- Winners shall be determined by the highest two fish, combined aggregate weight.
- 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.
- Boat inspections will take place from 6:00am to 7:00am at the OIFC docks. No participant may refuse or impede a boat inspection or they will be disqualified. Boat inspections and check-out from OIFC docks. Once checked-out, teams should proceed to the ICW and hold at thebase of the Ocean Isle Beach bridge. There will be a shotgun start at roughly 7:30am. Teams should also monitor VHF 68 for the “GO” signal.
- Weigh-in will take place at the Ocean Isle Fishig Center. Weigh-in opens at 4:00pm, and boats must be checked in at the base of the Ocean Isle Beach bridge by 4:30pm. "Checked-in" means the boat's number has been presented and can be read and verified by the check-in boat. ** If a boat reaches the weigh-in prior to the check-in boat being in place, the boat should proceed to weigh-in. All boats must be weighed-in OR checked-in by 4:30pm
- 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.
- The Kingfish Cup registered Captain OR Co-Captain MUST be on the boat to fish the Championship.
- A "hand-signal" photograph must be sent to Kingfish Cup headquarters by text message by no later than 1 hour after the close of weighin. The picture must: 1) Have the Capt. or Co-Capt. in the picture, 2) Show a fresh, just out-of-the-water fish, 3) At least on person in the picture must display the unique hand-signal for that day's fishing.
- Boundaries: Swansboro to Georgetown. You must be WEST of GPS line 76 55 00 and EAST of GPS line 79 10 00
- No mutilated fish will be weighed. A mutilated fish is one in which the injury impacts the fish’s ability to fight. Hook and gaff punctures are acceptable.
- Official tournament time is determined by GPS time.
- A replacement boat will not be authorized after tournament fishing hours have begun each day.
- All fish must be weighed in from the boat in which they were caught. No overland transport of fish to weigh station will be allowed.
- A boat may not make landfall during tournament competition hours. A crew member may exit the boat during competition hours so long as landfall is not made. No person and no thing may be added to the boat during competition hours.
- Tournament will monitor VHF Channel 68. During weigh-in, all boats should monitor tournament channel to receive instructions
- Any fish weighed-in found to contain lead or any other foreign matter, including ice, will be subject to disqualification as decided by the tournament committee.
- All protests made to the tournament committee shall be accompanied by $250 cash. All protests shall be made no later than one hour after the last fish has been weighed on each weigh-in day. The $250 cash deposit will be returned if the protest is upheld by the tournament committee The $250 cash deposit will become property of the Kingfish Cup, if the protest is not upheld. All decisions of the protest committee shall be final.
- Prizes are awarded solely on the basis of fish weight. In the event of identical weights: For aggregate ties, the winner wil be determined by the team with the largest fish. For big-fish ties, the fish with the earliest weigh-time shall be declared the winner.
- Two (2) or more boats congregating during fishing hours may be disqualified. Safety consideration is the only reason this rule can be overridden: The boat recieving assistance will be disqualified and the boat giving assistance will be allowed to continue.
- If a boat has to be towed or recieves assistance for any reason, it will be disqualified from competition for the day.
- All fish must be caught on rod & reel. The maximum number of lines out at any one time is seven(7).
- Violation of any of the tournament rules shall constitute grounds for automatic disqualification from the tournament. The Tournament Committee shall be the sole judge of any violations of the rules and their decision shall be final.
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