be invited to join the Kingfish Cup.  This process will take place between March 1 and March 10.  Finally, if the 120 boat field is not complete, entry will open up to the public at Thursday, March 15th at 10am via on-line entry form.

Thus, the field should be set by March 15th or shortly thereafter.  All of the captains will have paid the minimum Level 1 entry of $1000.  The deadline to LEVEL UP will be when the registration for the first Qualifying event closes, which will be 11:59pm, June 15, 2018.

You have until 11:59pm, Friday, June 15th to continue to add Levels to your entry.  After that date, all payouts will be set for the season through the Championship.

Anyone can fish with you during the Championship.  The only requirement is that at minimum, EITHER the registered Captain OR Co-Captain must be on the boat.

No.  The initial entry fee you pay will cover you.  Thus if you make the top 30, you get an invite and don't have to pay an entry fee; you paid that upfront at the start of the season.  * It is likely there will be a Calcutta or two offered for the Championship, but no additional entry fee.*

Your initial entry in Level 1, 2 and/or 3 is the ONLY entry fee you will have to pay all year.  Those payouts that are published are for EACH of the qualifying events.  

No. To qualify you must amass the highest point total.  That can be done with up to three fish, thus if you catch a 100 pounder you will likely qualify.  Further, if you win a qualifying event you will automatically get an invite to the championship.

What is the Kingfish Cup?

The Kingfish Cup is a, limited entry, tournament series that will pay over $450,000 in prize money to winners in 2018.  It will offer 120 teams the opportunity to compete over a course of four qualifying events to earn an invitation to a Championship event which can pay out over $100,000 to its winner.  The Kingfish Cup qualifying events are the Jolly Mon, Got’em On, Fall Brawl and Rumble King Mackerel tournaments.  The 120 teams that choose to sign up to participate in the Kingfish Cup will fish these four events to amass the highest three fish point total; there will be one drop weight available out of the four events.  The 30 teams that amass the highest three fish point total will receive an invitation to compete in the Kingfish Cup Championship event.  In addition, any Kingfish Cup team that wins 1st place in a qualifying event will earn an invitation to the Championship; thus the largest possible field to fish the Kingfish Cup Championship will be 34 boats.  This final event will be held November 1st-4th from Ocracoke Island, NC. 


How is Prize Money Awarded?

To participate in the Kingfish Cup, the  120 teams must pay the required minimum Level 1 entry fee of $1000.  There will be two optional entry levels; Level 2 fee is $2000 and Level 3 fee is $3000.  Entry to Level 1 will close when the 120 boat field is filled.  However, teams within this 120 boat field may add additional optional Levels to their entry up until June 15th, prior to the start of the first qualifying event, the Jolly Mon.  All 120 teams participating in the Kingfish Cup will compete for Level 1 money while only those teams who enter the optional Level 2 and/or Level 3 will be competing for that level’s money. 

Level 1, 2 and 3 money will be awarded in two different ways.  The first will be through the qualifying events; Jolly Mon, Got’em On, Rumble and Fall Brawl.  In each of these qualifying events, the top 5 finishing Kingfish Cup teams will win money based on which level or levels of entry they are participating.  2018 Projected payouts for each of the four qualifying events were as follows: 

Place

Level 1 (based on 120)

Level 2 (based on 95)

Level 3 (based on 65)

Total Payout

1st

$4050 per event

$6410 per event

$6580 per event

$17,040 per event

2nd

$3375

$5345

$5485

$14,205

3rd

$2700

$4275

$4390

$11,365

4th

$2025

$3205

$3290

$8520

5th

$1350

$2135

$2195

$5680

***   $227,240 total prize money awarded to Kingfish Cup winners during Qualifying Events   ***

The second way that Level 1, 2 and 3 money will be awarded is at the Kingfish Cup Championship event.  The 30-34 teams who qualify for the Championship will be competing for the remainder of the purse not awarded in the qualifying events.  2018 Projected payouts for the Kingfish Cup Championship event are as follows:  

Place

Level 1 (based on 120)

Level 2 (based on 95)

Level 3 (based on 65)

