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About the Kingfish Cup

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Wednesday, November 6th 

Open to ALL Kingfish Cup teams

No entry fee

Payout: 1st- $3000, 2nd- $2000, 3rd- $1000

The top 3 finishing teams NOT all ready qualified for the Championship will earn a Wildcard invite to fish in the Championship the following weekend

 

It is very important you join the Kingfish Cup email list AND follow the Kingfish Cup on Facebook.  These are the two ways that information on Kingfish Cup are spread.  There will be an open enrollment date/time that you will need to be ready for entry.  Availability is based on a first-come basis.  

 

The Kingfish Cup will allow 100 teams to compete in 2019.  IF there are additional teams that have interest in participating, they may be added in blocks of 10 at a time.  Thus if the Kingfish Cup and 5 more teams sign-up, they will not be able to get in.  If 10 more teams want to sign-up, then they will be given the chance to enter.  

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.  

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 100 boat field.  Entry will open up to the public on Wednesday, March 6th at 10am via on-line entry form.

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.

You have until registration for the Jolly Mon closes.  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 qualify, you get an invite and don't have to pay an entry fee; you paid that upfront at the start of the season.  * There are optional cash Calcuttas offered at 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 $480,000 in prize money to winners in 2019.  It will offer 100 teams the opportunity to compete over a course of four qualifying events to earn an invitation to a Championship event which will pay out over $240,000 to its winners.  The Kingfish Cup qualifying events are the Jolly Mon, Got’em On, Fall Brawl and Rumble King Mackerel tournaments.  The 100 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 25 teams that amass the highest three fish point total will receive an invitation to compete in the NO ENTRY FEE Kingfish Cup Championship event.  Further, any Kingfish Cup team that wins 1st place in a qualifying event will earn an invitation to the Championship.  Andlastly, a Kingfish Cup Wildcard event will be held the Wednesday prior to the Championship.  The top 3 finishing teams not yet qualified will win a wildcard invitation to fish in the Championship.  Thus the largest possible field to fish the Kingfish Cup Championship will be 32 boats (25+4+3).  This final event will be held November 5-10th from Ocean Isle Beach, NC. 

How is Prize Money Awarded?

To participate in the Kingfish Cup, the 100 teams must pay the required minimum Level 1 entry fee of $1000.  There will be three optional entry levels; Level 2 fee is $2000, Level 3 fee is $3000 and Level 4 fe is $4000.  Entry to Level 1 will close when the 100 boat field is filled.  However, teams within this 100 boat field may add additional optional Levels to their entry up until the start of the first qualifying event, the Jolly Mon.  All 100 teams participating in the Kingfish Cup will compete for Level 1 money while only those teams who enter the optional levels will be competing for that level’s money. 

Level 1, 2, 3, and 4 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 10% of the teams will win money based on which level or levels of entry they are participating.  The second way that Level 1, 2, 3 and 4 money will be awarded is at the Kingfish Cup Championship event.  The 28-32 teams who qualify for the NO ENTRY FEE Championship will be competing for the remainder of the purse not awarded in the qualifying events.

2019 Projected payouts for each of the four qualifying events are as follows: 

***   $60,000 for EACH qualifying event.  $240,000 total prize money awarded to Kingfish Cup teams during Qualifying Events   ***

The second way that Level 1, 2, 3 and 4 money will be awarded is at the Kingfish Cup Championship event.  The 28-32 teams who qualify for the Championship will be competing for the remainder of the purse not awarded in the qualifying events.  

2019 Projected payout for the Kingfish Cup Championship event are as follows:  

***   $240,000 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.  Open enrollment will begin on March 6th 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.

In order to enter, you 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, Jolly Mon King Classic. 

The Kingfish Cup PRE-SEASON Captain’s Party

Wednesday, June 12th, 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 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.  

The Kingfish Cup Championship

2 fish aggregate format, one fish per day

Ocean Isle Beach is ground zero for the Kingfish Cup.  It is the geographical central point for fishing through the Kingfish Cup Qualifying season.  Early November fishing has proven very strong from the area over the past few years as November has become the new October.  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 Ocean Isle was chosen as the location for the Kingfish Cup Championship. 

