RULES & REGULATIONS

 

Registration of Teams

All teams must be registered prior to the Captain’s briefing to be held at 18:30 on 29th January 2022 at Le Morne Anglers’ Club

Teams should comprise of a minimum of two and a maximum of four anglers. Once registered, no change will be allowed in the team. Only registered members shall fish from the boat during the tournament. Non-anglers or spectators may ride along on the boat but shall not be permitted to catch fish.

Rules and Regulations

The International Game Fish Association Rules and the Competition Rules and Regulations will apply to all catches. It is the responsibility of each team Captain and registered angler to know, understand and abide by the international Game Fishing Association and the South Indian Ocean Billfish Competition rules and regulations.

Fishing Dates and Time

Fishing dates are the 30th & 31st of January and the 02nd & 03rd of February 2022.

However, the organizers reserve the rights to fish four consecutive days and/ or to move the dates with-in the week of the tournament and/ or reduce the number of days in case of “force majeure”. In such cases, the Penalties clause will be amended accordingly. Fishing will start everyday at 7:00 and finish at 16:30, when all lines must be out of the water The official time reference used for and during the competition will be the time shown on the clock at le Morne Anglers’ Club.

Penalties

All lines must be out of the water at 16:30. If a fish is hooked and reported on the radio before 16:30 and is still fighting after 16:30, no penalty shall be imposed even if the fish is lost. There will NOT be any specific return time if a fish is hooked before 16:30. Should a fish be hooked after 16:30, the entire catch of the day will be disqualified.

No team is allowed to seek help from any other boat for the purpose of gaffing or boating a fish. Should a team be helped, the catch will be disqualified.

Checking the boat and equipment

The Organisers reserve the right to check at random any boat and its fishing equipment.

Fishing Lines

The Competition will be fished exclusively on 130 Lb. Line test. Any lighter line used will be considered as 130 Lb Line test. We recommend the use of IGFA rated lines.

Bait

The use of live or dead bait is only allowed if rigged with non offset circle hook.

Release Rules

Any Marlin ( Blue, Black, Striped) estimated to weigh 400 lb. or less must be released.
All Sailfish and Spearfish must be released.
All sharks must be released.

All teams must provide their own camera (phone, Go- Pro, Webcam) to film the release for verification. All video recording devices must be synchronised to the official Competition time. To be eligible for points, the Team Captain must personally provide to the Scorer / Weighmaster continuous video footage showing clearly:

1. The leader in hand
2. The armband of the color valid for the day on the arm of the person holding the leader
3. The fish which should be clearly identifiable
4. The release

The video must be continuous and display the date and time of the action

The release must be done by preferably removing the hook from the fish or by cutting the leader as close as possible to the hook.
The fish will also be considered released if:
The leader breaks while in hand.
The fish frees itself from the hook while the leader is in hand.
In both cases, the video footage must be submitted.

The following scenario will NOT be considered a release:

The fish is still hooked and the leader is released by the person holding it and the fish eventually frees itself ( breaks the leader or the line or the hook comes out) In the event of a Marlin is brought dead to the boat, it must be boated without being gaffed to be eligible for points. The fish will be inspected by the Jury for eligibility.

Points for released fish:

Marlin ( Blue, Black, Striped) 400 points
Sailfish 125 points
Spearfish 25 points
Shark 125 points

Points for boated Marlin

Marlin gaffed and boated and weighing less than 400 lb. will not be eligible for points.
Any legally caught Marlin which has been boated and which weighs 400 lb or more will be awarded 1.5 points per lb.
Any Marlin weighing less than 400 lb. Brought dead to the boat without being gaffed will be awarded one point per pound.

Bonus points for boated Marlin

100 points for the heaviest Marlin on each day.
100 points for the heaviest Marlin of the Competition

Additional bonus points for Marlin

A bonus will be awarded to the angler(s) having recorded the first, second, and third Marlin release or boated every day of the Competition. The officially recorded time is that reported by radio to Le Morne Anglers’ Club.

The bonus points awarded are as follow:
1st 40 points
2nd 20 points
3rd 10 points

In case of a tie in points for the winning team and/ or angler, the team, and/or angler who would have first released or boated its last Marlin will be declared the winner.

Points for other fish

On each day of the Competition, each team will be allowed to register two specimens of each of the following fish for one point per pound:

Yellowfin and Dogtooth Tuna – 30 lb. or more
Dorado and Wahoo – 20 lb. or more

Reporting to the Scorer/ weighmaster

Team Captains must report to the Scorer/ Weighmaster immediately after docking and by 17:30 latest and submit video footage of release and completed scorecards even if no fish is caught. Failure to comply with the above will result in a penalty of 100 points. Note that the above rule does not apply in the case where a fish is hooked before 16:30 and is still fighting after 16:30. The Organisers reserve the right to ask for a sample of the line used to catch any declared fish and to inspect and verify fishing equipment on any boat at any time.

Scale

Le Morne Anglers’ Club scale will be the official scale for the competition. All fish will be weighed in pounds and weights will be rounded as follows:

From 0.1 to 0.5 no extra pound
From 0.6 to 0.9, up to the next pound

Conditions

No team may take part in the Competition unless all costs have been paid in full or per voucher drawn by an authorised agent. The challenge trophies remain the property of the Organisers of the Competition and will remain in Mauritius.

It is brought to attention that the words “South Indian Ocean Billfish Competition” or S I O B C may not be used in any way by any party other than Le Morne Anglers Club. It may not be used in the appellation of any team.

Claims, Protests or Disputes

Complaints and/or claims and/or disputes must be presented in writing by the Team Captain to the President of the Jury, as soon as possible after docking but in any event before 17:30 hrs. except in the case where a team has been fighting a fish hooked before lines out, fought until after 16:30 hrs, and which has delayed its docking time. Under such circumstances a claim or complaint or dispute should be submitted within 30 mins after docking.

Unfounded allegations and/ or fake information circulated in any manner, including any social media by any participant or accompanying guest, with the purpose of discrediting or causing prejudice to an angler or a participating team or the competition organisers, may lead to immediate sanctions and/or exclusion of the person from the competition. Should this unfortunate measure be necessary no compensation or refund will be made.

The organisers reserve the right to sanction and/or exclude from the competition, any individual or participating team if found guilty of unsportsmanlike behaviour and/or allegation with aim to discredit any participant, participating team and organisers.

The decision of the Jury will be final.

THE SPONSORS FOR SIOBC 2022