Total Payout

1st

$27,000

$42,750

$43,875

$113,625

2nd

$16,200

$25,650

$26,325

$68,175

3rd

$10,800

$17,100

$17,550

$45,450

 

***   $227,240 total prize money awarded to winners of Kingfish Cup Championship   ***

How to Enter the Kingfish Cup

Teams that entered at least two LEVELS the previous year will be given the first right of refusal to enter for the coming season, called being "Grandfathered".  Entry for grandfathered teams opens February 15th and closes at 11:59pm on February 28th.  Once all grandfathered teams have had a chance to enter, there will be a known number of open spots for the coming season.  Starting at the top of the Wait List from the previous year, captains on the wait list will be invited to participate in the Kingfish Cup.  Once the invite has been sent by email, the captain will have 24 hours to login on-line and enter to fish the Kingfish Cup.  This process will continue until either the field is filled or all captains on the wait list have been invited.  Finally, if there are open spots remaining, on-line entry will open to the public on Thursday, March 15th.  You will need to go to this page - https://www.kingfishcup.com/kingfish-cup-entry -  If you get on this page before 10am, the page WILL NOT allow you to enter.  You will want to hit the "refresh" button frequently leading up to 10am until the entry will go live and will allow you to enter your information necessary to enter the tournament.

Thus, the field should be set by March 15th or shortly thereafter.  All of the captains will have paid the minimum Level 1 entry of $1000.  The deadline to LEVEL UP will be when the registration for the first Qualifying event closes, which will be 11:59pm, June 15, 2018.

 

The Kingfish Cup PRE-SEASON Captain’s Party

Wednesday, June 13th, 7pm:  The OIFC Wing & Fish Company (4764 Main Street, Shallotte, NC) will be hosting a get together for all Kingfish Cup entrants as kickoff to the season.  Festivities will include complimentary food from the Wing & Fish Company, cash bar and live entertainment.  The Captain’s Party will allow the Cup director to address all participants regarding rules, procedures, points tabulation and answer any questions.  In addition, optional levels can be entered on-site.  ** Note- Each registered team can bring 4 members to the Captain's Party at no additional cost.  Any additional team members will be at a cost of $20 per.

The Kingfish Cup Championship

November 1-4, Ocracoke Island, NC

2 fish aggregate format, one fish per day

Ocracoke is small island, accessible only by boat.  The only port on the island is Silver Lake, a large open basin around which most of the island’s accommodations and restaurants are situated.  This setting makes for great fellowship and camaraderie amongst competitors.  During the month of November, Ocracoke is less than 20 miles from a King Mackerel fishery that is second to none, including the upper Gulf.  The numbers of 30-40 pound King Mackerel keep the tournament competitor’s adrenaline pumping; 50 pound King Mackerel are all but a guarantee and 60 pound King Mackerel are likely.  The lay of the land and proximity to the fishing grounds allow anglers to reach the fish and have success through often adverse Fall weather conditions.  These are the reasons why Ocracoke was chosen as the location for the Kingfish Cup Championship.

Schedule of Events:

Thursday, November 1st:

7pm Captain’s Party

Friday, November 2nd:  Fish Day 1

6am-7:15am:  Boat inspections and Check-out from Anchorage Inn Marina docks

7:25am:  Shotgun start

4pm:  Scales open

5pm:  All boats must be checked-in

7pm:  After-weigh dinner (location to be announced)

Saturday, November 3rd:  Fish Day 2

6am-7:15am:  Boat inspections and Check-out from Anchorage Marina docks

7:25am:  Shotgun start

4pm:  Scales open

5pm:  All boats must be checked-in

7pm:  Awards Ceremony & Dinner Party

Sunday, November 4th- WX reschedule day 1

Monday, November 5th- WX reschedule day 2

Tuesday, November 6th- WX reschedule day 3

Championship Format & Rules Highlights:

 - Winners shall be determined by the highest two fish, combined aggregate weight. 

 - Competition shall take place on Friday, November 2nd and Saturday, November 3rd; one fish weighed per day to achieve the two fish aggregate.  In the event the weather is deemed unfavorable for competition, on Friday, November 2nd, Saturday, November 3rd will become the single competition day, and teams will weigh two fish to achieve the two fish aggregate.  In the event Saturday, November 3rd is deemed unfavorable for competition, Sunday, November 4th will become the single competition day, and teams will weigh two fish to achieve the two fish aggregate.  Monday, November 5th and Tuesday, November 6th are all possible reschedule days if deemed necessary.