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

Wednesday, November 6th:  KFC Wildcard 

5:30-6:30am:  Boats check-out, get inspected and enter TWT at OIFC docks.  ** There is NO entry fee, so by checking-out, you are entering at the same time.  

7:00am:  Shotgun start

7:30am  Deadline to check-out to fish Wild Card

2:30pm:  Weigh-in opens at the OIFC

3:30pm:  All boats must be checked-in at the base of the Ocean Isle Beach bridge 

6:00pm-8:00pm:  Dinner, Winner's Announced and Awards at the Wing & Fish Company, downtown Shallotte

Thursday, November 7th:

7pm The Isles Restaurant (417 W 2nd St, Ocean Isle Beach, NC).   A full 4-course meal will be served to all team members and their guests.  A cash bar will be available on-site.  Awards will be presented for Team of the Year and the Captain’s Meeting will be conducted.   This is also the time when Calcuttas can be entered. ** Calcuttas will be CASH ONLY, and thus an ALL CASH PAYOUT **

Friday, November 8th:  Fish Day 1

5:30am-6:30am:  Boat inspections and check-out from OIFC docks.  All competition boats must present their boat in-water at the OIFC docks  and be available for inspection between these times.  Any attempt to avoid, impede or dispute boat inspection will lead to disqualification.

7:00am:  Shotgun start from base of Ocean Isle Beach bridge

7:30am:  Deadline to check-out to fish day 1 of the Kingfish Cup Championship

4:00pm:  OIFC docks open

4:30pm:  All boats must be checked-in at the base of the Ocean Isle Beach bridge

7pm:  Weigh-In and Oyster Roast at the OIFC

***  NEW FORMAT FOR WEIGH-IN ***  When you come to the OIFC dock on each day of weigh-in, you will have the single fish you plan to weigh in your fish bag, iced well.  A tournament official will have a secuirty tie that will be wrapped to each zipper on your fish bag to keep the bag from being tamped with, and the tag will have a unique ID number.  Your bag will be placed in a secure location with the other team's fish bags.  All locked and all uniquely identified with the locking tag ID number.  At 7pm, all teams will gather at the OIFC for an Oyster Roast and other light eats, where each team will one-by-one, unlock their bag, and present their fish to be weighed.  ** NOTE ON FISH BAGS- Every team will receive a brand new, custom designed, Kingfish Cup imprinted fish bag at the Capt. Party.  You may choose to use your current bag or the new bag, but this insures all teams have good fish bags to hold their fish. 

Saturday, November 9th:  Fish Day 2

5:30am-6:30am:  Boat inspections and check-out from OIFC docks.  All competition boats must present their boat in-water at the OIFC docks  and be available for inspection between these times.  Any attempt to avoid, impede or dispute boat inspection will lead to disqualification.

7:00am:  Shotgun start from base of Ocean Isle Beach bridge

7:30am:  Deadline to check-out to fish day 1 of the Kingfish Cup Championship

4:00pm:  OIFC docks open

4:30pm:  All boats must be checked-in at the base of the Ocean Isle Beach bridge

7pm:  Weigh-In and food at the Ocean Isle Fish Company

***  NEW FORMAT FOR WEIGH-IN ***  same as Day 1

Sunday, November 10th - WX reschedule day

Monday, November 11th- WX reschedule day

Tuesday, November 12th- WX reschedule day..............

