Championship Rules

  1.  Winners shall be determined by the highest two fish, combined aggregate weight. 
  2.  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 optional reschedule dates.
  3. Boat inspections will take place from 6am to 7:15am.  No participant may refuse or impede a boat inspection or they will be disqualified. Boats will be inspected and checked-out from The Anchorage Marina docks beginning at 6am.  If a boat is not going to be able to be checked out by 7:15am, special arrangements must be made for a late check-out prior to 7:15am.  Once checked out, boats proceed by idling to the holding area between the mouth of Silver Lake and Red/Green “Ferry Turn” Marker “SL”.  There will be a shotgun start at roughly 7:25am, also monitor VHF 68 for the “GO” signal.
  4. Weigh-in will take place at The Anchorage Marina docks.  Weigh-in opens at 4pm, and boats must be past Red/Green “Ferry Turn” Marker “SL” by 5pm.  To check-in you will need to show your boat number to the check-in boat located at Red/Green “Ferry Turn” Marker “SL”.  All boats MUST be checked-in OR weighed-in by 5pm. 
  5. 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. 
  6. The Kingfish Cup registered Captain OR Co-Captain MUST be on the boat to fish the Championship.
  7. No mutilated fish will be weighed. A mutilated fish is one in which the injury impacts the fishs ability to fight. Hook and gaff punctures are acceptable.
  8. Official tournament time is determined by GPS time.
  9. A replacement boat will not be authorized after tournament fishing hours have begun each day.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Tournament will monitor VHF Channel 68. During weigh-in, all boats should monitor tournament channel to receive instructions
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. Prizes are awarded solely on the basis of fish weight. In the event of identical weights, the first fish weighed shall be declared the winner.  In the event of identical weight, but fish caught on different competition days, tie break will be determined by time not day- earliest fish weighed wins.
  16. 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.
  17. If a boat has to be towed or recieves assistance for any reason, it will be disqualified from competition for the day.
  18. All fish must be caught on rod & reel. The maximum number of lines out at any one time is seven(7).
  19. 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.

Qualifying Event Locations

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