      - Boats will be inspected and checked-out from the Anchorage Marina docks from 6am-7:am.  Once boats are inspected and checked out, they will proceed outside Silver Lake and hold to the north of Red/Green “Ferry Turn” Marker “SL”.  The "GO FISH" call will be given by VHF at roughly 7:30am and all boats checked-out are clear to head to their desired fishing grounds. 

      - Boats will be checked-in at Red/Green “Ferry Turn” Marker “SL” near the mouth of Silver Lake from 4:30pm-5pm.  Any boat arriving prior to 4:30pm may go straight to the weigh dock.  Any boat not past Red/Green “Ferry Turn” Marker “SL” by 5pm will be disqualified

      - A mandatory polygraph will be administered to Kingfish Cup Championship winners and must be passed to collect prize monies. 

Accommodations & Dockage:

- Anchorage Inn & Marina- 252-928-1101 / www.theanchorageinn.com :  The Anchorage has dockage and accomodations.  It will be the host motel for the event.  The Checkout and Weigh-In will take place at the Anchorage Inn & Marina.  Special rates will be available for Kingfish Cup teams. 

***  The entire motel is being held for Kingfish Cup Championship Qualifiers.  Reservations will not be opened up until Kingfish Cup Championship invites have been announced on Monday, October 22nd. ***

- Island Golf Cart Rentals-  252-928-0090 / www.ocracokeislandgolfcarts.com :  In the event you choose to run your boat to Ocracoke rather than trailer, and thus need a means for ground transportation, golf cart rentals are available next door to the Anchorage Inn.  Special rates will be available for Kingfish Cup teams.


Kingfish Cup Qualifying Events

Each of the four Kingfish Cup qualifying events have established themselves as successful, fishermen friendly events.  The Jolly Mon, Got’em On, Fall Brawl and Rumble host an average of 200 fishing teams per event and in 2017 awarded total winnings in excess of $500,000 and donated over $20,000 to local and regional charities. 

To receive points in the Kingfish Cup and thus qualify for the Championship, teams will fish in these four events to amass the highest three fish point total.  Each qualifying event will have its own rules and operate independently as they always have.  Kingfish Cup teams must abide by each qualifying event’s rules to receive points.

*** Teams are not required to fish any set number of qualifying events.  Fish one or fish all four and amass a point total high enough to finish in the top 30 and you will receive an invite to the Championship.  There will be a provision whereby any Kingfish Cup team that wins a qualifying event will recieve and automatic invite to the Kingfish Cup Championship.

***  In an effort to insure honesty and integrity, all Kingfish Cup qualifying events will administer a mandatory polygraph test.  ***

*** If any Kingfish Cup team is disqualified from a qualifying event, no points will be received for that event and the Kingfish Cup team will be subject to disqualification without refund and removed from contention for any future Kingfish Cup prize opportunities.  This decision is at the sole discretion of the Kingfish Cup committee*

*** NEW - Measures have been put in place to further insure the integrity of the Kingfish Cup as teams compete to qualify for the Championship.  See https://www.kingfishcup.com/rules/qualifying-rules for specifics on requirements for Kingfish Cup teams in Qualifying Events

  TEAM OF THE YEAR

The team that amasses the highest three fish point total at the end of the four qualifying events will be awarded the "Team of the Year" trophy & $5000.  2nd place "Team of the Year" will receive $3500 and 3rd place "Team of the Year" will receive $1500

Display Your Kingfish Cup Colors

When you enter the Kingfish Cup, you will receive a custom Kingfish Cup flag.  You are asked to zip tie this flag to your VHF antennae so that it can be seen during all Kingfish Cup qualifying events.  The flag will allow you and others to know who Kingfish Cup competitors are as well as allow dockside Kingfish Cup staff to recognize participating teams.

Kingfish Cup apparel is available on-line

                           

                                                  

Qualifying Event Locations

East Coast Got Em On Jolly Mon Fall Brawl Rumble In The Jungle