Championship Format & Rules Highlights:  See complete rules- CLICK HERE

  1.      -Winners shall be determined by the highest two fish, combined aggregate weight. 
  2.     - Competition shall take place on Friday, November 8th and Saturday, November 9th; one fish weighed per day to achieve the two fish aggregate.  In the event the weather is deemed unfavorable for competition, on Friday, November 8th , Saturday, November 9th and Sunday, November 10th will become the competition days; one fish weighed per day to achieve the two fish aggregate.  In the event Friday, November 8th and Saturday, November 9th are deemed unfavorable for competition, Sunday, November 10th will become the single competition day, and teams will weigh two fish to achieve the two fish aggregate. .    Monday, November 11th and Tuesday, November 12th are potential reschedule dates if deemed necessary.
  3.      - A mandatory polygraph will be administered to Kingfish Cup Championship winners.  The test MUST be taken within one hour of the last fish being weighed.  It is mandatory that EITHER the Captain or Co-Captain NOT CONSUME ALCOHOL within on hour prior to this testing.   The tournament may choose to polygraph more than one member from a team.  Any refusal to take the polygraph by a team member or if any team member fails the polygraph it is grounds for disqualification as decided in final by the Kingfish Cup Rules Committee. 
  4.      -  Boundaries - Swansboro to Georgetown (You must be WEST of GPS line 76 55 00 and EAST of GPS line 79 10 00

 

GENERAL EVENT INFORMATION:

 Accomodations:

 McClure Realty:  800-332-5476  www.mcclurerealtyvacations.com 

Williamson Realty:  910-579-2373  www.williamsonrealty.com 

Sloane Realty:  910-579-6216  www.sloanerealty.com 

Cooke Realty:  910-579-3535  www.cookerealty.com 

Ocean Isle Inn:  910-579-0750  www.oceanisleinn.com 

The Winds Resort:  910-579-6275  www.thewinds.com 

Dockage:

Ocean Isle Marina:  910-579-6440  www.oceanislemarina.com 

Inlet View:  910-754-8439  www.inletview.com  

Captain’s Meeting & Dinner:

Thursday, November 8th, 7pm The Isle Restaurant (417 W 2nd St, Ocean Isle Beach, NC).  A full 4-course meal will be served to all team members and their guests.  A cash bar will be available on-site.  The Captain’s Meeting will be conducted during dinner and should concluded by 8pm.  This is also the time when Calcuttas can be entered.

Friday Night Weigh-In, Oyster Roast & Social:

Friday, November 9th, 7pm OIFC

Saturday Night Weigh-In, Food, Social & Awards:

Saturday, November 9th, 7pm OIFC  

Check-Out:

Boat inspections and check-out from OIFC docks.  All competition boats must present their boat in-water at the OIFC docks and be available for inspection from 5:30am-6:30am.  After inspection/check-out, boat will proceed to the ICW and hold at the Ocean Isle bridge.  A shotgun start will take place from the base of the Ocean Isle Beach bridge at 7:00am.

Weigh-In:

***  NEW FORMAT FOR WEIGH-IN ***  When you come to the OIFC dock on each day of weigh-in, you will have the single fish you plan to weigh in your fish bag, iced well.  A tournament official will have a secuirty tie that will be wrapped to each zipper on your fish bag to keep the bag from being tamped with, and the tag will have a unique ID number.  Your bag will be placed in a secure location with the other team's fish bags.  All locked and all uniquely identified with the locking tag ID number.  At 7pm, all teams will gather at the OIFC for an Oyster Roast and other light eats, where each team will one-by-one, unlock their bag, and present their fish to be weighed.  ** NOTE ON FISH BAGS- Every team will receive a brand new, custom designed, Kingfish Cup imprinted fish bag at the Capt. Party.  You may choose to use your current bag or the new bag, but this insures all teams have good fish bags to hold their fish. 

Calcuttas:

These will be all cash only, no checks, no cards and thus, they will be an all cash payout. 

Big Fish Overall:  Level 1- $200, Level 2:  $500, Level 3:  $1000

Heaviest 2 Fish Aggregate:  Level 1- $200, Level 2:  $500, Level 3:  $1000

ALL-IN = $3400

** You can enter any level in any order you want.  You are not required to enter Level 1 to enter Level 2.....

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 annually award 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 25 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.  There will also be a Kingfish Cup Wildcard event that will give 3 wildcard invitations to the top 3 teams not all ready qualified to fish the 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 $3000 and 3rd place "Team of the Year" will receive $2000

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