Tournament Rules

The Island Time Fishing Tournament is a Sailfish release tournament. There are three categories (1) boat (2) angler (3) junior angler (age 16 or under). There will be a 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th place trophy for the boat and a single 1st place trophy for the angler and junior angler category. Any fish caught in the angler or junior angler category will also count in the boat category. Fish caught by passing the rod (boat category rules) will only count in the boat category.

Angling Category: The angling category requires all fish to be caught under IGFA equipment and IGFA rules.Boat Category: IGFA rules and equipment apply to the boat category with the exception that fish may be hooked and passed to an angler. Or, the mate may hook and catch the fish for the boat.

The following are not permitted: kites, nets, backing into schools, pitching bait, more than one hook per bait, use of hooks in teasers, spinning tackle, or one fish hooked by more than one line. Fishing is two out of four days. You may enter the tournament twice. Boat must declare its lay day by email to Failure to report your lay day prior to 8:00 AM will be considered a fish day for the boat.

Tournament boundaries are 50 nautical miles from the Isla Mujeres rock light or the tip of Isla Mujeres at Punta Sur.

There are no limits on the number of lines and teasers used.

Fishing begins at 8:00 AM. No lines, teasers or bait of any kind may be put into the water until the starting time is announced by a committee boat or 8:00AM each fishing day.

Fishing ends each day at 3:30 PM. Any fish hooked prior to the deadline may be played until released or caught, provided that said fish is reported to another boat as “hooked up”. Each fish hooked after 3:15 PM must be reported to and confirmed by the radio operator. Each fish reported may be fought until released or caught. Any fish hooked after 3:30 PM is ineligible. Lines may be put back in the water after the 3:30 end of tournament fishing.

SCORING… This is a single circle hook tournament. Only fish released or caught on single-circle hooks will be counted for scoring. The circle hooks must not have any offset. Sailfish will count as a single release; blue or white marlin will count as two releases. Ties will be broken on time – the boat or angler reaching the tie score first will be the winner. The numeric day of fishing for the boat or anglers in question will be used to break said tie. The following must be reported to the committee boat: Boat name as well as the angler’s name. The time will be the time recorded by the radio operator when reported as released. As radio communication may be limited this information must be recorded in full on the “Daily Catch Reports” provided in the Captain’s bag. All daily catch reports must be signed by the captain and must be turned in by 7:00 PM of the day fished to Brad Wachowiak or tournament delegate.

All protests must be put in writing and include the boat and registered angler(s) name(s) and local phone number. It must contain a detailed description of the protested matter and include any supporting evidence available. It must be signed by the protesting angler or crew member and delivered to the tournament director Brad Wachowiak or tournament delegate as soon as possible from the time the protested action occurred.

Island Time Fishing Tournament – Isla Mujeres, Mexico
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